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Atwell, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Atwell ...

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 Atwell (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 Atwell. 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.

Atwell is located in McDowell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of McDowell County: Buchanan (VA), Tazewell (VA), Mercer, Mingo & Wyoming.

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

McDowell     (The home county for Atwell)
  Bradshaw   [Map]     W   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Union City   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  War   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Iaeger   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Davy   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Gary   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Welch   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wyoming City   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rocklick   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bald Knob   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Barrett   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pondco   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Stark   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bim   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lindytown - Historic   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Twilight   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mallory   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mineral City   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Man   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Omar   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Switzer   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Logan   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Holden   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  West Logan   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hedgeview   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Thompson Town   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Peach Creek   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Troy Town   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mitchell Heights   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Edison   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gilbert Creek   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Baisden   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Wharncliffe   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Pie   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Musick   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Blackberry City   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Matewan   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Red Jacket   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Delbarton   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Chattaroy   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rhodell   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Helen   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Eastgulf   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lester   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fairdale   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sophia   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Tolleys   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Uno   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bud   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Pike (KY)
  Stopover (KY)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Majestic (KY)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Phelps (KY)   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Freeburn (KY)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Fedscreek (KY)   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ransom (KY)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mouthcard (KY)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  McCarr (KY)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lick Creek (KY)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  McVeigh (KY)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Pinsonfork (KY)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  McAndrews (KY)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cedarville (KY)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Buchanan (VA)
  Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Janey (VA)   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Kelsa (VA)   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Grundy (VA)   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Royal City (VA)   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Vansant (VA)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
Dickenson (VA)
  Haysi (VA)   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Clinchco (VA)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clintwood (VA)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Russell (VA)
  Dye (VA)   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Russell (VA)   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Honaker (VA)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cleveland (VA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lebanon (VA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Spring City (VA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Smyth (VA)
  Cardwell Town (VA)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Allison Gap (VA)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Saltville (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Marion (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Chilhowie (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Atkins (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Adwolf (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Richlands (VA)   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Raven (VA)   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Tazewell (VA)   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Little Town (VA)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Washington (VA)
  Fleet (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Glade Spring (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wythe (VA)
  Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Atwell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Atwell.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Riffe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Deskins Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Atwell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Puckett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rose Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hagerman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lomax Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blevins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Buckeye Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Roe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Vance Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Keen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Keen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Keen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Keen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bowles Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Altizer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Altizer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Candy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Horn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Horne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Horne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Horne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Horne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Blankenship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Blankenship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kaiser Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Estep Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Estep Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Vance Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stacy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lockhart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Iaeger Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lester Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lester Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Cantrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Robert Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Steele Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Robert Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stacy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lester Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Rife Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hartwell - Berwind Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Trap Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stacy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blankenship Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Atwell ...

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 5 newspapers that have been published in the area around Atwell.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Atwell, 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 Atwell.

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.<2>

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

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

Bradshaw   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Atwell
 - Bradshaw had a post office and no railroad service
Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Atwell
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bearwallow had a post office and no railroad service
Iaeger   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Atwell
 - 1895 population of 51 people (with 255 people in 2017)
 - Iaeger had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Hill (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Atwell
 - Pleasant Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Harman (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Atwell
 - Harman had a post office and no railroad service
Sayersville (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Atwell
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Sayersville had a post office and no railroad service
Shack Mills (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Atwell
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Shack Mills had a post office and no railroad service
North Spring   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Atwell
 - 1895 population of 129 people
 - North Spring 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 Atwell. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Atwell in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Atwell:

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 McDowell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Logan County:     Cyndi's



Mercer County:     Cyndi's



Mingo County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Pike County (KY):     Cyndi's



Buchanan County (VA):     Cyndi's



Dickenson County (VA):     Cyndi's



Russell County (VA):     Cyndi's



Smyth County (VA):     Cyndi's



Tazewell County (VA):     Cyndi's



Washington 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 McDowell County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for McDowell 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 ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About McDowell County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Atwell. 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 from Point A (ie- Atwell) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Atwell. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3493, Longitude: -81.7626     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Atwell have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Atwell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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