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Mount Zion, Alabama
(Tallapoosa County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Mount Zion ...

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 Mount Zion (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 Mount Zion. 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 Mount Zion ...

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 Mount Zion.

  • Typical abbreviation for Mount Zion: Mt. Zion

Newspapers Published in Mount Zion ...

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 49 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mount Zion.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mount Zion, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Mount Zion.

Cemeteries Near Mount Zion ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mount Zion.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mask Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fishpond Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Farrow Dennis Graveyard   [Map]     
  E Old Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Carver Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hillview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Kennedy - Christian - Sasser Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harmony Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Prospect Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Benson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kellyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E Jacksons Gap Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sunny Level Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Peace & Goodwill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nixburg Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Nixburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Benson - Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Craft Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Doctor Kellys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Bice Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bethesda Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Equality Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lovejoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Socapatoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Howard 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 Mount Zion in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Mount Zion.

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

Island Home   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Island Home had a post office and no railroad service
Alexander City   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 679 people (with 14,773 people in 2016)
 - Alexander City had a post office and railroad service
Kowaliga   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Kowaliga had a post office and no railroad service
Jacksons' Gap   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 207 people (with 801 people in 2016)
 - Jacksons' Gap had a post office and railroad service
Nixburg   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 97 people
 - Nixburg had a post office and no railroad service
Kellyton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 120 people (with 197 people in 2016)
 - Kellyton had a post office and railroad service
Equality   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mount Zion
 - Equality had a post office and no railroad service
Jordan   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mount Zion
 - Jordan had a post office and no railroad service
Dadeville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 873 people (with 3,128 people in 2016)
 - Dadeville 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 Mount Zion. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mount Zion 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Mount Zion is located in Tallapoosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tallapoosa County: Chambers, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon & Randolph.

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

Tallapoosa     (The home county for Mount Zion)
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      New Site   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Penton   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ray   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Equality   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Claud   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 Mount Zion:

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 Tallapoosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay 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    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Zion. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8590, Longitude: -85.9597     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mount Zion 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 Mount Zion, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Mount Zion.