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Our Genealogical Helper for Spread ...

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 Spread (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 Spread. 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 Spread ...

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 5 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spread.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spread, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spread.

Cemeteries Near Spread ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spread.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Reed - Stephenson - Pierson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Triplett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Blue Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Little Laurel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bogg Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cherrytree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Grose Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Pierson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Boggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McCracken Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dulls Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Duffield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Newton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Laurel Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW King Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Holcomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Harold Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lyons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Eagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hallburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mollohan / Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Coen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W White Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Cottrill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Acree Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Goad Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Strange Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pt. Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mollohan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sears Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Matheny Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harper 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.<2>

While we didn't find Spread in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Spread.

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

Gould   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Spread
 - Gould had a post office and no railroad service
Valley Fork   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spread
 - Valley Fork had a post office and no railroad service
Harrison   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Spread
 - Harrison had a post office and no railroad service
Ira   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Spread
 - Ira had a post office and no railroad service
Pigeon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spread
 - Pigeon had a post office and no railroad service
Procious   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Spread
 - Procious had a post office and no railroad service
Newton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spread
 - 1895 population of 104 people
 - Newton had a post office and no railroad service
Strange Creek   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Spread
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Strange Creek 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 Spread. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spread 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 and hospitals 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.

Spread is located in Clay County.

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

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

Clay     (The home county for Spread)
      Clay   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Joes Creek   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eden   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Seth   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sharlow   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coopertown   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fosterville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kirbyton   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Orgas   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Racine   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clem   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Orma   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hines   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Handley   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Malden   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Poca   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Addison   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 - although 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 Spread:

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 Clay County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun 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    
Greenbrier 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    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Clay County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spread. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4959, Longitude: -81.0707     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spread 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 Spread, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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