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Our Genealogical Helper for Parsons ...

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 Parsons (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 Parsons. 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 the area of Parsons ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Parsons.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Parsons. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Parsons and those printed in the larger area surrounding Parsons.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> of Parsons.

Cemeteries Near Parsons ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Parsons.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE McNeely Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fansler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Collett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Bonifield Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Leading Creek Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hile Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE Knotts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Limestone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Teter Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Coffman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rose 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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Parsons had a population of 150 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Parsons had a population of 1,415 people.

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

Hendricks   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Parsons
 - 1895 population of 212 people (with 257 people in 2017)
 - Hendricks had a post office and railroad service
 
Pleasant Run   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Parsons
 - Pleasant Run had a post office and no railroad service
 
Saint George   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Parsons
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Saint George had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pettit - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pettit was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Parsons
 - Pettit had a post office and no railroad service
 
Auvil   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Parsons
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Auvil had a post office and no railroad service
 
Montrose   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Parsons
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 154 people in 2017)
 - Montrose had a post office and railroad service
 
Lead Mine   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Parsons
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Lead Mine had a post office and no railroad service
 
Texas - Historic   [Map]
 - While Texas was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Parsons
 - Texas had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kerens   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Parsons
 - Kerens 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 Parsons. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Parsons 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Parsons is located in Tucker County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tucker County: Barbour, Grant, Preston & Randolph.

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

  DirectionDistance
Tucker     (The home county for Parsons)
      Hambleton   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Hendricks   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Davis   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
 
Barbour
      Belington   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Union   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Audra   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
 
Grant
      Bayard   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Hardy
      Moorefield   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Harrison
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Despard   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gore   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Lewis
      Garton Village   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Marion
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Mineral
      Hartmansville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Monongalia
      Smithtown   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pendleton
      Onego   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brushy Run   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Circleville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Pocahontas
      Thornwood   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Durbin   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Frank   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Preston
      Aurora   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Albright   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Randolph
      Montrose   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Harman   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Taylor
      Knottsville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Upshur
      Gormley   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 - 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 Parsons:

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 Tucker 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    
Hardy 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    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pendleton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pocahontas 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    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Tucker County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of West Virginia

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 ...
      Maryland
      Pennsylvania
      Virginia

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Parsons ...

While our initial data for Parsons came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Parsons 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 Parsons.

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 Parsons:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
 
We have found Parsons in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Parsons for more information.
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Parsons.
      See our Misc Page for Parsons for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...



Search for a Community in West Virginia

About Tucker County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Parsons. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Parsons

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Parsons. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0942, Longitude: -79.6786     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Parsons 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Parsons, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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