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Reaves, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Reaves ...

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 Reaves (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 Reaves. 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 Reaves ...

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 Reaves.

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

Cemeteries Near Reaves ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Reaves.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Youngs Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Landers Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Taylors Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Ohatchee #2 Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Littlejohn Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Davis Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sardis Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Boozer Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Wellborn Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Tabor Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE McCain's Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Community Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Green Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Morrison Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Seven Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  S Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  S Tredagar - Boozer Cemetery [Map]      
  S Munger Cemetery [Map]      
  S Carpenter Cemetery [Map]      
  E Goshen Cemetery [Map]      
  N Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Tillison Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Crystal Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  S Greenlawn Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hillcrest Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Nances Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Croft Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Highland Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mountain Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Parker Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Crestwood Memorial 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Reaves had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Colvins Gap   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Reaves
 - Colvins Gap had a post office and no railroad service
Adelia - Historic   [Map]
 - While Adelia was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Reaves
 - Adelia had a post office and no railroad service
Hokes Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Reaves
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 4,301 people in 2015)
 - Hokes Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Gnatville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Reaves
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Gnatville had a post office and no railroad service
Laney   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Reaves
 - Laney had a post office and railroad service
Mack - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mack was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Reaves
 - Mack had a post office and no railroad service
Merrellton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Reaves
 - Merrellton had a post office and no railroad service
Ricks - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ricks was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Reaves
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Ricks had a post office and no railroad service
Coat's Bend   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Reaves
 - 1895 population of 247 people
 - Coat's Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Duke   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Reaves
 - 1895 population of 98 people
 - Duke 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 Reaves. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Reaves 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 and doctors 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.

Reaves 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 Reaves. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Reaves:

Etowah     (The home county for Reaves)
      Banner   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

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 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 Reaves:

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    
Clay 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
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Reaves ...

While our initial data for Reaves came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Reaves in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Reaves.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Reaves:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Reaves.
      See our Misc Page for Reaves for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Etowah County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Reaves. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9751, Longitude: -85.7902     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Reaves 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 Reaves, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Reaves.


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