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Baxter, West Virginia
(Berkeley County)

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The location of Baxter

Our Genealogy Helper for Baxter ...

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 Baxter (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 Baxter. 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.

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.

Baxter is located in Berkeley County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Berkeley County: Washington (MD), Frederick (VA), Jefferson & Morgan.

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

Berkeley     (The home county for Baxter)
  Hedgesville   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Martinsburg   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bedington   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Falling Waters   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Arden   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Baker Heights   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Inwood   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Scrabble   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bunker Hill   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Capon Bridge   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Slanesville   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Three Churches   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Augusta   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ritters   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Romney   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Shepherdstown   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bardane   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Jefferson Village   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Charles Town   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ranson   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bolivar   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Harpers Ferry   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lower Town   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bloomery   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Kabletown   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fort Ashby   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Carpendale   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ridgeley   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wiley Ford   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bath   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Berryville   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Paw Paw   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
Allegany (MD)
  Little Orleans (MD)   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Keifers (MD)   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Flintstone (MD)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Oldtown (MD)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Spring Gap (MD)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cumberland (MD)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Shanty Town (MD) - Historic   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ellerslie (MD)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Corriganville (MD)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  La Vale (MD)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pinto (MD)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Frederick (MD)
  Burkittsville (MD)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Myersville (MD)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Knoxville (MD)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rosemont (MD)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Middletown (MD)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Brunswick (MD)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Boss Arnold Village (MD)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Braddock Heights (MD)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Jefferson (MD)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Adamstown Village (MD)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Point-of-Rocks (MD)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Potomac Village (MD)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Washington (MD)
  Big Pool (MD)   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Clear Spring (MD)   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hancock (MD)   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Williamsport (MD)   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wilson-Conococheague (MD)   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Fairplay (MD)   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Halfway (MD)   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Saint James (MD)   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Saint James Village (MD)   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Sharpsburg (MD)   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Breathedsville (MD)   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Funkstown (MD)   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
Adams (PA)
  Carroll Valley (PA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Bedford (PA)
  Purcell (PA)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Breezewood (PA)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Everett (PA)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rainsburg (PA)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hopewell (PA)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Mount Dallas (PA)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ott Town (PA)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bedford (PA)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Coaldale (PA)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Penn Wood (PA)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Stringtown (PA)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hyndman (PA)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Franklin (PA)
  Mercersburg (PA)   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Greencastle (PA)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fort Loudon (PA)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Waynecastle (PA)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cashtown (PA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Marion (PA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Saint Thomas (PA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Waynesboro (PA)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wayne Heights (PA)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cowans Village (PA)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rouzerville (PA)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Guilford (PA)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Fulton (PA)
  Websters Mill (PA)   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  McConnellsburg (PA)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Harrisonville (PA)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Valley-Hi (PA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fort Littleton (PA)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Clarke (VA)
  Gaylord (VA)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Berryville (VA)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Boyce (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Waterloo (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Frogtown (VA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  White Post (VA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Berrys (VA)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
Frederick (VA)
  White Hall (VA)   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Welltown (VA)   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Echo Village (VA)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Stephens City (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Middletown (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Loudoun (VA)
  Lovettsville (VA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bolington (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hillsboro (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Round Hill (VA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Purcellville (VA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hamilton (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lucketts (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  White Pump (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Warren (VA)
  Reliance (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Winchester City (VA)
  Winchester (VA)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Baxter ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Baxter.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hedges Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pittman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Tomahawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Johnsontown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Riner Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Snyders Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Jones Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Butler Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hedgesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Allensville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Mt. Carmel Graveyard   [Map]     
  N Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Duckwall Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Highland Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Falling Waters Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Little Georgetown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Park Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Tuscarora Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Providence Quaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Green Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Michael Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Ambrose Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mountain Side Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pitzers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mahnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Orchard Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Arden United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Norborne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old German Lutheran Reformed Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Norbourne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rosedale Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Falling Waters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Alpine Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greenway Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Central Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Buck Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hebrew Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Riverview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Light Cemetery #1   [Map]     
  E Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Little Metropolitan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Miller Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Baxter ...

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 53 newspapers that have been published in the area around Baxter.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Baxter, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Baxter.

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, Baxter had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Holton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Baxter
 - Holton had a post office and no railroad service
Jones Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Baxter
 - 1895 population of 74 people
 - Jones Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Hedgesville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Baxter
 - 1895 population of 448 people (with 314 people in 2017)
 - Hedgesville had a post office and no railroad service
North Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Baxter
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - North Mountain had a post office and railroad service
Ernstville (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Baxter
 - 1895 population of 67 people
 - Ernstville had a post office and no railroad service
Cherry Run   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Baxter
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Cherry Run had a post office and railroad service
Spring Mills   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Baxter
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Spring Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Little Georgetown   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Baxter
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Little Georgetown had a post office and no railroad service
Sleepy Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Baxter
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Sleepy Creek had railroad service and no post office

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

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 Berkeley County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Hampshire County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Mineral County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Allegany County (MD):     Cyndi's



Frederick County (MD):     Cyndi's



Washington County (MD):     Cyndi's



Adams County (PA):     Cyndi's



Bedford County (PA):     Cyndi's



Franklin County (PA):     Cyndi's



Fulton County (PA):     Cyndi's



Clarke County (VA):     Cyndi's



Frederick County (VA):     Cyndi's



Loudoun 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 Berkeley County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for Berkeley 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 Baxter ...

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

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 Baxter:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in West Virginia

About Berkeley County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Berkeley County:

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- Baxter) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Baxter. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5576, Longitude: -78.0775     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Baxter 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 Baxter, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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