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Fort Davis, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Fort Davis ...

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 Fort Davis (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 Fort Davis. 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 Fort Davis ...

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 Fort Davis.

  • Typical abbreviation for Fort Davis: Ft. Davis

Newspapers Published in Fort Davis ...

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 Fort Davis.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Fort Davis, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Fort Davis.

Cemeteries Near Fort Davis ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fort Davis.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Elizabeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ivory Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Mark Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E St. Paul Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fort Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Moultrie Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shepherd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sweet Pilgrim Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Whitlow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Grimm Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Perpetual Care Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cloud Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Penile Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Andrews Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Paulk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hardaway Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Haines Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ridgeley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jericho Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Fitzpatrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cornerstone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Peniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kendrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Green - Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chapple Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Warrior Stand Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rush 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Fort Davis had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Cotton Valley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Fort Davis
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Cotton Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Thompson   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Fort Davis
 - 1895 population of 147 people
 - Thompson had a post office and railroad service
Union Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Fort Davis
 - 1895 population of 2,049 people (with 3,749 people in 2016)
 - Union Springs had a post office and railroad service
Suspension   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Fort Davis
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Suspension had a post office and railroad service
Warriorstand   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Fort Davis
 - 1895 population of 215 people
 - Warriorstand had a post office and no railroad service
Aberfoil   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Fort Davis
 - 1895 population of 65 people
 - Aberfoil had a post office and no railroad service
Three Notch   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Fort Davis
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Three Notch had a post office and railroad service
Guerryton   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Fort Davis
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Guerryton had a post office and railroad service
Tuskegee   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Fort Davis
 - 1895 population of 1,803 people (with 8,722 people in 2016)
 - Tuskegee had a post office and railroad service
La Place   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Fort Davis
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - La Place had a post office and no railroad service
Cross Keys   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Fort Davis
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Cross Keys had a post office and no railroad service
Enon   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Fort Davis
 - Enon 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 Fort Davis. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Fort Davis 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.

Fort Davis is located in Macon County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Macon County: Bullock, Elmore, Lee, Montgomery, Russell & Tallapoosa.

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

Macon     (The home county for Fort Davis)
      Armstrong   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Comer   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clio   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Midway   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Perote   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Claud   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grady   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ada   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Town   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Orion   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Banks   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Troy   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Seale   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Fort Davis:

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 Macon County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Crenshaw 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    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Fort Davis ...

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

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 Fort Davis:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Fort Davis.
      See our Misc Page for Fort Davis for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Macon County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Fort Davis. 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 starting in Fort Davis. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Fort Davis) 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 Fort Davis. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Fort Davis

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fort Davis. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2432, Longitude: -85.7097     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fort Davis 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 Fort Davis, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Fort Davis.