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Our Genealogical Helper for Abbott ...

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 Abbott (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 Abbott. 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 Abbott ...

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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Abbott.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Abbott, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Abbott.

Cemeteries Near Abbott ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Abbott.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Slab Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Beechtown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Hampton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Morrison Hull Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Rexroad Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Upshur County Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Post Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Chestnut Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rock Cave Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Horner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Reger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Glady Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Long Point Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Laurel Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Heavner Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Buckhannon Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rohrbough Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Weston Masonic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Peterson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Marple Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tenmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oakington Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Life Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brownsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rockford - Pletcher 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.<3>

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

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

French Creek   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Abbott
 - 1895 population of 302 people
 - French Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Frenchton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Abbott
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Frenchton had a post office and no railroad service
Hinkleville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Abbott
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Hinkleville had a post office and no railroad service
Sago   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Abbott
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Sago had a post office and railroad service
Hampton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Abbott
 - 1895 population of 550 people
 - Hampton had railroad service and no post office
Vandalia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Abbott
 - Vandalia had a post office and no railroad service
Rock Cave   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Abbott
 - Rock Cave had a post office and no railroad service
Evergreen   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Abbott
 - Evergreen had a post office and no railroad service
Horner   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Abbott
 - Horner 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 Abbott. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Abbott 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Abbott is located in Upshur County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Upshur County: Barbour, Harrison, Lewis, Randolph & Webster.

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

Upshur     (The home county for Abbott)
      Hoover Town   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Audra   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Union   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Junior   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Belington   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Union   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Despard   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gore   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Durbin   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Frank   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thornwood   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mingo   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Abbott:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Upshur County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pocahontas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tucker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Abbott. 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 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Abbott. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Abbott) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Abbott. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9218, Longitude: -80.3215     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Abbott 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 Abbott, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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