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Grayton, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Grayton ...

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 Grayton (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 Grayton. 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 Grayton ...

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 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Grayton.

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

Cemeteries Near Grayton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Grayton.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Middleton Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Crooks Cemetery [Map]      
  W Ohatchee Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Gladden Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Hampton Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Mt. Sellers Cemetery [Map]      
  W Ten Island Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Ragan Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Alexandria Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Crystal Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Green Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Anniston Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Halls Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Seven Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Lloyds Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Heald Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Green Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Tredagar - Boozer Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Moore Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Creswell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Westview Gardens Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Edgemont Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Prisoner of War Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Munger 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 in 1895, Grayton had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Ohatchee   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Grayton
 - Ohatchee had a post office and railroad service
Hebron - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hebron was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Grayton
 - Hebron had a post office and railroad service
Peek's Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Peek's Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Grayton
 - 1895 population of 113 people
 - Peek's Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Francis   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Grayton
 - Francis had a post office and no railroad service
Ottery   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Grayton
 - Ottery had a post office and no railroad service
Morrisville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Grayton
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Morrisville had a post office and no railroad service
Peaceburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Grayton
 - Peaceburg had a post office and no railroad service
Alexandria   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Grayton
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Alexandria had a post office and railroad service
Duke   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Grayton
 - 1895 population of 98 people
 - Duke had a post office and railroad service
Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cane Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Grayton
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cane Creek 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 Grayton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Grayton 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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Grayton is located in Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Grayton)
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Snead   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Craig   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Banner   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Steele   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 Grayton:

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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay 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    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       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 Calhoun County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Calhoun 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 Grayton ...

While our initial data for Grayton came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Grayton 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 Grayton.

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 Grayton:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Grayton.
      See our Misc Page for Grayton for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Calhoun County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Calhoun County:

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 that stretches from Grayton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Grayton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grayton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8001, Longitude: -85.9672     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Grayton 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 Grayton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Grayton.


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