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Our Genealogical Helper for Brownsville ...

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 Brownsville (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 Brownsville. 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 Brownsville ...

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 15 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brownsville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Brownsville, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Brownsville.

Cemeteries Near Brownsville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brownsville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Rich Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Abbott - Huddleston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Blake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Robson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Westlake Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sugar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Ida Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Abbot Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE John Nugen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Restlawn Memory Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Proctor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blakley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Goodwin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Montgomery Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Page Tabernackle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Huse Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Neil 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.<2>

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

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

Gauley Bridge   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Brownsville
 - 1895 population of 180 people (with 570 people in 2017)
 - Gauley Bridge had a post office and no railroad service
Gauley   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Brownsville
 - Gauley had railroad service and no post office
Belva   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Brownsville
 - Belva had a post office and no railroad service
Kanawha Falls   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Brownsville
 - 1895 population of 282 people
 - Kanawha Falls had a post office and railroad service
Dixie   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Brownsville
 - Dixie had a post office and no railroad service
Deep Water   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Brownsville
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Deep Water had a post office and no railroad service
Cotton Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Brownsville
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Cotton Hill had a post office and railroad service
Eagle   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Brownsville
 - Eagle 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 Brownsville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brownsville 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

Brownsville is located in Fayette County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Fayette County: Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers.

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

Fayette     (The home county for Brownsville)
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Cannelton   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Joes Creek   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Keith   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Orgas   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coopertown   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elk Run Junction   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Janie   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sylvester   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Whitesville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Fosterville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Kirbyton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Seth   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clem   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Orma   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clay   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hines   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vale   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Handley   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Acme   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Belle   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sod   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Poca   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Harper   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Brownsville:

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 Fayette County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in West Virginia

About Fayette County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brownsville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.1884, Longitude: -81.1934     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brownsville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Brownsville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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