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Our Genealogical Helper for Carters Ford ...

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 Carters Ford (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 Carters Ford. 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 Carters Ford ...

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 Carters Ford.

  • While the name of this community is Carters Ford, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Carters Ford may originally have been Carter's Ford.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Carters Ford might be written as Carter Ford.

Newspapers Published in Carters Ford ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Carters Ford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Carters Ford, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Carters Ford.

Cemeteries Near Carters Ford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Carters Ford.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Prospect Hall - Edwards - Hunsicker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Brucetown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jabbers Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Stones Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Paynes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Jamestown Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Morgan Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Crums Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hopewell Meeting House Graveyard   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Milburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Redbud Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Franklintown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Washington Burial Ground   [Map]     
  NNE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Redbud Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Darkesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Stone Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Upper Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Winchester National Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Berryville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Grace Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gerrardstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Orrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Milton Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kabletown Churchyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Edge Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Johnsontown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Bethel Grange Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Arden United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE James M Van Metre Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Yeakley 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 Carters Ford in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Carters Ford.

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

Brucetown (VA)   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Carters Ford
 - 1895 population of 338 people
 - Brucetown had a post office and no railroad service
Wadesville (VA)   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Carters Ford
 - 1895 population of 176 people
 - Wadesville had a post office and railroad service
Middleway   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Carters Ford
 - 1895 population of 372 people
 - Middleway had a post office and no railroad service
Ridgeway   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Carters Ford
 - Ridgeway had a post office and railroad service
Rest (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Carters Ford
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Rest had a post office and railroad service
Clear Brook (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Carters Ford
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Clear Brook had a post office and railroad service
Stephenson (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Carters Ford
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Stephenson had a post office and railroad service
Bunker Hill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Carters Ford
 - 1895 population of 98 people
 - Bunker Hill had a post office and railroad service
Summit Point   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Carters Ford
 - 1895 population of 176 people
 - Summit Point had a post office and railroad service
Grimes (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Carters Ford
 - Grimes 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 Carters Ford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Carters Ford 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.

Carters Ford is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Washington (MD), Clarke (VA), Loudoun (VA) & Berkeley.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Carters Ford)
      Jefferson Village   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Charles Town   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Kabletown   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ranson   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bloomery   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bardane   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bolivar   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Harpers Ferry   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lower Town   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Shepherdstown   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bunker Hill   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Inwood   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Arden   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Baker Heights   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Martinsburg   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Scrabble   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bedington   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hedgesville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Falling Waters   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Three Churches   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ritters   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Romney   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wardensville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bath   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Paw Paw   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Keifers (MD)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Little Orleans (MD)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oldtown (MD)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Frederick (MD)
      Knoxville (MD)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brunswick (MD)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rosemont (MD)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burkittsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Boss Arnold Village (MD)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Point-of-Rocks (MD)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Potomac Village (MD)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jefferson (MD)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Adamstown Village (MD)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Manor Village (MD)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Middletown (MD)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Myersville (MD)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Montgomery (MD)
      Dickerson (MD)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beallsville (MD)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Poolesville (MD)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barnesville (MD)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boyds (MD)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clarksburg (MD)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (MD)
      Sharpsburg (MD)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brownsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rohrersville (MD)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eakles Mills (MD)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Keedysville (MD)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Big Pool (MD)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fairplay (MD)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Breathedsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Saint James (MD)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Williamsport (MD)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Boonsboro (MD)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clear Spring (MD)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
Bedford (PA)
      Purcell (PA)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (PA)
      Mercersburg (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greencastle (PA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Waynecastle (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clarke (VA)
      Gaylord (VA)   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Berryville (VA)   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Boyce (VA)   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Waterloo (VA)   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Frogtown (VA)   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      White Post (VA)   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Berrys (VA)   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
Fairfax (VA)
      Herndon (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fauquier (VA)
      Markham (VA)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Petersburg (VA)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Zulla (VA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Marshall (VA)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belvoir (VA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      The Plains (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Warrenton (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Frederick (VA)
      Welltown (VA)   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      White Hall (VA)   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Echo Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Stephens City (VA)   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Middletown (VA)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
Loudoun (VA)
      Round Hill (VA)   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hillsboro (VA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Purcellville (VA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      White Pump (VA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bolington (VA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lovettsville (VA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hamilton (VA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Middleburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lucketts (VA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Leesburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lansdowne (VA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belmont (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Prince William (VA)
      Waterfall Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Haymarket (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gainesville (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Rappahannock (VA)
      Washington (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Amissville (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Shenandoah (VA)
      Strasburg (VA)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Toms Brook (VA)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Woodstock (VA)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Warren (VA)
      Reliance (VA)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Riverton (VA)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Royal Village (VA)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Front Royal (VA)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Viscose City (VA)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Overall (VA)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Winchester City (VA)
      Winchester (VA)   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 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 Carters Ford:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Berkeley County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hampshire County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardy 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    
Frederick County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Washington County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bedford County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fairfax 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    
Loudoun County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Prince William County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rappahannock 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 Jefferson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Jefferson 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Jefferson County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Carters Ford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2645, Longitude: -78.0331     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Carters Ford 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:

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

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