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Brecon, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Brecon ...

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 Brecon (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 Brecon. 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 Brecon ...

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 Brecon.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Brecon, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Brecon.

Cemeteries Near Brecon ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brecon.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Needmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pine Hill Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Stockdale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Allen - Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mardisville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Midway Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Moberley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Seay Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Armbrester Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chief Chenneby Grave   [Map]     
  W Freeze Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NW Mays Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Germany Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Burgess Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McCellan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Walkers Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Kingston Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Horse Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Groce - Montgomery Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Robert Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hubbard 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 Brecon in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Brecon.

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

Talladega   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Brecon
 - 1895 population of 2,063 people (with 15,451 people in 2016)
 - Talladega had a post office and railroad service
Waldo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Brecon
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 276 people in 2016)
 - Waldo had a post office and no railroad service
Turner   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Brecon
 - Turner had a post office and no railroad service
Renfroe   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Brecon
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Renfroe had a post office and railroad service
Ironaton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Brecon
 - 1895 population of 562 people
 - Ironaton had a post office and railroad service
McElderry   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Brecon
 - McElderry had a post office and railroad service
Berney's   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Brecon
 - Berney's had a post office and railroad service
Smelley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Brecon
 - Smelley had a post office and no railroad service
Eureka   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Brecon
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Eureka had a post office and no railroad service
Stemley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Brecon
 - Stemley had a post office and railroad service
Lincoln   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Brecon
 - 1895 population of 175 people (with 6,491 people in 2016)
 - Lincoln 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 Brecon. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brecon 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 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.

Brecon is located in Talladega County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Talladega County: Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Saint Clair & Shelby.

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

Talladega     (The home county for Brecon)
      Talladega   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Waldo   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Delta   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Abel   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ray   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Newell   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Cropwell   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moody   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Westover   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Brecon:

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 Talladega 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    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Talladega County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Brecon. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Brecon. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Brecon) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brecon. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4582, Longitude: -86.0889     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brecon 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Brecon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Brecon.