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Letson Settlement, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Letson Settlement ...

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 Letson Settlement (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 Letson Settlement. 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 Letson Settlement ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Letson Settlement.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Letson Settlement, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Letson Settlement.

Cemeteries Near Letson Settlement ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Letson Settlement.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Terry Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Hawkins Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Wade Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Dossey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Wheeler Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Gilchrist Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mayes Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Owens Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Terry Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Terry Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Jetton Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Rutherford Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Long Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Byars Cemetery [Map]      
  S Moulton Municipal Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Garth Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Penny Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Vaughan Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Rainwater Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hacklin Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Swoope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Wheeler Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Graham Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Owens Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Bynum Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Heflin Cemetery [Map]      
  S McDonald Cemetery [Map]      
  S Milam Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sivley Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cottingham Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Conner Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bain Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Blackground Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Ashford Cemetery [Map]      
  S Almon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Moody Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dement Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Morris Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Clardy Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Reynolds Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Brides Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  W Providence Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Hodges Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Ashford Cemetery [Map]      
  E Thrasher Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Kelly Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Elliott Cemetery [Map]      
  NE McBride Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Rocky Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Ennix Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Barclay Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Graves Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Foster - Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Swoope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Swoope Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Abernathy Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lansdell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sanderson Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Fergason Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Landersville Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Old Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Byrd Cemetery [Map]      
  S Gibson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Montgomery Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Red Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Watson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bobo Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Shackelford Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pointer Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Scruggs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NW String Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pippen Cemetery [Map]      
  W Beavers Cemetery [Map]      
  W Love Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Town Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  S Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Paff Cemetery [Map]      
  E Fuller Cemetery [Map]      
  E Trotter Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Clardy Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Locklayer Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cramer Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Porter Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Newman Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  N Andrew Garth Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hampton Cemetery [Map]      
  N Lyle Cemetery [Map]      
  N Tweedy Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Roden 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 Letson Settlement in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Letson Settlement.

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

Mountain Home   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Letson Settlement
 - Mountain Home had a post office and no railroad service
Courtland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Letson Settlement
 - 1895 population of 579 people (with 597 people in 2015)
 - Courtland had a post office and railroad service
Moulton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Letson Settlement
 - 1895 population of 426 people (with 3,337 people in 2015)
 - Moulton had a post office and no railroad service
Hillsboro   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Letson Settlement
 - 1895 population of 308 people (with 519 people in 2015)
 - Hillsboro had a post office and railroad service
Hatton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Letson Settlement
 - Hatton had a post office and no railroad service
Concord   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Letson Settlement
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Concord had a post office and no railroad service
Landersville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Letson Settlement
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Landersville had a post office and no railroad service
Town Creek   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Letson Settlement
 - 1895 population of 201 people (with 1,065 people in 2015)
 - Town Creek had a post office and railroad service
Oakville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Letson Settlement
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Oakville 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 Letson Settlement. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Letson Settlement 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.

Letson Settlement is located in Lawrence County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lawrence County: Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Limestone, Morgan & Winston.

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

Lawrence     (The home county for Letson Settlement)
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wren   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Logan   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lester   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Triana   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Toney   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Houston   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arley   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Letson Settlement:

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 Lawrence County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale 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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lawrence County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lawrence 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 Letson Settlement. 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 'straight-line' distance starting from Letson Settlement. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Letson Settlement) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Letson Settlement. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5768, Longitude: -87.2917     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Letson Settlement 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 Letson Settlement, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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