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Our Genealogical Helper for Wattsville ...

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 Wattsville (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 Wattsville. 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 Wattsville ...

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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wattsville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wattsville, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wattsville.

Cemeteries Near Wattsville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wattsville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Butcher Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Strange Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Goad Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Tinnel / Mollohan Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lyons Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Kyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Duffield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Acree Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Spruce Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Middle Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Eagle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McCracken Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Keener Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pt. Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Canfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bogg Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Triplett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Barnett Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stumble Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chapman 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Wattsville had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Strange Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wattsville
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Strange Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Birch River   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Wattsville
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Birch River had a post office and no railroad service
Herold   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wattsville
 - Herold had a post office and no railroad service
Harrison   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wattsville
 - Harrison had a post office and no railroad service
Ira   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wattsville
 - Ira had a post office and no railroad service
Hookersville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wattsville
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Hookersville had a post office and no railroad service
Muddlety   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wattsville
 - Muddlety had a post office and no railroad service
Canfield   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Wattsville
 - Canfield had a post office and no railroad service
Twistville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Twistville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wattsville
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Twistville had a post office and no railroad service
Frametown   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Wattsville
 - 1895 population of 99 people
 - Frametown 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 Wattsville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wattsville 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

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

Clay     (The home county for Wattsville)
      Harrison   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clem   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Orma   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hines   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Handley   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Addison   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

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 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 Wattsville:

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:

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    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pocahontas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Wattsville ...

While our initial data for Wattsville came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Wattsville in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Wattsville.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Wattsville:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Wattsville.
      See our Misc Page for Wattsville for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Clay County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wattsville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4959, Longitude: -80.8609     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wattsville 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 Wattsville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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