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Our Genealogical Helper for Travelers Rest ...

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 Travelers Rest (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 Travelers Rest. 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.

Name Variations for Travelers Rest ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Travelers Rest.

  • While the name of this community is Travelers Rest, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Travelers Rest may originally have been Traveler's Rest.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Travelers Rest might be written as Traveler Rest.

Newspapers Published in Travelers Rest ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Travelers Rest.

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

Cemeteries Near Travelers Rest ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Travelers Rest.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Swamp Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Proctor Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Hollybranch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Wayside Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Murchison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rockford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Rockford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rockford Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Jo Anna Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Speigner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Holman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McEwen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McEwen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Miller - Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Flint Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ham Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Memorial 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 Travelers Rest had a population of 49 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Pentonville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Travelers Rest
 - Pentonville had a post office and no railroad service
Speed   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Travelers Rest
 - Speed had a post office and no railroad service
Dollar   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Travelers Rest
 - Dollar had a post office and no railroad service
Titus   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Travelers Rest
 - Titus had a post office and no railroad service
Moriah   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Travelers Rest
 - Moriah had a post office and no railroad service
Lightwood   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Travelers Rest
 - Lightwood had a post office and no railroad service
Rockford   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Travelers Rest
 - 1895 population of 240 people (with 444 people in 2016)
 - Rockford had a post office and no railroad service
Buyck   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Travelers Rest
 - Buyck 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 Travelers Rest. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Travelers Rest 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 hospitals 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.

Travelers Rest is located in Coosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Coosa County: Chilton, Clay, Elmore, Shelby, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Coosa     (The home county for Travelers Rest)
      Rockford   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Equality   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ray   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Booth   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jones   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Titus   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Town   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      English Village   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Calera   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Westover   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Site   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 Travelers Rest:

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 Coosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas 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      
Lowndes 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    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Travelers Rest ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Coosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Travelers Rest. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8196, Longitude: -86.3305     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Travelers Rest 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 Travelers Rest, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Travelers Rest.