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Our Genealogical Helper for Avon ...

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 Avon (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 Avon. 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 Avon ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Avon.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Avon, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Avon.

Cemeteries Near Avon ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Avon.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Indian Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Coldwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Toms Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Redemption Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Middle Island Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW St. Clara Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Big Isaac Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greenbrier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blandville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Woofter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wolverton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Victory Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Archbold Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Leason Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lowther Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Halderman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE K of P Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Doak Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Keys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Brannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Earnest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Big Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W South Branch East Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cascara Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ruley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hart 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 in 1895, Avon had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Coldwater   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Avon
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Coldwater had a post office and no railroad service
New Milton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Avon
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - New Milton had a post office and no railroad service
Market   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Avon
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Market had a post office and no railroad service
Zinnia   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Avon
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Zinnia had a post office and no railroad service
Miletus   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Avon
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Miletus had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Clara   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Avon
 - 1895 population of 90 people
 - Saint Clara had a post office and no railroad service
Benson   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Avon
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Benson had a post office and no railroad service
Big Isaac   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Avon
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Big Isaac had a post office and no railroad service
Long Run   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Avon
 - 1895 population of 119 people
 - Long Run had a post office and railroad service
Blandville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Avon
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Blandville had a post office and no railroad service
Leopold   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Avon
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Leopold 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 Avon. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Avon 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Avon is located in Doddridge County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Doddridge County: Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Ritchie, Tyler & Wetzel.

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

Doddridge     (The home county for Avon)
      Smithburg   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      West Union   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Audra   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belington   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Junior   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orma   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gore   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Despard   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bane   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Barker   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Monroe (OH)
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Washington (OH)
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 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 Avon:

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 Doddridge 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    
Calhoun 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants 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    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington 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 Doddridge County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Doddridge 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Avon ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Doddridge County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Avon. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1954, Longitude: -80.6490     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Avon 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 Avon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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