A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Portersville, West Virginia

Nearby Census Genealogy
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Other WV

The location of Portersville

Our Genealogy Helper for Portersville ...

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 Portersville (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 Portersville. 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.

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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Portersville is located in Lincoln County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lincoln County: Boone, Cabell, Kanawha, Logan, Mingo, Putnam & Wayne.

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

Lincoln     (The home county for Portersville)
  Hamlin   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  West Hamlin   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Sod   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Alum Creek   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Wewanta   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Harts   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Layville   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Woodville   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Dodson Junction   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Morrisvale   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Horse Creek Junction   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Julian   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lory   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Emmons   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Rock Creek   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Danville   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Grippe   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Dartmont   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Easly   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Milton   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Culloden   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Barboursville   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Pea Ridge   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Huntington   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Crown City   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Kentuck   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ripley   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tornado   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Nitro   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Saint Albans   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cross Lanes   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rock Lake Village   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  South Charleston   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Charleston   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Airport Village   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Kanawha City   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dupont City   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Marmet   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Banco   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Big Creek   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Chapmanville   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mitchell Heights   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Peach Creek   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hedgeview   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Troy Town   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  West Logan   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Logan   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Thompson Town   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Holden   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Switzer   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Omar   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Upland   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Arbuckle   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Leon   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Baden   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Point Pleasant   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Greyeagle   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Kermit   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hurricane   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Teays Village   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Teays Valley   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Scott Village   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Eleanor   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Fraziers Bottom   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Bancroft   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Poca   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Raymond City   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cove Gap   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Armilda   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Wayne   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Buffalo Creek   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ceredo   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Kenova   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wilsondale   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mineral Springs   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fort Gay   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Boyd (KY)
  Durbin (KY)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Catlettsburg (KY)   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ashland (KY)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Big Sandy (KY)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Westwood (KY)   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fairview (KY)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Millseat (KY)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rush (KY)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Carter (KY)
  Denton (KY)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Jeriel (KY)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Greenup (KY)
  Bellefonte (KY)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Russell (KY)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Flatwoods (KY)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Raceland (KY)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Worthington (KY)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wurtland (KY)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Argillite (KY)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (KY)
  Buchanan (KY)   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Zelda (KY) - Historic   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Catalpa (KY) - Historic   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Louisa (KY)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Clifford (KY)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Five Forks (KY)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Maynard (KY) - Historic   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Walbridge (KY) - Historic   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bolton (KY) - Historic   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Estep (KY) - Historic   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fallsburg (KY)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Goldie (KY) - Historic   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Stringtown (KY)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
Martin (KY)
  Hode (KY)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Warfield (KY)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lovely (KY)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Beauty (KY)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Inez (KY)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pilgrim (KY)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gallia (OH)
  Crown City (OH)   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bladen (OH)   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mills Village (OH)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (OH)
  Athalia (OH)   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Proctorville (OH)   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Burlington (OH)   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Andis (OH)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  South Point (OH)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Coal Grove (OH)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ironton (OH)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hanging Rock (OH)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Vernon (OH)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Portersville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Portersville.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Enom Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bias Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Trace Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Gill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Chapman Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hamlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lincoln Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harveys Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Waugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Adkins - Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Midkiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sloan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Triplett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Peyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sloan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Isaac Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Culloden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Swann Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Seites Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Chaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Forest Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNW Maupin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Milton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Love Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Baylous Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jeffers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Keck Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Burks Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cartwright Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Flowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Goode Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blue Sulphur Burial Park   [Map]     
  NW Mud River Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Keesee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Roy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Workman Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Yeager Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Barrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE May Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW White Chapel Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Ramey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shepherd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Saunders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McComas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stowers - Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Plumley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Portersville ...

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 18 newspapers that have been published in the area around Portersville.

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

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Portersville had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Hamlin   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Portersville
 - 1895 population of 248 people (with 1,072 people in 2017)
 - Hamlin had a post office and no railroad service
Nye   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Portersville
 - Nye had a post office and no railroad service
Fudges Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Portersville
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Fudges Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Milton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Portersville
 - 1895 population of 548 people (with 2,612 people in 2017)
 - Milton had a post office and railroad service
Sarah   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Portersville
 - Sarah had a post office and no railroad service
Sheridan   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Portersville
 - Sheridan had a post office and no railroad service
Myra   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Portersville
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Myra had a post office and no railroad service
Sweetland   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Portersville
 - Sweetland had a post office and no railroad service
Culloden   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Portersville
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Culloden had a post office and railroad service
Ona   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Portersville
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Ona had a post office and railroad service
Jenks   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Portersville
 - Jenks 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 Portersville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Portersville in the 1890's.

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 and 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 Portersville:

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 Lincoln County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Cabell County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



Logan County:     Cyndi's



Mason County:     Cyndi's



Mingo County:     Cyndi's



Putnam County:     Cyndi's



Roane County:     Cyndi's



Wayne County:     Cyndi's



Boyd County (KY):     Cyndi's



Carter County (KY):     Cyndi's



Greenup County (KY):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (KY):     Cyndi's



Martin County (KY):     Cyndi's



Gallia County (OH):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (OH):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Portersville ...

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

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 Portersville:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Portersville. See our Misc Page for Portersville for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Lincoln County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Portersville. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Lincoln County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Portersville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Portersville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3354, Longitude: -82.1304     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Portersville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

<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 Portersville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

- Return to Citation






Sitemap Privacy
of Use



Copyright 2019
All Rights Reserved

Please keep in mind that we can not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information on this website, so use with care. We encourage you to double-check the information that is critical to you.

If you've found an error or have additional information that you would like to share, please don't hesitate to write. Click here to contact us.

This page was last modified: 17 Jan 2019