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West Williamson, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for West Williamson ...

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 West Williamson (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 West Williamson. 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.

Name Variations for West Williamson ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with West Williamson.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Williamson: W. Williamson

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 doctors and 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.

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

Mingo     (The home county for West Williamson)
  Williamson   [Map]     E   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Chattaroy   [Map]     N   Less than 2 miles
  Delbarton   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Red Jacket   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Blackberry City   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Matewan   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Musick   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Greyeagle   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Kermit   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Pie   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wharncliffe   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Baisden   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Manila   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Havana   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hewett   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Clothier   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Jeffrey   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ottawa   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ramage   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Secoal   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Greenview   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Low Gap   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Powell Creek   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Stark   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Harts   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Wewanta   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Omar   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Holden   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Troy Town   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hedgeview   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Switzer   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Thompson Town   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Logan   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Peach Creek   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  West Logan   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Man   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Mitchell Heights   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Chapmanville   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wyoming City   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Iaeger   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Union City   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bradshaw   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Davy   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wilsondale   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cove Gap   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fort Gay   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mineral Springs   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Armilda   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wayne   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Uno   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (KY)
  Betsy Layne (KY)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Harold (KY)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Stanville (KY)   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Tram (KY)   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ivel (KY)   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Banner (KY)   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Grethel (KY)   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Dana (KY)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Dwale (KY)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Allen (KY)   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Blue Moon (KY)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Auxier (KY)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
Johnson (KY)
  Meally (KY)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Nero (KY)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Williamsport (KY)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Whitehouse (KY)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Van Lear (KY)   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  East Point (KY)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Thelma (KY)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  West Van Lear (KY)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Tutor Key (KY)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hagerhill (KY)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lowmansville (KY)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Collista (KY)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
Knott (KY)
  Raven (KY)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mousie (KY)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Kite (KY)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pippa Passes (KY)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (KY)
  Clifford (KY)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Patrick (KY)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Peach Orchard (KY)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Richardson (KY)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ben Bow (KY)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Maynard (KY) - Historic   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ulysses (KY) - Historic   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gallup (KY) - Historic   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bumblebee (KY) - Historic   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Charley (KY)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Torchlight (KY) - Historic   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ivory (KY) - Historic   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Letcher (KY)
  Burdine (KY)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  McRoberts (KY)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Jenkins (KY)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cromona (KY)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Deane (KY)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Fleming-Neon (KY)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Neon (KY)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Magoffin (KY)
  Gunlock (KY)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Gapville (KY)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Painters Lick (KY)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Marshallville (KY)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Falcon (KY)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Royalton (KY)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wheelersburg (KY)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Martin (KY)
  Lovely (KY)   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pilgrim (KY)   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Beauty (KY)   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Warfield (KY)   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Hode (KY)   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Debord (KY)   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Inez (KY)   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Tomahawk (KY)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
Pike (KY)
  South Williamson (KY)   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles
  Forest Hills (KY)   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Belfry (KY)   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Hardy (KY)   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Canada (KY)   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Huddy (KY)   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Sidney (KY)   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Stone (KY)   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  McAndrews (KY)   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Varney (KY)   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Pinsonfork (KY)   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  McCarr (KY)   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
Buchanan (VA)
  Kelsa (VA)   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Grundy (VA)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Royal City (VA)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Vansant (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Janey (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Dickenson (VA)
  Haysi (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Clinchco (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clintwood (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near West Williamson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of West Williamson.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Runyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Varney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Estep Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tandy Sester Alley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thomas Shermon Lowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hayes Lowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Orrison Lowe Branch #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Romans Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stepp Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Yates Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stepp - Vance Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Orrison R Lowe #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fraley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mountain View Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SE McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Weddington Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Parsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hensley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hensley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mountain View Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SE McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Marcum Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Farley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Adair Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Marcum Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Robinette Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Francis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Varney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW W J May Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vernatter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stepp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Julius Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lower Curry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mounts Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Meade Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Marcum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Waldron Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stafford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Matthew Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Varney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Estep Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ooten Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Zornes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Caney Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Dotson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jerry Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Varney Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mahon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Upper Curry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Farley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Maynard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sturgell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Chestnut Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Stump Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Musick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Estep Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dempsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gap Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kirk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Petercave Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in West Williamson ...

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 West Williamson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Williamson, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for West Williamson.

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

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

Rural (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from West Williamson
 - Rural had a post office and no railroad service
Canada (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from West Williamson
 - Canada had a post office and no railroad service
Pinsonfork (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from West Williamson
 - Pinsonfork had a post office and no railroad service
Pilgrim (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from West Williamson
 - Pilgrim had a post office and no railroad service
Kimper (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from West Williamson
 - Kimper had a post office and no railroad service
Zebulon (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from West Williamson
 - Zebulon had a post office and no railroad service
Phelps (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Williamson
 - Phelps had a post office and no railroad service
Warfield (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from West Williamson
 - 1895 population of 1,212 people (with 239 people in 2017)
 - Warfield had a post office and no railroad service
Gulnare (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Williamson
 - Gulnare 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 West Williamson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Williamson 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 West Williamson:

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



Wayne County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Floyd County (KY):     Cyndi's



Johnson County (KY):     Cyndi's



Knott County (KY):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (KY):     Cyndi's



Letcher County (KY):     Cyndi's



Magoffin 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 ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Mingo County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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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- West Williamson) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Williamson. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6759, Longitude: -82.2921     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Williamson 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 West Williamson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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