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Our Genealogical Helper for Motts ...

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 Motts (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 Motts. 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 Motts ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Motts.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Motts, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Motts.

Cemeteries Near Motts ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Motts.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Bethel Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Stroud Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Charnel Garden of Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Flint Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Mechanicsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Hope CME Church Cemetery<2>   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  WNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lake View Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NW County Line Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW John Calhoun Tillery Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pitts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bolton Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Water Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dudleyville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mealing Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Burrell Chapel AME Church Cemetery<4>   [Map]     
  NW Hephzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Penn Young Gravesite   [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.<5>

While we didn't find Motts in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Motts.

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

Smith's Station   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Motts
 - 1895 population of 49 people (with 5,418 people in 2017)
 - Smith's Station had a post office and railroad service
Mechanicsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Motts
 - Mechanicsville had a post office and no railroad service
Salem   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Motts
 - 1895 population of 166 people
 - Salem had a post office and railroad service
Ladonia   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Motts
 - Ladonia had a post office and no railroad service
Crawford   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Motts
 - Crawford had a post office and no railroad service
Beulah   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Motts
 - 1895 population of 118 people
 - Beulah had a post office and no railroad service
Acton (GA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Acton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Motts
 - Acton had a post office and no railroad service
Girard   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Motts
 - 1895 population of 815 people
 - Girard 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 Motts. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Motts 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.

Motts is located in Lee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lee County: Chambers, Macon, Russell, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Muscogee (GA).

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

Lee     (The home county for Motts)
      Smith's Station   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Comer   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Midway   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Valley   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Seale   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cusseta (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Harris (GA)
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (GA)
      Buena Vista (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Warm Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Manchester (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harris City (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greenville (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Louvale (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Talbot (GA)
      Box Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Geneva (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Talbotton (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Woodland (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Junction City (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Motts:

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 Lee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattahoochee 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    
Marion County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talbot 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 Lee County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lee 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 Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Lee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Motts. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5724, Longitude: -85.1385     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Motts have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>CME is an abbreviation for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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<3>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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<4>AME is an abbreviation for the African Methodist Episcopal Church

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<5>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 Motts, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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