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Cotton Valley, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cotton Valley ...

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 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 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 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 Cotton 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 Cotton Valley.

  • Typical abbreviation for Cotton Valley: Cotton Vly. (or less commonly used: Cotton Vally. or Cotton Vlly.)

Newspapers Published in Cotton 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 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cotton Valley.

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

Cemeteries Near Cotton Valley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cotton 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 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 Valley covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Fort Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW St. Mark Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ivory Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Elizabeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Paul Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Whitlow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cloud Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Sweet Pilgrim Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Andrews Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Grimm Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Moultrie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shepherd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rush Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Chapple Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Warrior Stand Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Green - Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Tuskegee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Penile Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hardaway Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Perpetual Care Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ashdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jericho Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cole 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Cotton Valley had a population of 39 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Fort Davis   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Cotton Valley
 - Fort Davis had a post office and no railroad service
Warriorstand   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Cotton Valley
 - 1895 population of 215 people
 - Warriorstand had a post office and no railroad service
Tuskegee   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Cotton Valley
 - 1895 population of 1,803 people (with 8,722 people in 2016)
 - Tuskegee had a post office and railroad service
Suspension   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Cotton Valley
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Suspension had a post office and railroad service
Thompson   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Cotton Valley
 - 1895 population of 147 people
 - Thompson had a post office and railroad service
Union Springs   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Cotton Valley
 - 1895 population of 2,049 people (with 3,749 people in 2016)
 - Union Springs had a post office and railroad service
La Place   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cotton Valley
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - La Place had a post office and no railroad service
Guerryton   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Cotton Valley
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Guerryton had a post office and 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 Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cotton Valley 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 Valley is located in Macon County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Macon County: Bullock, Elmore, Lee, Montgomery, Russell & Tallapoosa.

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

Macon     (The home county for Cotton Valley)
      Fort Davis   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Comer   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clio   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Midway   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Perote   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Equality   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Claud   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grady   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ada   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Town   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orion   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Banks   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Troy   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Seale   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Valley:

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 Macon County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee 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    
Tallapoosa County:       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 Macon County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Macon 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 Valley ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Macon County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cotton Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2929, Longitude: -85.6922     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cotton Valley 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 Cotton Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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