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Our Genealogical Helper for Bower ...

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 Bower (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 Bower. 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 Bower ...

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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bower.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bower, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bower.

Cemeteries Near Bower ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bower.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Right Hand Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  E K of P Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Conrad Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Barrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Canfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Snyder Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Burk Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jack Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moyers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sand Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tumbling Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Mick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McHenry Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Conrad Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Ratcliff Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Riffle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Boilon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Keith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Otterbein Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moss Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Casto Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Messenger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Currycomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Engel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Messenger Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Big Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Field Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Whitting Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chop Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stalnaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Keyster Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stone Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Highwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Alice Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rock Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rock Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Meadow Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Woodford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bell 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>

While we didn't find Bower in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bower.

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

Copen   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bower
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Copen had a post office and no railroad service
Hyers   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bower
 - Hyers had a post office and no railroad service
Stouts Mills   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bower
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Stouts Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Burnsville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Bower
 - 1895 population of 120 people (with 490 people in 2017)
 - Burnsville had no post office or railroad service
Sand Fork   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bower
 - Sand Fork had a post office and no railroad service
Cedarville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Bower
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Cedarville had a post office and no railroad service
Cutlips   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bower
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Cutlips had a post office and no railroad service
Truebada   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bower
 - Truebada had a post office and no railroad service
Ellis   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Bower
 - Ellis had a post office and no railroad service
Hope - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hope was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bower
 - Hope 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 Bower. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bower 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 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.

Bower is located in Braxton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Braxton County: Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Lewis, Nicholas & Webster.

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

Braxton     (The home county for Bower)
      Burnsville   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Audra   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Union   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Orma   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Union   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Despard   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gore   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Weston   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 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 Bower:

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 Braxton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge 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    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane 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      
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Braxton County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Braxton 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bower. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8584, Longitude: -80.7198     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bower 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 Bower, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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