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A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Upton, Alabama
(Etowah County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Upton ...

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 Upton (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 Upton. 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 Upton ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Upton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Upton, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Upton.

Cemeteries Near Upton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Upton.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Beth Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Tillison Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Forrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Crestwood Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Alabama City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rainbow Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Whitesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Noble Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Boyd 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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Upton had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Brice   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Upton
 - Brice had a post office and no railroad service
Coat's Bend   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Upton
 - 1895 population of 247 people
 - Coat's Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Turkeytown   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Upton
 - Turkeytown had a post office and railroad service
Crudup   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Upton
 - Crudup had a post office and no railroad service
Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Upton
 - 1895 population of 2,901 people (with 36,084 people in 2015)
 - Gadsden had a post office and railroad service
East Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Upton
 - East Gadsden had a post office and no railroad service
Oak Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Oak Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Upton
 - Oak Hill had a post office and railroad service
Keener   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Upton
 - Keener had railroad service and no post office
Duck Springs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Upton
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Duck Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Tabor   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Upton
 - Tabor had a post office and no railroad service
Avery   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Upton
 - Avery had a post office and no railroad service
Yancy   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Upton
 - Yancy 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 Upton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Upton 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 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 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.

Upton is located in Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Upton)
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Upton:

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 Etowah County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Etowah County:

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 in Upton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Upton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Upton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0740, Longitude: -85.9461     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Upton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Upton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Upton.


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