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Brewton, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Brewton ...

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 Brewton (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 Brewton. 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 Brewton ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brewton.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Brewton. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Brewton and those printed in the larger area surrounding Brewton.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> of Brewton.

Cemeteries Near Brewton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brewton.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Baptist Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ft. Crawford Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Travis Cemetery [Map]      
  W Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Travis Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Catawba Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Brown Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Green Acres Memorial Park [Map]      
  S Odom Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Travis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Brantley Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Hammac Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Henderson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Gay Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Dixonville Cemetery [Map]      
  E May Creek Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Zion Church Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Hillcrest Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pollard Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Fuqua Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hanberry Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Hollywood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pineview Church 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 Brewton had a population of 1,115 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Brewton had a population of 5,434 people.

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

Kirkland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Brewton
 - Kirkland had a post office and railroad service
Pollard   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Brewton
 - 1895 population of 389 people (with 135 people in 2015)
 - Pollard had a post office and railroad service
Hammac   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Brewton
 - Hammac had a post office and no railroad service
Wallace   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Brewton
 - Wallace had a post office and railroad service
Roberts   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Brewton
 - Roberts had a post office and no railroad service
Boykin   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Brewton
 - Boykin had a post office and no railroad service
Flomaton   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Brewton
 - Flomaton had a post office and railroad service
Castleberry   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N) from Brewton
 - 1895 population of 176 people (with 565 people in 2015)
 - Castleberry had a post office and railroad service
Berrydale (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Brewton
 - Berrydale 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 Brewton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brewton 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.

Brewton is located in Escambia County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Escambia County: Baldwin, Conecuh, Covington, Monroe, Escambia (FL), Okaloosa (FL) & Santa Rosa (FL).

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

Escambia     (The home county for Brewton)
      East Brewton   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Riverview   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pollard   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Flomaton   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Perdido   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Little River   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Range   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Repton   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wing   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Heath   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Goodway   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Excel   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Uriah   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Century (FL)   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McDavid (FL)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Molino (FL)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gonzalez (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cantonment (FL)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
      Otahite (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cannon Town (FL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Baker (FL)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Holt (FL)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Milligan (FL)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Garden City (FL)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crestview (FL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Jay (FL)   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Belandville (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Harold (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Milton (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bagdad (FL)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pace (FL)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Galt City (FL)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - 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 Brewton:

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 Escambia County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Santa Rosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Escambia County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Escambia County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Brewton. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Brewton) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Brewton. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Brewton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brewton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.1111, Longitude: -87.0737     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brewton 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 Brewton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Brewton.


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