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Brushy Creek, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Brushy Creek ...

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 Brushy Creek (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 Brushy Creek. 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 Brushy Creek ...

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 Brushy Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Brushy Creek: Brushy Crk. (or less commonly used: Brushy Ck. or Brushy Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Brushy Creek ...

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 74 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brushy Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Brushy Creek, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Brushy Creek.

Cemeteries Near Brushy Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brushy Creek.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Brushy Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Olive East Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Riley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Antioch West Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Sellers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW South Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Elizabeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Maye Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Consolation Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sunrise Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stamps Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pressley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McClure Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bushfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kervin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Reddoch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Liberty 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>

While we didn't find Brushy Creek in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Brushy Creek.

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

Chapman   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Brushy Creek
 - Chapman had a post office and no railroad service
Georgiana   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Brushy Creek
 - 1895 population of 456 people (with 1,653 people in 2016)
 - Georgiana had a post office and railroad service
Shell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Brushy Creek
 - Shell had a post office and no railroad service
Bolling   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Brushy Creek
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Bolling had a post office and railroad service
Industry   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Brushy Creek
 - Industry had a post office and no railroad service
Oaky Streak   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Brushy Creek
 - Oaky Streak had a post office and no railroad service
Pigeon Creek   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Brushy Creek
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Pigeon Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Starlington   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Brushy Creek
 - Starlington had a post office and no railroad service
Glasgow   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Brushy Creek
 - Glasgow 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 Brushy Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brushy Creek 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.

Brushy Creek is located in Butler County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Butler County: Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Lowndes, Monroe & Wilcox.

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

Butler     (The home county for Brushy Creek)
      Chapman   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jack   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elba   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Repton   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Heath   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Opp   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      County Line   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Minter   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grady   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ada   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Awin   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Furman   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

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 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 Brushy Creek:

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 Butler County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Butler County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Butler 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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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 from Brushy Creek. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Brushy Creek) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brushy Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6685, Longitude: -86.6705     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brushy Creek 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 Brushy Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Brushy Creek.