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Brownsville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Brownsville ...

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 Brownsville (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 Brownsville. 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 Brownsville ...

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 47 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brownsville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Brownsville, 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 Brownsville.

Cemeteries Near Brownsville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brownsville.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Hatchett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Greenview Memorial Park   [Map]     
  ESE New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oaks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rozelle & Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Goodwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Darby Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Crestview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smyrna Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Westview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Summer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hollins Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Old Marietta Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Martin Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hackneyville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wilsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rocky Mount Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bice Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hackneyville Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Millerville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hatchett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hillabee Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gutherie Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harvell Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Socapatoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kellyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Seleta Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel 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 Brownsville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Brownsville.

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

Goodwater   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Brownsville
 - 1895 population of 589 people (with 1,343 people in 2015)
 - Goodwater had a post office and railroad service
Hollins   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Brownsville
 - 1895 population of 422 people
 - Hollins had a post office and railroad service
Mount Olive   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Brownsville
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Mount Olive had a post office and no railroad service
Hackneyville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Brownsville
 - 1895 population of 77 people
 - Hackneyville had a post office and no railroad service
Millerville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Brownsville
 - Millerville had a post office and no railroad service
Hatchet Creek   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Brownsville
 - Hatchet Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Kellyton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Brownsville
 - 1895 population of 120 people (with 200 people in 2015)
 - Kellyton had a post office and railroad service
Stewartville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Brownsville
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Stewartville 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 Brownsville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brownsville 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Brownsville 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 Brownsville. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Brownsville:

Clay     (The home county for Brownsville)
      Hollins   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Motley   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Penton   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ray   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Equality   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Claud   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Almond   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 Brownsville:

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 Clay County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Clay County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brownsville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1260, Longitude: -86.0472     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brownsville 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 Brownsville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Brownsville.


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