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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Sewell.

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How Far From Sewell to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Sewell to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Sewell to:

  • Fayetteville [Map], which is the Seat of Fayette County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 41 miles [66 km] to the Northwest (NW). If you could walk a straight line from Sewell to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 224 miles [360.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,104 miles [9,823.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,815 miles [10,967.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,691 miles [7,549.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sewell ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Sewell.

While the name Sewell is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Randolph County

Our profile page for Sewell, Randolph County   [Map]
Distance: About 398 miles [640.5 km] to the Southwest


Breathitt County

Our profile page for Sewell, Breathitt County   [Map]
Distance: About 131 miles [210.8 km] to the West


Our profile page for Sewell   [Map]
Distance: About 1,127 miles [1,813.7 km] to the Northwest


Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Sewell, Anne Arundel County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Anne Arundel County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Harford County

Our profile page for Sewell, Harford County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Harford County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New Jersey

Gloucester County

Our profile page for Sewell, Gloucester County   [Map]
Distance: About 338 miles [544 km] to the East Northeast

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Washington County

Our profile page for Sewell, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,194 miles [3,530.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sewell ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Alaska (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South of Sewell   [Map]
Beauty   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Bowlin   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Carver (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Chestnut Knob   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Clifftop   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Divide   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Edmond   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Fire Creek (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Lookout   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Maplewood   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Meadow Fork   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Michigan (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Ravenseye   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Red Ash (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Rocklick   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Rosedale   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Rush Run (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Spy Rock   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Sewell. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Sewell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Sewell. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sewell) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sewell. The point that we are using 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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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Sewell to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.299 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.047 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.716 degrees.

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<7>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Sewell could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<8>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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