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Our Genealogical Helper for Brighton ...

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 Brighton (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 Brighton. 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 Brighton ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brighton.

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

Cemeteries Near Brighton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brighton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Brighton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Henderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Beech Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Eddy Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McCulloch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Yauger Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Hoschar Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Van Sickle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greenlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Austin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Wyoma Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Blain Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Leon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smith Graveyard   [Map]     
  W Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lone Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mountain Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lone Oak Cemetery 1   [Map]     
  NW Lone Oak Cemetery 2   [Map]     
  WNW Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hambrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Baden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ball Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Infirmary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Maddy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bruce Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Siloam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Douglas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Greenlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Arbuckle Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Baden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Letart Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Upper Flats - White Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rickard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Street Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Potts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kimberling Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Taber Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Creston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cossin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Letart Falls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Peter Fry Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Zuspan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rothgeb Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mound Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Clay Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kirkland Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Buckle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Promise Land Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kimberling Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McDade Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Roush Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Plants Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Yonker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hoffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rife Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fulton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ohio Valley Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Mina Chapel 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Brighton had a post office and railroad service.

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

Couch   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Brighton
 - Couch had a post office and no railroad service
Beech Hill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Brighton
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Beech Hill had a post office and railroad service
Flatrock   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Brighton
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Flatrock had a post office and no railroad service
Fivemile   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Brighton
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Fivemile had a post office and no railroad service
Rollins   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Brighton
 - Rollins had a post office and no railroad service
Wyoma   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Brighton
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Wyoma had a post office and no railroad service
Arlee   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Brighton
 - Arlee had a post office and no railroad service
Leon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Brighton
 - 1895 population of 242 people (with 150 people in 2017)
 - Leon had a post office and railroad service
Henderson   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Brighton
 - 1895 population of 128 people (with 263 people in 2017)
 - Henderson had a post office and railroad service
Southside   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Brighton
 - Southside 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 Brighton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brighton 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Brighton is located in Mason County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mason County: Gallia (OH), Meigs (OH), Cabell, Jackson & Putnam.

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

Mason     (The home county for Brighton)
      Leon   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Baden   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mason   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Upland   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Milton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saint Albans   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tornado   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sod   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Poca   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Buffalo Creek   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ceredo   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kenova   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Washington   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slate   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Boyd (KY)
      Ashland (KY)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Catlettsburg (KY)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fairview (KY)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Millseat (KY)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Westwood (KY)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Greenup (KY)
      Bellefonte (KY)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Russell (KY)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Athens (OH)
      Albany (OH)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Carsey Town (OH)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Athens (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      The Plains (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Carlton (OH)   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cheshire (OH)   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vinton (OH)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ewington (OH)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Centerville (OH)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alice (OH)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
Jackson (OH)
      Pattonsville (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Hill (OH)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blackfork Junction (OH)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wellston (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jackson (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coalton (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Andis (OH)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vernon (OH)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burlington (OH)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coal Grove (OH)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ironton (OH)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      South Point (OH)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hanging Rock (OH)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Middleport (OH)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rutland (OH)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
Scioto (OH)
      South Webster (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Vinton (OH)
      Wilkesville (OH)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dundas (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hamden (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McArthur (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moonville (OH) - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Zaleski (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hope (OH) - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Washington (OH)
      Redbush (OH)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Brighton:

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 Mason County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Putnam 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    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood 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    
Athens County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Scioto County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Vinton County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington 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 Mason County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Mason 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 Brighton ...

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

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 Brighton:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Brighton.
      See our Misc Page for Brighton for more information.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brighton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7998, Longitude: -82.0404     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brighton 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 Brighton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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