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Cotton Hill, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cotton Hill ...

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 Cotton Hill (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 Cotton Hill. 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 Cotton Hill ...

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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cotton Hill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cotton Hill, 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 Cotton Hill.

Cemeteries Near Cotton Hill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cotton Hill.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Bascom Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Serene Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Scotch Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beauchamp Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Perkins - Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blair Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Adams Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Academy Cemetery   [Map]     
  S County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chester Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Olive Missioanry Baptist CHurch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shorte Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Memory Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jacksonville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Clayton 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 Cotton Hill had a population of 18 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

White Oak   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Cotton Hill
 - White Oak had railroad service and no post office
Tullis   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Cotton Hill
 - Tullis had railroad service and no post office
Oateston   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Cotton Hill
 - Oateston had a post office and no railroad service
Eufaula   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Cotton Hill
 - 1895 population of 4,394 people (with 12,404 people in 2016)
 - Eufaula had a post office and railroad service
Georgetown (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Cotton Hill
 - 1895 population of 348 people (with 973 people in 2000)
 - Georgetown had a post office and railroad service
Clayton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cotton Hill
 - 1895 population of 997 people (with 2,904 people in 2016)
 - Clayton had a post office and railroad service
Lawrenceville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Cotton Hill
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Lawrenceville had a post office and no railroad service
Batesville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Cotton Hill
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Batesville had a post office and railroad service
Otho   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Cotton Hill
 - 1895 population of 90 people
 - Otho 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 Cotton Hill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cotton Hill 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Cotton Hill is located in Barbour County.

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 Cotton Hill. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Cotton Hill:

Barbour     (The home county for Cotton Hill)
      Baker Hill   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Comer   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clio   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Midway   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Perote   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Newton   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Graball   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Newville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Headland   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Columbia   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Webb   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Banks   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Troy   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Seale   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Calhoun (GA)
      Edison (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Early (GA)
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Morris (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
Randolph (GA)
      Coleman (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cuthbert (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shellman (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mount Zion (GA) - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lumpkin (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Louvale (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Richland (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Webster (GA)
      Weston (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 - 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 Cotton Hill:

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    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon 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    
Calhoun County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Early 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    
Webster 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 Cotton Hill ...

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

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 Cotton Hill:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Cotton Hill.
      See our Misc Page for Cotton Hill for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Barbour County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cotton Hill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8346, Longitude: -85.2805     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cotton Hill 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 Cotton Hill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cotton Hill.