RoadsideThoughs depends on cookies for its operation. Please refer to our Privacy page for details. By closing this banner or continuing to browse RoadsideThoughts, you agree to the use of cookies.

A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Simpson, Alabama
(Morgan County)

Nearby Census Genealogy
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Other AL

The location of Simpson

Click for Interactive Map

Click for Interactive Map
(GPS coordinates provided by the GNIS)
Click here for an interactive map for Simpson
and the surrounding area.
Learn About
The Commemorative
Quarter for
The Commemorative Quarter for Alabama

Our Genealogical Helper for Simpson ...

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 Simpson (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 Simpson. 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 Simpson ...

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 44 newspapers that have been published in the area around Simpson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Simpson, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Simpson.

Cemeteries Near Simpson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Simpson.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Roselawn Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Dancy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stroup Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rather Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Decatur Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Blackwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mosley Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Grizzard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wise Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oakview Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Stockton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Grayson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Napps Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Minor Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bishop Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Macklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Neville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wimbley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lile Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lile Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fennell Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Raper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Center Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gamble Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burt Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Minor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bridgeforth Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Trotter Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Burning Tree Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Sand Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ratliff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Thach Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bibb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pryor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Peck Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jobe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hatchett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rountree Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shoal Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Thatch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Peebles Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Zeitler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Woodsides Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Stroup Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nebo Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hartselle Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  E Hunley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Quarter Lot Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Binford Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Clardy Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Morris Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Keys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Johnson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW O'Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Proctor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Slayton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ashford Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blackwell - Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hundley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Benford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Flower Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Elliott 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, Simpson had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Decatur   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Simpson
 - 1895 population of 2,765 people (with 55,437 people in 2015)
 - Decatur had a post office and railroad service
Decatur Junction   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Simpson
 - Decatur Junction had railroad service and no post office
Harris Station   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Simpson
 - Harris Station had railroad service and no post office
Priceville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Simpson
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 3,179 people in 2015)
 - Priceville had a post office and no railroad service
Mooresville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Simpson
 - 1895 population of 143 people (with 58 people in 2015)
 - Mooresville had a post office and no railroad service
Neel   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Simpson
 - Neel had a post office and no railroad service
Hartselle   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Simpson
 - 1895 population of 596 people (with 14,493 people in 2015)
 - Hartselle had a post office and railroad service
Greenbrier   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Simpson
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Greenbrier had a post office and railroad service
Hillsboro   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Simpson
 - 1895 population of 308 people (with 519 people in 2015)
 - Hillsboro 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 Simpson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Simpson 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 doctors and 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.

Simpson is located in Morgan County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Morgan County: Cullman, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall & Winston.

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

Morgan     (The home county for Simpson)
      Decatur   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Russell Village   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Point   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Athens   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Caro   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Triana   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Madison   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      English Village   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Toney   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Normal   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arab   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arley   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 Simpson:

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 Morgan County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale 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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

While our initial data for Simpson came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Simpson 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 Simpson.

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 Simpson:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Simpson.
      See our Misc Page for Simpson for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Morgan County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Morgan County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Simpson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5834, Longitude: -87.0003     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Simpson have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

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

- Return to Citation

For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Simpson.


Tidbits &
Other   AL

Sitemap Privacy
of Use


Please keep in mind that we can not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information on this website, so use with care. We encourage you to double-check the information that is critical to you.

If you've found an error or have additional information that you would like to share, please don't hesitate to write. Click here to contact us.

Copyright 2016
All Rights Reserved
This page was last modified: 17 Apr 2017
By John Hall