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Benton, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Benton ...

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 Benton (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 Benton. 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 Benton ...

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Benton.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Benton. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Benton and those printed in the larger area surrounding Benton.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> of Benton.

Cemeteries Near Benton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Benton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Robert Rives Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sister Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Gillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Town Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E White Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Everdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW DuBose Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rives Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dunklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dunklin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kelso Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Luke Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Mt. Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Garr Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bogahoma Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Hope Well Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stoudemire Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Tyrus 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 Benton had a population of 265 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Benton had a population of 46 people.

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

Polk   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Benton
 - Polk had a post office and no railroad service
Tyler   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Benton
 - Tyler had a post office and no railroad service
White Hall   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Benton
 - 1895 population of 89 people (with 804 people in 2016)
 - White Hall had a post office and railroad service
Collirene   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Benton
 - Collirene had a post office and no railroad service
Mulberry   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Benton
 - 1895 population of 87 people
 - Mulberry had a post office and no railroad service
Berlin   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Benton
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Berlin had a post office and railroad service
Pleasant Hill   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Benton
 - 1895 population of 278 people
 - Pleasant Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Gordonsville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Benton
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Gordonsville had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Clair   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Benton
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Saint Clair had a post office and no railroad service
Statesville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Benton
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Statesville had a post office and no railroad service
Kings   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Benton
 - Kings had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Benton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Benton 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.

Benton is located in Lowndes County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lowndes County: Autauga, Butler, Crenshaw, Dallas, Montgomery & Wilcox.

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

Lowndes     (The home county for Benton)
      White Hall   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jones   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Booth   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Selma   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Minter   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Safford   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Titus   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      English Village   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Town   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Capitol Heights   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ada   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Marion   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      The Village   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Furman   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Awin   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with 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 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 Benton:

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 Lowndes County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Benton ...

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

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 Benton:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Benton in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Benton for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Benton.
      See our Misc Page for Benton for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Lowndes County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Benton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3078, Longitude: -86.8180     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Benton 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 Benton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Benton.