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Whorley, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Whorley ...

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

We've added Whorley to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Whorley, 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 Whorley (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 Whorley. 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 hospitals and 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 Whorley is historic, it would have been located within present day Raleigh County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Raleigh County: Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Mercer, Summers & Wyoming.

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

Raleigh     (The home county for Whorley)
  Beckley   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles<2>
  Clifftop   [Map]     E   Less than 2 miles
  Beaver   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles
  Stanaford   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Old Mill Village   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Piney View   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Prosperity   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Shady Spring   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Whitesville   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Janie   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Elk Run Junction   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lindytown - Historic   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rocklick   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Sylvester   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bald Knob   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Twilight   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Barrett   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bandytown   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Keith   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pondco   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pax   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Concho   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Vale   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hines   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Orient Hill   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Crichton   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Quinwood   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Frazier   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fort Spring   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Acme   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Eskdale   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Handley   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hollygrove   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pratt   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Glasgow   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cabin Creek   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  East Bank   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Winifrede   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Chesapeake   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Belle   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mineral City   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mallory   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Man   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Welch   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Davy   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Gary   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Athens   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Edison   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Union   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Bud   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Uno   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Whorley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Whorley.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Greenwood Memorial Park   [Map]     
  WSW Wright Hunter Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Teel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  W St. Sebastians Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW W.T. Warden Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Hall Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Calfee Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. TaborCemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Pemberton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Plumley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Crook Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Russ Lilly Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E William Kidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Cannaday Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Royal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Aliff Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NW Biggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sweeney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Turner Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Snuffer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Slab Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW William Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Athey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tulliver Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Trail Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Pax Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Maynor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Maynor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wiseman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Whorley ...

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 13 newspapers that have been published in the area around Whorley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Whorley, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Whorley.

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

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

Daniels   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Whorley
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Daniels had a post office and no railroad service
Crow   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Whorley
 - Crow had a post office and no railroad service
Pemberton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Whorley
 - 1895 population of 13 people
 - Pemberton had a post office and no railroad service
Shady Spring   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Whorley
 - 1895 population of 13 people
 - Shady Spring had a post office and no railroad service
Grandview   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Whorley
 - Grandview had a post office and no railroad service
Prosperity   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Whorley
 - 1895 population of 56 people
 - Prosperity had a post office and no railroad service
Quinnimont   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Whorley
 - 1895 population of 600 people
 - Quinnimont had a post office and railroad service
Prince   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Whorley
 - Prince had a post office and railroad service
Lester   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Whorley
 - 1895 population of 11 people (with 323 people in 2017)
 - Lester 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 Whorley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Whorley 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 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 Whorley:

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 Raleigh County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



Logan County:     Cyndi's



McDowell County:     Cyndi's



Mercer County:     Cyndi's



Mingo County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Summers County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Giles County (VA):     Cyndi's



Tazewell County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Raleigh 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 Whorley, 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 'straight-line' (or 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- Whorley) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whorley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7737, Longitude: -81.1495     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whorley 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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