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Canton, West Virginia
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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 45 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 12 miles [19.3 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 &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Meadowdale Wesleyan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Prickett Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hayhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fairmont City Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Bunners Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pitcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Barrackville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Snoderly Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Memorial Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Linns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hawkinberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Nixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ministers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shavers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Claremont Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Janes Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Amnon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McConkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hope Halleck United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hoodsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Barb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Freeland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Arnettsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cochran Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Boyce Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McBee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Robe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gilboa Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Davis Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S West Virginia National Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Woodsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Grafton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bluemont Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Current Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McIntyre Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Nay Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Adamsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hagans Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Grafton National Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McCurdysville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beverly Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dents Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brand Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sunny View Acres 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.<2>

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

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

Forksburg   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Canton
 - Forksburg had a post office and no railroad service
Samaria   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Canton
 - Samaria had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Harmony   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Canton
 - Mount Harmony had a post office and no railroad service
Palatine   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Canton
 - 1895 population of 860 people
 - Palatine had a post office and no railroad service
Colfax   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Canton
 - Colfax had a post office and railroad service
Montana   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Canton
 - Montana had railroad service and no post office
Catawba   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Canton
 - Catawba had a post office and railroad service
Hoult   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Canton
 - Hoult had a post office and railroad service
Fairmont   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Canton
 - 1895 population of 1,023 people (with 18,467 people in 2017)
 - Fairmont had a post office and railroad service
Gaston Junction   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Canton
 - Gaston Junction had railroad service and no post office
Watson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Canton
 - Watson had a post office and 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Canton is located in Marion County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marion County: Harrison, Monongalia, Taylor & 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:

Marion     (The home county for Canton)
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Audra   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belington   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Junior   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Despard   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Gore   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Granville   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Osage   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Star City   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Albright   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Davis   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bane   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barker   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Puritan (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Highhouse (PA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Isabella (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Salem (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hopwood (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dunlap Creek Village (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fairdale (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morrisville (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jefferson (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rices Landing (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clarksville (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Swarts (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Washington (PA)
      Fredericktown-Millsboro (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beallsville (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Marianna (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Centerville (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Deemston (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Daisytown (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      West Brownsville (PA)   [Map]   N   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 like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 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 Marion County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia 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    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tucker 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    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Marion County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Marion 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
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Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Canton ...

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

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 Canton:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Canton.
      See our Misc Page for Canton for more information.

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Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Marion County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from Canton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn 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: 39.4762, Longitude: -80.0817     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Canton 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 Canton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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