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Aquilla, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Aquilla ...

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 Aquilla (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 Aquilla. 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.

Newspapers Published in Aquilla ...

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 9 newspapers that have been published in the area around Aquilla.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Aquilla, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Aquilla.

Cemeteries Near Aquilla ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Aquilla.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Aquilla Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wilkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Aquilla Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE North Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Loften Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Winsletts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Singley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Big Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Minerva Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Reeds Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cullomburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Springbank Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Philadelphus Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Zion Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Flat Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Healing Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Millry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E White Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Floyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Seventh-day Adventist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Washam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lewis Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Tree Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smiths Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Coopers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Browns Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Eudora Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Copeland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Chalk Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smiths 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Aquilla had a population of 28 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Isney   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Aquilla
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Isney had a post office and no railroad service
Silas   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Aquilla
 - Silas had a post office and no railroad service
Denham (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Aquilla
 - Denham had a post office and no railroad service
Emory   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Aquilla
 - Emory had a post office and no railroad service
Healing Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Aquilla
 - Healing Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Millry   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Aquilla
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 524 people in 2015)
 - Millry had a post office and no railroad service
Rescueville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Aquilla
 - Rescueville had a post office and no railroad service
Souwilpa   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Aquilla
 - Souwilpa had a post office and no railroad service
Tokio (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Aquilla
 - Tokio had a post office and no railroad service
Koenton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Aquilla
 - Koenton 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 Aquilla. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Aquilla 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 doctors 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.

Aquilla is located in Choctaw County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Choctaw County: Clarke, Marengo, Sumter, Washington, Clarke (MS), Lauderdale (MS) & Wayne (MS).

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

Choctaw     (The home county for Aquilla)
      Cullomburg   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Silas   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Needham   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Butler   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mehaffey - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Millry   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Barlow   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Yellow Pine   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fruitdale   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tibbie   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Clarke (MS)
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Shubuta (MS)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Quitman (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pachuta (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stonewall (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Enterprise (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Greene (MS)
      State Line (MS)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Carson City (MS)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Leakesville (MS)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Jasper (MS)
      Stafford Springs (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vossburg (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Heidelberg (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kelona (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orange (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Jones (MS)
      Sandersville (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Perry (MS)
      Richton (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (MS)
      Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Waynesboro (MS)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clara (MS)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 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 Aquilla:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

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

These pages are specific to Choctaw County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jasper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jones County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Choctaw County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Choctaw 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 Alabama
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Aquilla ...

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

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 Aquilla:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Aquilla.
      See our Misc Page for Aquilla for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Choctaw County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Aquilla. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Aquilla) 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 Aquilla. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Aquilla

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Aquilla. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.7124, Longitude: -88.4139     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Aquilla have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Aquilla, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Aquilla.


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