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Murphy Cross Roads, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Murphy Cross Roads ...

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 Murphy Cross Roads (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 Murphy Cross Roads. 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 Murphy Cross Roads ...

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 Murphy Cross Roads.

  • Typical abbreviation for Murphy Cross Roads: Murphy Xrds.

Newspapers Published in Murphy Cross Roads ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Murphy Cross Roads.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Murphy Cross Roads, 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 Murphy Cross Roads.

Cemeteries Near Murphy Cross Roads ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Murphy Cross Roads.

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 Murphy Cross Roads covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Francis - King - Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Sharp Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Milford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Balentine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Austin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Darby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McFalls Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Barkley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stout Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Dowdy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McAllister Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Darby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Centenary Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pigg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brewer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Dodd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fielder Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Paulk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gean Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Burnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pearson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stribling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Whites Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roundtop Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stribling Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Faint Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Scott 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.<2>

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

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

Kendell - Historic   [Map]
 - While Kendell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Murphy Cross Roads
 - Kendell had a post office and no railroad service
Cypress Inn (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Murphy Cross Roads
 - 1895 population of 91 people
 - Cypress Inn had a post office and no railroad service
Stout (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Murphy Cross Roads
 - Stout had a post office and no railroad service
Gravelly Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Murphy Cross Roads
 - Gravelly Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Wright   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Murphy Cross Roads
 - Wright had a post office and no railroad service
Rhodesville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Murphy Cross Roads
 - Rhodesville had a post office and no railroad service
Cloverdale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Murphy Cross Roads
 - Cloverdale had a post office and no railroad service
Whittens Stand (TN) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Whittens Stand was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Murphy Cross Roads
 - Whittens Stand 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 Murphy Cross Roads. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Murphy Cross Roads 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 doctors 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.

Murphy Cross Roads is located in Lauderdale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Murphy Cross Roads)
      Cloverdale   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Florence   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Green Hill   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chickasaw - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Corinth (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rienzi (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Chester (TN)
      Milledgeville (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Decatur (TN)
      Pleasant Hill (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Centerview (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Johnson Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Swift (TN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crump (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saltillo (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Henderson (TN)
      Sardis (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cedar Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lewis (TN)
      Voorhies (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
McNairy (TN)
      Tulu (TN)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Michie (TN)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adamsville (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stantonville (TN)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Guys (TN)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eastview (TN)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Perry (TN)
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clifton (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Slickrock Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ashland Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 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 Murphy Cross Roads:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chester County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Decatur County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henderson County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
McNairy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lauderdale County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lauderdale 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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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' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Murphy Cross Roads. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Murphy Cross Roads) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Murphy Cross Roads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9820, Longitude: -87.8981     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Murphy Cross Roads have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Murphy Cross Roads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Murphy Cross Roads.