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Clayton, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Clayton ...

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 Clayton (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 Clayton. 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 Clayton ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Clayton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Clayton, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Clayton.

Cemeteries Near Clayton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Clayton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Clayton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Jacksonville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Blair Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Mt. Serene Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Beauchamp Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Scotch Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Perkins - Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Andrew Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Center Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NE Academy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Seay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lewis 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Clayton had a population of 997 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Clayton had a population of 2,904 people.

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

White Oak   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Clayton
 - White Oak had railroad service and no post office
Mount Andrew   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Clayton
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Mount Andrew had a post office and no railroad service
Louisville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Clayton
 - 1895 population of 288 people (with 477 people in 2016)
 - Louisville had a post office and railroad service
Oateston   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Clayton
 - Oateston had a post office and no railroad service
Cotton Hill   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Clayton
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Cotton Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Star Hill   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Clayton
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Star Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Batesville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Clayton
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Batesville had a post office and railroad service
Pine Grove   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Clayton
 - Pine Grove 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 Clayton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Clayton 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Clayton is located in Barbour County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Barbour County: Bullock, Dale, Henry, Pike, Russell, Clay (GA), Quitman (GA) & Stewart (GA).

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

Barbour     (The home county for Clayton)
      Louisville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Comer   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clio   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Midway   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Perote   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jack   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Newton   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Graball   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Newville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Headland   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Banks   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Troy   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Orion   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Seale   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Morris (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
Randolph (GA)
      Coleman (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cuthbert (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lumpkin (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Zion (GA) - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Clayton:

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 Barbour County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon 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    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Quitman County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Clayton ...

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

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 Clayton:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Clayton in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Clayton for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Clayton.
      See our Misc Page for Clayton for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Barbour County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Clayton. 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 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Clayton. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Clayton) 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 Clayton. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Clayton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Clayton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8814, Longitude: -85.4522     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Clayton 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 Clayton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Clayton.