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Our Genealogical Helper for Pettus ...

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 Pettus (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 Pettus. 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 Pettus ...

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 3 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pettus.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Pettus, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Pettus.

Cemeteries Near Pettus ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Pettus.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Mordue Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Jarrells Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Jarrells Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Asbury Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Pettry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jarrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE William Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Estep - Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Middle Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Little White Oak Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Jarrells Branch Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Bone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pettry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hodge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Jarrells Branch Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Jasper Workman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Pineview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Cooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cantley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jarrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fulton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sight Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Williams Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Eunice Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sarrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Richmond Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lafferty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McGinnis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cantley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wills Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McGinnis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Scarbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oxley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Artie Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jarrells Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Workman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Harvey-Toler Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Dickens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Honaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rorrer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bowen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dunbar Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hodge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Hope 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.<3>

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

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

Jarrolds Valley   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Pettus
 - 1895 population of 7 people
 - Jarrolds Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Bandytown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Pettus
 - Bandytown had a post office and no railroad service
Bald Knob   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Pettus
 - Bald Knob had a post office and no railroad service
Dry Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Pettus
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Dry Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Decota   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Pettus
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Decota had a post office and no railroad service
Acme   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Pettus
 - Acme had a post office and no railroad service
Gordon   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Pettus
 - Gordon had a post office and no railroad service
Nelson   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Pettus
 - Nelson 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 Pettus. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pettus 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Pettus is located in 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 Pettus. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Pettus:

Raleigh     (The home county for Pettus)
      Packsville   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Arnett   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Harper   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Tolleys   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lester   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Janie   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Whitesville   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Elk Run Junction   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Sylvester   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Lindytown - Historic   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Twilight   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Bandytown   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Keith   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Prenter   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Marnie   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cabot   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Milltown   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bald Knob   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pax   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Acme   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Winifrede   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Handley   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Belle   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sod   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Harts   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Man   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Banco   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Logan   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Davy   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Welch   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Northfork   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Iaeger   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wyoming City   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Union City   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkhorn   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gary   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thorpe   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pie   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Musick   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wharncliffe   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Delbarton   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Red Jacket   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Poca   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Uno   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bud   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 Pettus:

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 Raleigh County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
McDowell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in West Virginia

About Raleigh County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pettus. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9565, Longitude: -81.5376     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pettus 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 Pettus, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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