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Our Genealogical Helper for Braxton ...

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 Braxton (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 Braxton. 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 Braxton ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Braxton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Braxton, 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 Braxton.

Cemeteries Near Braxton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Braxton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Right Hand Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moyers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Jack Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Engel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE K of P Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burk Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW New Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ratcliff Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Conrad Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Currycomb Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Otter Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cutlip Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Camden Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stone Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Big Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Snyder Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moss Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Starkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Braxton County Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Morrison United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hamner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hamner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Riffle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Canfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sand Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Boone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Houston - Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bealls Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Highwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Casto Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tumbling Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dyer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Conrad Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Otterbein Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Morton Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Newville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ware Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chop Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McHenry 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 Braxton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Braxton.

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

Cutlips   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Braxton
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Cutlips had a post office and no railroad service
Copen   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Braxton
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Copen had a post office and no railroad service
Lloydsville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Braxton
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Lloydsville had a post office and no railroad service
Chapel   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Braxton
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Chapel had a post office and no railroad service
Rollyson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Braxton
 - Rollyson had a post office and railroad service
Hope - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hope was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Braxton
 - Hope had a post office and no railroad service
German - Historic   [Map]
 - While German was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Braxton
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - German had a post office and no railroad service
Heaters   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Braxton
 - Heaters had a post office and railroad service
Hyers   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Braxton
 - Hyers had a post office and no railroad service
Home   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Braxton
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Home 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 Braxton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Braxton 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 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.

Braxton 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 Braxton. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Braxton:

Braxton     (The home county for Braxton)
      Arnett   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Exchange   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Heaters   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Audra   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orma   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Union   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Salem   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Weston   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Braxton:

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    
Kanawha 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      
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 Braxton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Braxton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7895, Longitude: -80.7293     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Braxton 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 Braxton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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