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Piedmont, Alabama
(Calhoun County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Piedmont ...

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 Piedmont (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 Piedmont. 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 Piedmont ...

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 Piedmont.

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

Cemeteries Near Piedmont ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Piedmont.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Memorial Garden   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Goshen Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Hanks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ladiga Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Farmer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Dunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shady Grove Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Littlejohn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Nances Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Grimes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Community Congregational Holiness Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Borden Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Pleasant Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wellborn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McCain's Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Stead Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davis Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Arrington Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sardis Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sheepskin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Ohatchee #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Williams Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Youngs Chapel 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Piedmont had a population of 711 people in 1895 with railroad service and no post office. In 2016, Piedmont had a population of 4,666 people.

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

Ladiga   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Piedmont
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Ladiga had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Garden   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Piedmont
 - Spring Garden had a post office and railroad service
Nances Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Piedmont
 - Nances Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Gnatville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Piedmont
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Gnatville had a post office and no railroad service
Grantley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Piedmont
 - Grantley had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Gap   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Piedmont
 - Pleasant Gap had a post office and no railroad service
Merrellton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Piedmont
 - Merrellton had a post office and no railroad service
Borden Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Piedmont
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Borden Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Rock Run Station   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Piedmont
 - Rock Run Station had a post office and no railroad service
Jenkins   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Piedmont
 - Jenkins 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 Piedmont. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Piedmont 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 and doctors 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.

Piedmont is primarily located in Calhoun County. A portion of Piedmont extends into Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Piedmont)
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Banner   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Southside   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Newell   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Steele   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Berryton (GA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 Piedmont:

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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Paulding County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Calhoun County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Calhoun 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 Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Piedmont ...

While our initial data for Piedmont came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Piedmont 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 Piedmont.

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 Piedmont:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, Express Office, no Post Office mentioned  
We have found Piedmont in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Piedmont for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Piedmont.
      See our Misc Page for Piedmont for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Calhoun County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Calhoun County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting in Piedmont. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Piedmont) 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 Piedmont. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Piedmont

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Piedmont. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9267, Longitude: -85.6157     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Piedmont 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:

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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 Piedmont, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Piedmont.