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Cottontown, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cottontown ...

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 Cottontown (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 Cottontown. 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 Cottontown ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cottontown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cottontown, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cottontown.

Cemeteries Near Cottontown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cottontown.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE King Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Roden Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Preuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blythe Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E String Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Leigh Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lansdell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dillahunty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Madding Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rand Cemetery   [Map]     
  W LaGrange Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Masterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blackground Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Abernathy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Scruggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brickhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gargas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sanderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bain Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Conner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rocky Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sheffield Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ricks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Love Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jetton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dobbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fuqua Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fergason Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Peden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ashford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bickley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bob Saint Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McKiernan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dossey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gilchrist Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Garth Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bynum Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ashford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Troupe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Westmoreland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Faircloth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Blocker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pennington Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pippen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Whitamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tweedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pearsall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morning Star 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 Cottontown in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Cottontown.

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

Bingham   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Cottontown
 - Bingham had a post office and no railroad service
Edmond   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Cottontown
 - Edmond had a post office and no railroad service
Town Creek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Cottontown
 - 1895 population of 201 people (with 1,069 people in 2016)
 - Town Creek had a post office and railroad service
Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Cottontown
 - Leighton had a post office and railroad service
Avoca - Historic   [Map]
 - While Avoca was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Cottontown
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Avoca had a post office and no railroad service
Hatton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Cottontown
 - Hatton had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Cottontown
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Cottontown
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Concord   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Cottontown
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Concord 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 Cottontown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cottontown 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 and doctors 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.

Cottontown is located in Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Cottontown)
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Killen   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Houston   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Cottontown:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Cottontown. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Colbert County: www.colbertcounty.org/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cottontown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6554, Longitude: -87.4811     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cottontown 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 Cottontown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cottontown.