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Thornton, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Thornton ...

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 Thornton (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 Thornton. 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Thornton is located in Taylor County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Taylor County: Barbour, Harrison, Marion, Monongalia & Preston.

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

Taylor     (The home county for Thornton)
  Knottsville   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Grafton   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Fetterman   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Flemington   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Adaland   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Berryburg   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Philippi   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wellington Heights   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Union   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Valley Bend   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Audra   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Belington   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Junior   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bayard   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bridgeport   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Anmoore   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Despard   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Shinnston   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Stonewood   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Gore   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lumberport   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Nutter Fort   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Adamston   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lost Creek   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Jane Lew   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Garton Village   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Valley Chapel   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Smith Village   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cox Town   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Weston   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Camden   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Pleasant Valley   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Fairmont   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Whitehall   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Garden Village   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Rivesville   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Barrackville   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Monongah   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Helens Run   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Grant Town   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Smithtown   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Brookhaven   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Arnettsville   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Morgantown   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Westover   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Granville   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Osage   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Star City   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Baker Ridge   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Canyon   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Cassville   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Cheat Lake   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Newburg   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Threefork Bridge   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Tunnelton   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Arthurdale   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Reedsville   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rowlesburg   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Heathers Run   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Kingwood   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Masontown   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Albright   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Terra Alta   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Tigheville   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Leadsville   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Elkins   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Womelsdorf   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Beverly   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Harman   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Parsons   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hambleton   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hendricks   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Thomas   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Davis   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Canaan Valley   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gormley   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Buckhannon   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hoover Town   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Frenchton   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Smithfield   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hundred   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bane   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Uniontown   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Littleton   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Garrett (MD)
  Red House (MD)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Oakland (MD)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Deer Park (MD)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  McHenry (MD)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Friendsville (MD)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Swanton (MD)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Accident (MD)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fayette (PA)
  Point Marion (PA)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fairchance (PA)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Masontown (PA)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Highhouse (PA)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Puritan (PA)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hopwood (PA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  New Salem (PA)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Uniontown (PA)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Greene (PA)
  Greensboro (PA)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fairdale (PA)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Morrisville (PA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Stringtown (PA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Jefferson (PA)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Thornton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thornton.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Knottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Current Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Boyce Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bluemont Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW McConkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Moran Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Amnon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grafton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grafton National Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NW Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blackwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Woodsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  W West Virginia National Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bunners Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Denver Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nazareth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hayhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hope Halleck United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Cassell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bolyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Red Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Summers Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Thornton ...

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 53 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thornton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Thornton, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Thornton.

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 Thornton had a population of 115 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Knottsville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Thornton
 - 1895 population of 164 people
 - Knottsville had a post office and no railroad service
Irontown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Thornton
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Irontown had a post office and railroad service
Evansville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Thornton
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Evansville had a post office and no railroad service
Independence   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Thornton
 - 1895 population of 273 people
 - Independence had a post office and railroad service
Grafton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Thornton
 - 1895 population of 3,159 people (with 5,077 people in 2017)
 - Grafton had a post office and railroad service
West Grafton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Thornton
 - 1895 population of 810 people
 - West Grafton had a post office and no railroad service
Cecil   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Thornton
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Cecil had a post office and no railroad service
Marquess   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Thornton
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Marquess had a post office and no railroad service
Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thornton
 - 1895 population of 778 people (with 319 people in 2017)
 - Newburg had a post office and railroad service
Fetterman   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Thornton
 - 1895 population of 557 people
 - Fetterman had a post office and railroad service
Webster   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Thornton
 - 1895 population of 225 people
 - Webster 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 Thornton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thornton in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 - 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 Thornton:

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 Taylor County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:     Cyndi's



Grant County:     Cyndi's



Harrison County:     Cyndi's



Lewis County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Monongalia County:     Cyndi's



Preston County:     Cyndi's



Randolph County:     Cyndi's



Tucker County:     Cyndi's



Upshur County:     Cyndi's



Wetzel County:     Cyndi's



Garrett County (MD):     Cyndi's



Fayette County (PA):     Cyndi's



Greene County (PA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

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 Thornton:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Taylor County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thornton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3456, Longitude: -79.9420     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thornton 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>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 Thornton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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