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Reedtown, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Reedtown ...

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 Reedtown (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 Reedtown. 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 Reedtown ...

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 57 newspapers that have been published in the area around Reedtown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Reedtown, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Reedtown.

Cemeteries Near Reedtown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Reedtown.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Knights of Pythias Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wilson - Nooe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Orman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Luketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sadler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Town Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Kirk Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Devaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Franklin Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Steadham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Keelen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sargent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Burnt Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Allen - McRight Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McWright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jonesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Number 6 Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Walden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pounders Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rea Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bobo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Pounders - Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Quinn Memorial Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wingo Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tharptown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Belgreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Scharnagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Spruce Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Blue Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Counts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Belgreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mountain Home Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moorman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gray Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pennington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sylvester Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bob Saint Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Greenhill - Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Old Nauvoo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Grissom Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Edgar Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brock Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shady Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Bethel Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S J.R. Swinney Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Phil Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Denton Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gadd Cemetery   [Map]     
  N County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bolton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Frankfort 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 Reedtown in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Reedtown.

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

Russellville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Reedtown
 - 1895 population of 920 people (with 9,815 people in 2016)
 - Russellville had a post office and railroad service
Isbell   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Reedtown
 - Isbell had a post office and no railroad service
Rockwood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Reedtown
 - Rockwood had a post office and no railroad service
Waco   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Reedtown
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Waco had a post office and no railroad service
Belgreen   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Reedtown
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Belgreen had a post office and no railroad service
Spruce Pine   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Reedtown
 - Spruce Pine had a post office and no railroad service
Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Reedtown
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Reedtown
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Frankfort had a post office and no railroad service
Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Reedtown
 - 1895 population of 143 people
 - Newburg 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 Reedtown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Reedtown 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.

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

Franklin     (The home county for Reedtown)
      Russellville   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Twin   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Guin   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 - 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 Reedtown:

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    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       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
Also see ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Franklin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Reedtown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4968, Longitude: -87.7417     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Reedtown 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 Reedtown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Reedtown.