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Talcott, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Talcott ...

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 Talcott (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 Talcott. 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.

Talcott is located in Summers County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Summers County: Giles (VA), Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe & Raleigh.

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

Summers     (The home county for Talcott)
  Forest Hill   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Hinton   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Spring Dale   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bellwood   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hilton Village   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Concho   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Frazier   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Fort Spring   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Vale   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Ronceverte   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Fairlea   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Lewisburg   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Hines   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Clendenenville   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Athens   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Edison   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Union   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Shady Spring   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Royal - Historic   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Piney View   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Stanaford   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bud   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Craig (VA)
  New Castle (VA)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Abbott (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Giles (VA)
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pembroke (VA)   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
Montgomery (VA)
  McBryde Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mount Tabor Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sundance Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Blacksburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Merrimac (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Christiansburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Raintree Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Pulaski (VA)
  Fairlawn (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dublin (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Radford City (VA)
  Mill Village (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  New Town (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Radford Village (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Radford (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sunset Village (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Simpkins Village (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Talcott ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Talcott.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pence Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Huffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Hope Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wayside Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Upland Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Greenbrier Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE Alderson Fletcher Addition Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Meadows Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Restwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Carman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hicks - Swell Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Adkins Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in Talcott ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Talcott.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Talcott, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Talcott.

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 Talcott had a population of 288 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Lowell   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Talcott
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Lowell had a post office and railroad service
Hilldale   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Talcott
 - Hilldale had railroad service and no post office
Bargers Springs   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Talcott
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Bargers Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Riffe   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Talcott
 - Riffe had railroad service and no post office
Wiggins   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Talcott
 - Wiggins had a post office and no railroad service
Buck   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Talcott
 - Buck had a post office and no railroad service
Forest Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Talcott
 - 1895 population of 13 people
 - Forest Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Wayside   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Talcott
 - Wayside had a post office and no railroad service
Clayton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Talcott
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Clayton had a post office and no railroad service
Johnson Crossroads   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Talcott
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Johnson Crossroads 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 Talcott. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Talcott 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 Talcott:

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 Summers County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



McDowell County:     Cyndi's



Mercer County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Craig County (VA):     Cyndi's



Giles County (VA):     Cyndi's



Montgomery County (VA):     Cyndi's



Pulaski County (VA):     Cyndi's



Radford City (VA):     Cyndi's


Tazewell County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Talcott ...

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

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 Talcott:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Talcott. See our Misc Page for Talcott for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Summers County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Talcott. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6515, Longitude: -80.7542     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Talcott 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 Talcott, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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