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Elon, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Elon ...

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 Elon (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 Elon. 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 Elon ...

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 76 newspapers that have been published in the area around Elon.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Elon, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Elon.

Cemeteries Near Elon ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Elon.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Bush Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Winton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Buford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mayo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Neal Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Logan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bloomfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Beard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vann Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Short Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cloud Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Walling Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Polly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hines Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hayden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Glover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Grayson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beech Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brazelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hines Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Farley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rescue Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Nearen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Allison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Big Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Richards Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hough Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Laceys Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW St.s Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Click Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Whittaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Keel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beason Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lacey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lacey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N King Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Honey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Panquin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Humpton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kennamer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bullock Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dunkin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Timmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dickson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Joiner Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tate Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Woodward Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pickens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Prince Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Honeycomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cochrane Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ashburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Echols Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Horton - Joiner Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Moore - Holmes 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>

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

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

New Hope   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Elon
 - 1895 population of 122 people (with 2,803 people in 2016)
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Lowe - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lowe was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Elon
 - Lowe had a post office and no railroad service
Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Elon
 - 1895 population of 50 people (with 1,852 people in 2016)
 - Owens' Cross Roads had a post office and no railroad service
Whitesburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Elon
 - 1895 population of 80 people
 - Whitesburg had a post office and no railroad service
Nebo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Elon
 - Nebo had a post office and no railroad service
Berkley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Elon
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Berkley had a post office and no railroad service
Briscoe   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Elon
 - Briscoe had a post office and no railroad service
Oleander   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Elon
 - 1895 population of 158 people
 - Oleander 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 Elon. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Elon 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 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.

Elon is located in Madison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Madison County: Jackson, Limestone, Marshall, Morgan, Franklin (TN) & Lincoln (TN).

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

Madison     (The home county for Elon)
      New Hope   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Triana   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Summit   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Craig   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Snead   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Powell   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pleasant Groves   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Langston   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hollytree   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beachboro - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cumberland Mountain Farm Colony - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Caro   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Grant   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arab   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eva   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 Elon:

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 Madison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles 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 Madison County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Madison 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 Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Madison County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Madison County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from Elon. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Elon) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elon. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5429, Longitude: -86.4689     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Elon 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:

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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 Elon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Elon.