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Pocahontas, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Pocahontas ...

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 Pocahontas (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 Pocahontas. 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 Pocahontas ...

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 47 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pocahontas.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Pocahontas, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Pocahontas.

Cemeteries Near Pocahontas ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Pocahontas.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Guthrie Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  W Moore Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Whitley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Boshell Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Kings Cemetery [Map]      
  E Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sleepy Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Phillips Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Files Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Fike & Inman Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Manasco Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Kings Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Easly Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Fergerson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Keeton Cemetery [Map]      
  N Liberty Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Elm Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Palmers Cemetery [Map]      
  NE King Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Coalbed Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Johnson School House Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Crossroads Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Lawson Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Reid Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Edgil Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Hermon Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Walden Cemetery [Map]      
  W Harris Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sims Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Willis Cemetery [Map]      
  S Johnston Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cross Roads Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Gaddy Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE King Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Dozier Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Tucker Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Enis Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Panter Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pendley Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Lollar Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Norris Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ashbank Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ashbank Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bethel Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Colburn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Tidwell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Phillips Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW New River Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW New River Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pendley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Patton Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Tubbs Cemetery [Map]      
  E Walker Memory Gardens [Map]      
  E New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Old Bennett Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Union Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Ararat Cemetery [Map]      
  W Brown Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ingle & Wakefield Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Ingle 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 Pocahontas in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Pocahontas.

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

Carbon Hill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Pocahontas
 - 1895 population of 568 people (with 1,975 people in 2015)
 - Carbon Hill had a post office and railroad service
Townley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Pocahontas
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Townley had a post office and railroad service
Prospect   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Pocahontas
 - Prospect had a post office and no railroad service
Kansas   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Pocahontas
 - Kansas had a post office and no railroad service
Saragossa   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Pocahontas
 - Saragossa had a post office and railroad service
Edgil   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Pocahontas
 - Edgil had a post office and no railroad service
Nauvoo   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Pocahontas
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 213 people in 2015)
 - Nauvoo had a post office and no railroad service
Gamble   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Pocahontas
 - Gamble had railroad service and no post office
Eldridge   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Pocahontas
 - Eldridge had a post office and railroad service
Ashbank   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Pocahontas
 - Ashbank 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 Pocahontas. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pocahontas 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

Pocahontas is located in Walker County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walker County: Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Jefferson, Marion, Tuscaloosa & Winston.

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

Walker     (The home county for Pocahontas)
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Townley   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Corona   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Patton   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Logan   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Point   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Berry   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Belk   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Corner   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alden   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pinkney City   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millport   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wren   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Twin   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Guin   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Weston   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Echola   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Houston   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

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 - 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 Pocahontas:

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 Walker County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Walker 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 Pocahontas. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Pocahontas) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pocahontas. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8729, Longitude: -87.4831     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pocahontas 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 Pocahontas, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Pocahontas.


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