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Browning, West Virginia
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Our Genealogical Helper for Browning ...

So far, we have found very little information about Browning. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Browning to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Browning, please Contact Us.

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 Browning (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 Browning. 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 Browning ...

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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Browning.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Browning, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Browning.

Cemeteries Near Browning ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Browning.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Nesselroad Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Slaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shaffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Braham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boso Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Logston Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shafer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Nesselroad Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Flinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Springston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Slaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Redbush Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Flinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vanhorn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Archer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pond Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Safreed Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Rardon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Derenburger Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Staats Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Boso Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Buckley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gates Ridge EUB Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lowdell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Olive Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Boso Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lamps Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Staats Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rankin Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Isabelle Flinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Amos Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Twomey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Swain Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Laucks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wheaton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Seebaugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Engle Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW DeBussey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Congrove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gridley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gaites Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Limestone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Central Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Naylor Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sellers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Coleman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rush Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Middleswart Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ravenswood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hurd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wigal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Reedsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Buckley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW DeWitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fleak Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Sheets Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Beckwith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Independence Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Keenan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Engels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ft. Belleville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Deem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Humphrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kibble Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Blair Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wigal Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wadesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sand Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Ottobine Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McKay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pickett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Curry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Meadowdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wells Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Robison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Big Tygart Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McClure Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hofmann Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rainbow Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ball Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Wooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Barley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bicknell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lathem Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Schultz Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Center Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Eden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Big Tygart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Weaser Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Flatwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hawley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hopewell 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.

While we didn't find Browning in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Browning.

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

Willowdale   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Browning
 - Willowdale had a post office and no railroad service
Medina   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Browning
 - Medina had a post office and no railroad service
Jerrys Run   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Browning
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Jerrys Run had a post office and no railroad service
Nesselroad - Historic   [Map]
 - While Nesselroad was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Browning
 - Nesselroad had a post office and no railroad service
Lowdell   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Browning
 - Lowdell had a post office and no railroad service
Topins Grove   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Browning
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Topins Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Lockhart   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Browning
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Lockhart had a post office and no railroad service
Skull Run   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Browning
 - Skull Run 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 Browning. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Browning 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 hospitals 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Browning is historic, it would have been located within present day Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: Meigs (OH), Kanawha, Mason, Putnam, Roane, Wirt & Wood.

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

Jackson     (The home county for Browning)
      Odaville   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Orma   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Baden   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mason   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Leon   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Upland   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Poca   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Slate   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Washington   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
Athens (OH)
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Carsey Town (OH)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Armadale (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Amesville (OH)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mudsock (OH) - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Athens (OH)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Albany (OH)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mount Nebo (OH) - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      The Plains (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chauncey (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Liars Corner (OH) - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Truetown (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Carlton (OH)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Cheshire (OH)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vinton (OH)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ewington (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alice (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Middleport (OH)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rutland (OH)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
Morgan (OH)
      Chesterhill (OH)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wrightstown (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stockport (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Vinton (OH)
      Wilkesville (OH)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moonville (OH) - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (OH)
      Redbush (OH)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Marietta (OH)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Devola (OH)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lowell (OH)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beverly (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Browning:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Putnam 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    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       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    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan 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 Jackson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Jackson 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Jackson County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Browning, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Browning. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Browning) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Browning. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0245, Longitude: -81.6610     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Browning have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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