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Bowden Grove, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bowden Grove ...

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 Bowden Grove (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 Bowden Grove. 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 Bowden Grove ...

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 Bowden Grove.

  • Typical abbreviation for Bowden Grove: Bowden Grv.

Newspapers Published in Bowden Grove ...

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 52 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bowden Grove.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bowden Grove, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bowden Grove.

Cemeteries Near Bowden Grove ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bowden Grove.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hassell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Campbell Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mineral Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Olive Branch Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Springhill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Old Noles Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Old Field Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ashland City Cemetery [Map]      
  SE County Memory Gardens [Map]      
  E Old Macedonia Primitive Baptist Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mannings Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Clairmont Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Lineville City Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bellview Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Poe Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  S Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Lystra Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  E Old Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Barfield Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Horse Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Black Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  W Burgess Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Big Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  S New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lackey Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Seay Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  E McCollum Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Good Hope 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 Bowden Grove in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bowden Grove.

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

Ashland   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Bowden Grove
 - 1895 population of 635 people (with 1,983 people in 2015)
 - Ashland had a post office and no railroad service
Lineville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bowden Grove
 - 1895 population of 234 people (with 2,319 people in 2015)
 - Lineville had a post office and no railroad service
Chandler Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Bowden Grove
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Chandler Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Ironaton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bowden Grove
 - 1895 population of 562 people
 - Ironaton had a post office and railroad service
Gibsonville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bowden Grove
 - Gibsonville had a post office and no railroad service
Millerville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bowden Grove
 - Millerville had a post office and no railroad service
Mellow Valley   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bowden Grove
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Mellow Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Hopeful   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bowden Grove
 - Hopeful had a post office and no railroad service
Delta   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bowden Grove
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Delta had a post office and no railroad service
Waldo   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bowden Grove
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 278 people in 2015)
 - Waldo had a post office and no railroad service
Bluff Springs   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Bowden Grove
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Bluff 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 Bowden Grove. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bowden Grove 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.

Bowden Grove is located in Clay County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Clay     (The home county for Bowden Grove)
      Ashland   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Penton   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ray   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Newell   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Graham   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Saint Clair
      Cropwell   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Westover   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Munford   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      New Site   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 it should be mentioned 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 Bowden Grove:

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 Clay County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bowden Grove. 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 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Bowden Grove. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bowden Grove) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bowden Grove. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3393, Longitude: -85.8436     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bowden Grove 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 Bowden Grove, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bowden Grove.


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