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Decatur Junction, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Decatur Junction ...

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 Decatur Junction (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 Decatur Junction. 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 Decatur Junction ...

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 Decatur Junction.

  • Typical abbreviation for Decatur Junction: Decatur Jct. (or less commonly used: Decatur Jctn.)

Newspapers Published in Decatur Junction ...

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 44 newspapers that have been published in the area around Decatur Junction.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Decatur Junction, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Decatur Junction.

Cemeteries Near Decatur Junction ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Decatur Junction.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Decatur Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Macklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Roselawn Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SW Dancy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Pryor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mosley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Blackwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Center Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gamble Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bridgeforth Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stroup Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rather Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thach Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bibb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Woodsides Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Neville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grayson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wise Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oakview Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Nebo Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thatch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Peebles Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zeitler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Quarter Lot Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hatchett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Minor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lile Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wimbley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lile Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Fennell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stockton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Grizzard Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bishop Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hundley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Peck Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jobe Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Trotter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Napps Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Minor Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sand Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ratliff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hunley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Ragland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Polly Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Proctor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Benford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Binford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Burrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Raper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Burning Tree Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Rountree Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sunny Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Ashford - Tate Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Round Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blackwell - Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Peete Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Fletcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cambridge Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N West Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shoal Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Withers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Parker Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wiggins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Flower Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kelly 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 in 1895, Decatur Junction had railroad service and no post office.

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

Decatur   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Decatur Junction
 - 1895 population of 2,765 people (with 55,072 people in 2016)
 - Decatur had a post office and railroad service
Harris Station   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Decatur Junction
 - Harris Station had railroad service and no post office
Simpson   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Decatur Junction
 - Simpson had a post office and no railroad service
Mooresville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Decatur Junction
 - 1895 population of 143 people (with 58 people in 2016)
 - Mooresville had a post office and no railroad service
Greenbrier   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Decatur Junction
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Greenbrier had a post office and railroad service
Priceville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Decatur Junction
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 3,297 people in 2016)
 - Priceville had a post office and no railroad service
Swancott   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Decatur Junction
 - Swancott had a post office and no railroad service
Athens   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Decatur Junction
 - 1895 population of 940 people (with 25,393 people in 2016)
 - Athens had a post office and railroad service
Neel   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Decatur Junction
 - Neel 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 Decatur Junction. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Decatur Junction 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 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.

Decatur Junction is located in Limestone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Limestone County: Lauderdale, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Giles (TN) & Lincoln (TN).

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

Limestone     (The home county for Decatur Junction)
      Harris Station   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Athens   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Caro   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Point   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Point   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Triana   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Madison   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      English Village   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Toney   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Normal   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arab   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arley   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 - 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 Decatur Junction:

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 Limestone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson 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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Limestone County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for Limestone County: www.co.limestone.al.us/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Decatur Junction. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6268, Longitude: -86.9708     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Decatur Junction 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 Decatur Junction, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Decatur Junction.