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Sewell, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sewell ...

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 Sewell (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 Sewell. 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 Sewell ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sewell.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sewell, 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 Sewell.

Cemeteries Near Sewell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sewell.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Coats Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Red Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ephesus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zachry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Shiloh Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Buchanan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Bear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW East Napoleon Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE High Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethena Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lancaster Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Veal Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Ridgeway Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crews Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Caney Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lummie Layton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Liberty Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Rocky Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Noles Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Walls Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Unity Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Gilread Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Highway Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Highway Ridge Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Almon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ridley - Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Laurel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tyus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Goldridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sandy Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Merrill - Roop Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Welcome Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Cleburne Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  SSE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rooks - Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Roopville City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE First Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bowdon Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bowdon City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Cool Spring 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Sewell had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Waldrep   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Sewell
 - Waldrep had a post office and no railroad service
Graham   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Sewell
 - Graham had a post office and no railroad service
Rockalo (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Sewell
 - Rockalo had a post office and no railroad service
Lamar   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Sewell
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Lamar had a post office and no railroad service
Omaha   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Sewell
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Omaha had a post office and no railroad service
Frolona (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sewell
 - Frolona had a post office and no railroad service
Haywood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sewell
 - 1895 population of 318 people
 - Haywood had a post office and no railroad service
Joel (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sewell
 - Joel had a post office and no railroad service
Lofty   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sewell
 - Lofty had a post office and no railroad service
Newell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sewell
 - Newell had a post office and no railroad service
Potash   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sewell
 - Potash 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 Sewell. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sewell 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Sewell is located in Randolph County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Tallapoosa, Carroll (GA), Heard (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Randolph     (The home county for Sewell)
      Graham   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Newell   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Penton   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Delta   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Elder   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Munford   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Villa Rica (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Sargent (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      East Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moreland (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smith City (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sharpsburg (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Turin (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jade Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Tyree (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Winston (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      White City (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Springwood Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Windwood Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Douglasville (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fulton (GA)
      Chattahoochee Hills (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Palmetto (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Luthersville (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 helpful 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 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 Sewell:

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 Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega 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    
Douglas County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fulton County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson 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      
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sewell ...

While our initial data for Sewell came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Sewell in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Sewell.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Sewell:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Sewell.
      See our Misc Page for Sewell for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Randolph County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sewell. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3898, Longitude: -85.3063     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sewell 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 Sewell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sewell.