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Our Genealogical Helper for West Grafton ...

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 West Grafton (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 West Grafton. 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.

Name Variations for West Grafton ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with West Grafton.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Grafton: W. Grafton

Newspapers Published in West Grafton ...

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 56 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Grafton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Grafton, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for West Grafton.

Cemeteries Near West Grafton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of West Grafton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Bluemont Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Grafton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grafton National Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Woodsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  W West Virginia National Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Knottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Current Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Amnon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Boyce Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McConkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moran Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Old Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Bailey Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bunners Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Janes Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hayhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Astor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Taylor Drain Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Linns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Middleville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hope Halleck United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Claremont Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Thomas 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that West Grafton had a population of 810 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Fetterman   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from West Grafton
 - 1895 population of 557 people
 - Fetterman had a post office and railroad service
Webster   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from West Grafton
 - 1895 population of 225 people
 - Webster had a post office and railroad service
Pruntytown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from West Grafton
 - 1895 population of 275 people
 - Pruntytown had a post office and no railroad service
Knottsville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from West Grafton
 - 1895 population of 164 people
 - Knottsville had a post office and no railroad service
Brittain - Historic   [Map]
 - While Brittain was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from West Grafton
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Brittain had a post office and no railroad service
Cecil   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from West Grafton
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Cecil had a post office and no railroad service
Thornton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from West Grafton
 - 1895 population of 115 people
 - Thornton had a post office and railroad service
Valley Falls   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from West Grafton
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Valley Falls had a post office and railroad service
McGee   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from West Grafton
 - McGee 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 West Grafton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Grafton 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 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.

West Grafton 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 West Grafton. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to West Grafton:

Taylor     (The home county for West Grafton)
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Fetterman   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Knottsville   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Audra   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Belington   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Junior   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Despard   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gore   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Westover   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Granville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Osage   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Star City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Albright   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 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]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harman   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Davis   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bane   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Barker   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Highhouse (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Puritan (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nemacolin (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]
      Fairdale (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]
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 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 West Grafton:

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 Taylor 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    
Grant 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    
Marion 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    
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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for West Grafton ...

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

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 West Grafton:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for West Grafton.
      See our Misc Page for West Grafton 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 West Grafton. 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 that starts in West Grafton. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- West Grafton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Grafton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3370, Longitude: -80.0254     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Grafton 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 West Grafton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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