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Hobbs Island, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Hobbs Island ...

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 Hobbs Island (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 Hobbs Island. 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 Hobbs Island ...

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 Hobbs Island.

  • Typical abbreviation for Hobbs Island: Hobbs Is. (in Canada, 'Isld.' is the more common abbreviation.)
  • While the name of this community is Hobbs Island, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Hobbs Island may originally have been Hobb's Island.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Hobbs Island might be written as Hobb Island.

Newspapers Published in Hobbs Island ...

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 75 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hobbs Island.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hobbs Island, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hobbs Island.

Cemeteries Near Hobbs Island ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hobbs Island.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Bloomfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Beard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Logan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Walling Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Winton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Polly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Short Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hough Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Laceys Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Farley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cloud Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bush Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Buford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Neal Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St.s Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rescue Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Richards Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Vann Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lacey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lacey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Joiner Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mayo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Moon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Timmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dickson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Horton - Joiner Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tate Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Woodward Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Prince Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beech Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Grayson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Valermosos Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Chunns Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Valhermoso Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW West Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lamons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nearen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hines Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Glover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brazelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hines Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Big Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Penland - Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Draper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Draper Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Morrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Donegan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hayden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Allison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jordan - Lanier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pickens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fennil Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lanier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lanier Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Draper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lyle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Grantland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Edmonson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Redoak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pines Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Forman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Skidmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sivley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McDonnell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Matkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lanier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beason Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dunkin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Groves Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ballinger Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Breeding 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>

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

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

Whitesburg   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hobbs Island
 - 1895 population of 80 people
 - Whitesburg had a post office and no railroad service
Briscoe   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Hobbs Island
 - Briscoe had a post office and no railroad service
Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Hobbs Island
 - 1895 population of 50 people (with 1,852 people in 2016)
 - Owens' Cross Roads had a post office and no railroad service
New Hope   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Hobbs Island
 - 1895 population of 122 people (with 2,803 people in 2016)
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Lowe - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lowe was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Hobbs Island
 - Lowe had a post office and no railroad service
Valhermoso Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Hobbs Island
 - 1895 population of 312 people
 - Valhermoso Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Oleander   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Hobbs Island
 - 1895 population of 158 people
 - Oleander had a post office and no railroad service
Berkley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Hobbs Island
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Berkley 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 Hobbs Island. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hobbs Island 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 southwest 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 south.

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 south 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.

Hobbs Island is located in Madison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Madison County: Jackson, Limestone, Marshall, Morgan, Franklin (TN) & Lincoln (TN).

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

Madison     (The home county for Hobbs Island)
      English Village   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Triana   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Summit   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Craig   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Snead   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Powell   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Pleasant Groves   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Hollytree   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Langston   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beachboro - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cumberland Mountain Farm Colony - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Caro   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Arab   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Grant   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eva   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Hobbs Island:

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 Madison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Madison County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
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Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Madison 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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About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Hobbs Island. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Madison County: www.co.madison.al.us/

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 starting from Hobbs Island. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Hobbs Island) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hobbs Island. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5370, Longitude: -86.5347     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hobbs Island 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 Hobbs Island, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hobbs Island.