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Packs Ferry, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Packs Ferry ...

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 Packs Ferry (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 Packs Ferry. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors 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.

Packs Ferry is located in Summers County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Summers County: Giles (VA), Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe & Raleigh.

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

Summers     (The home county for Packs Ferry)
  Bellepoint   [Map]     NE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Hinton   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Spring Dale   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Bellwood   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Concho   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Vale   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Frazier   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fort Spring   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ronceverte   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fairlea   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hines   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lewisburg   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gary   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Welch   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Athens   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Edison   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Union   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Shady Spring   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Royal - Historic   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Piney View   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bud   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pembroke (VA)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
Montgomery (VA)
  Sundance Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Blacksburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  McBryde Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mount Tabor Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Merrimac (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Pulaski (VA)
  Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fairlawn (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dublin (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pulaski (VA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Radford City (VA)
  New Town (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Radford (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mill Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Radford Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Simpkins Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sunset Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Packs Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Packs Ferry.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Huffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Restwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greenbrier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lilly - Crews Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Adkins Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Upland Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Meadows Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Farley Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE New Hope Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Hatcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Colmans Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Hatcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dunns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Meador Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pence Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Richmond Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Packs Ferry ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Packs Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Packs Ferry, 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 Packs Ferry.

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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Packs Ferry had a post office and no railroad service.

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

True   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Packs Ferry
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - True had a post office and no railroad service
Wiggins   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Packs Ferry
 - Wiggins had a post office and no railroad service
Hinton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Packs Ferry
 - 1895 population of 2,570 people (with 2,448 people in 2017)
 - Hinton had a post office and railroad service
Buck   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Packs Ferry
 - Buck had a post office and no railroad service
Jumping Branch   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Packs Ferry
 - 1895 population of 95 people
 - Jumping Branch had a post office and no railroad service
Ellison   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Packs Ferry
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Ellison had a post office and no railroad service
Pipestem   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Packs Ferry
 - Pipestem had a post office and no railroad service
Warford - Historic   [Map]
 - While Warford was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Packs Ferry
 - Warford had a post office and no railroad service
Hilldale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Packs Ferry
 - Hilldale had railroad service and no post office
Brooks   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Packs Ferry
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Brooks had a post office and railroad service
Forest Hill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Packs Ferry
 - 1895 population of 13 people
 - Forest Hill 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 Packs Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Packs Ferry 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 helpful 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 Packs Ferry:

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 Summers County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



McDowell County:     Cyndi's



Mercer County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Giles County (VA):     Cyndi's



Montgomery County (VA):     Cyndi's



Pulaski County (VA):     Cyndi's



Radford City (VA):     Cyndi's


Tazewell County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Packs Ferry ...

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

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 Packs Ferry:

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

The GNIS database contains an entry for Packs Ferry. See our Misc Page for Packs Ferry for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in West Virginia

About Summers County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Packs Ferry. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6271, Longitude: -80.8979     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Packs Ferry have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Packs Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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