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Our Genealogy Helper for Whitcomb ...

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

We've added Whitcomb to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Whitcomb, 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 Whitcomb (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 Whitcomb. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors 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.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Greenbrier County: Alleghany (VA), Bath (VA), Fayette, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Summers & Webster.

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

  DirDistance
Greenbrier     (The home county for Whitcomb)
  Lewisburg   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<2>
  Fairlea   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles
  Ronceverte   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Fort Spring   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  White Sulphur Springs   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Clendenenville   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Frazier   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Anthony   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Frankford   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Unus   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Falling Spring   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
 
Fayette
  Spring Dale   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bellwood   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hilton Village   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Concho   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Mercer
  Athens   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Monroe
  Hollywood   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Union   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Nicholas
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pocahontas
  Hillsboro   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Buckeye   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Marlinton   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Huntersville   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Edray   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Thorny Creek   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Raleigh
  Royal - Historic   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Shady Spring   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Piney View   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Stanaford   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Summers
  Forest Hill   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Alleghany (VA)
  Low Moor (VA)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Selma (VA)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Clifton Forge (VA)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Iron Gate (VA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Bath (VA)
  Carloover (VA)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Botetourt (VA)
  Fincastle (VA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Salisbury (VA)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Daleville (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Troutville (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cloverdale (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Runaway Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Covington City (VA)
  Covington (VA)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
 
Craig (VA)
  New Castle (VA)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Abbott (VA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Giles (VA)
  Pembroke (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Montgomery (VA)
  Mount Tabor Village (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sundance Village (VA)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Blacksburg (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  McBryde Village (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Merrimac (VA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Roanoke (VA)
  Hollins (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Salem City (VA)
  Salem (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sunset Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Whitcomb ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Whitcomb.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Greenbrier Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Old Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Adwell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  N Rosewood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Coffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Dowdy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hanger Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harrah Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Whitcomb ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Whitcomb.

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

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.

Whitcomb itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having railroad service and no post office.

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

Caldwell   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Whitcomb
 - Caldwell had a post office and railroad service
 
Lewisburg   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Whitcomb
 - 1895 population of 1,016 people (with 3,907 people in 2017)
 - Lewisburg had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ronceverte   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Whitcomb
 - 1895 population of 481 people (with 1,717 people in 2017)
 - Ronceverte had a post office and railroad service
 
Rockland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Whitcomb
 - Rockland had railroad service and no post office
 
Fort Spring   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Whitcomb
 - 1895 population of 151 people
 - Fort Spring had a post office and railroad service
 
Patton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Whitcomb
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Patton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Richlands   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Whitcomb
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Richlands had a post office and no railroad service
 
Nickells Mill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Whitcomb
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Nickells Mill 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 Whitcomb. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Whitcomb 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 helpful 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 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 Whitcomb:

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 Greenbrier County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Mercer County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Monroe County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Nicholas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pocahontas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Raleigh County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Summers County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Alleghany County (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Bath County (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Botetourt County (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Covington City (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Craig County (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Giles County (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Montgomery County (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Roanoke County (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Salem City (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of West Virginia,
Cemeteries of Greenbrier 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 Greenbrier 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 ...
      Virginia

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Whitcomb ...

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

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 Whitcomb:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Greenbrier 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 Whitcomb, 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- Whitcomb) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whitcomb. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7771, Longitude: -80.4281     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whitcomb 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: 06 Feb 2019