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Bent Creek, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bent 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 Bent 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 Bent 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 Bent 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 Bent Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Bent Creek: Bent Crk. (or less commonly used: Bent Ck. or Bent Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Bent 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 70 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bent Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bent Creek, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bent Creek.

Cemeteries Near Bent Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bent 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 Bent Creek covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Green Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Chamlee Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Garden Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Rosemere Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Memorial Park [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Morris Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Ross Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Westwood Drive Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cherry Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Pierce Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Brown Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Farmville Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Penn Young Gravesite [Map]      
  ENE Memory Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Sinai Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Daniel - Caldwell Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Ridge Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Pine Knot Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cobb Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Whatley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Scott Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Elam Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S Holt Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Dupree Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Gold Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wright Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Watoola Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Jenkins Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  E Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Hope CME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Maddox Family Cemetery [Map]      
  N St. Luke CME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Oak Bowery Cemetery [Map]      
  W Loachapoka Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pine Level 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 Bent Creek in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bent Creek.

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

Auburn   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Bent Creek
 - 1895 population of 1,440 people (with 62,059 people in 2015)
 - Auburn had a post office and railroad service
Opelika   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bent Creek
 - 1895 population of 3,703 people (with 29,527 people in 2015)
 - Opelika had a post office and railroad service
Chewacla   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bent Creek
 - Chewacla had a post office and no railroad service
Gold Hill   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bent Creek
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Gold Hill had a post office and railroad service
Salem   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Bent Creek
 - 1895 population of 166 people
 - Salem had a post office and railroad service
Oak Bowery   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Bent Creek
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Oak Bowery had a post office and no railroad service
Loachapoka   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Bent Creek
 - 1895 population of 357 people (with 190 people in 2015)
 - Loachapoka had a post office and railroad service
Alliance   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bent Creek
 - Alliance 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 Bent Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bent 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Bent Creek is located in Lee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lee County: Chambers, Macon, Russell, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Muscogee (GA).

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

Lee     (The home county for Bent Creek)
      Auburn   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Comer   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Midway   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Valley   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Penton   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Motley   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Claud   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Almond   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Seale   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 either 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 Bent Creek:

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 Lee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Lee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bent Creek. 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 Bent Creek. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bent Creek) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bent Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6015, Longitude: -85.4213     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bent Creek 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 Bent Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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


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