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Allens Creek, Virginia
(Nelson County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Allens Creek ...

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 Allens Creek (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 Allens Creek. 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 Allens Creek ...

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 Allens Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Allens Creek: Allens Crk. (or less commonly used: Allens Ck. or Allens Cr.)
  • While the name of this community is Allens Creek, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Allens Creek may originally have been Allen's Creek.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Allens Creek might be written as Allen Creek.

Newspapers Published in Allens Creek ...

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 95 newspapers that have been published in the area around Allens Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Allens Creek, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Allens Creek.

Cemeteries Near Allens Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Allens Creek.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Allens Creek Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rebecca Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Morriss Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WNW Amherst Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Centenary Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW White Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Christian Aid Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NNW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Babcock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mann Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harrison 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>

While we didn't find Allens Creek in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Allens Creek.

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

Gladstone   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Allens Creek
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Gladstone had a post office and railroad service
Bent Creek   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Allens Creek
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Bent Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Greenway   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Allens Creek
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Greenway had a post office and railroad service
Walkers Ford   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Allens Creek
 - 1895 population of 94 people
 - Walkers Ford had a post office and railroad service
Mineral - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mineral was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Allens Creek
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Mineral had a post office and no railroad service
Buffalo Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Allens Creek
 - Buffalo Springs had railroad service and no post office
Oakville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Allens Creek
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Oakville had a post office and no railroad service
Norwood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Allens Creek
 - 1895 population of 148 people
 - Norwood had a post office and railroad service
Stapleton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Allens Creek
 - Stapleton 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 Allens Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Allens Creek 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 northwest 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 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.

Allens Creek is located in Nelson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Nelson County: Albemarle, Appomattox, Augusta & Buckingham.

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

Nelson     (The home county for Allens Creek)
      Adial   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lodebar   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Durrett Town   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Afton   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Porters   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crozet   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Foothill Village   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ednam Village   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Huntington Village   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rose Hill   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      University Heights   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Barracks   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Amherst   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sweet Briar Station   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lowesville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Madison Heights   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Forks of Buffalo   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beckham   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Appomattox   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pamplin City   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sherando   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lyndhurst   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Spottswood   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stuarts Draft   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dooms   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fishersville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jolivue   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bedford City
      Bedford   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Boonsboro   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Forest   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lowry   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Axtell   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Dillwyn   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
Buena Vista City
      Buena Vista   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Concord   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rustburg   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Timberlake   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brookneal   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Altavista   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Phenix   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Charlotte Court House   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Drakes Branch   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Charlottesville City
      Belmont   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Charlottesville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Locust Grove   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trents Mill   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cotton Town   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lakeside Village   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Weber City   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fork Union   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lake Monticello   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lexington City
      Lexington   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lynchburg City
      Lynchburg   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lavino Village   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Woodbine Village   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hurt   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Prince Edward
      Darlington Heights   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blake Village   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Farmville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hampden - Sydney   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marlbrook   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Waynesboro City
      Waynesboro   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 Allens Creek:

These websites are specific to Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Library of Virginia

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Virginia to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Nelson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Albemarle County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Amherst County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Appomattox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Augusta County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bedford City:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
Bedford County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Buckingham County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Buena Vista City:       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Campbell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Charlotte County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Charlottesville City:       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Cumberland County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fluvanna County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lexington City:       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Lynchburg City:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
Pittsylvania County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prince Edward County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rockbridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Waynesboro City:       Cyndi's List     Family Search      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Virginia

About Nelson County

About Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Nelson County:

The official website for State of Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Allens Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5468, Longitude: -78.8686     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Allens Creek 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 Allens Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Allens Creek.