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Our Genealogical Helper for Thorny Creek ...

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 Thorny Creek (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 Thorny Creek. 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.

Name Variations for Thorny Creek ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Thorny Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Thorny Creek: Thorny Crk. (or less commonly used: Thorny Ck. or Thorny Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Thorny Creek ...

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 Thorny Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Thorny Creek, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Thorny Creek.

Cemeteries Near Thorny Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thorny Creek.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE McLaughlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethel Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Messir Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Shinaberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Beaver Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hannah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Chestnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gragg Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Bussard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lindsay 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 Thorny Creek in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Thorny Creek.

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

Marlinton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Thorny Creek
 - Marlinton had a post office and no railroad service
Edray   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Thorny Creek
 - 1895 population of 162 people
 - Edray had a post office and no railroad service
Huntersville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Thorny Creek
 - 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 East Northeast (ENE) from Thorny Creek
 - 1895 population of 8 people
 - Dilleys Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Sunset - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sunset was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Thorny Creek
 - Sunset had a post office and no railroad service
Clover Lick   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Thorny Creek
 - 1895 population of 9 people
 - Clover Lick had a post office and no railroad service
Buckeye   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Thorny Creek
 - 1895 population of 7 people
 - Buckeye had a post office and no railroad service
Frost   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Thorny Creek
 - 1895 population of 41 people
 - Frost 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 Thorny Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thorny Creek 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.

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

Pocahontas     (The home county for Thorny Creek)
      Edray   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Marlinton   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Huntersville   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Buckeye   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cass   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Green Bank   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Durbin   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Frank   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Thornwood   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Falling Spring   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Anthony   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Frankford   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Unus   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clendenenville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      White Sulphur Springs   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lewisburg   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fairlea   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harper   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mingo   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Alleghany (VA)
      Clifton Forge (VA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Low Moor (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Selma (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Iron Gate (VA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Augusta (VA)
      Craigsville (VA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Bath (VA)
      Bolar (VA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Carloover (VA)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Yost (VA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Covington City (VA)
      Covington (VA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
Highland (VA)
      Monterey (VA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Rockbridge (VA)
      Goshen (VA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 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 Thorny Creek:

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    
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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in West Virginia

About Pocahontas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thorny Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2529, Longitude: -80.0370     [Map].

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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 Thorny Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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