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Prospect Valley, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Prospect Valley ...

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 Prospect Valley (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 Prospect Valley. 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.

Name Variations for Prospect Valley ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Prospect Valley.

  • Typical abbreviation for Prospect Valley: Prospect Vly. (or less commonly used: Prospect Vally. or Prospect Vlly.)

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.

Prospect Valley is located in Harrison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Harrison County: Barbour, Doddridge, Lewis, Marion, Taylor, Upshur & Wetzel.

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

Harrison     (The home county for Prospect Valley)
  Lumberport   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Shinnston   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Gore   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Adamston   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Despard   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bridgeport   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  O'Neill   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Nutter Fort   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Anmoore   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Stonewood   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  West Milford   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Adaland   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Berryburg   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Philippi   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Wellington Heights   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Union   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Audra   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Valley Bend   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Belington   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Junior   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Smithburg   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  West Union   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Sand Fork   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Truebada   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Jane Lew   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Valley Chapel   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Smith Village   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Weston   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cox Town   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Camden   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Garton Village   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Helens Run   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Monongah   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Whitehall   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Mannington   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Garden Village   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Pleasant Valley   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Barrackville   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Fairmont   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Grant Town   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Rivesville   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Adaline   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cameron   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kent   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Arnettsville   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Smithtown   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Blacksville   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cassville   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Granville   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Osage   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Westover   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Morgantown   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Star City   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Brookhaven   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Baker Ridge   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Canyon   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cheat Lake   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Newburg   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Threefork Bridge   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Arthurdale   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Reedsville   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Masontown   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Tunnelton   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Heathers Run   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kingwood   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rowlesburg   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Albright   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Tigheville   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Leadsville   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Womelsdorf   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pennsboro   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pullman   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ellenboro   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Harrisville   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Flemington   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Fetterman   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Knottsville   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Atwood   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Middlebourne   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Paden City   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sistersville   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Friendly   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Buckhannon   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gormley   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hoover Town   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Frenchton   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wilsontown   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Smithfield   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bane   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Uniontown   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hundred   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Barker   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Pine Grove   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Littleton   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bebee   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  New Martinsville   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Belmont (OH)
  Powhatan Point (OH)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Monroe (OH)
  Clarington (OH)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Washington (OH)
  Matamoras (OH)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Grandview (OH)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fayette (PA)
  Fairchance (PA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Point Marion (PA)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Masontown (PA)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Greene (PA)
  Morrisville (PA)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Greensboro (PA)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Swarts (PA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Jefferson (PA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fairdale (PA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Prospect Valley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Prospect Valley.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Michael D Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wyatt Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wamsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Grim Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McIntyre Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nay Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Crim Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Rittenhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Adamsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Elizabeth Mason Memorial Park   [Map]     
  W Swiger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ash Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gore Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bartlett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shinns Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Parrish Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  W IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Plant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sullivan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Claremont Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cochran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Davis Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Scritchfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hildreth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Whetstone Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Marshville Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ice Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sunny View Acres Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE View Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Reese Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blackshere Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beaty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wetzel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Grass Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Schupp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bridgeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mannington Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Middleville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Thorne & Huey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beaty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Janes Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Linns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barrickman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dye Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McIntire Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Shahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Atha Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Borring Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Milford Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fortney Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Center Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Stonewall Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rymer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Memorial Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Prospect Valley ...

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 65 newspapers that have been published in the area around Prospect Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Prospect Valley, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Prospect Valley.

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 Prospect Valley had a population of 28 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Lumberport   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Prospect Valley
 - 1895 population of 107 people (with 848 people in 2017)
 - Lumberport had a post office and no railroad service
Pine Bluff   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Prospect Valley
 - Pine Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Wyatt   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Prospect Valley
 - Wyatt had a post office and no railroad service
Shinnston   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Prospect Valley
 - 1895 population of 403 people (with 2,129 people in 2017)
 - Shinnston had a post office and railroad service
Enterprise   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Prospect Valley
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Enterprise had a post office and railroad service
Sturms Mill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Prospect Valley
 - Sturms Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Jimtown   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Prospect Valley
 - Jimtown had a post office and no railroad service
Dola   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Prospect Valley
 - Dola 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 Prospect Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Prospect Valley in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites of Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Prospect Valley:

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 Harrison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Belmont County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Prospect Valley ...

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

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 Prospect Valley:

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

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Prospect Valley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4004, Longitude: -80.3420     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Prospect Valley 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 Prospect Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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