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Benson, Alabama
(Etowah County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Benson ...

So far, we have found very little information about Benson. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Benson to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Benson, please Contact Us.

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 Benson (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 Benson. 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 Benson ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Benson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Benson, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Benson.

Cemeteries Near Benson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Benson.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Carnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ivalee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Dillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Howelton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Conn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Noble Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Gallant Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gilland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morton Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rainbow Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Robbins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Sauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Alabama City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Forrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Walls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mizell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cornelius Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Altoona - Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Altoona Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Moodys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Red Apple Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Whitesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Upton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Deerman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beth Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Clear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ellison 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.

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

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

Littleton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Benson
 - Littleton had railroad service and no post office
Howelton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Benson
 - Howelton had a post office and no railroad service
Stanfield - Historic   [Map]
 - While Stanfield was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Benson
 - Stanfield had a post office and no railroad service
Norton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Benson
 - Norton had a post office and railroad service
Attalla   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Benson
 - 1895 population of 1,254 people (with 5,865 people in 2016)
 - Attalla had a post office and railroad service
Gallant   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Benson
 - Gallant had a post office and no railroad service
Aurora   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Benson
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Aurora had a post office and no railroad service
Redbud   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Benson
 - Redbud had a post office and no railroad service
Mountainboro   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Benson
 - Mountainboro 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 Benson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Benson 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 and hospitals 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Benson is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Benson. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Benson:

Etowah     (The home county for Benson)
      Egypt   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Ivalee   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Ridgeville   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      East Point   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eva   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Argo   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 - 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 Benson:

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 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    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Etowah County: www.etowahcounty.org/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Benson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Benson. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Benson) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Benson. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Benson

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Benson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0473, Longitude: -86.1583     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Benson have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Benson.