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Our Genealogical Helper for Priestley ...

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 Priestley (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 Priestley. 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 Priestley ...

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 108 newspapers that have been published in the area around Priestley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Priestley, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Priestley.

Cemeteries Near Priestley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Priestley.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Pate Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Forks of Coal Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Owen Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pauley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Holstein Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Midkiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hazlette Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sanson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  W White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pauley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Childress Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Griffith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McClure Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  S White Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Altman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Morris Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Griffith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harless Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Morris Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Holstein Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sutherland - White Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W May Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Egnor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Moore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Hill - Lory Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Dolin   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Barker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE French Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bangor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cunningham Memorial Park   [Map]     
  N College Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Teays Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Egnor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Peck Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Vickers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Peterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ryan Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Griffith Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Riley Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Dolan   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Kinder Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Rumble Heights Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Snodgrass Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE McDerment Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Perry Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Thurston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Grandview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Goode Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Barrett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Elkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Linville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Linville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Linville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Trent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sias Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McNealy Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Breedlove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Echols Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beckett Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Dolin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE G.W. Estep Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Harless Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Price Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Price Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Barker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Martin / Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bess 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 Priestley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Priestley.

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

Garretts Bend   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Priestley
 - Garretts Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Tornado   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Priestley
 - Tornado had a post office and no railroad service
Griffithsville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Priestley
 - 1895 population of 74 people
 - Griffithsville had a post office and no railroad service
Davis Creek   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Priestley
 - Davis Creek had railroad service and no post office
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Priestley
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Saint Albans   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Priestley
 - 1895 population of 1,375 people (with 100 people in 2017)
 - Saint Albans had a post office and railroad service
Sattes   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Priestley
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Sattes had a post office and railroad service
Mound - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mound was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Priestley
 - Mound 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 Priestley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Priestley 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors 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.

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

Lincoln     (The home county for Priestley)
      Alum Creek   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Sod   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Harts   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Horse Creek Junction   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Julian   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lory   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Easly   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dodson Junction   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Morrisvale   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Milton   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pax   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tornado   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Saint Albans   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dupont City   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Marmet   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Banco   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Troy Town   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Holden   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leon   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Baden   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Poca   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wilsondale   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Buffalo Creek   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ceredo   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burlington (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Priestley:

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 Lincoln 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    
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    
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      
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    
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Lincoln County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of 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
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Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Lincoln County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Priestley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2604, Longitude: -81.8368     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Priestley 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 Priestley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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