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Kent, Alabama
(Elmore County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Kent ...

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 Kent (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 Kent. 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 Kent ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Kent.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Kent, 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 Kent.

Cemeteries Near Kent ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Kent.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Hornsby Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Watson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Rosehill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lovejoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thrash Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Benson - Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cotton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bullard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Harper Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE John Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Prospect Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Reeltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Sharon Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  N County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sheppard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Marshall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW China Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Benson 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Kent had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Good Hope   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Kent
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - Good Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Eclectic   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Kent
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 1,026 people in 2016)
 - Eclectic had a post office and no railroad service
Tallassee   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Kent
 - 1895 population of 1,413 people (with 4,759 people in 2016)
 - Tallassee had a post office and no railroad service
Jordan   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Kent
 - Jordan had a post office and no railroad service
Kowaliga   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Kent
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Kowaliga had a post office and no railroad service
Central   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Kent
 - Central had a post office and no railroad service
Church Hill   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Kent
 - Church Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Walnut Hill   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Kent
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Walnut Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Dexter   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Kent
 - Dexter had a post office and no railroad service
Ware   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Kent
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Ware 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 Kent. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Kent 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.

Kent is located in Elmore County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Elmore County: Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Macon, Montgomery & Tallapoosa.

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

Elmore     (The home county for Kent)
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Claud   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Titus   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Booth   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Equality   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ray   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      English Village   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]

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

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 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 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 Kent:

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 Elmore County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga 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    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Elmore County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Elmore County: www.elmoreco.org/

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Kent. 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 Kent

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Kent. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6190, Longitude: -85.9486     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Kent 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 Kent, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Kent.