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Our Genealogical Helper for Powell ...

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 Powell (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 Powell. 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 Powell ...

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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Powell.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Powell, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Powell.

Cemeteries Near Powell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Powell.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Janes Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Linns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nixon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Claremont Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE West Virginia National Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Woodsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Memorial Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hayhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fairmont City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Snoderly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Grafton National Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Grafton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bunners Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Meadowdale Wesleyan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cochran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Adamsville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Shinns Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Middleville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Barrackville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bluemont Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Amnon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moran Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Prickett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pitcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nay Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McIntyre Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Current Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McConkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davis Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wamsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hawkinberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bridgeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bailey Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Boyce Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Freeland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Knottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Gilboa Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hope Halleck United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sunny View Acres Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Parrish Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ministers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Michael D Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Bluff 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 Powell in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Powell.

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

Colfax   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Powell
 - Colfax had a post office and railroad service
Valley Falls   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Powell
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Valley Falls had a post office and railroad service
Boothsville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Powell
 - 1895 population of 223 people
 - Boothsville had a post office and no railroad service
McGee   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Powell
 - McGee had a post office and no railroad service
Bentons Ferry   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Powell
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Bentons Ferry had a post office and railroad service
Gaston Junction   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Powell
 - Gaston Junction had railroad service and no post office
Brittain - Historic   [Map]
 - While Brittain was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Powell
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Brittain had a post office and no railroad service
Watson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Powell
 - Watson had a post office and railroad service
Samaria   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Powell
 - Samaria had a post office and no railroad service
Gaston   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Powell
 - Gaston had railroad service and no post office
Eldora   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Powell
 - Eldora had a post office and no railroad service
Fairmont   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Powell
 - 1895 population of 1,023 people (with 18,467 people in 2017)
 - Fairmont 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 Powell. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Powell 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.

Powell is located in Marion County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marion County: Harrison, Monongalia, Taylor & Wetzel.

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

Marion     (The home county for Powell)
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Audra   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Belington   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Junior   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Despard   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gore   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Granville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Osage   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Star City   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Albright   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Davis   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bane   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barker   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Highhouse (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Puritan (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Isabella (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Salem (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hopwood (PA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Republic (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Morrisville (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fairdale (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jefferson (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rices Landing (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Swarts (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clarksville (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Powell:

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 Marion County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia 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    
Tucker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Communities in West Virginia

About Marion County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marion County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Powell. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4054, Longitude: -80.1242     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Powell 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 Powell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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