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Our Genealogical Helper for Shelton ...

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 Shelton (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 Shelton. 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.

Newspapers Published in Shelton ...

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 4 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shelton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shelton, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shelton.

Cemeteries Near Shelton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shelton.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pierson Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Hinkle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Blue Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dulls Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Holcomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Reed - Stephenson - Pierson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Grose Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Naylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Ryder Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  N King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shamlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Koontz Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Murdock Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW O Dell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ida Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Triplett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Little Laurel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rolling Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hindsman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Deverick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Osborne Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Clendenin Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Reamer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Proctor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Amma Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ashley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Patton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Laurel Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cummings Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Seabolt Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hayes 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 Shelton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Shelton.

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

Procious   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Shelton
 - Procious had a post office and no railroad service
 
Apgah - Historic   [Map]
 - While Apgah was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Shelton
 - Apgah had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lizemores   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Shelton
 - Lizemores had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gazil - Historic   [Map]
 - While Gazil was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Shelton
 - Gazil had a post office and no railroad service
 
Valley Fork   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Shelton
 - Valley Fork had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pigeon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Shelton
 - Pigeon had a post office and no railroad service
 
Odell   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Shelton
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Odell had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kendalia   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Shelton
 - Kendalia had a post office and no railroad service
 
Osbornes Mills   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Shelton
 - Osbornes Mills had a post office and no railroad service
 
Clendenin   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Shelton
 - 1895 population of 106 people (with 1,173 people in 2016)
 - Clendenin had a post office and no railroad service
 
Spangler   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Shelton
 - Spangler 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 Shelton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shelton 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and 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.

Shelton is located in Clay County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Braxton, Calhoun, Kanawha, Nicholas & Roane.

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

  DirectionDistance
Clay     (The home county for Shelton)
      Hartland   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clay   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
 
Boone
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Joes Creek   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eden   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Seth   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sharlow   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coopertown   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fosterville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kirbyton   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Orgas   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Racine   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Braxton
      Clem   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Calhoun
      Mudfork   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Orma   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Fayette
      Cannelton   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Gilmer
      Glenville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Greenbrier
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hines   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Jackson
      Kentuck   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Kanawha
      Clendenin   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Handley   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Malden   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Lincoln
      Alum Creek   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Nicholas
      Beech Glen   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Putnam
      Liberty   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Poca   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Raleigh
      Packsville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Roane
      Spencer   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Webster
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Wirt
      Burning Springs   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Shelton:

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 Clay County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson 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    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Clay County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Clay 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 Diaster Stories for ...
      Ohio

Other Roadside Stops ...



Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Clay County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Shelton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shelton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4315, Longitude: -81.1951     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shelton 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Shelton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shelton.