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Our Genealogical Helper for Browns Mill ...

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 Mill (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 Mill. 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 Mill ...

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 Mill.

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

Newspapers Published in Browns Mill ...

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 60 newspapers that have been published in the area around Browns Mill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Browns Mill, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Browns Mill.

Cemeteries Near Browns Mill ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Arthurdale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Reedsville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Howesville United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dinkerberger Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ida Jane Memorial Park   [Map]     
  W Hope Halleck United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Denver Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kingwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McBee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Blackwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE West Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cobun Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Moran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McConkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Boyce Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Albright - St. Joe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Beech Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Nuce Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Robe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Amnon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bunners Ridge 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 Mill in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Browns Mill.

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

Gladesville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Browns Mill
 - 1895 population of 102 people
 - Gladesville had a post office and no railroad service
Reedsville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Browns Mill
 - 1895 population of 53 people (with 598 people in 2017)
 - Reedsville had a post office and no railroad service
Howesville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Browns Mill
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Howesville had a post office and railroad service
Jessop   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Browns Mill
 - Jessop had railroad service and no post office
Masontown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Browns Mill
 - 1895 population of 146 people (with 544 people in 2017)
 - Masontown had a post office and no railroad service
Halleck   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Browns Mill
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Halleck had a post office and no railroad service
Independence   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Browns Mill
 - 1895 population of 273 people
 - Independence had a post office and railroad service
Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Browns Mill
 - 1895 population of 778 people (with 319 people in 2017)
 - Newburg had a post office and railroad service
Austen   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Browns Mill
 - 1895 population of 269 people
 - Austen had a post office and railroad service
West End   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Browns Mill
 - West End had railroad service and no post office
Snider   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Browns Mill
 - Snider had railroad service and no post office
Herring   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Browns Mill
 - Herring had a post office and no railroad service
Tunnelton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Browns Mill
 - 1895 population of 172 people (with 298 people in 2017)
 - Tunnelton 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 Mill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Browns Mill 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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 Mill is located in Preston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Preston County: Garrett (MD), Fayette (PA), Barbour, Grant, Monongalia, Taylor & Tucker.

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

Preston     (The home county for Browns Mill)
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Reedsville   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Albright   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belington   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Junior   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Despard   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gore   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Davis   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bane   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grantsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Highhouse (PA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Puritan (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hopwood (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      New Salem (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oliver (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Isabella (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fairdale (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jefferson (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rices Landing (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Morrisville (PA)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clarksville (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Swarts (PA)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Somerset (PA)
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ursina (PA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Confluence (PA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Washington (PA)
      Fredericktown-Millsboro (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Deemston (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Brownsville (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Centerville (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Marianna (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beallsville (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      California (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Coal Center (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Daisytown (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 - you should note 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 Browns Mill:

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 Preston 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    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia 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    
Allegany County (MD):       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:

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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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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Browns Mill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4795, Longitude: -79.8281     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Browns Mill 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 Mill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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