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Cottonwood, Alabama
(Limestone County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cottonwood ...

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 Cottonwood (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 Cottonwood. 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 Cottonwood ...

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 Cottonwood.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cottonwood, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cottonwood.

Cemeteries Near Cottonwood ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cottonwood.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Wiggins Cemetery [Map]      
  SW West Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Roselawn Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cambridge Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E Isom Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Polly Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Menefee Cemetery [Map]      
  N Fielding Cemetery [Map]      
  W Morris Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Burrell Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Tanner Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Martin Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Wesley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Fairview Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W McKinney Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Sunny Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Nebo Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Fletcher Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hughey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Reunion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Slave Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW O'Neal Cemetery [Map]      
  W Limestone Cemetery [Map]      
  W Turner Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Round Island Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pryor Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Donaldson Cemetery [Map]      
  E McClellan Cemetery [Map]      
  E Nick Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cummins Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Gray Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Myers Cemetery [Map]      
  NW McCully Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  W Valley View Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Proctor Cemetery [Map]      
  N Montgomery Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW New Garden Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Hatchett Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Bridgeforth Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Lucas Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Houston Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Parker Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Glover Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Toney Cemetery [Map]      
  E Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Lockhart Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Witty Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Berea Cemetery [Map]      
  W Farrow Cemetery [Map]      
  W Yarbrough Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Riddle Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Macklin Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
  S Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Quarter Lot Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Hundley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ragland Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Fletcher Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Clift Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pike Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Vasser - Pettus Cemetery [Map]      
  E Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hammond Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hutchings Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Concord Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE German Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pleasant Point Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Davchport Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Benford Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Binford Cemetery [Map]      
  S Gamble Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bibb Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Woodsides Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Antioch Cemetery #1 [Map]      
  NNW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Peete Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Withers Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Palmer Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Whitworth Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Washington Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Betts Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pettus Cemetery [Map]      
  E Joyner Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Garner Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Dedman Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Tuck Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Browning Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Powers Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Carroll Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Center Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Milhouse Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Nelson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  W Poplar Creek 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 Cottonwood in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Cottonwood.

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

Athens   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Cottonwood
 - 1895 population of 940 people (with 24,966 people in 2015)
 - Athens had a post office and railroad service
Hay's Mill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Cottonwood
 - Hay's Mill had railroad service and no post office
O'Neal   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Cottonwood
 - O'Neal had a post office and no railroad service
Blackburn   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Cottonwood
 - Blackburn had a post office and no railroad service
Harris Station   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Cottonwood
 - Harris Station had railroad service and no post office
Greenbrier   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Cottonwood
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Greenbrier had a post office and railroad service
Cartwright   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Cottonwood
 - Cartwright had a post office and no railroad service
Elkmont   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Cottonwood
 - Elkmont 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 Cottonwood. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cottonwood 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 and hospitals 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.

Cottonwood is located in Limestone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Limestone County: Lauderdale, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Giles (TN) & Lincoln (TN).

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

Limestone     (The home county for Cottonwood)
      Country Village   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Athens   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Tanner   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Caro   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Point   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hollytree   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belew - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Madison   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Toney   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Triana   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Meridianville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Normal   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hazel Green   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arab   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Danville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Olivet (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Boonshill (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarks Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fayetteville (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elk Mill Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belleville (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Petersburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marshall (TN)
      Delina (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cornersville (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 - 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 Cottonwood:

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 Limestone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson 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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       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    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Limestone County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Limestone County:

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cottonwood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7854, Longitude: -86.9264     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cottonwood 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 Cottonwood, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cottonwood.


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