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Coat's Bend, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Coat's Bend ...

Although we found mention of Coat's Bend during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Coat's Bend was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.

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 Coat's Bend (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 Coat's Bend. 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 Coat's Bend ...

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 35 newspapers that have been published in the area around Coat's Bend.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Coat's Bend, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Coat's Bend.

Cemeteries Near Coat's Bend ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Coat's Bend.

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 Coat's Bend covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Croft Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Tabor Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Shepard Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Beth Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Tillison Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  N Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Hughes Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Crestwood Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Patrick Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Youngs Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Morrison Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mackey Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Duck Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Forrest Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bristow Cemetery [Map]      
  E Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Harbour Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Alabama City Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Landers Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Taylors Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Davis Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sardis Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Parker Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sewell Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Yellow Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hunts Cemetery [Map]      
  N Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Leath Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cave Spring 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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Coat's Bend had a population of 247 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Coat's Bend, with the one closest to Coat's Bend listed first.

Turkeytown   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Coat's Bend
 - Turkeytown had a post office and railroad service
Oak Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Oak Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Coat's Bend
 - Oak Hill had a post office and railroad service
Upton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Coat's Bend
 - Upton had a post office and no railroad service
Tabor   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Coat's Bend
 - Tabor had a post office and no railroad service
Slackland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Coat's Bend
 - Slackland had a post office and no railroad service
Brice   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Coat's Bend
 - Brice had a post office and no railroad service
Hokes Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Coat's Bend
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 4,301 people in 2015)
 - Hokes Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Keener   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Coat's Bend
 - Keener had railroad service and no post office
East Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Coat's Bend
 - East Gadsden 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 Coat's Bend. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Coat's Bend 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Coat's Bend is located in Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Coat's Bend)
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites 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 Coat's Bend:

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 Etowah County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

With our Gazetteer, we add the names of communities whenever we see them mentioned - frequently found in old books or maps. Usually we don't have any details that go with the name, but we'll eventually find documents that will give us 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 Coat's Bend.

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 Coat's Bend:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Alabama Community

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Etowah County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went south past Coat's Bend and then turned east". While Coat's Bend could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Coat's Bend as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that Coat's Bend could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Alabama community named Coat's Bend.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Coat's Bend. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Coat's Bend) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Coat's Bend. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Coat's Bend

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Coat's Bend. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0774, Longitude: -85.8835     [Map].

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<3>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 Coat's Bend, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Coat's Bend.


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