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Our Genealogical Helper for Bancroft ...

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 Bancroft (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 Bancroft. 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 Bancroft ...

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 Bancroft.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bancroft, 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 Bancroft.

Cemeteries Near Bancroft ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bancroft.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Showen Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Cartwright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wade Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Giles - Stern Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Winfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Leadman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW J L Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Britton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Grandview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Burdette Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bowles Ridge Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rocky Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sam Derrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McClanahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bowles Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Teays Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S College Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jeffries Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barnette Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cunningham Memorial Park   [Map]     
  S Bangor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shorts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Altz Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sinclair Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Floral Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Crank Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kirkpatrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Warner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Buffalo Memorial Park   [Map]     
  WNW Fraizer Bottom Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sutherland - White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Manilla Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fisher Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Atkeson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Walker Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Buffalo Baptist Church 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 in 1895, Bancroft had railroad service and no post office. In 2017, Bancroft had a population of 600 people.

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

Raymond City   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bancroft
 - 1895 population of 650 people
 - Raymond City had a post office and railroad service
Winfield   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bancroft
 - 1895 population of 302 people (with 2,359 people in 2017)
 - Winfield had a post office and no railroad service
Poca   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bancroft
 - 1895 population of 284 people (with 987 people in 2017)
 - Poca had a post office and railroad service
Red House   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bancroft
 - Red House had railroad service and no post office
Confidence   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Bancroft
 - Confidence had a post office and no railroad service
Scary   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Bancroft
 - Scary had a post office and railroad service
Paradise   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bancroft
 - Paradise had a post office and no railroad service
Hugo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Bancroft
 - Hugo had a post office and no railroad service
Sigman   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bancroft
 - Sigman 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 Bancroft. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bancroft 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 hospitals 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.

Bancroft is located in Putnam County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Putnam County: Cabell, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln & Mason.

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

Putnam     (The home county for Bancroft)
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Poca   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Horse Creek Junction   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Julian   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Easly   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nellis   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dodson Junction   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Johns   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Saint Albans   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Tornado   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sod   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harts   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Banco   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Upland   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Leon   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Baden   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mason   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Buffalo Creek   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ceredo   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kenova   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cheshire (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Carlton (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Andis (OH)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burlington (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      South Point (OH)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Middleport (OH)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rutland (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - 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 Bancroft:

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 Putnam 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    
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    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gallia 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

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 Bancroft:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned  
We have found Bancroft in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Bancroft for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Bancroft.
      See our Misc Page for Bancroft for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in West Virginia

About Putnam County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bancroft. 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 begins in Bancroft. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bancroft) 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 Bancroft. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bancroft

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bancroft. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5107, Longitude: -81.8418     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bancroft 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 Bancroft, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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