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Abbeville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Abbeville ...

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 Abbeville (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 Abbeville. 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 the area of Abbeville ...

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 97 newspapers that have been published in the area around Abbeville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Abbeville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Abbeville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Abbeville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> of Abbeville.

Cemeteries Near Abbeville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Abbeville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Danzey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Oakey Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Oaky Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Armstrong - Old Union Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Union Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Roeville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lawrenceville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Adoniram Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Judson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shorterville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Wiggins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Springs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Tolbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Edwin Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Old Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Judson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Clopton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Hope 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 Abbeville had a population of 465 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2016, Abbeville had a population of 2,603 people.

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

Lawrenceville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Abbeville
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Lawrenceville had a post office and no railroad service
Hardwickburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Abbeville
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Hardwickburg had a post office and no railroad service
Shorterville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Abbeville
 - 1895 population of 206 people
 - Shorterville had a post office and no railroad service
Balkum   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Abbeville
 - Balkum had a post office and no railroad service
Clopton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Abbeville
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Clopton had a post office and no railroad service
Bertha   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Abbeville
 - Bertha had a post office and no railroad service
Otho   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Abbeville
 - 1895 population of 90 people
 - Otho had a post office and no railroad service
Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Abbeville
 - 1895 population of 1,097 people (with 1,046 people in 2016)
 - Fort Gaines 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 Abbeville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Abbeville 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Abbeville is located in Henry County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Henry County: Barbour, Dale, Houston, Clay (GA) & Early (GA).

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

Henry     (The home county for Abbeville)
      Graball   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Capps   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Newville   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Headland   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clio   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Comer   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Perote   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Midway   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Victoria   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mabson   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Newton   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Columbia   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Webb   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Avon   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Parish   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gordon   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tennille   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Banks   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Calhoun (GA)
      Edison (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arlington (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Morgan (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
Early (GA)
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Douglasville (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Miller (GA)
      Colquitt (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Morris (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
Randolph (GA)
      Coleman (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cuthbert (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shellman (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Mount Zion (GA) - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Abbeville:

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 website for the State of Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Henry County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Miller County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Quitman County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Abbeville ...

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

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 Abbeville:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Abbeville in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Abbeville for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Abbeville.
      See our Misc Page for Abbeville for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Henry County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Abbeville. 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 begins in Abbeville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Abbeville) 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 Abbeville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Abbeville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Abbeville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.5668, Longitude: -85.2527     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Abbeville 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 Abbeville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Abbeville.