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Spice, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Spice ...

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 Spice (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 Spice. 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 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.

Spice 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 Spice. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Spice:

Pocahontas     (The home county for Spice)
  Hillsboro   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Buckeye   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Marlinton   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Huntersville   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Edray   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Thorny Creek   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Slaty Fork   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cass   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Green Bank   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Durbin   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Frank   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bellwood   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Spring Dale   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hilton Village   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Falling Spring   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Frankford   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Anthony   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Unus   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Clendenenville   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  White Sulphur Springs   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lewisburg   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Fairlea   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Crichton   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Quinwood   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Union   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Upperglade   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Addison   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Erbacon   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Big Run   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hacker Valley   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Alleghany (VA)
  Low Moor (VA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Selma (VA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Clifton Forge (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Iron Gate (VA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Bath (VA)
  Carloover (VA)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bolar (VA)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Millboro (VA)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Yost (VA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Covington City (VA)
  Covington (VA)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Spice ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spice.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Kellison Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Sunset Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Mountain Gate Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Morning Side Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Beaver Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  ENE Messir Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  WSW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Watts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  SW Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Baber Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Spice ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spice.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spice, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spice.

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

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

Jacox   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spice
 - Jacox had a post office and no railroad service
Lobelia   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spice
 - 1895 population of 7 people
 - Lobelia had a post office and no railroad service
Locust   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spice
 - 1895 population of 8 people
 - Locust had a post office and no railroad service
Renicks Valley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spice
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Renicks Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Mill Point   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Spice
 - 1895 population of 119 people
 - Mill Point had a post office and no railroad service
Loveridge   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spice
 - Loveridge had a post office and no railroad service
Leonard   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spice
 - Leonard had a post office and no railroad service
Buckeye   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Spice
 - 1895 population of 7 people
 - Buckeye 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 Spice. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spice 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 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 Spice:

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:

Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Randolph County:     Cyndi's



Webster County:     Cyndi's



Alleghany County (VA):     Cyndi's



Bath County (VA):     Cyndi's



Covington City (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 ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Pocahontas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Spice. 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Spice) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spice. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.1101, Longitude: -80.2665     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spice have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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