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Rock, West Virginia

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The location of Rock

Our Genealogy Helper for Rock ...

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 (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 Rock. 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 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.

Rock is located in Mercer County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mercer County: Bland (VA), Giles (VA), Tazewell (VA), McDowell, Raleigh, Summers & Wyoming.

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

Mercer     (The home county for Rock)
  Montcalm   [Map]     SW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Matoaka   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Edison   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Athens   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Rocklick   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pax   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Gary   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Welch   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Davy   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  War   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bradshaw   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Union City   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Gilbert Creek   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Baisden   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Union   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Rhodell   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Eastgulf   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Helen   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Sophia   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Shady Spring   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lester   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bud   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Uno   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Buchanan (VA)
  Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pembroke (VA)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
Pulaski (VA)
  Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Pulaski (VA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dublin (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Fairlawn (VA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mack Creek Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Radford City (VA)
  New Town (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Radford Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Radford (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sunset Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mill Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Simpkins Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Smyth (VA)
  Atkins (VA)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Marion (VA)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Little Town (VA)   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Tazewell (VA)   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Richlands (VA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Raven (VA)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wythe (VA)
  Wytheville (VA)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Max Meadows (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fort Chiswell (VA)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Locust Hill (VA)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ivanhoe (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Austinville (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Rock ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rock.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harless Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Herndon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sandlick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Robinett Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Matoaka Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Thomason Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Restlawn Memorial Estate   [Map]     
  SE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Frye Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Miles Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Poe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Doyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hager Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hutchinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Calfee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Calfee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Monte Vista Park   [Map]     
  SE Lincoln Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Roselawn Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  E Roselawn Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  E Hall - Gott Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Coopers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Isaac Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rye Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Witten Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Delp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Perdue Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McQuire Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Atkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Winfrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Winfrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bratton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hypes Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Hollinsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Music Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pocahontas Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bryant Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Page Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harry Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Maple Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hartwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Honaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Swim Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mullin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shumate Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wells Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harvey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Walters Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Horeb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cassidy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Lukes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Maple Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pruett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Elmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Barberie Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Perdus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dudley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sword Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Comfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hop Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Parmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McCue Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blake Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Rock ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rock.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rock, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rock.

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

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

Duhring   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rock
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Duhring had a post office and railroad service
Flipping   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rock
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Flipping had railroad service and no post office
New Hope   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rock
 - 1895 population of 10 people
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Lashmeet   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rock
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Lashmeet had a post office and no railroad service
Freeman   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rock
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Freeman had a post office and no railroad service
Bramwell   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rock
 - 1895 population of 499 people (with 346 people in 2017)
 - Bramwell had a post office and railroad service
Pinoak   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Rock
 - Pinoak had a post office and no railroad service
Coopers   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rock
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Coopers 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. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rock 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 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 Rock:

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 Mercer County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



McDowell County:     Cyndi's



Mingo County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Summers County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Buchanan County (VA):     Cyndi's



Giles County (VA):     Cyndi's



Pulaski County (VA):     Cyndi's



Radford City (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 Mercer County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for Mercer 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in West Virginia

About Mercer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Rock) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3679, Longitude: -81.2220     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rock 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 Rock, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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