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Our Genealogical Helper for Spring Gap ...

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

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

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 66 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spring Gap.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spring Gap, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spring Gap.

Cemeteries Near Spring Gap ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spring Gap.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Ginnevan Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE Woodrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNE Camp Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Veterans of Foreign Wars Burial Park   [Map]     
  NNW Oldtown Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oldtown United Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bevans Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNE Horn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fifty-Four 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.

Spring Gap itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

Higginsville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Spring Gap
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Higginsville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Slanesville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Spring Gap
 - 1895 population of 31 people
 - Slanesville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Levels   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Spring Gap
 - Levels had a post office and no railroad service
 
Three Churches   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spring Gap
 - Three Churches had a post office and no railroad service
 
North River Mills   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spring Gap
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - North River Mills had a post office and no railroad service
 
Little Cacapon   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Spring Gap
 - Little Cacapon had railroad service and no post office
 
Okonoko   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Spring Gap
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Okonoko had a post office and railroad service
 
Barnes Mill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spring Gap
 - Barnes Mill 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 Spring Gap. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spring Gap 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 northwest 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 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.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hampshire County: Allegany (MD), Frederick (VA), Hardy, Mineral & Morgan.

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

  DirectionDistance
Hampshire     (The home county for Spring Gap)
      Slanesville   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Three Churches   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ritters   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Romney   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
 
Berkeley
      Arden   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bunker Hill   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Inwood   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hedgesville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Martinsburg   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Baker Heights   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bedington   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Falling Waters   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scrabble   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Grant
      Arthur   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Hardy
      Wardensville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Baker   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lost City   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Jefferson
      Bardane   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jefferson Village   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Charles Town   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ranson   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kabletown   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Shepherdstown   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bloomery   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Mineral
      Fort Ashby   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wiley Ford   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Carpendale   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ridgeley   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Morgan
      Paw Paw   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bath   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Allegany (MD)
      Keifers (MD)   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Oldtown (MD)   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Spring Gap (MD)   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Little Orleans (MD)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Flintstone (MD)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cumberland (MD)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pinto (MD)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Shanty Town (MD) - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rawlings (MD)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      La Vale (MD)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Corriganville (MD)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Loarville (MD)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
 
Garrett (MD)
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grantsville (MD)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Washington (MD)
      Hancock (MD)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Big Pool (MD)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clear Spring (MD)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Williamsport (MD)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wilson-Conococheague (MD)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Bedford (PA)
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Purcell (PA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hyndman (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rainsburg (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bedford (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Everett (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Manns Choice (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ott Town (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Fulton (PA)
      Websters Mill (PA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Somerset (PA)
      Wellersburg (PA)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairhope (PA)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Callimont (PA)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Johnsburg (PA)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glade City (PA)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hays Mill (PA)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Meyersdale (PA)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Salisbury (PA)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Baltimore (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Berlin (PA)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Clarke (VA)
      Boyce (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waterloo (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Berryville (VA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      White Post (VA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gaylord (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Berrys (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Frogtown (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Frederick (VA)
      Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      White Hall (VA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Welltown (VA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Echo Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stephens City (VA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Middletown (VA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Shenandoah (VA)
      Strasburg (VA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Toms Brook (VA)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodstock (VA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Columbia Furnace (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Warren (VA)
      Reliance (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Riverton (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Royal Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Front Royal (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Viscose City (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Winchester City (VA)
      Winchester (VA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]

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

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 it should be mentioned 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 Spring Gap:

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 Hampshire County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Berkeley County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allegany County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bedford County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fulton County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Somerset County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Frederick County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shenandoah County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Warren County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Winchester City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Hampshire County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Hampshire 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 ...
      Maryland
      Pennsylvania
      Virginia

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Spring Gap ...

While our initial data for Spring Gap came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Spring Gap in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Spring Gap.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Spring Gap:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Spring Gap.
      See our Misc Page for Spring Gap for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...



Search for a West Virginia Community

About Hampshire County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



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 Spring Gap, 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 starting in Spring Gap. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Spring Gap) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spring Gap. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4243, Longitude: -78.5303     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spring Gap have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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