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Bradshaw, West Virginia
(McDowell County)

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The location of Bradshaw

Our Genealogy Helper for Bradshaw ...

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 Bradshaw (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 Bradshaw. 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.

Bradshaw 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 Bradshaw. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Bradshaw:

McDowell     (The home county for Bradshaw)
  Union City   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Iaeger   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  War   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Davy   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Wyoming City   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Gary   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Welch   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rocklick   [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]
  Cazy   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Clothier   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Kohlsaat   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 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]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Switzer   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Logan   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Holden   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hedgeview   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Thompson Town   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Peach Creek   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  West Logan   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Troy Town   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Edison   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Baisden   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Gilbert Creek   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Wharncliffe   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Pie   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Musick   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Blackberry City   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Matewan   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Red Jacket   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Delbarton   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Chattaroy   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rhodell   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Eastgulf   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Helen   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fairdale   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lester   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sophia   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Tolleys   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Uno   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bud   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Pike (KY)
  Stopover (KY)   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Majestic (KY)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Phelps (KY)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Freeburn (KY)   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Fedscreek (KY)   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Ransom (KY)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mouthcard (KY)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  McCarr (KY)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lick Creek (KY)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  McVeigh (KY)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Pinsonfork (KY)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  McAndrews (KY)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Buchanan (VA)
  Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Janey (VA)   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Kelsa (VA)   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Grundy (VA)   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Royal City (VA)   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Vansant (VA)   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
Dickenson (VA)
  Haysi (VA)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clinchco (VA)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Clintwood (VA)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Russell (VA)
  Dye (VA)   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Russell (VA)   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Honaker (VA)   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cleveland (VA)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lebanon (VA)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Spring City (VA)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Smyth (VA)
  Allison Gap (VA)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cardwell Town (VA)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Saltville (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Chilhowie (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Marion (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Atkins (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Adwolf (VA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 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]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Tazewell (VA)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Little Town (VA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
Washington (VA)
  Fleet (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Glade Spring (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Bradshaw ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bradshaw.

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

Distance &

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

Newspapers Published in Bradshaw ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bradshaw.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bradshaw, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bradshaw.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Bradshaw had a post office and no railroad service. In 2017, Bradshaw had a population of 286 people.

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

Iaeger   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Bradshaw
 - 1895 population of 51 people (with 255 people in 2017)
 - Iaeger had a post office and no railroad service
Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bradshaw
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bearwallow had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Hill (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bradshaw
 - Pleasant Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Shack Mills (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bradshaw
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Shack Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Harman (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bradshaw
 - Harman had a post office and no railroad service
North Spring   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Bradshaw
 - 1895 population of 129 people
 - North Spring had a post office and no railroad service
Sayersville (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bradshaw
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Sayersville had a post office and no railroad service
Hanover   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North (N) from Bradshaw
 - Hanover had a post office and no railroad service
Lincoln   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the North (N) from Bradshaw
 - Lincoln 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 Bradshaw. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bradshaw in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites of Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Bradshaw:

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 List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Buchanan County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dickenson County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Smyth County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for 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
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Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Bradshaw ...

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

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 Bradshaw:

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

We have found Bradshaw in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Bradshaw for more information.

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

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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- Bradshaw) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bradshaw. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bradshaw

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bradshaw. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3534, Longitude: -81.8012     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bradshaw 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 Bradshaw, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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