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Browntown, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Browntown ...

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 Browntown (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 Browntown. 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 Browntown ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Browntown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Browntown, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Browntown.

Cemeteries Near Browntown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Browntown.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Mahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dean Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hudgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sarratt Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WNW Chaney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Town Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Old Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pea Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Biddle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chisenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cordell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Finnell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shipp Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McAnelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Mountain View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lankford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE White Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mountain Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Norwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hansbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bellefonte Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pinehaven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Hudgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tipton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chisenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Coffey 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 Browntown in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Browntown.

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

Mahan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mahan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Browntown
 - Mahan had a post office and no railroad service
Index - Historic   [Map]
 - While Index was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Browntown
 - Index had a post office and no railroad service
Dutton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Browntown
 - Dutton had a post office and no railroad service
Snake Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Snake Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Browntown
 - Snake Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Henagar   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Browntown
 - Henagar had a post office and no railroad service
Pisgah   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Browntown
 - 1895 population of 43 people (with 701 people in 2017)
 - Pisgah had a post office and no railroad service
Musgrove - Historic   [Map]
 - While Musgrove was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Browntown
 - Musgrove had a post office and no railroad service
Blake   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Browntown
 - Blake 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 Browntown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Browntown 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 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.

Browntown is located in 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 Browntown. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Browntown:

Jackson     (The home county for Browntown)
      Dutton   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Section   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Blackankle   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Taft   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Powell   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chavies   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ider   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Turkeytown   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Market   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Berryton (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 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 Browntown:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Catoosa County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hamilton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Jackson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Browntown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6029, Longitude: -85.8305     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Browntown 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 Browntown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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