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Our Genealogical Helper for Rum Junction ...

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 Rum Junction (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 Rum Junction. 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 Rum Junction ...

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 Rum Junction.

  • Typical abbreviation for Rum Junction: Rum Jct. (or less commonly used: Rum Jctn.)

Newspapers Published in Rum Junction ...

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 Rum Junction.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rum Junction, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rum Junction.

Cemeteries Near Rum Junction ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rum Junction.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Mullens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Core Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Avis Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Foley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW George F. Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Logan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Steele Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Upper Hinchman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chambers Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old City Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Chauncey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Yolyn Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mounts Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Justice Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mounts Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Baisden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW J B Ellis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Whitman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Curry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Litz - Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ruffner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Riley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Craddock Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ellis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Farley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE White Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Hatfield Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Forest Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Claypool Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Browning Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Johnson Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baldwin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Albright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Covey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Verner - Ball Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fillinger Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Curry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Huffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Browning - Grimmet Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Highland Memory Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Pridemore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Scaggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bias Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Bias Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Ooten Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sizemore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hainer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Asberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bias Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Epling Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Gore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Elkins Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Dent Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Barker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dingess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dingess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Conley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Avis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Vance 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>

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

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

Man   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rum Junction
 - Man had a post office and no railroad service
Oilville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rum Junction
 - Oilville had a post office and no railroad service
Lake   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rum Junction
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Lake had a post office and no railroad service
Christian   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rum Junction
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Christian had a post office and no railroad service
Chapmanville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rum Junction
 - 1895 population of 72 people (with 1,137 people in 2017)
 - Chapmanville had a post office and no railroad service
Hewett   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rum Junction
 - 1895 population of 201 people
 - Hewett had a post office and no railroad service
Bald Knob   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rum Junction
 - Bald Knob had a post office and no railroad service
Van   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rum Junction
 - Van had a post office and no railroad service
Gordon   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rum Junction
 - Gordon 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 Rum Junction. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rum Junction 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.

Rum Junction is located in Logan County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Logan County: Boone, Lincoln, Mingo & Wyoming.

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

Logan     (The home county for Rum Junction)
      Logan   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Omar   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Man   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Holden   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Manila   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clothier   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hewett   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ottawa   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Havana   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Jeffrey   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Stark   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Greenview   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ramage   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Secoal   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Powell Creek   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Barrett   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pax   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Acme   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Winifrede   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marmet   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tornado   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belle   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dupont City   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harts   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sod   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wyoming City   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Iaeger   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Union City   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Davy   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bradshaw   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Welch   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      War   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gary   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Northfork   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pie   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Musick   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Delbarton   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Red Jacket   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wharncliffe   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Blackberry City   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Matewan   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Chattaroy   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Williamson   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tolleys   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harper   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Helen   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eastgulf   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rhodell   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sophia   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wilsondale   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Uno   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bud   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lawrence (KY)
      Clifford (KY)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Maynard (KY) - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Peach Orchard (KY)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ben Bow (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gallup (KY) - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Patrick (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Richardson (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Torchlight (KY) - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Walbridge (KY) - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Martin (KY)
      Lovely (KY)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pilgrim (KY)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Warfield (KY)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beauty (KY)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hode (KY)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Inez (KY)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Debord (KY)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tomahawk (KY)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Pike (KY)
      McCarr (KY)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Freeburn (KY)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hardy (KY)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Majestic (KY)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      South Williamson (KY)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stopover (KY)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belfry (KY)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ransom (KY)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Forest Hills (KY)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Phelps (KY)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Huddy (KY)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      McAndrews (KY)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
Buchanan (VA)
      Kelsa (VA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grundy (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Royal City (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Rum Junction:

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 Logan County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
McDowell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Martin County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Buchanan 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 Logan County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Logan 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
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About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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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 that starts in Rum Junction. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rum Junction) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rum Junction. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8159, Longitude: -81.9354     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rum Junction 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 Rum Junction, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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