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Our Genealogical Helper for Spelter ...

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 Spelter (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 Spelter. 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 Spelter ...

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 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spelter.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spelter, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spelter.

Cemeteries Near Spelter ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spelter.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Bartlett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Gore Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shinns Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Ash Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pine Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bridgeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Adamsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McIntyre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wamsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Plant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Milford Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wyatt Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fortney Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Center Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Stonewall Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Michael D Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rittenhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Borring Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Davison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Middleville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Marshville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Clare IOOF Cemetery<2>   [Map]     
  S Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bond Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Floral Hills Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Grim Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Janes Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Claremont Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Crim Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Swiger Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Adkinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wolfe Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Norman Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Haymond Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Elizabeth Mason Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cochran Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Parrish Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Stouts Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Horeb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bailey Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Linns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Davis Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McIntire Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grass Run 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.<4>

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

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

Glen Falls   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Spelter
 - Glen Falls had railroad service and no post office
Lumberport   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spelter
 - 1895 population of 107 people (with 848 people in 2017)
 - Lumberport had a post office and no railroad service
Shinnston   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Spelter
 - 1895 population of 403 people (with 2,129 people in 2017)
 - Shinnston had a post office and railroad service
Adamston   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spelter
 - 1895 population of 55 people
 - Adamston had a post office and no railroad service
Clarksburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spelter
 - 1895 population of 3,008 people (with 15,621 people in 2017)
 - Clarksburg had a post office and railroad service
Prospect Valley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Spelter
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Prospect Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Bridgeport   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spelter
 - 1895 population of 455 people (with 8,635 people in 2017)
 - Bridgeport had a post office and railroad service
Wilsonburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spelter
 - 1895 population of 156 people
 - Wilsonburg 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 Spelter. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spelter 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.

Spelter is located in Harrison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Harrison County: Barbour, Doddridge, Lewis, Marion, Taylor, Upshur & Wetzel.

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

Harrison     (The home county for Spelter)
      Lumberport   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Gore   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Despard   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belington   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Albright   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Barker   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Morrisville (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 Spelter:

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 Harrison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion 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    
Pleasants 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    
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    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene 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 Harrison County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Harrison 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 ...

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About Harrison County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Spelter. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Harrison County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spelter. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3451, Longitude: -80.3179     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spelter have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>UMC is an abbreviation for the United Methodist Church

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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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<4>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 Spelter, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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