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Pear, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Pear ...

So far, we have found very little information about Pear. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Pear to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Pear, please Contact Us.

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 Pear (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 Pear. 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Pear is historic, it would have been located within present day Raleigh County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Raleigh County: Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Mercer, Summers & Wyoming.

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

Raleigh     (The home county for Pear)
  Royal - Historic   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]<2>
  Clifftop   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Shady Spring   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Piney View   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Stanaford   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Prosperity   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bradley   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Whitesville   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Elk Run Junction   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Janie   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sylvester   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lindytown - Historic   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Keith   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bald Knob   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rocklick   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Twilight   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Joes Creek   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bandytown   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Spring Dale   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bellwood   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Concho   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Vale   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Hines   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Orient Hill   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Frazier   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Crichton   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Quinwood   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Fort Spring   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Acme   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Eskdale   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Handley   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hollygrove   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pratt   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Glasgow   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cabin Creek   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  East Bank   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Athens   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Edison   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Union   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bud   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (VA)
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pembroke (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Pear ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Pear.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  SSE Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW William Kidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Colmans Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beechnut Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Plumley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Richmond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Goddard Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Bragg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Royal Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Adkins Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Meadows Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Hicks - Swell Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wickline Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Patton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Layland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Hall Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Restwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Greenwood Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSE Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Upland Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE William Thomas Lowry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE White Family Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Pear ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pear.

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

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.

While we didn't find Pear in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Pear.

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

Glade   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Pear
 - Glade had railroad service and no post office
Sandstone   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Pear
 - Sandstone had railroad service and no post office
New Richmond - Historic   [Map]
 - While New Richmond was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Pear
 - 1895 population of 88 people
 - New Richmond had a post office and railroad service
Quinnimont   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Pear
 - 1895 population of 600 people
 - Quinnimont had a post office and railroad service
Grandview   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Pear
 - Grandview had a post office and no railroad service
Crow   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pear
 - Crow had a post office and no railroad service
Brooks   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Pear
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Brooks had a post office and railroad service
Prince   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Pear
 - Prince had a post office and railroad service
Crickmer   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Pear
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Crickmer 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 Pear. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pear in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Pear:

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 Raleigh County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



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



Summers County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Giles County (VA):     Cyndi's



Tazewell County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Pear, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Pear) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pear. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8010, Longitude: -80.9693     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pear have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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