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Town Creek, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Town Creek ...

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 Town Creek (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 Town Creek. 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 Town Creek ...

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 Town Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Town Creek: Town Crk. (or less commonly used: Town Ck. or Town Cr.)

Newspapers Published in the area of Town Creek ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Town Creek.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Town Creek. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Town Creek and those printed in the larger area surrounding Town Creek.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> of Town Creek.

Cemeteries Near Town Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Town Creek.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW String Cemetery [Map]      
  S Lansdell Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Abernathy Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Scruggs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Rocky Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Brickhouse Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Blackground Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bain Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Conner Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cal Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ashford Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Dobbins Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Dillahunty Cemetery [Map]      
  W King Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cal Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Terry Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Owens Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Graham Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bynum Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ashford Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Byrd Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Lee Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Fuqua Cemetery [Map]      
  N Childers Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Madding Cemetery [Map]      
  N Davenport Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sheffield Cemetery [Map]      
  W King Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Roden Cemetery [Map]      
  S Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Jetton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Terry Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mayes Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Gilchrist Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Garth Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Truitt Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Houston Cemetery [Map]      
  N Warren Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mathews Cemetery [Map]      
  N Perkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Shaw Cemetery [Map]      
  W Preuit Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Beavers Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dossey Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pippen Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Tweedy Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Lyle Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Berry Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Troupe Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Leigh Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW King Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Sanderson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Terry Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hawkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Yates Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Gibson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Westmoreland Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Stanley Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Blythe Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  N Foster Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Masterson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Love Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Faircloth Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Wheeler Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Owens Cemetery [Map]      
  E Wheeler Cemetery [Map]      
  E Swoope Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Andrew Garth Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hampton Cemetery [Map]      
  W Gargis Cemetery [Map]      
  W Rand Cemetery [Map]      
  W LaGrange Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Fergason Cemetery [Map]      
  S Rutherford Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Swoope Cemetery [Map]      
  E Brides Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pointer Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Watkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Nance Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Peden Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mayers Cemetery [Map]      
  W Jenkins Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Gargis Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Gargas Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hacklin Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Early Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Little Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Haraway Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cunningham Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Fuqual Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Glendale Cemetery [Map]      
  N Houston Cemetery [Map]      
  W Ricks 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 Town Creek had a population of 201 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Town Creek had a population of 1,065 people.

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

Edmond   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Town Creek
 - Edmond had a post office and no railroad service
Courtland   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Town Creek
 - 1895 population of 579 people (with 597 people in 2015)
 - Courtland had a post office and railroad service
Bingham   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Town Creek
 - Bingham had a post office and no railroad service
Hatton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Town Creek
 - Hatton had a post office and no railroad service
Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Town Creek
 - Leighton had a post office and railroad service
Avoca - Historic   [Map]
 - While Avoca was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Town Creek
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Avoca had a post office and no railroad service
Concord   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Town Creek
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Concord had a post office and no railroad service
Mountain Home   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Town Creek
 - Mountain Home had a post office and no railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Town Creek
 - Hunter 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 Town Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Town Creek 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 and doctors 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.

Town Creek is located in Lawrence County.

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

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

Lawrence     (The home county for Town Creek)
      Courtland   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wren   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Triana   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Houston   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with 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 Town Creek:

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 Lawrence County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison 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    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence 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 Lawrence County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lawrence 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 Town Creek ...

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

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 Town Creek:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Town Creek in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Town Creek for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Town Creek.
      See our Misc Page for Town Creek for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Lawrence County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Town Creek. 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 'straight-line' distance that begins in Town Creek. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Town Creek) 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 Town Creek. 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 Town Creek

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Town Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6718, Longitude: -87.4064     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Town Creek 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 Town Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Town Creek.


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