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Our Genealogy Helper for Watkins ...

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 Watkins (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 Watkins. 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals 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.

Watkins is located in Tyler County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tyler County: Washington (OH), Doddridge, Monroe, Pleasants, Ritchie & Wetzel.

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

  DirDistance
Tyler     (The home county for Watkins)
  Paden City   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Middlebourne   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Sistersville   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Atwood   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Friendly   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
 
Doddridge
  West Union   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Smithburg   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Harrison
  Salem   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lumberport   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  O'Neill   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gore   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Shinnston   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Adamston   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  West Milford   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Despard   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Nutter Fort   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Anmoore   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Stonewood   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Lewis
  Valley Chapel   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Camden   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Jane Lew   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Marion
  Mannington   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Helens Run   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Monongah   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Grant Town   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Barrackville   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Garden Village   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Whitehall   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fairmont   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pleasant Valley   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Marshall
  Kent   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Adaline   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cameron   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Moundsville   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Glen Dale   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  McMechen   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Benwood   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Monongalia
  Blacksville   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Arnettsville   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Ohio
  Bethlehem   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Triadelphia   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wheeling   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Valley Grove   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Clearview   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Pleasants
  Hebron   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Saint Marys   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Belmont   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Ritchie
  Pennsboro   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ellenboro   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Harrisville   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pullman   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cairo   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cantwell   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Wetzel
  New Martinsville   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Bebee   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Pine Grove   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Barker   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bane   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Uniontown   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Smithfield   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Littleton   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hundred   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Wirt
  Freeport   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Wood
  Williamstown   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Parkers Towne   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  North Hills   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Belmont (OH)
  Powhatan Point (OH)   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Vadis (OH)   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Shadyside (OH)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bellaire (OH)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Neffs (OH)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Belmont (OH)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bethesda (OH)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Barnesville (OH)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Blaine (OH)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bridgeport (OH)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Brookside (OH)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Morristown (OH)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Saint Clairsville (OH)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Guernsey (OH)
  Quaker City (OH)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Salesville (OH)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fairview (OH)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Senecaville (OH)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Middlebourne (OH)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Jefferson (OH)
  Mount Pleasant (OH)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Monroe (OH)
  Antioch (OH)   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Clarington (OH)   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Plainview (OH)   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Graysville (OH)   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Woodsfield (OH)   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Beallsville (OH)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Wilson (OH)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Jerusalem (OH)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lewisville (OH)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Miltonsburg (OH)   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Stafford (OH)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
 
Noble (OH)
  Harriettsville (OH)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Summerfield (OH)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Batesville (OH)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dexter City (OH)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sarahsville (OH)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Caldwell (OH)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Dungannon (OH)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Belle Valley (OH)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Washington (OH)
  Matamoras (OH)   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Grandview (OH)   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Sandhill (OH)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Macksburg (OH)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Devola (OH)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Marietta (OH)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lowell (OH)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Washington (PA)
  West Alexander (PA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Watkins ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Watkins.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shriver Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Van Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Van Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Fluharty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wells Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Yoho Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Craigs Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Elk Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stender Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Simpson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Conley Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Apostolic Christian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bokelman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Schupbach Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Emma Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Middlebourne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fox Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mylburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kiger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Johns Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fitzsimmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Huff Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Northview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Hannibal Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Witten Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Archer's Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lantz Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Locust Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Parks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Atwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brock Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McKimmie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Palmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Palmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baxter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mehrley Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Ollum Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tennant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fuchs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW West Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Haythorn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Pauls Evangelical Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Carson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pierpont Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beechwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fluhartys Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Piney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Knights of Pythias Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jolliffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wileyville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kraft Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lentz Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Unity Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Sinai Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Watkins ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Watkins.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Watkins, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Watkins.

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 Watkins in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Watkins.

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

Van Camp   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Watkins
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Van Camp had a post office and no railroad service
 
Minnie   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Watkins
 - Minnie had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kidwell   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Watkins
 - 1895 population of 113 people
 - Kidwell had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sardis (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Watkins
 - 1895 population of 299 people
 - Sardis had a post office and no railroad service
 
New Martinsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Watkins
 - 1895 population of 692 people (with 5,138 people in 2017)
 - New Martinsville had a post office and railroad service
 
Lonetree   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Watkins
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Lonetree had a post office and no railroad service
 
Vincen   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Watkins
 - Vincen had a post office and no railroad service
 
Porters Falls   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Watkins
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Porters Falls had a post office and no railroad service
 
Childs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Watkins
 - Childs had a post office and no railroad service
 
Duffy (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Watkins
 - Duffy had a post office and no railroad service
 
Green Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Watkins
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Green Hill 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 Watkins. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Watkins 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 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 Watkins:

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 Tyler County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Doddridge County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Harrison County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Lewis County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Marion County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Marshall County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Monongalia County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Ohio 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

 
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

 
Belmont County (OH):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Guernsey County (OH):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Jefferson County (OH):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Monroe County (OH):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Noble County (OH):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Washington County (OH):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Washington County (PA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of West Virginia,
Cemeteries of Tyler County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for Tyler 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 ...
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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Watkins. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Watkins) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Watkins. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5862, Longitude: -80.8609     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Watkins 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: findagrave.com.

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

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