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Alvon, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Alvon ...

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 Alvon (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 Alvon. 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 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.

Alvon is located in Greenbrier County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Greenbrier County: Alleghany (VA), Bath (VA), Fayette, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Summers & Webster.

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

Greenbrier     (The home county for Alvon)
  Anthony   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  White Sulphur Springs   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Falling Spring   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Frankford   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Clendenenville   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Unus   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Lewisburg   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Fairlea   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Ronceverte   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Fort Spring   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Frazier   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Spring Dale   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bellwood   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hilton Village   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Union   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Buckeye   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Huntersville   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Marlinton   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Thorny Creek   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Edray   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Slaty Fork   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cass   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Upperglade   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Addison   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Alleghany (VA)
  Low Moor (VA)   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clifton Forge (VA)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Selma (VA)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Iron Gate (VA)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
Bath (VA)
  Carloover (VA)   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bolar (VA)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Yost (VA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Botetourt (VA)
  Salisbury (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fincastle (VA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Daleville (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Troutville (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Buchanan (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cloverdale (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Covington City (VA)
  Covington (VA)   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
Craig (VA)
  New Castle (VA)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Abbott (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
Lexington City (VA)
  Lexington (VA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Rockbridge (VA)
  Goshen (VA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Alvon ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Alvon.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Hoke Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NE Watts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WNW Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Mountain Gate Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morning Side Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  S Lewis Tunnel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Helmintoller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  WSW Rosewood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Greenbrier Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Kellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sunset Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Alvon ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Alvon.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Alvon, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Alvon.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Alvon had a population of 109 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Sue   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Alvon
 - Sue had a post office and no railroad service
Mapledale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Alvon
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Mapledale had a post office and no railroad service
White Sulphur Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Alvon
 - 1895 population of 550 people (with 2,420 people in 2017)
 - White Sulphur Springs had a post office and railroad service
Backbone (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Alvon
 - Backbone had a post office and railroad service
Callaghan (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Alvon
 - 1895 population of 122 people
 - Callaghan had a post office and railroad service
Falling Spring   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Alvon
 - 1895 population of 55 people (with 207 people in 2017)
 - Falling Spring had a post office and no railroad service
Frankford   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Alvon
 - Frankford had a post office and no railroad service
Alleghany (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Alvon
 - Alleghany had railroad service and no post office

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 Alvon:

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 Greenbrier County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Pocahontas County:     Cyndi's



Summers County:     Cyndi's



Webster County:     Cyndi's



Alleghany County (VA):     Cyndi's



Bath County (VA):     Cyndi's



Botetourt County (VA):     Cyndi's



Covington City (VA):     Cyndi's


Craig County (VA):     Cyndi's



Lexington City (VA):     Cyndi's


Rockbridge County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

While our initial data about Alvon came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Alvon 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 Alvon.

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 Alvon:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Alvon. See our Misc Page for Alvon for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in West Virginia

About Greenbrier County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Alvon. 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 '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- Alvon) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alvon. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9051, Longitude: -80.2142     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alvon 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 Alvon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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