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Bethel, Alabama
(Wilcox County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bethel ...

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 Bethel (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 Bethel. 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 Bethel ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bethel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bethel, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bethel.

Cemeteries Near Bethel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bethel.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Prairie Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shell Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Dunaway Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pritchard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gastonburg Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mendenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rehoboth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Welcome Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boiling Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW St. Matthews Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wilsor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Goose Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Sand Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sidney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Becks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mormons Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Bones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pledger Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old St. Francis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Canton Bend Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hennon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hardy Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW DeVan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pigeonfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Irby Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McMillan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Glovers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Christian Light Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Bethel Springs 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Bethel had a population of 18 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Catherine   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Bethel
 - Catherine had a post office and railroad service
Millers Ferry   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bethel
 - Millers Ferry had a post office and no railroad service
Prairie Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 156 people
 - Prairie Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Lamison   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bethel
 - Lamison had a post office and railroad service
Gastonburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bethel
 - Gastonburg had a post office and no railroad service
Rehoboth   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 142 people
 - Rehoboth had a post office and no railroad service
Arlington   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bethel
 - Arlington had a post office and railroad service
Hampden   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Hampden 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 Bethel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bethel 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Bethel is located in Wilcox County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wilcox County: Butler, Clarke, Dallas, Lowndes, Marengo & Monroe.

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

Wilcox     (The home county for Bethel)
      Catherine   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coy   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Safford   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Browns   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Minter   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Selma   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Benton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Providence   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      The Village   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Marion   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Bethel:

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 Wilcox County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Bethel:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Bethel.
      See our Misc Page for Bethel for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Wilcox County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bethel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1410, Longitude: -87.4750     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bethel have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Bethel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bethel.