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Our Genealogical Helper for Chimney Corner ...

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 Chimney Corner (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 Chimney Corner. 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.

Name Variations for Chimney Corner ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Chimney Corner.

  • Typical abbreviation for Chimney Corner: Chimney Cor. (or less commonly used: Chimney Crn.)

Newspapers Published in Chimney Corner ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Chimney Corner.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Chimney Corner, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Chimney Corner.

Cemeteries Near Chimney Corner ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Chimney Corner.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Abbott - Huddleston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Westlake Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Abbot Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Restlawn Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Sugar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rich Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Blake Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Robson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S John Nugen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Huse Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Page Tabernackle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Meadow Haven Memorial Park   [Map]     
  S Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ida Cemetery   [Map]     
  S High Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  ESE Jennette Cemetery   [Map]     
  E White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Neil 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 Chimney Corner in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Chimney Corner.

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

Cotton Hill   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Chimney Corner
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Cotton Hill had a post office and railroad service
Gauley   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Chimney Corner
 - Gauley had railroad service and no post office
Beckwith   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Chimney Corner
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Beckwith had a post office and no railroad service
Hawks Nest   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Chimney Corner
 - 1895 population of 210 people
 - Hawks Nest had a post office and railroad service
Ansted   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Chimney Corner
 - Ansted had a post office and no railroad service
Sunnyside - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sunnyside was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Chimney Corner
 - Sunnyside had railroad service and no post office
Gaymont   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Chimney Corner
 - Gaymont had railroad service and no post office
Gauley Bridge   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Chimney Corner
 - 1895 population of 180 people (with 570 people in 2017)
 - Gauley Bridge had a post office and no railroad service
Kanawha Falls   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Chimney Corner
 - 1895 population of 282 people
 - Kanawha Falls had a post office and railroad service
Dempsey   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Chimney Corner
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Dempsey 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 Chimney Corner. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Chimney Corner 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Chimney Corner is located in Fayette County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Fayette County: Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers.

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

Fayette     (The home county for Chimney Corner)
      Ansted   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Joes Creek   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elk Run Junction   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Janie   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Whitesville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Orgas   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Coopertown   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Keith   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sylvester   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fosterville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kirbyton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Seth   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clem   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clay   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hines   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vale   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alderson   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Unus   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Handley   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Acme   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Belle   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sod   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Harper   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 - you should note 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 Chimney Corner:

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 Fayette County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Fayette County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Chimney Corner. 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 begins in Chimney Corner. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Chimney Corner) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chimney Corner. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.1390, Longitude: -81.1470     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chimney Corner 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 Chimney Corner, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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