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Williams, Alabama
(Sumter County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Williams ...

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 Williams (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 Williams. 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 Williams ...

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 72 newspapers that have been published in the area around Williams.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Williams, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Williams.

Cemeteries Near Williams ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Williams.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Rocks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  N York Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sumter Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Home Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Cagus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McElroy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  E Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Elmwood Memorial Estates   [Map]     
  WNW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Cokes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Millville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Mt. Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pack Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Salem Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Dulls Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shamburger Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Shearon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Center Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Livingston Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Potts Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Danner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Anna York 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>

While we didn't find Williams in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Williams.

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

Cuba   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Williams
 - 1895 population of 220 people (with 321 people in 2015)
 - Cuba had a post office and railroad service
Dove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Williams
 - Dove had a post office and no railroad service
Kewanee (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Williams
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Kewanee had a post office and railroad service
Kinterbish   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Williams
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - Kinterbish had a post office and no railroad service
Gaston   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Williams
 - 1895 population of 138 people
 - Gaston had a post office and no railroad service
Boyd   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Williams
 - Boyd had a post office and no railroad service
Livingston   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Williams
 - 1895 population of 850 people (with 3,414 people in 2015)
 - Livingston had a post office and railroad service
Coatopa   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) from Williams
 - 1895 population of 171 people
 - Coatopa 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 Williams. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Williams 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 southwest 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 south.

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 south 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.

Williams is located in Sumter County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sumter County: Choctaw, Greene, Marengo, Pickens, Kemper (MS), Lauderdale (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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

Sumter     (The home county for Williams)
      York   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Ward   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sledge - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Epes   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Butler   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Needham   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Linden   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Providence   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Clarke (MS)
      Enterprise (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stonewall (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Quitman (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      De Kalb (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Marion (MS)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Meridian (MS)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Nellieburg (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Suqualena (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Collinsville (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
Newton (MS)
      Chunky (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Williams:

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 Sumter County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kemper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Newton County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noxubee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Sumter County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Williams. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4501, Longitude: -88.3059     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Williams 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 Williams, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Williams.


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