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Thornhill, Alabama
(Marion County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Thornhill ...

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 Thornhill (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 Thornhill. 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 Thornhill ...

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 62 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thornhill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Thornhill, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Thornhill.

Cemeteries Near Thornhill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thornhill.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hoggle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hoggle Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Potts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dodd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ryefield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Boar Tush Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Botush Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Ireland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Whitehouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Haley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Brock Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Myers Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Poole Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ireland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Old Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Crooked Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethel Missionary Baptist Church #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Davis Family Cemetery North   [Map]     
  NNE Davis Family Cemetery South   [Map]     
  NNE Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Burnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Concord Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE West Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Unknown Soldiers Grave   [Map]     
  SSE O'Mary Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Lovett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Elliott Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mountain Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Corinth Heights Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Federick Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Sullens Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mays Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Polly Dodd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW John Bull Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tittle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sardis #1 Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lovett - West Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bright Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Walker Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Littleville Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Weatherly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Bear Creek #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gold Mine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Halcomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Factory Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Crossroads Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Winston Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE DeGraffenreid Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sunny Home Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fowler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brilliant Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Bostick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Boston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Miles Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Philadelphia Deliverance Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lynn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Milestone Mountain Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Millstone Mountain Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Taylor Historical Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Friendship Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chilcoat Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Green 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 Thornhill in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Thornhill.

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

Delmar   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thornhill
 - Delmar had a post office and railroad service
Goddard   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Thornhill
 - Goddard had a post office and no railroad service
Natural Bridge   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Thornhill
 - Natural Bridge had a post office and no railroad service
Haleyville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Thornhill
 - Haleyville had a post office and railroad service
Bear Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Thornhill
 - Bear Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Gold Mine   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Thornhill
 - Gold Mine had a post office and no railroad service
Lynn   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Thornhill
 - Lynn had a post office and railroad service
Pearce's Mills   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Thornhill
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Pearce's Mills 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 Thornhill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thornhill 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Thornhill is located in Marion County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marion County: Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Walker, Winston, Itawamba (MS) & Monroe (MS).

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

Marion     (The home county for Thornhill)
      Bear Creek   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Twin   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Guin   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Weston   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Logan   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Point   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Berry   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belk   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Vina   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wren   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Danville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Townley   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Corona   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Patton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Houston   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Arley   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Addison   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Thornhill:

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 Marion County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence 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    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

The Communities of Alabama

About Marion County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marion County: www.sonet.net/marioncounty/

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' (or point-to-point) distance from Thornhill. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Thornhill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thornhill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1579, Longitude: -87.6672     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thornhill 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 Thornhill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Thornhill.