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Renfroe Valley, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Renfroe Valley ...

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 Renfroe Valley (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 Renfroe Valley. 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 Renfroe Valley ...

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 Renfroe Valley.

  • Typical abbreviation for Renfroe Valley: Renfroe Vly. (or less commonly used: Renfroe Vally. or Renfroe Vlly.)

Newspapers Published in Renfroe Valley ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Renfroe Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Renfroe Valley, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Renfroe Valley.

Cemeteries Near Renfroe Valley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Renfroe Valley.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S New Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Colvin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Wesleys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bankhead Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fayette City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Rowland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Branyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sudduth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Caines Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Glover Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bethabra Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Guin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Palestine Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Whitson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Temple Star Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Meadow Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Elbethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holliman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Savage Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shirley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Housh Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Blooming Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Blooming Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oakes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brotherton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fowler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rehobeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gilpin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Higdon Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Shepherd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gravlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Zion Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Phillips Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hollingsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  W South Carolina Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Christian 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.<2>

While we didn't find Renfroe Valley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Renfroe Valley.

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

Kingville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Renfroe Valley
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Kingville had a post office and no railroad service
Kennedy   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Renfroe Valley
 - 1895 population of 312 people (with 429 people in 2016)
 - Kennedy had a post office and railroad service
Stough   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Renfroe Valley
 - Stough had a post office and no railroad service
Newtonville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Renfroe Valley
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Newtonville had a post office and no railroad service
Hightogy   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Renfroe Valley
 - Hightogy had a post office and no railroad service
Wayside   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Renfroe Valley
 - 1895 population of 70 people
 - Wayside had a post office and no railroad service
Vernon   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Renfroe Valley
 - 1895 population of 192 people (with 1,896 people in 2016)
 - Vernon had a post office and no railroad service
Bankston   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) from Renfroe Valley
 - Bankston had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Renfroe Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Renfroe Valley 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 doctors and 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.

Renfroe Valley is located in Fayette County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Fayette County: Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Fayette     (The home county for Renfroe Valley)
      Old Town   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Belk   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Berry   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Millport   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Guin   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Twin   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Weston   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Reform   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McShan   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Echola   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coker   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Northport   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Corona   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Patton   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Townley   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hatley (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Amory (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithville (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aberdeen (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Renfroe Valley:

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 Fayette County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa 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    
Clay County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Communities in Alabama

About Fayette County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Renfroe Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6965, Longitude: -87.9028     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Renfroe Valley 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 Renfroe Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Renfroe Valley.