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Our Genealogical Helper for Turnertown ...

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 Turnertown (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 Turnertown. 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 Turnertown ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Turnertown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Turnertown, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Turnertown.

Cemeteries Near Turnertown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Turnertown.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Butcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gee Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jackson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Machperlah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Waldeck Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bailey Ave. Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCann Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Smith Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Life Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Straley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Broad Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Middle Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brownsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Peterson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Weston Masonic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Friendship Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jesse Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Harrison Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rockford - Pletcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Glady Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Horner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Laurel Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Duck Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Post Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW St. Bernard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rockford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sheets Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Woofter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Big Isaac Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brick Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stouts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Coldwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Olive 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>

While we didn't find Turnertown in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Turnertown.

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

Deanville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Turnertown
 - Deanville had railroad service and no post office
Weston   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Turnertown
 - 1895 population of 2,143 people (with 3,971 people in 2017)
 - Weston had a post office and railroad service
Jane Lew   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Turnertown
 - 1895 population of 228 people (with 392 people in 2017)
 - Jane Lew had a post office and railroad service
Lightburn   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Turnertown
 - Lightburn had a post office and no railroad service
Freemansburg   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Turnertown
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Freemansburg had a post office and no railroad service
Camden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Turnertown
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Camden had a post office and no railroad service
Kincheloe   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Turnertown
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Kincheloe had a post office and no railroad service
Alkires Mills   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Turnertown
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Alkires Mills 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 Turnertown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Turnertown 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 hospitals 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.

Turnertown is located in Lewis County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lewis County: Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Upshur & Webster.

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

Lewis     (The home county for Turnertown)
      Smith Village   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Audra   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belington   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Junior   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Orma   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      West Union   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Salem   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gore   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Despard   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bane   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barker   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 Turnertown:

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 Lewis County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants 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    
Ritchie 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    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in West Virginia

About Lewis County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Turnertown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0745, Longitude: -80.4651     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Turnertown 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 Turnertown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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