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Powell, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Powell ...

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 Powell (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 Powell. 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 Powell ...

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 2 newspapers that have been published in the area around Powell.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Powell, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Powell.

Cemeteries Near Powell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Powell.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stevens Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E McCravy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oxford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dobbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bonnertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cottrell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Hammond Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Noblit Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Shelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Harmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Elledge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hesters Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Booth Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Five Points Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Second Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gibbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Portertown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Corum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sexton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tedd Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Minor Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Peppertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Romine Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Romine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Barker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gaston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shoal Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Home Sweet Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Liberty Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pettus Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Harvey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Whitehead Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hooie Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Higgens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Temperance Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sandlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dupree Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bishop Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grissom Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pettus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oliver - Bedingfield Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Civitan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wallace Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bedingfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stella Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gooch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fall River Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blue Water Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Allen 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 Powell in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Powell.

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

Sugar - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sugar was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Powell
 - Sugar had a post office and no railroad service
Good Springs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Powell
 - Good Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Appleton (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Powell
 - Appleton had a post office and no railroad service
Marbuts (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Powell
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Marbuts had a post office and no railroad service
Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Powell
 - 1895 population of 31 people (with 519 people in 2016)
 - Minor Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Lexington   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Powell
 - 1895 population of 27 people (with 718 people in 2016)
 - Lexington had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Rozell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Powell
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Mount Rozell had a post office and no railroad service
Dustin (TN) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Dustin was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Powell
 - Dustin 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 Powell. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Powell 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.

Powell is located in Lauderdale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Powell)
      Bethel   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Anderson   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Slabtown - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Belew - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Green Hill   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Athens   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Caro   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Toney   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Madison   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hazel Green   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Meridianville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Triana   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Normal   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Danville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
Lewis (TN)
      Voorhies (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Boonshill (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elk Mill Village (TN)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fayetteville (TN)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marshall (TN)
      Cornersville (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Delina (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Maury (TN)
      Southport (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scotts Mill (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jonesboro (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Frierson Town (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mount Pleasant (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ashland Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 either 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 Powell:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Maury County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Powell. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9779, Longitude: -87.2536     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Powell 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 Powell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Powell.