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Three Churches, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Three Churches ...

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 Three Churches (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 Three Churches. 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 and doctors 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.

Three Churches is located in Hampshire County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hampshire County: Allegany (MD), Frederick (VA), Hardy, Mineral & Morgan.

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

Hampshire     (The home county for Three Churches)
  Ritters   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Romney   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Slanesville   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Augusta   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Capon Bridge   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Arden   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bunker Hill   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Inwood   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hedgesville   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Martinsburg   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Baker Heights   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bedington   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Arthur   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Petersburg   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bayard   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wardensville   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Baker   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Moorefield   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lost City   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fort Ashby   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wiley Ford   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ridgeley   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Carpendale   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Keyser   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  New Creek   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Piedmont   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Elk Garden   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Sulphur City   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hartmansville   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Paw Paw   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Berryville   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bath   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Allegany (MD)
  Oldtown (MD)   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Spring Gap (MD)   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Keifers (MD)   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Pinto (MD)   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Rawlings (MD)   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Shanty Town (MD) - Historic   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cumberland (MD)   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  La Vale (MD)   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Loarville (MD)   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Midland (MD)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Nikep (MD)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
Garrett (MD)
  Bloomington (MD)   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Swanton (MD)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bittinger (MD)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Grantsville (MD)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Deer Park (MD)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Accident (MD)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  McHenry (MD)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oakland (MD)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (MD)
  Hancock (MD)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Big Pool (MD)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Bedford (PA)
  Stringtown (PA)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hyndman (PA)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Purcell (PA)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rainsburg (PA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Manns Choice (PA)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Somerset (PA)
  Wellersburg (PA)   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fairhope (PA)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Callimont (PA)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Johnsburg (PA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Salisbury (PA)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Glade City (PA)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Meyersdale (PA)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hays Mill (PA)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Garrett (PA)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Berlin (PA)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  New Baltimore (PA)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clarke (VA)
  Waterloo (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  White Post (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Boyce (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Berryville (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Frederick (VA)
  Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  White Hall (VA)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Welltown (VA)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Echo Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Stephens City (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Middletown (VA)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Shenandoah (VA)
  Strasburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Toms Brook (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Columbia Furnace (VA)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Woodstock (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Edinburg (VA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Warren (VA)
  Reliance (VA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Riverton (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Royal Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Winchester City (VA)
  Winchester (VA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Three Churches ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Three Churches.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Indian Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Reece Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NW Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Van Meter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Eusiva Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mineral Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mountaindale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Veterans of Foreign Wars Burial Park   [Map]     
  NNE Oldtown Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oldtown United Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Inkeep Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Greenwall Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Three Churches ...

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 66 newspapers that have been published in the area around Three Churches.

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

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.<2>

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

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

Barnes Mill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Three Churches
 - Barnes Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Springfield   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Three Churches
 - 1895 population of 168 people
 - Springfield had a post office and railroad service
Grace   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Three Churches
 - Grace had railroad service and no post office
Higginsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Three Churches
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Higginsville had a post office and no railroad service
Wapocomo   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Three Churches
 - Wapocomo had a post office and no railroad service
Donaldson   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Three Churches
 - Donaldson had railroad service and no post office
Romney   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Three Churches
 - 1895 population of 451 people (with 1,737 people in 2017)
 - Romney had a post office and railroad service
Spring Gap - Historic   [Map]
 - While Spring Gap was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Three Churches
 - Spring Gap had a post office and no railroad service
Augusta   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Three Churches
 - 1895 population of 101 people
 - Augusta 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 Three Churches. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Three Churches 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 professional and volunteer 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 it should be mentioned 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 Three Churches:

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 Hampshire County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Berkeley County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hardy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Allegany County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bedford County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Somerset County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Frederick County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shenandoah County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Warren County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winchester City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

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 Three Churches:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a West Virginia Community

About Hampshire County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Three Churches. 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Three Churches) 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 Three Churches. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Three Churches

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Three Churches. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4017, Longitude: -78.6540     [Map].

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<2>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 Three Churches, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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