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Our Genealogical Helper for Poca ...

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 Poca (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 Poca. 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 Poca ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Poca.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Poca, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Poca.

Cemeteries Near Poca ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Poca.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Cartwright Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Burdette Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Showen Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rocky Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sam Derrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McClanahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Winfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Leadman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Teays Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW College Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cunningham Memorial Park   [Map]     
  S Bangor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brick Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Britton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Giles - Stern Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  W J L Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wade Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sutherland - White Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shorts Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Altz Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sinclair Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Grandview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Grandview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Thurston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bess Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Martin / Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Casdorph Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thaxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Floral Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Crank Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bowles Ridge Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Layne Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Monk Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE John Beane Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Vandine Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sissonville Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Albert E Humphreys Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jeffries Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barnette Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bowles Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hodges 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Poca had a population of 284 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Poca had a population of 987 people.

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

Scary   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Poca
 - Scary had a post office and railroad service
Plymouth   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Poca
 - Plymouth had a post office and railroad service
Bancroft   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Poca
 - Bancroft had railroad service and no post office
Sattes   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Poca
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Sattes had a post office and railroad service
Rocky Fork   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Poca
 - Rocky Fork had a post office and no railroad service
Winfield   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Poca
 - 1895 population of 302 people (with 2,359 people in 2017)
 - Winfield had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Albans   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Poca
 - 1895 population of 1,375 people (with 100 people in 2017)
 - Saint Albans had a post office and railroad service
Red House   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Poca
 - Red House had railroad service and no post office
Confidence   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Poca
 - Confidence had a post office and no railroad service
Teays   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Poca
 - Teays 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 Poca. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Poca 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.

Poca is located in Putnam County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Putnam County: Cabell, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln & Mason.

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

Putnam     (The home county for Poca)
      Raymond City   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Bancroft   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Horse Creek Junction   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Julian   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Easly   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Nellis   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Johns   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clay   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Saint Albans   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tornado   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sod   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Harts   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Banco   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Leon   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Baden   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mason   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Buffalo Creek   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ceredo   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cheshire (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Carlton (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Andis (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burlington (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Middleport (OH)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 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 Poca:

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 Putnam County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cabell 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    
Jackson 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      
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

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 Poca:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Poca in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Poca for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Poca.
      See our Misc Page for Poca for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Putnam County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Poca. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Poca

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Poca. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4730, Longitude: -81.8125     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Poca 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 Poca, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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