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Our Genealogical Helper for Speed ...

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 Speed (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 Speed. 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 Speed ...

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 7 newspapers that have been published in the area around Speed.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Speed, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Speed.

Cemeteries Near Speed ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Speed.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Swank Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Gandeeville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Round Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McKown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Whited Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Clover Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Galahoe Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Keffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Summerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Summerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kincaid Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Coe - Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bower Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Spencer Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Eventide Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beckley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chrislip Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Shadydale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Droddy Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rocky Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sergent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Deverick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hascue Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Board Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Canterbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Nida Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Eplin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Monroe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Triplett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Millerville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Larch Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Curtis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nida Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Criner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hershberger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Craig Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Depue Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Holbert Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W White Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Presley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shafer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ritchea Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Abbott Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cromwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Groves Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hershberger Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE J Herbert Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Chewning Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fox Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Callow Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Godby Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Presley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Holbert Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Barnhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Payne Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tariff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Starcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dry Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stalman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hooam Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Board Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Litton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Litton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harpold 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Speed had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Gandeeville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Speed
 - 1895 population of 93 people
 - Gandeeville had a post office and no railroad service
Buffalolick - Historic   [Map]
 - While Buffalolick was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Speed
 - Buffalolick had a post office and no railroad service
Schilling   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Speed
 - Schilling had a post office and no railroad service
Zona   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Speed
 - Zona had a post office and no railroad service
Countsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Speed
 - Countsville had a post office and no railroad service
Walnut Grove   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Speed
 - Walnut Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Spencer   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Speed
 - 1895 population of 431 people (with 2,111 people in 2017)
 - Spencer had a post office and railroad service
Flatfork   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Speed
 - Flatfork 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 Speed. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Speed 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 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.

Speed is located in Roane County.

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

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

Roane     (The home county for Speed)
      Spencer   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clem   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Orma   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Malden   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Baden   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Leon   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Upland   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mason   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Poca   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Slate   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Washington   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Athens (OH)
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (OH)
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Speed:

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 Roane County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay 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    
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    
Mason 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    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Athens County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Speed ...

While our initial data for Speed came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Speed in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Speed.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Speed:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Speed.
      See our Misc Page for Speed for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a West Virginia Community

About Roane County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Speed. 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 beginning in Speed. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Speed) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Speed. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7337, Longitude: -81.3776     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Speed 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 Speed, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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