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Watson, Alabama
(Cherokee County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Watson ...

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 Watson (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 Watson. 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 Watson ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Watson.

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

Cemeteries Near Watson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Watson.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Cannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dixons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Stories Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Henderson - Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mill Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mosely Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Black Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Tuckers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Starling Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cedar Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Welcome Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bates Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Waterhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Calcedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ebenezer Alexis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Vann Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ami Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Husky 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 Watson in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Watson.

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

Ringgold   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Watson
 - Ringgold had a post office and no railroad service
Broomtown   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Watson
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Broomtown had a post office and no railroad service
Hurley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Watson
 - Hurley had a post office and no railroad service
Gaylesville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Watson
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 143 people in 2016)
 - Gaylesville had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cedar Springs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Watson
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Cedar Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Jamestown   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Watson
 - Jamestown had a post office and no railroad service
Fullerton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Watson
 - Fullerton had a post office and no railroad service
New Moon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Watson
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - New Moon had a post office and no railroad service
Starkville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Starkville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Watson
 - Starkville 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 Watson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Watson 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 and 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.

Watson is located in Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Calhoun, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Chattooga (GA), Floyd (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Watson)
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Adairsville (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Euharlee (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Calhoun (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hill City (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Resaca (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Town (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Polk (GA)
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Walker (GA)
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Watson:

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 Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Find a Community within Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Watson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3281, Longitude: -85.5739     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Watson 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 Watson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Watson.