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Rock Fence, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rock Fence ...

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 Rock Fence (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 Rock Fence. 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 Rock Fence ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rock Fence.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rock Fence, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rock Fence.

Cemeteries Near Rock Fence ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rock Fence.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Tatum Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Chappell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Higgins Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Hill - Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sharps Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Milltown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Finney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sandy Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sky View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Abanda Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Booger Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cedarwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bibby Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Emory Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Swint - Hammack Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wadley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Darian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Blanton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Waites Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Finley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Handy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lafayette Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stamps Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Holstum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Randolph Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  N Union Hill 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 Rock Fence in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rock Fence.

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

Chapel Hill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Rock Fence
 - Chapel Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Milltown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rock Fence
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Milltown had a post office and no railroad service
Doublehead   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rock Fence
 - Doublehead had a post office and no railroad service
Five Points   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rock Fence
 - Five Points had a post office and railroad service
Marcoot   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rock Fence
 - Marcoot had a post office and no railroad service
Buffalo   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rock Fence
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Buffalo had a post office and railroad service
Stroud   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Rock Fence
 - 1895 population of 285 people
 - Stroud had a post office and railroad service
Bosworth   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Rock Fence
 - Bosworth 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 Rock Fence. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rock Fence 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Rock Fence is located in Chambers County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chambers County: Lee, Randolph, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Chambers     (The home county for Rock Fence)
      Penton   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ray   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Newell   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Graham   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      New Site   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 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 Rock Fence:

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 Chambers County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Chambers County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Chambers County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Rock Fence. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Rock Fence) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock Fence. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0362, Longitude: -85.4386     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rock Fence 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 Rock Fence, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rock Fence.