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Our Genealogical Helper for Oxbow ...

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 Oxbow (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 Oxbow. 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 Oxbow ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oxbow.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Oxbow, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Oxbow.

Cemeteries Near Oxbow ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Oxbow.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Heck Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Pine Twist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hartley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Haught Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beckner Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Swisher Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wolverton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Ayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Metz Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Belt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Goodnight Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fox Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Six Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Freeport Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Ruble Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sixteen Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cloverleaf Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Saunders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fluharty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hardman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Frederick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE King Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Farr Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Elfritz Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Goose Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Two Ripple Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Saratoga Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Maze Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bigbend Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Waggoner Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Indian Creek Churchyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moyers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greenhill Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Everly Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rexroach Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fought Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wells - Seaton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Beauchamp - Newman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Beaty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rector Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Depue Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McCrae Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Snyder Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Broomstick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Betheny Churchyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Hill 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Oxbow had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Rusk   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Oxbow
 - Rusk had a post office and no railroad service
Cisco   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Oxbow
 - Cisco had a post office and no railroad service
Cantwell   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Oxbow
 - Cantwell had a post office and no railroad service
Hartley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Oxbow
 - Hartley had a post office and no railroad service
Munday   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Oxbow
 - Munday had a post office and no railroad service
Freed   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Oxbow
 - Freed had a post office and no railroad service
Smithville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Oxbow
 - 1895 population of 154 people
 - Smithville had a post office and no railroad service
Petroleum   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Oxbow
 - 1895 population of 105 people
 - Petroleum 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 Oxbow. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oxbow 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Oxbow is located in Ritchie County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Ritchie County: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Pleasants, Tyler, Wirt & Wood.

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

Ritchie     (The home county for Oxbow)
      Cantwell   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Orma   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Union   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Camden   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Weston   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Slate   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Williamstown   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Athens (OH)
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Monroe (OH)
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Graysville (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Plainview (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Noble (OH)
      Harriettsville (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dungannon (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (OH)
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Marietta (OH)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Redbush (OH)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Devola (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lowell (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beverly (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Macksburg (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Oxbow:

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 Ritchie County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Athens County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noble County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Oxbow ...

While our initial data for Oxbow came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Oxbow in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Oxbow.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Oxbow:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Oxbow.
      See our Misc Page for Oxbow for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Ritchie County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oxbow. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0940, Longitude: -81.2115     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oxbow 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 Oxbow, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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