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Our Genealogical 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 insight while doing our genealogical research.

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.

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]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List 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 new browser window will open with a Google map 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 and 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 &

        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]     


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.

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 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 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:

Greenbrier     (The home county for Whitcomb)
      Lewisburg   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      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]
      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]
      Thurmond   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Athens   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      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]
      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]
      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]
      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]
      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.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 - 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 Whitcomb:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pocahontas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alleghany County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bath County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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     USGenWeb    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roanoke County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Salem City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Whitcomb ...

While our initial data for 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 ...

Communities in West Virginia

About Greenbrier County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia:

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 that begins in Whitcomb. 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 that we are using 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:

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