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Our Genealogical Helper for Rowlesburg ...

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 Rowlesburg (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 Rowlesburg. 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 Rowlesburg ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rowlesburg.

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

Cemeteries Near Rowlesburg ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rowlesburg.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Riverview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Deakins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Knotts Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Nazareth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Red Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bolyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Belleview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cobun Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW West Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WNW Denver Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Beachy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Limestone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Howesville United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Blackwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Accident Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kingwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Maple Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Albright - St. Joe Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Dinkerberger Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fike / Wolfe Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nine Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ashby Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethel 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 Rowlesburg had a population of 560 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Rowlesburg had a population of 577 people.

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

Macomber   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rowlesburg
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Macomber had a post office and no railroad service
Amblersburg   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rowlesburg
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Amblersburg had a post office and railroad service
Tunnelton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Rowlesburg
 - 1895 population of 172 people (with 298 people in 2017)
 - Tunnelton had a post office and railroad service
Etam   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rowlesburg
 - Etam had a post office and no railroad service
West End   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rowlesburg
 - West End had railroad service and no post office
Aurora   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rowlesburg
 - 1895 population of 248 people
 - Aurora had a post office and no railroad service
Carmel   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Rowlesburg
 - 1895 population of 102 people
 - Carmel had a post office and no railroad service
Jessop   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Rowlesburg
 - Jessop had railroad service and no post office
Hannahsville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rowlesburg
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Hannahsville 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 Rowlesburg. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rowlesburg 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.

Rowlesburg is located in Preston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Preston County: Garrett (MD), Fayette (PA), Barbour, Grant, Monongalia, Taylor & Tucker.

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

Preston     (The home county for Rowlesburg)
      Tunnelton   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Albright   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Belington   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Despard   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gore   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Onego   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harman   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Davis   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Westernport (MD)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barton (MD)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nikep (MD)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grantsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Highhouse (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hopwood (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ohiopyle (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Puritan (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oliver (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Independence (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fairdale (PA)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Somerset (PA)
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ursina (PA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Confluence (PA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 Rowlesburg:

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 Preston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pendleton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph 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    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allegany County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Somerset County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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 Rowlesburg ...

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

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 Rowlesburg:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Rowlesburg in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Rowlesburg for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Rowlesburg.
      See our Misc Page for Rowlesburg for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a West Virginia Community

About Preston County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rowlesburg. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3482, Longitude: -79.6762     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rowlesburg 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 Rowlesburg, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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