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Wiggins, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Wiggins ...

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 Wiggins (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 Wiggins. 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.

Wiggins is located in Summers County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Summers County: Giles (VA), Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe & Raleigh.

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

Summers     (The home county for Wiggins)
  Hinton   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Bellepoint   [Map]     W   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Spring Dale   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bellwood   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hilton Village   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Concho   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Frazier   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Vale   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Fort Spring   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ronceverte   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Fairlea   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Lewisburg   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Hines   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Athens   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Edison   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Union   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Shady Spring   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Royal - Historic   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Piney View   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Stanaford   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bud   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Pembroke (VA)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
Montgomery (VA)
  McBryde Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mount Tabor Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Sundance Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Blacksburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Merrimac (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Pulaski (VA)
  Fairlawn (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dublin (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Radford City (VA)
  New Town (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Radford Village (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Radford (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sunset Village (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mill Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Simpkins Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Wiggins ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wiggins.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Greenbrier Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Upland Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Huffman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Meadows Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Adkins Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Restwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Lilly - Crews Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pence Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Hope Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW St. Colmans Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Bragg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Richmond Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wayside Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hicks - Swell Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Farley Farm Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Wiggins ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wiggins.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wiggins, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wiggins.

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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Wiggins had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Hinton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wiggins
 - 1895 population of 2,570 people (with 2,448 people in 2017)
 - Hinton had a post office and railroad service
Packs Ferry   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wiggins
 - Packs Ferry had a post office and no railroad service
Hilldale   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wiggins
 - Hilldale had railroad service and no post office
Buck   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Wiggins
 - Buck had a post office and no railroad service
Talcott   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Wiggins
 - 1895 population of 288 people
 - Talcott had a post office and railroad service
Bargers Springs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Wiggins
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Bargers Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Lowell   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Wiggins
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Lowell had a post office and railroad service
Brooks   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wiggins
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Brooks had a post office and railroad service
Forest Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wiggins
 - 1895 population of 13 people
 - Forest Hill 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 Wiggins. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wiggins in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Wiggins:

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 Summers County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



McDowell County:     Cyndi's



Mercer County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Giles County (VA):     Cyndi's



Montgomery County (VA):     Cyndi's



Pulaski County (VA):     Cyndi's



Radford City (VA):     Cyndi's


Tazewell County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Wiggins ...

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

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 Wiggins:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in West Virginia

About Summers County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Wiggins) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wiggins. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6593, Longitude: -80.8379     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wiggins have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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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<3>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 Wiggins, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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