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Watts Crossroads, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Watts Crossroads ...

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 Watts Crossroads (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 Watts Crossroads. 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 Watts Crossroads ...

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 Watts Crossroads.

  • Typical abbreviation for Watts Crossroads: Watts Xrds.
  • While the name of this community is Watts Crossroads, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Watts Crossroads may originally have been Watt's Crossroads.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Watts Crossroads might be written as Watt Crossroads.

Newspapers Published in Watts Crossroads ...

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Watts Crossroads.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Watts Crossroads, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Watts Crossroads.

Cemeteries Near Watts Crossroads ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Watts Crossroads.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bellview Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Old Macedonia Primitive Baptist Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mannings Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Concord Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Barfield Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Olive Branch Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Lineville City Cemetery [Map]      
  E Black Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  N Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mineral Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  W Campbell Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Hassell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW County Memory Gardens [Map]      
  ESE McCollum Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Delta Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Good Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Ashland City Cemetery [Map]      
  S Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Old Noles Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Old Field Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Dinglers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  W Clairmont Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Springhill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  S Lystra Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Ragan Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Horse Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Cragford Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Jehovah Cemetery [Map]      
  W Providence 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 Watts Crossroads in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Watts Crossroads.

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

Lineville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Watts Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 234 people (with 2,319 people in 2015)
 - Lineville had a post office and no railroad service
Delta   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Watts Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Delta had a post office and no railroad service
Ashland   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Watts Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 635 people (with 1,983 people in 2015)
 - Ashland had a post office and no railroad service
Christiana   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Watts Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Christiana had a post office and no railroad service
Dingler   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Watts Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Dingler had a post office and no railroad service
Ofelia   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Watts Crossroads
 - Ofelia had a post office and no railroad service
Kentuck   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Watts Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Kentuck had a post office and no railroad service
Hopeful   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Watts Crossroads
 - Hopeful had a post office and no railroad service
Gibsonville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Watts Crossroads
 - Gibsonville 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 Watts Crossroads. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Watts Crossroads 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.

Watts Crossroads is located in Clay County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Clay     (The home county for Watts Crossroads)
      Barfield   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Motley   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Penton   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Abel   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Newell   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Graham   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Saint Clair
      Riverside   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Munford   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      New Site   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Watts Crossroads:

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 Clay County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Communities in Alabama

About Clay County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Watts Crossroads. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance from Watts Crossroads. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Watts Crossroads) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Watts Crossroads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3726, Longitude: -85.7730     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Watts Crossroads 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 Watts Crossroads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Watts Crossroads.


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