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Willow Grove, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Willow Grove ...

So far, we have found very little information about Willow Grove. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Willow Grove to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Willow Grove, please Contact Us.

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 Willow Grove (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 Willow Grove. 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 Willow Grove ...

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 Willow Grove.

  • Typical abbreviation for Willow Grove: Willow Grv.

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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Willow Grove is historic, it would have been located within present day Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: Meigs (OH), Kanawha, Mason, Putnam, Roane, Wirt & Wood.

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

Jackson     (The home county for Willow Grove)
  Ravenswood   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]<2>
  Flatwoods   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Odaville   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Ripley   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Kentuck   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Crown City   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Culloden   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Milton   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Arnoldsburg   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Grantsville   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sissonville   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Aarons   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cross Lanes   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Nitro   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Saint Albans   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Elkview   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Rock Lake Village   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  South Charleston   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Clendenin   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Pinch   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  New Haven   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hartford City   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Baden   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Mason   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Leon   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Arbuckle   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Point Pleasant   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Upland   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Fraziers Bottom   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Eleanor   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bancroft   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Poca   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Raymond City   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Teays Valley   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Scott Village   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Teays Village   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cantwell   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Reedy   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Flint Town   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Spencer   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Peewee   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Elizabeth   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Greencastle   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Burning Springs   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Freeport   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lubeck   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Washington   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mineral Acres   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mineral Wells   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Blennerhassett   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Slate   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Kanawha   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Parkersburg   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Vienna   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  North Hills   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Athens (OH)
  Coolville (OH)   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Carsey Town (OH)   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Albany (OH)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Athens (OH)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Amesville (OH)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Armadale (OH)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mudsock (OH) - Historic   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  The Plains (OH)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Chauncey (OH)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Liars Corner (OH) - Historic   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Mount Nebo (OH) - Historic   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Truetown (OH)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Gallia (OH)
  Carlton (OH)   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cheshire (OH)   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Mills Village (OH)   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bladen (OH)   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Vinton (OH)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ewington (OH)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Alice (OH)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Centerville (OH)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Crown City (OH)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Jackson (OH)
  Pattonsville (OH)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oak Hill (OH)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wellston (OH)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (OH)
  Athalia (OH)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Meigs (OH)
  Racine (OH)   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Bashan (OH)   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Syracuse (OH)   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Keno (OH)   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Middleport (OH)   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Rutland (OH)   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
Morgan (OH)
  Chesterhill (OH)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wrightstown (OH)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Vinton (OH)
  Wilkesville (OH)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Moonville (OH) - Historic   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hope (OH) - Historic   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Zaleski (OH)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dundas (OH)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hamden (OH)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  McArthur (OH)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (OH)
  Redbush (OH)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Belpre (OH)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Marietta (OH)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sandhill (OH)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Willow Grove ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Willow Grove.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McKay Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Douglass Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  SE Wooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Barley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Jackson County Memory Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Plants Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ankrum Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Blaine Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bicknell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lathem Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Beckwith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ottobine Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ravenswood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Engle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Longdale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Letart Falls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McKenzie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE DeBussey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Letart Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cottageville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Boyce Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rardon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Safreed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Middleswart Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ball Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Broad Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Yonker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Rainbow Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brick Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Otterbein Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Staats Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rankin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Flinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Derenburger Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nesselroad Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Staats Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wheaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Laucks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hoffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Peter Fry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Independence Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Slaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Springston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nesselroad Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Coleman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE DeWitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gilmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Syracuse Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Upper Flats - White Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Ball Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Baden Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cossin Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Chase Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kings Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McGraw Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Staats Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Slaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shafer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Zirkle Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Zuspan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rickard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Baden Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Creston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Ripley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Redbush Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lamps Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sand Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Minersville Hill Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Willow Grove ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Willow Grove.

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

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.

Willow Grove itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 24 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Great Bend (OH)   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Willow Grove
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Great Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Ripley Landing   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Willow Grove
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Ripley Landing had railroad service and no post office
Pleasant View   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Willow Grove
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Pleasant View had a post office and railroad service
Plants (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Willow Grove
 - 1895 population of 93 people
 - Plants had a post office and no railroad service
Apple Grove (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Willow Grove
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Apple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Millwood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Willow Grove
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Millwood had a post office and no railroad service
Antiquity (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Willow Grove
 - 1895 population of 71 people
 - Antiquity had a post office and no railroad service
School House - Historic   [Map]
 - While School House was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Willow Grove
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - School House had a post office and railroad service

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Willow Grove:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cabell County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



Mason County:     Cyndi's



Putnam County:     Cyndi's



Ritchie County:     Cyndi's



Roane County:     Cyndi's



Wirt County:     Cyndi's



Wood County:     Cyndi's



Athens County (OH):     Cyndi's



Gallia County (OH):     Cyndi's



Jackson County (OH):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (OH):     Cyndi's



Meigs County (OH):     Cyndi's



Morgan County (OH):     Cyndi's



Vinton County (OH):     Cyndi's



Washington County (OH):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Willow Grove ...

While our initial data about Willow Grove came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Willow Grove 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 Willow Grove.

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 Willow Grove:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

The GNIS database contains an entry for Willow Grove. See our Misc Page for Willow Grove for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a West Virginia Community

About Jackson County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Willow Grove, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Willow Grove) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Willow Grove. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9334, Longitude: -81.8360     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Willow Grove have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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