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Hatchet Creek, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Hatchet Creek ...

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 Hatchet Creek (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 Hatchet Creek. 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 Hatchet Creek ...

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 Hatchet Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Hatchet Creek: Hatchet Crk. (or less commonly used: Hatchet Ck. or Hatchet Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Hatchet Creek ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hatchet Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hatchet Creek, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hatchet Creek.

Cemeteries Near Hatchet Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hatchet Creek.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hatchett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harvell Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Horns Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Rozelle & Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Rocky Mount Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wilsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Germany Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Poe Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Smelley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Westview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Millerville Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Summer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hatchett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oaks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Burgess Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Darby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Moberley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Noles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Greenview Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Clairmont Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Winterboro Baptist Church 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 in 1895, Hatchet Creek had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Smelley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hatchet Creek
 - Smelley had a post office and no railroad service
Chandler Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Hatchet Creek
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Chandler Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Millerville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Hatchet Creek
 - Millerville had a post office and no railroad service
Rendalia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hatchet Creek
 - Rendalia had a post office and railroad service
Berney's   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hatchet Creek
 - Berney's had a post office and railroad service
Sycamore   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Hatchet Creek
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Sycamore had a post office and railroad service
Oldfield   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Hatchet Creek
 - Oldfield had a post office and no railroad service
Hollins   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Hatchet Creek
 - 1895 population of 422 people
 - Hollins had a post office and railroad service
Waldo   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Hatchet Creek
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 278 people in 2015)
 - Waldo had a post office and no railroad service
Goodwater   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Hatchet Creek
 - 1895 population of 589 people (with 1,343 people in 2015)
 - Goodwater had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Hatchet Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hatchet Creek 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.

Hatchet Creek is located in Clay County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Clay     (The home county for Hatchet Creek)
      Millerville   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Motley   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Penton   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ray   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Equality   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Newell   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Westover   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 Hatchet Creek:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Clay County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Hatchet Creek:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Hatchet Creek.
      See our Misc Page for Hatchet Creek for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Clay County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Hatchet Creek. 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' distance that stretches from Hatchet Creek. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Hatchet Creek) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hatchet Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2426, Longitude: -86.0416     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hatchet Creek have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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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 Hatchet Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hatchet Creek.


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