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Barren Creek, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Barren Creek ...

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 Barren Creek (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 Barren Creek. 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 Barren Creek ...

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 Barren Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Barren Creek: Barren Crk. (or less commonly used: Barren Ck. or Barren Cr.)

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.

Barren Creek is located in Kanawha County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kanawha County: Boone, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Lincoln, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh & Roane.

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

Kanawha     (The home county for Barren Creek)
  Clendenin   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Elkview   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Pinch   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Aarons   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Airport Village   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Coal Fork   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pratt   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Kanawha City   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Malden   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sissonville   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Charleston   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bloomingrose   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Comfort   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Eden   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Joes Creek   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Racine   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rumble   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sharlow   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ashford   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Brushton   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dartmont   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Emmons   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fosterville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Clem   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gassaway   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sutton   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Exchange   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Heaters   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mudfork   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Orma   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Arnoldsburg   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Grantsville   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Valley Fork   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Clay   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Harrison   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cannelton   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Smithers   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Gauley Bridge   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ansted   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Powellton   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Beckwith   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  McDunn   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Concho   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Glenville   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kentuck   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ripley   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Odaville   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Alum Creek   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sod   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Arbuckle   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Baden   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Leon   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Poca   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Raymond City   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bancroft   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Scott Village   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Eleanor   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Teays Valley   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Teays Village   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fraziers Bottom   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Packsville   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Flint Town   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Spencer   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Reedy   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Erbacon   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Burning Springs   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Peewee   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Elizabeth   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Barren Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Barren Creek.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Shamlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Naylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hindsman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Deverick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Osborne Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Koontz Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Clendenin Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Rolling Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dulls Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cummings Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Reamer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Murdock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Patton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Casey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Keffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Seabolt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Price Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Ashley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ryder Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Armstead Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hinkle Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Amma Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Canterbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Staats Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rucker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW O Dell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Barnhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pierson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Holbert Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McCroskey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Payne Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Sand Run Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blue Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Grose Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Groves Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Deer Run - Keaton - Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Curtis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  E King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  N J Herbert Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Laurel Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Newton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cromwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Abbott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hershberger Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Donahue Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sheets Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Criner Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Woody Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Vickers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nida Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Reed - Stephenson - Pierson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ritchea Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shafer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pauley Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Barren Creek ...

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 4 newspapers that have been published in the area around Barren Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Barren Creek, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Barren Creek.

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 Barren Creek in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Barren Creek.

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

Apgah - Historic   [Map]
 - While Apgah was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Barren Creek
 - Apgah had a post office and no railroad service
Clendenin   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Barren Creek
 - 1895 population of 106 people (with 1,142 people in 2017)
 - Clendenin had a post office and no railroad service
Osbornes Mills   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Barren Creek
 - Osbornes Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Procious   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Barren Creek
 - Procious had a post office and no railroad service
Wellford   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Barren Creek
 - Wellford had a post office and no railroad service
Pigeon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Barren Creek
 - Pigeon had a post office and no railroad service
Gazil - Historic   [Map]
 - While Gazil was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Barren Creek
 - Gazil had a post office and no railroad service
Amma   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Barren Creek
 - Amma had a post office and no railroad service
Odell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Barren Creek
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Odell 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 Barren Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Barren Creek in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Barren Creek:

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 Kanawha County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Braxton County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Gilmer County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Lincoln County:     Cyndi's



Mason County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Putnam County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Roane County:     Cyndi's



Webster County:     Cyndi's



Wirt County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Barren Creek. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Kanawha County:

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. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Barren Creek) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Barren Creek. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4804, Longitude: -81.2832     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Barren Creek 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 Barren Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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