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Isbell, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Isbell ...

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 Isbell (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 Isbell. 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 Isbell ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Isbell.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Isbell, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Isbell.

Cemeteries Near Isbell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Isbell.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Keelen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Steadham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Allen - McRight Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McWright Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Pounders Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Orman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wilson - Nooe Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Wingo Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kirk Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Knights of Pythias Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Walden Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Pounders - Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Quinn Memorial Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Scharnagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Spruce Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sargent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sadler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Devaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Luketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Moorman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rea Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Number 6 Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Franklin Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  N Burnt Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW New Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blue Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jonesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Belgreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Belgreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Grissom Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Edgar Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brock Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shady Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S J.R. Swinney Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Phil Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bobo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mountain Home Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Cleveland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mars Hill Community Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gray Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tharptown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sylvester Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Counts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greenhill - Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Nauvoo Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fortner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Duboise Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kimbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Denton Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pennington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Henson 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, Isbell had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Rockwood   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Isbell
 - Rockwood had a post office and no railroad service
Russellville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Isbell
 - 1895 population of 920 people (with 9,847 people in 2015)
 - Russellville had a post office and railroad service
Spruce Pine   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Isbell
 - Spruce Pine had a post office and no railroad service
Waco   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Isbell
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Waco had a post office and no railroad service
Belgreen   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Isbell
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Belgreen had a post office and no railroad service
Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Isbell
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Frankfort had a post office and no railroad service
Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Isbell
 - 1895 population of 143 people
 - Newburg had a post office and no railroad service
Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Isbell
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Hackleburg   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Isbell
 - Hackleburg 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 Isbell. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Isbell 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.

Isbell is located in Franklin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Franklin County: Colbert, Lawrence, Marion, Winston, Itawamba (MS) & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Franklin     (The home county for Isbell)
      Russellville   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Vina   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Twin   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Guin   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 - 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 Isbell:

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 Franklin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Franklin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Isbell. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4554, Longitude: -87.7539     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Isbell 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 Isbell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Isbell.


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