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Our Genealogical Helper for Plum Orchard ...

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 Plum Orchard (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 Plum Orchard. 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 Plum Orchard ...

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 7 newspapers that have been published in the area around Plum Orchard.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Plum Orchard, 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 Plum Orchard.

Cemeteries Near Plum Orchard ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Plum Orchard.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Casto Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Grass Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Skeen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Woodfell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Siniaville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Shamblen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Paxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hatcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Godby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Southall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Casto - Crane Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Centerview Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Skeen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fletcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  E White Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harpold Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Waybright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairplain Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Shamblin Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Carney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Duff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Counts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Siders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kiser Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Counts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kiser Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Holbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Litton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Litton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Board Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Casto Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Webster Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harpold Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wolfe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Rock Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Duff Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Koontz Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hackney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Presley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Presley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Easter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Camelite Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Given Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Moss Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Casto Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pantell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Boggess Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fisher Cemetery 1   [Map]     
  SSE Comer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mangus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shadydale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Board Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Board Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Covey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fields Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wheatcraft Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Blackshire Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Barnette Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Jeffries Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Slater Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Clendenin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shafer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Haynes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Ripley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Board Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McGraw Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kings Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Warner Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Barnette Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Haynes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Larch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chase Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sayre 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>

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

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

Kenna   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Plum Orchard
 - Kenna had a post office and no railroad service
Belgrove   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Plum Orchard
 - Belgrove had a post office and no railroad service
Statts Mills   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Plum Orchard
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Statts Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Kentuck   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Plum Orchard
 - 1895 population of 158 people
 - Kentuck had a post office and no railroad service
Edgar - Historic   [Map]
 - While Edgar was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Plum Orchard
 - Edgar had a post office and no railroad service
Fairplain   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Plum Orchard
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Fairplain had a post office and no railroad service
Higby - Historic   [Map]
 - While Higby was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Plum Orchard
 - Higby had a post office and no railroad service
Goldtown   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Plum Orchard
 - Goldtown 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 Plum Orchard. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Plum Orchard 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 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.

Plum Orchard is located in Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: Meigs (OH), Kanawha, Mason, Putnam, Roane, Wirt & Wood.

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

Jackson     (The home county for Plum Orchard)
      Kentuck   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Easly   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Johns   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nellis   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Racine   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eden   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clem   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Milton   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Orma   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saint Albans   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sod   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baden   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Leon   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Upland   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mason   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Poca   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slate   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Washington   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Athens (OH)
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Carlton (OH)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cheshire (OH)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Middleport (OH)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rutland (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Washington (OH)
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Redbush (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Plum Orchard:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cabell 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    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane 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    
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs 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 Jackson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Jackson 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
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Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Jackson County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Plum Orchard. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7054, Longitude: -81.6268     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Plum Orchard 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 Plum Orchard, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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