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Providence, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Providence ...

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 Providence (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 Providence. 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Providence 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 Providence. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Providence:

Jackson     (The home county for Providence)
  Flatwoods   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Ripley   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Ravenswood   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Odaville   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Kentuck   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Crown City   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Culloden   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Milton   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Barboursville   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pea Ridge   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Arnoldsburg   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Grantsville   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Orma   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sissonville   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cross Lanes   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Nitro   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Aarons   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Saint Albans   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Elkview   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rock Lake Village   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  South Charleston   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Tornado   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Airport Village   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Alum Creek   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hamlin   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sod   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  West Hamlin   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Baden   [Map]     W   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Leon   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Arbuckle   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  New Haven   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hartford City   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Point Pleasant   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Mason   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Upland   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Fraziers Bottom   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Eleanor   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bancroft   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Raymond City   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Poca   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Scott Village   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Teays Valley   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Teays Village   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Flint Town   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Reedy   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Spencer   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Peewee   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Elizabeth   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Burning Springs   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Greencastle   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Freeport   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lubeck   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mineral Acres   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mineral Wells   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Slate   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Washington   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Blennerhassett   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kanawha   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Parkersburg   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Vienna   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  North Hills   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Athens (OH)
  Coolville (OH)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Carsey Town (OH)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Albany (OH)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Athens (OH)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Armadale (OH)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gallia (OH)
  Carlton (OH)   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cheshire (OH)   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bladen (OH)   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Mills Village (OH)   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Crown City (OH)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Vinton (OH)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ewington (OH)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Alice (OH)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Centerville (OH)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
Jackson (OH)
  Pattonsville (OH)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oak Hill (OH)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Blackfork Junction (OH)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (OH)
  Athalia (OH)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Proctorville (OH)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Andis (OH)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Meigs (OH)
  Racine (OH)   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Syracuse (OH)   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bashan (OH)   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Middleport (OH)   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Keno (OH)   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rutland (OH)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
Vinton (OH)
  Wilkesville (OH)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Washington (OH)
  Redbush (OH)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Belpre (OH)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Providence ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Providence.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Cossin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Creston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Baden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE King Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Taber Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McDade Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Big Spruce Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Staats Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Otterbein Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cottageville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blaine Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Baden Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ankrum Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Smith Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kings Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chase Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Boyce Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Douglass Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Jackson County Memory Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Greenlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Arbuckle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McGraw Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bicknell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Leon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Barnette Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Given Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Ripley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lathem Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Letart Falls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Letart Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Yauger Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Greenlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Promise Land Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kimberling Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wolfe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harpold Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Webster Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Casto Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Plants Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Easter Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beckwith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Eddy Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Beech Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Douglas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kimberling Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Moss Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fairplain Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Longdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pantell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Casto Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lutton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Manilla Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Walker Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Casto - Crane Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Southall Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McKay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Yonker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Peter Fry Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Greer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brighton Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Providence ...

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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Providence.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Providence, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Providence.

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 in 1895, Providence had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Huntsville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Huntsville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Providence
 - Huntsville had a post office and no railroad service
Baden   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Providence
 - Baden had a post office and no railroad service
Gunville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Providence
 - Gunville had a post office and no railroad service
Angerona   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Angerona had a post office and railroad service
Evans   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Providence
 - Evans had a post office and railroad service
Cottageville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 201 people
 - Cottageville had a post office and railroad service
Millwood   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Millwood had a post office and no railroad service
Apple Grove (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Apple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
School House - Historic   [Map]
 - While School House was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - School House had a post office and railroad service
Ripley Landing   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Ripley Landing had railroad service and no post office
Rollins   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Providence
 - Rollins had a post office and no railroad service
Parchment Valley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Parchment Valley 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 Providence. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Providence 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 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 Providence:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cabell County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



Lincoln County:     Cyndi's



Mason County:     Cyndi's



Putnam County:     Cyndi's



Roane County:     Cyndi's



Wirt County:     Cyndi's



Wood County:     Cyndi's



Athens County (OH):     Cyndi's



Gallia County (OH):     Cyndi's



Jackson County (OH):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (OH):     Cyndi's



Meigs County (OH):     Cyndi's



Vinton County (OH):     Cyndi's



Washington County (OH):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Providence ...

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

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 Providence:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Jackson County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Providence) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Providence. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8084, Longitude: -81.8415     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Providence 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 Providence, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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