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Our Genealogical Helper for Watson ...

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 Watson (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 Watson. 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 Watson ...

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 55 newspapers that have been published in the area around Watson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Watson, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Watson.

Cemeteries Near Watson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Watson.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Memorial Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Linns Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fairmont City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Snoderly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shavers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Claremont Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pitcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barrackville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cochran Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Nixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Meadowdale Wesleyan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Prickett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hawkinberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Davis Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Nay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Freeland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Janes Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McIntyre Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Adamsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gilboa Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hayhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ministers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sunny View Acres Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Wamsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bunners Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hoodsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barb Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Parrish Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Michael D Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Arnettsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barrickman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW View Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Reese Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Crim Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Jett Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pine Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shinns Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Woodsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Blackshere Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Wyatt Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tennant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Middleville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE West Virginia National Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Grafton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Amnon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Moran Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McConkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bennefield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCurdysville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Toothman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Meyers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Richardson 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Watson had a post office and railroad service.

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

Bentons Ferry   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Watson
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Bentons Ferry had a post office and railroad service
Palatine   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Watson
 - 1895 population of 860 people
 - Palatine had a post office and no railroad service
Fairmont   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Watson
 - 1895 population of 1,023 people (with 18,467 people in 2017)
 - Fairmont had a post office and railroad service
Barrackville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Watson
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 1,299 people in 2017)
 - Barrackville had a post office and railroad service
Colfax   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Watson
 - Colfax had a post office and railroad service
Eldora   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Watson
 - Eldora had a post office and no railroad service
Hoult   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Watson
 - Hoult had a post office and railroad service
Thoburn   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Watson
 - Thoburn had a post office and no railroad service
Monongah   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Watson
 - Monongah had a post office and railroad service
Everson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Watson
 - Everson 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 Watson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Watson 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Watson is located in Marion County.

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

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

Marion     (The home county for Watson)
      Garden Village   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Fairmont   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Barrackville   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Audra   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belington   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Junior   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Despard   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gore   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Albright   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bane   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Barker   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Puritan (PA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Highhouse (PA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Isabella (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Salem (PA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hopwood (PA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Republic (PA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Luzerne (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dunlap Creek Village (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Morrisville (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fairdale (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jefferson (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rices Landing (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Swarts (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clarksville (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Washington (PA)
      Fredericktown-Millsboro (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beallsville (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Marianna (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Deemston (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Centerville (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Watson:

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 Marion County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia 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    
Tucker 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    
Wetzel County:       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    
Greene County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington 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 Marion County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Marion 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Watson ...

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

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 Watson:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Watson.
      See our Misc Page for Watson for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Marion County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance from Watson. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Watson) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Watson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4637, Longitude: -80.1601     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Watson have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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