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Pennington, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Pennington ...

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 Pennington (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 Pennington. 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 Pennington ...

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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pennington.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Pennington, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Pennington.

Cemeteries Near Pennington ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Pennington.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Millwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Red House Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Geneva Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Nanafalia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E James Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ward Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Mariah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Christopher Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Spencer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clover Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Canathan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Aimwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Beaver Creek Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Black Bluff 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 Pennington in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Pennington.

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

Tompkinsville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Pennington
 - Tompkinsville had a post office and no railroad service
Robjohn   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Pennington
 - Robjohn had a post office and no railroad service
Myrtlewood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Pennington
 - Myrtlewood had a post office and no railroad service
Nanafalia   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Pennington
 - 1895 population of 66 people
 - Nanafalia had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Sterling   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Pennington
 - 1895 population of 185 people
 - Mount Sterling had a post office and no railroad service
Aimwell   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Pennington
 - Aimwell had a post office and no railroad service
Rembert   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Pennington
 - Rembert had a post office and no railroad service
Butler   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Pennington
 - 1895 population of 178 people (with 1,773 people in 2016)
 - Butler 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 Pennington. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pennington 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.

Pennington 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 Pennington. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Pennington:

Choctaw     (The home county for Pennington)
      Choctaw City   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Butler   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Needham   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Safford   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      The Village   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ward   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      York   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Epes   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sledge - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coy   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clarke (MS)
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Quitman (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Marion (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Meridian (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 - 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 Pennington:

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      
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry 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    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale 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
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Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Choctaw County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Pennington. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Pennington

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pennington. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2070, Longitude: -88.0558     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pennington 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 Pennington, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Pennington.