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Violet, West Virginia

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The location of Violet

Our Genealogy Helper for Violet ...

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 Violet (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 Violet. 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 northwest 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 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.

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

Pocahontas     (The home county for Violet)
  Buckeye   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Hillsboro   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Marlinton   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Huntersville   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Edray   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Thorny Creek   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Slaty Fork   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cass   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Green Bank   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Durbin   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Frank   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Thornwood   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bellwood   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Spring Dale   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Falling Spring   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Anthony   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Frankford   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Unus   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Clendenenville   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  White Sulphur Springs   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lewisburg   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fairlea   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Crichton   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Quinwood   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Orient Hill   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Helvetia   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Huttonsville   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mill Creek   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Goshen   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Addison   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Upperglade   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Erbacon   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hacker Valley   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Alleghany (VA)
  Clifton Forge (VA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Low Moor (VA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Selma (VA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Iron Gate (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Bath (VA)
  Carloover (VA)   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bolar (VA)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Yost (VA)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
Covington City (VA)
  Covington (VA)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
Highland (VA)
  Monterey (VA)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Rockbridge (VA)
  Goshen (VA)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Violet ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Violet.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Beaver Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Messir Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Sunset Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Kellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McLaughlin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Shinaberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  SW Mountain Gate Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Watts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  E Chestnut Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Violet ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Violet.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Violet, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Violet.

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 Violet in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Violet.

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

Buckeye   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Violet
 - 1895 population of 7 people
 - Buckeye had a post office and no railroad service
Mill Point   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Violet
 - 1895 population of 119 people
 - Mill Point had a post office and no railroad service
Marlinton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Violet
 - Marlinton had a post office and no railroad service
Huntersville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Violet
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Huntersville had a post office and no railroad service
Lobelia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Violet
 - 1895 population of 7 people
 - Lobelia had a post office and no railroad service
Locust   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Violet
 - 1895 population of 8 people
 - Locust had a post office and no railroad service
Edray   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Violet
 - 1895 population of 162 people
 - Edray had a post office and no railroad service
Jacox   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Violet
 - Jacox 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 Violet. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Violet 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 helpful 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 Violet:

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 Pocahontas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Randolph County:     Cyndi's



Upshur County:     Cyndi's



Webster County:     Cyndi's



Alleghany County (VA):     Cyndi's



Bath County (VA):     Cyndi's



Covington City (VA):     Cyndi's


Highland County (VA):     Cyndi's



Rockbridge County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Pocahontas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Violet. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.1571, Longitude: -80.1420     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Violet 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 Violet, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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