A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Slaty Fork, West Virginia

Nearby Census Genealogy
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Other WV

The location of Slaty Fork

Discover you family history through historical newspapers at

Our Genealogy Helper for Slaty Fork ...

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 Slaty Fork (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 Slaty Fork. 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.

Name Variations for Slaty Fork ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Slaty Fork.

  • Typical abbreviation for Slaty Fork: Slaty Frk.

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 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.

Slaty Fork is located in Pocahontas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pocahontas County: Bath (VA), Highland (VA), Greenbrier, Pendleton, Randolph & Webster.

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

Pocahontas     (The home county for Slaty Fork)
  Edray   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Cass   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Thorny Creek   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Marlinton   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Green Bank   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Buckeye   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Huntersville   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Durbin   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Frank   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Thornwood   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Junior   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Heaters   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Sutton   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gassaway   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Falling Spring   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Frankford   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Anthony   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Unus   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Quinwood   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Clendenenville   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Crichton   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Harper   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Circleville   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Helvetia   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Huttonsville   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Mill Creek   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Beverly   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Womelsdorf   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Elkins   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Leadsville   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Tigheville   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Goshen   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Wilsontown   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Frenchton   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hoover Town   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Gormley   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Buckhannon   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Addison   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Upperglade   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hacker Valley   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Big Run   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Erbacon   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
Bath (VA)
  Bolar (VA)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Carloover (VA)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Yost (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Highland (VA)
  Monterey (VA)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Slaty Fork ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Slaty Fork.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Varner Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Hannah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Cowger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NE Ware Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Meadowland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NNE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stainaker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  E Wanless Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pt. Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Slaty Fork ...

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 16 newspapers that have been published in the area around Slaty Fork.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Slaty Fork, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Slaty Fork.

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 Slaty Fork in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Slaty Fork.

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

Blue Spring   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Slaty Fork
 - Blue Spring had a post office and no railroad service
Edray   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Slaty Fork
 - 1895 population of 162 people
 - Edray had a post office and no railroad service
Monterville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Slaty Fork
 - Monterville had a post office and no railroad service
Clover Lick   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Slaty Fork
 - 1895 population of 9 people
 - Clover Lick had a post office and no railroad service
Valley Head   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Slaty Fork
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Valley Head had a post office and no railroad service
Bergoo   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Slaty Fork
 - Bergoo had a post office and no railroad service
Woodzell   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Slaty Fork
 - Woodzell had a post office and no railroad service
Marlinton   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Slaty Fork
 - Marlinton 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 Slaty Fork. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Slaty Fork in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These 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 Slaty Fork:

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 Pocahontas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:     Cyndi's



Braxton County:     Cyndi's



Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Pendleton County:     Cyndi's



Randolph County:     Cyndi's



Upshur County:     Cyndi's



Webster County:     Cyndi's



Bath County (VA):     Cyndi's



Highland County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Pocahontas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Slaty Fork. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Slaty Fork

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Slaty Fork. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4161, Longitude: -80.1264     [Map].

- Return to Citation

<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 Slaty Fork, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

- Return to Citation






Sitemap Privacy
of Use



Copyright 2019
All Rights Reserved

Please keep in mind that we can not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information on this website, so use with care. We encourage you to double-check the information that is critical to you.

If you've found an error or have additional information that you would like to share, please don't hesitate to write. Click here to contact us.

This page was last modified: 22 Apr 2019