Wirt County was formed in 1848 from Wood and Jackson Counties. It was named after William Wirt, a lawyer from
Maryland, who migrated to Virginia. The county seat is Elizabeth, named in honor of Elizabeth Woodyard
Beauchamp, wife of David Beauchamp, early Wirt County pioneers.
Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia, Illustrated: containing maps of each state and territory of the United States; special history of the Virginias; maps and histories of Roane, Calhoun, Jackson, and Wirt Counties, West Virginia. New York: H.H. Hardesty & Co., 1884, p. 297-307.