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Chestnut, West Virginia
(Mason County)

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The location of Chestnut

Our Genealogy Helper for Chestnut ...

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 (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 an insight into their world.

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. 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.

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 is located in Mason County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mason County: Gallia (OH), Meigs (OH), Cabell, Jackson & Putnam.

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

Mason     (The home county for Chestnut)
  Baden   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Leon   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Arbuckle   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  New Haven   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hartford City   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Point Pleasant   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Mason   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Upland   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Crown City   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Culloden   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Milton   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Barboursville   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pea Ridge   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Huntington   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Ripley   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Ravenswood   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Odaville   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Kentuck   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Sissonville   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cross Lanes   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Nitro   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Aarons   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Saint Albans   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Tornado   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rock Lake Village   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  South Charleston   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Elkview   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Airport Village   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Alum Creek   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hamlin   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Fraziers Bottom   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Eleanor   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bancroft   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Poca   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Raymond City   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Teays Valley   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Scott Village   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Teays Village   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Flint Town   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Reedy   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Spencer   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Peewee   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Elizabeth   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Burning Springs   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Greencastle   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Freeport   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lubeck   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mineral Acres   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mineral Wells   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Slate   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Washington   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Blennerhassett   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kanawha   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Parkersburg   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Vienna   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  North Hills   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Athens (OH)
  Coolville (OH)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Carsey Town (OH)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Albany (OH)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Athens (OH)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Amesville (OH)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Armadale (OH)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mudsock (OH) - Historic   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  The Plains (OH)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Liars Corner (OH) - Historic   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Chauncey (OH)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mount Nebo (OH) - Historic   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gallia (OH)
  Carlton (OH)   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Cheshire (OH)   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Mills Village (OH)   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bladen (OH)   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Vinton (OH)   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Ewington (OH)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Crown City (OH)   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Alice (OH)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Centerville (OH)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
Jackson (OH)
  Pattonsville (OH)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Oak Hill (OH)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Blackfork Junction (OH)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wellston (OH)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lawrence (OH)
  Athalia (OH)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Proctorville (OH)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Andis (OH)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Vernon (OH)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Meigs (OH)
  Racine (OH)   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Syracuse (OH)   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Middleport (OH)   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bashan (OH)   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Rutland (OH)   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Keno (OH)   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
Vinton (OH)
  Wilkesville (OH)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Moonville (OH) - Historic   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dundas (OH)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hamden (OH)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hope (OH) - Historic   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Zaleski (OH)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Washington (OH)
  Redbush (OH)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Belpre (OH)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Chestnut ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Chestnut.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Baden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Letart Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Baden Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Letart Falls Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Eddy Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Yauger Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Greenlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Creston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cossin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ankrum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Blaine Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jackson County Memory Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Douglass Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Plants Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lutton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Brighton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Beech Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Leon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Yonker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McDade Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Taber Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Peter Fry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Otterbein Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cottageville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Upper Flats - White Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Longdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rickard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ball Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Greer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Arbuckle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hoffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Big Spruce Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Staats Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Infirmary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW McCulloch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Henderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Broad Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greenlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Boyce Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bicknell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Barley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Zuspan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hoschar Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Van Sickle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kimberling Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chase Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lathem Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McKay Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Douglas Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kimberling Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Promise Land Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kings Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McGraw Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Zirkle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Beckwith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Chestnut ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Chestnut.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Chestnut, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Chestnut.

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 in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Chestnut.

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

Rollins   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Chestnut
 - Rollins had a post office and no railroad service
Letart Falls (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Chestnut
 - 1895 population of 153 people
 - Letart Falls had a post office and no railroad service
Baden   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Chestnut
 - Baden had a post office and no railroad service
School House - Historic   [Map]
 - While School House was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Chestnut
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - School House had a post office and railroad service
Letart   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Chestnut
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Letart had a post office and railroad service
Providence   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Chestnut
 - Providence had a post office and no railroad service
Huntsville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Huntsville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Chestnut
 - Huntsville had a post office and no railroad service
Millwood   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Chestnut
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Millwood had a post office and no railroad service
Apple Grove (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Chestnut
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Apple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Gunville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Chestnut
 - Gunville 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 Chestnut. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Chestnut in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 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:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Mason County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cabell County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



Lincoln County:     Cyndi's



Putnam County:     Cyndi's



Roane County:     Cyndi's



Wirt County:     Cyndi's



Wood County:     Cyndi's



Athens County (OH):     Cyndi's



Gallia County (OH):     Cyndi's



Jackson County (OH):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (OH):     Cyndi's



Meigs County (OH):     Cyndi's



Vinton County (OH):     Cyndi's



Washington County (OH):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of West Virginia,
Cemeteries of Mason County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for Mason 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 Disaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Mason County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chestnut. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8390, Longitude: -81.9221     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chestnut 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, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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