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Tanner, West Virginia

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The location of Tanner

Our Genealogy Helper for Tanner ...

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 Tanner (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 Tanner. 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.

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.

Tanner is located in Gilmer County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Gilmer County: Braxton, Calhoun, Doddridge, Lewis & Ritchie.

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

Gilmer     (The home county for Tanner)
  Glenville   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Truebada   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Sand Fork   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Burnsville   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Exchange   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Heaters   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Gassaway   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Clem   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Sutton   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Grantsville   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Arnoldsburg   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Orma   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Mudfork   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Harrison   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Valley Fork   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Clay   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  West Union   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Smithburg   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Salem   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  West Milford   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lost Creek   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  O'Neill   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Adamston   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Nutter Fort   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Anmoore   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Gore   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Stonewood   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Despard   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Odaville   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Clendenin   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Camden   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cox Town   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Valley Chapel   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Smith Village   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Weston   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Garton Village   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Jane Lew   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Saint Marys   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Belmont   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Pullman   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cantwell   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Harrisville   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cairo   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ellenboro   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Pennsboro   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Spencer   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Reedy   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Flint Town   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Middlebourne   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Friendly   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Atwood   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sistersville   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Frenchton   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wilsontown   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hoover Town   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Buckhannon   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Goshen   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Erbacon   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hacker Valley   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bane   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Burning Springs   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Freeport   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Elizabeth   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Greencastle   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Peewee   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Slate   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Kanawha   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mineral Acres   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mineral Wells   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Parkers Towne   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  North Hills   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Parkersburg   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Vienna   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Williamstown   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lubeck   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (OH)
  Sandhill (OH)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Grandview (OH)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Matamoras (OH)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Belpre (OH)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Marietta (OH)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Tanner ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Tanner.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Riddle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holbert Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Woodford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Meadow Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Frederick Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Keyster Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stalnaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Whitting Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Buzzard Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Alice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Horn Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hardman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Saunders Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Broomstick Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Snakeroot Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Betheny Churchyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Frederick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fox Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fluharty Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cloverleaf Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Betts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Zeke Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sylvester Stump Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Elihu - Stump Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mollahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Otterbein Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Auburn Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Waggoner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Orton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moss Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Messenger Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Troy - IOOF Cemetery<3>   [Map]     
  N Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Tanner ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Tanner.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Tanner, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Tanner.

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 Tanner had a population of 132 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

De Kalb   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Tanner
 - 1895 population of 102 people
 - De Kalb had a post office and no railroad service
White Pine   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Tanner
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - White Pine had a post office and no railroad service
Burnt House   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Tanner
 - Burnt House had a post office and no railroad service
Nobe   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Tanner
 - Nobe had a post office and no railroad service
Newberne   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Tanner
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Newberne had a post office and no railroad service
Glenville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Tanner
 - 1895 population of 329 people (with 1,473 people in 2017)
 - Glenville had a post office and no railroad service
Lawford   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Tanner
 - Lawford had a post office and no railroad service
Big Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Tanner
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Big Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Henrietta   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Tanner
 - Henrietta 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 Tanner. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Tanner in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - you should note 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 Tanner:

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 Gilmer County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Roane 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    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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 Tanner ...

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

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 Tanner:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Gilmer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Tanner. 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Tanner) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tanner. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9815, Longitude: -80.9496     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tanner 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>UMC is an abbreviation for the United Methodist Church

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

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