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Varney, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Varney ...

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 Varney (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 Varney. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals 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.

Varney is located in Mingo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mingo County: Martin (KY), Pike (KY), Buchanan (VA), Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Wayne & Wyoming.

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

Mingo     (The home county for Varney)
  Red Jacket   [Map]     SW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Musick   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Matewan   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Delbarton   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Blackberry City   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Pie   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Chattaroy   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Wharncliffe   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Baisden   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Gilbert Creek   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Kermit   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Manila   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Clothier   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hewett   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Ottawa   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Havana   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Jeffrey   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Stark   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Greenview   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ramage   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Secoal   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Powell Creek   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Barrett   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bim   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Harts   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wewanta   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Omar   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Holden   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Switzer   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Hedgeview   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Thompson Town   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Troy Town   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Man   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Logan   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  West Logan   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Mallory   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mineral City   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Peach Creek   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mitchell Heights   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Wyoming City   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Iaeger   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Union City   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bradshaw   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Davy   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Welch   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  War   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Gary   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Packsville   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wilsondale   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cove Gap   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Armilda   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fort Gay   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mineral Springs   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Uno   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (KY)
  Betsy Layne (KY)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Harold (KY)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Stanville (KY)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Tram (KY)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ivel (KY)   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Grethel (KY)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Banner (KY)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dana (KY)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Teaberry (KY)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Allen (KY)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Blue Moon (KY)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dwale (KY)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Auxier (KY)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Johnson (KY)
  Whitehouse (KY)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Meally (KY)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Nero (KY)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Williamsport (KY)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Van Lear (KY)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  East Point (KY)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Thelma (KY)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  West Van Lear (KY)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lowmansville (KY)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hagerhill (KY)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Tutor Key (KY)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Nippa (KY)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Paintsville (KY)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lawrence (KY)
  Clifford (KY)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Peach Orchard (KY)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Maynard (KY) - Historic   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Patrick (KY)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ben Bow (KY)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Richardson (KY)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ulysses (KY) - Historic   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Gallup (KY) - Historic   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bumblebee (KY) - Historic   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Torchlight (KY) - Historic   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Charley (KY)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Walbridge (KY) - Historic   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ivory (KY) - Historic   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Martin (KY)
  Lovely (KY)   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Pilgrim (KY)   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Beauty (KY)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Warfield (KY)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hode (KY)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Debord (KY)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Inez (KY)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Tomahawk (KY)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Pike (KY)
  McCarr (KY)   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Freeburn (KY)   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hardy (KY)   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Ransom (KY)   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Belfry (KY)   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  South Williamson (KY)   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Majestic (KY)   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Huddy (KY)   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Stone (KY)   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Forest Hills (KY)   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Phelps (KY)   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Stopover (KY)   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  McAndrews (KY)   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
Buchanan (VA)
  Kelsa (VA)   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Grundy (VA)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Royal City (VA)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Vansant (VA)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Janey (VA)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Dickenson (VA)
  Haysi (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Clinchco (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Clintwood (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Varney ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Varney.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Musick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Varney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Varney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Varney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Duty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mahon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chafin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Musick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Upper Curry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Farley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stafford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Matthew Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Meador Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Curry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Farley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Marcum Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lower Curry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Adair Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Yates Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Julius Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Edgarton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Italy Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sizemore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Farley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Estep Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Varney Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dempsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Steele Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Estep Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hatfield Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Ooten Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ooten Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Estep Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Runyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dotson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jerry Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Maynard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Simkins Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Zornes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mountain View Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SSW Billy Dotson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Toler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mounts Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Fairview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Newsome Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Vance Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chauncey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Robinette Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Varney ...

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 7 newspapers that have been published in the area around Varney.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Varney, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Varney.

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>

While we didn't find Varney in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Varney.

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

Oilville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Varney
 - Oilville had a post office and no railroad service
Phelps (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Varney
 - Phelps had a post office and no railroad service
Canada (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Varney
 - Canada had a post office and no railroad service
Pinsonfork (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Varney
 - Pinsonfork had a post office and no railroad service
Jamboree (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Varney
 - 1895 population of 154 people
 - Jamboree had a post office and no railroad service
Coleman (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Varney
 - Coleman had a post office and no railroad service
Rural (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Varney
 - Rural had a post office and no railroad service
Christian   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East (E) from Varney
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Christian 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 Varney. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Varney in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Varney:

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 Mingo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Lincoln County:     Cyndi's



Logan County:     Cyndi's



McDowell County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Wayne County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Floyd County (KY):     Cyndi's



Johnson County (KY):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (KY):     Cyndi's



Martin County (KY):     Cyndi's



Pike County (KY):     Cyndi's



Buchanan County (VA):     Cyndi's



Dickenson County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in West Virginia

About Mingo County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Varney. 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 '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- Varney) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Varney. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6693, Longitude: -82.1221     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Varney 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 Varney, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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