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Wills, West Virginia
(Kanawha County)

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The location of Wills

Our Genealogy Helper for Wills ...

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 Wills (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 Wills. 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 northwest 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 north.

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 north 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.

Wills is located in Kanawha County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kanawha County: Boone, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Lincoln, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh & Roane.

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

Kanawha     (The home county for Wills)
  Elkview   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Aarons   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Pinch   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Airport Village   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Clendenin   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Sissonville   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Coal Fork   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Charleston   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Kanawha City   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Malden   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Dupont City   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  South Charleston   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Rumble   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bloomingrose   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ashford   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dartmont   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Emmons   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Grippe   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Comfort   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Eden   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Racine   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Sharlow   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Brushton   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Johns   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Easly   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Clem   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Culloden   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Milton   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mudfork   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Orma   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Arnoldsburg   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Grantsville   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Valley Fork   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Clay   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Harrison   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cannelton   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Smithers   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Gauley Bridge   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Powellton   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  McDunn   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ansted   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Beckwith   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pax   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Concho   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Kentuck   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Ripley   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Odaville   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ravenswood   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Alum Creek   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sod   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hamlin   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  West Hamlin   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Arbuckle   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Baden   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Leon   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Upland   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Poca   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Raymond City   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bancroft   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Scott Village   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Eleanor   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Teays Valley   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Teays Village   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fraziers Bottom   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hurricane   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Packsville   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Flint Town   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Spencer   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Reedy   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Peewee   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Burning Springs   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Gallia (OH)
  Bladen (OH)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Wills ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wills.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Given Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jarretts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Rock Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Deer Run - Keaton - Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Burdette - Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rummell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Woody Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fougharty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Baxter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Withrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Vickers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Vickers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sand Run Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Cavender Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sheets Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pauley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Newhouser Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Lacy Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Prouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hunter Cemetery 2   [Map]     
  ESE Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Donahue Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fields Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hanes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Monk Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Layne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hanson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cline Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hunter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Reamer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Seabolt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Newhouse Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Hunt - Donnally Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Clendenin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE O Dell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ryder Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Murdock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clendenin Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Koontz Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Osborne Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cummings Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Keffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Canterbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Staats Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Paxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Albert E Humphreys Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW John Beane Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Vandine Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sissonville Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Thaxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Haynes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Shafer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Swannor Watts Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Younger Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Deverick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hindsman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Casey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McCroskey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Floral Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Haynes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sinclair Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Altz Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shorts Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Casdorph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Blackshire Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wheatcraft Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fields Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Covey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shafer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jones Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Wills ...

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 100 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wills.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wills, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wills.

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>

While we didn't find Wills in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wills.

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

Jarrett   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wills
 - Jarrett had a post office and no railroad service
Aarons   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wills
 - Aarons had a post office and no railroad service
Mink - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mink was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Wills
 - Mink had a post office and no railroad service
Blundon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wills
 - Blundon had a post office and no railroad service
Coco   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Wills
 - Coco had a post office and no railroad service
Legg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wills
 - Legg had a post office and no railroad service
Island Branch   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wills
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Island Branch had a post office and no railroad service
Odell   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wills
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Odell had a post office and no railroad service
Clendenin   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wills
 - 1895 population of 106 people (with 1,142 people in 2017)
 - Clendenin had a post office and no railroad service
Kettle   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Wills
 - Kettle had a post office and no railroad service
Carney - Historic   [Map]
 - While Carney was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wills
 - Carney had a post office and no railroad service
Sissonville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wills
 - 1895 population of 123 people
 - Sissonville had a post office and no railroad service
Pocatalico   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wills
 - Pocatalico had a post office and no railroad service
Wellford   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wills
 - Wellford 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 Wills. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wills 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 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 Wills:

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 Kanawha County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Braxton County:     Cyndi's



Cabell County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Lincoln County:     Cyndi's



Mason County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Putnam County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Roane County:     Cyndi's



Wirt County:     Cyndi's



Gallia County (OH):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

The Communities of West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Kanawha County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 drawn from Point A (ie- Wills) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wills. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4573, Longitude: -81.4971     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wills 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 Wills, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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