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Sharps Mill, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sharps Mill ...

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 Sharps Mill (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 Sharps Mill. 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 Sharps Mill ...

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 Sharps Mill.

  • Typical abbreviation for Sharps Mill: Sharps Ml. (or less commonly used: Sharps Mll.)
  • While the name of this community is Sharps Mill, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Sharps Mill may originally have been Sharp's Mill.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Sharps Mill might be written as Sharp Mill.

Newspapers Published in Sharps Mill ...

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 50 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sharps Mill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sharps Mill, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sharps Mill.

Cemeteries Near Sharps Mill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sharps Mill.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chisholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Parsonage Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW George Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Greenview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gresham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kachelman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Paulk Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nolen Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Pearson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Flint Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Winbourn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Walston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tate - Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dowdy Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Canerday Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Emaline Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hardwick Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Roberson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Austin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Railroad Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Darby Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Bottom Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pearsall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Whitamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kernachan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shiloh Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cauhorn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Whitten Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McAllister Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Darby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barkley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Whittens Cross Roads 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 Sharps Mill in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sharps Mill.

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

Jacksonburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sharps Mill
 - Jacksonburg had a post office and railroad service
Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sharps Mill
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
Webster - Historic   [Map]
 - While Webster was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sharps Mill
 - Webster had a post office and no railroad service
Cloverdale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sharps Mill
 - Cloverdale had a post office and no railroad service
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sharps Mill
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 40,026 people in 2015)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sharps Mill
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 464 people in 2015)
 - Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service
Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sharps Mill
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Oakland had a post office and no railroad service
Bailey Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Sharps Mill
 - Bailey Springs 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 Sharps Mill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sharps Mill 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 doctors 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.

Sharps Mill is located in Lauderdale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Sharps Mill)
      Zip City   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Florence   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Killen   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Centerview (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Johnson Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Swift (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lewis (TN)
      Voorhies (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
McNairy (TN)
      Tulu (TN)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Perry (TN)
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ashland Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Slickrock Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clifton (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Sharps Mill:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lewis County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
McNairy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Perry County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sharps Mill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9081, Longitude: -87.7056     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sharps Mill 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 Sharps Mill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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