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Our Genealogical Helper for Penton ...

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 Penton (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 Penton. 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 Penton ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Penton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Penton, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Penton.

Cemeteries Near Penton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Penton.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Chappell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Hill - Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  N Tatum Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Milltown Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Old Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Sandy Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sharps Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sims Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Finney Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Higgins Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Abanda Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sanders Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Sanders Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Blanton Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mountain Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bibby Family Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  SW New Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Old Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Waites Cemetery [Map]      
  S Finley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Handy Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Lafayette Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Emory Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sky View Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Darian Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  SW County Line Cemetery [Map]      
  S St. John United Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Stamps Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Germany Family Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Buttston Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Dudleyville Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Holstum Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  E Swint - Hammack Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Wadley Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Daviston Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Daviston 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 Penton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Penton.

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

Chapel Hill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Penton
 - Chapel Hill had a post office and no railroad service
 
Marcoot   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Penton
 - Marcoot had a post office and no railroad service
 
Milltown   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Penton
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Milltown had a post office and no railroad service
 
Buffalo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Penton
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Buffalo had a post office and railroad service
 
Bosworth   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Penton
 - Bosworth had a post office and no railroad service
 
Five Points   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Penton
 - Five Points had a post office and railroad service
 
Doublehead   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Penton
 - Doublehead had a post office and no railroad service
 
LaFayette   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Penton
 - 1895 population of 1,369 people (with 2,990 people in 2015)
 - LaFayette 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 Penton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Penton 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 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.

Penton is located in Chambers County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chambers County: Lee, Randolph, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

  DirectionDistance
Chambers     (The home county for Penton)
      Five Points   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Valley   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Clay
      Motley   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Cleburne
      Micaville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Abel   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Coosa
      Kellyton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ray   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Equality   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Elmore
      Kent   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Hale
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Lee
      Waverly   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Macon
      Notasulga   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Randolph
      Wadley   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Newell   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Graham   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Tallapoosa
      Frog Eye   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      New Site   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Carroll (GA)
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Coweta (GA)
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Meriwether (GA)
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Penton:

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 Chambers County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

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    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Chambers County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Chambers 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 ...
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Communities in Alabama

About Chambers County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Chambers County: www.chamberscounty.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Penton. 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 Penton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Penton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0057, Longitude: -85.4670     [Map].

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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 Penton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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