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Our Genealogical Helper for Bowles ...

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 Bowles (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 Bowles. 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 Bowles ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bowles.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bowles, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bowles.

Cemeteries Near Bowles ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bowles.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Trace Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harveys Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Hamlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lincoln Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Goode Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Barrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE May Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Culloden Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Peyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sloan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Isaac Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Chaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sanson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chapman Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Enom Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bias Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Sloan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Triplett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Flowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Plumley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Peck Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Egnor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Griffith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hazlette Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Milton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Waugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Adkins - Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Midkiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Seites Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Burks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cartwright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Workman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Yeager Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Goldsberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Stowers - Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Elkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Griffith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McClure Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Forest Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Jeffers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Keck Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cummings Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Calloway Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Elkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Egnor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Midkiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Owen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Maupin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Love Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Swann Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hatfield 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.<2>

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

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

Nye   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Bowles
 - Nye had a post office and no railroad service
Hamlin   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bowles
 - 1895 population of 248 people (with 1,072 people in 2017)
 - Hamlin had a post office and no railroad service
Sweetland   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Bowles
 - Sweetland had a post office and no railroad service
Portersville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bowles
 - Portersville had a post office and no railroad service
Griffithsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bowles
 - 1895 population of 74 people
 - Griffithsville had a post office and no railroad service
Culloden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Bowles
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Culloden had a post office and railroad service
Myra   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bowles
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Myra had a post office and no railroad service
Garretts Bend   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Bowles
 - Garretts Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Hurricane   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bowles
 - 1895 population of 207 people (with 6,542 people in 2017)
 - Hurricane had a post office and railroad service
Jenks   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bowles
 - Jenks 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 Bowles. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bowles 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Bowles is located in Lincoln County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lincoln County: Boone, Cabell, Kanawha, Logan, Mingo, Putnam & Wayne.

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

Lincoln     (The home county for Bowles)
      Hamlin   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sod   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Harts   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dodson Junction   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Horse Creek Junction   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Julian   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Layville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Morrisvale   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Lory   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Milton   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tornado   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Saint Albans   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dupont City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Banco   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Troy Town   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Holden   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Upland   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Leon   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Baden   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greyeagle   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kermit   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Poca   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Buffalo Creek   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ceredo   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kenova   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wilsondale   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mineral Springs   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Gay   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Boyd (KY)
      Durbin (KY)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Catlettsburg (KY)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashland (KY)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Big Sandy (KY)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Westwood (KY)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fairview (KY)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Millseat (KY)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rush (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Greenup (KY)
      Bellefonte (KY)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Russell (KY)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Flatwoods (KY)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Worthington (KY)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Raceland (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (KY)
      Buchanan (KY)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Zelda (KY) - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Catalpa (KY) - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clifford (KY)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Louisa (KY)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Maynard (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Walbridge (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fallsburg (KY)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stringtown (KY)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Five Forks (KY)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bolton (KY) - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Estep (KY) - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Martin (KY)
      Hode (KY)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Warfield (KY)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beauty (KY)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lovely (KY)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Inez (KY)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burlington (OH)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Andis (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      South Point (OH)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coal Grove (OH)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ironton (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hanging Rock (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start 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 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 Bowles:

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 Lincoln 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    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha 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    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh 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    
Boyd County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenup County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Martin County (KY):       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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Lincoln County:

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<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Bowles. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bowles) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bowles. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3237, Longitude: -82.0568     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bowles 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 Bowles, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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