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Butts Mill, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Butts Mill ...

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 Butts Mill (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 Butts Mill. 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 Butts Mill ...

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 Butts Mill.

  • Typical abbreviation for Butts Mill: Butts Ml. (or less commonly used: Butts Mll.)
  • While the name of this community is Butts Mill, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Butts Mill may originally have been Butt's Mill.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Butts Mill might be written as Butt Mill.

Newspapers Published in Butts Mill ...

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 57 newspapers that have been published in the area around Butts Mill.

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

Cemeteries Near Butts Mill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Butts Mill.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Rosehill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Good Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Warren Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Hornsby Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wall Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW China Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Marshall Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Strahan Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bullard Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Anthony Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Thrash Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Guthrie Cemetery [Map]      
  N Watson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Green Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Peter Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Dawson Bradford Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cotton Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Reeltown Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  N Lovejoy Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sheppard Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Walker Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Benson - Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Harper Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE John Johnston 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 Butts Mill in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Butts Mill.

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

Good Hope   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Butts Mill
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - Good Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Tallassee   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Butts Mill
 - 1895 population of 1,413 people (with 4,778 people in 2015)
 - Tallassee had a post office and no railroad service
Kent   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Butts Mill
 - Kent had a post office and no railroad service
Eclectic   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Butts Mill
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 1,029 people in 2015)
 - Eclectic had a post office and no railroad service
Ware   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Butts Mill
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Ware had a post office and no railroad service
Jordan   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Butts Mill
 - Jordan had a post office and no railroad service
Shorter   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Butts Mill
 - Shorter had railroad service and no post office
Franklin   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Butts Mill
 - Franklin had railroad service and no post office
Central   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Butts Mill
 - Central had a post office and no railroad service
Kowaliga   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Butts Mill
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Kowaliga 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 Butts Mill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Butts Mill 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 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.

Butts Mill is located in Elmore County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Elmore County: Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Macon, Montgomery & Tallapoosa.

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

Elmore     (The home county for Butts Mill)
      Kent   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Claud   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Titus   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Booth   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Equality   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ray   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      English Village   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      New Site   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 Butts Mill:

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 Elmore County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga 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    
Chilton 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    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes 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    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Elmore County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Elmore 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Butts Mill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5612, Longitude: -85.9627     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Butts Mill 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 Butts Mill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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