Brushy Run, West Virginia
Our Genealogical Helper for Brushy Run ...
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 Brushy Run (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 Brushy Run. 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 Brushy Run ...
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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brushy Run.
Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Brushy Run, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Brushy Run.
Cemeteries Near Brushy Run ...
Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brushy Run.
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 Brushy Run covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.
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>
The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Brushy Run had a population of 42 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.
These communities are listed based on their distance from Brushy Run, with the one closest to Brushy Run listed first.
| Upper Tract [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Brushy Run |
| - || 1895 population of 28 people |
| - || Upper Tract had a post office and no railroad service |
| Kline [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Brushy Run |
| - || Kline had a post office and no railroad service |
| Seemly - Historic [Map] |
| - || While Seemly was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists |
| - || Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Brushy Run |
| - || 1895 population of 12 people |
| - || Seemly had a post office and no railroad service |
| Pansy [Map] |
| - || Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Brushy Run |
| - || Pansy had a post office and no railroad service |
| Macksville [Map] |
| - || Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Brushy Run |
| - || 1895 population of 22 people |
| - || Macksville had a post office and no railroad service |
| Deer Run [Map] |
| - || Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Brushy Run |
| - || 1895 population of 176 people |
| - || Deer Run had a post office and no railroad service |
| Hopeville [Map] |
| - || Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Brushy Run |
| - || 1895 population of 50 people |
| - || Hopeville had a post office and no railroad service |
| Ruddle [Map] |
| - || Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Brushy Run |
| - || 1895 population of 12 people |
| - || Ruddle had a post office and no railroad service |
| Peru [Map] |
| - || Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Brushy Run |
| - || 1895 population of 21 people |
| - || Peru had a post office and no railroad service |
| Fort Seybert [Map] |
| - || Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Brushy Run |
| - || 1895 population of 26 people |
| - || Fort Seybert 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 Brushy Run. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brushy Run 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 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.
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 either 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 Brushy Run:
These websites are specific to West Virginia:
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 Pendleton County:
Genealogy information for nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:
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.
Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Brushy Run ...
While our initial data for Brushy Run came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Brushy Run in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Brushy Run.
We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.
|Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide|
| Published by Rand McNally & Co. (Document found on Google Books)|
|Notes for Brushy Run:|
| ||Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned |
|Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Brushy Run.|
| See our Misc Page for Brushy Run for more information.|
Off-the-Road Links ...
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Brushy Run. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Brushy Run. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Brushy Run) to Point B.|
If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Brushy Run. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Brushy Run
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brushy Run. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8385, Longitude: -79.2466 [Map].
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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: findagrave.com.|
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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 Brushy Run, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.|
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