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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.

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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Ruth is historic, it would have been located within present day Mercer County.

To see how the shape of West Virginia's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

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 County     (The home county of Ruth)
    • Bramwell [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bramwell
      • Bramwell [Mercer County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the southeast of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 334 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bramwell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bramwell<3>
    • Coopers [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coopers
      • Coopers [Mercer County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the southeast of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coopers
    • Flipping [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flipping
      • Flipping [Mercer County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the east of Ruth
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flipping have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flipping
    • Montcalm [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montcalm
      • Montcalm [Mercer County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the east of Ruth
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Montcalm have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montcalm
    • Littlesburg [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Littlesburg
      • Littlesburg [Mercer County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the east of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Littlesburg
    • Weyanoke [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Weyanoke
      • Weyanoke [Mercer County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the northeast of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Weyanoke
    • Matoaka [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Matoaka
      • Matoaka [Mercer County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the northeast of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 193 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Matoaka have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Matoaka
    • Bluefield [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bluefield
      • Bluefield [Mercer County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the southeast of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,505 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bluefield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bluefield<3>
    • Edison [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edison
      • Edison [Mercer County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the east of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edison
    • El Centro [Mercer County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for El Centro
      • El Centro [Mercer County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the east of Ruth
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for El Centro have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Johnston Town [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Johnston Town
      • Johnston Town [Mercer County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the east of Ruth
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Johnston Town have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Johnston Town
    • Princeton [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Princeton
      • Princeton [Mercer County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the east of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,599 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Princeton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Princeton<3>
  • Fayette County
    • Mount Hope [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Hope
      • Mount Hope [Fayette County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<2> to the north of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,259 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Hope have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Hope
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Hope<3>
    • Pax [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pax
      • Pax [Fayette County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<2> to the north of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 150 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pax have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pax
    • Prince [Fayette County]
  • Logan County
    • Rich Creek [Logan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rich Creek
      • Rich Creek [Logan County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<2> to the east of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rich Creek
    • Man [Logan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Man
      • Man [Logan County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 619 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Man have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Man
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Man<3>
  • McDowell County
    • Elkhorn [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elkhorn
      • Elkhorn [McDowell County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elkhorn
    • Anawalt [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Anawalt
      • Anawalt [McDowell County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the west of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 172 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Anawalt have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Anawalt
    • Keystone [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keystone
      • Keystone [McDowell County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 213 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Keystone have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keystone
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Keystone<3>
    • Northfork [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Northfork
      • Northfork [McDowell County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 322 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Northfork have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Northfork
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Northfork<3>
    • Thorpe [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thorpe
      • Thorpe [McDowell County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the west of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thorpe
    • Kimball [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kimball
      • Kimball [McDowell County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 147 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kimball have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kimball
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kimball<3>
    • Big Four [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Four
      • Big Four [McDowell County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Four
    • Gary [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gary
      • Gary [McDowell County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the west of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 759 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gary have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gary
    • Welch [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Welch
      • Welch [McDowell County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,575 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Welch
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Welch<3>
    • Newhall [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Newhall
      • Newhall [McDowell County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the west of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Newhall
    • War [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for War
      • War [McDowell County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the west of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 659 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for War have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on War
    • Davy [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Davy
      • Davy [McDowell County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 324 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Davy have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Davy
  • Mingo County
    • Gilbert [Mingo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gilbert
      • Gilbert [Mingo County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 378 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gilbert have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gilbert
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gilbert<3>
    • Baisden [Mingo County]
    • Wharncliffe [Mingo County]
  • Monroe County
    • Peterstown [Monroe County]
  • Raleigh County
    • Rhodell [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rhodell
      • Rhodell [Raleigh County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the north of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 159 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rhodell have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rhodell
    • Eastgulf [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eastgulf
      • Eastgulf [Raleigh County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the north of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eastgulf
    • Helen [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Helen
      • Helen [Raleigh County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the north of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Helen
    • Princewick [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Princewick
      • Princewick [Raleigh County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the north of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Princewick
    • Stotesbury [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stotesbury
      • Stotesbury [Raleigh County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the north of Ruth
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stotesbury have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stotesbury
    • Coal City [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coal City
      • Coal City [Raleigh County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<2> to the north of Ruth
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coal City have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coal City
    • Slab Fork [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Slab Fork
      • Slab Fork [Raleigh County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<2> to the north of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Slab Fork
    • Sophia [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sophia
      • Sophia [Raleigh County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<2> to the north of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,219 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sophia have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sophia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sophia<3>
    • Glen White [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glen White
      • Glen White [Raleigh County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<2> to the north of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glen White
