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Gibsonville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Gibsonville ...

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 Gibsonville (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 Gibsonville. 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.

Newspapers Published in Gibsonville ...

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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gibsonville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gibsonville, 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 Gibsonville.

Cemeteries Near Gibsonville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gibsonville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lystra Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mellow Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Mt. Ararat Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ashland City Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N County Memory Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Gutherie Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jehovah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cragford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lineville City Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hassell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Millerville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Old Vickers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sweetwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Macedonia Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Noles Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Old Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Poe Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wilsons 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, Gibsonville had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Mellow Valley   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gibsonville
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Mellow Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Bluff Springs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gibsonville
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Bluff Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Ashland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Gibsonville
 - 1895 population of 635 people (with 1,971 people in 2016)
 - Ashland had a post office and no railroad service
Goldville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Gibsonville
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 53 people in 2016)
 - Goldville had a post office and no railroad service
Lineville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Gibsonville
 - 1895 population of 234 people (with 2,306 people in 2016)
 - Lineville had a post office and no railroad service
Millerville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Gibsonville
 - Millerville had a post office and no railroad service
Emuckfaw   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Gibsonville
 - Emuckfaw had a post office and no railroad service
Almond   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gibsonville
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Almond had a post office and no railroad service
Cowpens   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Gibsonville
 - Cowpens 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 Gibsonville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gibsonville 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.

Gibsonville is located in Clay County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Clay     (The home county for Gibsonville)
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Delta   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Penton   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abel   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Equality   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Almond   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Newell   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Graham   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Cropwell   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Munford   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      New Site   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Gibsonville:

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 Clay County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa 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    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Clay County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gibsonville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1937, Longitude: -85.7819     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gibsonville 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 Gibsonville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gibsonville.