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Blake, West Virginia
(Mercer County)

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The location of Blake

Our Genealogy Helper for Blake ...

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

We've added Blake to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Blake, 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 Blake (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 Blake. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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 Blake 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 Blake. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Blake:

Mercer     (The home county for Blake)
  Princeton   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<2>
  Edison   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Athens   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Gary   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Welch   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Davy   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  War   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bradshaw   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Union City   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Union   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Rhodell   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Eastgulf   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Helen   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Shady Spring   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sophia   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lester   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bud   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Buchanan (VA)
  Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Carroll (VA)
  Sheep Town (VA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Oak Grove (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Pembroke (VA)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
Grayson (VA)
  Fries (VA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Montgomery (VA)
  Blacksburg (VA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  McBryde Village (VA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sundance Village (VA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Merrimac (VA)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mount Tabor Village (VA)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Christiansburg (VA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Riner (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Old Farm Village (VA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Raintree Village (VA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Oak Grove (VA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Pulaski (VA)
  Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Pulaski (VA)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Dublin (VA)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Fairlawn (VA)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mack Creek Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Radford City (VA)
  New Town (VA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Radford (VA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Sunset Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Mill Village (VA)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Radford Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Simpkins Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Smyth (VA)
  Atkins (VA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Marion (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Little Town (VA)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Tazewell (VA)   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Wythe (VA)
  Max Meadows (VA)   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Wytheville (VA)   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fort Chiswell (VA)   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Locust Hill (VA)   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Austinville (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ivanhoe (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Blake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Blake.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shumate Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tynes & Ferguson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hop Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Walters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wells Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sword Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Comfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Harvey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shields Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hogan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E White Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bray Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Parmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Elmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cassidy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Honaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Winfrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Horeb Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Winfrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hartwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pruett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hypes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bratton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lincoln Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harry Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oney Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Atkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tuggle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bivins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barberie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roselawn Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  NW Roselawn Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  W Monte Vista Park   [Map]     
  W Calfee Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hearn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McCue Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Blake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hall - Gott Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Calfee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Oakvale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Frye Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hager Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hales Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Robinett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Restlawn Memorial Estate   [Map]     
  W Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Thomason Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Maple Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Beamer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sandlick Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Doyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hutchinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W McQuire Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Herndon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Poe Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Perdue Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Blake ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Blake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Blake, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Blake.

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.

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

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

Ingleside   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Blake
 - 1895 population of 120 people
 - Ingleside had a post office and railroad service
East River - Historic   [Map]
 - While East River was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Blake
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - East River had a post office and railroad service
Rocky Gap (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Blake
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Rocky Gap had a post office and no railroad service
Princeton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Blake
 - 1895 population of 320 people (with 5,822 people in 2017)
 - Princeton had a post office and no railroad service
Ada   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Blake
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Ada had a post office and railroad service
Bethel - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bethel was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Blake
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Bethel had a post office and no railroad service
New Hope   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Blake
 - 1895 population of 10 people
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Byron (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Blake
 - Byron 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 Blake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Blake in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites of Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 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 Blake:

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:

Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
McDowell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Buchanan County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Carroll County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Grayson County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pulaski County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Radford City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search    
Smyth County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wythe County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of 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 Blake, 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' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Blake) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3029, Longitude: -81.0687     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blake have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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