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Jenkins, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Jenkins ...

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 Jenkins (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 Jenkins. 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 Jenkins ...

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 Jenkins.

  • While the name of this community is Jenkins, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Jenkins may originally have been Jenkin's.

Newspapers Published in Jenkins ...

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 Jenkins.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Jenkins, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Jenkins.

Cemeteries Near Jenkins ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Jenkins.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Williamson - Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nances Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Whites Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Community Congregational Holiness Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW McCain's Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Jacksonville Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Fourmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wellborn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Hanna Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Munger Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tredagar - Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Ft. McClellan Military Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Iron City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Grimes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Prisoner of War Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Littlejohn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hanks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  NNE Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Halls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Davistown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Edwardsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stead Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ohatchee #2 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, Jenkins had a post office and no railroad service.

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

White Plains   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Jenkins
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - White Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Nances Creek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Jenkins
 - Nances Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Jacksonville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Jenkins
 - 1895 population of 1,237 people (with 12,222 people in 2015)
 - Jacksonville had a post office and railroad service
Merrellton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Jenkins
 - Merrellton had a post office and no railroad service
Grantley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Jenkins
 - Grantley had a post office and no railroad service
Choccolocco   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Jenkins
 - 1895 population of 601 people
 - Choccolocco had a post office and railroad service
Iron City   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Jenkins
 - Iron City had a post office and no railroad service
Piedmont   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Jenkins
 - 1895 population of 711 people (with 4,714 people in 2015)
 - Piedmont had railroad service and no post office
Adelia - Historic   [Map]
 - While Adelia was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Jenkins
 - Adelia had a post office and no railroad service
Heflin   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Jenkins
 - 1895 population of 383 people (with 3,499 people in 2015)
 - Heflin 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 Jenkins. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Jenkins 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.

Jenkins 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 Jenkins. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Jenkins:

Calhoun     (The home county for Jenkins)
      White Plains   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Weaver   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Centre   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Banner   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Southside   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Steele   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 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 Jenkins:

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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Jenkins ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Calhoun County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Jenkins. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7995, Longitude: -85.6700     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Jenkins 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 Jenkins, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Jenkins.


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