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Our Genealogical Helper for Penry ...

So far, we have found very little information about Penry. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Penry to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Penry, please Contact Us.

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 Penry (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 Penry. 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 Penry ...

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 55 newspapers that have been published in the area around Penry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Penry, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Penry.

Cemeteries Near Penry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Penry.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jones Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Butler Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Riner Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Mountain Side Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pitzers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tuscarora Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Providence Quaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tomahawk Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Arden United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  N Pittman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Buck Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hedges Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Norborne Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Norbourne Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old German Lutheran Reformed Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hedgesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Central Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hebrew Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rosedale Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Johnsontown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Ganotown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Darkesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Douglas Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Stone Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Falling Waters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Allensville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Roe Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gerrardstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smoketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sprinkle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Light Cemetery #1   [Map]     
  NE Little Georgetown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Duckwall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Highland Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Snyders Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE James M Van Metre Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant View Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Vancleveville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Carmel Graveyard   [Map]     
  WNW Ambrose Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Morgan Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Falling Waters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Green Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Chestnut Grove 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.

While we didn't find Penry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Penry.

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

Jones Springs   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Penry
 - 1895 population of 74 people
 - Jones Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Baxter   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Penry
 - Baxter had a post office and no railroad service
Shanghai   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Penry
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Shanghai had a post office and no railroad service
Martinsburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Penry
 - 1895 population of 7,226 people (with 17,404 people in 2017)
 - Martinsburg had a post office and railroad service
Hedgesville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Penry
 - 1895 population of 448 people (with 314 people in 2017)
 - Hedgesville had a post office and no railroad service
North Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Penry
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - North Mountain had a post office and railroad service
Ganotown   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Penry
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Ganotown had a post office and no railroad service
Berkeley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Penry
 - Berkeley had railroad service and no post office
Spring Mills   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Penry
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Spring Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Glengary   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Penry
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Glengary 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 Penry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Penry 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 southeast 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Penry is historic, it would have been located within present day Berkeley County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Berkeley County: Washington (MD), Frederick (VA), Jefferson & Morgan.

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

Berkeley     (The home county for Penry)
      Martinsburg   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hedgesville   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Arden   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Bedington   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Inwood   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Baker Heights   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Falling Waters   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bunker Hill   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Scrabble   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Three Churches   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ritters   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Romney   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wardensville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bardane   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Shepherdstown   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Jefferson Village   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ranson   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Charles Town   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bolivar   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bloomery   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Harpers Ferry   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lower Town   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kabletown   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fort Ashby   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Carpendale   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ridgeley   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wiley Ford   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bath   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Paw Paw   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Little Orleans (MD)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Keifers (MD)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oldtown (MD)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Flintstone (MD)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Spring Gap (MD)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cumberland (MD)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Shanty Town (MD) - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Frederick (MD)
      Knoxville (MD)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Burkittsville (MD)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brunswick (MD)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rosemont (MD)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Myersville (MD)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Boss Arnold Village (MD)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Middletown (MD)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jefferson (MD)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Braddock Heights (MD)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adamstown Village (MD)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Point-of-Rocks (MD)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Potomac Village (MD)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Montgomery (MD)
      Dickerson (MD)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Barnesville (MD)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Beallsville (MD)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (MD)
      Big Pool (MD)   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clear Spring (MD)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Williamsport (MD)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saint James (MD)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sharpsburg (MD)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hancock (MD)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wilson-Conococheague (MD)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fairplay (MD)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Breathedsville (MD)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Saint James Village (MD)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Halfway (MD)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Keedysville (MD)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
Adams (PA)
      Carroll Valley (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bedford (PA)
      Purcell (PA)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Breezewood (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Everett (PA)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rainsburg (PA)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ott Town (PA)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hopewell (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Dallas (PA)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (PA)
      Mercersburg (PA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Greencastle (PA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Waynecastle (PA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Loudon (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cashtown (PA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Waynesboro (PA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Marion (PA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rouzerville (PA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Thomas (PA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wayne Heights (PA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pen Mar (PA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beartown (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Fulton (PA)
      Websters Mill (PA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McConnellsburg (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Harrisonville (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Valley-Hi (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fort Littleton (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clarke (VA)
      Gaylord (VA)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Berryville (VA)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Boyce (VA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Waterloo (VA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Frogtown (VA)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      White Post (VA)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Berrys (VA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
Fauquier (VA)
      Petersburg (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Markham (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Frederick (VA)
      White Hall (VA)   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Welltown (VA)   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Echo Village (VA)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stephens City (VA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Middletown (VA)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
Loudoun (VA)
      Hillsboro (VA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lovettsville (VA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bolington (VA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Round Hill (VA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Purcellville (VA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hamilton (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      White Pump (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lucketts (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Leesburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Middleburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Shenandoah (VA)
      Strasburg (VA)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Warren (VA)
      Reliance (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Riverton (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Royal Village (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Front Royal (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Viscose City (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Winchester City (VA)
      Winchester (VA)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 it should be mentioned 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 Penry:

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 Berkeley County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Hampshire County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allegany County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Frederick County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Washington County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Adams County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bedford County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fulton County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fauquier County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Frederick County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Loudoun County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Shenandoah County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Warren County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Winchester City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Berkeley County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Penry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that begins in Penry. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Penry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Penry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4865, Longitude: -78.0608     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Penry have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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