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Our Genealogical Helper for Samaria ...

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 Samaria (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 Samaria. 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 Samaria ...

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 44 newspapers that have been published in the area around Samaria.

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

Cemeteries Near Samaria ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Samaria.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hayhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Bunners Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Meadowdale Wesleyan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Amnon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairmont City Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Linns Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McConkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Prickett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Nixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Janes Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Boyce Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hope Halleck United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pitcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Snoderly Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Memorial Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Claremont Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Woodsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Grafton National Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Grafton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bluemont Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Current Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hawkinberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barrackville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S West Virginia National Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McBee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ministers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Arnettsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Barb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Robe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Freeland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cochran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Adamsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Knottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hoodsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gilboa Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Davis Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nay 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, Samaria had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Canton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Samaria
 - Canton had a post office and no railroad service
Forksburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Samaria
 - Forksburg had a post office and no railroad service
Neel - Historic   [Map]
 - While Neel was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Samaria
 - Neel had a post office and no railroad service
Colfax   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Samaria
 - Colfax had a post office and railroad service
Mount Harmony   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Samaria
 - Mount Harmony had a post office and no railroad service
Valley Falls   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Samaria
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Valley Falls had a post office and railroad service
Brittain - Historic   [Map]
 - While Brittain was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Samaria
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Brittain had a post office and no railroad service
Palatine   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Samaria
 - 1895 population of 860 people
 - Palatine had a post office and no railroad service
Gaston Junction   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Samaria
 - Gaston Junction had railroad service and no post office
Catawba   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Samaria
 - Catawba 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 Samaria. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Samaria 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 doctors and 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.

Samaria is located in Marion County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marion County: Harrison, Monongalia, Taylor & Wetzel.

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

Marion     (The home county for Samaria)
      Hebron   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Audra   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belington   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Junior   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Despard   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Gore   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Granville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Osage   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Star City   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Albright   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Davis   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bane   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barker   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Puritan (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Highhouse (PA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Isabella (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Salem (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hopwood (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Republic (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fairdale (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Morrisville (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jefferson (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rices Landing (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clarksville (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Swarts (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Washington (PA)
      Fredericktown-Millsboro (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beallsville (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Deemston (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Marianna (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Centerville (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 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 Samaria:

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 Marion County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge 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    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston 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    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wetzel County:       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    
Washington 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 Marion County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Marion 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 Samaria ...

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

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 Samaria:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Samaria.
      See our Misc Page for Samaria for more information.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Samaria. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4484, Longitude: -80.0576     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Samaria 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 Samaria, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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