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Rollins, Alabama
(Etowah County)

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Our Genealogy Helper for Rollins ...

So far, we have found very little information about Rollins. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Rollins to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Rollins, please Contact Us.

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 Rollins (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Rollins. 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 Rollins ...

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 Rollins.

  • While the name of this community is Rollins, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Rollins may originally have been Rollin'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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Rollins is historic, it would have been located within present day Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Rollins)
  Sardis City   [Map]     SW   Less than 2 miles<2>
  Whitesboro   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Mountainboro   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Greer - Historic   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Ridgeville   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Reece City   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Egypt   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Benson - Historic   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Ivalee   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Alabama City   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Snead   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Fowler - Historic   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Bird - Historic   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Craig   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Susan Moore   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clarence   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fridays Crossing   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Brooksville   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hoods Crossroads   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Taits Gap   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Summit   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Appalachian   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Oak Level   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cochran Springs   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Adelia - Historic   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ohatchee   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Collins - Historic   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Wellington   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Angel   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clark - Historic   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Merrellton   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Alexandria   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Leesburg   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Sand Rock   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Centre   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Coloma - Historic   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Taft   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gaylesville   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Howells Crossroads   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Spring Garden   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Broomtown   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Borden Springs   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Joppa   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Baileyton   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Holly Pond   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  East Point   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hanceville   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  White City   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Crossville   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cotnam   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Geraldine   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Collinsville   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Chigger Hill   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Floy - Historic   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Lakeview   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Grove Oak   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Clyde - Historic   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Fyffe   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Langston   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rock City   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Section   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dutton   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Scottsboro   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Woodville   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gray - Historic   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Paint Rock   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Berrys - Historic   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ayres   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  New Hope   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Gurley   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Big Cove   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  English Village   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Albertville   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bartlett - Historic   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Rabbit Town   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Horton   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Gregory   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Guntersville   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Wyeth City   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Mill Village   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bowen - Historic   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Big Spring - Historic   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hulaco   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Morgan City   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lacey's Spring   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Eva   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Valhermoso Springs   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
  Steele   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ashville   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ragland   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Saint Clair Springs   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wattsville   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Branchville   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Springville   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Odenville   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Argo   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
  Menlo (GA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Rollins ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rollins.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Rollins covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Whitesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Upton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Mizell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gilland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blessing Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Red Apple Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Myrtletree Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Walls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Noble Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Memorial Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Ivalee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Fairview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  ESE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Little Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Albertville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW White Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Howelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Carnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Eason Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE De Kalb Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Lowrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Rollins ...

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 47 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rollins.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rollins, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rollins.

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.

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

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

Pulltight   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rollins
 - Pulltight had railroad service and no post office
Mount Zion - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mount Zion was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rollins
 - Mount Zion had a post office and no railroad service
Mountainboro   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rollins
 - Mountainboro had a post office and no railroad service
Haworth - Historic   [Map]
 - While Haworth was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rollins
 - Haworth had a post office and no railroad service
Boaz   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rollins
 - 1895 population of 18 people (with 9,652 people in 2017)
 - Boaz had a post office and no railroad service
Rodentown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rollins
 - 1895 population of 115 people
 - Rodentown had a post office and no railroad service
Marshall   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rollins
 - Marshall had a post office and no railroad service
Rains - Historic   [Map]
 - While Rains was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Rollins
 - Rains had a post office and no railroad service
Red Apple - Historic   [Map]
 - While Red Apple was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Rollins
 - Red Apple had a post office and no railroad service
Avery   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rollins
 - Avery 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 Rollins. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rollins in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Rollins:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Etowah County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Cherokee County:     Cyndi's



Cleburne County:     Cyndi's



Cullman County:     Cyndi's



DeKalb County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Talladega County:     Cyndi's



Chattooga County (GA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Etowah County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Rollins, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rollins) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rollins. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1820, Longitude: -86.0964     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rollins have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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