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Gravelly Springs, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Gravelly Springs ...

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 Gravelly Springs (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 Gravelly Springs. 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 Gravelly Springs ...

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 Gravelly Springs.

  • Typical abbreviation for Gravelly Springs: Gravelly Spgs. (or less commonly used: Gravelly Spngs. or Gravelly Sprngs.)

Newspapers Published in Gravelly Springs ...

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 49 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gravelly Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gravelly Springs, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Gravelly Springs.

Cemeteries Near Gravelly Springs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gravelly Springs.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Burnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Milford Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Dowdy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Athens City Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Winbourn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pearson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Walston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Francis - King - Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Flint Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Austin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cherokee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cherokee Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Watkins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Darby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barkley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Balentine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Douthit Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Crenshaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stout Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Centenary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E George Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Paulk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Darby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fielder Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McFalls 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.<3>

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

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

Rhodesville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gravelly Springs
 - Rhodesville had a post office and no railroad service
Wright   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Gravelly Springs
 - Wright had a post office and no railroad service
Smithsonia   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Gravelly Springs
 - Smithsonia had a post office and no railroad service
Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gravelly Springs
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Oakland had a post office and no railroad service
Kendell - Historic   [Map]
 - While Kendell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Gravelly Springs
 - Kendell had a post office and no railroad service
Cloverdale   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Gravelly Springs
 - Cloverdale had a post office and no railroad service
Ingleton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ingleton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gravelly Springs
 - Ingleton had a post office and no railroad service
Cherokee   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Gravelly Springs
 - Cherokee had a post office and railroad service
Stout (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Gravelly Springs
 - Stout had a post office and no railroad service
Waterloo   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Gravelly Springs
 - 1895 population of 284 people (with 198 people in 2016)
 - Waterloo had a post office and no railroad service
Riverton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Gravelly Springs
 - Riverton had a post office and no railroad service
Barton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Gravelly Springs
 - 1895 population of 130 people
 - Barton 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 Gravelly Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gravelly Springs 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.

Gravelly Springs is located in Lauderdale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Gravelly Springs)
      Cloverdale   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Florence   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Killen   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Chickasaw - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vina   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Corinth (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rienzi (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Booneville (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lake City (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Centerview (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crump (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Johnson Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Swift (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saltillo (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
McNairy (TN)
      Tulu (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Michie (TN)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stantonville (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Adamsville (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Guys (TN)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eastview (TN)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clifton (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Slickrock Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ashland Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Gravelly Springs:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
McNairy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gravelly Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8859, Longitude: -87.9081     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gravelly Springs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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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<3>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 Gravelly Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gravelly Springs.