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Edison, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Edison ...

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 Edison (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 Edison. 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 northwest 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 north.

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 north 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.

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

Mercer     (The home county for Edison)
  Johnston Town   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Bluefield   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Athens   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Gary   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Welch   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  War   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Davy   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bradshaw   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Union City   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Union   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rhodell   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Eastgulf   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Helen   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Shady Spring   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sophia   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lester   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bud   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Uno   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Buchanan (VA)
  Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Carroll (VA)
  Sheep Town (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Oak Grove (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Pembroke (VA)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
Montgomery (VA)
  Blacksburg (VA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  McBryde Village (VA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Merrimac (VA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sundance Village (VA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Pulaski (VA)
  Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pulaski (VA)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dublin (VA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fairlawn (VA)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mack Creek Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Radford City (VA)
  New Town (VA)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Radford (VA)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Radford Village (VA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sunset Village (VA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mill Village (VA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Simpkins Village (VA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Smyth (VA)
  Atkins (VA)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Marion (VA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sugar Grove (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Little Town (VA)   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Tazewell (VA)   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Richlands (VA)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wythe (VA)
  Wytheville (VA)   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Max Meadows (VA)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Fort Chiswell (VA)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Locust Hill (VA)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ivanhoe (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Austinville (VA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Edison ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Edison.

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

Distance &

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

Newspapers Published in Edison ...

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 Edison.

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

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

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

New Hope   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Edison
 - 1895 population of 10 people
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Bethel - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bethel was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Edison
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Bethel had a post office and no railroad service
Bluefield   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Edison
 - 1895 population of 1,775 people (with 9,869 people in 2017)
 - Bluefield had a post office and railroad service
Byron (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Edison
 - Byron had a post office and no railroad service
Rocky Gap (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Edison
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Rocky Gap had a post office and no railroad service
Ingleside   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Edison
 - 1895 population of 120 people
 - Ingleside had a post office and railroad service
Princeton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Edison
 - 1895 population of 320 people (with 5,822 people in 2017)
 - Princeton had a post office and no railroad service
Clear Fork (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Edison
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Clear Fork 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 Edison. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Edison 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 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 Edison:

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



Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



McDowell 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



Montgomery County (VA):     Cyndi's



Pulaski County (VA):     Cyndi's



Radford City (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 ...

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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Mercer County

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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 from Point A (ie- Edison) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Edison. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3039, Longitude: -81.1553     [Map].

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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 Edison, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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