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Cave Spring, Alabama
(Colbert County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cave Spring ...

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 Cave Spring (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 Cave Spring. 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 Cave Spring ...

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 Cave Spring.

  • Typical abbreviation for Cave Spring: Cave Spg. (or less commonly used: Cave Spng. or Cave Sprng.)

Newspapers Published in Cave Spring ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cave Spring.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cave Spring, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cave Spring.

Cemeteries Near Cave Spring ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cave Spring.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Blocker Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Adams Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Aycock Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Glendale Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mayers Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pearsall Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bickley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Gargis Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Colbert County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSW Gunn Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ricks Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Rand Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Peden Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Whitamore Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  W Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Jenkins Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE LaGrange Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Leigh Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE McKiernan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Kernachan Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Blythe Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Preuit Cemetery [Map]      
  E Stanley Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Florence Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Hawkins Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Henson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SW Isbell Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Young Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Price Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shaw Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  N Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  W Burton Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Donley Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Community Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Byrd Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  SW County Farm Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Gadd Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Gresham Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE King Cemetery [Map]      
  E Madding Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Faircloth Cemetery [Map]      
  N Jones Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Smith Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
  W Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  N Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Kachelman Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Gargis Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE King Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Greenview Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cal Cemetery [Map]      
  E Dillahunty Cemetery [Map]      
  E Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Coffee Cemetery [Map]      
  N Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  N Price Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  W Key Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pride Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Holland Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Henson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Tharp Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Osborn Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Roden Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  E Brickhouse Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cal Cemetery [Map]      
  E Davenport Cemetery [Map]      
  E Childers Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sheffield Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Foster Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Douglass Cemetery [Map]      
  N Tate - Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  N Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  N St. Michaels 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 Cave Spring in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Cave Spring.

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

Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Cave Spring
 - Leighton had a post office and railroad service
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Cave Spring
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Cave Spring
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cave Spring
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Cave Spring
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,474 people in 2015)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Cave Spring
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Cave Spring
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 40,026 people in 2015)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
Bingham   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Cave Spring
 - Bingham 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 Cave Spring. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cave Spring 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 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.

Cave Spring is located in Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Cave Spring)
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 - 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 Cave Spring:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Colbert County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Colbert 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 'point-to-point' distance from Cave Spring. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cave Spring) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cave Spring. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7293, Longitude: -87.6042     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cave Spring 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 Cave Spring, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cave Spring.


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