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Our Genealogical Helper for Thomas ...

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 Thomas (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 Thomas. 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 the area of Thomas ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thomas.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Thomas. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Thomas and those printed in the larger area surrounding Thomas.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> of Thomas.

Cemeteries Near Thomas ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thomas.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Knotts Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Kight Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Cortland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hile Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Bonifield Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Collett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Fansler Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McNeely Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gnegy Cemetery   [Map]   [MIHP<2>]  
  WNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Accident Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Buena Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NNE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Maple Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Teter Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Flanagan Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Bethel 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Thomas had a population of 269 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Thomas had a population of 556 people.

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

William   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Thomas
 - William had railroad service and no post office
 
Davis   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Thomas
 - 1895 population of 918 people (with 644 people in 2017)
 - Davis had a post office and railroad service
 
Wilsonia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Thomas
 - Wilsonia had a post office and railroad service
 
Lead Mine   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Thomas
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Lead Mine had a post office and no railroad service
 
Cortland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Thomas
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Cortland had a post office and no railroad service
 
Dobbin   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Thomas
 - Dobbin had a post office and railroad service
 
Hendricks   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Thomas
 - 1895 population of 212 people (with 257 people in 2017)
 - Hendricks had a post office and railroad service
 
Horse Shoe Run   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Thomas
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Horse Shoe Run had a post office and no railroad service
 
Bretz   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Thomas
 - Bretz 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 Thomas. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thomas 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Thomas is located in Tucker County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tucker County: Barbour, Grant, Preston & Randolph.

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

  DirectionDistance
Tucker     (The home county for Thomas)
      Davis   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
 
Barbour
      Belington   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Union   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Audra   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Grant
      Bayard   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Hardy
      Moorefield   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lost City   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Baker   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Marion
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Mineral
      Hartmansville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Monongalia
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pendleton
      Onego   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brushy Run   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Circleville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Preston
      Aurora   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Albright   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Randolph
      Harman   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Taylor
      Knottsville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Upshur
      Gormley   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Allegany (MD)
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Westernport (MD)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barton (MD)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nikep (MD)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Fayette (PA)
      Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - 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 Thomas:

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 Tucker County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour 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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pendleton 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    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur 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    
Fayette 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 Tucker 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 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 Thomas ...

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

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 Thomas:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
 
We have found Thomas in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Thomas for more information.
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Thomas.
      See our Misc Page for Thomas for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...



Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Tucker County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Thomas. 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' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Thomas. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Thomas) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Thomas. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Thomas

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thomas. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1473, Longitude: -79.4975     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thomas have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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: mht.maryland.gov.

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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: findagrave.com.

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

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