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Piney Bend, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Piney Bend ...

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 Piney Bend (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 Piney Bend. 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.

Name Variations for Piney Bend ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Piney Bend.

  • Typical abbreviation for Piney Bend: Piney Bnd.

Newspapers Published in Piney Bend ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Piney Bend.

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

Cemeteries Near Piney Bend ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Piney Bend.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Bolin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Burnout Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Burntout Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Sparks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Osborn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Nauvoo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Weatherbee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tompkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Patterson Strickland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Halltown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Baggett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Overton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bonds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Blue Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW McCarley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gober Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mountain Home Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greenhill - Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cedar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pilot Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McCurley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bolton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Belgreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Belgreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Site Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Bullen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lower Pleasant Site Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Red Bay City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Brazel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Single Springs Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dempsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Walden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bolton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW James Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hillcrest Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Childers Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Moorman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pounders - Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mann Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ridge 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 Piney Bend in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Piney Bend.

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

Belgreen   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Piney Bend
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Belgreen had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Site   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Piney Bend
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Pleasant Site had a post office and no railroad service
Red Bay   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Piney Bend
 - Red Bay had a post office and no railroad service
Denton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Denton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Piney Bend
 - Denton had a post office and no railroad service
Rock Creek   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Piney Bend
 - Rock Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Rockwood   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Piney Bend
 - Rockwood had a post office and no railroad service
Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Piney Bend
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Frankfort had a post office and no railroad service
Belmont (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Piney Bend
 - 1895 population of 24 people (with 2,032 people in 2016)
 - Belmont 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 Piney Bend. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Piney Bend 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Piney Bend is located in Franklin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Franklin County: Colbert, Lawrence, Marion, Winston, Itawamba (MS) & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Franklin     (The home county for Piney Bend)
      Burntout   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Twin   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Guin   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rienzi (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mantachie (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
Lee (MS)
      Mooreville (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Baldwyn (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Guntown (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saltillo (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Smithville (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lake City (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Booneville (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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 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 Piney Bend:

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 Franklin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Piney Bend. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4543, Longitude: -87.9900     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Piney Bend 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 Piney Bend, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Piney Bend.