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Spruce Pine, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Spruce Pine ...

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 Spruce Pine (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 Spruce Pine. 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 Spruce Pine ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spruce Pine.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spruce Pine, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spruce Pine.

Cemeteries Near Spruce Pine ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spruce Pine.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Scharnagle Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Spruce Pine Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Dooley Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Shady Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Phil Campbell Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sibley Cemetery [Map]      
  N Allen Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Allen - McRight Cemetery [Map]      
  NW McWright Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wingo Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Stone Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Wade Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Brock Cemetery [Map]      
  SW J.R. Swinney Family Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mars Hill Community Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mountain View Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Blue Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Keelen Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Old Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Rea Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Steadham Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pounders Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Quinn Memorial Church of Christ Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Edgar Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Center Point Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Watson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  N Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  N Orman Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pounders - Quinn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Moorman Cemetery [Map]      
  W Lawler Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Lawler Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Grissom Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Cleveland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Fortner Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Chestnut Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Drake Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sargent Cemetery [Map]      
  N Kirk Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hamilton Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Walden Cemetery [Map]      
  N Wilson - Nooe Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Factory Cemetery [Map]      
  S John Bull Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bear Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bear Creek #1 Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Arnold Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dime Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Gray Rock Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Graham Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Welch Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Old Town Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E Duboise Cemetery [Map]      
  E Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Number 6 Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sadler Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  N Luketown Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  N Knights of Pythias Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Lindsey Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cedar Tree Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mountain Home Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Willis Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Old Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Posey Mill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kimbrough Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Denton Hollow Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hester Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bobo Cemetery [Map]      
  N Devaney Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Belgreen Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Old Belgreen Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mountain Home Presbyterian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Lindsey Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Burnt Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Lower Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE County Line Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Orange Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Orange Cemetery [Map]      
  E Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sparks Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sylvester Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Counts Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Tharptown Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Gravel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Kirkland Cemetery [Map]      
  N Franklin Memory Gardens [Map]      
  W Scott 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, Spruce Pine had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Isbell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Spruce Pine
 - Isbell had a post office and no railroad service
Rockwood   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spruce Pine
 - Rockwood had a post office and no railroad service
Russellville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Spruce Pine
 - 1895 population of 920 people (with 9,847 people in 2015)
 - Russellville had a post office and railroad service
Waco   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Spruce Pine
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Waco had a post office and no railroad service
Bear Creek   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Spruce Pine
 - Bear Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Belgreen   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spruce Pine
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Belgreen had a post office and no railroad service
Hackleburg   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spruce Pine
 - Hackleburg had a post office and no railroad service
Goddard   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Spruce Pine
 - Goddard had a post office and no railroad service
Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Spruce Pine
 - 1895 population of 143 people
 - Newburg had a post office and no railroad service
Haleyville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spruce Pine
 - Haleyville 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 Spruce Pine. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spruce Pine 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.

Spruce Pine is located in Franklin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Franklin County: Colbert, Lawrence, Marion, Winston, Itawamba (MS) & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Franklin     (The home county for Spruce Pine)
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vina   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Killen   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Twin   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Guin   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Addison   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 - although 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 Spruce Pine:

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 Franklin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale 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    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Spruce Pine:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Spruce Pine.
      See our Misc Page for Spruce Pine for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Franklin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Spruce Pine. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spruce Pine

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spruce Pine. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3919, Longitude: -87.7269     [Map].

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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 Spruce Pine, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Spruce Pine.


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