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Fort McClellan, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Fort McClellan ...

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

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

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 McClellan.

  • Typical abbreviation for Fort McClellan: Ft. McClellan

Newspapers Published in the area of Fort McClellan ...

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 83 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fort McClellan.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Fort McClellan. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Fort McClellan and those printed in the larger area surrounding Fort McClellan.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> of Fort McClellan.

Cemeteries Near Fort McClellan ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NW Ft. McClellan Military Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Fourmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Prisoner of War Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Edgemont Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Forestlawn Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Iron City Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hanna Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Williamson - Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Whites Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Westview Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oconee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Davistown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Halls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Oxford Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Jacksonville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Anniston Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lloyds Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Alexandria Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Tredagar - Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gladden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Mt. Sellers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Munger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Moore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Heflin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCain's Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Hampton 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.

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

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

Anniston   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Fort McClellan
 - 1895 population of 9,998 people (with 22,112 people in 2016)
 - Anniston had a post office and railroad service
Blue Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Fort McClellan
 - Blue Mountain had railroad service and no post office
Choccolocco   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Fort McClellan
 - 1895 population of 601 people
 - Choccolocco had a post office and railroad service
De Armanville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Fort McClellan
 - 1895 population of 160 people
 - De Armanville had a post office and railroad service
Iron City   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Fort McClellan
 - Iron City had a post office and no railroad service
White Plains   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Fort McClellan
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - White Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Oxanna   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Fort McClellan
 - 1895 population of 748 people
 - Oxanna had a post office and railroad service
Leatherwood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Fort McClellan
 - Leatherwood had railroad service and no post office
Jacksonville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Fort McClellan
 - 1895 population of 1,237 people (with 12,657 people in 2016)
 - Jacksonville had a post office and 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 McClellan. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Fort McClellan 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Fort McClellan is historic, it would have been located within present day Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Fort McClellan)
      Anniston   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Weaver   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Saks   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Centre   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Motley   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Banner   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Almond   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Steele   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Fort McClellan:

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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay 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    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Calhoun County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Calhoun County: www.calhouncounty.org/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

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 Fort McClellan, 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 'point-to-point' distance starting in Fort McClellan. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Fort McClellan) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Fort McClellan. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Fort McClellan

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fort McClellan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7046, Longitude: -85.7569     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fort McClellan have been estimated.

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<3>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Fort McClellan.