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Paragon, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Paragon ...

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 Paragon (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 Paragon. 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 Paragon ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Paragon.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Paragon, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Paragon.

Cemeteries Near Paragon ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Paragon.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Paragon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smiths Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Bonner Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gilbertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mosley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Seventh-day Adventist Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mosley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Springbank Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Barrytown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Lusk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Zion Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brightwater Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Coopers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Old Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Loften Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bogueloosa Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stroud Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Scotch Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Stagg Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Aquilla Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Singley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Womack Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Hill 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 Paragon in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Paragon.

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

Souwilpa   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Paragon
 - Souwilpa had a post office and no railroad service
Emory   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Paragon
 - Emory had a post office and no railroad service
Melvin   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Paragon
 - Melvin had a post office and no railroad service
Isney   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Paragon
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Isney had a post office and no railroad service
Silas   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Paragon
 - Silas had a post office and no railroad service
Lusk   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Paragon
 - Lusk had a post office and no railroad service
Aquilla   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Paragon
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Aquilla had a post office and no railroad service
Womack Hill   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Paragon
 - 1895 population of 410 people
 - Womack Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Matherville (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Paragon
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Matherville had a post office and no railroad service
Tokio (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Paragon
 - Tokio 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 Paragon. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Paragon 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 and hospitals 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.

Paragon is located in Choctaw County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Choctaw County: Clarke, Marengo, Sumter, Washington, Clarke (MS), Lauderdale (MS) & Wayne (MS).

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

Choctaw     (The home county for Paragon)
      Gilbertown   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Needham   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Silas   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Aquilla   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Butler   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ward   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mehaffey - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Millry   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Barlow   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Yellow Pine   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fruitdale   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
Clarke (MS)
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Shubuta (MS)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Quitman (MS)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Stonewall (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pachuta (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Enterprise (MS)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Greene (MS)
      State Line (MS)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Carson City (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Jasper (MS)
      Stafford Springs (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vossburg (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Orange (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Heidelberg (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kelona (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fellowship (MS) - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rose Hill (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Jones (MS)
      Sandersville (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Meridian (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (MS)
      Waynesboro (MS)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Clara (MS)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

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 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 Paragon:

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 Choctaw County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jasper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jones County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Communities in Alabama

About Choctaw County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Paragon. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8763, Longitude: -88.3745     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Paragon 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 Paragon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Paragon.