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Our Genealogical Helper for Santown ...

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 Santown (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 Santown. 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 Santown ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Santown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Santown, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Santown.

Cemeteries Near Santown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Santown.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Eddy Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Brighton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Yauger Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Henderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beech Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW McCulloch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Greenlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hoschar Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Leon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Baden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ball Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Infirmary Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Van Sickle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Baden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Letart Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rickard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Austin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Lone Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wyoma Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Blain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Letart Falls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Peter Fry Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Upper Flats - White Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lone Oak Cemetery 1   [Map]     
  WNW Lone Oak Cemetery 2   [Map]     
  W Smith Graveyard   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Zuspan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mountain Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hambrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Greenlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Arbuckle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Taber Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Creston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cossin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Plants Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Yonker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hoffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Maddy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Douglas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kimberling Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McDade Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kirkland Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Ankrum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Longdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Broad Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roush Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rothgeb Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Zirkle Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bruce Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Siloam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Promise Land Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kimberling Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Big Spruce Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Blaine Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jackson County Memory Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Douglass Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Roush Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW McCarty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fulton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Street 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>

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

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

Flatrock   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Santown
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Flatrock had a post office and no railroad service
Ambrosia   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Santown
 - Ambrosia had a post office and no railroad service
Brighton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Santown
 - Brighton had a post office and railroad service
Couch   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Santown
 - Couch had a post office and no railroad service
Beech Hill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Santown
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Beech Hill had a post office and railroad service
Rollins   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Santown
 - Rollins had a post office and no railroad service
Leon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Santown
 - 1895 population of 242 people (with 150 people in 2017)
 - Leon had a post office and railroad service
Fivemile   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Santown
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Fivemile 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 Santown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Santown 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.

Santown is located in Mason County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mason County: Gallia (OH), Meigs (OH), Cabell, Jackson & Putnam.

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

Mason     (The home county for Santown)
      Leon   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Baden   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mason   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Upland   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Milton   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saint Albans   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tornado   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sod   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Poca   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Washington   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Slate   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Athens (OH)
      Albany (OH)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Carsey Town (OH)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Athens (OH)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      The Plains (OH)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mudsock (OH) - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Amesville (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Armadale (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Chauncey (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Liars Corner (OH) - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Nebo (OH) - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Carlton (OH)   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cheshire (OH)   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Vinton (OH)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ewington (OH)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alice (OH)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Centerville (OH)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
Jackson (OH)
      Pattonsville (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Hill (OH)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blackfork Junction (OH)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wellston (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coalton (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jackson (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Andis (OH)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vernon (OH)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burlington (OH)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Coal Grove (OH)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Middleport (OH)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rutland (OH)   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
Scioto (OH)
      South Webster (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Vinton (OH)
      Wilkesville (OH)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dundas (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hamden (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moonville (OH) - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Zaleski (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hope (OH) - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McArthur (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Washington (OH)
      Redbush (OH)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 - 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 Santown:

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 Mason County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cabell 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    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Athens County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Scioto County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Vinton County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Mason County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Santown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8206, Longitude: -82.0118     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Santown 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 Santown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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