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Our Genealogical Helper for Matoaca ...

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 Matoaca (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 Matoaca. 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 Matoaca ...

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 111 newspapers that have been published in the area around Matoaca.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Matoaca, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Matoaca.

Cemeteries Near Matoaca ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Matoaca.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Union Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dahl Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Gill Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Traylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Second Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Mispah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Andrews Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wyatt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rocky Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Olgers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Centenary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Hamner Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bollins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ocran Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fuqua Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brown Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Coleman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Reames Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lester Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Drivers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dabney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cheatham Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hollywood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Chesterfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dale Memorial Park   [Map]     
  W Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Craddock Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Level Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Reames Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Whites Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Poole Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Tomahawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sappony 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Matoaca had a population of 545 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Holly - Historic   [Map]
 - While Holly was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Matoaca
 - Holly had a post office and no railroad service
Marmona   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Matoaca
 - 1895 population of 7 people
 - Marmona had a post office and no railroad service
Namozine   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Matoaca
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Namozine had a post office and no railroad service
Perdue - Historic   [Map]
 - While Perdue was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Matoaca
 - Perdue had railroad service and no post office
Summit   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Matoaca
 - Summit had railroad service and no post office
Sutherland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Matoaca
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Sutherland had a post office and railroad service
Winterpock   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Matoaca
 - 1895 population of 656 people
 - Winterpock had a post office and railroad service
Coalboro - Historic   [Map]
 - While Coalboro was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Matoaca
 - Coalboro had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Matoaca. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Matoaca 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Matoaca is located in Chesterfield County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chesterfield County: Amelia, Charles City, Dinwiddie, Henrico, Hopewell City, Prince George & Richmond.

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

Chesterfield     (The home county for Matoaca)
      Chesterfield Court House   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bollinger Estates   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Braebrook Village   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ettrick   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chester   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Beulah Village   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bensley Village   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bensley   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chesterfield Village   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lawrenceville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Charles City
      Charles City   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ruthville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
Colonial Heights City
      Colonial Heights   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cotton Town   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lakeside Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Trents Mill   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Grant Village   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Maitland Village   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Darvills   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      McKenney   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
Emporia City
      Emporia   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Goochland   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jarratt   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mechanicsville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Montpelier   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tuckahoe   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tuckahoe Village   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Heckler Village   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Dumbarton   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lakeside   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      East Highland Park   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Highland Springs   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Laurel Village   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Laurel   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Short Pump   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chamberlayne   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Hopewell City
      Hopewell   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kenbridge   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Victoria   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nutbush   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Blackstone   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Crewe   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burkeville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
Petersburg City
      Petersburg   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Beaumont   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
Prince George
      Garysville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
Richmond City
      Montrose Heights   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Richmond   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Walmsley Village   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cherry Gardens   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chippenham Village   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Joyner   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Claremont   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stony Creek   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Henry   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grizzard   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 - 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 Matoaca:

These websites are specific to Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Library of Virginia

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Virginia to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Chesterfield County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Brunswick County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Charles City County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Colonial Heights City:       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Cumberland County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dinwiddie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Emporia City:       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Goochland County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greensville County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hanover County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henrico County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hopewell City:       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Lunenburg County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nottoway County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Petersburg City:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
Powhatan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prince George County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Richmond City:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
Richmond County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Southampton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Surry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sussex County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Matoaca ...

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

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 Matoaca:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Matoaca.
      See our Misc Page for Matoaca for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Virginia

About Chesterfield County

About Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Chesterfield County:

The official website for State of Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Matoaca. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Matoaca

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Matoaca. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.2738, Longitude: -77.6389     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Matoaca have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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