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Wellford, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Wellford ...

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 Wellford (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 Wellford. 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals 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.

Wellford is located in Kanawha County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kanawha County: Boone, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Lincoln, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh & Roane.

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

Kanawha     (The home county for Wellford)
  Clendenin   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Elkview   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Aarons   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Pinch   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Sissonville   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Airport Village   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Coal Fork   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Kanawha City   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Malden   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Charleston   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Dupont City   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  East Bank   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Rumble   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ashford   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bloomingrose   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Comfort   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dartmont   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Eden   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Emmons   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Grippe   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Racine   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sharlow   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Joes Creek   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Brushton   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Johns   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Clem   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gassaway   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sutton   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Exchange   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Heaters   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Culloden   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mudfork   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Orma   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Arnoldsburg   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Grantsville   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Valley Fork   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Clay   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Harrison   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cannelton   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Smithers   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Gauley Bridge   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Powellton   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ansted   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Beckwith   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  McDunn   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Glenville   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kentuck   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ripley   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Odaville   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ravenswood   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Alum Creek   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sod   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Baden   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Arbuckle   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Leon   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Upland   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Poca   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Raymond City   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bancroft   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Eleanor   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Scott Village   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Teays Valley   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Teays Village   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Fraziers Bottom   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hurricane   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Flint Town   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Spencer   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Reedy   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Erbacon   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Peewee   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Burning Springs   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Elizabeth   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Wellford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wellford.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Casey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Keffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cummings Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hindsman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Deverick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shamlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Canterbury Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Seabolt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Osborne Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Koontz Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Rolling Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Patton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Armstead Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McCroskey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Staats Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Rucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Clendenin Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E Naylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barnhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holbert Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Reamer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Abbott Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Amma Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ashley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Payne Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Shaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cromwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ritchea Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Groves Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Curtis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Donahue Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sand Run Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Canterbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE J Herbert Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hershberger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nida Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shafer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pauley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sheets Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Murdock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dulls Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Criner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Deverick Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sergent Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Paxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rocky Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Vickers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Withrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ryder Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Droddy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Keffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nida Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hascue Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Deer Run - Keaton - Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S O Dell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Laurel Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Newton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hershberger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Eplin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Summerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Larch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fields Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Baxter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Given Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jarretts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Woody Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Vickers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Whited Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Grose Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Monroe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Summerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Haynes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Haynes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fougharty Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Wellford ...

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 4 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wellford.

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

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>

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

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

Osbornes Mills   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wellford
 - Osbornes Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Clendenin   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Wellford
 - 1895 population of 106 people (with 1,142 people in 2017)
 - Clendenin had a post office and no railroad service
Amma   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wellford
 - Amma had a post office and no railroad service
Clio   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wellford
 - Clio had a post office and no railroad service
Kester - Historic   [Map]
 - While Kester was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wellford
 - Kester had a post office and no railroad service
Apgah - Historic   [Map]
 - While Apgah was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wellford
 - Apgah had a post office and no railroad service
Procious   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wellford
 - Procious had a post office and no railroad service
Pigeon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Wellford
 - Pigeon had a post office and no railroad service
Walton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wellford
 - 1895 population of 127 people
 - Walton 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 Wellford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wellford 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 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 Wellford:

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 Kanawha County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Braxton County:     Cyndi's



Cabell County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Gilmer County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Lincoln County:     Cyndi's



Mason County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Putnam County:     Cyndi's



Roane County:     Cyndi's



Webster County:     Cyndi's



Wirt County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Wellford ...

While our initial data about Wellford came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Wellford 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 Wellford.

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 Wellford:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Wellford. See our Misc Page for Wellford for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Kanawha County:

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Wellford) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wellford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5307, Longitude: -81.3398     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wellford 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 Wellford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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