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Ruth, West Virginia
(Mercer County)

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The location of Ruth

Our Genealogy Helper for Ruth ...

So far, we have found very little information about Ruth. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Ruth to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Ruth, please Contact Us.

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 Ruth (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 Ruth. 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Ruth is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Ruth. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Ruth:

Mercer     (The home county for Ruth)
  Bramwell   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles<2>
  Coopers   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles
  Montcalm   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Edison   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Athens   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rocklick   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bald Knob   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pax   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mineral City   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mallory   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Man   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Gary   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Welch   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  War   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Davy   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bradshaw   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Gilbert Creek   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Baisden   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wharncliffe   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rhodell   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Eastgulf   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Helen   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Sophia   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lester   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Tolleys   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Shady Spring   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bud   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Uno   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Buchanan (VA)
  Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Janey (VA)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kelsa (VA)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pembroke (VA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Pulaski (VA)
  Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pulaski (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dublin (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Russell (VA)
  Dye (VA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Russell (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Smyth (VA)
  Atkins (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Marion (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Allison Gap (VA)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cardwell Town (VA)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sugar Grove (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Saltville (VA)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Adwolf (VA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Little Town (VA)   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Tazewell (VA)   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Richlands (VA)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Raven (VA)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Wythe (VA)
  Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wytheville (VA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Max Meadows (VA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fort Chiswell (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Locust Hill (VA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ivanhoe (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Ruth ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ruth.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hollinsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Swim Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Music Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bryant Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Coopers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Isaac Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Pocahontas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rye Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Miles Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Page Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Witten Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Delp Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Poe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E King Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Herndon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Perdus Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dudley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mullin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harless Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Billips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Epperson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Lukes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Maple Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Perdue Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Doyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sandlick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dickenson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW French Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wilburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Grandview Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SE McQuire Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hutchinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thomason Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Restlawn Memorial Estate   [Map]     
  E Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Algoma Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Matoaka Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Billips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Valley Vista Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Maple Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Nunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hager Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Mathena Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McDowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mitchem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Robinett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Billips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sluss Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sinkford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wallace Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McMullen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Calfee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Calfee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Monte Vista Park   [Map]     
  E King Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Frye Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rotenberry Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Ruth ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ruth.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ruth, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ruth.

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.

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

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

Coopers   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from Ruth
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Coopers had a post office and no railroad service
Bramwell   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ruth
 - 1895 population of 499 people (with 346 people in 2017)
 - Bramwell had a post office and railroad service
Freeman   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ruth
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Freeman had a post office and no railroad service
Coaldale   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ruth
 - Coaldale had a post office and railroad service
Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Ruth
 - 1895 population of 2,953 people (with 362 people in 2017)
 - Pocahontas had a post office and railroad service
Maybeury   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ruth
 - 1895 population of 875 people
 - Maybeury had railroad service and no post office
Abbs Valley - Historic   [Map]
 - While Abbs Valley was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ruth
 - Abbs Valley had a post office and railroad service
Switchback   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ruth
 - Switchback had railroad service and no post office
Ennis   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ruth
 - Ennis had a post office and railroad service
Falls Mills (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ruth
 - 1895 population of 228 people
 - Falls Mills 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 Ruth. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ruth 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 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 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 Ruth:

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



Logan 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



Russell County (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 ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Mercer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Ruth, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>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- Ruth) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ruth. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3382, Longitude: -81.3415     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ruth have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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