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Danway, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Danway ...

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 Danway (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 Danway. 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 Danway ...

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 70 newspapers that have been published in the area around Danway.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Danway, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Danway.

Cemeteries Near Danway ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Danway.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Robertson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W St. Luke CME Church Cemetery<2>   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  WSW Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Boyds Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cusseta Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Spratling Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Sweet Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sturkie Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Gold Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Bell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Peace & Goodwill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Maddox Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rosemere Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hephzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rest Haven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Handy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Farmville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Garden Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Memory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Finley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greenwood Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stamps Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. John United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Lafayette Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith - Willoughby Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Daniel - Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Morris Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pitts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Burrell Chapel AME Church Cemetery<4>   [Map]     
  ESE Bolton Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fairfax Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Huguley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Midway 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.<5>

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

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

Oak Bowery   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Danway
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Oak Bowery had a post office and no railroad service
Boyds   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Danway
 - Boyds had railroad service and no post office
Cusseta   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Danway
 - 1895 population of 98 people (with 123 people in 2016)
 - Cusseta had a post office and railroad service
Opelika   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Danway
 - 1895 population of 3,703 people (with 29,869 people in 2016)
 - Opelika had a post office and railroad service
Moorefield   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Danway
 - Moorefield had a post office and no railroad service
Gold Hill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Danway
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Gold Hill had a post office and railroad service
Chewacla   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Danway
 - Chewacla had a post office and no railroad service
LaFayette   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Danway
 - 1895 population of 1,369 people (with 2,968 people in 2016)
 - LaFayette had a post office and railroad service
Beulah   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Danway
 - 1895 population of 118 people
 - Beulah 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 Danway. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Danway 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 and hospitals 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.

Danway is located in Chambers County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chambers County: Lee, Randolph, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Chambers     (The home county for Danway)
      Cusseta   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Valley   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Penton   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ray   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Seale   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      New Site   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 - 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 Danway:

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 Chambers County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clay 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    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph 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    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

The Communities of Alabama

About Chambers County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Chambers County: www.chamberscounty.com/

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 that begins in Danway. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Danway) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Danway. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7585, Longitude: -85.3772     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Danway have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>CME is an abbreviation for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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<3>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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<4>AME is an abbreviation for the African Methodist Episcopal Church

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<5>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 Danway, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Danway.