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Gosport, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Gosport ...

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 Gosport (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 Gosport. 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 Gosport ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gosport.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gosport, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Gosport.

Cemeteries Near Gosport ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gosport.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Claiborne Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NW Hearin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Cedar Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Linder Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE McConnico Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Forehand Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Amity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Indian Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Whatley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cammack Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Carry Mt. Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Puyear Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Coleman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Franks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dacy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Magnolia 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 Gosport had a population of 70 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Claiborne   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Gosport
 - 1895 population of 112 people
 - Claiborne had a post office and no railroad service
Finchburg - Historic   [Map]
 - While Finchburg was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Gosport
 - Finchburg had a post office and no railroad service
Suggsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Gosport
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Suggsville had a post office and no railroad service
Perdue Hill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Gosport
 - 1895 population of 282 people
 - Perdue Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Vashti   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Gosport
 - Vashti had a post office and no railroad service
Whatley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Gosport
 - Whatley had a post office and railroad service
Barlow Bend   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Gosport
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Barlow Bend had a post office and railroad service
Gainestown   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gosport
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Gainestown 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 Gosport. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gosport 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.

Gosport is located in Clarke County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clarke County: Baldwin, Choctaw, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Washington & Wilcox.

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

Clarke     (The home county for Gosport)
      Whatley   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alma   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Little River   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Perdido   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Repton   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Range   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Calvert   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Excel   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Uriah   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Goodway   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coy   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start 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 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 Gosport:

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 Clarke County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mobile County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Clarke County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gosport. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.5827, Longitude: -87.5836     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gosport 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 Gosport, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gosport.