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Our Genealogical Helper for Upper Leatherwood ...

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 Upper Leatherwood (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 Upper Leatherwood. 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 Upper Leatherwood ...

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 6 newspapers that have been published in the area around Upper Leatherwood.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Upper Leatherwood, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Upper Leatherwood.

Cemeteries Near Upper Leatherwood ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Upper Leatherwood.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Reed - Stephenson - Pierson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Blue Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pierson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Triplett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Holcomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Grose Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dulls Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bogg Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Little Laurel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Hinkle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cherrytree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW White Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Acree Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Naylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harper 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 Upper Leatherwood in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Upper Leatherwood.

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

Procious   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Upper Leatherwood
 - Procious had a post office and no railroad service
Valley Fork   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Upper Leatherwood
 - Valley Fork had a post office and no railroad service
Lizemores   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Upper Leatherwood
 - Lizemores had a post office and no railroad service
Gould   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Upper Leatherwood
 - Gould had a post office and no railroad service
Harrison   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Upper Leatherwood
 - Harrison had a post office and no railroad service
Pigeon   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Upper Leatherwood
 - Pigeon had a post office and no railroad service
Apgah - Historic   [Map]
 - While Apgah was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Upper Leatherwood
 - Apgah had a post office and no railroad service
Newton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Upper Leatherwood
 - 1895 population of 104 people
 - Newton 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 Upper Leatherwood. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Upper Leatherwood 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.

Upper Leatherwood is located in Clay County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Braxton, Calhoun, Kanawha, Nicholas & Roane.

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

Clay     (The home county for Upper Leatherwood)
      Hartland   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Clay   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Joes Creek   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eden   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Seth   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sharlow   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coopertown   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fosterville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kirbyton   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orgas   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Racine   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clem   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Orma   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hines   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Handley   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Poca   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Addison   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Upper Leatherwood:

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 Clay County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

The Communities of West Virginia

About Clay County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Upper Leatherwood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4354, Longitude: -81.1037     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Upper Leatherwood have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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 Upper Leatherwood, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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