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Mays Bend, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Mays Bend ...

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 Mays Bend (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 Mays Bend. 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 Mays Bend ...

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 Mays Bend.

  • Typical abbreviation for Mays Bend: Mays Bnd.
  • While the name of this community is Mays Bend, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Mays Bend may originally have been May's Bend.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Mays Bend might be written as May Bend.

Newspapers Published in Mays Bend ...

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mays Bend.

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

Cemeteries Near Mays Bend ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mays Bend.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Mays Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Walkers Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE McCellan Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Robert Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Seddon Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Valley Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Old Florence Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Hubbard Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hepzibah Cemetery [Map]      
  S Freeze Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Oak Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Garden of Memories Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  S Allen - Sims Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Boykin Truitt Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW St. Clair Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NW Bowman Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Harkeys Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Needmore Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Broken Arrow Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Refuge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Armbrester Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Thornhill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pine Hill Memorial Park [Map]      
  NE Pattons Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Karr 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 Mays Bend in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Mays Bend.

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

Stemley   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mays Bend
 - Stemley had a post office and railroad service
Eureka   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Mays Bend
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Eureka had a post office and no railroad service
Seddon   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mays Bend
 - 1895 population of 377 people
 - Seddon had a post office and railroad service
Cropwell   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Mays Bend
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - Cropwell had a post office and railroad service
Lincoln   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Mays Bend
 - 1895 population of 175 people (with 6,524 people in 2015)
 - Lincoln had a post office and railroad service
Riverside   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Mays Bend
 - Riverside had a post office and railroad service
Pell City   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mays Bend
 - Pell City had a post office and railroad service
Renfroe   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Mays Bend
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Renfroe 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 Mays Bend. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mays Bend 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Mays Bend is located in Saint Clair County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Clair County: Blount, Calhoun, Etowah, Jefferson, Shelby & Talladega.

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

Saint Clair     (The home county for Mays Bend)
      Cropwell   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Elder   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Delta   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Abel   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alton   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Colony   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Lincoln   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 - 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 Mays Bend:

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 Saint Clair County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Saint Clair County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Saint Clair County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mays Bend. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5404, Longitude: -86.2055     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mays Bend 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 Mays Bend, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Mays Bend.


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