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Our Genealogical Helper for Thorpe ...

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 Thorpe (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 Thorpe. 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 Thorpe ...

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 Thorpe.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Thorpe, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Thorpe.

Cemeteries Near Thorpe ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thorpe.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N New Belcher Mountain Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Belcher Mountain Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Rockhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE Algoma Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mitchem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rotenberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Swim Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Little Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Music Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hollinsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Yates Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sluss Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Billips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dickenson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE French Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Billips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Epperson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Perdus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pocahontas Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bryant Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Isaac Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Coopers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Prosperity 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 Thorpe in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Thorpe.

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

Elkhorn   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thorpe
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Elkhorn had a post office and railroad service
Powhatan   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thorpe
 - Powhatan had a post office and railroad service
Kyle   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thorpe
 - Kyle had a post office and no railroad service
Algoma   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Thorpe
 - Algoma had a post office and no railroad service
Switchback   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Thorpe
 - Switchback had railroad service and no post office
Ennis   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Thorpe
 - Ennis had a post office and railroad service
Maybeury   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Thorpe
 - 1895 population of 875 people
 - Maybeury had railroad service and no post office
Coaldale   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Thorpe
 - Coaldale had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Thorpe. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thorpe 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 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.

Thorpe is located in McDowell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of McDowell County: Buchanan (VA), Tazewell (VA), Mercer, Mingo & Wyoming.

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

McDowell     (The home county for Thorpe)
      Gary   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Anawalt   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Elkhorn   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Northfork   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Welch   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Davy   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      War   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bradshaw   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Union City   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rocklick   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bald Knob   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barrett   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lindytown - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pondco   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bim   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stark   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Twilight   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bandytown   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pax   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Man   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Omar   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coopers   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bramwell   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Montcalm   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bluefield   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Edison   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Johnston Town   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oakvale   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wharncliffe   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pie   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Musick   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blackberry City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Matewan   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Red Jacket   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Peterstown   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rhodell   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eastgulf   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Helen   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sophia   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tolleys   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tilden   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bud   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Uno   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
Pike (KY)
      Stopover (KY)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Majestic (KY)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Phelps (KY)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Freeburn (KY)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McCarr (KY)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ransom (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fedscreek (KY)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mouthcard (KY)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Buchanan (VA)
      Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Janey (VA)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kelsa (VA)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grundy (VA)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Royal City (VA)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vansant (VA)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
Giles (VA)
      Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Narrows (VA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Russell (VA)
      Dye (VA)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Russell (VA)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Honaker (VA)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Smyth (VA)
      Atkins (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Allison Gap (VA)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cardwell Town (VA)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marion (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Saltville (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Adwolf (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Chilhowie (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tazewell (VA)
      Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Boissevain (VA)   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bluefield (VA)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tazewell (VA)   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Little Town (VA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Richlands (VA)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Raven (VA)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
Wythe (VA)
      Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wytheville (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 Thorpe:

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 McDowell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Buchanan County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Smyth County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wythe County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About McDowell County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Thorpe. 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 starting in Thorpe. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Thorpe) 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 Thorpe. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Thorpe

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thorpe. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3666, Longitude: -81.5108     [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 Thorpe, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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