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Lester, Alabama
(Limestone County)

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Our Genealogy Helper for Lester ...

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 Lester (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 Lester. 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.

Lester is located in Limestone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Limestone County: Lauderdale, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Giles (TN) & Lincoln (TN).

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

Limestone     (The home county for Lester)
  Clifton - Historic   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Cairo   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Elkmont   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Estaville - Historic   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Ardmore   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Athens   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Caro   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Country Village   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Tanner   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Harris Station   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Orrville   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Capshaw   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Garner - Historic   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Ford City   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Nitrate City   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Leighton   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wilson Dam   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Muscle Shoals   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sheffield   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Spring Valley   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Tuscumbia   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bethel   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Anderson   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Estep - Historic   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cedar Hill   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Corum - Historic   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Rogersville   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Comer   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Slabtown - Historic   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Elgin   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Belew - Historic   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Dells Vista Shores   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  North Courtland   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Courtland   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Town Creek   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Chalybeate Springs   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hatton   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Avoca - Historic   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Moulton   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Muck City   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mehama - Historic   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oakville   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Harvest   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Toney   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Madison   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rideout Village   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hazel Green   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Meridianville   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Normal   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Huntsville   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Triana   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mercury   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Moore's Mill   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Trinity   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Decatur   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Moulton Heights   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Russell Village   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Flint City   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Burningtree Mountain   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Priceville   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bluff City - Historic   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Danville   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hartselle   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (TN)
  Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Green Field (TN)   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Elkton (TN)   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Ardmore (TN)   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Gordon (TN)   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Pulaski (TN)   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Wales (TN)   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Weakley (TN)   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
Lawrence (TN)
  Fall River (TN)   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  New Prospect (TN)   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Loretto (TN)   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ethridge (TN)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Iron City (TN)   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Webber City (TN)   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Park Grove (TN)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Lewis (TN)
  Voorhies (TN)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lincoln (TN)
  Dellrose (TN)   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Pearl City (TN)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Boonshill (TN)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Park City (TN)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Elk Mill Village (TN)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Fayetteville (TN)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clarks Ferry (TN)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Petersburg (TN)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Belleville (TN)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Marshall (TN)
  Cornersville (TN)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Delina (TN)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  New Town (TN)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lewisburg (TN)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Orrs (TN)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oak Hill (TN)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Maury (TN)
  Southport (TN)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Scotts Mill (TN)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Frierson Town (TN)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Jonesboro (TN) - Historic   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mount Pleasant (TN)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
  Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Collinwood (TN)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Lester ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Lester.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Hesters Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Elledge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gaston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shoal Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McCravy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tedd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Booth Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oxford Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Minor Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Noblit Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dobbins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dupree Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hightower Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stella Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gooch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Case Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kedron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shores Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gibbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stevens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Barker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sandlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Grigsby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Phoenix Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bonnertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cottrell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Hammond Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Higgens Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Elk River Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Antioch Cemetery #1   [Map]     
  ESE St. Mark Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harlow Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Love Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sexton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Shores Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Temperance Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lentzville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Weir Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Crenshaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fall River Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Witty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Trotter Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Whitfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beasley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kimbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fogg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Anthony Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shores Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Five Points Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Second Creek Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Lester ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lester.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Lester, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Lester.

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 Lester in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Lester.

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

Marbuts (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Lester
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Marbuts had a post office and no railroad service
Good Springs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Lester
 - Good Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Lester
 - 1895 population of 31 people (with 531 people in 2018)
 - Minor Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Rozell   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Lester
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Mount Rozell had a post office and no railroad service
Sugar - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sugar was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Lester
 - Sugar had a post office and no railroad service
Bethel (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Lester
 - 1895 population of 161 people
 - Bethel had a post office and no railroad service
Stella (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Lester
 - Stella had a post office and no railroad service
Appleton (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Lester
 - Appleton had a post office and no railroad service
Gipsy   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Lester
 - Gipsy 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 Lester. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Lester 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 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 Lester:

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 Limestone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:     Cyndi's



Lauderdale County:     Cyndi's



Lawrence County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Giles County (TN):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (TN):     Cyndi's



Lewis County (TN):     Cyndi's



Lincoln County (TN):     Cyndi's



Marshall County (TN):     Cyndi's



Maury County (TN):     Cyndi's



Wayne County (TN):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Alabama,
Cemeteries of Limestone County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for Limestone 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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Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Limestone County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Limestone County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lester. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9877, Longitude: -87.1515     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lester 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 Lester, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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