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Our Genealogy Helper for Walnut ...

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 Walnut (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 Walnut. 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

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

  DirDistance
Pocahontas     (The home county for Walnut)
  Slaty Fork   [Map]     W   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Cass   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Edray   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Thorny Creek   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Green Bank   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Marlinton   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Durbin   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Frank   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Buckeye   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Huntersville   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Thornwood   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Barbour
  Junior   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Braxton
  Flatwoods   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Heaters   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sutton   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Greenbrier
  Falling Spring   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Frankford   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Unus   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Anthony   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Nicholas
  Richwood   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pendleton
  Harper   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Circleville   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Randolph
  Mingo   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Helvetia   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Huttonsville   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mill Creek   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Beverly   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Womelsdorf   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Elkins   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Leadsville   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Tigheville   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Upshur
  Goshen   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Wilsontown   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hoover Town   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Frenchton   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gormley   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Buckhannon   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Webster
  Addison   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hacker Valley   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Upperglade   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Erbacon   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Bath (VA)
  Bolar (VA)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Carloover (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Yost (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Highland (VA)
  Monterey (VA)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Walnut ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Walnut.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Varner Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Hannah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNE Ware Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Cowger Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Wanless Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Stainaker Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  ESE Baxter Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  WNW Meadowland Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Walnut ...

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 9 newspapers that have been published in the area around Walnut.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Walnut, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Walnut.

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

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

Blue Spring   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Walnut
 - Blue Spring had a post office and no railroad service
 
Clover Lick   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Walnut
 - 1895 population of 9 people
 - Clover Lick had a post office and no railroad service
 
Valley Head   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Walnut
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Valley Head had a post office and no railroad service
 
Monterville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Walnut
 - Monterville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Edray   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Walnut
 - 1895 population of 162 people
 - Edray had a post office and no railroad service
 
Dunmore   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Walnut
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Dunmore had a post office and no railroad service
 
Dilleys Mill   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Walnut
 - 1895 population of 8 people
 - Dilleys Mill had a post office and no railroad service
 
Marlinton   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Walnut
 - Marlinton 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 Walnut. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Walnut in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - you should note 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 Walnut:

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:

Barbour County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Braxton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Nicholas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pendleton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Randolph County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Upshur County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Webster County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Bath County (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Highland County (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Pocahontas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Walnut. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Walnut) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Walnut. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4232, Longitude: -80.0740     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Walnut 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: findagrave.com.

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

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