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Wilsontown, West Virginia

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The location of Wilsontown

Our Genealogy Helper for Wilsontown ...

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 Wilsontown (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 Wilsontown. 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors 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.

Wilsontown is located in Upshur County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Upshur County: Barbour, Harrison, Lewis, Randolph & Webster.

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

Upshur     (The home county for Wilsontown)
  Frenchton   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Hoover Town   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Goshen   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Buckhannon   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Gormley   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Audra   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Junior   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Belington   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Union   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Valley Bend   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wellington Heights   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Philippi   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Berryburg   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Adaland   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Heaters   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Burnsville   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Exchange   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Sutton   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Gassaway   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Clem   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Harrison   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Smithburg   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  West Union   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sand Fork   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Truebada   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Glenville   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lost Creek   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  West Milford   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Stonewood   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Anmoore   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Nutter Fort   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Adamston   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Despard   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  O'Neill   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bridgeport   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gore   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Salem   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Garton Village   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cox Town   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Weston   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Smith Village   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Jane Lew   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Camden   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Valley Chapel   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Slaty Fork   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Durbin   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Frank   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cass   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Thornwood   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Green Bank   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Edray   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Helvetia   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Huttonsville   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mill Creek   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Womelsdorf   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Beverly   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Tigheville   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Elkins   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Leadsville   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Flemington   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fetterman   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Knottsville   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Parsons   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hacker Valley   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Addison   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Erbacon   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Upperglade   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Wilsontown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wilsontown.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Rock Cave Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Chestnut Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beechtown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Marple Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Slab Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rexroad Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Pickens Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gregory Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Dale Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morrison Hull Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Post Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Life Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Long Point Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brooks Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tenmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hampton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Knawl Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Helvetia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Maher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Wilsontown ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wilsontown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wilsontown, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wilsontown.

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

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

Rock Cave   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Wilsontown
 - Rock Cave had a post office and no railroad service
Arlington   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Wilsontown
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Arlington had a post office and no railroad service
Holly Grove   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wilsontown
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Holly Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Frenchton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wilsontown
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Frenchton had a post office and no railroad service
Kanawha Head   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Wilsontown
 - Kanawha Head had a post office and no railroad service
Gaines   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wilsontown
 - Gaines had a post office and no railroad service
Boyd - Historic   [Map]
 - While Boyd was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wilsontown
 - Boyd had a post office and no railroad service
Evergreen   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wilsontown
 - Evergreen 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 Wilsontown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wilsontown in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites of 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 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 Wilsontown:

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 Upshur County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Gilmer 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    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pocahontas 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    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in West Virginia

About Upshur County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Wilsontown. 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. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Wilsontown) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Wilsontown. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Wilsontown

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wilsontown. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8214, Longitude: -80.3389     [Map].

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

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