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Our Genealogical Helper for Buckhannon ...

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 Buckhannon (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 Buckhannon. 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 the area of Buckhannon ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Buckhannon.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Buckhannon. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Buckhannon and those printed in the larger area surrounding Buckhannon.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> of Buckhannon.

Cemeteries Near Buckhannon ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Buckhannon.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Upshur County Memorial Park   [Map]     
  ENE Buckhannon Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rohrbough Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Heavner Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Reger Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Hampton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Oakington Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oldaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McDermott Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Mt. Nebo Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Redabaugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Laurel Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Slab Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Horner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Beechtown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Audra Bethel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Tenmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Durrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lovett Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Rockford Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Life Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smith Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Peterson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Weston Masonic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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 Buckhannon had a population of 1,403 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Buckhannon had a population of 5,529 people.

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

Hampton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Buckhannon
 - 1895 population of 550 people
 - Hampton had railroad service and no post office
Hinkleville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Buckhannon
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Hinkleville had a post office and no railroad service
Ivy   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Buckhannon
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Ivy had a post office and no railroad service
Overhill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Buckhannon
 - Overhill had a post office and no railroad service
Pecks Run   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Buckhannon
 - 1895 population of 102 people
 - Pecks Run had a post office and no railroad service
Lorentz   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Buckhannon
 - Lorentz had a post office and railroad service
Sago   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Buckhannon
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Sago had a post office and railroad service
Ruraldale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Buckhannon
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Ruraldale had a post office and no railroad service
Tallmansville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Buckhannon
 - Tallmansville 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 Buckhannon. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Buckhannon 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 and hospitals 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.

Buckhannon is located in Upshur County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Upshur County: Barbour, Harrison, Lewis, Randolph & Webster.

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

Upshur     (The home county for Buckhannon)
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Audra   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Union   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Belington   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Junior   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Union   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Despard   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gore   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Weston   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Camden   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Durbin   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Frank   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thornwood   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Mingo   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harman   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 Buckhannon:

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 Upshur County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Pocahontas 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    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Buckhannon ...

While our initial data for Buckhannon came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Buckhannon 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 Buckhannon.

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 Buckhannon:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Buckhannon in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Buckhannon for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Buckhannon.
      See our Misc Page for Buckhannon for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Upshur County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Buckhannon:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Buckhannon. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Buckhannon) 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 Buckhannon. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Buckhannon

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Buckhannon. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9941, Longitude: -80.2293     [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:

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

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