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Canaan, West Virginia

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The location of Canaan

Our Genealogy Helper for Canaan ...

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 Canaan (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 Canaan. 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.

Canaan is located in Upshur County.

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

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

Upshur     (The home county for Canaan)
  Goshen   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Wilsontown   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Frenchton   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Hoover Town   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Buckhannon   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Gormley   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Audra   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Junior   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Belington   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Valley Bend   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Union   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wellington Heights   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Philippi   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Berryburg   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Adaland   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Heaters   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Burnsville   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Sutton   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Exchange   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Gassaway   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Clem   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Harrison   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sand Fork   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Truebada   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Glenville   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lost Creek   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  West Milford   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Stonewood   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Anmoore   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Nutter Fort   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Adamston   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Despard   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bridgeport   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  O'Neill   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gore   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Salem   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Garton Village   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cox Town   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Weston   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Smith Village   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Jane Lew   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Camden   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Valley Chapel   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Slaty Fork   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Durbin   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Frank   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cass   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Thornwood   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Green Bank   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Edray   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Thorny Creek   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Marlinton   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Buckeye   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Helvetia   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Huttonsville   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Mill Creek   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Womelsdorf   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Beverly   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Tigheville   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Elkins   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Leadsville   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Flemington   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Hacker Valley   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Addison   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Erbacon   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Upperglade   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Canaan ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Canaan.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Gregory Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Dale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Life Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brooks Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Marple Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Helvetia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Rock Cave Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Vance Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pickens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chestnut Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WNW Pickens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Hodam Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Maher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Beechtown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tenmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Canaan ...

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 Canaan.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Canaan, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Canaan.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Canaan had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Gaines   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Canaan
 - Gaines had a post office and no railroad service
Mayton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mayton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Canaan
 - Mayton had a post office and no railroad service
Selbyville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Canaan
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Selbyville had a post office and railroad service
Holly Grove   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Canaan
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Holly Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Kanawha Head   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Canaan
 - Kanawha Head had a post office and no railroad service
Alexander   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Canaan
 - Alexander had railroad service and no post office
Arlington   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Canaan
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Arlington had a post office and no railroad service
Cleveland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Canaan
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Cleveland 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 Canaan. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Canaan in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites of Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 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 Canaan:

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 Upshur County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pocahontas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Canaan ...

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

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 Canaan:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Upshur County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Canaan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7445, Longitude: -80.2956     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Canaan 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 Canaan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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