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Abbs Valley, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Abbs Valley ...

So far, we have found very little information about Abbs Valley. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Abbs Valley to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Abbs Valley, please Contact Us.

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Abbs Valley (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Abbs Valley. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Name Variations for Abbs Valley ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Abbs Valley.

  • Typical abbreviation for Abbs Valley: Abbs Vly. (or less commonly used: Abbs Vally. or Abbs Vlly.)
  • While the name of this community is Abbs Valley, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Abbs Valley may originally have been Abb's Valley.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Abbs Valley might be written as Abb Valley.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Although our information shows that the community of Abbs Valley is historic, it would have been located within present day Mercer County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mercer County: Bland (VA), Giles (VA), Tazewell (VA), McDowell, Raleigh, Summers & Wyoming.

Below are the counties that are near Abbs Valley. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Abbs Valley:

Mercer     (The home county for Abbs Valley)
  Bramwell   [Map]     N   Less than 2 miles<2>
  Coopers   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles
  Montcalm   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Edison   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Athens   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Gary   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Welch   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  War   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Davy   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bradshaw   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Union City   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Gilbert Creek   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Baisden   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wharncliffe   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rhodell   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Eastgulf   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Helen   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Sophia   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lester   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Shady Spring   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tolleys   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bud   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Uno   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Buchanan (VA)
  Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Janey (VA)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (VA)
  Sheep Town (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pembroke (VA)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Pulaski (VA)
  Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pulaski (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Dublin (VA)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mack Creek Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Russell (VA)
  Dye (VA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Smyth (VA)
  Atkins (VA)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Marion (VA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sugar Grove (VA)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Adwolf (VA)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Allison Gap (VA)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cardwell Town (VA)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Saltville (VA)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Chilhowie (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     W   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Little Town (VA)   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Tazewell (VA)   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Richlands (VA)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Raven (VA)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Wythe (VA)
  Wytheville (VA)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Max Meadows (VA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fort Chiswell (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Locust Hill (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Austinville (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ivanhoe (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Abbs Valley, see our County-by-County Page for Abbs Valley.

Cemeteries Near Abbs Valley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Abbs Valley.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Abbs Valley covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Witten Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Delp Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rye Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Page Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Miles Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Isaac Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Coopers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bryant Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pocahontas Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mullin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Poe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dudley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Maple Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Perdue Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hollinsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Music Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Swim Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Perdus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Lukes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McQuire Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hutchinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Doyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sandlick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Herndon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Epperson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Grandview Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Maple Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thomason Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Restlawn Memorial Estate   [Map]     
  ENE Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harless Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Billips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW French Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wilburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Valley Vista Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hager Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dickenson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Billips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Calfee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Calfee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McDowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McMullen Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Monte Vista Park   [Map]     
  ENE Frye Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Robinett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Matoaka Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mathena Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wallace Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hartwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Atkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lincoln Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Billips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sluss Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sinkford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Earls Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ireson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Winfrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Honaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Winfrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bratton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Roselawn Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  ENE Roselawn Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  ENE Hall - Gott Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Abbs Valley ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Abbs Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Abbs Valley, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Abbs Valley.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.

Abbs Valley itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and railroad service.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Abbs Valley, with the one closest to Abbs Valley listed first.

Falls Mills (VA)   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Abbs Valley
 - 1895 population of 228 people
 - Falls Mills had a post office and railroad service
Bramwell   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Abbs Valley
 - 1895 population of 499 people (with 346 people in 2017)
 - Bramwell had a post office and railroad service
Coopers   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Abbs Valley
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Coopers had a post office and no railroad service
Freeman   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Abbs Valley
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Freeman had a post office and no railroad service
Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Abbs Valley
 - 1895 population of 2,953 people (with 362 people in 2017)
 - Pocahontas had a post office and railroad service
Duhring   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Abbs Valley
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Duhring had a post office and railroad service
Flipping   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Abbs Valley
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Flipping had railroad service and no post office
Saint Clair (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Abbs Valley
 - Saint Clair had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Abbs Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Abbs Valley in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Abbs Valley:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the West Virginia State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of West Virginia to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Mercer County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

McDowell County:     Cyndi's



Mingo County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Summers County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Buchanan County (VA):     Cyndi's



Carroll County (VA):     Cyndi's



Giles County (VA):     Cyndi's



Pulaski County (VA):     Cyndi's



Russell County (VA):     Cyndi's



Smyth County (VA):     Cyndi's



Tazewell County (VA):     Cyndi's



Wythe County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of West Virginia,
Cemeteries of Mercer County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for Mercer County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from West Virginia
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Abbs Valley ...

While our initial data about Abbs Valley came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Abbs Valley in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Abbs Valley.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Abbs Valley:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station

The GNIS database contains an entry for Abbs Valley. See our Misc Page for Abbs Valley for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Mercer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Abbs Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Abbs Valley) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Abbs Valley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3037, Longitude: -81.3029     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Abbs Valley have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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