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Our Genealogical Helper for Ashton ...

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 Ashton (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 Ashton. 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 Ashton ...

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 52 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ashton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ashton, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ashton.

Cemeteries Near Ashton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ashton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Swan Creek Methodist Episcopal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moores Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hereford Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Beale Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W King Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Big Four Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McCoy Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE McCoy - Starkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Methodist Episcopal Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Long Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Clay Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McLellon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Barton Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Buckle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Potts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hazel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hazlett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ridgelawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Victory Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Calloway Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Union Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mercerville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Swindler Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Garlic Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Crown City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cottrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Nicholas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mountain Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Waugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Halley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Greenbottom Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Staten Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Siloam Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hambrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Loucks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Trotter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bruce Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stewart Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lundsford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fraizer Bottom Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Buffalo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pliny Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Blain Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wyoma Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dickey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Martt Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sheets Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fellure Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Siloam Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Arthur Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mina Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Buffalo Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NE Van Sickle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Notter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jordan 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Ashton had a population of 22 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Mercers Bottom   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Ashton
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Mercers Bottom had a post office and railroad service
Clemma (OH) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Clemma was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ashton
 - Clemma had a post office and no railroad service
Swan Creek (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ashton
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Swan Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Glenwood   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ashton
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Glenwood had a post office and railroad service
Bladen (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ashton
 - Bladen had a post office and no railroad service
Apple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Ashton
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Apple Grove had a post office and railroad service
Eureka (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ashton
 - 1895 population of 115 people
 - Eureka had a post office and no railroad service
Hogsett   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Ashton
 - Hogsett 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 Ashton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ashton 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.

Ashton is located in Mason County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mason County: Gallia (OH), Meigs (OH), Cabell, Jackson & Putnam.

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

Mason     (The home county for Ashton)
      Upland   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Leon   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Baden   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mason   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Layville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dodson Junction   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Horse Creek Junction   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Julian   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Morrisvale   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lory   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nellis   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Milton   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saint Albans   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tornado   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sod   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Harts   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Poca   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Buffalo Creek   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ceredo   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kenova   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
Boyd (KY)
      Catlettsburg (KY)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ashland (KY)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Millseat (KY)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fairview (KY)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Westwood (KY)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Durbin (KY)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Big Sandy (KY)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rush (KY)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Greenup (KY)
      Bellefonte (KY)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Russell (KY)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flatwoods (KY)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Raceland (KY)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Worthington (KY)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wurtland (KY)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Greenup (KY)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Argillite (KY)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lloyd (KY)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lawrence (KY)
      Buchanan (KY)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Zelda (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bolton (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Catalpa (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Estep (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cheshire (OH)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Carlton (OH)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Centerville (OH)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Vinton (OH)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
Jackson (OH)
      Blackfork Junction (OH)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oak Hill (OH)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pattonsville (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jackson (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wellston (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Andis (OH)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Burlington (OH)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      South Point (OH)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vernon (OH)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coal Grove (OH)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ironton (OH)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hanging Rock (OH)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Middleport (OH)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rutland (OH)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Scioto (OH)
      South Webster (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Franklin Furnace (OH)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Garden City (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Harrison Mills (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slocum (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wheelersburg (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sciotodale (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Vinton (OH)
      Wilkesville (OH)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 Ashton:

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 Mason County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cabell 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    
Putnam 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    
Boyd County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenup County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Scioto County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Vinton 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 Mason County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Mason 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
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Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ashton ...

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

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ashton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6243, Longitude: -82.1646     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ashton 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 Ashton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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