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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 47 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 18 miles [29 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  
  NNE Benson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Spain Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Lovejoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE John Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Red Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Farrow Dennis Graveyard   [Map]     
  NW Mask Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Prospect Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  WSW Benson - Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harper Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lockhart Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Watson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Cotton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hornsby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Sharon Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shepard Graveyard   [Map]     
  NNE Jacksons Gap Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harmony Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Thrash Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pentecost Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tallapoosa County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fishpond Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Grove 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.

Kowaliga   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Benson
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Kowaliga had a post office and no railroad service
Island Home   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Benson
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Island Home had a post office and no railroad service
Walnut Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Benson
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Walnut Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Dadeville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Benson
 - 1895 population of 873 people (with 3,106 people in 2017)
 - Dadeville had a post office and railroad service
Jordan   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Benson
 - Jordan had a post office and no railroad service
Thornton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Benson
 - Thornton had a post office and no railroad service
Agricola   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Benson
 - Agricola had a post office and no railroad service
Jacksons' Gap   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Benson
 - 1895 population of 207 people (with 814 people in 2017)
 - Jacksons' Gap had a post office and railroad service
Kent   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Benson
 - Kent 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 hospitals and 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Benson is historic, it would have been located within present day Tallapoosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tallapoosa County: Chambers, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon & Randolph.

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:

Tallapoosa     (The home county for Benson)
      Our Town   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Site   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Valley   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chambers Springs   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Equality   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Titus   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Capitol Heights   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chandler Springs   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 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 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 - 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 Tallapoosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph 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 Tallapoosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tallapoosa 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Tallapoosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

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' (or point-to-point) distance from Benson. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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: 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: 32.7643, Longitude: -85.8772     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Benson have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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