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Our Genealogical Helper for Spencer ...

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 Spencer (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 Spencer. 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 the area of Spencer ...

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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spencer.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Spencer. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Spencer and those printed in the larger area surrounding Spencer.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> of Spencer.

Cemeteries Near Spencer ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spencer.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Spencer Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Eventide Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE McKown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bower Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Millerville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Triplett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Craig Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Depue Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Galahoe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beckley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chrislip Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fox Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Swank Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hooam Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Gandeeville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Coe - Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Clover Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dry Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Callow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stalman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Board Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Round Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kincaid Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Starcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Board Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW McCutcheon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Summerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McClung Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Starcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Shadydale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Whited Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Summerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Coon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Solon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sheets Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Holbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Keffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Deverick Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hascue Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Eplin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Monroe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hershberger Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wayne Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Husk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Villers Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hill Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Buck Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Garder Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Board 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 Spencer had a population of 431 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Spencer had a population of 2,111 people.

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

Schilling   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spencer
 - Schilling had a post office and no railroad service
Triplett   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Spencer
 - Triplett had a post office and no railroad service
Speed   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spencer
 - Speed had a post office and no railroad service
Reedyville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Spencer
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Reedyville had a post office and no railroad service
Walnut Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spencer
 - Walnut Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Millard   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Spencer
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Millard had a post office and no railroad service
Buffalolick - Historic   [Map]
 - While Buffalolick was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Spencer
 - Buffalolick had a post office and no railroad service
Peniel   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spencer
 - Peniel had a post office and no railroad service
Clarence   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spencer
 - Clarence 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 Spencer. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spencer 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.

Spencer is located in Roane County and is the County Seat.

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

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

Roane     (The home county for Spencer)
      Reedy   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Orma   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Malden   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Baden   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leon   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mason   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Poca   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Slate   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Washington   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Athens (OH)
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Middleport (OH)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (OH)
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Redbush (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Spencer:

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    
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    
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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 Spencer ...

While our initial data for Spencer came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Spencer 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 Spencer.

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 Spencer:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station  
We have found Spencer in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Spencer for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Spencer.
      See our Misc Page for Spencer for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Roane County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Spencer:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Spencer. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Spencer) 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 Spencer. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spencer

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spencer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8025, Longitude: -81.3551     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spencer 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 Spencer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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