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Bessie, Alabama
(Chilton County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bessie ...

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 Bessie (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 Bessie. 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 Bessie ...

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 57 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bessie.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bessie, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bessie.

Cemeteries Near Bessie ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bessie.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Posey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Mars Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Crumpton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Union Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Center Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holly Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Randolph Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pates Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Cox Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Abney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Mulberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Raspberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thorsby Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thorsby Scandinavian Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rocky Mount Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Ashby Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S New Convert Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Reeds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Isabella Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Collins Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brierfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Session Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Rehobeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Maplesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shiloh - Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Carlton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Montevallo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lomax Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Robinson Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shelby Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Richardson - Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cahaba Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Six Mile 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 Bessie in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bessie.

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

Randolph   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bessie
 - 1895 population of 286 people
 - Randolph had a post office and railroad service
Jemison   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bessie
 - 1895 population of 360 people (with 2,616 people in 2016)
 - Jemison had a post office and railroad service
Brierfield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bessie
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Brierfield had a post office and railroad service
Ashby   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bessie
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Ashby had a post office and railroad service
Lomax   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bessie
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Lomax had a post office and railroad service
South Calera   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bessie
 - South Calera had a post office and railroad service
Trio   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Bessie
 - Trio had a post office and no railroad service
Maplesville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bessie
 - 1895 population of 115 people (with 703 people in 2016)
 - Maplesville had a post office and railroad service
Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Bessie
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,723 people in 2016)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
Calera   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bessie
 - 1895 population of 753 people (with 13,489 people in 2016)
 - Calera 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 Bessie. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bessie 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 northeast 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 north.

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 north 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.

Bessie is located in Chilton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chilton County: Autauga, Bibb, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore & Shelby.

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

Chilton     (The home county for Bessie)
      Jemison   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Booth   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      East Town   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brent   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Selma   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Village   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Calera   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vance   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pearson   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 either 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 Bessie:

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 Chilton 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      
Coosa 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    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Chilton County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bessie. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.9443, Longitude: -86.8325     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bessie 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 Bessie, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bessie.