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Townley, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Townley ...

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 Townley (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 Townley. 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 Townley ...

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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Townley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Townley, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Townley.

Cemeteries Near Townley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Townley.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Manasco Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Boshell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kings Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Easly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kings Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Fike & Inman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Palmers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Files Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Reid Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Lollar Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Whitley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tubbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cross Roads Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Edgil Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Patton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Swindle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  N King Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fergerson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Keeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Infant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oakman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Liberty Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Walker Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gaddy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sleepy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Elm Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Panter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Frost Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Copeland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Hermon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Enis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Panter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gibson Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE South Lowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Coalbed Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Johnson School House Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Johnson 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Townley had a population of 237 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Saragossa   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Townley
 - Saragossa had a post office and railroad service
Coal Valley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Townley
 - Coal Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Gamble   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Townley
 - Gamble had railroad service and no post office
Edgil   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Townley
 - Edgil had a post office and no railroad service
Carbon Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Townley
 - 1895 population of 568 people (with 1,964 people in 2016)
 - Carbon Hill had a post office and railroad service
Prospect   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Townley
 - Prospect had a post office and no railroad service
Corona   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Townley
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Corona had a post office and railroad service
Patton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Townley
 - 1895 population of 378 people
 - Patton had a post office and railroad service
Kansas   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Townley
 - Kansas had a post office and no railroad service
Jasper   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Townley
 - 1895 population of 780 people (with 14,003 people in 2016)
 - Jasper 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 Townley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Townley 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.

Townley is located in Walker County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walker County: Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Jefferson, Marion, Tuscaloosa & Winston.

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

Walker     (The home county for Townley)
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Corona   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Patton   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Logan   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Point   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Belk   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Media   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Corner   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alden   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pinkney City   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Twin   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Guin   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Echola   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Northport   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Houston   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Townley:

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 Walker County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount 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    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa 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 Walker County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Walker 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 Townley ...

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

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 Townley:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Townley.
      See our Misc Page for Townley for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Walker County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Walker County: www.walkercounty.com/

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Townley. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Townley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Townley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8290, Longitude: -87.4317     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Townley 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 Townley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Townley.