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Porter, West Virginia
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Our Genealogical Helper for Porter ...

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 Porter (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 Porter. 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 Porter ...

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 4 newspapers that have been published in the area around Porter.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Porter, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Porter.

Cemeteries Near Porter ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Porter.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Naylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dulls Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rolling Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shamlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hindsman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Deverick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Koontz Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Clendenin Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Pierson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cummings Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Amma Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Osborne Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Ashley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hinkle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blue Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Patton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Armstead Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Grose Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Casey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Keffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Seabolt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Reamer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Murdock Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ryder Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Payne Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Canterbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Staats Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Price Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW O Dell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Groves Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Laurel Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Barnhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Newton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Holbert Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McCroskey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rucker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N J Herbert Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hershberger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Curtis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Reed - Stephenson - Pierson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sand Run Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Nida Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Holcomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Little Laurel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cromwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ritchea Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Abbott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Donahue Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Criner 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 Porter in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Porter.

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

Procious   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Porter
 - Procious had a post office and no railroad service
Apgah - Historic   [Map]
 - While Apgah was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Porter
 - Apgah had a post office and no railroad service
Pigeon   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Porter
 - Pigeon had a post office and no railroad service
Osbornes Mills   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Porter
 - Osbornes Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Wellford   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Porter
 - Wellford had a post office and no railroad service
Amma   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Porter
 - Amma had a post office and no railroad service
Clendenin   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Porter
 - 1895 population of 106 people (with 1,142 people in 2017)
 - Clendenin had a post office and no railroad service
Gazil - Historic   [Map]
 - While Gazil was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Porter
 - Gazil 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 Porter. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Porter 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Porter is located in Clay County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Braxton, Calhoun, Kanawha, Nicholas & Roane.

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

Clay     (The home county for Porter)
      Valley Fork   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clay   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eden   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Joes Creek   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sharlow   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fosterville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kirbyton   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clem   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Orma   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Malden   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sod   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Baden   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Poca   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Porter:

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 Clay County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer 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    
Mason 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    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Clay County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Porter. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4834, Longitude: -81.2559     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Porter 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 Porter, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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