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Our Genealogical Helper for Chaffee ...

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 Chaffee (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 Chaffee. 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 Chaffee ...

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 16 newspapers that have been published in the area around Chaffee.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Chaffee, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Chaffee.

Cemeteries Near Chaffee ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Chaffee.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Kitzmiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kitzmiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Manor Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Bray Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Nethkin Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kalbough Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Tasker Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Dixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kitzmiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Thomas Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cross Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sinkler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Warnick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tichnell Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Paughs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Blackburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barnard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Swanton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Georges Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Boswell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beckman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moon Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Upole Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bloomington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW North Glade Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Duling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Peters Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Old St. Peter's Catholic   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Walden Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Deer Park Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Harvey - Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Doll Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Thrush Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pritts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thrush Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mayle Cemetery   [Map]     
  W King Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Schaeffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stone Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cundiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE John Liller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rawlings Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Meadow View Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Queens Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Miller Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Duckworth Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Morrison 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>

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

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

Blaine   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Chaffee
 - Blaine had a post office and railroad service
 
Elk Garden   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Chaffee
 - 1895 population of 723 people (with 224 people in 2016)
 - Elk Garden had a post office and railroad service
 
Shaw   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Chaffee
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Shaw had a post office and railroad service
 
Harrison   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Chaffee
 - Harrison had a post office and no railroad service
 
Barnum   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Chaffee
 - Barnum had a post office and railroad service
 
Windom - Historic   [Map]
 - While Windom was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Chaffee
 - Windom had a post office and railroad service
 
Hartmansville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Chaffee
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Hartmansville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Warnocks   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Chaffee
 - Warnocks had railroad service and no post office
 
Swanton (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Chaffee
 - 1895 population of 87 people
 - Swanton had a post office and railroad service
 
Schell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Chaffee
 - Schell 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 Chaffee. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Chaffee 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 and 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.

Chaffee is located in Mineral County.

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

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

  DirectionDistance
Mineral     (The home county for Chaffee)
      Elk Garden   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Sulphur City   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fort Ashby   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Carpendale   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wiley Ford   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ridgeley   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Grant
      Bayard   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Hampshire
      Romney   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ritters   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Hardy
      Moorefield   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Baker   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lost City   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wardensville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Morgan
      Paw Paw   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pendleton
      Brushy Run   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Preston
      Terra Alta   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Albright   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Randolph
      Harman   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Tucker
      Davis   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Allegany (MD)
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Westernport (MD)   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Barton (MD)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Midland (MD)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rawlings (MD)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Midlothian (MD)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Loarville (MD)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pinto (MD)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Frostburg (MD)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Eckhart Mines (MD)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Savage (MD)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Garrett (MD)
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Grantsville (MD)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
 
Bedford (PA)
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hyndman (PA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Fayette (PA)
      Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ohiopyle (PA)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Somerset (PA)
      Salisbury (PA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ursina (PA)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wellersburg (PA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Confluence (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glade City (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Meyersdale (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Callimont (PA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Garrett (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hays Mill (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Casselman (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairhope (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Chaffee:

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 Mineral County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Grant 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    
Pendleton 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    
Tucker 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    
Bedford County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Somerset 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 Mineral 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 Mineral 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 ...
      Maryland
      Pennsylvania
      Virginia

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Chaffee ...

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

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 Chaffee:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, Express Office, no Post Office mentioned  
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Chaffee.
      See our Misc Page for Chaffee for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...



The Communities of West Virginia

About Mineral County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Mineral County: www.mineralcountywv.com/

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chaffee. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4065, Longitude: -79.1623     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chaffee 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 Chaffee, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Chaffee.