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Chestnut Ridge, West Virginia

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Our Genealogical Helper for Chestnut Ridge ...

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 Chestnut Ridge (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 Chestnut Ridge. 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 Chestnut Ridge ...

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 Chestnut Ridge.

  • Typical abbreviation for Chestnut Ridge: Chestnut Rdg. (or less commonly used: Chestnut Rdge. or Chestnut Ridg.)

Newspapers Published in Chestnut Ridge ...

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 Chestnut Ridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Chestnut Ridge, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Chestnut Ridge.

Cemeteries Near Chestnut Ridge ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Chestnut Ridge.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Blackwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Denver Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E West Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Howesville United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Nazareth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bolyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Red Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cobun Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Knotts Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Arthurdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Boyce Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Riverview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Reedsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McConkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Current Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Knottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Deakins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kingwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dinkerberger Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hope Halleck United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moran Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Amnon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Bluemont Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lake 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 Chestnut Ridge in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Chestnut Ridge.

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

West End   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Chestnut Ridge
 - West End had railroad service and no post office
Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Chestnut Ridge
 - 1895 population of 778 people (with 319 people in 2017)
 - Newburg had a post office and railroad service
Fellowsville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Chestnut Ridge
 - 1895 population of 182 people
 - Fellowsville had a post office and no railroad service
Tunnelton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Chestnut Ridge
 - 1895 population of 172 people (with 298 people in 2017)
 - Tunnelton had a post office and railroad service
Jessop   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Chestnut Ridge
 - Jessop had railroad service and no post office
Independence   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Chestnut Ridge
 - 1895 population of 273 people
 - Independence had a post office and railroad service
Evansville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Chestnut Ridge
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Evansville had a post office and no railroad service
Howesville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Chestnut Ridge
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Howesville had a post office and railroad service
Irontown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Chestnut Ridge
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Irontown 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 Chestnut Ridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Chestnut Ridge 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.

Chestnut Ridge is primarily located in Monongalia County. A portion of Chestnut Ridge extends into Preston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monongalia County: Fayette (PA), Greene (PA), Marion, Preston, Taylor & Wetzel.

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

Monongalia     (The home county for Chestnut Ridge)
      Smithtown   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Belington   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Junior   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Despard   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gore   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Albright   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harman   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Davis   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Highhouse (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hopwood (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Puritan (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Salem (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oliver (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ohiopyle (PA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fairdale (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jefferson (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rices Landing (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Morrisville (PA)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Somerset (PA)
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ursina (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Confluence (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Chestnut Ridge:

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 Monongalia County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour 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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mineral 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    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wetzel 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    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene 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 Monongalia County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Monongalia 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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Monongalia County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Monongalia 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 starting in Chestnut Ridge. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Chestnut Ridge) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chestnut Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3840, Longitude: -79.8134     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chestnut Ridge 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 Chestnut Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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