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Ashford, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ashford ...

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 Ashford (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 Ashford. 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 the area of Ashford ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ashford.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Ashford. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Ashford and those printed in the larger area surrounding Ashford.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> of Ashford.

Cemeteries Near Ashford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ashford.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Ashford City Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bluff Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  W Crestlawn Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Cowarts Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  E Union Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cedar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cowarts Cemetery [Map]      
  N Poplar Spring Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Rocky Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hunters Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Webb Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE St. Stephens Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hurts Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Memphis Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Gordon Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Gates of Heaven Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Dothan City Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Clayton Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE St. Stephen Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Pleasant Plains Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NW Gardens of Memory Cemetery [Map]      
  W Selma 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 in 1895, Ashford had a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Ashford had a population of 2,158 people.

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

Barber   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Ashford
 - Barber had a post office and no railroad service
Keyton's   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ashford
 - Keyton's had railroad service and no post office
Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Ashford
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Cedar Springs had no post office or railroad service
Tidwell   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ashford
 - Tidwell had a post office and no railroad service
Headland   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ashford
 - 1895 population of 417 people (with 4,736 people in 2015)
 - Headland had a post office and no railroad service
Big Creek   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ashford
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Big Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Jakin (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ashford
 - Jakin had a post office and no railroad service
Balkum   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the North (N) from Ashford
 - Balkum had a post office and no railroad service
Midland City   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ashford
 - Midland City 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 Ashford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ashford 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 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.

Ashford is located in Houston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Houston County: Dale, Geneva, Henry, Jackson (FL), Early (GA) & Seminole (GA).

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

Houston     (The home county for Ashford)
      Avon   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Webb   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Gordon   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Parish   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Columbia   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Central City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Newton   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Black   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Headland   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Newville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
Gadsden (FL)
      Chattahoochee (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Greenwood (FL)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Two Egg (FL)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Parramore (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Marianna (FL)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cypress (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Steele City (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alford (FL)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Washington (FL)
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Calhoun (GA)
      Arlington (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Edison (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Decatur (GA)
      Brinson (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Douglasville (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Miller (GA)
      Colquitt (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Boykin (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
Randolph (GA)
      Coleman (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Seminole (GA)
      Donalsonville (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Iron City (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Ashford:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

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 Houston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Gadsden County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Decatur County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Miller County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Seminole County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Ashford:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station  
We have found Ashford in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Ashford for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Ashford.
      See our Misc Page for Ashford for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Houston County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Houston County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ashford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.1854, Longitude: -85.2366     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ashford 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 Ashford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ashford.


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