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Leesburg, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Leesburg ...

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 Leesburg (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Leesburg. 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.

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 and 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.

Leesburg 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 Leesburg. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Leesburg:

Cherokee     (The home county for Leesburg)
  Sand Rock   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Centre   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Coloma - Historic   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Howells Crossroads   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Gaylesville   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Taft   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Grantville - Historic   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Kirk's Grove   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Broomtown   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Snead   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bird - Historic   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Clarence   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fowler - Historic   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Susan Moore   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Taits Gap   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Craig   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fridays Crossing   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hoods Crossroads   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Brooksville   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Collins - Historic   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Goshen - Historic   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Adelia - Historic   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Piedmont   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Merrellton   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dailey   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Oak Level   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Nances Creek   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Angel   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Jacksonville   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Borden Springs   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Edwardsville   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fruithurst   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Heflin   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Muscadine   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Collinsville   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Dog Town   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Lickskillet   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Cotnam   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Clyde - Historic   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Crossville   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Floy - Historic   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bootsville   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Geraldine   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ballplay   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Coat's Bend   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Turkeytown   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Banner   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Edwardsville   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Hokes Bluff   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Reece City   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Whitesboro   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Gadsden   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Glencoe   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Rock City   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Section   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dutton   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Langston   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gray - Historic   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pisgah   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Scottsboro   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Aspel   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Albertville   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bartlett - Historic   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rabbit Town   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Horton   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Guntersville   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gregory   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wyeth City   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Columbus City Ferry   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Columbus City   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mill Village   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Saint Clair
  Steele   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ashville   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ragland   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Chattooga (GA)
  Lyerly (GA)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Menlo (GA)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cloudland (GA)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Berryton (GA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Summerville (GA)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Trion (GA)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Floyd (GA)
  Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Coosa (GA)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lindale (GA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Glenwood (GA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rome (GA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Armuchee (GA)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Shannon (GA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
  Felton (GA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Polk (GA)
  Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cedartown (GA)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Leesburg ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Leesburg.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Leesburg covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hunts Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tates Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chesnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Parker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Plunket Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Centre Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sand Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Longshore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Testament Holiness Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cherokee Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Neal Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Starling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tuckers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Welcome Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Anthony Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cedar Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Black Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sardis Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Moshat Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wesson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Copeland Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Leesburg ...

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 18 newspapers that have been published in the area around Leesburg.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Leesburg, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Leesburg.

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 Leesburg had a population of 161 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Leesburg had a population of 1,016 people.

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

Mackey   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Leesburg
 - Mackey had a post office and no railroad service
Leonard   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Leesburg
 - Leonard had a post office and no railroad service
Slackland   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Leesburg
 - Slackland had a post office and no railroad service
Maple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Leesburg
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Maple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Sand Rock   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Leesburg
 - 1895 population of 113 people (with 577 people in 2018)
 - Sand Rock had a post office and no railroad service
Plano   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Leesburg
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Plano had a post office and no railroad service
Round Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Leesburg
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Round Mountain had a post office and railroad service
Oak Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Oak Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Leesburg
 - Oak 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 Leesburg. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Leesburg in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Leesburg:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Cleburne County:     Cyndi's



DeKalb County:     Cyndi's



Etowah County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Chattooga County (GA):     Cyndi's



Floyd County (GA):     Cyndi's



Haralson County (GA):     Cyndi's



Polk County (GA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Alabama,
Cemeteries of Cherokee County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for 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 Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Leesburg ...

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

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 Leesburg:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

We have found Leesburg in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Leesburg for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Leesburg. See our Misc Page for Leesburg for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Leesburg:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Leesburg) 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 Leesburg. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Leesburg

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Leesburg. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1838, Longitude: -85.7753     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Leesburg 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:

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

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