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Our Genealogical Helper for Summersville ...

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 Summersville (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 Summersville. 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 Summersville ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Summersville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Summersville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Summersville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Summersville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> of Summersville.

Cemeteries Near Summersville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Summersville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Catholic Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Groves Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Mt. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Fowlers Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McCutchin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Duling Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Dotson - Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gilgal Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Keenan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dixon Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ward Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Little Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Downtain Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mullens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Spruce Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Spruce Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Acree Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Neil Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Buckhorn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fields Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lambert 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 Summersville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Summersville.

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

Enon   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Summersville
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Enon had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Nebo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Summersville
 - Mount Nebo had a post office and no railroad service
Persinger   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Summersville
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Persinger had a post office and no railroad service
Gilboa   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Summersville
 - Gilboa had a post office and no railroad service
Zela   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Summersville
 - 1895 population of 7 people
 - Zela had a post office and no railroad service
Keslers Cross Lanes   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Summersville
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Keslers Cross Lanes had a post office and no railroad service
Hookersville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Summersville
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Hookersville had a post office and no railroad service
Muddlety   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Summersville
 - Muddlety had a post office and no railroad service
Fowler Knob   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Summersville
 - 1895 population of 223 people
 - Fowler Knob 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 Summersville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Summersville 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.

Summersville is located in Nicholas County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Nicholas County: Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha & Webster.

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

Nicholas     (The home county for Summersville)
      Muddlety   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clem   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Orma   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Hines   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Vale   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Unus   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Falling Spring   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Frankford   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Handley   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Buckeye   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Edray   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Marlinton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Harper   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Summersville:

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 Nicholas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pocahontas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Search for a Community in West Virginia

About Nicholas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Summersville:

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 that stretches from Summersville. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Summersville) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Summersville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Summersville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Summersville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2843, Longitude: -80.8415     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Summersville 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 Summersville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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