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Rock Creek, West Virginia
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Our Genealogical Helper for Rock Creek ...

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 Rock Creek (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 Rock Creek. 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 Rock Creek ...

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 Rock Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Rock Creek: Rock Crk. (or less commonly used: Rock Ck. or Rock Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Rock Creek ...

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 8 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rock Creek.

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

Cemeteries Near Rock Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rock Creek.

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

Distance &

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


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

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

Redbird   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Rock Creek
 - Redbird had a post office and no railroad service
Matville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rock Creek
 - 1895 population of 9 people
 - Matville had a post office and no railroad service
Clear Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rock Creek
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Clear Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Crany   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rock Creek
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Crany had a post office and no railroad service
Jarrolds Valley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rock Creek
 - 1895 population of 7 people
 - Jarrolds Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Cirtsville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Rock Creek
 - Cirtsville had a post office and no railroad service
Bald Knob   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Rock Creek
 - Bald Knob had a post office and no railroad service
Lester   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rock Creek
 - 1895 population of 11 people (with 323 people in 2017)
 - Lester 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 Rock Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rock Creek 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 doctors 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.

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

Raleigh     (The home county for Rock Creek)
      Arnett   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Fairdale   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Harper   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tolleys   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lester   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sophia   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lindytown - Historic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Whitesville   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rocklick   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elk Run Junction   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Janie   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Twilight   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bald Knob   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bandytown   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Barrett   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sylvester   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pondco   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bim   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pax   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 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   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Acme   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Handley   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Winifrede   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Belle   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sod   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harts   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 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   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Omar   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Banco   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Davy   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Northfork   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Welch   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elkhorn   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gary   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Thorpe   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Iaeger   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Union City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Anawalt   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wyoming City   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Montcalm   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bramwell   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coopers   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Athens   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Johnston Town   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pie   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wharncliffe   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Musick   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Red Jacket   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bud   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Uno   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Tazewell (VA)
      Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Boissevain (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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, 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 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 Rock Creek:

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 Raleigh County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha 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      
McDowell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Raleigh County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8507, Longitude: -81.4518     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rock Creek 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 Rock Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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