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Letcher, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Letcher ...

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 Letcher (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 Letcher. 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 Letcher ...

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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Letcher.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Letcher, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Letcher.

Cemeteries Near Letcher ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Letcher.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Gold Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pace Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Latham Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bynum Cemetery [Map]      
  E Gold Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sharp Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Berry Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Isbell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Blue Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pinhook Cemetery [Map]      
  E Brandon Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Skyline Cemetery [Map]      
  W Trenton Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  W Webb Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Harrison Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Erwin Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Gentle Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Dotson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shelton Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Proctor Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Maynard Cove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Travis Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Rouse Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Flanagan Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hollytree Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  N Fowler Cemetery [Map]      
  W Moon Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bingham Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Prince Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Ross Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Peters Cove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Rosson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Graham Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Church Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Elkins Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Barbee Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Dolberry Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sanders Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Maples Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Todd Cemetery [Map]      
  W Kirk Cemetery [Map]      
  W Walker Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Green Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Woods Cove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Moody Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Clay Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bouldin Cemetery [Map]      
  W Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  W Tipton Cemetery [Map]      
  W Rousseau Cemetery [Map]      
  W Rousseau Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  S Zions Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hurt Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sanders Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Crow Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Bostick Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Henshaw Cemetery [Map]      
  W Rousseau Cemetery [Map]      
  W Latham Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Stephens Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  S Maple Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Prince Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Guffy Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hudgins Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Renshaw Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Kyles Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Maxwell Cemetery [Map]      
  N Swaim Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hytop Cemetery [Map]      
  N Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Tone 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>

While we didn't find Letcher in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Letcher.

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

Larkinsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Letcher
 - 1895 population of 216 people
 - Larkinsville had a post office and railroad service
Tupelo   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Letcher
 - Tupelo had a post office and no railroad service
Lim Rock   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Letcher
 - Lim Rock had a post office and railroad service
Maynard Cove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Letcher
 - Maynard Cove had a post office and no railroad service
Trenton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Letcher
 - Trenton had a post office and no railroad service
Hollytree   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Letcher
 - Hollytree had a post office and no railroad service
Mud Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mud Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Letcher
 - Mud Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Princeton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Letcher
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Princeton had a post office and no railroad service
Garth   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Letcher
 - 1895 population of 67 people
 - Garth 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 Letcher. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Letcher 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 south 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.

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

Jackson     (The home county for Letcher)
      Pleasant Groves   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cumberland Mountain Farm Colony - Historic   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Skyline   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hollytree   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Beachboro - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Estillfork   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Powell   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ider   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Caro   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Market   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Moore's Mill   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grant   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Dade (GA)
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Coffee (TN)
      Ruthledge Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Southgate Park (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Winchester (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Garner Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Decherd (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Greenhaw (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sewanee (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Estill Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clarks Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gattistown (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fayetteville (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elk Mill Village (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (TN)
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Moore (TN)
      Lynchburg (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Letcher:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman 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    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dade County (GA):       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    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Moore 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Letcher. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Letcher) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Letcher. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7520, Longitude: -86.1622     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Letcher 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 Letcher, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Letcher.


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