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Our Genealogical Helper for Canton ...

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 Canton (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 Canton. 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 Canton ...

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 10 newspapers that have been published in the area around Canton.

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

Cemeteries Near Canton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Canton.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Crystal Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wilbur Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Arnold Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Archbold Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Keys Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Big Battle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Piggott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wolverton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Doak Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Ruley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Blandville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Victory Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Main Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beechwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pierpont Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Middle Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cascara Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sedalia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lyons Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tennant Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Duckworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Booth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Parks Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Buck Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Toms Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE K of P Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Piney Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fluhartys Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Atwood 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 Canton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Canton.

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

Shirley   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Canton
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Shirley had a post office and no railroad service
 
Roberts   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Canton
 - Roberts had a post office and no railroad service
 
Flint   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Canton
 - Flint had a post office and no railroad service
 
Wilbur   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Canton
 - Wilbur had a post office and no railroad service
 
West Union   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Canton
 - 1895 population of 312 people (with 833 people in 2017)
 - West Union had a post office and no railroad service
 
Center Point   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Canton
 - Center Point had a post office and no railroad service
 
Deep Valley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Canton
 - Deep Valley had a post office and no railroad service
 
Central Station   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Canton
 - 1895 population of 275 people
 - Central Station had a post office and railroad service
 
Morgansville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Canton
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Morgansville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Blandville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Canton
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Blandville 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 Canton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Canton 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.

Canton is located in Doddridge County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Doddridge County: Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Ritchie, Tyler & Wetzel.

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

  DirectionDistance
Doddridge     (The home county for Canton)
      Smithburg   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      West Union   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
 
Barbour
      Adaland   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Braxton
      Burnsville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Calhoun
      Grantsville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Gilmer
      Glenville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Harrison
      Salem   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gore   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Despard   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Lewis
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Marion
      Mannington   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Marshall
      Adaline   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moundsville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen Dale   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Monongalia
      Blacksville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Pleasants
      Hebron   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Ritchie
      Pennsboro   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Taylor
      Flemington   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Tyler
      Atwood   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Upshur
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wetzel
      Bane   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Barker   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Wirt
      Freeport   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wood
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Williamstown   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Belmont (OH)
      Powhatan Point (OH)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vadis (OH)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Monroe (OH)
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clarington (OH)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Plainview (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Graysville (OH)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Woodsfield (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beallsville (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lewisville (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stafford (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jerusalem (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wilson (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Miltonsburg (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Washington (OH)
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Marietta (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Devola (OH)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Canton:

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 Doddridge 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    
Calhoun 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants 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    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Belmont County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Doddridge County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Doddridge 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 ...
      Ohio
      Pennsylvania

Other Roadside Stops ...



Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Doddridge County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Canton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Canton. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Canton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Canton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3631, Longitude: -80.7354     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Canton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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