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Willstown, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Willstown ...

So far, we have found very little information about Willstown. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Willstown to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Willstown, please Contact Us.

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 Willstown (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 Willstown. 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 Willstown ...

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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Willstown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Willstown, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Willstown.

Cemeteries Near Willstown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Willstown.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Killian Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Downer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Warren Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wesson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Husky Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hammack Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mountain View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Copeland Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Anthony Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Testament Holiness Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NE Glenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Plunket Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Longshore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Welcome Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Town Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tuckers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Black Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lankford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hunts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Starling Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greens Chapel 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.

While we didn't find Willstown in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Willstown.

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

Collbran   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Willstown
 - Collbran had railroad service and no post office
Portersville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Willstown
 - 1895 population of 87 people
 - Portersville had a post office and railroad service
Loveless   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Willstown
 - Loveless had a post office and no railroad service
Lydia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Willstown
 - Lydia had a post office and no railroad service
Wills - Historic   [Map]
 - While Wills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Willstown
 - Wills had a post office and no railroad service
Luna - Historic   [Map]
 - While Luna was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Willstown
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Luna had a post office and no railroad service
Floy - Historic   [Map]
 - While Floy was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Willstown
 - Floy had a post office and no railroad service
Dawson   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Willstown
 - Dawson 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 Willstown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Willstown 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Willstown is historic, it would have been located within present day DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Willstown)
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grant   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Horton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Willstown:

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 DeKalb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne 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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Saint Clair County:       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    
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 DeKalb County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of DeKalb 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 ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for DeKalb County: www.dekalbcountyal.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Willstown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Willstown. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Willstown) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Willstown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3709, Longitude: -85.8152     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Willstown have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Willstown.