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Our Genealogical Helper for Browns Chapel ...

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 Browns Chapel (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 Browns Chapel. 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.

Name Variations for Browns Chapel ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Browns Chapel.

  • While the name of this community is Browns Chapel, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Browns Chapel may originally have been Brown's Chapel.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Browns Chapel might be written as Brown Chapel.

Newspapers Published in Browns Chapel ...

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 88 newspapers that have been published in the area around Browns Chapel.

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

Cemeteries Near Browns Chapel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Browns Chapel.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hope Halleck United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McBee Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Arthurdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ida Jane Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Robe Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Bunners Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McConkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Reedsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nuce Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Hayhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Amnon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Boyce Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N East Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lawnwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Current Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Howesville United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Beverly Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pool Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Prickett Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Meadowdale Wesleyan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Blackwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Denver Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dinkerberger Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pierpont 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 Browns Chapel in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Browns Chapel.

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

Halleck   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Browns Chapel
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Halleck had a post office and no railroad service
Gladesville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Browns Chapel
 - 1895 population of 102 people
 - Gladesville had a post office and no railroad service
Clinton Furnace   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Browns Chapel
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Clinton Furnace had a post office and no railroad service
Neel - Historic   [Map]
 - While Neel was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Browns Chapel
 - Neel had a post office and no railroad service
Reedsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Browns Chapel
 - 1895 population of 53 people (with 598 people in 2017)
 - Reedsville had a post office and no railroad service
Uffington   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Browns Chapel
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Uffington had a post office and railroad service
Little Falls   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Browns Chapel
 - Little Falls had a post office and railroad service
Forksburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Browns Chapel
 - Forksburg 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 Browns Chapel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Browns Chapel 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 and 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.

Browns Chapel is located in Monongalia County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monongalia County: Fayette (PA), Greene (PA), Marion, Preston, Taylor & Wetzel.

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

Monongalia     (The home county for Browns Chapel)
      Brookhaven   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Star City   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Audra   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belington   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Junior   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Despard   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gore   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Albright   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Davis   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bane   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barker   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Highhouse (PA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Puritan (PA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hopwood (PA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Salem (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Isabella (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairdale (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jefferson (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Morrisville (PA)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rices Landing (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarksville (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Swarts (PA)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Somerset (PA)
      Ursina (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Confluence (PA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Washington (PA)
      Fredericktown-Millsboro (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Deemston (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beallsville (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Centerville (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Marianna (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Brownsville (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Daisytown (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      California (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coal Center (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Allenport (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Speers (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Stockdale (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Browns Chapel:

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 Monongalia County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison 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    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tucker 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    
Garrett County (MD):       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    
Somerset County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington 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 Monongalia County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Monongalia 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 ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Monongalia County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Monongalia County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Browns Chapel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4979, Longitude: -79.9153     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Browns Chapel 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 Browns Chapel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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