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Spring Mills, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Spring Mills ...

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 Mills (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 Spring Mills. 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 Spring Mills ...

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 Spring Mills.

  • Typical abbreviation for Spring Mills: Spring Mls. (or less commonly used: Spring Mlls.)

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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Spring Mills is located in Berkeley County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Berkeley County: Washington (MD), Frederick (VA), Jefferson & Morgan.

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

Berkeley     (The home county for Spring Mills)
  Hedgesville   [Map]     W   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Falling Waters   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Bedington   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Martinsburg   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Scrabble   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Baker Heights   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Arden   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Inwood   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bunker Hill   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Capon Bridge   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Slanesville   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Three Churches   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Augusta   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Shepherdstown   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Bardane   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Jefferson Village   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ranson   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Charles Town   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bolivar   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Harpers Ferry   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lower Town   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bloomery   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Kabletown   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bath   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Berryville   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Paw Paw   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
Allegany (MD)
  Little Orleans (MD)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Keifers (MD)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Flintstone (MD)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Oldtown (MD)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Spring Gap (MD)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (MD)
  Keymar (MD)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Frederick (MD)
  Myersville (MD)   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Burkittsville (MD)   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Knoxville (MD)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Middletown (MD)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Rosemont (MD)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Brunswick (MD)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Braddock Heights (MD)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Boss Arnold Village (MD)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Jefferson (MD)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Woodlawn Village (MD)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Clover Hill (MD)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Sabillasville (MD)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
Montgomery (MD)
  Dickerson (MD)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Barnesville (MD)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Beallsville (MD)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Poolesville (MD)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (MD)
  Big Pool (MD)   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Clear Spring (MD)   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Williamsport (MD)   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Wilson-Conococheague (MD)   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Saint James (MD)   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Fairplay (MD)   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Saint James Village (MD)   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Halfway (MD)   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Breathedsville (MD)   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Sharpsburg (MD)   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Funkstown (MD)   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Hagerstown (MD)   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Adams (PA)
  Carroll Valley (PA)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fairfield (PA)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Orrtanna (PA)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cashtown (PA)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cashtown-McKnightstown (PA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Seven Stars (PA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bedford (PA)
  Purcell (PA)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Breezewood (PA)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Everett (PA)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rainsburg (PA)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hopewell (PA)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Coaldale (PA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mount Dallas (PA)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ott Town (PA)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bedford (PA)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (PA)
  Mercersburg (PA)   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Greencastle (PA)   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Waynecastle (PA)   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fort Loudon (PA)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cashtown (PA)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Marion (PA)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wayne Heights (PA)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Waynesboro (PA)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rouzerville (PA)   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Saint Thomas (PA)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Pen Mar (PA)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Beartown (PA)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Fulton (PA)
  Websters Mill (PA)   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  McConnellsburg (PA)   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Harrisonville (PA)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fort Littleton (PA)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Valley-Hi (PA)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Clarke (VA)
  Gaylord (VA)   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Berryville (VA)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Boyce (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Waterloo (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Frogtown (VA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Berrys (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  White Post (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Frederick (VA)
  White Hall (VA)   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Welltown (VA)   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Echo Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Stephens City (VA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Middletown (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Loudoun (VA)
  Lovettsville (VA)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bolington (VA)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hillsboro (VA)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Round Hill (VA)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lucketts (VA)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Purcellville (VA)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hamilton (VA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  White Pump (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Leesburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Winchester City (VA)
  Winchester (VA)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Spring Mills ...

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

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Falling Waters Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Little Georgetown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Allensville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hedgesville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Old Falling Waters Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Butler Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Light Cemetery #1   [Map]     
  ENE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Carmel Graveyard   [Map]     
  WNW Johnsontown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Green Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Tomahawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pittman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Providence Quaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hebrew Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rosedale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sprinkle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Little Metropolitan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Tuscarora Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old German Lutheran Reformed Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Norborne Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Norbourne Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Stone Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smoketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE River View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE St. Augustines Graveyard   [Map]     
  NE Pinesburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Snyders Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hedges Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Riner Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jones Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Wesley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Park Head Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Douglas Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Vancleveville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Mountain Side Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pitzers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Arden United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Pleasant View Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cushwa Cemetery   [Map]   [MIHP<3>]  

Newspapers Published in Spring Mills ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spring Mills.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spring Mills, 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 Spring Mills.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Spring Mills had a population of 26 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Little Georgetown   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Spring Mills
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Little Georgetown had a post office and no railroad service
North Mountain   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spring Mills
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - North Mountain had a post office and railroad service
Hedgesville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Spring Mills
 - 1895 population of 448 people (with 314 people in 2017)
 - Hedgesville had a post office and no railroad service
Bedington   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spring Mills
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Bedington had a post office and railroad service
Falling Waters   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Spring Mills
 - 1895 population of 80 people
 - Falling Waters had a post office and railroad service
Four Locks (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Spring Mills
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Four Locks had a post office and no railroad service
Green Spring Furnace (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Spring Mills
 - 1895 population of 120 people
 - Green Spring Furnace had a post office and no railroad service
Berkeley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spring Mills
 - Berkeley had railroad service and no post office
Marlowe   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Spring Mills
 - Marlowe 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 Mills. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spring Mills in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Spring Mills:

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 Berkeley County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Hampshire County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Allegany County (MD):     Cyndi's



Carroll County (MD):     Cyndi's



Frederick County (MD):     Cyndi's



Montgomery County (MD):     Cyndi's



Washington County (MD):     Cyndi's



Adams County (PA):     Cyndi's



Bedford County (PA):     Cyndi's



Franklin County (PA):     Cyndi's



Fulton County (PA):     Cyndi's



Clarke County (VA):     Cyndi's



Frederick County (VA):     Cyndi's



Loudoun County (VA):     Cyndi's



Winchester City (VA):     Cyndi's



Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Spring Mills ...

While our initial data about Spring Mills came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Spring Mills 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 Mills.

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 Mills:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Spring Mills. See our Misc Page for Spring Mills for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Berkeley County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Berkeley County:

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- Spring Mills) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spring Mills. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5584, Longitude: -77.9539     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spring Mills 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>The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) has created and maintains a database of historic properties that is called MIHP (for the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties). More information about the MHT and MIHP 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 Spring Mills, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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