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Five Points, Alabama
(Cherokee County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Five Points ...

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 Five Points (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 Five Points. 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 Five Points ...

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 Five Points.

  • Typical abbreviation for Five Points: Five Pts.

Newspapers Published in Five Points ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Five Points.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Five Points, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Five Points.

Cemeteries Near Five Points ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Five Points.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Mt. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ami Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Menlo Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Holly Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bankhead Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Howards Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Green Church Memorial Monument   [Map]     
  E Gamble Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mosely Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Little River Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hemphill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Henderson - Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lyerly Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Berryton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Valley Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW White Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Summerville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Franklin 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 Five Points in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Five Points.

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

Chesterfield   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Five Points
 - Chesterfield had a post office and no railroad service
Alpine (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Five Points
 - Alpine had a post office and no railroad service
Menlo (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Five Points
 - Menlo had a post office and railroad service
Fairview (GA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Fairview was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Five Points
 - Fairview had a post office and no railroad service
Grover   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Five Points
 - Grover had a post office and no railroad service
Bankhead   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Five Points
 - Bankhead had a post office and no railroad service
Chelsea (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Five Points
 - Chelsea had a post office and no railroad service
New Moon   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - New Moon 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 Five Points. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Five Points 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 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.

Five Points is located in Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Calhoun, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Chattooga (GA), Floyd (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Five Points)
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ider   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Section   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Town   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stevenson   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Adairsville (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ringgold (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Graysville (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hill City (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Calhoun (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Resaca (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Town (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Polk (GA)
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Walker (GA)
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rossville (GA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Whitfield (GA)
      Trickum (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crow (GA) - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crown Mill Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rocky Face (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tunnel Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dalton (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Union Point (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Ridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ridgeside (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brainerd Hills (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      East Brainerd (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (TN)
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Five Points:

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 Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Catoosa County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Whitfield County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hamilton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Five Points. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4884, Longitude: -85.5213     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Five Points 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 Five Points, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Five Points.