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Tharptown, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Tharptown ...

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 Tharptown (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 Tharptown. 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 Tharptown ...

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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Tharptown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Tharptown, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Tharptown.

Cemeteries Near Tharptown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Tharptown.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Tharptown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Counts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pennington Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bobo Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Number 6 Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sylvester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bob Saint Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Sargent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Kirk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Denton Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Devaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sadler Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Orman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rea Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gray Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gargas Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Franklin Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  W Luketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Knights of Pythias Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Wilson - Nooe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Blue Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jonesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kimbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Masterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Burnt Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Keelen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Steadham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Duboise Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Love Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gadd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McWright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Allen - McRight Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Spruce Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wear Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fergason Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Beavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Blythe Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE LaGrange Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bickley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hester 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 Tharptown in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Tharptown.

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

Waco   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Tharptown
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Waco had a post office and no railroad service
Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Tharptown
 - 1895 population of 143 people
 - Newburg had a post office and no railroad service
Russellville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Tharptown
 - 1895 population of 920 people (with 9,815 people in 2016)
 - Russellville had a post office and railroad service
Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Tharptown
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Avoca - Historic   [Map]
 - While Avoca was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Tharptown
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Avoca had a post office and no railroad service
Isbell   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Tharptown
 - Isbell had a post office and no railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Tharptown
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Hope   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Tharptown
 - 1895 population of 226 people
 - Mount Hope 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 Tharptown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Tharptown 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 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.

Tharptown is located in Franklin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Franklin County: Colbert, Lawrence, Marion, Winston, Itawamba (MS) & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Franklin     (The home county for Tharptown)
      Russellville   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Killen   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Twin   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Tharptown:

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 Franklin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Franklin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tharptown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5223, Longitude: -87.6286     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tharptown 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 Tharptown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Tharptown.