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Hampden, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Hampden ...

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 Hampden (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 Hampden. 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 Hampden ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hampden.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hampden, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hampden.

Cemeteries Near Hampden ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hampden.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Matthews Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE DeVan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Goose Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mormons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Christian Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Living Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Arbor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pritchard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dunaway Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shop Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Laurel Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hosea Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Tutt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pilgrim Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mooring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Morrisette Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Airmount Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dunning Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Dixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Finley Crossing Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Independence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shields Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Paradise Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Shamburger Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mendenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pearson 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 Hampden had a population of 100 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Arlington   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Hampden
 - Arlington had a post office and railroad service
Vineland   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Hampden
 - Vineland had a post office and no railroad service
Kimbrough   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hampden
 - Kimbrough had a post office and railroad service
Lamison   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Hampden
 - Lamison had a post office and railroad service
Magnolia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hampden
 - 1895 population of 402 people
 - Magnolia had a post office and no railroad service
Ellison - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ellison was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Hampden
 - Ellison had a post office and no railroad service
Shiloh   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Hampden
 - 1895 population of 111 people
 - Shiloh had a post office and no railroad service
Pine Hill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Hampden
 - 1895 population of 84 people (with 912 people in 2016)
 - Pine Hill 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 Hampden. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hampden 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 and doctors 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.

Hampden is located in Marengo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marengo County: Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Perry, Sumter & Wilcox.

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

Marengo     (The home county for Hampden)
      Vineland   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Providence   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Butler   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Safford   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Browns   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Minter   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      The Village   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coy   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Camden   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Hampden:

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 Marengo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter 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 Marengo County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marengo 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Hampden ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Marengo County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hampden. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.0815, Longitude: -87.6289     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hampden 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 Hampden, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hampden.