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Our Genealogical Helper for Pettit ...

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

We've added Pettit to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Pettit, 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 Pettit (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 insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Pettit. 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.

Newspapers Published in Pettit ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pettit.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Pettit, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Pettit.

Cemeteries Near Pettit ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Pettit.

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 new browser window will open with a Google map 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 and 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 Pettit covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Coffman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NE McNeely Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Mountain State Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Fansler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Collett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Leading Creek Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Little Arlington Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Maplewood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Kerns Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Teter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW St. Brendens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bonifield Cemetery   [Map]     


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.

Pettit itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

Pleasant Run   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Pettit
 - Pleasant Run had a post office and no railroad service
Bretz   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Pettit
 - Bretz had a post office and railroad service
Parsons   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Pettit
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 1,415 people in 2017)
 - Parsons had a post office and railroad service
Kerens   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Pettit
 - Kerens had a post office and railroad service
Whyte   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pettit
 - Whyte had railroad service and no post office
Hendricks   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Pettit
 - 1895 population of 212 people (with 257 people in 2017)
 - Hendricks had a post office and railroad service
Montrose   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Pettit
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 154 people in 2017)
 - Montrose had a post office and railroad service
Gilman   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pettit
 - Gilman had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Pettit. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pettit in the 1890's.

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 hospitals and doctors 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.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Barbour, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Tucker, Upshur & Webster.

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

Randolph     (The home county for Pettit)
      Montrose   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Harman   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mingo   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Belington   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Junior   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Audra   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Union   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Despard   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gore   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Weston   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Onego   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Circleville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brushy Run   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Harper   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thornwood   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Frank   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Durbin   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Albright   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Davis   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 Pettit:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pendleton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pocahontas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tucker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Pettit ...

While our initial data for Pettit came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Pettit 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 Pettit.

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 Pettit:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Pettit.
      See our Misc Page for Pettit for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Randolph 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 Pettit, 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 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Pettit. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Pettit) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pettit. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0209, Longitude: -79.7181     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pettit 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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