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Browns Valley, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Browns Valley ...

So far, we have found very little information about Browns Valley. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Browns Valley to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Browns Valley, 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 Browns Valley (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Browns Valley. 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.

Name Variations for Browns Valley ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Browns Valley.

  • Typical abbreviation for Browns Valley: Browns Vly. (or less commonly used: Browns Vally. or Browns Vlly.)
  • While the name of this community is Browns Valley, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Browns Valley may originally have been Brown's Valley.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Browns Valley might be written as Brown Valley.

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 Browns Valley is historic, it would have been located within present day Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: DeKalb, Madison, Marshall, Dade (GA), Franklin (TN) & Marion (TN).

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

Jackson     (The home county for Browns Valley)
  New Town   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]<2>
  Stevenson   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Bridgeport   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Copenhagen - Historic   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Bryant   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Higdon   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Flat Rock   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Fackler   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pisgah   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Fairfield - Historic   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Blackankle   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hytop   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Taft   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Broomtown   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ider   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Henagar   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sylvania   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Hammondville   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mentone   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Valley Head   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Powell   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cordell - Historic   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rainsville   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Alpine   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Chavies   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fort Payne   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pine Ridge   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gurley   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  New Market   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Brownsboro   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Grant   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Columbus City Ferry   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Columbus City   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Catoosa (GA)
  Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lakeview (GA)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Boynton (GA)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Graysville (GA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ringgold (GA)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Catoosa Springs (GA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
  Cloudland (GA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Menlo (GA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Trion (GA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Berryton (GA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Summerville (GA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lyerly (GA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Dade (GA)
  Cole City (GA)   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Trenton (GA)   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Wildwood (GA)   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
Walker (GA)
  Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Flintstone (GA)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Kensington (GA)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rock City (GA)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fairview (GA)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rossville (GA)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Park City (GA)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Linwood (GA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  LaFayette (GA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Whitfield (GA)
  Trickum (GA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Coffee (TN)
  Ruthledge Ford (TN)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Southgate Park (TN)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Winton Town (TN)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Tullahoma (TN)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (TN)
  Sal City (TN)   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Monteagle (TN)   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cowan (TN)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sewanee (TN)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Liberty (TN)   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Greenhaw (TN)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Decherd (TN)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Winchester (TN)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Huntland (TN)   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Estill Springs (TN)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Winchester Springs (TN)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Grundy (TN)
  Lankford Town (TN)   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  White City (TN)   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Tracy City (TN)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Sartain Springs (TN)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Pelham (TN)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Coalmont (TN)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gruetli-Laager (TN)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gruetli (TN)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Palmer (TN)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Altamont (TN)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Beersheba Springs (TN)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Hamilton (TN)
  Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lake Village (TN)   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Valley Village (TN)   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Chattanooga (TN)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Midvale (TN)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Signal Mountain (TN)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fountain Village (TN)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Signal Terrace (TN)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ridgeside (TN)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Colonial Village (TN)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Red Bank (TN)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Lincoln (TN)
  Flintville (TN)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gattistown (TN)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (TN)
  Richard City (TN)   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Orme (TN)   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  New Hope (TN)   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Kimball (TN)   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Jasper (TN)   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Powells Crossroads (TN)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Whitwell (TN)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Condra (TN)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Sequatchie (TN)
  Cartwright (TN)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Center Point (TN)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Dunlap (TN)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Browns Valley ...

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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Browns Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Browns Valley, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Browns Valley.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These 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 Browns Valley:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cherokee County:     Cyndi's



DeKalb County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Catoosa County (GA):     Cyndi's



Chattooga County (GA):     Cyndi's



Dade County (GA):     Cyndi's



Walker County (GA):     Cyndi's



Whitfield County (GA):     Cyndi's



Coffee County (TN):     Cyndi's



Franklin County (TN):     Cyndi's



Grundy County (TN):     Cyndi's



Hamilton County (TN):     Cyndi's



Lincoln County (TN):     Cyndi's



Marion County (TN):     Cyndi's



Sequatchie County (TN):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Cemeteries Near Browns Valley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Browns Valley.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Browns Valley covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Brown - Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Potts Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Walker Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hackworth Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Cargile Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wimberley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cawlfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ridley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Abbott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Loyd Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NNE Rocky Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bonaventure Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McMahan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Foshee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Caperton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Swafford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kirkpatrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Austin - Cameron Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Wynne Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cargile Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Burch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Moore Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Talley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Longacre Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harris Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beene Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Richards Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Abbott Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jacoway Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sterne Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wheeler Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Potato Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE James Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Shipp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Newby Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Higdon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Straightway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Helton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Orme Mtn. Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Lovelady Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stogspill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Walker - Arnold Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tally Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McDaniel - Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gonce Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Sikes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Rorex Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lewallen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Countess Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE State Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Grant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cumberland View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Raulston Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gonce Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Crownover Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Matthews 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 Browns Valley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Browns Valley.

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

Stevenson   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Browns Valley
 - 1895 population of 586 people (with 1,951 people in 2018)
 - Stevenson had a post office and railroad service
Bridgeport   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Browns Valley
 - 1895 population of 162 people (with 2,301 people in 2018)
 - Bridgeport had a post office and railroad service
Fabius   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Browns Valley
 - Fabius had a post office and no railroad service
Long Island   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Browns Valley
 - Long Island had a post office and no railroad service
South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Browns Valley
 - 1895 population of 1,479 people (with 3,018 people in 2018)
 - South Pittsburg had a post office and railroad service
Higdon   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Browns Valley
 - Higdon had a post office and no railroad service
Anderson (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Browns Valley
 - Anderson had a post office and railroad service
Wannville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Browns Valley
 - Wannville 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 Browns Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Browns Valley in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Jackson 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 Browns Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Browns Valley) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Browns Valley. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Browns Valley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Browns Valley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9076, Longitude: -85.7708     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Browns Valley have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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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