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Sophia, West Virginia

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The location of Sophia

Our Genealogy Helper for Sophia ...

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 Sophia (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 Sophia. 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.

Sophia is located in Raleigh County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Raleigh County: Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Mercer, Summers & Wyoming.

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

Raleigh     (The home county for Sophia)
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Lester   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Tolleys   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Old Mill Village   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Eastgulf   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Helen   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Rocklick   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bald Knob   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Lindytown - Historic   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Whitesville   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Janie   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Barrett   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Elk Run Junction   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Twilight   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bandytown   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Pondco   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Sylvester   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Pax   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Concho   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  McDunn   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Vale   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hines   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Orient Hill   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Frazier   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Crichton   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Quinwood   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fort Spring   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Acme   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Eskdale   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Handley   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hollygrove   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pratt   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cabin Creek   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  East Bank   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Glasgow   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Winifrede   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Chesapeake   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mallory   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mineral City   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Man   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Omar   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Switzer   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Welch   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Davy   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gary   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Iaeger   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Union City   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Athens   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Edison   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Baisden   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gilbert Creek   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wharncliffe   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Union   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Bud   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Uno   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Sophia ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sophia.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Cannaday Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Pemberton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Slab Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Aliff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Sebastians Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Snuffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greenwood Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NE Wright Hunter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]     
  N Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. TaborCemetery   [Map]     
  N Calfee Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Trail Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Crook Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Russ Lilly Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Tulliver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Teel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davis - Bailey Homestead Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Turner Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brammer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Athey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hall Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE W.T. Warden Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Trump Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Covey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Snuffer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wiseman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McGinnis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Henderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sweeney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Trump Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Worley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Farmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Farmer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Tilley - Tolliver Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chambers Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Biggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Flashman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Richmond Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Accord Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Sophia ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sophia.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Sophia. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Sophia and those printed in the larger area surrounding Sophia.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 11 miles [17.7 km] of Sophia.

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

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

Pemberton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sophia
 - 1895 population of 13 people
 - Pemberton had a post office and no railroad service
Lester   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sophia
 - 1895 population of 11 people (with 323 people in 2017)
 - Lester had a post office and no railroad service
Daniels   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sophia
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Daniels had a post office and no railroad service
Odd   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sophia
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Odd had a post office and no railroad service
Shady Spring   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Sophia
 - 1895 population of 13 people
 - Shady Spring had a post office and no railroad service
Matville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sophia
 - 1895 population of 9 people
 - Matville had a post office and no railroad service
Prosperity   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sophia
 - 1895 population of 56 people
 - Prosperity had a post office and no railroad service
Crow   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sophia
 - Crow 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 Sophia. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sophia 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 helpful 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 Sophia:

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 Raleigh County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



Logan County:     Cyndi's



McDowell County:     Cyndi's



Mercer County:     Cyndi's



Mingo County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Summers County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Giles County (VA):     Cyndi's



Tazewell County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Raleigh County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sophia. 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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sophia) 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 Sophia. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sophia

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sophia. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7061, Longitude: -81.2536     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sophia 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:

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

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