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Leonard, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Leonard ...

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 Leonard (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 Leonard. 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Leonard)
  Leesburg   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Sand Rock   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Centre   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Taft   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Coloma - Historic   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Gaylesville   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Howells Crossroads   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Broomtown   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Grantville - Historic   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Snead   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bird - Historic   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Fowler - Historic   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Susan Moore   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Clarence   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Craig   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Fridays Crossing   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hoods Crossroads   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Taits Gap   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Brooksville   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Summit   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Appalachian   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Collins - Historic   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Adelia - Historic   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Goshen - Historic   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Oak Level   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Piedmont   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Merrellton   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Angel   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Dailey   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wellington   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Nances Creek   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Borden Springs   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Edwardsville   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fruithurst   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Collinsville   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Cotnam   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Crossville   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Clyde - Historic   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Dog Town   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Lickskillet   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Floy - Historic   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Geraldine   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bootsville   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lakeview   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Turkeytown   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Coat's Bend   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Ballplay   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Edwardsville   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Whitesboro   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Banner   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Reece City   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hokes Bluff   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Sardis City   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Alabama City   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rock City   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Dutton   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Section   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Langston   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gray - Historic   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pisgah   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Scottsboro   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Aspel   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  New Hope   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Albertville   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bartlett - Historic   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rabbit Town   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Gregory   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Horton   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Columbus City Ferry   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Guntersville   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Wyeth City   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Columbus City   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mill Village   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
Saint Clair
  Steele   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ashville   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ragland   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Chattooga (GA)
  Lyerly (GA)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Menlo (GA)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cloudland (GA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Berryton (GA)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Summerville (GA)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Trion (GA)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
  Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Coosa (GA)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lindale (GA)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Armuchee (GA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Glenwood (GA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rome (GA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Polk (GA)
  Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cedartown (GA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Leonard ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Leonard.

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

Distance &

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

Newspapers Published in Leonard ...

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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Leonard.

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

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, Leonard had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Mackey   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Leonard
 - Mackey had a post office and no railroad service
Leesburg   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Leonard
 - 1895 population of 161 people (with 1,016 people in 2018)
 - Leesburg had a post office and railroad service
Slackland   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Leonard
 - Slackland had a post office and no railroad service
Collinsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Leonard
 - 1895 population of 367 people (with 1,962 people in 2018)
 - Collinsville had a post office and railroad service
Sand Rock   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Leonard
 - 1895 population of 113 people (with 577 people in 2018)
 - Sand Rock had a post office and no railroad service
Tabor   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Leonard
 - Tabor had a post office and no 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 South Southwest (SSW) from Leonard
 - Oak Hill had a post office and railroad service
Maple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Leonard
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Maple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Chumley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Leonard
 - Chumley had a post office and no railroad service
Keener   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Leonard
 - Keener had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Leonard. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Leonard in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Leonard:

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



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Chattooga County (GA):     Cyndi's



Floyd 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 Leonard ...

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

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 Leonard:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Alabama Community

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Leonard) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Leonard. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2076, Longitude: -85.8302     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Leonard 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 Leonard, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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