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Chesapeake, West Virginia
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Our Genealogical Helper for Chesapeake ...

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 Chesapeake (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 Chesapeake. 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 Chesapeake ...

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 35 newspapers that have been published in the area around Chesapeake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Chesapeake, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Chesapeake.

Cemeteries Near Chesapeake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Chesapeake.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Snoderly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Barrackville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fairmont City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pitcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hawkinberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Memorial Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Meadowdale Wesleyan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Prickett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ministers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Freeland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Hoodsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Davis Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gilboa Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Cochran Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Linns Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Claremont Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hayhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Arnettsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sunny View Acres Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Parrish Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Nixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tennant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bunners Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Barrickman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCurdysville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McIntyre Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Nay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Adamsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Janes Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hagans Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bennefield Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Meyers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W View Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Reese Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blackshere Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Crim Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wamsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tennant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Eddy Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brand Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ammons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Yost Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Toothman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Michael D Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Yost Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Chisler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Conner Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McBee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Robe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dents Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Piles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lough - Teagarden - Cordray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Efaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tennant Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Holbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Richardson 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 Chesapeake in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Chesapeake.

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

Barrackville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Chesapeake
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 1,299 people in 2017)
 - Barrackville had a post office and railroad service
Fairmont   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Chesapeake
 - 1895 population of 1,023 people (with 18,467 people in 2017)
 - Fairmont had a post office and railroad service
Hoult   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Chesapeake
 - Hoult had a post office and railroad service
Gaston Junction   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Chesapeake
 - Gaston Junction had railroad service and no post office
Palatine   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Chesapeake
 - 1895 population of 860 people
 - Palatine had a post office and no railroad service
Montana   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Chesapeake
 - Montana had railroad service and no post office
Rivesville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Chesapeake
 - 1895 population of 165 people (with 917 people in 2017)
 - Rivesville had a post office and no railroad service
Gaston   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Chesapeake
 - Gaston had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Chesapeake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Chesapeake 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 north 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.

Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Chesapeake:

Marion     (The home county for Chesapeake)
      Fairmont   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Barrackville   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Garden Village   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Rivesville   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Audra   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belington   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Junior   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Union   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Despard   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gore   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   S   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]
      Adaline   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Albright   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bane   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Barker   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Puritan (PA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Highhouse (PA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Isabella (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Salem (PA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hopwood (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Republic (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Luzerne (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dunlap Creek Village (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Morrisville (PA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fairdale (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jefferson (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rices Landing (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Swarts (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarksville (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
Washington (PA)
      Fredericktown-Millsboro (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beallsville (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marianna (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Deemston (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Centerville (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Daisytown (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Brownsville (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      California (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Scenery Hill (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 - 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 Chesapeake:

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    
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
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Marion County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marion County:

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chesapeake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5070, Longitude: -80.1520     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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