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Our Genealogical Helper for Browns Corner ...

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 Corner (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 Corner. 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 Corner ...

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 Corner.

  • Typical abbreviation for Browns Corner: Browns Cor. (or less commonly used: Browns Crn.)
  • While the name of this community is Browns Corner, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Browns Corner may originally have been Brown's Corner.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Browns Corner might be written as Brown Corner.

Newspapers Published in Browns Corner ...

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 49 newspapers that have been published in the area around Browns Corner.

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

Cemeteries Near Browns Corner ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Johnsontown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Washington Burial Ground   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Edge Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW James M Van Metre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Elk Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kearneysville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Uvilla Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Vancleveville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant View Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Buckles - Reverend Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Prospect Hall - Edwards - Hunsicker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jamestown Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Chestnut Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Silver Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Douglas Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bolivar Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Darkesville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Paynes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Stone Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Franklintown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kabletown Churchyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Reformed Graveyard   [Map]     
  NNE Shepherds Graveyard   [Map]     
  NNE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morgan Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Jabbers Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stones Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Crums Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hebrew Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rosedale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old German Lutheran Reformed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Norbourne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Norborne Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Smoketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Arden United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Brucetown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sprinkle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Pitzers 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.<3>

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

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

Aldridge   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Browns Corner
 - Aldridge had railroad service and no post office
Leetown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Browns Corner
 - 1895 population of 125 people
 - Leetown had a post office and no railroad service
Charles Town   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Browns Corner
 - 1895 population of 2,287 people (with 5,957 people in 2017)
 - Charles Town had a post office and railroad service
Shenandoah Junction   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Browns Corner
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Shenandoah Junction had a post office and railroad service
Middleway   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Browns Corner
 - 1895 population of 372 people
 - Middleway had a post office and no railroad service
Duffields   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Browns Corner
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Duffields had a post office and railroad service
Kearneysville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Browns Corner
 - Kearneysville had a post office and no railroad service
Halltown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Browns Corner
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - Halltown had a post office and 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 Corner. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Browns Corner 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.

Browns Corner is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Washington (MD), Clarke (VA), Loudoun (VA) & Berkeley.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Browns Corner)
      Jefferson Village   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Bardane   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Ranson   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Charles Town   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bloomery   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bolivar   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Kabletown   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Harpers Ferry   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lower Town   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Shepherdstown   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Baker Heights   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Inwood   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bunker Hill   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Arden   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Martinsburg   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Scrabble   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bedington   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Falling Waters   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hedgesville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Three Churches   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bath   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Paw Paw   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Keifers (MD)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Little Orleans (MD)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oldtown (MD)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (MD)
      Mount Airy (MD)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ridgeville (MD)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Keymar (MD)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Frederick (MD)
      Knoxville (MD)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brunswick (MD)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rosemont (MD)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Burkittsville (MD)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Boss Arnold Village (MD)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Jefferson (MD)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Point-of-Rocks (MD)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Potomac Village (MD)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Adamstown Village (MD)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Middletown (MD)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Braddock Heights (MD)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Myersville (MD)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
Montgomery (MD)
      Dickerson (MD)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beallsville (MD)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barnesville (MD)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Poolesville (MD)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Boyds (MD)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clarksburg (MD)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Germantown (MD)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Darnestown (MD)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Damascus (MD)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      North Potomac (MD)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gaithersburg (MD)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Montgomery Village (MD)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Washington (MD)
      Sharpsburg (MD)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brownsville (MD)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eakles Mills (MD)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rohrersville (MD)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Keedysville (MD)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fairplay (MD)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Boonsboro (MD)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Breathedsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saint James (MD)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Williamsport (MD)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saint James Village (MD)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      San Mar (MD)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
Adams (PA)
      Carroll Valley (PA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Bedford (PA)
      Purcell (PA)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (PA)
      Greencastle (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waynecastle (PA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mercersburg (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pen Mar (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rouzerville (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wayne Heights (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waynesboro (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beartown (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blue Ridge Summit (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Monterey (PA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cashtown (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Marion (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Fulton (PA)
      Websters Mill (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Clarke (VA)
      Gaylord (VA)   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Berryville (VA)   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Frogtown (VA)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Boyce (VA)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Waterloo (VA)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Berrys (VA)   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      White Post (VA)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
Fairfax (VA)
      Herndon (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chantilly (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Reston (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Great Falls (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Fauquier (VA)
      Zulla (VA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Markham (VA)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Petersburg (VA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belvoir (VA) - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marshall (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      The Plains (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
Frederick (VA)
      Welltown (VA)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      White Hall (VA)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Echo Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Stephens City (VA)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Middletown (VA)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Loudoun (VA)
      Hillsboro (VA)   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bolington (VA)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lovettsville (VA)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Round Hill (VA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Purcellville (VA)   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hamilton (VA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      White Pump (VA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lucketts (VA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Leesburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Middleburg (VA)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belmont (VA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lansdowne (VA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Prince William (VA)
      Waterfall Village (VA)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Haymarket (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gainesville (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Shenandoah (VA)
      Strasburg (VA)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Toms Brook (VA)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Warren (VA)
      Reliance (VA)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Riverton (VA)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Royal Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Front Royal (VA)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Viscose City (VA)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Winchester City (VA)
      Winchester (VA)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]

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

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 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 Corner:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Berkeley County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hampshire County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allegany County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Frederick County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Washington County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Adams County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bedford County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fulton County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fairfax County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fauquier County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Frederick County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Loudoun County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Prince William County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shenandoah County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Warren County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Winchester City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Jefferson County
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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.

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Browns Corner. 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' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Browns Corner. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Browns Corner) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Browns Corner. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3273, Longitude: -77.8964     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Browns Corner 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 Corner, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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