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Our Genealogical Helper for Stanley ...

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 Stanley (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 Stanley. 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 Stanley ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Stanley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Stanley, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Stanley.

Cemeteries Near Stanley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Stanley.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Buck Run Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Broadwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Duckworth Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Piggott Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Arnold Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burnthouse Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Ruley Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Crystal Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wilbur Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE South Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Ellenboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Riddles Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pullman Churchyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  S White Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Maple Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Archbold Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beechwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pierpont Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE South Branch East Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blandville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shawnee 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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Stanley had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Toll Gate   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Stanley
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Toll Gate had a post office and railroad service
 
Greenwood   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Stanley
 - 1895 population of 148 people
 - Greenwood had a post office and railroad service
 
Duckworth   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Stanley
 - Duckworth had railroad service and no post office
 
Central Station   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Stanley
 - 1895 population of 275 people
 - Central Station had a post office and railroad service
 
Deep Valley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Stanley
 - Deep Valley had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pennsboro   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Stanley
 - 1895 population of 570 people (with 1,067 people in 2016)
 - Pennsboro had a post office and railroad service
 
Wilbur   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Stanley
 - Wilbur had a post office and no railroad service
 
West Union   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Stanley
 - 1895 population of 312 people (with 820 people in 2016)
 - West Union 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 Stanley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Stanley 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 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.

Stanley is located in Ritchie County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Ritchie County: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Pleasants, Tyler, Wirt & Wood.

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

  DirectionDistance
Ritchie     (The home county for Stanley)
      Pennsboro   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Braxton
      Burnsville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Calhoun
      Grantsville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orma   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Doddridge
      West Union   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
 
Gilmer
      Glenville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Harrison
      Salem   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gore   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Despard   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Lewis
      Camden   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Marion
      Mannington   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Marshall
      Kent   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Pleasants
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Roane
      Reedy   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Taylor
      Flemington   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Tyler
      Middlebourne   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Wetzel
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Barker   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Wirt
      Freeport   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wood
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Williamstown   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Slate   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Belmont (OH)
      Powhatan Point (OH)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Monroe (OH)
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Plainview (OH)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Graysville (OH)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clarington (OH)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Woodsfield (OH)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stafford (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lewisville (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beallsville (OH)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Miltonsburg (OH)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jerusalem (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wilson (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Noble (OH)
      Dexter City (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Washington (OH)
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Marietta (OH)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Devola (OH)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lowell (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Macksburg (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 Stanley:

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 Ritchie County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Belmont County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noble County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Ritchie 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 Ritchie 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 ...
      Ohio
      Pennsylvania

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Stanley ...

While our initial data for Stanley came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Stanley 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 Stanley.

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 Stanley:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Stanley.
      See our Misc Page for Stanley for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...



Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Ritchie County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Stanley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3087, Longitude: -80.8921     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Stanley 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Stanley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Stanley.