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Our Genealogy Helper for Willard ...

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 Willard (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 Willard. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors 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.

Willard is located in Harrison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Harrison County: Barbour, Doddridge, Lewis, Marion, Taylor, Upshur & Wetzel.

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

  DirDistance
Harrison     (The home county for Willard)
  Shinnston   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Enterprise   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Lumberport   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Bridgeport   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Despard   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Gore   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Adamston   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Anmoore   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Nutter Fort   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Stonewood   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  O'Neill   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
 
Barbour
  Adaland   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Berryburg   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Wellington Heights   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Philippi   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Union   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Audra   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Valley Bend   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Belington   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Junior   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Doddridge
  Smithburg   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  West Union   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Lewis
  Jane Lew   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Valley Chapel   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Smith Village   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Weston   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Garton Village   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cox Town   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Camden   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Marion
  Helens Run   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Monongah   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Whitehall   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Garden Village   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Pleasant Valley   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Barrackville   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Fairmont   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Mannington   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Rivesville   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
 
Marshall
  Adaline   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cameron   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Monongalia
  Smithtown   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Arnettsville   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cassville   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Blacksville   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Granville   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Osage   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Westover   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Morgantown   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Star City   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Brookhaven   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Baker Ridge   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Canyon   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Pleasants
  Hebron   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Preston
  Newburg   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Threefork Bridge   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Arthurdale   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Reedsville   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Tunnelton   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Masontown   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Heathers Run   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kingwood   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rowlesburg   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Albright   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bruceton Mills   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Randolph
  Montrose   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Tigheville   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Leadsville   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Womelsdorf   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Elkins   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Ritchie
  Auburn   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pennsboro   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pullman   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Taylor
  Flemington   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Fetterman   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Knottsville   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Tucker
  Parsons   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hambleton   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hendricks   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Tyler
  Atwood   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Middlebourne   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Paden City   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sistersville   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Upshur
  Buckhannon   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gormley   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hoover Town   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Frenchton   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wilsontown   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Wetzel
  Smithfield   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bane   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Hundred   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Uniontown   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Barker   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Littleton   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pine Grove   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bebee   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  New Martinsville   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Fayette (PA)
  Fairchance (PA)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Point Marion (PA)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Masontown (PA)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Puritan (PA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Greene (PA)
  Greensboro (PA)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Morrisville (PA)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fairdale (PA)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Jefferson (PA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Swarts (PA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Stringtown (PA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Willard ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Willard.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Adamsville Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wamsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shinns Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nay Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McIntyre Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pine Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Claremont Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Michael D Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jett Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bartlett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Janes Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cochran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wyatt Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Gore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bridgeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Middleville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crim Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Linns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Parrish Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Davis Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Grim Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Ash Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Memorial Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Elizabeth Mason Memorial Park   [Map]     
  WNW Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rittenhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Plant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Reese Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Blackshere Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fortney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Center Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stonewall Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Snoderly Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sunny View Acres Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Swiger Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  W IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  N View Point Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Milford Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bond Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Davison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bailey Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Whetstone Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fairmont City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barrackville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sullivan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barrickman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Willard ...

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 65 newspapers that have been published in the area around Willard.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Willard, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Willard.

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

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

Adamsville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Willard
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Adamsville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Shinnston   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Willard
 - 1895 population of 403 people (with 2,129 people in 2017)
 - Shinnston had a post office and railroad service
 
Enterprise   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Willard
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Enterprise had a post office and railroad service
 
Pine Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Willard
 - Pine Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
 
Prospect Valley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Willard
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Prospect Valley had a post office and no railroad service
 
Oreide   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Willard
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Oreide had a post office and no railroad service
 
Boothsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Willard
 - 1895 population of 223 people
 - Boothsville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Eldora   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Willard
 - Eldora had a post office and no railroad service
 
Everson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Willard
 - Everson had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lumberport   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Willard
 - 1895 population of 107 people (with 848 people in 2017)
 - Lumberport had a post office and no railroad service
 
Glen Falls   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Willard
 - Glen Falls had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Willard. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Willard in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Willard:

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 Harrison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Doddridge 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

 
Pleasants County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Preston County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Randolph County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Ritchie County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Taylor County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Tucker County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Tyler County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Upshur County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wetzel County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Fayette County (PA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Greene 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 Harrison 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 Harrison 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 ...
      Maryland
      Ohio
      Pennsylvania

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Harrison County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Willard. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Harrison County: www.harrisoncountywv.com/

The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/

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 from Point A (ie- Willard) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Willard. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3840, Longitude: -80.2712     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Willard 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 Willard, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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