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Sandy, West Virginia
(Taylor County)

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Our Genealogy Helper for Sandy ...

So far, we have found very little information about Sandy. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Sandy to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Sandy, please Contact Us.

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 Sandy (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 Sandy. 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.

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 and doctors 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Sandy is historic, it would have been located within present day Taylor County.

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

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

Taylor     (The home county for Sandy)
  Knottsville   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]<2>
  Grafton   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Fetterman   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Flemington   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Adaland   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Berryburg   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Philippi   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Wellington Heights   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Union   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Valley Bend   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Audra   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Belington   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Junior   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bayard   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bridgeport   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Anmoore   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Despard   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Stonewood   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Shinnston   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Nutter Fort   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Adamston   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Gore   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lost Creek   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lumberport   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Jane Lew   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Garton Village   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Valley Chapel   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Smith Village   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Weston   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cox Town   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Camden   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Pleasant Valley   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Whitehall   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Fairmont   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Garden Village   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Monongah   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Barrackville   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rivesville   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Helens Run   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Smithtown   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Arnettsville   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Brookhaven   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Morgantown   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Westover   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Granville   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Osage   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Star City   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Baker Ridge   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cassville   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Canyon   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cheat Lake   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Newburg   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Threefork Bridge   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Tunnelton   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Rowlesburg   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Arthurdale   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Heathers Run   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Reedsville   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Kingwood   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Masontown   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Albright   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Terra Alta   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Tigheville   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Leadsville   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Elkins   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Womelsdorf   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Beverly   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Harman   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mill Creek   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Huttonsville   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Parsons   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hambleton   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hendricks   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Thomas   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Davis   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Canaan Valley   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gormley   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Buckhannon   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Hoover Town   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Frenchton   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wilsontown   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Smithfield   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bane   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hundred   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Uniontown   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Garrett (MD)
  Red House (MD)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Oakland (MD)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Deer Park (MD)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  McHenry (MD)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Friendsville (MD)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fayette (PA)
  Point Marion (PA)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fairchance (PA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Masontown (PA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Greene (PA)
  Greensboro (PA)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Sandy ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sandy.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Knottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NNW Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Bluemont Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Grafton National Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Taylor Drain Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Grafton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Current Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Cassell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Woodsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW West Virginia National Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Olive Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boyce Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Astor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Quaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McConkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Moran Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Amnon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Silent Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Blackwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bailey Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Sandy ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sandy.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sandy, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sandy.

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.

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

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

Cecil   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Sandy
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Cecil had a post office and no railroad service
Clemtown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sandy
 - Clemtown had a post office and no railroad service
Knottsville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Sandy
 - 1895 population of 164 people
 - Knottsville had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pleasant Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sandy
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Pleasant Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Arden   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sandy
 - Arden had a post office and no railroad service
Webster   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sandy
 - 1895 population of 225 people
 - Webster had a post office and railroad service
Kasson   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sandy
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Kasson had a post office and railroad service
Grafton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sandy
 - 1895 population of 3,159 people (with 5,077 people in 2017)
 - Grafton had a post office and railroad service
Thornton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Sandy
 - 1895 population of 115 people
 - Thornton had a post office and railroad service
West Grafton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sandy
 - 1895 population of 810 people
 - West Grafton had a post office and no railroad service
Nestorville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sandy
 - 1895 population of 125 people
 - Nestorville 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 Sandy. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sandy 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 professional and volunteer 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 Sandy:

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 Taylor 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



Lewis County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Monongalia County:     Cyndi's



Preston County:     Cyndi's



Randolph County:     Cyndi's



Tucker County:     Cyndi's



Upshur County:     Cyndi's



Wetzel County:     Cyndi's



Garrett County (MD):     Cyndi's



Fayette County (PA):     Cyndi's



Greene County (PA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Taylor County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Sandy, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>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- Sandy) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sandy. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2698, Longitude: -79.9620     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sandy have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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