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Our Genealogical Helper for Brownton ...

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 Brownton (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 Brownton. 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 Brownton ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brownton.

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

Cemeteries Near Brownton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brownton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Astor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Oreslip Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Bailey Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Quaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Radcliffe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Middleville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Taylor Drain Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Davison Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Horeb Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Gnatty Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bridgeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Floral Hills Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Haymond Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Norman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE West Virginia National Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stonewall Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bond Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wolfe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Stouts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Olive Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Woodsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Center Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fortney Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Brick Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pitman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Silent Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shinns Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Grafton National Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Grafton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Clare IOOF Cemetery<2>   [Map]     
  W Adkinson 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 Brownton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Brownton.

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

Astor   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Brownton
 - Astor had a post office and no railroad service
Pepper   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Brownton
 - Pepper had a post office and no railroad service
Flemington   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Brownton
 - 1895 population of 175 people (with 312 people in 2017)
 - Flemington had a post office and railroad service
Overfield   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Brownton
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Overfield had a post office and no railroad service
Simpson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Brownton
 - 1895 population of 160 people
 - Simpson had a post office and railroad service
Elk City   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Brownton
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Elk City had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pleasant Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Brownton
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Pleasant Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Craigmoor   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Brownton
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Craigmoor 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 Brownton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brownton 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 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 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.

Brownton is located in Barbour County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Barbour County: Harrison, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker & Upshur.

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

Barbour     (The home county for Brownton)
      Berryburg   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Audra   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Belington   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Despard   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gore   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Granville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Westover   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Osage   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Star City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Albright   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harman   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Davis   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barker   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 - 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 Brownton:

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 Barbour County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer 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    
Monongalia 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    
Ritchie 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    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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Find a Community within West Virginia

About Barbour County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brownton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2201, Longitude: -80.1501     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brownton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>UMC is an abbreviation for the United Methodist Church

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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 Brownton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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