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Abraham, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Abraham ...

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 Abraham (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 Abraham. 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.

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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 west contained birth and death records; the county to the north 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.

Abraham is located in Raleigh County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Raleigh County: Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Mercer, Summers & Wyoming.

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

Raleigh     (The home county for Abraham)
  Royal - Historic   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Shady Spring   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Piney View   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Stanaford   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Prosperity   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bradley   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Whitesville   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Elk Run Junction   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Janie   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sylvester   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lindytown - Historic   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rocklick   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Keith   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bald Knob   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Twilight   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Joes Creek   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Orgas   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bandytown   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Spring Dale   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bellwood   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Concho   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hilton Village   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Vale   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hines   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Orient Hill   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Frazier   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fort Spring   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Crichton   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Quinwood   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ronceverte   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Acme   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Eskdale   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Handley   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hollygrove   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pratt   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Glasgow   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cabin Creek   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  East Bank   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Athens   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Edison   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Union   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bud   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pembroke (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Abraham ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Abraham.

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 Abraham covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE St. Colmans Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Richmond Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beechnut Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Bragg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Goddard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W William Kidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Plumley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Meadows Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Adkins Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Royal Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Restwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hicks - Swell Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wickline Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Patton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Layland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Hall Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Upland Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Lilly - Crews Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE William Thomas Lowry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE White Family Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Abraham ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Abraham.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Abraham, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Abraham.

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.<3>

While we didn't find Abraham in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Abraham.

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

Sandstone   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Abraham
 - Sandstone had railroad service and no post office
New Richmond - Historic   [Map]
 - While New Richmond was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Abraham
 - 1895 population of 88 people
 - New Richmond had a post office and railroad service
Glade   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Abraham
 - Glade had railroad service and no post office
Brooks   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Abraham
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Brooks had a post office and railroad service
Crow   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Abraham
 - Crow had a post office and no railroad service
Quinnimont   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Abraham
 - 1895 population of 600 people
 - Quinnimont had a post office and railroad service
Grandview   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Abraham
 - Grandview had a post office and no railroad service
Green Sulphur Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Abraham
 - 1895 population of 123 people
 - Green Sulphur Springs 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 Abraham. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Abraham in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that 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 Abraham:

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 Raleigh County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



McDowell County:     Cyndi's



Mercer County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Summers County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Giles County (VA):     Cyndi's



Tazewell County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a West Virginia Community

About Raleigh County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Abraham. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Abraham) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Abraham. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7907, Longitude: -80.9551     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Abraham have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Abraham, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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