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Five Points, Alabama
(Covington 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 43 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 19 miles [30.6 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  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Sweet Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dozier Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Henderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Friendship Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pine Level Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bozeman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Danley Cross Roads Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE New Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Leon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brantley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Able Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Gantt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sanford Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Prescott Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Beaverdam Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Driskell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Davis 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 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.

Rose Hill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Five Points
 - Rose Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Dozier   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Five Points
 - Dozier had a post office and no railroad service
Opine   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Five Points
 - Opine had a post office and no railroad service
Wiggins   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Five Points
 - Wiggins had a post office and no railroad service
Curtis   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Five Points
 - Curtis had a post office and no railroad service
Leon   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Leon had a post office and no railroad service
Bullock   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Bullock had a post office and no railroad service
Brantley   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Five Points
 - Brantley had a post office and no railroad service
Peacock - Historic   [Map]
 - While Peacock was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Five Points
 - Peacock 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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 Covington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Covington County: Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Escambia, Geneva, Okaloosa (FL) & Walton (FL).

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:

Covington     (The home county for Five Points)
      Babbie   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Opp   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Heath   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      County Line   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elba   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Jack   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Samson   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grady   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Troy   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Banks   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orion   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 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 first visit 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 it should be mentioned 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 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 Covington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Covington 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 stretches from Five Points. A straight line distance ignores things 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: 31.4407, Longitude: -86.3033     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Five Points 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: findagrave.com.

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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 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.