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Fort Payne, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Fort Payne ...

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 Payne (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 Payne. 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 Payne ...

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 Payne.

  • Typical abbreviation for Fort Payne: Ft. Payne

Newspapers Published in the area of Fort Payne ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fort Payne.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Fort Payne. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Fort Payne and those printed in the larger area surrounding Fort Payne.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> of Fort Payne.

Cemeteries Near Fort Payne ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Glenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lankford Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Green Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Hammack Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Husky Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Howards Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE White Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mountain View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Henderson - Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mosely Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Town Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Killian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Holly Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Valley Head Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Black Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bankhead Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cordell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mahan 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 Fort Payne had a population of 2,698 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Fort Payne had a population of 14,099 people.

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

Blake   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Fort Payne
 - Blake had a post office and no railroad service
Cordell - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cordell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Fort Payne
 - Cordell had a post office and no railroad service
Chavies   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Fort Payne
 - Chavies had a post office and no railroad service
Collbran   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Fort Payne
 - Collbran had railroad service and no post office
Jamestown   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Fort Payne
 - Jamestown had a post office and no railroad service
Luna - Historic   [Map]
 - While Luna was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Fort Payne
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Luna had a post office and no railroad service
Valley Head   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Fort Payne
 - 1895 population of 233 people (with 550 people in 2016)
 - Valley Head had a post office and railroad service
Musgrove - Historic   [Map]
 - While Musgrove was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Fort Payne
 - Musgrove had a post office and no railroad service
Lydia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Fort Payne
 - Lydia had a post office and no railroad service
Lebanon   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Fort Payne
 - 1895 population of 135 people
 - Lebanon 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 Payne. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Fort Payne 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 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.

Fort Payne is located in DeKalb County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Fort Payne)
      Douglas   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Langston   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Horton   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hill City (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (TN)
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Fort Payne:

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 DeKalb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne 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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Payne:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Fort Payne in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Fort Payne for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Fort Payne.
      See our Misc Page for Fort Payne for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Fort Payne: www.fortpayne.org/

The official website for DeKalb County: www.dekalbcountyal.us/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from Fort Payne. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Fort Payne) 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 Payne. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Fort Payne

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fort Payne. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4554, Longitude: -85.6969     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fort Payne 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 Payne, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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