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Wilsons, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Wilsons ...

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

We've added Wilsons to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Wilsons, 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 Wilsons (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 Wilsons. 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 Wilsons ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wilsons.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wilsons, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wilsons.

Cemeteries Near Wilsons ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wilsons.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Beth Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Forrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tillison Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Alabama City Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Crestwood Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NNW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Noble Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rainbow Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Whitesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Ivalee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Carnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gilland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Webb 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 Wilsons in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wilsons.

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

Upton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Wilsons
 - Upton had a post office and no railroad service
Brice   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Wilsons
 - Brice had a post office and no railroad service
Crudup   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wilsons
 - Crudup had a post office and no railroad service
Turkeytown   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wilsons
 - Turkeytown had a post office and railroad service
Avery   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wilsons
 - Avery had a post office and no railroad service
Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wilsons
 - 1895 population of 2,901 people (with 35,837 people in 2016)
 - Gadsden had a post office and railroad service
Duck Springs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wilsons
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Duck Springs had a post office and no railroad service
East Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Wilsons
 - East Gadsden had a post office and no railroad service
Coat's Bend   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Wilsons
 - 1895 population of 247 people
 - Coat's Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Keener   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wilsons
 - Keener had railroad service and no post office
Oak Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Oak Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wilsons
 - Oak Hill 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 Wilsons. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wilsons 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Wilsons)
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 it should be mentioned 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 Wilsons:

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 Etowah 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    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb 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      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Etowah County: www.etowahcounty.org/

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 Wilsons, 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 'point-to-point' distance starting in Wilsons. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Wilsons) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wilsons. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0765, Longitude: -85.9722     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wilsons 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 Wilsons.