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Owings, West Virginia

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The location of Owings

Our Genealogy Helper for Owings ...

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 Owings (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 Owings. 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 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.

Owings is located in Harrison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Harrison County: Barbour, Doddridge, Lewis, Marion, Taylor, Upshur & Wetzel.

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

Harrison     (The home county for Owings)
  Shinnston   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Enterprise   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Lumberport   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Bridgeport   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Despard   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Gore   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Anmoore   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Adamston   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Nutter Fort   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Stonewood   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  O'Neill   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  West Milford   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Adaland   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Berryburg   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Philippi   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Wellington Heights   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Union   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Audra   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Valley Bend   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Belington   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Junior   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Smithburg   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  West Union   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Jane Lew   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Valley Chapel   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Smith Village   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Weston   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Garton Village   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cox Town   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Camden   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Whitehall   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Helens Run   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Monongah   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Pleasant Valley   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Garden Village   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Barrackville   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Fairmont   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Mannington   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Rivesville   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Grant Town   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Adaline   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cameron   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Smithtown   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Arnettsville   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cassville   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Blacksville   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Granville   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Osage   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Westover   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Brookhaven   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Morgantown   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Star City   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Baker Ridge   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Canyon   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cheat Lake   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Newburg   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Threefork Bridge   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Arthurdale   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Reedsville   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Tunnelton   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Masontown   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Heathers Run   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Kingwood   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rowlesburg   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Albright   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Terra Alta   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bruceton Mills   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Tigheville   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Leadsville   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Womelsdorf   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Elkins   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pennsboro   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pullman   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Flemington   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Fetterman   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Knottsville   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Parsons   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hambleton   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hendricks   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Atwood   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Middlebourne   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Paden City   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Buckhannon   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gormley   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hoover Town   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Frenchton   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wilsontown   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Smithfield   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bane   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hundred   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Uniontown   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Barker   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Littleton   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pine Grove   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bebee   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  New Martinsville   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Fayette (PA)
  Fairchance (PA)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Point Marion (PA)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Masontown (PA)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Puritan (PA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Greene (PA)
  Greensboro (PA)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Morrisville (PA)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fairdale (PA)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Jefferson (PA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Swarts (PA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Stringtown (PA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Owings ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Owings.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Adamsville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW McIntyre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shinns Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wamsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Nixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Claremont Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pine Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bartlett Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bridgeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Middleville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Janes Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Michael D Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wyatt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Linns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cochran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Parrish Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crim Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Memorial Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Davis Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Ash Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Grim Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fortney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Center Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stonewall Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Davison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bailey Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Snoderly Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sunny View Acres Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Elizabeth Mason Memorial Park   [Map]     
  WNW Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rittenhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Plant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW View Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Milford Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Reese Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Blackshere Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE West Virginia National Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Woodsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fairmont City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barrackville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sullivan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Barrickman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Swiger Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  W IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Owings ...

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 53 newspapers that have been published in the area around Owings.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Owings, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Owings.

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

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

Adamsville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Owings
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Adamsville had a post office and no railroad service
Shinnston   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Owings
 - 1895 population of 403 people (with 2,129 people in 2017)
 - Shinnston had a post office and railroad service
Enterprise   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Owings
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Enterprise had a post office and railroad service
Oreide   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Owings
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Oreide had a post office and no railroad service
Boothsville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Owings
 - 1895 population of 223 people
 - Boothsville had a post office and no railroad service
Eldora   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Owings
 - Eldora had a post office and no railroad service
Everson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Owings
 - Everson had a post office and no railroad service
Pine Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Owings
 - Pine Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Prospect Valley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Owings
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Prospect Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Lumberport   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Owings
 - 1895 population of 107 people (with 848 people in 2017)
 - Lumberport had a post office and no railroad service
Bridgeport   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Owings
 - 1895 population of 455 people (with 8,635 people in 2017)
 - Bridgeport 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 Owings. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Owings in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites of Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Owings:

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 Harrison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tucker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Harrison County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Harrison County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Owings. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3795, Longitude: -80.2590     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Owings 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 Owings, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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