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Hightower, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Hightower ...

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 Hightower (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 Hightower. 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 Hightower ...

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 58 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hightower.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hightower, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hightower.

Cemeteries Near Hightower ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hightower.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crumbleys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crumley's Chapel Church of God Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cleburne Memorial Garden   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Goldridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wise Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Bethena Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sandy Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fordham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Shiloh Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Garretts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Gilread Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bowdon Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Ai Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Buchanan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E First Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bowdon City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Indian Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Union Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kansas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beason Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Old Cool Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rolling Acres Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Happy 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Hightower had a population of 40 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Lofty   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Hightower
 - Lofty had a post office and no railroad service
Graham   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hightower
 - Graham had a post office and no railroad service
Hopewell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Hightower
 - Hopewell had a post office and no railroad service
Newell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Hightower
 - Newell had a post office and no railroad service
Arbacoochee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Hightower
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Arbacoochee had a post office and no railroad service
Micaville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Hightower
 - Micaville had a post office and no railroad service
Bowdon (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Hightower
 - 1895 population of 354 people (with 2,097 people in 2016)
 - Bowdon had a post office and no railroad service
Abernathy   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Hightower
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Abernathy had a post office and no railroad service
Lamar   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Hightower
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Lamar 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 Hightower. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hightower 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 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.

Hightower is located in Cleburne County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cleburne County: Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Randolph, Talladega, Carroll (GA), Haralson (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cleburne     (The home county for Hightower)
      Ranburne   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Abel   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Penton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Delta   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Elder   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Banner   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Newell   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Munford   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Villa Rica (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Sargent (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moreland (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Tyree (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Winston (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      White City (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Springwood Village (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Windwood Village (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Douglasville (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Fulton (GA)
      Chattahoochee Hills (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Hightower:

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 Cleburne 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    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Douglas County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fulton County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Paulding County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk 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 Cleburne County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cleburne 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 Hightower ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Cleburne County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hightower. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5318, Longitude: -85.3955     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hightower 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 Hightower, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hightower.