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West Bend, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for West Bend ...

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 West Bend (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 West Bend. 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 West Bend ...

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 West Bend.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Bend: W. Bend

Newspapers Published in West Bend ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Bend.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Bend, 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 West Bend.

Cemeteries Near West Bend ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of West Bend.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW West Bend Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Turner Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Webb Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Trotter Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Womack Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ulcanush Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Little Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Coffeeville Cemetery [Map]      
  E Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hatchet Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Moores Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW McDowell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Thornton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Kiels Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Bladon Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE James Cemetery [Map]      
  W Barrytown Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mosley Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Gilbertown Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Coopers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Jordan Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Griffin Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bell Brewer Cemetery [Map]      
  E Huggins Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mosley Cemetery [Map]      
  W Harrison 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, West Bend had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Womack Hill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 410 people
 - Womack Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Coffeeville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 192 people (with 338 people in 2015)
 - Coffeeville had a post office and no railroad service
Cunningham   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from West Bend
 - Cunningham had a post office and no railroad service
McEntyre   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from West Bend
 - McEntyre had a post office and no railroad service
Ararat   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from West Bend
 - Ararat had a post office and no railroad service
Rescueville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from West Bend
 - Rescueville had a post office and no railroad service
Campbell   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from West Bend
 - Campbell had a post office and no railroad service
Souwilpa   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from West Bend
 - Souwilpa had a post office and no railroad service
Silas   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Bend
 - Silas 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 West Bend. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Bend 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.

West Bend is located in Clarke County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clarke County: Baldwin, Choctaw, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Washington & Wilcox.

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

Clarke     (The home county for West Bend)
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Silas   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Needham   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Aquilla   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Butler   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ward   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Millry   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Barlow   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tibbie   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coy   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Clarke (MS)
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Shubuta (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Quitman (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Greene (MS)
      State Line (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Wayne (MS)
      Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waynesboro (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clara (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 West Bend:

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 Clarke County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for West Bend. 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 that starts in West Bend. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- West Bend) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Bend. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8243, Longitude: -88.1322     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Bend 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 West Bend, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for West Bend.


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