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Motley, Alabama
(Clay County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Motley ...

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 Motley (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 Motley. 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 Motley ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Motley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Motley, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Motley.

Cemeteries Near Motley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Motley.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Leander Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Old Vickers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Daviston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Daviston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wadley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Darian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mellow Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bibby Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Abanda Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Knight Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hutchinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Germany Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jehovah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cragford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Milltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Swan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sweetwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Ararat Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Valley Grove 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 Motley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Motley.

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

Emuckfaw   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Motley
 - Emuckfaw had a post office and no railroad service
Almond   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Motley
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Almond had a post office and no railroad service
Truett   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Motley
 - Truett had a post office and no railroad service
Daviston   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Motley
 - 1895 population of 141 people (with 209 people in 2016)
 - Daviston had a post office and no railroad service
Louina   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Motley
 - 1895 population of 130 people
 - Louina had a post office and no railroad service
Goldville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Motley
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 53 people in 2016)
 - Goldville had a post office and no railroad service
Zana - Historic   [Map]
 - While Zana was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Motley
 - 1895 population of 204 people
 - Zana had a post office and no railroad service
Forester Chapel   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Motley
 - Forester Chapel had a post office and no railroad service
Malone Ferry   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Motley
 - Malone Ferry had a post office and no railroad service
Mellow Valley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Motley
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Mellow Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Bosworth   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Motley
 - Bosworth 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 Motley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Motley 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 and doctors 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.

Motley is located in Clay County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Clay     (The home county for Motley)
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Delta   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Penton   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Abel   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Equality   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Newell   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Graham   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Munford   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start 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 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 Motley:

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 Clay County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore 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    
Macon 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    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Clay County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Motley. 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 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Motley. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Motley) 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 Motley. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Motley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Motley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1171, Longitude: -85.6588     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Motley 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 Motley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Motley.