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Our Genealogical Helper for Capon Lake ...

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 Capon Lake (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 Capon Lake. 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.

Name Variations for Capon Lake ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Capon Lake.

  • Typical abbreviation for Capon Lake: Capon Lk.

Newspapers Published in Capon Lake ...

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 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Capon Lake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Capon Lake, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Capon Lake.

Cemeteries Near Capon Lake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Capon Lake.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Clagett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Alum - Bank Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Racey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Green Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Green Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Gravel Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Laurel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Capon Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Heare 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>

While we didn't find Capon Lake in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Capon Lake.

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

Yellow Spring   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Capon Lake
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Yellow Spring had a post office and no railroad service
Capon Springs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Capon Lake
 - 1895 population of 154 people
 - Capon Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Delray   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Capon Lake
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Delray had a post office and no railroad service
Millbrook   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Capon Lake
 - Millbrook had a post office and no railroad service
Sedan   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Capon Lake
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Sedan had a post office and no railroad service
Dillons Run - Historic   [Map]
 - While Dillons Run was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Capon Lake
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Dillons Run had a post office and no railroad service
Wardensville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Capon Lake
 - 1895 population of 106 people (with 261 people in 2017)
 - Wardensville had a post office and no railroad service
Lehew   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Capon Lake
 - Lehew had a post office and no railroad service
Gravel Springs (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Capon Lake
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Gravel Springs 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 Capon Lake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Capon Lake 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 hospitals 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.

Capon Lake is located in Hampshire County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hampshire County: Allegany (MD), Frederick (VA), Hardy, Mineral & Morgan.

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

Hampshire     (The home county for Capon Lake)
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Romney   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Three Churches   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Ritters   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bunker Hill   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Inwood   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arden   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Martinsburg   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Baker Heights   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hedgesville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wardensville   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Baker   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lost City   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Jefferson Village   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kabletown   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Charles Town   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ranson   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bardane   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bloomery   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Fort Ashby   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wiley Ford   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Carpendale   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ridgeley   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Paw Paw   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bath   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Keifers (MD)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oldtown (MD)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Spring Gap (MD)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rawlings (MD)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pinto (MD)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Little Orleans (MD)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shanty Town (MD) - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Westernport (MD)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cumberland (MD)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Barton (MD)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Clarke (VA)
      Waterloo (VA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      White Post (VA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Boyce (VA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Berryville (VA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Berrys (VA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Frogtown (VA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gaylord (VA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
Fauquier (VA)
      Petersburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Markham (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Frederick (VA)
      Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Middletown (VA)   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Stephens City (VA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Echo Village (VA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Welltown (VA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      White Hall (VA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
Page (VA)
      Luray (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stanley (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Rappahannock (VA)
      Washington (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Rockingham (VA)
      Plains Mill (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Timberville (VA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cootes Store (VA)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fulks Run (VA)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Broadway (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Turleytown (VA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Shenandoah (VA)
      Strasburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Toms Brook (VA)   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Columbia Furnace (VA)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Woodstock (VA)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Edinburg (VA)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Basye-Bryce Mountain (VA)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Jackson (VA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Market (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Warren (VA)
      Reliance (VA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Riverton (VA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Royal Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Front Royal (VA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Viscose City (VA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Overall (VA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Winchester City (VA)
      Winchester (VA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 Capon Lake:

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 Hampshire County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Berkeley County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allegany County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fauquier County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Frederick County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Page County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rappahannock County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rockingham County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shenandoah County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Warren County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Winchester City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Hampshire County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Hampshire 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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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Capon Lake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1559, Longitude: -78.5378     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Capon Lake 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 Capon Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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