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Ellison, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ellison ...

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

We've added Ellison to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Ellison, 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 Ellison (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 Ellison. 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 Ellison ...

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ellison.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ellison, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ellison.

Cemeteries Near Ellison ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ellison.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Arbor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morrisette Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tutt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shop Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Hosea Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dunning Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dixon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Laurel Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Finley Crossing Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Airmount Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Living Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pearson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E DeVan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Christian Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Paynes Chapel Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Choctaw Corner Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Danzy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW McFadden Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Independence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Matthews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mormons Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pruitt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Mooring Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bashi Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Goose Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pilgrim Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hoboken Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Liberty 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.

Ellison 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 Ellison, with the one closest to Ellison listed first.

Clayhill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ellison
 - Clayhill had a post office and no railroad service
Vineland   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Ellison
 - Vineland had a post office and no railroad service
Atkeison   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ellison
 - Atkeison had a post office and no railroad service
Dixon's Mills   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ellison
 - 1895 population of 127 people
 - Dixon's Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Hampden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ellison
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Hampden had a post office and no railroad service
Shiloh   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Ellison
 - 1895 population of 111 people
 - Shiloh had a post office and no railroad service
Sunny South   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ellison
 - Sunny South had a post office and railroad service
Choctaw Corner   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ellison
 - 1895 population of 147 people
 - Choctaw Corner 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 Ellison. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ellison 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 hospitals and doctors 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 Ellison is historic, it would have been located within present day Marengo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marengo County: Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Perry, Sumter & Wilcox.

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

Marengo     (The home county for Ellison)
      Vineland   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Linden   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Butler   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Needham   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Safford   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Browns   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      The Village   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Derby   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ward   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coy   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Camden   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Ellison:

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 Marengo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marengo County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marengo 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ellison ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Marengo County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

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 Ellison, 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 'straight-line' distance that begins in Ellison. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ellison) 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 Ellison. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ellison

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ellison. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.0332, Longitude: -87.7125     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ellison have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ellison.