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Sewell, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Sewell ...

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

We've added Sewell to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Sewell, 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 Sewell (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 Sewell. 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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 Sewell is historic, it would have been located within present day Fayette County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Fayette County: Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers.

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

Fayette     (The home county for Sewell)
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]<2>
  Clifftop   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Concho   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Hilton Village   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Whitesville   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Elk Run Junction   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Janie   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Joes Creek   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Sylvester   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Keith   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Orgas   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Coopertown   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cabot   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fosterville   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lindytown - Historic   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Milltown   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Clay   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Harrison   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Valley Fork   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hines   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Orient Hill   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Crichton   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Quinwood   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Vale   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Frazier   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Handley   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Acme   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Eskdale   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Hollygrove   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pratt   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Glasgow   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  East Bank   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cabin Creek   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Belle   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Chesapeake   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Athens   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Union   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Royal - Historic   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Piney View   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bradley   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Prosperity   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Stanaford   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Harper   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Old Mill Village   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Upperglade   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bud   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Sewell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sewell.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Smailes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jennette Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Huse Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Layland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Amick Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  W High Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shuck Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Rider Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW John Nugen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Restlawn Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  S Royal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Abbot Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Beechnut Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  SSE Goddard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Westlake Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Peters Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Sewell ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sewell.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sewell, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sewell.

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.

Sewell itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having railroad service and no post office.

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

Caperton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Sewell
 - 1895 population of 562 people
 - Caperton had a post office and railroad service
East Sewell - Historic   [Map]
 - While East Sewell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sewell
 - East Sewell had railroad service and no post office
Beury   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sewell
 - Beury had a post office and no railroad service
Fire Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Fire Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Sewell
 - 1895 population of 250 people
 - Fire Creek had a post office and railroad service
Gatewood   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sewell
 - Gatewood had a post office and no railroad service
Keeneys Creek   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Sewell
 - Keeneys Creek had railroad service and no post office
Dimmock   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sewell
 - Dimmock had railroad service and no post office
Rush Run - Historic   [Map]
 - While Rush Run was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sewell
 - Rush Run had a post office and no railroad service
Nuttalburg - Historic   [Map]
 - While Nuttalburg was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sewell
 - 1895 population of 342 people
 - Nuttalburg had a post office and railroad service
Beauty   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Sewell
 - Beauty had a post office and no railroad service
Thurmond   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sewell
 - Thurmond 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 Sewell. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sewell in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 - 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 Sewell:

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 Fayette County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



Mercer County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Summers County:     Cyndi's



Webster County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

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 Sewell:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Fayette 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 Sewell, 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 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sewell) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sewell. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9973, Longitude: -81.0209     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sewell have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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