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Higdon, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Higdon ...

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 Higdon (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 Higdon. 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 Higdon ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Higdon.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Higdon, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Higdon.

Cemeteries Near Higdon ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Higdon.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Higdon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Countess Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Newby Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Oak Lawn Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Payne Cemetery [Map]      
  E Brown Gap Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Potato Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Steele Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Long Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Newman Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Stephens Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Reeves Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Porter Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Moore Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Beulah Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Beulahs Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Cagle Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Daniel Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NW Gray Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Weldon Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Easley Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Whit Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Trenton Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Lk. Hills Memorial Gardens [Map]     Georgia  
  N Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  W Maxwell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Swafford Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hanna Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SE Company Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Payne Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Wells Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  WNW Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  N Straightway Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Ridley Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Wheeler Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pritchett Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Harris Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE McKaig Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Hawkins Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Brock Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Grant Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW James Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pannell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Miller Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Bates Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Murphy Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N State Line Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Abbott Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Loyd Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Walker Family Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Nelson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW New Hope Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  SSW Fuller Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Sulphur Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bible Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N Clouse Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Clouse Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Burnett Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Rocky Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bonaventure Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  N McDaniel - Moore Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Potts Cemetery [Map]      
  W Greer Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cawlfield Cemetery [Map]      
  N Graham Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  W Caperton 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, Higdon had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Trenton (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Higdon
 - 1895 population of 378 people (with 2,238 people in 2015)
 - Trenton had a post office and railroad service
Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Higdon
 - 1895 population of 927 people
 - Rising Fawn had a post office and railroad service
Cole City (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Higdon
 - 1895 population of 750 people
 - Cole City had a post office and no railroad service
New England (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Higdon
 - 1895 population of 201 people
 - New England had a post office and no railroad service
Fabius   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Higdon
 - Fabius had a post office and no railroad service
Long Island   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Higdon
 - Long Island had a post office and no railroad service
Bridgeport   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Higdon
 - 1895 population of 162 people (with 2,355 people in 2015)
 - Bridgeport had a post office and railroad service
Ider   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Higdon
 - Ider 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 Higdon. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Higdon 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.

Higdon is located in Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: DeKalb, Madison, Marshall, Dade (GA), Franklin (TN) & Marion (TN).

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

Jackson     (The home county for Higdon)
      Bryant   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Browns Valley - Historic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Copenhagen - Historic   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      New Town   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Stevenson   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ider   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Powell   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Graysville (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ringgold (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
Dade (GA)
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Hill City (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rossville (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
Whitfield (GA)
      Crow (GA) - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tunnel Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rocky Face (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Varnell (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crown Mill Village (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dalton (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cohutta (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Union Point (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Bradley (TN)
      Mineral Park (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Coffee (TN)
      Ruthledge Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Monteagle (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sewanee (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenhaw (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Decherd (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Winchester (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Estill Springs (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Grundy (TN)
      Lankford Town (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      White City (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tracy City (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sartain Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coalmont (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Palmer (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pelham (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gruetli-Laager (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gruetli (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      East Ridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Midvale (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ridgeside (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chattanooga (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Colonial Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fountain Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hillsboro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
Marion (TN)
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Powells Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Whitwell (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Condra (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
Sequatchie (TN)
      Cartwright (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Center Point (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dunlap (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Higdon:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Catoosa County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Whitfield County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bradley County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Coffee County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Grundy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Hamilton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Sequatchie County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Jackson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Higdon. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8456, Longitude: -85.6164     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Higdon 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 Higdon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Higdon.


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