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Our Genealogical Helper for Simons ...

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

We've added Simons to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Simons, 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 Simons (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 Simons. 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 Simons ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Simons.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Simons, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Simons.

Cemeteries Near Simons ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Simons.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Oreslip Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Quaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Pitman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Audra Bethel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  ENE Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Oakington Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McDermott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Redabaugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Booth Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Silent Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Taylor Drain Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Radcliffe Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gnatty Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Buckhannon Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rohrbough Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oldaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Astor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Barbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Olive Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Horeb Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Heavner Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Mt. Nebo Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Lovett Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Rockford Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Reger Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bailey Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Floral Hills Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Haymond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Norman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wolfe 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.

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

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

Elk City   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Simons
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Elk City had a post office and no railroad service
Overfield   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Simons
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Overfield had a post office and no railroad service
Pepper   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Simons
 - Pepper had a post office and no railroad service
Pecks Run   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Simons
 - 1895 population of 102 people
 - Pecks Run had a post office and no railroad service
Philippi   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Simons
 - 1895 population of 378 people (with 3,380 people in 2017)
 - Philippi had a post office and railroad service
Ruraldale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Simons
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Ruraldale had a post office and no railroad service
Swamp Run   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Simons
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Swamp Run had a post office and no railroad service
Romines Mills   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Simons
 - 1895 population of 164 people
 - Romines Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Johnstown   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Simons
 - 1895 population of 120 people
 - Johnstown had a post office and no railroad service
Calhoun   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Simons
 - 1895 population of 84 people
 - Calhoun 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 Simons. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Simons 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.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Barbour County: Harrison, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker & Upshur.

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

Barbour     (The home county for Simons)
      Elk City   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Union   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Belington   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Despard   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gore   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Weston   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Camden   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Westover   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Granville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Osage   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Star City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Albright   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harman   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Davis   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Simons:

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 Barbour County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer 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    
Marion 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    
Ritchie 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    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Barbour 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 Simons, 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 from Simons. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Simons) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Simons. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1209, Longitude: -80.1420     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Simons 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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