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Our Genealogical Helper for River Bend ...

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 River Bend (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 River Bend. 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.

Name Variations for River Bend ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with River Bend.

  • Typical abbreviation for River Bend: River Bnd.

Newspapers Published in River Bend ...

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 101 newspapers that have been published in the area around River Bend.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of River Bend, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for River Bend.

Cemeteries Near River Bend ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of River Bend.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sutherland - White Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bangor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cunningham Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNE College Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Teays Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Hazlette Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Forks of Coal Memorial Park   [Map]     
  ESE Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Grandview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Burdette Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Sanson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Childress Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thurston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bess Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brick Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Owen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pate Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Martin / Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Midkiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pauley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE French Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holstein Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Casdorph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rocky Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Griffith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McClure Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Leadman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW J L Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Matthews Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sam Derrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cartwright 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.<2>

While we didn't find River Bend in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of River Bend.

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

Saint Albans   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from River Bend
 - 1895 population of 1,375 people (with 100 people in 2017)
 - Saint Albans had a post office and railroad service
Sattes   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from River Bend
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Sattes had a post office and railroad service
Garretts Bend   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from River Bend
 - Garretts Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Scary   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from River Bend
 - Scary had a post office and railroad service
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from River Bend
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Davis Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from River Bend
 - Davis Creek had railroad service and no post office
Mound - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mound was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from River Bend
 - Mound had a post office and railroad service
Poca   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from River Bend
 - 1895 population of 284 people (with 987 people in 2017)
 - Poca 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 River Bend. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring River Bend 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 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.

River Bend is located in Kanawha County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kanawha County: Boone, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Lincoln, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh & Roane.

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

Kanawha     (The home county for River Bend)
      Tornado   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Saint Albans   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dupont City   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Malden   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Horse Creek Junction   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Julian   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nellis   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dodson Junction   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lory   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Easly   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Sod   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Harts   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Banco   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Troy Town   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Holden   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Leon   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Baden   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Poca   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Buffalo Creek   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wilsondale   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ceredo   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kenova   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Boyd (KY)
      Durbin (KY)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burlington (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Andis (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      South Point (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 River Bend:

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 Kanawha 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    
Clay 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    
Lincoln 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    
Boyd County (KY):       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 Kanawha County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Kanawha 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 Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Kanawha 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 from River Bend. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- River Bend) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in River Bend. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3515, Longitude: -81.8485     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for River Bend 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 River Bend, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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