Saint Joseph, West Virginia

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Saint Joseph
Saint Joseph is located in West Virginia
Saint Joseph
Saint Joseph
Location within the state of West Virginia
Saint Joseph is located in the United States
Saint Joseph
Saint Joseph
Saint Joseph (the United States)
Coordinates: 39°43′49″N 80°42′47″W / 39.73028°N 80.71306°W / 39.73028; -80.71306Coordinates: 39°43′49″N 80°42′47″W / 39.73028°N 80.71306°W / 39.73028; -80.71306
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
1,401 ft (427 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
GNIS ID1546246[1]

Saint Joseph is an unincorporated community in Marshall County, in the U.S. state of West Virginia.


In the 1840s, German Catholic families emigrated to the United States, bought land from Isaac Hoge, and established a farming community about 6 miles from the Ohio River near Fish Creek in Marshall and Wetzel Counties. It was colloquially called the "German settlement", and its large hilltop church and parochial school were named after St. Joseph.[2] A post office was established in 1877, and remained in operation until 1908.[3] For a while during an oil boom (oil having been discovered under the farms), the town also had a second post office, called Teutonia.[4] Besides the post office, the community had a community hall and country store.[5]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Saint Joseph, West Virginia
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  3. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
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  5. ^ Kenny, Hamill (1945). West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, Including the Nomenclature of the Streams and Mountains. Piedmont, WV: The Place Name Press. p. 549.