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Rocky Fork, West Virginia

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rocky Fork ...

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 Rocky Fork (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 Rocky Fork. 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 Rocky Fork ...

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 Rocky Fork.

  • Typical abbreviation for Rocky Fork: Rocky Frk.

Newspapers Published in Rocky Fork ...

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 Rocky Fork.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rocky Fork, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rocky Fork.

Cemeteries Near Rocky Fork ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rocky Fork.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Rocky Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sam Derrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McClanahan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Shorts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Altz Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Brick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Casdorph Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thaxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sinclair Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Floral Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Burdette Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Martin / Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Bess Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Layne Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Monk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Cartwright Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Britton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Grandview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Thurston Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hanes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sissonville Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Crank Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW College Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cunningham Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SW Bangor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Swannor Watts Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Newhouse Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Cavender Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Vandine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE John Beane Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Albert E Humphreys Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Showen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Teays Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Burdette - Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Newhouser Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Slater Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sutherland - White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S French Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Matthews Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Old Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wade Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Childress Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hunt - Donnally Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Baxter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Boggess Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Winfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Leadman 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Rocky Fork had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Pocatalico   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rocky Fork
 - Pocatalico had a post office and no railroad service
Mound - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mound was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Rocky Fork
 - Mound had a post office and railroad service
Raymond City   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rocky Fork
 - 1895 population of 650 people
 - Raymond City had a post office and railroad service
Poca   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rocky Fork
 - 1895 population of 284 people (with 987 people in 2017)
 - Poca had a post office and railroad service
Sattes   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rocky Fork
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Sattes had a post office and railroad service
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Rocky Fork
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Legg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rocky Fork
 - Legg had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Albans   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rocky Fork
 - 1895 population of 1,375 people (with 100 people in 2017)
 - Saint Albans 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 Rocky Fork. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rocky Fork 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.

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

Kanawha     (The home county for Rocky Fork)
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saint Albans   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tornado   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Easly   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Horse Creek Junction   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Johns   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Julian   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Nellis   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Peytona   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orma   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clay   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sod   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harts   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Banco   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Upland   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Leon   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Baden   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Poca   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Carlton (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cheshire (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 - you should note 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 Rocky Fork:

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    
Calhoun 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    
Wirt 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    
Meigs 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Rocky Fork ...

While our initial data for Rocky Fork came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Rocky Fork 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 Rocky Fork.

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 Rocky Fork:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Rocky Fork.
      See our Misc Page for Rocky Fork for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rocky Fork. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4554, Longitude: -81.7226     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rocky Fork 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 Rocky Fork, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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