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Oak Bowery, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Oak Bowery ...

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 Oak Bowery (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 Oak Bowery. 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 Oak Bowery ...

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 70 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oak Bowery.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Oak Bowery, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Oak Bowery.

Cemeteries Near Oak Bowery ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Oak Bowery.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Luke CME Church Cemetery<2>   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NW Spratling Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sturkie Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Gold Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Robertson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Boyds Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Peace & Goodwill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Maddox Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smith - Willoughby Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Farmville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. John United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Mt. Traveler Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Daniel - Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ridge Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Garden Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rosemere Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cusseta Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Waverly Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Westwood Drive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sweet Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Handy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Finley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Memory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stamps Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lafayette Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McCord 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.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Oak Bowery had a population of 137 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Gold Hill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Oak Bowery
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Gold Hill had a post office and railroad service
Tuckersburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Oak Bowery
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Tuckersburg had a post office and railroad service
Boyds   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Oak Bowery
 - Boyds had railroad service and no post office
Moorefield   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Oak Bowery
 - Moorefield had a post office and no railroad service
Opelika   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Oak Bowery
 - 1895 population of 3,703 people (with 29,869 people in 2016)
 - Opelika had a post office and railroad service
Cusseta   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Oak Bowery
 - 1895 population of 98 people (with 123 people in 2016)
 - Cusseta had a post office and railroad service
Waverly   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Oak Bowery
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 148 people in 2016)
 - Waverly had a post office and railroad service
Blackman   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Oak Bowery
 - Blackman 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 Oak Bowery. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oak Bowery 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.

Oak Bowery is located in Chambers County.

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

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

Chambers     (The home county for Oak Bowery)
      Cusseta   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Valley   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Penton   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ray   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Equality   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Claud   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Almond   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Seale   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      New Site   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 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 Oak Bowery:

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 Chambers County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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    
Randolph 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    
Muscogee 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 Chambers County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Chambers 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Oak Bowery ...

While our initial data for Oak Bowery came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Oak Bowery in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Oak Bowery.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Oak Bowery:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Oak Bowery.
      See our Misc Page for Oak Bowery for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Chambers County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Oak Bowery. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Chambers County: www.chamberscounty.com/

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 starting in Oak Bowery. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Oak Bowery) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oak Bowery. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7507, Longitude: -85.4363     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oak Bowery 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: findagrave.com.

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<4>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 Oak Bowery, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Oak Bowery.