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Our Genealogical Helper for Brandywine ...

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 Brandywine (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 Brandywine. 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 Brandywine ...

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 50 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brandywine.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Brandywine, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Brandywine.

Cemeteries Near Brandywine ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brandywine.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Keister Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Hinkle Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Dice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fairview Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNE Hevener Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  WNW Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  E Bible Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW North Fork Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  NW Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  SW Totten Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE George W. Arey Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rawley Springs Mennonite Church 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Brandywine had a population of 16 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Oak Flat   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Brandywine
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Oak Flat had a post office and no railroad service
Franklin   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Brandywine
 - 1895 population of 325 people (with 652 people in 2017)
 - Franklin had a post office and no railroad service
Fort Seybert   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Brandywine
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Fort Seybert had a post office and no railroad service
Ruddle   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Brandywine
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Ruddle had a post office and no railroad service
Deer Run   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Brandywine
 - 1895 population of 176 people
 - Deer Run had a post office and no railroad service
Sugar Grove   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Brandywine
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Sugar Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Kline   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Brandywine
 - Kline had a post office and no railroad service
Upper Tract   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Brandywine
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Upper Tract 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 Brandywine. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brandywine 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and 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.

Brandywine is located in Pendleton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pendleton County: Augusta (VA), Highland (VA), Rockingham (VA), Grant, Hardy, Pocahontas & Randolph.

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

Pendleton     (The home county for Brandywine)
      Franklin   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Circleville   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brushy Run   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Harper   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Onego   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lost City   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Baker   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Thornwood   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Frank   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Durbin   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Green Bank   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cass   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harman   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Davis   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Augusta (VA)
      Stokesville (VA) - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Weyers Cave (VA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Verona (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grottoes (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jolivue (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Craigsville (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crimora (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fishersville (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Bath (VA)
      Bolar (VA)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Harrisonburg City (VA)
      Harrisonburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
Highland (VA)
      Monterey (VA)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
Page (VA)
      Shenandoah (VA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stanley (VA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Rockingham (VA)
      Briery Branch (VA)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ottobine (VA)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fulks Run (VA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Singers Glen (VA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Hinton (VA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Coakley Town (VA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Turleytown (VA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cootes Store (VA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dayton (VA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bridgewater (VA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Linville (VA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Broadway (VA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
Shenandoah (VA)
      Basye-Bryce Mountain (VA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      New Market (VA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Jackson (VA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Columbia Furnace (VA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Edinburg (VA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Staunton City (VA)
      Staunton (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 Brandywine:

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 Pendleton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pocahontas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tucker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Augusta County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bath County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrisonburg City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Highland County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Page County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rockingham County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shenandoah County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Staunton City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Brandywine ...

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

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 Brandywine:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Brandywine.
      See our Misc Page for Brandywine for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in West Virginia

About Pendleton County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brandywine. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6248, Longitude: -79.2448     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brandywine 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 Brandywine, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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