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Thornton, Alabama
(Tallapoosa County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Thornton ...

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 Thornton (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 Thornton. 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 Thornton ...

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 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thornton.

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

Cemeteries Near Thornton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thornton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Pentecost Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Roxana Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Roxanna Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lockhart Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W John Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Harper Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Sharon Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Red Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Meadows - Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Spain Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Reeltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rowells Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tallapoosa County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Salem Macon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Benson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Shepard Graveyard   [Map]     
  SSE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Frank McGuire Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Traveler Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Notasulga City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pine Level Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Loachapoka Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Waverly Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Slaughters Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW County Line 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, Thornton had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Walnut Hill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Thornton
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Walnut Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Church Hill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Thornton
 - Church Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Roxana   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Thornton
 - Roxana had a post office and no railroad service
Agricola   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Thornton
 - Agricola had a post office and no railroad service
Mary   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Thornton
 - Mary had a post office and no railroad service
Camp Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Thornton
 - 1895 population of 366 people (with 975 people in 2016)
 - Camp Hill had a post office and railroad service
Dadeville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Thornton
 - 1895 population of 873 people (with 3,128 people in 2016)
 - Dadeville had a post office and railroad service
Waverly   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thornton
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 148 people in 2016)
 - Waverly had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Thornton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thornton 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 northeast 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 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.

Thornton is located in Tallapoosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tallapoosa County: Chambers, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon & Randolph.

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

Tallapoosa     (The home county for Thornton)
      Agricola   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      New Site   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Valley   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Motley   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Equality   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Titus   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Almond   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - you should note 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 Thornton:

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 Tallapoosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       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 Tallapoosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tallapoosa 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 Thornton ...

While our initial data for Thornton came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Thornton 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 Thornton.

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 Thornton:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Thornton.
      See our Misc Page for Thornton for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Tallapoosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thornton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7021, Longitude: -85.7480     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thornton 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 Thornton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Thornton.