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Wheeler Ridge, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Wheeler Ridge ...

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 Wheeler Ridge (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 Wheeler Ridge. 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 Wheeler Ridge ...

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 Wheeler Ridge.

  • Typical abbreviation for Wheeler Ridge: Wheeler Rdg. (or less commonly used: Wheeler Rdge. or Wheeler Ridg.)

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.

Wheeler Ridge is located in Putnam County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Putnam County: Cabell, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln & Mason.

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

Putnam     (The home county for Wheeler Ridge)
  Hurricane   [Map]     N   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Teays Village   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Scott Village   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Teays Valley   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Eleanor   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Fraziers Bottom   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Poca   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bancroft   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Raymond City   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Woodville   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Dodson Junction   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Morrisvale   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Horse Creek Junction   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Julian   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Layville   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Emmons   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Grippe   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Dartmont   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lory   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ashford   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Easly   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Culloden   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles
  Milton   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Barboursville   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Pea Ridge   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Crown City   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Huntington   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Kentuck   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ripley   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ravenswood   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Nitro   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Tornado   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Saint Albans   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Cross Lanes   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Rock Lake Village   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  South Charleston   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Charleston   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Sissonville   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Airport Village   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Kanawha City   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hamlin   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  West Hamlin   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Sod   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Alum Creek   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wewanta   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Harts   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Banco   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Big Creek   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Chapmanville   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Mitchell Heights   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Peach Creek   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  West Logan   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hedgeview   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Logan   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Thompson Town   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Troy Town   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Holden   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Upland   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Arbuckle   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Leon   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Baden   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Point Pleasant   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hartford City   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  New Haven   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Flint Town   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cove Gap   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Armilda   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wayne   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Buffalo Creek   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ceredo   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Kenova   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Mineral Springs   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wilsondale   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Fort Gay   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Boyd (KY)
  Catlettsburg (KY)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Durbin (KY)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ashland (KY)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Big Sandy (KY)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Fairview (KY)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Millseat (KY)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Westwood (KY)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Greenup (KY)
  Bellefonte (KY)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Russell (KY)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Flatwoods (KY)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Raceland (KY)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Worthington (KY)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (KY)
  Buchanan (KY)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Zelda (KY) - Historic   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Catalpa (KY) - Historic   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Louisa (KY)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bolton (KY) - Historic   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Clifford (KY)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fallsburg (KY)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Goldie (KY) - Historic   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Stringtown (KY)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Walbridge (KY) - Historic   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Estep (KY) - Historic   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Five Forks (KY)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Gallia (OH)
  Crown City (OH)   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Bladen (OH)   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mills Village (OH)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cheshire (OH)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Carlton (OH)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Centerville (OH)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (OH)
  Athalia (OH)   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Proctorville (OH)   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Burlington (OH)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Andis (OH)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  South Point (OH)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Coal Grove (OH)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ironton (OH)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Vernon (OH)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hanging Rock (OH)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Meigs (OH)
  Racine (OH)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Middleport (OH)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Syracuse (OH)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Wheeler Ridge ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wheeler Ridge.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Culloden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Trace Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Milton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chapman Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Harveys Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lundsford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE J L Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Staten Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Leadman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Forest Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Enom Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hamlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lincoln Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sutherland - White Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Teays Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Maupin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Waugh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sanson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hazlette Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E College Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Winfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Love Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Wheeler Ridge ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wheeler Ridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wheeler Ridge, 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 Wheeler Ridge.

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

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

Hurricane   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wheeler Ridge
 - 1895 population of 207 people (with 6,542 people in 2017)
 - Hurricane had a post office and railroad service
Culloden   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wheeler Ridge
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Culloden had a post office and railroad service
Nye   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Wheeler Ridge
 - Nye had a post office and no railroad service
Teays   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wheeler Ridge
 - Teays had a post office and no railroad service
Milton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wheeler Ridge
 - 1895 population of 548 people (with 2,612 people in 2017)
 - Milton had a post office and railroad service
Portersville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wheeler Ridge
 - Portersville had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Olive   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wheeler Ridge
 - Mount Olive had a post office and no railroad service
Hamlin   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wheeler Ridge
 - 1895 population of 248 people (with 1,072 people in 2017)
 - Hamlin 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 Wheeler Ridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wheeler Ridge 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 either 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 Wheeler Ridge:

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 Putnam County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Cabell County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



Lincoln County:     Cyndi's



Logan County:     Cyndi's



Mason County:     Cyndi's



Roane County:     Cyndi's



Wayne County:     Cyndi's



Boyd County (KY):     Cyndi's



Greenup County (KY):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (KY):     Cyndi's



Gallia County (OH):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (OH):     Cyndi's



Meigs County (OH):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Wheeler Ridge. 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- Wheeler Ridge) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wheeler Ridge. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4070, Longitude: -82.0290     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wheeler Ridge 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 Wheeler Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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