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Mars Hill, Alabama
(Cleburne County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Mars Hill ...

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 Mars Hill (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 Mars Hill. 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 Mars Hill ...

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 Mars Hill.

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

Newspapers Published in Mars Hill ...

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 56 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mars Hill.

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

Cemeteries Near Mars Hill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mars Hill.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Mt. Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Roe Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Steadman Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Littlecreek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Mt. Zion West Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mann Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Salem Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hutching Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Edmondson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stead Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Laurel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Upper Cane Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Liner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Edgewood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hollywood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grimes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Newley Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Arrington Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Dugdown Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lime Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pine Bower Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Felton Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Felton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Felton Methodist Church 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 Mars Hill in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Mars Hill.

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

Oak Level   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Mars Hill
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Oak Level had a post office and no railroad service
Coldwater   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mars Hill
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Coldwater had a post office and no railroad service
Little Creek (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Mars Hill
 - Little Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Poplar Springs (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mars Hill
 - Poplar Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Muscadine   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Mars Hill
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Muscadine had a post office and railroad service
Hooper (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Mars Hill
 - Hooper had a post office and no railroad service
Palestine   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mars Hill
 - Palestine had a post office and railroad service
Borden Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mars Hill
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Borden Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Mars Hill
 - 1895 population of 165 people
 - Esom Hill had a post office and railroad service
Greenway (GA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Greenway was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Mars Hill
 - Greenway 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 Mars Hill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mars Hill 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Mars Hill is located in Cleburne County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cleburne County: Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Randolph, Talladega, Carroll (GA), Haralson (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cleburne     (The home county for Mars Hill)
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Banner   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Southside   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Graham   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Newell   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Euharlee (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Villa Rica (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Cobb (GA)
      Powder Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Winston (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tyree (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      White City (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Douglasville (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Springwood Village (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Windwood Village (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dallas (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hiram (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

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 - 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 Mars Hill:

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 Cleburne County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay 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    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cobb County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Douglas County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

The Communities of Alabama

About Cleburne County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Mars Hill. 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' distance from Mars Hill. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mars Hill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mars Hill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8401, Longitude: -85.3969     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mars Hill 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 Mars Hill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Mars Hill.