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Old Texas, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Old Texas ...

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 Old Texas (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 Old Texas. 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 Old Texas ...

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 53 newspapers that have been published in the area around Old Texas.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Old Texas, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Old Texas.

Cemeteries Near Old Texas ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Old Texas.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jenkins Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Solomon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Grimes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Bethel West Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pineview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Turnbull Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Butler Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pineview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Turkestan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Savannah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shacklesville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Pineville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pineville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lone Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kaiser Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Concord 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 Old Texas in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Old Texas.

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

Awin   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Old Texas
 - Awin had a post office and no railroad service
Commerce   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Old Texas
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Commerce had a post office and no railroad service
Riley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Old Texas
 - Riley had a post office and no railroad service
Skinnerton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Old Texas
 - Skinnerton had a post office and no railroad service
Pine Apple   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Old Texas
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 125 people in 2016)
 - Pine Apple had a post office and railroad service
Turnbull   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Old Texas
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Turnbull had a post office and no railroad service
Butler Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Old Texas
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Butler Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Caledonia   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Old Texas
 - Caledonia 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 Old Texas. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Old Texas 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Old Texas is located in Monroe County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monroe County: Baldwin, Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia & Wilcox.

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

Monroe     (The home county for Old Texas)
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Excel   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Repton   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Range   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Minter   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Benton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Awin   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Furman   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coy   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Old Texas:

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 Monroe County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Monroe County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Old Texas. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.7696, Longitude: -87.0003     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Old Texas 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 Old Texas, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Old Texas.