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Our Genealogical Helper for Ripley ...

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 Ripley (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 Ripley. 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 Ripley ...

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 5 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ripley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ripley, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ripley.

Cemeteries Near Ripley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ripley.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Ripley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McGraw Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kings Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Easter Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pantell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Casto Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chase Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Casto Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Webster Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fairplain Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Board Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Boyce Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Otterbein Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Staats Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Casto - Crane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Southall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Waybright Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cottageville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Given Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harpold Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beckwith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Board Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lathem Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bicknell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Independence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Big Spruce Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wolfe Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Siniaville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Litton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Camelite Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Blaine Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Creston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Barnette Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harpold Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Litton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Board Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Meadowdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Curry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hurd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rankin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Douglass Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Jackson County Memory Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Ankrum Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cossin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Baden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Taber Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McDade Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moss Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Grass Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Casto Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Woodfell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Smith Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ravenswood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shamblen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sheets Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Buck Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Garder Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McKay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Staats Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Slaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Baden 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 Ripley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ripley.

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

Parchment Valley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Parchment Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Mentor - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mentor was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ripley
 - Mentor had a post office and no railroad service
Evans   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Ripley
 - Evans had a post office and railroad service
Fairplain   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Fairplain had a post office and no railroad service
Hereford   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Hereford had a post office and no railroad service
Angerona   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Angerona had a post office and railroad service
Given   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Given had a post office and no railroad service
Sandyville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ripley
 - Sandyville had a post office and no railroad service
Cottageville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 201 people
 - Cottageville had a post office and railroad service
Statts Mills   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Statts Mills 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 Ripley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ripley 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Ripley is located in Jackson County and is the County Seat.

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

Jackson     (The home county for Ripley)
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Milton   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Orma   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Albans   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sod   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Baden   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Leon   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mason   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Upland   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Poca   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Slate   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Washington   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Athens (OH)
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Carsey Town (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Albany (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Carlton (OH)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cheshire (OH)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vinton (OH)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Centerville (OH)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Middleport (OH)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rutland (OH)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
Vinton (OH)
      Wilkesville (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Washington (OH)
      Redbush (OH)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Ripley:

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:

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    
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    
Vinton 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
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

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 Ripley. 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 starting in Ripley. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ripley) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ripley. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ripley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ripley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8199, Longitude: -81.7086     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ripley 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 Ripley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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