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South Grafton, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for South Grafton ...

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 South Grafton (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 South Grafton. 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 South Grafton ...

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 South Grafton.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Grafton: S. Grafton

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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

South Grafton is located in 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 South Grafton. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to South Grafton:

Taylor     (The home county for South Grafton)
  Grafton   [Map]     NE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Fetterman   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles
  Knottsville   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Flemington   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Adaland   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Berryburg   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Philippi   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Wellington Heights   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Union   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Valley Bend   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Audra   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Belington   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Junior   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Smithburg   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  West Union   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bayard   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bridgeport   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Anmoore   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Despard   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Shinnston   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Stonewood   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Gore   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lumberport   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Nutter Fort   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Adamston   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Lost Creek   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  O'Neill   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Jane Lew   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Valley Chapel   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Garton Village   [Map]     SW   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]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Pleasant Valley   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Whitehall   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Fairmont   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Garden Village   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Barrackville   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Monongah   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rivesville   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Helens Run   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Grant Town   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Smithtown   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Arnettsville   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Brookhaven   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Westover   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Granville   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Morgantown   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cassville   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Osage   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Star City   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Baker Ridge   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Canyon   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cheat Lake   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Blacksville   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Newburg   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Threefork Bridge   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Tunnelton   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Arthurdale   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Reedsville   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Rowlesburg   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Masontown   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Heathers Run   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Kingwood   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Albright   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Terra Alta   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Brandonville   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Tigheville   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Leadsville   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Elkins   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Womelsdorf   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Beverly   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Harman   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Parsons   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hambleton   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hendricks   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Thomas   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Davis   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Canaan Valley   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Atwood   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Gormley   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Buckhannon   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hoover Town   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Frenchton   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wilsontown   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Smithfield   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bane   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hundred   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Uniontown   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Littleton   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Barker   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pine Grove   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Garrett (MD)
  Red House (MD)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Oakland (MD)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Deer Park (MD)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  McHenry (MD)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Friendsville (MD)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Fayette (PA)
  Fairchance (PA)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Point Marion (PA)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Masontown (PA)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Highhouse (PA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Puritan (PA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hopwood (PA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Greene (PA)
  Greensboro (PA)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fairdale (PA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Morrisville (PA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Stringtown (PA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near South Grafton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of South Grafton.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Grafton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bluemont Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grafton National Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Woodsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  W West Virginia National Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Knottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Current Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Amnon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Boyce Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McConkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moran Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Old Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Bailey Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bunners Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Janes Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hayhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Astor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Taylor Drain Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Middleville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hope Halleck United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Linns Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Claremont Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in South Grafton ...

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 56 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Grafton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of South Grafton, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for South Grafton.

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

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

Fetterman   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from South Grafton
 - 1895 population of 557 people
 - Fetterman had a post office and railroad service
Webster   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from South Grafton
 - 1895 population of 225 people
 - Webster had a post office and railroad service
Knottsville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from South Grafton
 - 1895 population of 164 people
 - Knottsville had a post office and no railroad service
Brittain - Historic   [Map]
 - While Brittain was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from South Grafton
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Brittain had a post office and no railroad service
Pruntytown   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from South Grafton
 - 1895 population of 275 people
 - Pruntytown had a post office and no railroad service
Cecil   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from South Grafton
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Cecil had a post office and no railroad service
Thornton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from South Grafton
 - 1895 population of 115 people
 - Thornton had a post office and railroad service
Valley Falls   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from South Grafton
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Valley Falls 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 South Grafton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Grafton in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites of Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 South Grafton:

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 List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tucker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for 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 ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Taylor County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for South Grafton. 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- South Grafton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Grafton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3370, Longitude: -80.0204     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Grafton 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 South Grafton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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