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Speake, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Speake ...

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 Speake (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 Speake. 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 Speake ...

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Speake.

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

Cemeteries Near Speake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Speake.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Speake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kitchens Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Preuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stephenson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Arbor Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wilborn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Puckett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Paff Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Aldridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Asherbraner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Orr Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Keys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Woodard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Dement Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Penn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stovall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE O'Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Johnson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stroup Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cheatham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Orr Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Sivley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Montgomery Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bogar Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Morris Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Penn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moulton Municipal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Hickory Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Day - Speegle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Herrin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Napps Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Raper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Heflin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Almon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW McLemore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Tapsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cheatham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holmes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Byars 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 Speake in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Speake.

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

Oakville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Speake
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Oakville had a post office and no railroad service
Neel   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Speake
 - Neel had a post office and no railroad service
Massey   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Speake
 - Massey had a post office and no railroad service
Moulton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Speake
 - 1895 population of 426 people (with 3,343 people in 2016)
 - Moulton had a post office and no railroad service
Upshaw   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Speake
 - Upshaw had a post office and no railroad service
Clifty   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Speake
 - Clifty had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Plains   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Speake
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cedar Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Battleground   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Speake
 - Battleground 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 Speake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Speake 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 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.

Speake is located in Lawrence County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lawrence County: Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Limestone, Morgan & Winston.

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

Lawrence     (The home county for Speake)
      Oakville   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Wren   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Logan   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Triana   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Madison   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arab   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Houston   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arley   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 Speake:

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 Lawrence County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Find a Community in Alabama

About Lawrence County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Speake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4159, Longitude: -87.1675     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Speake 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 Speake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Speake.