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Our Genealogy Helper for Saint Joe ...

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 Saint Joe (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Saint Joe. 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.

Name Variations for Saint Joe ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Saint Joe.

  • Typical abbreviation for Saint Joe: St. Joe

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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

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

Preston     (The home county for Saint Joe)
  Albright   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Kingwood   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Heathers Run   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Terra Alta   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Masontown   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Rowlesburg   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Tunnelton   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Arthurdale   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Reedsville   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Bruceton Mills   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Brandonville   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Threefork Bridge   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Adaland   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Berryburg   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Philippi   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Wellington Heights   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Union   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Valley Bend   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Belington   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Audra   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Junior   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bayard   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Arthur   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bridgeport   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Shinnston   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Anmoore   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Despard   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Stonewood   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lumberport   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Nutter Fort   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Gore   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rivesville   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fairmont   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pleasant Valley   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Barrackville   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Garden Village   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Grant Town   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Whitehall   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Monongah   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Helens Run   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Elk Garden   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hartmansville   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sulphur City   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Piedmont   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  New Creek   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Keyser   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Brookhaven   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cheat Lake   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Canyon   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Morgantown   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Westover   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Baker Ridge   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Smithtown   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Granville   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Star City   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Osage   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Arnettsville   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cassville   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Blacksville   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Tigheville   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Harman   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Leadsville   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Elkins   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Knottsville   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Fetterman   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Flemington   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Pierce   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Thomas   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Davis   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Parsons   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hambleton   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hendricks   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Canaan Valley   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gladwin   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
Allegany (MD)
  Luke (MD)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Westernport (MD)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Barton (MD)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Nikep (MD)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Klondike (MD)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Midland (MD)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Midlothian (MD)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Woodland (MD)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Frostburg (MD)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Eckhart Mines (MD)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Loarville (MD)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Rawlings (MD)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Garrett (MD)
  Oakland (MD)   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  McHenry (MD)   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Red House (MD)   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Deer Park (MD)   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Friendsville (MD)   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Accident (MD)   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Swanton (MD)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bittinger (MD)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bloomington (MD)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Grantsville (MD)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Fayette (PA)
  Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Point Marion (PA)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Highhouse (PA)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hopwood (PA)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ohiopyle (PA)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Uniontown (PA)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fairchance (PA)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Masontown (PA)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Puritan (PA)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Mount Independence (PA)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Oliver (PA)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
Greene (PA)
  Greensboro (PA)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fairdale (PA)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Stringtown (PA)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rices Landing (PA)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Jefferson (PA)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Morrisville (PA)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Clarksville (PA)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Somerset (PA)
  Addison (PA)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Ursina (PA)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Confluence (PA)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Salisbury (PA)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Casselman (PA)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rockwood (PA)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Meyersdale (PA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  New Centerville (PA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Garrett (PA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Glade City (PA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (PA)
  West Brownsville (PA)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Fredericktown-Millsboro (PA)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Saint Joe ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Saint Joe.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Saint Joe covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Albright - St. Joe Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Kingwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Beech Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dinkerberger Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Lenox Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Howesville United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cobun Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Lake Ford United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Parnell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW West Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Belleview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Reedsville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Denver Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Riverview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Arthurdale Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Saint Joe ...

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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Saint Joe.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Saint Joe, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Saint Joe.

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 Saint Joe in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Saint Joe.

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

Kingwood   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Saint Joe
 - 1895 population of 625 people (with 2,929 people in 2017)
 - Kingwood had a post office and railroad service
Snider   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Saint Joe
 - Snider had railroad service and no post office
Dority   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Saint Joe
 - 1895 population of 34 people
 - Dority had a post office and no railroad service
Terra Alta   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Saint Joe
 - 1895 population of 443 people (with 1,501 people in 2017)
 - Terra Alta had a post office and railroad service
Lenox   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Saint Joe
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Lenox had a post office and no railroad service
Guseman - Historic   [Map]
 - While Guseman was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Saint Joe
 - Guseman had a post office and no railroad service
Valley Point   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Saint Joe
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Valley Point had a post office and no railroad service
Herring   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Saint Joe
 - Herring had a post office and no railroad service
Howesville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Saint Joe
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Howesville had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Saint Joe. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Saint Joe in the 1890's.

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 and Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 it should be mentioned 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 Saint Joe:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:     Cyndi's



Grant County:     Cyndi's



Harrison County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Mineral County:     Cyndi's



Monongalia County:     Cyndi's



Randolph County:     Cyndi's



Taylor County:     Cyndi's



Tucker County:     Cyndi's



Allegany County (MD):     Cyndi's



Garrett County (MD):     Cyndi's



Fayette County (PA):     Cyndi's



Greene County (PA):     Cyndi's



Somerset County (PA):     Cyndi's



Washington County (PA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Preston County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saint Joe. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4887, Longitude: -79.6323     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Saint Joe 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 Saint Joe, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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