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Our Genealogical Helper for Brown ...

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 Brown (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 Brown. 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 Brown ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Brown, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Brown.

Cemeteries Near Brown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brown.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rittenhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Swiger Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W McIntire Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wetzel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dye Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Grass Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Marshville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Shahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Plant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ash Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Elizabeth Mason Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Hildreth Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Sedalia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wyatt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Grim Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Scritchfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Cascara Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stout Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pine Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW K of P Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pricetown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Borring Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bartlett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Michael D Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sullivan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Big Battle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Milford Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wamsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Crim Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mannington Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Ice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Thorne & Huey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beaty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Doak Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McIntyre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Whetstone Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Ice Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rymer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lyons 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 Brown in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Brown.

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

Olive   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Brown
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Olive had a post office and no railroad service
Dola   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Brown
 - Dola had a post office and no railroad service
Wallace   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Brown
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Wallace had a post office and no railroad service
Jimtown   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Brown
 - Jimtown had a post office and no railroad service
Marshville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Brown
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Marshville had a post office and no railroad service
Sardis   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Brown
 - 1895 population of 125 people
 - Sardis had a post office and no railroad service
Grangeville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Brown
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Grangeville had a post office and no railroad service
Sedalia   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Brown
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Sedalia 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 Brown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brown 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.

Brown is located in Harrison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Harrison County: Barbour, Doddridge, Lewis, Marion, Taylor, Upshur & Wetzel.

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

Harrison     (The home county for Brown)
      Lumberport   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Gore   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Despard   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belington   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Camden   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moundsville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Barker   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
Belmont (OH)
      Powhatan Point (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Monroe (OH)
      Clarington (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Plainview (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Washington (OH)
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Greene (PA)
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Morrisville (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Swarts (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 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 Brown:

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 Harrison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton 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    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Belmont County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Harrison County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3876, Longitude: -80.4609     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brown 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 Brown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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