    • Lester [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lester
      • Lester [Raleigh County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<2> to the north of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 312 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lester have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lester
    • Crab Orchard [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crab Orchard
      • Crab Orchard [Raleigh County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<2> to the north of Ruth
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crab Orchard have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crab Orchard
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Crab Orchard<3>
    • Shady Spring [Raleigh County]
  • Summers County
    • Jumping Branch [Summers County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jumping Branch
      • Jumping Branch [Summers County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the northeast of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jumping Branch
    • Hinton [Summers County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hinton
      • Hinton [Summers County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<2> to the northeast of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,321 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hinton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hinton<3>
    • Forest Hill [Summers County]
    • Sandstone [Summers County]
  • Wyoming County
    • Bud [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bud
      • Bud [Wyoming County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the north of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bud
    • Mullens [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mullens
      • Mullens [Wyoming County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the north of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,288 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mullens have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mullens
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mullens<3>
    • Mullensville [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mullensville
      • Mullensville [Wyoming County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mullensville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mullensville
    • Pineville [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pineville
      • Pineville [Wyoming County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 567 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pineville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pineville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pineville<3>
    • Keyrock [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keyrock
      • Keyrock [Wyoming County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keyrock
    • Stoneville [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stoneville
      • Stoneville [Wyoming County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stoneville
    • Wyoming [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wyoming
      • Wyoming [Wyoming County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wyoming
    • Baileysville [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baileysville
      • Baileysville [Wyoming County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baileysville
    • Clear Fork [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clear Fork
      • Clear Fork [Wyoming County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clear Fork
    • Oceana [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oceana
      • Oceana [Wyoming County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,195 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oceana have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oceana
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oceana<3>
    • Uno [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Uno
      • Uno [Wyoming County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Uno
    • Kopperston [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kopperston
      • Kopperston [Wyoming County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kopperston
  • Bland County (VA)
    • Rocky Gap [Bland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rocky Gap
      • Rocky Gap [Bland County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the southeast of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rocky Gap
    • Hicksville [Bland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hicksville
      • Hicksville [Bland County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the southeast of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hicksville
    • Round Bottom [Bland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Round Bottom
      • Round Bottom [Bland County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the east of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Round Bottom
    • Bastian [Bland County]
  • Buchanan County (VA)
    • Bearwallow [Buchanan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bearwallow
      • Bearwallow [Buchanan County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the west of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bearwallow
  • Giles County (VA)
    • Glen Lyn [Giles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glen Lyn
      • Glen Lyn [Giles County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the east of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 97 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glen Lyn have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glen Lyn
    • Rich Creek [Giles County]
    • Narrows [Giles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Narrows
      • Narrows [Giles County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the east of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,949 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Narrows have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Narrows
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Narrows<3>
    • Pearisburg [Giles County]
    • Pembroke [Giles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pembroke
      • Pembroke [Giles County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<2> to the east of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,077 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pembroke
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pembroke<3>
  • Pulaski County (VA)
    • Pulaski [Pulaski County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pulaski
      • Pulaski [Pulaski County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<2> to the southeast of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,657 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pulaski have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pulaski
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pulaski<3>
    • Dublin [Pulaski County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dublin
      • Dublin [Pulaski County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,578 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dublin have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dublin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dublin<3>
  • Smyth County (VA)
    • Atkins [Smyth County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Atkins
      • Atkins [Smyth County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<2> to the south of Ruth
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Atkins have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Atkins<3>
    • Marion [Smyth County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marion
      • Marion [Smyth County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<2> to the south of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,555 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marion have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marion
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marion<3>
    • Saltville [Smyth County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saltville
      • Saltville [Smyth County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<2> to the southwest of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,895 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saltville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saltville<3>
  • Tazewell County (VA)
    • Pocahontas [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pocahontas
      • Pocahontas [Tazewell County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the south of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 348 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pocahontas
    • Falls Mills [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Falls Mills
      • Falls Mills [Tazewell County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southeast of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Falls Mills
    • Boissevain [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boissevain
      • Boissevain [Tazewell County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southwest of Ruth
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boissevain
    • Saint Clair [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Clair
      • Saint Clair [Tazewell County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the south of Ruth
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Clair have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Clair
    • Bluefield [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bluefield
      • Bluefield [Tazewell County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the southeast of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,814 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bluefield<3>
    • Abbs Valley [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Abbs Valley
      • Abbs Valley [Tazewell County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the southwest of Ruth
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    • Shawver Mill [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shawver Mill
      • Shawver Mill [Tazewell County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the south of Ruth
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    • Wittens Mills [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wittens Mills
      • Wittens Mills [Tazewell County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the southwest of Ruth
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    • Little Town [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Little Town
      • Little Town [Tazewell County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the south of Ruth
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Little Town have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Tazewell [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tazewell
      • Tazewell [Tazewell County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the southwest of Ruth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,113 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tazewell have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tazewell<3>
    • Dunford Village [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dunford Village
      • Dunford Village [Tazewell County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the southwest of Ruth
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dunford Village have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Pisgah [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pisgah
      • Pisgah [Tazewell County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the southwest of Ruth
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  • Wythe County (VA)

