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River Bend, Alabama
(Tallapoosa County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for River Bend ...

So far, we have found very little information about River Bend. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added River Bend to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with River Bend, please Contact Us.

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 River Bend (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 River Bend. 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.

Name Variations for River Bend ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with River Bend.

  • Typical abbreviation for River Bend: River Bnd.

Newspapers Published in River Bend ...

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 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around River Bend.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of River Bend, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for River Bend.

Cemeteries Near River Bend ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of River Bend.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Benson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  N Farrow Dennis Graveyard [Map]      
  WNW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW County Line Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Rocky Mount Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mask Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Spain Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Red Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Union Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Jacksons Gap Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  W Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  W Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Lovejoy Cemetery [Map]      
  S Union Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Lockhart Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Shepard Graveyard [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Benson - Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  S John Johnston Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Woods Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  S Guthrie Cemetery [Map]      
  S Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Harper Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  E Tallapoosa County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NE Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Fishpond Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Watson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Fellowship Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hillview Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  E Holley Cemetery [Map]      
  E Morgan Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pine Grove 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.

While we didn't find River Bend in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of River Bend.

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

Island Home   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from River Bend
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Island Home had a post office and no railroad service
Dadeville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from River Bend
 - 1895 population of 873 people (with 3,150 people in 2015)
 - Dadeville had a post office and railroad service
Jacksons' Gap   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from River Bend
 - 1895 population of 207 people (with 802 people in 2015)
 - Jacksons' Gap had a post office and railroad service
Kowaliga   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from River Bend
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Kowaliga had a post office and no railroad service
Walnut Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from River Bend
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Walnut Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Agricola   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from River Bend
 - Agricola had a post office and no railroad service
Thornton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from River Bend
 - Thornton had a post office and no railroad service
Alexander City   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from River Bend
 - 1895 population of 679 people (with 14,718 people in 2015)
 - Alexander City had a post office and railroad service
Jordan   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from River Bend
 - Jordan 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 River Bend. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring River Bend 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.

Although our information shows that the community of River Bend is historic, it would have been located within present day Tallapoosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tallapoosa County: Chambers, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon & Randolph.

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

Tallapoosa     (The home county for River Bend)
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      New Site   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Valley   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Equality   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Titus   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 River Bend:

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 Tallapoosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay 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    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       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 Tallapoosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tallapoosa 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 ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Tallapoosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 River Bend, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from River Bend. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- River Bend) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in River Bend. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8015, Longitude: -85.8727     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for River Bend have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

For additional information, please visit our Glossary for River Bend.


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