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Pursley, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Pursley ...

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 Pursley (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 Pursley. 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.

Pursley is located in Tyler County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tyler County: Washington (OH), Doddridge, Monroe, Pleasants, Ritchie & Wetzel.

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

Tyler     (The home county for Pursley)
  Sistersville   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Middlebourne   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Paden City   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Friendly   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Atwood   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  West Union   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Smithburg   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Salem   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  O'Neill   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lumberport   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Gore   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Shinnston   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Adamston   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  West Milford   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Despard   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Nutter Fort   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Stonewood   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Valley Chapel   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Camden   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mannington   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Helens Run   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Monongah   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kent   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Adaline   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Cameron   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Moundsville   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Glen Dale   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  McMechen   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Benwood   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bethlehem   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wheeling   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Triadelphia   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Saint Marys   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Belmont   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Pennsboro   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ellenboro   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Harrisville   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Pullman   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cairo   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cantwell   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  New Martinsville   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Pine Grove   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bebee   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Barker   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bane   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Smithfield   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Uniontown   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Littleton   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hundred   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Freeport   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Greencastle   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Elizabeth   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Williamstown   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Parkers Towne   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  North Hills   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kanawha   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Vienna   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Parkersburg   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mineral Acres   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mineral Wells   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Slate   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Blennerhassett   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Belmont (OH)
  Powhatan Point (OH)   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Vadis (OH)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Shadyside (OH)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Barnesville (OH)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bethesda (OH)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bellaire (OH)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Belmont (OH)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Neffs (OH)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Morristown (OH)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Blaine (OH)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Saint Clairsville (OH)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bridgeport (OH)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Guernsey (OH)
  Quaker City (OH)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Salesville (OH)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fairview (OH)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Senecaville (OH)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lore City (OH)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Middlebourne (OH)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Pleasant City (OH)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Monroe (OH)
  Antioch (OH)   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Plainview (OH)   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Graysville (OH)   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Clarington (OH)   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Woodsfield (OH)   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Stafford (OH)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Beallsville (OH)   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lewisville (OH)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Jerusalem (OH)   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Wilson (OH)   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Miltonsburg (OH)   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
Noble (OH)
  Harriettsville (OH)   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Summerfield (OH)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dexter City (OH)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Batesville (OH)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Caldwell (OH)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sarahsville (OH)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dungannon (OH)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Belle Valley (OH)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Olive Green (OH)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Washington (OH)
  Matamoras (OH)   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Grandview (OH)   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Sandhill (OH)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Macksburg (OH)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Marietta (OH)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Devola (OH)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lowell (OH)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Beverly (OH)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Belpre (OH)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Pursley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Pursley.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Witten Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Archer's Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Middlebourne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mehrley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Elk Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Van Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Carson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Friendly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Locust Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Van Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stender Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Matamoras Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Grandview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Pauls Evangelical Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Simpson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Haythorn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shriver Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW German Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hensel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brownsville Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brownsville United Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Springer Grave   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bibbys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Beech Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Beech Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fluharty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wells Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Yoho Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Unity Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Salem Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Fairview Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Beavertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW West Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pierpont Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beechwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Conley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Craigs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lentz Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Johns Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jericho Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  W German Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Schupbach Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Northview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Greenlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNE New Hannibal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Emma Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rings Mills Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Pursley ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pursley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Pursley, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Pursley.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Pursley had a population of 59 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Adonis   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Pursley
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Adonis had a post office and no railroad service
Sistersville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Pursley
 - 1895 population of 469 people (with 1,288 people in 2017)
 - Sistersville had a post office and railroad service
Wittens (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Pursley
 - Wittens had a post office and no railroad service
Middlebourne   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Pursley
 - 1895 population of 450 people (with 766 people in 2017)
 - Middlebourne had a post office and no railroad service
Kidwell   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Pursley
 - 1895 population of 113 people
 - Kidwell had a post office and no railroad service
Fly (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Pursley
 - Fly had a post office and no railroad service
Van Camp   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Pursley
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Van Camp had a post office and no railroad service
Centerview (OH) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Centerview was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Pursley
 - 1895 population of 260 people
 - Centerview had a post office and no railroad service
Friendly   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pursley
 - 1895 population of 225 people (with 124 people in 2017)
 - Friendly 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 Pursley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pursley in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Pursley:

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 Tyler County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Doddridge County:     Cyndi's



Harrison County:     Cyndi's



Lewis County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Ohio County:     Cyndi's



Pleasants County:     Cyndi's



Ritchie County:     Cyndi's



Wetzel County:     Cyndi's



Wirt County:     Cyndi's



Wood County:     Cyndi's



Belmont County (OH):     Cyndi's



Guernsey County (OH):     Cyndi's



Monroe County (OH):     Cyndi's



Noble County (OH):     Cyndi's



Washington County (OH):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

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 Pursley:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in West Virginia

About Tyler County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pursley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5367, Longitude: -80.9562     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pursley 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 Pursley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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