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Our Genealogical Helper for Rippon ...

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 Rippon (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 Rippon. 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 Rippon ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rippon.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rippon, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rippon.

Cemeteries Near Rippon ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rippon.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Franklintown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Kabletown Churchyard Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Jamestown Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Edge Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Washington Burial Ground   [Map]     
  W Stones Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Crums Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Berryville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Grace Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Milton Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WNW Prospect Hall - Edwards - Hunsicker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chestnut Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Johnsontown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brucetown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jabbers Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Old Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ketoctin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Silver Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Paynes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Redbud Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Redbud Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Little Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hillsboro Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Hillsboro United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Elk Branch 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Rippon had a population of 78 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Wheatland   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rippon
 - Wheatland had a post office and railroad service
Gaylord (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rippon
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Gaylord had a post office and railroad service
Kabletown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Rippon
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Kabletown had a post office and no railroad service
Summit Point   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Rippon
 - 1895 population of 176 people
 - Summit Point had a post office and railroad service
Charles Town   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rippon
 - 1895 population of 2,287 people (with 5,957 people in 2017)
 - Charles Town had a post office and railroad service
Aldridge   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Rippon
 - Aldridge had railroad service and no post office
Berryville (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rippon
 - 1895 population of 1,215 people (with 4,338 people in 2017)
 - Berryville had a post office and railroad service
Middleway   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Rippon
 - 1895 population of 372 people
 - Middleway 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 Rippon. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rippon 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 southwest 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 south.

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 south 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.

Rippon is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Washington (MD), Clarke (VA), Loudoun (VA) & Berkeley.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Rippon)
      Kabletown   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bloomery   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Charles Town   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Ranson   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Jefferson Village   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bardane   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bolivar   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Harpers Ferry   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lower Town   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Shepherdstown   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bunker Hill   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Inwood   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Baker Heights   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Arden   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Martinsburg   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Scrabble   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Bedington   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Falling Waters   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Hedgesville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wardensville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bath   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Paw Paw   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Keifers (MD)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Little Orleans (MD)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Carroll (MD)
      Ridgeville (MD)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Frederick (MD)
      Knoxville (MD)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brunswick (MD)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rosemont (MD)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Point-of-Rocks (MD)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Boss Arnold Village (MD)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burkittsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Potomac Village (MD)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Adamstown Village (MD)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jefferson (MD)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Adamstown (MD)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Manor Village (MD)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Tuscarora (MD)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
Montgomery (MD)
      Dickerson (MD)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beallsville (MD)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Poolesville (MD)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barnesville (MD)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Boyds (MD)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarksburg (MD)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Darnestown (MD)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Germantown (MD)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      North Potomac (MD)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Travilah (MD)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gaithersburg (MD)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Damascus (MD)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Washington (MD)
      Brownsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sharpsburg (MD)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Rohrersville (MD)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eakles Mills (MD)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Keedysville (MD)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fairplay (MD)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Boonsboro (MD)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Breathedsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saint James (MD)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Saint James Village (MD)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Williamsport (MD)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      San Mar (MD)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Franklin (PA)
      Greencastle (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Waynecastle (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pen Mar (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rouzerville (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wayne Heights (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clarke (VA)
      Gaylord (VA)   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Berryville (VA)   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Frogtown (VA)   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Boyce (VA)   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Berrys (VA)   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Waterloo (VA)   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      White Post (VA)   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
Culpeper (VA)
      Jeffersonton (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fairfax (VA)
      Herndon (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chantilly (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reston (VA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      London Towne (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Centreville (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Great Falls (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shouse Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wolf Trap (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lee-Hi Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oakton (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Random Hills (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Fauquier (VA)
      Zulla (VA)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Markham (VA)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Petersburg (VA)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Marshall (VA)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Belvoir (VA) - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      The Plains (VA)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Warrenton (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Frytown (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
Frederick (VA)
      Welltown (VA)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      White Hall (VA)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Echo Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Stephens City (VA)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Middletown (VA)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
Loudoun (VA)
      Hillsboro (VA)   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Round Hill (VA)   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Purcellville (VA)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      White Pump (VA)   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bolington (VA)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lovettsville (VA)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hamilton (VA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lucketts (VA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Middleburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Leesburg (VA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Belmont (VA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lansdowne (VA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
Manassas City (VA)
      Manassas (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Manassas Park City (VA)
      Manassas Park (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Prince William (VA)
      Waterfall Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Haymarket (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gainesville (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Broad Run Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bull Run (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crestwood Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Linton Hall (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sudley (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bataan Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Iron Gate (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Loch Lomond (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Gate (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Rappahannock (VA)
      Washington (VA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Amissville (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Shenandoah (VA)
      Strasburg (VA)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Toms Brook (VA)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodstock (VA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Warren (VA)
      Reliance (VA)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Riverton (VA)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Front Royal (VA)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Royal Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Viscose City (VA)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Overall (VA)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Winchester City (VA)
      Winchester (VA)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites 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 Rippon:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Berkeley County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hampshire County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allegany County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Frederick County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Washington County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Culpeper County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fairfax County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fauquier County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Frederick County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Loudoun County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Manassas City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Manassas Park City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Prince William County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rappahannock County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shenandoah County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Warren County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Winchester City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Jefferson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Jefferson 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
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Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Rippon ...

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

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 Rippon:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Rippon.
      See our Misc Page for Rippon for more information.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rippon. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2184, Longitude: -77.9053     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rippon 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 Rippon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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