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Our Genealogical Helper for Boyds Ferry ...

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 Boyds Ferry (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 Boyds Ferry. 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 Boyds Ferry ...

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 Boyds Ferry.

  • While the name of this community is Boyds Ferry, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Boyds Ferry may originally have been Boyd's Ferry.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Boyds Ferry might be written as Boyd Ferry.

Newspapers Published in Boyds Ferry ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Boyds Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Boyds Ferry, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Boyds Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Boyds Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Boyds Ferry.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Kabletown Churchyard Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Franklintown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Ketoctin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Edge Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WSW Berryville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Grace Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Milton Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hillsboro Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Hillsboro United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chestnut Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Washington Burial Ground   [Map]     
  WNW Jamestown Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Crums Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Goose Creek Burying Ground   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Silver Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stones Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Old Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ebenezer 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 Boyds Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Boyds Ferry.

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

Kabletown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Boyds Ferry
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Kabletown had a post office and no railroad service
Rippon   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Boyds Ferry
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Rippon had a post office and railroad service
Wheatland   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Boyds Ferry
 - Wheatland had a post office and railroad service
Gaylord (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Boyds Ferry
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Gaylord had a post office and railroad service
Round Hill (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Boyds Ferry
 - 1895 population of 207 people (with 668 people in 2017)
 - Round Hill had a post office and railroad service
Paxson (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Boyds Ferry
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Paxson had a post office and no railroad service
Hillsboro (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Boyds Ferry
 - 1895 population of 225 people (with 106 people in 2017)
 - Hillsboro had a post office and no railroad service
Mechanicsville (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Boyds Ferry
 - 1895 population of 200 people
 - Mechanicsville had a post office and no railroad service
Berryville (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Boyds Ferry
 - 1895 population of 1,215 people (with 4,338 people in 2017)
 - Berryville 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 Boyds Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Boyds Ferry 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.

Boyds Ferry is located in Jefferson County.

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

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Boyds Ferry)
      Kabletown   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bloomery   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Charles Town   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ranson   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Jefferson Village   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bolivar   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Harpers Ferry   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lower Town   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bardane   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Shepherdstown   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bunker Hill   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Inwood   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Baker Heights   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arden   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Martinsburg   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Scrabble   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bedington   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Falling Waters   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hedgesville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wardensville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bath   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Paw Paw   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Keifers (MD)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (MD)
      Ridgeville (MD)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mount Airy (MD)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nottingham Village (MD)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Frederick (MD)
      Knoxville (MD)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brunswick (MD)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rosemont (MD)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Point-of-Rocks (MD)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Boss Arnold Village (MD)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Potomac Village (MD)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Burkittsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Adamstown Village (MD)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tuscarora (MD)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Adamstown (MD)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jefferson (MD)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Manor Village (MD)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
Howard (MD)
      Timberleigh Village (MD)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Montgomery (MD)
      Beallsville (MD)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Dickerson (MD)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Poolesville (MD)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Barnesville (MD)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Boyds (MD)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clarksburg (MD)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Darnestown (MD)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Germantown (MD)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      North Potomac (MD)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Travilah (MD)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gaithersburg (MD)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Damascus (MD)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Washington (MD)
      Brownsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sharpsburg (MD)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rohrersville (MD)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eakles Mills (MD)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Keedysville (MD)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Boonsboro (MD)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Breathedsville (MD)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fairplay (MD)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Saint James (MD)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      San Mar (MD)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Saint James Village (MD)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mount Lena (MD)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Clarke (VA)
      Gaylord (VA)   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Berryville (VA)   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Frogtown (VA)   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Berrys (VA)   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Boyce (VA)   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Waterloo (VA)   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      White Post (VA)   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
Culpeper (VA)
      Jeffersonton (VA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Fairfax City (VA)
      Fairfax (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Fairfax (VA)
      Herndon (VA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chantilly (VA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      London Towne (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Reston (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Great Falls (VA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Centreville (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wolf Trap (VA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lee-Hi Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Random Hills (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Shouse Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oakton (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clifton (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Falls Church City (VA)
      Offutt Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fauquier (VA)
      Zulla (VA)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Markham (VA)   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Petersburg (VA)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Belvoir (VA) - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Marshall (VA)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      The Plains (VA)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Warrenton (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Frytown (VA)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
Frederick (VA)
      Welltown (VA)   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      White Hall (VA)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Echo Village (VA)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Stephens City (VA)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Middletown (VA)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
Loudoun (VA)
      Round Hill (VA)   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Hillsboro (VA)   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Purcellville (VA)   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      White Pump (VA)   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hamilton (VA)   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bolington (VA)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lovettsville (VA)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Middleburg (VA)   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Leesburg (VA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lucketts (VA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lansdowne (VA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Belmont (VA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
Manassas City (VA)
      Manassas (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Manassas Park City (VA)
      Manassas Park (VA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Prince William (VA)
      Waterfall Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Haymarket (VA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gainesville (VA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Broad Run Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bull Run (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Linton Hall (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sudley (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crestwood Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Iron Gate (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Loch Lomond (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Gate (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bataan Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Rappahannock (VA)
      Amissville (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Washington (VA)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Shenandoah (VA)
      Strasburg (VA)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Toms Brook (VA)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Warren (VA)
      Reliance (VA)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Riverton (VA)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Front Royal (VA)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Royal Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Viscose City (VA)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Overall (VA)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Winchester City (VA)
      Winchester (VA)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 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 Boyds Ferry:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Berkeley County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hampshire County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allegany County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Frederick County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Howard County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Washington County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Culpeper County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fairfax City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Fairfax County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Falls Church City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Fauquier County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Frederick County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Loudoun County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Manassas City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Manassas Park City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Prince William County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rappahannock County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance from Boyds Ferry. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Boyds Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Boyds Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1834, Longitude: -77.8514     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Boyds Ferry 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 Boyds Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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