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Our Genealogical Helper for Simmons ...

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 Simmons (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 Simmons. 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 Simmons ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Simmons.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Simmons, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Simmons.

Cemeteries Near Simmons ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Simmons.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

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

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

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

Coopers   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Simmons
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Coopers had a post office and no railroad service
 
Abbs Valley - Historic   [Map]
 - While Abbs Valley was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Simmons
 - Abbs Valley had a post office and railroad service
 
Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Simmons
 - 1895 population of 2,953 people (with 376 people in 2016)
 - Pocahontas had a post office and railroad service
 
Flipping   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Simmons
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Flipping had railroad service and no post office
 
Duhring   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Simmons
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Duhring had a post office and railroad service
 
Falls Mills (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Simmons
 - 1895 population of 228 people
 - Falls Mills had a post office and railroad service
 
Coaldale   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Simmons
 - Coaldale had a post office and railroad service
 
Maybeury   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Simmons
 - 1895 population of 875 people
 - Maybeury had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Simmons. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Simmons 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Simmons is located in 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 Simmons. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Simmons:

  DirectionDistance
Mercer     (The home county for Simmons)
      Bramwell   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Coopers   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Montcalm   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bluefield   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Edison   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Johnston Town   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Oakvale   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
 
Boone
      Rocklick   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Fayette
      Mount Hope   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pax   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Logan
      Mallory   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
McDowell
      Elkhorn   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Anawalt   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Northfork   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gary   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Welch   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      War   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Davy   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bradshaw   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Union City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Iaeger   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Mingo
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Monroe
      Peterstown   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Raleigh
      Rhodell   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eastgulf   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Helen   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sophia   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lester   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shady Spring   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Summers
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Wyoming
      Mullens   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Uno   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Buchanan (VA)
      Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Carroll (VA)
      Sheep Town (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Giles (VA)
      Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Narrows (VA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bluff City (VA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pembroke (VA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Pulaski (VA)
      Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pulaski (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dublin (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Russell (VA)
      Dye (VA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 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]
      Sugar Grove (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Allison Gap (VA)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cardwell Town (VA)   [Map]   SW   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]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Boissevain (VA)   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Bluefield (VA)   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Little Town (VA)   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tazewell (VA)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Richlands (VA)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Raven (VA)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Wythe (VA)
      Wytheville (VA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Max Meadows (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Chiswell (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Locust Hill (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ivanhoe (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Austinville (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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, 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 Simmons:

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 Mercer County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
McDowell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Buchanan County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pulaski County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Mercer 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 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 Diaster Stories for ...
      Kentucky
      Virginia

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Simmons. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3282, Longitude: -81.3018     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Simmons have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Simmons, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Simmons.