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Our Genealogical Helper for Sunset ...

So far, we have found very little information about Sunset. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Sunset to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Sunset, please Contact Us.

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 Sunset (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 Sunset. 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 Sunset ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sunset.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sunset, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sunset.

Cemeteries Near Sunset ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sunset.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Shinaberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W McLaughlin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Chestnut Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Bethel Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Sively Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Messir Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gragg Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Beaver Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Lightner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shinaberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bussard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Doyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Buzzard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Buzzard 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.

Sunset itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

Huntersville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Sunset
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Huntersville had a post office and no railroad service
Dilleys Mill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Sunset
 - 1895 population of 8 people
 - Dilleys Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Frost   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sunset
 - 1895 population of 41 people
 - Frost had a post office and no railroad service
Mountain Grove (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sunset
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Mountain Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Sunrise (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Sunset
 - 1895 population of 19 people
 - Sunrise had a post office and no railroad service
Marlinton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sunset
 - Marlinton had a post office and no railroad service
Edray   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sunset
 - 1895 population of 162 people
 - Edray had a post office and no railroad service
Clover Lick   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Sunset
 - 1895 population of 9 people
 - Clover Lick had a post office and no railroad service
Buckeye   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Sunset
 - 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 Sunset. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sunset 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Sunset is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Sunset. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Sunset:

Pocahontas     (The home county for Sunset)
      Huntersville   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Thorny Creek   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Marlinton   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Edray   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Buckeye   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cass   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Green Bank   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Durbin   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Frank   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Thornwood   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Falling Spring   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Anthony   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Frankford   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Unus   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clendenenville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      White Sulphur Springs   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lewisburg   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fairlea   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Harper   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Circleville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mingo   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Alleghany (VA)
      Clifton Forge (VA)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Selma (VA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Iron Gate (VA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Low Moor (VA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
Augusta (VA)
      Craigsville (VA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
Bath (VA)
      Bolar (VA)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Carloover (VA)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Yost (VA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Covington City (VA)
      Covington (VA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
Highland (VA)
      Monterey (VA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Lexington City (VA)
      Lexington (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Rockbridge (VA)
      Goshen (VA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 it should be mentioned 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 Sunset:

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 Pocahontas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pendleton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Alleghany County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Augusta County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bath County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Highland County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lexington City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Rockbridge County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sunset ...

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

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 Sunset:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Sunset.
      See our Misc Page for Sunset for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in West Virginia

About Pocahontas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Sunset, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Sunset. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sunset) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunset. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2001, Longitude: -79.9442     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunset have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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