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Griffen Mill, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Griffen Mill ...

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 Griffen Mill (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 Griffen Mill. 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 Griffen Mill ...

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 Griffen Mill.

  • Typical abbreviation for Griffen Mill: Griffen Ml. (or less commonly used: Griffen Mll.)

Newspapers Published in Griffen Mill ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Griffen Mill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Griffen Mill, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Griffen Mill.

Cemeteries Near Griffen Mill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Griffen Mill.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Dupree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Penn Young Gravesite   [Map]     
  NNE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Hope CME Church Cemetery<2>   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Watoola Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Charnel Garden of Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stroud Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pierce Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Rising Star Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morris Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Memory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE County Line Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Chamlee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pitts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Green Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Flint Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rosemere Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Garden Hill 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.<4>

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

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

Salem   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Griffen Mill
 - 1895 population of 166 people
 - Salem had a post office and railroad service
Crawford   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Griffen Mill
 - Crawford had a post office and no railroad service
Chewacla   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Griffen Mill
 - Chewacla had a post office and no railroad service
Smith's Station   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Griffen Mill
 - 1895 population of 49 people (with 5,341 people in 2016)
 - Smith's Station had a post office and railroad service
Hyram   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Griffen Mill
 - Hyram had a post office and no railroad service
Ladonia   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Griffen Mill
 - Ladonia had a post office and no railroad service
Mechanicsville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Griffen Mill
 - Mechanicsville had a post office and no railroad service
Opelika   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Griffen Mill
 - 1895 population of 3,703 people (with 29,869 people in 2016)
 - Opelika had a post office and railroad service
Society Hill   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Griffen Mill
 - 1895 population of 151 people
 - Society Hill 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 Griffen Mill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Griffen Mill 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.

Griffen Mill is located in Lee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lee County: Chambers, Macon, Russell, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Muscogee (GA).

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

Lee     (The home county for Griffen Mill)
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Salem   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Comer   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Midway   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Valley   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Penton   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Seale   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cusseta (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Louvale (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Talbot (GA)
      Box Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 Griffen Mill:

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 Lee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chambers 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      
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talbot 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 Lee County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lee 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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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 beginning in Griffen Mill. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Griffen Mill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Griffen Mill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5260, Longitude: -85.2663     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Griffen Mill have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>CME is an abbreviation for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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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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<4>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 Griffen Mill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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