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Residents of the western and northern counties set up a separate government under Francis Pierpont in 1861, which they called the Restored Government.Most voted to separate from Virginia, and the new state was admitted to the Union in 1863.
Some speculative land companies, such as the Vandalia Company, and later the Ohio Company and Indiana Company, tried to legitimize their claims to land in parts of West Virginia and Kentucky, but failed.
With the federal settlement of the Pennsylvania and Virginia border dispute, which resulted in the creation of Kentucky, Kentuckians "were satisfied [...], and the inhabitants of a large part of West Virginia were grateful." The Crown considered the area of West Virginia to be part of the British Virginia Colony from 1607 to 1776.