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Owens, Alabama
(Etowah County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Owens ...

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 Owens (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 Owens. 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 Owens ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Owens.

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

Cemeteries Near Owens ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Owens.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Shepard Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Croft Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Tabor Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mackey Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SE New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Morrison Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Harbour Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hunts Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Patrick Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sewell Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pratt Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Yellow Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  N New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bristow Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mathis Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  E Parker Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Lookout Cemetery [Map]      
  N Collinsville Cemetery [Map]      
  W Duck Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Beth Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Tates Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sand Rock Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Plunket Cemetery [Map]      
  N Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  N Kerley Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Tillison Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Davis Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sardis Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cherokee Memory Gardens [Map]      
  E Centre Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Chesnut Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Belcher Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Belchers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Anthony Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pleasant Hill 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 Owens in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Owens.

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

Oak Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Oak Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Owens
 - Oak Hill had a post office and railroad service
Slackland   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Owens
 - Slackland had a post office and no railroad service
Turkeytown   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Owens
 - Turkeytown had a post office and railroad service
Coat's Bend   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Owens
 - 1895 population of 247 people
 - Coat's Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Maple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Owens
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Maple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Mackey   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Owens
 - Mackey had a post office and no railroad service
Tabor   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Owens
 - Tabor had a post office and no railroad service
Leesburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Owens
 - 1895 population of 161 people (with 1,014 people in 2015)
 - Leesburg 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 Owens. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Owens 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 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.

Owens is located in Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Owens)
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Owens:

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 Etowah 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    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Owens. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1295, Longitude: -85.8502     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Owens 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 Owens, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Owens.


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