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Battens Crossroads, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Battens Crossroads ...

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 Battens Crossroads (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 Battens Crossroads. 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 Battens Crossroads ...

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 Battens Crossroads.

  • Typical abbreviation for Battens Crossroads: Battens Xrds.
  • While the name of this community is Battens Crossroads, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Battens Crossroads may originally have been Batten's Crossroads.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Battens Crossroads might be written as Batten Crossroads.

Newspapers Published in Battens Crossroads ...

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 61 newspapers that have been published in the area around Battens Crossroads.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Battens Crossroads, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Battens Crossroads.

Cemeteries Near Battens Crossroads ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Battens Crossroads.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Consolation Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Keyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cool Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Enterprise City Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Little Elam Cemetery   [Map]     
  E County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Coffee Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S El Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Goodman Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Haney Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Brockton City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bellwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Damascus Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Gilled Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Eden Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wesley Chapel 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>

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

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

Enterprise   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Battens Crossroads
 - Enterprise had a post office and no railroad service
Coffee Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Battens Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 32 people (with 229 people in 2015)
 - Coffee Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Level Plains   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Battens Crossroads
 - Level Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Damascus   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Battens Crossroads
 - Damascus had a post office and no railroad service
Clintonville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Battens Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 172 people
 - Clintonville had a post office and no railroad service
Clayhatchee   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Battens Crossroads
 - Clayhatchee had a post office and no railroad service
Daleville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Battens Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 76 people (with 5,141 people in 2015)
 - Daleville had a post office and no railroad service
High Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Battens Crossroads
 - High Bluff 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 Battens Crossroads. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Battens Crossroads 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 hospitals and 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.

Battens Crossroads is located in Coffee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Coffee County: Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva & Pike.

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

Coffee     (The home county for Battens Crossroads)
      Central City   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Enterprise   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Elba   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jack   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clio   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      County Line   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Opp   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Florala   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lockhart   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Heath   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Newton   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Samson   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Black   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Headland   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Newville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Parish   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Webb   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Avon   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Troy   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Banks   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ponce de Leon (FL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Argyle (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      De Funiak Springs (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Washington (FL)
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Five Points (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 Battens Crossroads:

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 Coffee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Coffee County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Coffee 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Battens Crossroads. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Battens Crossroads) 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 Battens Crossroads. 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 Battens Crossroads

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Battens Crossroads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2610, Longitude: -85.8899     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Battens Crossroads 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 Battens Crossroads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Battens Crossroads.


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