Logan County Genealogical Society
March 14, 2014
Accoville — Name composed from first initials of the Amherst Coal Company plus ville. Named when they opened the mine about 1916.
Barnabus — Named in 1910 for Barnabus Clay. Earlier called Cow Creek from a stream the town is located on.
Big Creek — The community sits by a large creek also called Big Creek.
Bruno — Source unknown. On Route 80 about 4 miles south of Man.
Chapmanville — Founded in 1800 and incorporated in 1947; named for an early settler named Edward “Ned” Chapman who was a storekeeper and postmaster.
Craneco — Named for Cole and Crane, a Cincinnati lumber company.
Dehue — The name is an abbreviated and phonetical rendition of D.E. Hewitt, a resident of some note.
Earling — Named for the first settler in early 1900’s.
Emmett — A coal town started about 1921 by Franklin Emmet King of the King Fuel Company located there.
Ethel — Named for the wife or daughter of a prominent mine official.
Henlawson — Named for Henry Lawson, local property owner.
Holden — Named for Albert F. Holden.
Lake — Named for Nicholas Lake, who settled and named the town, and also ran the first post office from his home. First considered the name Lake Mills but settled on Lake on the post office application in 1880.
Landville — A mining town established about 1914 and named for a mining company official named Landstreet.
Logan — Earlier named the Islands; Lawnville; and Aracoma. Renamed Logan in 1907 in honor of Chief Logan.
Lorado — The name is a composite of Lorrain Coal and Dock Company.
Lundale — Named after Lundale farm in Amhurst County, Virginia. The farm was owned by the Jones family, who ran the Amhurst Coal Company in Lundale.
Mallory — Named in 1917 when Mallory Coal Company started operations.
Man — The town was taken from the last syllable of the name of Ulysses Hinchman, member of the House of Delegates from Logan County.
McConnell — Named for a man who helped build the C&O railroad spur to this location.
Micco — Named for the Main Island Creek Coal Company.
Mitchell Heights — Named for the old Mitchell Farm located there; incorporated in 1949.
Monaville — Named for Mona Wilkinson, daughter of a substantial land owner and who was a circuit judge.
Mount Gay — Named for the Gay Coal and Coke Company owned by Henry Gay.
Oceana — One claim is that the town is named for Oceana, younger daughter of Cornstalk. Another theory is that it comes from an Indian word meaning big bottoms or level land. A third theory is that it is named for Ocie Anna, the Indian-stolen daughter of “old” William Cooke.
Omar — Named around 1913 after an early settler with this first name.
Peach Creek — Named for the stream on it, which got its name from the first peach grove in the county, believed to be planted by the Farley family.
Pecks Mill — First named White’s Mill until around 1860 when the Peck family bought the mill.
Pine Creek — Allegedly the stream the town is on that was lined with pine trees in the olden days.
Rita — Possibly named for Rita Hendman, daughter of a resident.
Rum Creek — Named because a keg of rum was lost in its banks by the settlers.
Shively — Believed to be named for a local family. Post office was established about 1910.
Stollings — Named for Floyd D. Stollings, who owned the land where the town was built.
Switzer — Likely named for a resident family. It is a fairly common German surname.
Verdunville — Named by a veteran who fought in the WWI battle of Verdun. Post Office was established in 1920.
Wilkinson — Named for a judge of the same name who once owned the land.
Yolyn — A reverse tribute to Lynn Yoder, a prominent family.
These names and meanings were compiled with the assistance of West Virginia Bluebook; Wikipedia; Origins of WV Place Names, jeff560.tripod.com, Nov. 3, 2013; various internet sites; and articles obtained over the years from newspapers and library references. The information may not be factual or authoritative, but the effort is sincere to obtain accurate and reliable information. Although it is only a partial listing of towns in Logan County, if anyone would like to add to, correct, or to make a comment, please send to our Facebook page at Logan County WV Genealogical Society.
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