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Fort Deposit, Alabama
(Lowndes County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Fort Deposit ...

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 Fort Deposit (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 Fort Deposit. 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 Fort Deposit ...

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 Fort Deposit.

  • Typical abbreviation for Fort Deposit: Ft. Deposit

Newspapers Published in the area of Fort Deposit ...

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 60 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fort Deposit.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Fort Deposit. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Fort Deposit and those printed in the larger area surrounding Fort Deposit.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> of Fort Deposit.

Cemeteries Near Fort Deposit ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fort Deposit.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Myrtlewood Cemetery [Map]      
  S Jordan Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  E Summer Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Kilgore Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Temple Gate Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Springhill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Oak Bowery Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Antioch East Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE King Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Payne Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sawyer Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Ft. Dale Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hartley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Perdue Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Spring Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Lamar Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lee Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Willing Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Temple Gate Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pine Top Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Andress Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  E Panola Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hopewell 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Fort Deposit had a population of 518 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Fort Deposit had a population of 1,240 people.

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

Calhoun   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Fort Deposit
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Calhoun had a post office and railroad service
Searcy   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Fort Deposit
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Searcy had a post office and railroad service
Daisy   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Fort Deposit
 - Daisy had a post office and no railroad service
Sandy Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Fort Deposit
 - Sandy Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Willing   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Fort Deposit
 - 1895 population of 231 people
 - Mount Willing had a post office and no railroad service
Greenville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Fort Deposit
 - 1895 population of 2,806 people (with 7,845 people in 2015)
 - Greenville had a post office and railroad service
Letohatchee   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Fort Deposit
 - 1895 population of 112 people
 - Letohatchee had a post office and railroad service
Manningham   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Fort Deposit
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Manningham 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 Fort Deposit. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Fort Deposit 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Fort Deposit is located in Lowndes County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lowndes County: Autauga, Butler, Crenshaw, Dallas, Montgomery & Wilcox.

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

Lowndes     (The home county for Fort Deposit)
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Benton   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Booth   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Minter   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Selma   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ada   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grady   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kent   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Orion   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Troy   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Furman   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Awin   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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 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 Fort Deposit:

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 Lowndes County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Fort Deposit ...

While our initial data for Fort Deposit came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Fort Deposit in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find 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 Fort Deposit.

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 Fort Deposit:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Fort Deposit in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Fort Deposit for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Fort Deposit.
      See our Misc Page for Fort Deposit for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Lowndes County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Fort Deposit. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Fort Deposit. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Fort Deposit) 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 Fort Deposit. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Fort Deposit

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fort Deposit. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9863, Longitude: -86.5664     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fort Deposit 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 Fort Deposit, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Fort Deposit.


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