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Peters Junction, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Peters Junction ...

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 Peters Junction (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 Peters Junction. 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 Peters Junction ...

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 Peters Junction.

  • Typical abbreviation for Peters Junction: Peters Jct. (or less commonly used: Peters Jctn.)
  • While the name of this community is Peters Junction, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Peters Junction may originally have been Peter's Junction.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Peters Junction might be written as Peter Junction.

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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Peters Junction is located in Nicholas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Nicholas County: Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha & Webster.

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

Nicholas     (The home county for Peters Junction)
  Beech Glen   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Summersville   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Joes Creek   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Orgas   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Elk Run Junction   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Janie   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Keith   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sylvester   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Whitesville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Comfort   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Coopertown   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fosterville   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kirbyton   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bloomingrose   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Eden   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Clem   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gassaway   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sutton   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mudfork   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Orma   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Arnoldsburg   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Clay   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Harrison   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Valley Fork   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ansted   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Gauley Bridge   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Beckwith   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Cannelton   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Smithers   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hilton Village   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Concho   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Powellton   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Crichton   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Quinwood   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hines   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Orient Hill   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Vale   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Unus   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Falling Spring   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Handley   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hollygrove   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Pratt   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Glasgow   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  East Bank   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Eskdale   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Cabin Creek   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Clendenin   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Acme   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Belle   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Chesapeake   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Royal - Historic   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bradley   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Piney View   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Prosperity   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Stanaford   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Harper   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Old Mill Village   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Packsville   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Erbacon   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Upperglade   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Addison   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Peters Junction ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Peters Junction.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Neil Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Sugar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Rich Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dotson - Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Mt. Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Westlake Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Restlawn Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Keenan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Duling Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NE McCutchin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ida Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Abbott - Huddleston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Holcomb Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Peters Junction ...

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 16 newspapers that have been published in the area around Peters Junction.

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

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

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

Albion - Historic   [Map]
 - While Albion was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Peters Junction
 - Albion had a post office and no railroad service
Leander   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Peters Junction
 - Leander had a post office and no railroad service
Mulvane - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mulvane was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Peters Junction
 - Mulvane had a post office and no railroad service
Deitz - Historic   [Map]
 - While Deitz was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Peters Junction
 - 1895 population of 6 people
 - Deitz had a post office and no railroad service
Elliot - Historic   [Map]
 - While Elliot was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Peters Junction
 - Elliot had a post office and no railroad service
Tipton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Peters Junction
 - Tipton had a post office and no railroad service
Ansted   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Peters Junction
 - Ansted had a post office and no railroad service
Mountain Cove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Peters Junction
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Mountain Cove had a post office and no railroad service
Keslers Cross Lanes   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Peters Junction
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Keslers Cross Lanes had a post office and no railroad service
Zela   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Peters Junction
 - 1895 population of 7 people
 - Zela had a post office and no railroad service
Clifty   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Peters Junction
 - Clifty 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 Peters Junction. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Peters Junction in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Peters Junction:

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 Nicholas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Braxton County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Roane County:     Cyndi's



Summers County:     Cyndi's



Webster County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Search for a West Virginia Community

About Nicholas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Peters Junction. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2246, Longitude: -81.0484     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Peters Junction 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 Peters Junction, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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