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Our Genealogical Helper for Rockton ...

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 Rockton (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 Rockton. 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 Rockton ...

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 18 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rockton.

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

Cemeteries Near Rockton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rockton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Keener Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Stumble Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  N James Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dickey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Middle Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Lyons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Strange Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Goad Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Houston - Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Eagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Duffield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Canfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bealls Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Starkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boone Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pt. Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Otter Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mollohan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW McCracken Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Elmira Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hallburg Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Butcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bourn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cutlip Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sears Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Tinnel / Mollohan Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hoover Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Boggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morton Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Camden Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Engel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Earl Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Goodrich Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moss Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Matheny Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mollohan / Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Murphy 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.<2>

While we didn't find Rockton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rockton.

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

Frametown   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Rockton
 - 1895 population of 99 people
 - Frametown had a post office and no railroad service
Twistville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Twistville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rockton
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Twistville had a post office and no railroad service
Strange Creek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rockton
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Strange Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Herold   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rockton
 - Herold had a post office and no railroad service
Canfield   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rockton
 - Canfield had a post office and no railroad service
Ira   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rockton
 - Ira had a post office and no railroad service
Little Otter   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rockton
 - 1895 population of 127 people
 - Little Otter had a post office and no railroad service
Sleith - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sleith was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Rockton
 - Sleith had a post office and no railroad service
Home   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rockton
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Home 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 Rockton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rockton 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 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.

Rockton is located in Braxton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Braxton County: Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Lewis, Nicholas & Webster.

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

Braxton     (The home county for Rockton)
      Clem   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Orma   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Handley   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Addison   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although 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 Rockton:

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 Braxton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha 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      
Randolph 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    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Braxton County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Rockton. 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 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Rockton. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rockton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6195, Longitude: -80.8562     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rockton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Rockton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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