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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Childs.

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How Far From Childs to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Childs to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Childs to:

  • New Martinsville [Map], which is the Seat of Wetzel County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 97 miles [156.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Childs to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 205 miles [329.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,022 miles [9,691.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,739 miles [10,845.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,614 miles [7,425.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Childs ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Childs.

While the name Childs is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 11 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Pima County

Our profile page for Childs, Pima County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,846 miles [2,970.8 km] to the West


Highlands County

Our profile page for Childs, Highlands County   [Map]
Distance: About 856 miles [1,377.6 km] to the South


Cecil County

Our profile page for Childs, Cecil County   [Map]
Distance: About 260 miles [418.4 km] to the East


Wilkin County

Our profile page for Childs, Wilkin County   [Map]
Distance: About 911 miles [1,466.1 km] to the Northwest

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Sanders County

Our profile page for Childs, Sanders County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,805 miles [2,904.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Douglas County

Our profile page for Childs, Douglas County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Douglas County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Orleans County

Our profile page for Childs, Orleans County   [Map]
Distance: About 287 miles [461.9 km] to the North Northeast

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Erie County

Our profile page for Childs, Erie County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Erie County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Fayette County

Our profile page for Childs, Fayette County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Fayette County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Lackawanna County

Our profile page for Childs, Lackawanna County   [Map]
Distance: About 306 miles [492.5 km] to the East Northeast

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South Carolina

Richland County

Our profile page for Childs, Richland County   [Map]
Distance: About 390 miles [627.6 km] to the South

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Childs ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Andy (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Childs   [Map]
Five Points (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Green Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Halls Mills   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hannibal (OH)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Lonetree   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Marion   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Minnie   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Porters Falls   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Reader   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Veto   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Childs. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Rebecca Ann Naylor Hazard
  Suffragette. She was born in Woodsfield (Ohio) on Friday November 10, 1826 and died in Saint Louis (Missouri) on Friday March 1, 1912 at an age of 85. She was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery (Saint Louis City, Missouri) [Map].

Woodsfield [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest of Childs

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rebecca Ann Naylor Hazard<9>

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Childs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.6026, Longitude: -80.7784     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Childs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Childs to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.105 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.065 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.072 degrees.

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<7>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 Childs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Childs could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<9>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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