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Our Genealogical Helper for Ashford ...

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 Ashford (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 Ashford. 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 Ashford ...

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 108 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ashford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ashford, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ashford.

Cemeteries Near Ashford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ashford.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Kinder Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Rumble Heights Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Barker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Harless Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Holstein Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Price Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Snodgrass Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Barker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Perry Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE McDerment Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Morris Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Morris Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Javins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Javins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Barker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Wade Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Price Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Kirk Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Courtney Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Drawdy Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Evans Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Foster Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW G.W. Estep Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Bias Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Indian Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Workman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bloomingrose Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Mechanics & Miners Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Porter Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Fauber Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Beckett Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Dolin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Atkins - Javins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Harless Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Lloyd Wesley Miller Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Burnside - Byrnside Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Snodgrass Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hoffman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Dolin   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Dolan   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Ballard Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Dolin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Perdue Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Dolin Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Williams Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Coon Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Meadows Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Hawks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Hill - Lory Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Echols Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Vandelinde Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Gunnoes - Miller Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Halstead Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Ashby Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cooper's Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Miller Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Bowen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Adkins Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Wrightsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Frye Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Altman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Griffith Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Riley Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Breedlove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Mullins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Childress Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Marmet Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pate Cemetery   [Map]     
  W White Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Ballard Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Price Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Hopkins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Smoot Branch Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Poor Farm Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Price Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW W.H. Turley Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Oxley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sawmill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  N French Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Forks of Coal Memorial Park   [Map]     
  N Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Holstein Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Chambers Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Allen Cemetery (Holly Hills)   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stollings Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Smoot   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Price Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Gomez Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Jarrells Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Williams Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Pineview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Pettry Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Owen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pauley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pauley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harless 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 Ashford in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ashford.

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

Peytona   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ashford
 - 1895 population of 225 people
 - Peytona had a post office and no railroad service
Racine   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ashford
 - 1895 population of 127 people
 - Racine had a post office and no railroad service
Foster   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ashford
 - Foster had a post office and no railroad service
Comfort   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ashford
 - Comfort had a post office and no railroad service
Nelson   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ashford
 - Nelson had a post office and no railroad service
Winifrede   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Ashford
 - Winifrede had a post office and railroad service
Danville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ashford
 - Danville had a post office and no railroad service
Madison   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ashford
 - Madison 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 Ashford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ashford 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Ashford is located in Boone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Boone County: Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Raleigh & Wyoming.

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

Boone     (The home county for Ashford)
      Rumble   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Brushton   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Dartmont   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Grippe   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Emmons   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Johns   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Peytona   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Easly   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Nellis   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Racine   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Ridgeview   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Milton   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pax   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winifrede   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Marmet   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Belle   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dupont City   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Malden   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sod   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Harts   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Banco   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Logan   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Troy Town   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Holden   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pie   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Poca   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harper   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lester   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wilsondale   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Uno   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Ashford:

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 Boone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cabell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Boone County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ashford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.1790, Longitude: -81.7110     [Map].

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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 Ashford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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