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Manchester, Alabama
(Marshall County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Manchester ...

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 Manchester (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 Manchester. 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 Manchester ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Manchester.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Manchester, 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 Manchester.

Cemeteries Near Manchester ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Manchester.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Cooley Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Street Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Street Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Abel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Honey Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Lowry Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Patterson Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Warrenton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Honeycomb Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Sweet Home Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bennett Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Guntersville City Cemetery [Map]      
  E Roden Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Willis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Panquin Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Walker Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Henryville Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Henry Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McDonald Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Troup Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hines Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW New Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Ridgway Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Crestview Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Rehobeth Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Kennamer Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Troup Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cochrane Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Click Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Boggess Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Nearen Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Griffin Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bodine Cemetery [Map]      
  S Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Happy Home Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE King Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Kirkland Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mayo Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Beech Spring Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Brookwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Shoal Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Brashier Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Boyles Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  S Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. High Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Alder Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Haney Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Chandler Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Old Union Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Clear Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Brashiers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Free Home Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Ashburn Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Humpton Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cloud Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Gilliam Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Arab City Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Drake Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Little Branch Cemetery [Map]      
  N Whittaker Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bush Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Gibson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hayden 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, Manchester had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Warrenton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Manchester
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Warrenton had a post office and no railroad service
Cottonville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Manchester
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Cottonville had a post office and no railroad service
North - Historic   [Map]
 - While North was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Manchester
 - North had a post office and no railroad service
Henryville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Manchester
 - Henryville had a post office and no railroad service
Guntersville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Manchester
 - 1895 population of 471 people (with 8,385 people in 2015)
 - Guntersville had a post office and no railroad service
Union Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Manchester
 - Union Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Friendship   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Manchester
 - Friendship had a post office and no railroad service
Grassy   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Manchester
 - Grassy had a post office and no railroad service
Bucksnort   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Manchester
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Bucksnort had a post office and no railroad service
Keel - Historic   [Map]
 - While Keel was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Manchester
 - Keel 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 Manchester. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Manchester 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 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.

Manchester is located in Marshall County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marshall County: Blount, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Madison & Morgan.

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

Marshall     (The home county for Manchester)
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Grant   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Craig   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Snead   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Powell   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Pleasant Groves   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Section   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Triana   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eva   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

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

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 Marshall County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee 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    
Jackson 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    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Marshall County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marshall County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Manchester. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4112, Longitude: -86.3483     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Manchester 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 Manchester, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Manchester.


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