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Potomac, West Virginia
(Ohio County)

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The location of Potomac

Our Genealogy Helper for Potomac ...

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 Potomac (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 Potomac. 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 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.

Potomac is located in Ohio County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Ohio County: Belmont (OH), Jefferson (OH), Washington (PA), Brooke & Marshall.

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

Ohio     (The home county for Potomac)
  West Liberty   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Valley Grove   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Triadelphia   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Clearview   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Wheeling   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bethlehem   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Bethany   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Windsor Heights   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Beech Bottom   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Dutch Town   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Shank Town   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Wellsburg   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Hooverson Heights   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Follansbee   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Weirton   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  New Cumberland   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Fairhaven   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Chester   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lawrenceville   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Newell   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Benwood   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  McMechen   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Glen Dale   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Moundsville   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cameron   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Adaline   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Kent   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Blacksville   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Littleton   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hundred   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Uniontown   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bebee   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  New Martinsville   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Barker   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Belmont (OH)
  Yorkville (OH)   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Martins Ferry (OH)   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bridgeport (OH)   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Brookside (OH)   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bellaire (OH)   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Barton (OH)   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Blaine (OH)   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Neffs (OH)   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Shadyside (OH)   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Blainesville (OH)   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Saint Clairsville (OH)   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Vadis (OH)   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Powhatan Point (OH)   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
Columbiana (OH)
  Wellsville (OH)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  East Liverpool (OH)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  La Croft (OH)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Glenmoor (OH)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Calcutta (OH)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Salineville (OH)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  West Point (OH)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Summitville (OH)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Guernsey (OH)
  Fairview (OH)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Londonderry (OH)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Harrison (OH)
  Adena (OH)   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Harrisville (OH)   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Blairmont (OH)   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hopedale (OH)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  New Athens (OH)   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Narva (OH)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cadiz (OH)   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Jewett (OH)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Scio (OH)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Deersville (OH)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bowerston (OH)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Freeport (OH)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Feed Springs (OH)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Jefferson (OH)
  Highland City (OH)   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Rayland (OH)   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Tiltonsville (OH)   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Brilliant (OH)   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Mingo Junction (OH)   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  New Alexandria (OH)   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Valley Glen (OH)   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Dillonvale (OH)   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Olszeski Town (OH)   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mount Pleasant (OH)   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Steubenville (OH)   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Smithfield (OH)   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Wintersville (OH)   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
Monroe (OH)
  Clarington (OH)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Beallsville (OH)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wilson (OH)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Jerusalem (OH)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Miltonsburg (OH)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Allegheny (PA)
  Noblestown (PA)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Morgan (PA)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Oakdale (PA)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bridgeville (PA)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Upper Saint Clair (PA)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Library (PA)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bethel Park (PA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Heidelberg (PA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mount Lebanon (PA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Carnegie (PA)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pennsbury Village (PA)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Castle Shannon (PA)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dormont (PA)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Beaver (PA)
  Frankfort Springs (PA)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Harshaville (PA)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hookstown (PA)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gringo (PA)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  South Heights (PA)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Georgetown (PA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Midland (PA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  New Sheffield (PA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Shippingport (PA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Crestmont Village (PA)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Glasgow (PA)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Aliquippa (PA)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ambridge (PA)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Fayette (PA)
  Luzerne (PA)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Newell (PA)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Belle Vernon (PA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hiller (PA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Isabella (PA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Brownsville (PA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Brownstown (PA)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fairhope (PA)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fayette City (PA)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Kenneth (PA)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lynnwood (PA)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Republic (PA)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Arnold City (PA)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Greene (PA)
  Swarts (PA)   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Morrisville (PA)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Clarksville (PA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Jefferson (PA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rices Landing (PA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Fairdale (PA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Stringtown (PA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Washington (PA)
  West Alexander (PA)   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Coon Island (PA)   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  West Middletown (PA)   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Claysville (PA)   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Independence (PA)   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Jefferson (PA)   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Green Hills (PA)   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bentleyville (PA)   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Wolfdale (PA)   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Washington (PA)   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  East Washington (PA)   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Burgettstown (PA)   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  McGovern (PA)   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
Westmoreland (PA)
  Monessen (PA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  North Belle Vernon (PA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sutersville (PA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  West Newton (PA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Potomac ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Potomac.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Hupp Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE West Allegheny Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW West Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Short Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Lower Buffalo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Parkview Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Independence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wells Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE South Buffalo Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Franklin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Warrenton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Indian Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oaklawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Gregg Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Dallas Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Dallas Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dallas United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Stoney Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Everson Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Riverview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Stone Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cross Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE West Finley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brooke Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE West End Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hopewell Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bayless Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Upland Heights Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Potomac ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Potomac.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Potomac, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Potomac.

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 Potomac had a population of 33 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

West Alexander (PA)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Potomac
 - 1895 population of 444 people (with 320 people in 2000)
 - West Alexander had a post office and railroad service
Dunsfort (PA)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Potomac
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Dunsfort had a post office and no railroad service
West Liberty   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Potomac
 - 1895 population of 275 people (with 1,463 people in 2017)
 - West Liberty had a post office and no railroad service
Coon Island (PA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Potomac
 - 1895 population of 87 people
 - Coon Island had a post office and no railroad service
Bethany   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Potomac
 - 1895 population of 340 people (with 888 people in 2017)
 - Bethany had a post office and no railroad service
Clinton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Potomac
 - Clinton had a post office and no railroad service
Point Mills   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Potomac
 - Point Mills had railroad service and no post office
Valley Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Potomac
 - Valley Grove had a post office and no railroad service
West Middletown (PA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Potomac
 - 1895 population of 235 people (with 134 people in 2017)
 - West Middletown had a post office and no railroad service
Shannon - Historic   [Map]
 - While Shannon was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Potomac
 - Shannon had a post office and no railroad service
Roneys Point   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Potomac
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Roneys Point 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 Potomac. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Potomac in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from 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 Potomac:

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 Ohio County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Brooke County:     Cyndi's



Hancock County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Monongalia County:     Cyndi's



Wetzel County:     Cyndi's



Belmont County (OH):     Cyndi's



Columbiana County (OH):     Cyndi's



Guernsey County (OH):     Cyndi's



Harrison County (OH):     Cyndi's



Jefferson County (OH):     Cyndi's



Monroe County (OH):     Cyndi's



Allegheny County (PA):     Cyndi's



Beaver County (PA):     Cyndi's



Fayette County (PA):     Cyndi's



Greene County (PA):     Cyndi's



Washington County (PA):     Cyndi's



Westmoreland County (PA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Potomac ...

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

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 Potomac:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Potomac. See our Misc Page for Potomac for more information.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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- Potomac) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Potomac. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.1529, Longitude: -80.5292     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Potomac 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 Potomac, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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