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Bluewell, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Bluewell ...

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 Bluewell (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 Bluewell. 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors 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.

Bluewell is located in 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 Bluewell. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Bluewell:

Mercer     (The home county for Bluewell)
  Montcalm   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Bramwell   [Map]     W   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Edison   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Athens   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Gary   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Welch   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  War   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Davy   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bradshaw   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Union City   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gilbert Creek   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Baisden   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rhodell   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Eastgulf   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Helen   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Sophia   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Shady Spring   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lester   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Tolleys   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bud   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Uno   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Buchanan (VA)
  Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
Carroll (VA)
  Sheep Town (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pembroke (VA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Pulaski (VA)
  Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Pulaski (VA)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dublin (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mack Creek Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fairlawn (VA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Radford City (VA)
  New Town (VA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Radford (VA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sunset Village (VA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Radford Village (VA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Simpkins Village (VA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Russell (VA)
  Dye (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Smyth (VA)
  Atkins (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Marion (VA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sugar Grove (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Adwolf (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Allison Gap (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cardwell Town (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Saltville (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Little Town (VA)   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Tazewell (VA)   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Richlands (VA)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Raven (VA)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Wythe (VA)
  Wytheville (VA)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Max Meadows (VA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fort Chiswell (VA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Locust Hill (VA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ivanhoe (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Austinville (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Bluewell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bluewell.

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

Distance &

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

Newspapers Published in Bluewell ...

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 Bluewell.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bluewell, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bluewell.

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 Bluewell in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bluewell.

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

Abbs Valley - Historic   [Map]
 - While Abbs Valley was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bluewell
 - Abbs Valley had a post office and railroad service
Duhring   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Bluewell
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Duhring had a post office and railroad service
Freeman   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bluewell
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Freeman had a post office and no railroad service
Bramwell   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bluewell
 - 1895 population of 499 people (with 346 people in 2017)
 - Bramwell had a post office and railroad service
Flipping   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Bluewell
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Flipping had railroad service and no post office
Falls Mills (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bluewell
 - 1895 population of 228 people
 - Falls Mills had a post office and railroad service
Bluefield   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bluewell
 - 1895 population of 1,775 people (with 9,869 people in 2017)
 - Bluefield had a post office and railroad service
Coopers   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Bluewell
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Coopers had a post office and no railroad service
Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Bluewell
 - 1895 population of 2,953 people (with 362 people in 2017)
 - Pocahontas had a post office and railroad service

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

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



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



Radford City (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 ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bluewell. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3126, Longitude: -81.2598     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bluewell 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 Bluewell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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