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Howells Crossroads, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Howells Crossroads (aka 'Howells Cross Roads') ...

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 Howells Crossroads (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 Howells Crossroads. 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 Howells Crossroads ...

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 Howells Crossroads.

  • Typical abbreviation for Howells Crossroads: Howells Xrds.
  • While the name of this community is Howells Crossroads, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Howells Crossroads may originally have been Howell's Crossroads.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Howells Crossroads might be written as Howell Crossroads.

Newspapers Published in Howells Crossroads ...

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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Howells Crossroads.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Howells Crossroads, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Howells Crossroads.

Cemeteries Near Howells Crossroads ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Howells Crossroads.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Calcedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ebenezer Alexis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bates Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Fife Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Noah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Waterhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cedar Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moshat Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Neal Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Nazareth Cemetery   [Map]     
  E State Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Coosa River Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sand Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Centre Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cherokee Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stories Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sheepskin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dixons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clemones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tates Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Vann Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mill Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chesnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Sewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Parker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rehobeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Starling Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fairview 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 Howells Crossroads in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Howells Crossroads.

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

Alexis   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Howells Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Alexis had a post office and no railroad service
Noah   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Howells Crossroads
 - Noah had a post office and no railroad service
Waterhouse   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Howells Crossroads
 - Waterhouse had a post office and no railroad service
Lawrence   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Howells Crossroads
 - Lawrence had a post office and railroad service
Cedar Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Howells Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 194 people (with 1,790 people in 2016)
 - Cedar Bluff had a post office and railroad service
Sterling - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sterling was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Howells Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 124 people
 - Sterling had a post office and no railroad service
Bomar   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Howells Crossroads
 - Bomar had a post office and no railroad service
Key   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Howells Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Key had a post office and no railroad service
Kirk's Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Howells Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Kirk's Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Grantville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Grantville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Howells Crossroads
 - Grantville had a post office and no railroad service
Farill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Howells Crossroads
 - Farill had a post office and railroad service
Moshat   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Howells Crossroads
 - Moshat 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 Howells Crossroads. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Howells Crossroads 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.

Howells Crossroads is located in Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Calhoun, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Chattooga (GA), Floyd (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Howells Crossroads)
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Centre   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Euharlee (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Adairsville (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cassville (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Country Village (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Calhoun (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Walker (GA)
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 - you should note 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 Howells Crossroads:

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 Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson 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    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Howells Crossroads. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Howells Crossroads

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Howells Crossroads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1783, Longitude: -85.5449     [Map].

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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 Howells Crossroads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Howells Crossroads.