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Pence Springs, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Pence Springs ...

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 Pence Springs (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 Pence Springs. 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 Pence Springs ...

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 Pence Springs.

  • Typical abbreviation for Pence Springs: Pence Spgs. (or less commonly used: Pence Spngs. or Pence Sprngs.)

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 and hospitals 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.

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

Summers     (The home county for Pence Springs)
  Forest Hill   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Bellepoint   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Spring Dale   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bellwood   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hilton Village   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Concho   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Frazier   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Fort Spring   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Vale   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Ronceverte   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Fairlea   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Lewisburg   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Clendenenville   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Athens   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Edison   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Union   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Shady Spring   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Royal - Historic   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Piney View   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Stanaford   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bud   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Covington City (VA)
  Covington (VA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Craig (VA)
  New Castle (VA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Abbott (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Giles (VA)
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pembroke (VA)   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
Montgomery (VA)
  Mount Tabor Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Blacksburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  McBryde Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sundance Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Merrimac (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Pulaski (VA)
  Fairlawn (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dublin (VA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Radford City (VA)
  Mill Village (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Radford (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  New Town (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Radford Village (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Simpkins Village (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sunset Village (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Pence Springs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Pence Springs.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Pence Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Wayside Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Alderson Fletcher Addition Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Upland Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Greenbrier Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Huffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Hope Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Hicks - Swell Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Hanger Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Meadows Family Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Pence Springs ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pence Springs.

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

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>

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

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

Lowell   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Pence Springs
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Lowell had a post office and railroad service
Talcott   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Pence Springs
 - 1895 population of 288 people
 - Talcott had a post office and railroad service
Riffe   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Pence Springs
 - Riffe had railroad service and no post office
Santifee - Historic   [Map]
 - While Santifee was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Pence Springs
 - Santifee had a post office and no railroad service
Clayton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Pence Springs
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Clayton had a post office and no railroad service
Hilldale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Pence Springs
 - Hilldale had railroad service and no post office
Bargers Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Pence Springs
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Bargers Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Wolfcreek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Pence Springs
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Wolfcreek 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 Pence Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pence Springs in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites of 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 - 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 Pence Springs:

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 List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Covington City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search    
Craig County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pulaski County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Radford City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for 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 ...

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 Pence Springs. 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Pence Springs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pence Springs. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6782, Longitude: -80.7251     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pence Springs 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 Pence Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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