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Buffalo, West Virginia
(Putnam County)

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The location of Buffalo

Our Genealogy Helper for Buffalo ...

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 Buffalo (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Buffalo. 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.

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 and hospitals 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.

Buffalo is located in Putnam County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Putnam County: Cabell, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln & Mason.

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

Putnam     (The home county for Buffalo)
  Indian Village   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Fraziers Bottom   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Eleanor   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bancroft   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Teays Valley   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Hurricane   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Scott Village   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Teays Village   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Raymond City   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Poca   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Emmons   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Woodville   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Grippe   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Horse Creek Junction   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Julian   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dartmont   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dodson Junction   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Layville   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Morrisvale   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ashford   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rumble   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Brushton   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Culloden   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Milton   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Crown City   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Barboursville   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pea Ridge   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Huntington   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ripley   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Kentuck   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ravenswood   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Odaville   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Nitro   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cross Lanes   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Saint Albans   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Sissonville   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Tornado   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rock Lake Village   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  South Charleston   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Aarons   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Charleston   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Airport Village   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hamlin   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Alum Creek   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  West Hamlin   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Sod   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Wewanta   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Upland   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Arbuckle   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Leon   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Baden   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Point Pleasant   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  New Haven   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hartford City   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mason   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Flint Town   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Reedy   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Spencer   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Buffalo Creek   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ceredo   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Kenova   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wayne   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Armilda   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cove Gap   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Peewee   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Boyd (KY)
  Catlettsburg (KY)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ashland (KY)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fairview (KY)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Millseat (KY)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Westwood (KY)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Durbin (KY)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Greenup (KY)
  Bellefonte (KY)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Russell (KY)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Flatwoods (KY)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Raceland (KY)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Worthington (KY)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gallia (OH)
  Bladen (OH)   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Crown City (OH)   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mills Village (OH)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Carlton (OH)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cheshire (OH)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Centerville (OH)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Vinton (OH)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ewington (OH)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Alice (OH)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Jackson (OH)
  Blackfork Junction (OH)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Oak Hill (OH)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pattonsville (OH)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (OH)
  Athalia (OH)   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Proctorville (OH)   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Andis (OH)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Burlington (OH)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  South Point (OH)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Coal Grove (OH)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Vernon (OH)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ironton (OH)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hanging Rock (OH)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Meigs (OH)
  Racine (OH)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Middleport (OH)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Syracuse (OH)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bashan (OH)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rutland (OH)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Keno (OH)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
Vinton (OH)
  Wilkesville (OH)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Buffalo ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Buffalo.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Buffalo covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Buffalo Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNW Pliny Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Buffalo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kirkpatrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Atkeson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fraizer Bottom Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Siloam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Barton Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hambrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Manilla Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kimberling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Douglas Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Buckle Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Long Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Giles - Stern Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Promise Land Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Winfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Grandview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Walker Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kimberling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Greenlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Potts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW McCoy - Starkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Staten Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Van Sickle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Wade Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Arbuckle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mountain Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moores Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW McCoy Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Lundsford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE J L Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Leadman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bowles Ridge Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bowles Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Warner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Leon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hereford Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Showen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Barnette Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beale Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beech Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Buffalo ...

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 Buffalo.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Buffalo. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Buffalo and those printed in the larger area surrounding Buffalo.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 16 miles [25.7 km] of Buffalo.

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 Buffalo had a population of 238 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Buffalo had a population of 1,262 people.

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

Fraziers Bottom   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Buffalo
 - Fraziers Bottom had a post office and no railroad service
Midway   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Buffalo
 - Midway had a post office and railroad service
Grimms Landing   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Buffalo
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Grimms Landing had a post office and railroad service
Upland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Buffalo
 - Upland had a post office and no railroad service
Veranda - Historic   [Map]
 - While Veranda was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Buffalo
 - Veranda had a post office and no railroad service
Arbuckle   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Buffalo
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Arbuckle had a post office and railroad service
Southside   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Buffalo
 - Southside had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Olive   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Buffalo
 - Mount Olive 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 Buffalo. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Buffalo in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 it should be mentioned 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 Buffalo:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Putnam County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Cabell County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



Lincoln County:     Cyndi's



Mason County:     Cyndi's



Roane County:     Cyndi's



Wayne County:     Cyndi's



Wirt County:     Cyndi's



Boyd County (KY):     Cyndi's



Greenup County (KY):     Cyndi's



Gallia County (OH):     Cyndi's



Jackson County (OH):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (OH):     Cyndi's



Meigs County (OH):     Cyndi's



Vinton County (OH):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Buffalo ...

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

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 Buffalo:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

We have found Buffalo in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Buffalo for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Buffalo. See our Misc Page for Buffalo for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Putnam County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Buffalo. 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. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Buffalo) 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 Buffalo. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Buffalo

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Buffalo. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6168, Longitude: -81.9823     [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 Buffalo, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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