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Our Genealogical Helper for Rock Cave ...

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 Rock Cave (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 Rock Cave. 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 Rock Cave ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rock Cave.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rock Cave, 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 Rock Cave.

Cemeteries Near Rock Cave ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rock Cave.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Rock Cave Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Chestnut Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Beechtown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Slab Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rexroad Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morrison Hull Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Post Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Pickens Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Marple Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Gregory Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Dale Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Long Point Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Life Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brooks Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hampton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tenmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Knawl Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Upshur County Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chop Fork 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 in 1895, Rock Cave had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Frenchton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rock Cave
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Frenchton had a post office and no railroad service
Arlington   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Rock Cave
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Arlington had a post office and no railroad service
Boyd - Historic   [Map]
 - While Boyd was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Rock Cave
 - Boyd had a post office and no railroad service
Holly Grove   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rock Cave
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Holly Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Kanawha Head   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Rock Cave
 - Kanawha Head had a post office and no railroad service
Gaines   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rock Cave
 - Gaines had a post office and no railroad service
Evergreen   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rock Cave
 - Evergreen had a post office and no railroad service
French Creek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rock Cave
 - 1895 population of 302 people
 - French Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Crawford   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rock Cave
 - Crawford 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 Rock Cave. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rock Cave 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Rock Cave is located in Upshur County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Upshur County: Barbour, Harrison, Lewis, Randolph & Webster.

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

Upshur     (The home county for Rock Cave)
      Wilsontown   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Frenchton   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Audra   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Junior   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Union   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Belington   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Union   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Despard   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gore   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Salem   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Weston   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Durbin   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Frank   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Thornwood   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cass   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Green Bank   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mingo   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 Rock Cave:

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 Upshur County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton 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    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer 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    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pocahontas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie 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    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Rock Cave ...

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

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 Rock Cave:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Rock Cave.
      See our Misc Page for Rock Cave for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a West Virginia Community

About Upshur County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Rock Cave. 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' distance that begins in Rock Cave. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Rock Cave) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock Cave. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8368, Longitude: -80.3426     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rock Cave 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 Rock Cave, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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