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Dobbs, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Dobbs ...

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 Dobbs (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 Dobbs. 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 Dobbs ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Dobbs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Dobbs, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Dobbs.

Cemeteries Near Dobbs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Dobbs.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Sunny Level Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Carver Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Craft Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hillview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kennedy - Christian - Sasser Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Seleta Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bice Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ephesus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hillabee Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kellyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Hackneyville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jackson Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hackneyville Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Martin Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smyrna Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Marietta Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Socapatoy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Dillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Doctor Kellys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Fishpond Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Farrow Dennis Graveyard   [Map]     
  SE Jacksons Gap Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Greenview Memorial Park   [Map]     
  N Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Goodwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Crestview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW New Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Eagle Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hutchinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Valley Grove 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>

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

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

Alexander City   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Dobbs
 - 1895 population of 679 people (with 14,773 people in 2016)
 - Alexander City had a post office and railroad service
Kellyton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Dobbs
 - 1895 population of 120 people (with 197 people in 2016)
 - Kellyton had a post office and railroad service
Hackneyville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Dobbs
 - 1895 population of 77 people
 - Hackneyville had a post office and no railroad service
Cowpens   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Dobbs
 - Cowpens had a post office and no railroad service
Island Home   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Dobbs
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Island Home had a post office and no railroad service
Jacksons' Gap   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Dobbs
 - 1895 population of 207 people (with 801 people in 2016)
 - Jacksons' Gap had a post office and railroad service
New Site   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Dobbs
 - 1895 population of 109 people (with 754 people in 2016)
 - New Site had a post office and no railroad service
Goodwater   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Dobbs
 - 1895 population of 589 people (with 1,324 people in 2016)
 - Goodwater had a post office and railroad service
Tohopeka   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Dobbs
 - Tohopeka 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 Dobbs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Dobbs 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.

Dobbs is located in Tallapoosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tallapoosa County: Chambers, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon & Randolph.

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

Tallapoosa     (The home county for Dobbs)
      Alexander City   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      New Site   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Penton   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elder   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Equality   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Claud   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 - 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 Dobbs:

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 Tallapoosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Communities in Alabama

About Tallapoosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Dobbs. 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 that stretches from Dobbs. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Dobbs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dobbs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.9701, Longitude: -85.9339     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Dobbs 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 Dobbs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Dobbs.