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Our Genealogy Helper for Wheeler ...

So far, we have found very little information about Wheeler. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Wheeler to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Wheeler, please Contact Us.


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 (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. 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 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Wheeler is historic, it would have been located within present day Randolph County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Barbour, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Tucker, Upshur & Webster.

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

  DirDistance
Randolph     (The home county for Wheeler)
  Canfield   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]<2>
  Beverly   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Elkins   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Harman   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Leadsville   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Womelsdorf   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Tigheville   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Huttonsville   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mill Creek   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Helvetia   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Barbour
  Junior   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Belington   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Valley Bend   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Audra   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Union   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Philippi   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wellington Heights   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Adaland   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Berryburg   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Grant
  Petersburg   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Arthur   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bayard   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Lewis
  Garton Village   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Pendleton
  Onego   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Circleville   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Brushy Run   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Harper   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Pocahontas
  Thornwood   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Durbin   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Frank   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Green Bank   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cass   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Slaty Fork   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Preston
  Aurora   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rowlesburg   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Tunnelton   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Newburg   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Taylor
  Knottsville   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Flemington   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fetterman   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Tucker
  Hambleton   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hendricks   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Parsons   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Canaan Valley   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Davis   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Thomas   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Upshur
  Gormley   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Buckhannon   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hoover Town   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Goshen   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wilsontown   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Frenchton   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Webster
  Cleveland   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hacker Valley   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Garrett (MD)
  Red House (MD)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Highland (VA)
  Monterey (VA)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Wheeler ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wheeler.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE White Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Laurel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Brendens Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Iser Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NE Kerns Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beverly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stalnaker Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NW Little Arlington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Maplewood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
 
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NNW Coffman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Mountain State Memorial Gardens   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Wheeler ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wheeler.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wheeler, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wheeler.

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.

While we didn't find Wheeler in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wheeler.

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

Glady   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wheeler
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Glady had a post office and no railroad service
 
Faulkner   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wheeler
 - Faulkner had a post office and no railroad service
 
Alpena   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wheeler
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Alpena had a post office and no railroad service
 
Osceola   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wheeler
 - Osceola had a post office and no railroad service
 
Job   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wheeler
 - Job had a post office and no railroad service
 
Beverly   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Wheeler
 - 1895 population of 343 people (with 675 people in 2017)
 - Beverly had a post office and railroad service
 
Elkins   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wheeler
 - 1895 population of 737 people (with 7,047 people in 2017)
 - Elkins had a post office and railroad service
 
Leadsville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wheeler
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Leadsville 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. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wheeler in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 - 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 Wheeler:

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 Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Grant County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Lewis County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pendleton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pocahontas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Preston County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Taylor County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Tucker 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

 
Garrett County (MD):     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 Randolph 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 Randolph 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 ...
      Maryland
      Virginia

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Randolph County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>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- Wheeler) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wheeler. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8321, Longitude: -79.7042     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wheeler have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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This page was last modified: 19 Jan 2019