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

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.

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 helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Ruth:

  • 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.
    • Stories from Virginia
    • Stories from West Virginia

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 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.

  • Green Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Green Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Green Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Cemetery
  • Green Cemetery
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    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Green Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Cemetery
  • Mt. Tabor Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Tabor Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. Tabor Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Hollinsworth Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hollinsworth Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hollinsworth Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hollinsworth Cemetery
  • Bell Cemetery
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    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bell Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Little Cemetery
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    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Little Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Continue List ...
    • Swim Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Swim Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Rutherford Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Rutherford Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rutherford Cemetery
    • Music Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Music Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Music Cemetery
    • Mohawk Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mohawk Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Mohawk Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mohawk Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Mohawk Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mohawk Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Mohawk Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mohawk Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Bryant Memorial Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bryant Memorial Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Coopers Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Coopers Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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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 [Mercer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coopers
    • Coopers [Mercer County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the southeast of Ruth
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 175 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Coopers had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coopers
  • Bramwell [Mercer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bramwell
    • Bramwell [Mercer County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the southeast of Ruth
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 499 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 334 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bramwell had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bramwell
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bramwell<3>
  • Freeman [Mercer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Freeman
    • Freeman [Mercer County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the east of Ruth
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 175 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Freeman had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Freeman have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Freeman
  • Coaldale [Mercer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coaldale
    • Coaldale [Mercer County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the north of Ruth
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Coaldale had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coaldale have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coaldale
  • Pocahontas [Tazewell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pocahontas
    • Pocahontas [Tazewell County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the south of Ruth
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 2,953 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 348 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Pocahontas had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pocahontas
  • Maybeury [McDowell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maybeury
    • Maybeury [McDowell County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 875 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Maybeury had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maybeury have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Maybeury<3>
  • Continue List ...
    • Abbs Valley [Mercer County] - Historic
      • While Abbs Valley was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Abbs Valley
      • Abbs Valley [Mercer County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Ruth
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Abbs Valley had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Abbs Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Switchback [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Switchback
      • Switchback [McDowell County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Switchback had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Switchback have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Switchback
    • Ennis [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ennis
      • Ennis [McDowell County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ennis had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ennis have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Falls Mills [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Falls Mills
      • Falls Mills [Tazewell County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southeast of Ruth
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 228 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Falls Mills had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Falls Mills
    • Flipping [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flipping
      • Flipping [Mercer County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the east of Ruth
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 27 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Flipping had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flipping have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flipping
    • Duhring [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Duhring
      • Duhring [Mercer County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the east of Ruth
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 62 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Duhring had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Duhring have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Elkhorn [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elkhorn
      • Elkhorn [McDowell County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 24 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Elkhorn had a post office and railroad service
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    • Kyle [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kyle
      • Kyle [McDowell County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Kyle had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kyle have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kyle
    • Powhatan [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Powhatan
      • Powhatan [McDowell County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the northwest of Ruth
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Powhatan had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Powhatan have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Powhatan

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Ruth. See our List of 1890's Communities around Ruth.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ruth ...

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

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Rand McNally Map of West Virginia (1911)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

The GNIS database contains an entry for Ruth. See our Misc Page for Ruth for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Mercer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/

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.
<2>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- 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       In this case, the coordinates for Ruth have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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