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Belew, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Belew ...

So far, we have found very little information about Belew. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Belew to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Belew, please Contact Us.

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 Belew (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 Belew. 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 Belew ...

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 3 newspapers that have been published in the area around Belew.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Belew, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Belew.

Cemeteries Near Belew ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Belew.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Green Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Richardson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Grissom Cemetery [Map]      
  NW McDougal Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Allen Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pettus Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Peppertown Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Wright Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Fairview Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  S Stutts Cemetery [Map]      
  E Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE St. Marys Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Hall Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Holland Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW New Ground Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Crow Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pettus Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Perry Cemetery [Map]      
  E Portertown Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE St. Truitt Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NE Liberty Grove Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW St. Joseph Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Shiloh Church of Christ Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Stutts Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Barnett Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Shelton Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Home Sweet Home Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NNE Bishop Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Loretto Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Loretto Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Holden Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Barnett Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Harmon Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Second Creek Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Restview Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Wolf Creek Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  W Cauhorn Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Emaline Stutts Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Canerday Cemetery [Map]      
  N Clack Branch Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  S Crow Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bluewater Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Corum Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Brown Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Smith Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  E Cottrell Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  E Bonnertown Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  ENE Five Points Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NNE Blue Water Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hale Cemetery [Map]      
  S Jordan Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Tanyard Cemetery [Map]      
  S Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Rice Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hammond Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Belew Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Wayland Springs Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  W Wade Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW McGee Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Harrison Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Peck Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Harden Cemetery [Map]      
  S Barkley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hensley Ridge Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  SSE Harvey Cemetery [Map]      
  E Stevens Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NNW Chinubee Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  ENE Sexton Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NE Center Point Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NE Center Point Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  W Powell Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Neal Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  S Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Belew Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Whitehead Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Gibbins Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  ENE Richardson Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Blair Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  


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.

Belew itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

Green Hill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Belew
 - 1895 population of 832 people
 - Green Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Comer   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Belew
 - Comer had a post office and no railroad service
Lexington   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Belew
 - 1895 population of 27 people (with 723 people in 2015)
 - Lexington had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Belew
 - 1895 population of 247 people
 - Saint Joseph had a post office and railroad service
Loretto (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Belew
 - 1895 population of 102 people
 - Loretto had a post office and railroad service
Busby (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Belew
 - Busby had railroad service and no post office
Iron City (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Belew
 - 1895 population of 381 people
 - Iron City had a post office and railroad service
Wayland Springs (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Belew
 - 1895 population of 1,023 people
 - Wayland Springs 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 Belew. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Belew 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 and hospitals 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Belew is historic, it would have been located within present day Lauderdale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Belew)
      Lexington   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Green Hill   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Killen   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wren   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Athens   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Caro   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Toney   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Olivet (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
Lewis (TN)
      Voorhies (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hohenwald (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Maury (TN)
      Scotts Mill (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Southport (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Frierson Town (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jonesboro (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Perry (TN)
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashland Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slickrock Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Belew:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lewis County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Maury County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Belew:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Belew.
      See our Misc Page for Belew for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Belew, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Belew. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Belew) 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 Belew. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Belew

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Belew. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9915, Longitude: -87.4389     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Belew have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Belew.


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