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Powhatan, West Virginia
(McDowell County)

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The location of Powhatan

Our Genealogy Helper for Powhatan ...

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 Powhatan (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 Powhatan. 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.

Powhatan is located in McDowell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of McDowell County: Buchanan (VA), Tazewell (VA), Mercer, Mingo & Wyoming.

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

McDowell     (The home county for Powhatan)
  Northfork   [Map]     N   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Keystone   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles
  Elkhorn   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles
  Anawalt   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Gary   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Welch   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Davy   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  War   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Union City   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rocklick   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bald Knob   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Barrett   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lindytown - Historic   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pondco   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Twilight   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bim   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bandytown   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Stark   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Janie   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cazy   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pax   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mineral City   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mallory   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Man   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Omar   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Edison   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Athens   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Gilbert Creek   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Baisden   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wharncliffe   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pie   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Musick   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rhodell   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Helen   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Eastgulf   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sophia   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lester   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Tolleys   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Fairdale   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bud   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Uno   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Pike (KY)
  Stopover (KY)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Majestic (KY)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Phelps (KY)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Buchanan (VA)
  Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Janey (VA)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kelsa (VA)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Grundy (VA)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Royal City (VA)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Vansant (VA)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Russell (VA)
  Dye (VA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Russell (VA)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Honaker (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Smyth (VA)
  Atkins (VA)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Marion (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cardwell Town (VA)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Allison Gap (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Saltville (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Tazewell (VA)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Little Town (VA)   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Richlands (VA)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Raven (VA)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Wythe (VA)
  Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wytheville (VA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Max Meadows (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fort Chiswell (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Powhatan ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Powhatan.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Algoma Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Mitchem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Rotenberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Little Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Hollinsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rockhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Belcher Mountain Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Swim Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Music Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Belcher Mountain Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Pocahontas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bryant Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Coopers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Isaac Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Rye Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Miles Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hickory Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Page Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Witten Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Delp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Herndon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harless Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bud Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Billips Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Epperson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Perdus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dudley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Poe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Matoaka Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Powhatan ...

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 16 newspapers that have been published in the area around Powhatan.

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

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, Powhatan had a post office and railroad service.

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

Algoma   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Powhatan
 - Algoma had a post office and no railroad service
Elkhorn   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Powhatan
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Elkhorn had a post office and railroad service
Ennis   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Powhatan
 - Ennis had a post office and railroad service
Switchback   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Powhatan
 - Switchback had railroad service and no post office
Maybeury   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Powhatan
 - 1895 population of 875 people
 - Maybeury had railroad service and no post office
Coaldale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Powhatan
 - Coaldale had a post office and railroad service
Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Powhatan
 - 1895 population of 2,953 people (with 362 people in 2017)
 - Pocahontas had a post office and railroad service
Coopers   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Powhatan
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Coopers had a post office and no railroad service
Bramwell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Powhatan
 - 1895 population of 499 people (with 346 people in 2017)
 - Bramwell had a post office and railroad service
Freeman   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Powhatan
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Freeman had a post office and no railroad service
Abbs Valley - Historic   [Map]
 - While Abbs Valley was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Powhatan
 - Abbs Valley had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Powhatan. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Powhatan in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Powhatan:

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 McDowell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Logan County:     Cyndi's



Mercer County:     Cyndi's



Mingo County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Summers County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Pike County (KY):     Cyndi's



Buchanan County (VA):     Cyndi's



Giles County (VA):     Cyndi's



Russell County (VA):     Cyndi's



Smyth County (VA):     Cyndi's



Tazewell County (VA):     Cyndi's



Wythe County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

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 Powhatan:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in West Virginia

About McDowell County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Powhatan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4007, Longitude: -81.4204     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Powhatan have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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