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Roxalana, West Virginia
(Roane County)

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The location of Roxalana

Our Genealogy Helper for Roxalana ...

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 Roxalana (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 Roxalana. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Roxalana is located in Roane County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Roane County: Calhoun, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha & Wirt.

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

Roane     (The home county for Roxalana)
  Spencer   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Flint Town   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Reedy   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Clem   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Gassaway   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Exchange   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Sutton   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Heaters   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Burnsville   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Arnoldsburg   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Orma   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Mudfork   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Grantsville   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Valley Fork   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Clay   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Harrison   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cannelton   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Smithers   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Gauley Bridge   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ansted   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Glenville   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Sand Fork   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Truebada   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kentuck   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ripley   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Odaville   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ravenswood   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Clendenin   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Aarons   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Elkview   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Pinch   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sissonville   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Airport Village   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Coal Fork   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Charleston   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Kanawha City   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Malden   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dupont City   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Alum Creek   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Baden   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Arbuckle   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Leon   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Poca   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Raymond City   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bancroft   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Eleanor   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Scott Village   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Teays Valley   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Teays Village   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Fraziers Bottom   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cantwell   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cairo   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Harrisville   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pullman   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Erbacon   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Burning Springs   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Peewee   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Elizabeth   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Freeport   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Greencastle   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Slate   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Kanawha   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mineral Acres   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mineral Wells   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Meigs (OH)
  Racine (OH)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bashan (OH)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Roxalana ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Roxalana.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Monroe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kincaid Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Summerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Eplin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hershberger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Clover Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Coe - Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Hascue Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Nida Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tariff Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chewning Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brannon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Summerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Deverick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Criner Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Helmic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Keffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Nida Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hershberger Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW J Herbert Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Swank Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Round Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Rocky Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sergent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Curtis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Groves Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fink Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wayne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wayne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McKown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Payne Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bower Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Droddy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Canterbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holbert Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Barnhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ashley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Amma Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Laurel Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Newton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harold Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cottrill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Clark Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Conley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Minnora Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Greathouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gandeeville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Whited Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Triplett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ritchea Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cromwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Abbott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Armstead Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Patton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McCune Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mollohan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Orma Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Knotts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mace Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Arnoldsburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hays Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Spencer Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Eventide Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Starcher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Shafer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McCroskey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Craig Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rolling Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Millerville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bailey - Siers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Booher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Husk Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dry Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Galahoe Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Roxalana ...

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 7 newspapers that have been published in the area around Roxalana.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Roxalana, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Roxalana.

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, Roxalana had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Looneyville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Roxalana
 - 1895 population of 41 people
 - Looneyville had a post office and no railroad service
Linden   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Roxalana
 - 1895 population of 151 people
 - Linden had a post office and no railroad service
Walnut Grove   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Roxalana
 - Walnut Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Buffalolick - Historic   [Map]
 - While Buffalolick was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Roxalana
 - Buffalolick had a post office and no railroad service
Kester - Historic   [Map]
 - While Kester was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Roxalana
 - Kester had a post office and no railroad service
Schilling   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Roxalana
 - Schilling had a post office and no railroad service
Beech   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Roxalana
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Beech had a post office and no railroad service
Pink   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Roxalana
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Pink had a post office and no railroad service
Speed   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Roxalana
 - Speed had a post office and no railroad service
Oka   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Roxalana
 - Oka 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 Roxalana. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Roxalana in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Roxalana:

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 Roane County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Gilmer County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



Lincoln County:     Cyndi's



Mason County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Putnam County:     Cyndi's



Ritchie County:     Cyndi's



Webster County:     Cyndi's



Wirt County:     Cyndi's



Wood County:     Cyndi's



Meigs County (OH):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

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 Roxalana:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Roane County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Roxalana. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6931, Longitude: -81.2621     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Roxalana 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 Roxalana, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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