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Denton, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Denton ...

So far, we have found very little information about Denton. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Denton to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Denton, please Contact Us.

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 Denton (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 Denton. 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 Denton ...

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 49 newspapers that have been published in the area around Denton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Denton, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Denton.

Cemeteries Near Denton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Denton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Cedar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Blue Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bonds Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Key Underwood Coondog Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Bolton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bolton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McCollough Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Tompkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Greenhill - Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Newsom Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Newsom Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McCaig Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sally Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Site Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Lower Pleasant Site Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Patterson Strickland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW James Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Weatherbee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Basden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Davis Temple Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Finley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Burnout Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Burntout Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Goshen Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Richard Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bolin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Nauvoo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Belgreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Belgreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Keeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mountain Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Mt. Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sparks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Bethel Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Johnson 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.

Denton itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

Rock Creek   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Denton
 - Rock Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Site   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Denton
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Pleasant Site had a post office and no railroad service
Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Denton
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Frankfort had a post office and no railroad service
Belgreen   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Denton
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Belgreen had a post office and no railroad service
Mountain Mills - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mountain Mills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Denton
 - Mountain Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Maud   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Denton
 - Maud had a post office and no railroad service
Good Springs - Historic   [Map]
 - While Good Springs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Denton
 - Good Springs had railroad service and no post office
Bishop   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Denton
 - Bishop 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 Denton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Denton 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Denton is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Denton. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Denton:

Colbert     (The home county for Denton)
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chickasaw - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Vina   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Twin   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rienzi (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Corinth (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mantachie (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lee (MS)
      Baldwyn (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Guntown (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lake City (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Booneville (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jumpertown (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
McNairy (TN)
      Tulu (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - although 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 Denton:

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    
Lamar 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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
McNairy 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Denton ...

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

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 Denton:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Denton.
      See our Misc Page for Denton for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Denton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Denton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Denton) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Denton. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Denton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Denton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5857, Longitude: -87.9639     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Denton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Denton.