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Orrville, Alabama
(Limestone County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Orrville ...

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 Orrville (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 Orrville. 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 Orrville ...

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 Orrville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Orrville, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Orrville.

Cemeteries Near Orrville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Orrville.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Macklin Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pryor Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lucas Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bridgeforth Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Decatur Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Nebo Church Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mosley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Gamble Cemetery [Map]      
  E Houston Cemetery [Map]      
  N Tanner Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hatchett Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Neville Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Grayson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Roselawn Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSW Dancy Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bibb Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Polly Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  W Burt Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Minor Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Lile Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Wimbley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Burrell Cemetery [Map]      
  S Adkins Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Center Star Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Thach Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Woodsides Cemetery [Map]      
  E Quarter Lot Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Round Island Cemetery [Map]      
  N Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Proctor Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Binford Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Jobe Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Murphy Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Elliott Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Lile Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Gunn Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Crow Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Burleson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Stroup Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  S Blackwell Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Peebles Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Zeitler Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hundley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sunny Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Fletcher Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cambridge Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N West Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Benford Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  N Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  W Peck Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Fennell Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Chestnut Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Rather Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wise Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Crow Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Turner Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Thatch Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ragland Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Wiggins Cemetery [Map]      
  N Roselawn Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  W Baker Cemetery [Map]      
  W Baker Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Trotter Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Fuller Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Stockton Cemetery [Map]      
  S Grizzard Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW McKinney Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oakview Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNW Limestone Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hunley Cemetery [Map]      
  E Peete Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Parker Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Valley View Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Martin Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Menefee Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Farrow Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Yarbrough Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Riddle Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  W Flower Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Kelly Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Napps Cemetery [Map]      
  S Minor Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bishop Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Sand Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ratliff Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Ashford Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Blackwell - Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  E Withers Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Wesley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Isom Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Ripley Cemetery [Map]      
  W Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bobo Cemetery [Map]      
  W Clardy Cemetery [Map]      
  W Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  W Elliott 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 Orrville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Orrville.

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

Decatur Junction   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Orrville
 - Decatur Junction had railroad service and no post office
Simpson   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Orrville
 - Simpson had a post office and no railroad service
Decatur   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Orrville
 - 1895 population of 2,765 people (with 55,437 people in 2015)
 - Decatur had a post office and railroad service
Mooresville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Orrville
 - 1895 population of 143 people (with 58 people in 2015)
 - Mooresville had a post office and no railroad service
Greenbrier   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Orrville
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Greenbrier had a post office and railroad service
Athens   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Orrville
 - 1895 population of 940 people (with 24,966 people in 2015)
 - Athens had a post office and railroad service
Blackburn   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Orrville
 - Blackburn had a post office and no railroad service
Ripley   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Orrville
 - Ripley 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 Orrville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Orrville 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 hospitals 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.

Orrville is located in Limestone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Limestone County: Lauderdale, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Giles (TN) & Lincoln (TN).

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

Limestone     (The home county for Orrville)
      Harris Station   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Tanner   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Athens   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Caro   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Point   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      East Point   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belew - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Triana   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Toney   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      English Village   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Normal   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Meridianville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arab   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Danville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boonshill (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clarks Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fayetteville (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Orrville:

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 Limestone 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    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence 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    
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    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Limestone County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Limestone County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Orrville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Orrville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orrville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6673, Longitude: -86.9770     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Orrville 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 Orrville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Orrville.


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