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Our Genealogical Helper for Canebrake ...

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 Canebrake (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 insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Canebrake. 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.

Newspapers Published in Canebrake ...

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 13 newspapers that have been published in the area around Canebrake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Canebrake, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Canebrake.

Cemeteries Near Canebrake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Canebrake.

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 new browser window will open with a Google map 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 and 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 Canebrake covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Hartwell - Berwind Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Lomax Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Altizer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Altizer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Company Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Yates Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hagerman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Day Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Lowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wilburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dickenson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Billips Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sluss Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Puckett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rose Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W White Cemetery   [Map]     
  W White Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Maplewood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Peery Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mays Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bowen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Morton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Billips Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Deskins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kaiser Cemetery   [Map]     
  W White Cemetery   [Map]     


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

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

Sayersville (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Canebrake
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Sayersville had a post office and no railroad service
Shraders (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Canebrake
 - 1895 population of 8 people
 - Shraders had a post office and no railroad service
Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Canebrake
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bearwallow had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Hill (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Canebrake
 - Pleasant Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Harman (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Canebrake
 - Harman had a post office and no railroad service
Gap Store (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Canebrake
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Gap Store had a post office and no railroad service
Maxwell (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Canebrake
 - Maxwell had a post office and railroad service
Pisgah (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Canebrake
 - Pisgah had a post office and railroad service
Gillespie (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Canebrake
 - Gillespie 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 Canebrake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Canebrake in the 1890's.

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 hospitals 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.

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

McDowell     (The home county for Canebrake)
      War   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Gary   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Thorpe   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bradshaw   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Anawalt   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Welch   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Davy   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Elkhorn   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Union City   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Northfork   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Man   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Omar   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bramwell   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Coopers   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Montcalm   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bluefield   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Edison   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Johnston Town   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakvale   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wharncliffe   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pie   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Musick   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blackberry City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Matewan   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Red Jacket   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rhodell   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eastgulf   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Helen   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sophia   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tolleys   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Bud   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Uno   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
Pike (KY)
      Stopover (KY)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Majestic (KY)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Phelps (KY)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fedscreek (KY)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Freeburn (KY)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mouthcard (KY)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ransom (KY)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lick Creek (KY)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McCarr (KY)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkhorn City (KY)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McVeigh (KY)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cedarville (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belcher (KY)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Buchanan (VA)
      Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Janey (VA)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grundy (VA)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Royal City (VA)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vansant (VA)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kelsa (VA)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
Dickenson (VA)
      Haysi (VA)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clinchco (VA)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Grayson (VA)
      Trout Dale (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Russell (VA)
      Dye (VA)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Russell (VA)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Honaker (VA)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lebanon (VA)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Spring City (VA)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cleveland (VA)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Smyth (VA)
      Allison Gap (VA)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cardwell Town (VA)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Saltville (VA)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Atkins (VA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Marion (VA)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chilhowie (VA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adwolf (VA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sugar Grove (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
Tazewell (VA)
      Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tazewell (VA)   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Richlands (VA)   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Boissevain (VA)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Raven (VA)   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Little Town (VA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bluefield (VA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
Washington (VA)
      Fleet (VA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Glade Spring (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lowland (VA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wythe (VA)
      Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wytheville (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 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 Canebrake:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About McDowell County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Canebrake. 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 that stretches from Canebrake. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Canebrake) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Canebrake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.2476, Longitude: -81.6409     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Canebrake 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 Canebrake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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