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Posey, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Posey ...

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 Posey (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 Posey. 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 southeast 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 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.

Posey 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 Posey. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Posey:

Raleigh     (The home county for Posey)
  Arnett   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Fairdale   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Tolleys   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Lester   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Harper   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Old Mill Village   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Packsville   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Sophia   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Prosperity   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bradley   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lindytown - Historic   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Rocklick   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Bald Knob   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Whitesville   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Barrett   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Janie   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Twilight   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bandytown   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Elk Run Junction   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Pondco   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Sylvester   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bim   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Pax   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  McDunn   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Powellton   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Concho   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Vale   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hines   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Acme   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Eskdale   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Handley   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hollygrove   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cabin Creek   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Winifrede   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  East Bank   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Glasgow   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Pratt   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Chesapeake   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Belle   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sod   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Alum Creek   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mineral City   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Mallory   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Man   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Logan   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Peach Creek   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Switzer   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  West Logan   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mitchell Heights   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Omar   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hedgeview   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Thompson Town   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Chapmanville   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Banco   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Davy   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Welch   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Gary   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Iaeger   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Union City   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wyoming City   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Athens   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Edison   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Baisden   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gilbert Creek   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wharncliffe   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pie   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Musick   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Red Jacket   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bud   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Uno   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
Pike (KY)
  Majestic (KY)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Posey ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Posey.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Workman Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sarrett - Lemon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wills Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Honaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Accord Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Richmond Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Worley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Trump Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Henderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Flashman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rorrer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sarrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dickens Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Eunice Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cantley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Farmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Farmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Snuffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Covey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Trump Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rorrer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cantley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McGinnis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Scarbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wills Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McGinnis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lafferty Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Richmond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Pettry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Davis - Bailey Homestead Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chambers Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Jarrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bone Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW William Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wiseman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McGinnis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Jarrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Trail Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tulliver Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Athey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pettry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Snuffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Turner Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harvey-Toler Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Glen Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Aliff Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Workman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Workman Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dunbar Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sweeney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Biggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Maynor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ewing Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Maynor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hodge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fulton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hodge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Asbury Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Slab Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cannaday Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Calfee Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE William Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Maynor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lafferty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Artie Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Estep - Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jarrells Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Workman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Hill Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Posey ...

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 Posey.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Posey, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Posey.

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 Posey in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Posey.

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

Redbird   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Posey
 - Redbird had a post office and no railroad service
Dry Creek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Posey
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Dry Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Matville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Posey
 - 1895 population of 9 people
 - Matville had a post office and no railroad service
Crany   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Posey
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Crany had a post office and no railroad service
Lester   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Posey
 - 1895 population of 11 people (with 323 people in 2017)
 - Lester had a post office and no railroad service
McGraws   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Posey
 - McGraws had a post office and no railroad service
Clear Creek   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Posey
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Clear Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Cirtsville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Posey
 - Cirtsville 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 Posey. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Posey 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 helpful 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 Posey:

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 Raleigh County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



Lincoln County:     Cyndi's



Logan County:     Cyndi's



McDowell County:     Cyndi's



Mercer County:     Cyndi's



Mingo County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Summers County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Pike County (KY):     Cyndi's



Tazewell County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Raleigh County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Posey. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8037, Longitude: -81.4326     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Posey 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 Posey, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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