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Our Genealogy Helper for Whetstone ...

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 Whetstone (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 Whetstone. 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.

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

  DirDistance
Clay     (The home county for Whetstone)
  Valley Fork   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Clay   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Harrison   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
 
Boone
  Bloomingrose   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Comfort   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Joes Creek   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Eden   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Seth   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sharlow   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Braxton
  Clem   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Gassaway   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sutton   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Exchange   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Heaters   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Burnsville   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Calhoun
  Mudfork   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Orma   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Arnoldsburg   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Grantsville   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Fayette
  Gauley Bridge   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Ansted   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cannelton   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Smithers   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Beckwith   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Powellton   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  McDunn   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hilton Village   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Concho   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Gilmer
  Glenville   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sand Fork   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Truebada   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Greenbrier
  Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Crichton   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Quinwood   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Orient Hill   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hines   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Jackson
  Kentuck   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Kanawha
  Clendenin   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Elkview   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Pinch   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Aarons   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Handley   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pratt   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Coal Fork   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  East Bank   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Glasgow   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hollygrove   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Airport Village   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Malden   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Nicholas
  Muddlety   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Putnam
  Liberty   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Poca   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Roane
  Cicerone   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Spencer   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Flint Town   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Reedy   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Webster
  Erbacon   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Upperglade   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Addison   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hacker Valley   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Wirt
  Burning Springs   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Peewee   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Whetstone ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Whetstone.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Triplett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bogg Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Reed - Stephenson - Pierson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Little Laurel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cherrytree Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Blue Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grose Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Pierson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NE McCracken Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Duffield Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Kyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lyons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Eagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Laurel Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dulls Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Acree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Harold Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Goad Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Strange Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Coen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pt. Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hallburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mollohan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sears Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mollohan / Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Newton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  W White Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Holcomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cottrill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Matheny Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harper Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Whetstone ...

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 6 newspapers that have been published in the area around Whetstone.

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

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

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

Gould   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Whetstone
 - Gould had a post office and no railroad service
 
Valley Fork   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Whetstone
 - Valley Fork had a post office and no railroad service
 
Harrison   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Whetstone
 - Harrison had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ira   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Whetstone
 - Ira had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pigeon   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Whetstone
 - Pigeon had a post office and no railroad service
 
Procious   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Whetstone
 - Procious had a post office and no railroad service
 
Strange Creek   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Whetstone
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Strange Creek had a post office and no railroad service
 
Newton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Whetstone
 - 1895 population of 104 people
 - Newton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Wattsville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Whetstone
 - Wattsville 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 Whetstone. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Whetstone in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 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 Whetstone:

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 Clay County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Braxton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Calhoun County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Fayette County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Gilmer County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Jackson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Kanawha County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Nicholas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Putnam County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Roane County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Webster County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wirt County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of West Virginia,
Cemeteries of Clay 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 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Clay County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Whetstone) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whetstone. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5018, Longitude: -81.0557     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whetstone 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 Whetstone, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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