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Wilton, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Wilton ...

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 Wilton (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 Wilton. 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.

A Few Details for Wilton ...

Information from our Profile Page for Wilton:

  • The town of Wilton was settled in 1819.

Name changes for Wilton:

  • Prior to its current name of Wilton, it was known as Catoosa.
  • Before adopting Catoosa, it was named Bismarck.
  • Before adopting Bismarck, it was named Birmingham Junction.
  • Before adopting Birmingham Junction, it was named Woods.
  • Wilton was originally named Woodsborough.

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Newspapers Published in Wilton ...

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 Wilton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wilton, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wilton.

Cemeteries Near Wilton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wilton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Montevallo Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Brierfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE King Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Carlton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Session Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Ashby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Richardson - Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Alabama National Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Cahaba Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shelby Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Moores Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Linholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh - Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Antioch Cemetery #2   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Six Mile Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Six Mile Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Mars Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Center Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dargin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jones Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nabors Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Boothton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Union Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Crumpton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Posey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McKinney 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 Wilton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wilton.

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

Brierfield   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wilton
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Brierfield had a post office and railroad service
Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Wilton
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,723 people in 2016)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
Ashby   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wilton
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Ashby had a post office and railroad service
Dogwood   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Wilton
 - Dogwood had a post office and railroad service
South Calera   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Wilton
 - South Calera had a post office and railroad service
Maylene   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Wilton
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
Anita   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wilton
 - Anita had railroad service and no post office
Calera   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wilton
 - 1895 population of 753 people (with 13,489 people in 2016)
 - Calera 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 Wilton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wilton 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 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.

Wilton is located in Shelby County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Shelby County: Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Jefferson, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Wilton)
      Montevallo   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Calera   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Helena   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      New Village   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 Wilton:

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 Shelby County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry 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    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Shelby County: www.shelbycountyalabama.com/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Wilton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Wilton) 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 Wilton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Wilton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wilton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0790, Longitude: -86.8831     [Map].

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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 Wilton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Wilton.