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Our Genealogical Helper for Sovereign ...

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 Sovereign (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 Sovereign. 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 Sovereign ...

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 8 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sovereign.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sovereign, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sovereign.

Cemeteries Near Sovereign ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sovereign.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E White Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Yolyn Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Chambers Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lowe Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Riley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Browning Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Albright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Baldwin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stark Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Pauley Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Bias - Pauley Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Foley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Core Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bias Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Epling Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Mullens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bias Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Litz - Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ruffner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bias Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Workman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Covey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Verner - Ball Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Craddock Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Logan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Nelson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Hager Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Obediah Bias Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Dent Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Elkins Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Adkins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Ball Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Ball Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW George F. Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Workman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Avis Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Hager Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Upper Hinchman Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Claypool Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cook Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Jarrells Branch Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Bob Hunter Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Barker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hager Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Old City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Steele Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stolling Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sander Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Zatto Miller Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Campbell Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Fowler Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Wheatley Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Kentucky Knoll Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Lucas Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Powell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Hainer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Forest Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ball Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Rufus C. Ball Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Justice Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pauley Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Bias Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Chauncey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ball - Bias Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Stacy Belle Miller Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Cook Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Workman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Jasper Workman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Jarrells Branch Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Willie Stollings Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Workman Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Van Buren Jarrell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Lawson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Hager Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jarrell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Hill Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Huffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Miller / Patrick Miller Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Mounts Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Baisden Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mounts 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 Sovereign in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sovereign.

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

Lake   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sovereign
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Lake had a post office and no railroad service
Hewett   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Sovereign
 - 1895 population of 201 people
 - Hewett had a post office and no railroad service
Man   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sovereign
 - Man had a post office and no railroad service
Bald Knob   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Sovereign
 - Bald Knob had a post office and no railroad service
Van   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sovereign
 - Van had a post office and no railroad service
Christian   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Sovereign
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Christian had a post office and no railroad service
Bandytown   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sovereign
 - Bandytown had a post office and no railroad service
Gordon   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sovereign
 - Gordon had a post office and no railroad service
Chapmanville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sovereign
 - 1895 population of 72 people (with 1,137 people in 2017)
 - Chapmanville 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 Sovereign. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sovereign 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 southeast 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 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.

Sovereign is located in Logan County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Logan County: Boone, Lincoln, Mingo & Wyoming.

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

Logan     (The home county for Sovereign)
      Man   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Logan   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Omar   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Holden   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clothier   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Stark   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Ottawa   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hewett   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Jeffrey   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pondco   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Havana   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ramage   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Secoal   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bim   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bob White   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cazy   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kohlsaat   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pax   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Acme   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Winifrede   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Marmet   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belle   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dupont City   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harts   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sod   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wyoming City   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Iaeger   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Davy   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Union City   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Welch   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bradshaw   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gary   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Northfork   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thorpe   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkhorn   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pie   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Musick   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wharncliffe   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Delbarton   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Red Jacket   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Matewan   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blackberry City   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chattaroy   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Williamson   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kermit   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tolleys   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harper   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Helen   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sophia   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eastgulf   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rhodell   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wilsondale   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Uno   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bud   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Lawrence (KY)
      Clifford (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Maynard (KY) - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Martin (KY)
      Lovely (KY)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hode (KY)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pilgrim (KY)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Warfield (KY)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beauty (KY)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Inez (KY)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Debord (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Pike (KY)
      McCarr (KY)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Freeburn (KY)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Majestic (KY)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stopover (KY)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hardy (KY)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ransom (KY)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      South Williamson (KY)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belfry (KY)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Forest Hills (KY)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Phelps (KY)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Huddy (KY)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Stone (KY)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      McAndrews (KY)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Buchanan (VA)
      Kelsa (VA)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 - you should note 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 Sovereign:

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 Logan County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cabell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette 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    
McDowell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Logan 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
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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sovereign. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8618, Longitude: -81.8262     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sovereign 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 Sovereign, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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