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Barnes Mill, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Barnes Mill ...

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 Barnes Mill (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Barnes Mill. 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.

Name Variations for Barnes Mill ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Barnes Mill.

  • Typical abbreviation for Barnes Mill: Barnes Ml. (or less commonly used: Barnes Mll.)
  • While the name of this community is Barnes Mill, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Barnes Mill may originally have been Barne's Mill.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Barnes Mill might be written as Barne Mill.

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 and 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.

Barnes Mill is located in Hampshire County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hampshire County: Allegany (MD), Frederick (VA), Hardy, Mineral & Morgan.

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

Hampshire     (The home county for Barnes Mill)
  Three Churches   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Augusta   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Slanesville   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Ritters   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Romney   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Capon Bridge   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Arden   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bunker Hill   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Inwood   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Martinsburg   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hedgesville   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Baker Heights   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bedington   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Arthur   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Petersburg   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bayard   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wardensville   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Baker   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Moorefield   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lost City   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Jefferson Village   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Fort Ashby   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Keyser   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Carpendale   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Wiley Ford   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  New Creek   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ridgeley   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Piedmont   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Sulphur City   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Elk Garden   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hartmansville   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Paw Paw   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Bath   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Berryville   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Allegany (MD)
  Oldtown (MD)   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Spring Gap (MD)   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Keifers (MD)   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Pinto (MD)   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Rawlings (MD)   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Cumberland (MD)   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Shanty Town (MD) - Historic   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  La Vale (MD)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Little Orleans (MD)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Barton (MD)   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Loarville (MD)   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
Garrett (MD)
  Bloomington (MD)   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Swanton (MD)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bittinger (MD)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Grantsville (MD)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Deer Park (MD)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  McHenry (MD)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (MD)
  Hancock (MD)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Big Pool (MD)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Bedford (PA)
  Stringtown (PA)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hyndman (PA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Purcell (PA)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rainsburg (PA)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Somerset (PA)
  Wellersburg (PA)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fairhope (PA)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Callimont (PA)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Salisbury (PA)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Johnsburg (PA)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Glade City (PA)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hays Mill (PA)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Meyersdale (PA)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Clarke (VA)
  Waterloo (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  White Post (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Boyce (VA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Berryville (VA)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Gaylord (VA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Berrys (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Frederick (VA)
  Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  White Hall (VA)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Welltown (VA)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Echo Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Stephens City (VA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Middletown (VA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Shenandoah (VA)
  Strasburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Toms Brook (VA)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Columbia Furnace (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Woodstock (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Edinburg (VA)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Basye-Bryce Mountain (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Warren (VA)
  Reliance (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Riverton (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Royal Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Viscose City (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Front Royal (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Overall (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Winchester City (VA)
  Winchester (VA)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Barnes Mill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Barnes Mill.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Barnes Mill covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Indian Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Mountaindale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Green Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Green Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SSW Hotts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Capon Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Reece Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Eusiva Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mineral Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Barnes Mill ...

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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Barnes Mill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Barnes Mill, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Barnes Mill.

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, Barnes Mill had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Three Churches   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Barnes Mill
 - Three Churches had a post office and no railroad service
Augusta   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Barnes Mill
 - 1895 population of 101 people
 - Augusta had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasantdale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Barnes Mill
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Pleasantdale had a post office and no railroad service
Higginsville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Barnes Mill
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Higginsville had a post office and no railroad service
Slanesville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Barnes Mill
 - 1895 population of 31 people
 - Slanesville had a post office and no railroad service
Grace   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Barnes Mill
 - Grace had railroad service and no post office
Wapocomo   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Barnes Mill
 - Wapocomo had a post office and no railroad service
Romney   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Barnes Mill
 - 1895 population of 451 people (with 1,737 people in 2017)
 - Romney had a post office and railroad service
Springfield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Barnes Mill
 - 1895 population of 168 people
 - Springfield had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Barnes Mill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Barnes Mill in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Barnes Mill:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Hampshire County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Berkeley County:     Cyndi's



Grant County:     Cyndi's



Hardy County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Mineral County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Allegany County (MD):     Cyndi's



Garrett County (MD):     Cyndi's



Washington County (MD):     Cyndi's



Bedford County (PA):     Cyndi's



Somerset County (PA):     Cyndi's



Clarke County (VA):     Cyndi's



Frederick County (VA):     Cyndi's



Shenandoah County (VA):     Cyndi's



Warren County (VA):     Cyndi's



Winchester City (VA):     Cyndi's



Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Barnes Mill ...

While our initial data about Barnes Mill came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Barnes Mill 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 Barnes Mill.

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 Barnes Mill:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Barnes Mill. See our Misc Page for Barnes Mill for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Hampshire County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Barnes Mill. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3512, Longitude: -78.6364     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Barnes Mill 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 Barnes Mill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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