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Our Genealogy 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 an insight into their world.

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.

Name Variations for Wilton ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

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

Over the years, Wilton had several name changes:

  • Prior to its current name of Wilton, it was known as Catoosa.
  • Before changing to Catoosa, it was named Bismarck.
  • And before that, Bismarck was named Birmingham Junction.
  • And before that, Birmingham Junction was named Woods.
  • The town of 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.

A Few Details for Wilton ...

While it's still very early in our research, we have found that:

  • Wilton was settled in 1819.

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.

Wilton is located in Shelby County.

To see how the shape of Alabama's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

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 County     (The home county of Wilton)
    • Montevallo [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montevallo
      • Montevallo [Shelby County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 6,738 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Montevallo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montevallo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Montevallo<3>
    • Maylene [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maylene
      • Maylene [Shelby County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maylene have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maylene
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Maylene<3>
    • Sawmill Town [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sawmill Town
      • Sawmill Town [Shelby County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sawmill Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sawmill Town
    • Brantleyville [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brantleyville
      • Brantleyville [Shelby County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brantleyville
    • Calera [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Calera
      • Calera [Shelby County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 14,717 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Calera have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Calera
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Calera<3>
    • Siluria [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Siluria
      • Siluria [Shelby County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Siluria have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Siluria
    • Saginaw [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saginaw
      • Saginaw [Shelby County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saginaw have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saginaw
    • Alabaster [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alabaster
      • Alabaster [Shelby County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 33,487 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alabaster have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alabaster
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alabaster<3>
    • Helena [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Helena
      • Helena [Shelby County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 19,925 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Helena have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Helena
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Helena<3>
    • Shelby [Shelby County]
    • Columbiana [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Columbiana
      • Columbiana [Shelby County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,550 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Columbiana
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Columbiana<3>
    • Pelham [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pelham
      • Pelham [Shelby County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 23,911 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pelham have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pelham
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pelham<3>
    • Indian Springs Village [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Indian Springs Village
      • Indian Springs Village [Shelby County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,559 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Indian Springs Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Indian Springs Village
  • Autauga County
    • Billingsley [Autauga County]
    • Marbury [Autauga County]
  • Bibb County
    • Brierfield [Bibb County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brierfield
      • Brierfield [Bibb County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brierfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brierfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brierfield<3>
    • Ashby [Bibb County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ashby
      • Ashby [Bibb County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Wilton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ashby
    • Eddings [Bibb County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eddings
      • Eddings [Bibb County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eddings have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eddings
    • Oakley [Bibb County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakley
      • Oakley [Bibb County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oakley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oakley
    • Cane Creek [Bibb County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cane Creek
      • Cane Creek [Bibb County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cane Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Nash Town [Bibb County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nash Town
      • Nash Town [Bibb County] was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nash Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Pratt Ferry [Bibb County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pratt Ferry
      • Pratt Ferry [Bibb County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the west of Wilton
    • Randolph [Bibb County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Randolph
      • Randolph [Bibb County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Wilton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Randolph
    • Italian Town [Bibb County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Italian Town
      • Italian Town [Bibb County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Italian Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Italian Town
    • Blocton [Bibb County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blocton
      • Blocton [Bibb County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blocton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Bucktown [Bibb County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bucktown
      • Bucktown [Bibb County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bucktown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Corinne [Bibb County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Corinne
      • Corinne [Bibb County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Corinne have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Burmah [Bibb County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Burmah
      • Burmah [Bibb County] was located 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Burmah have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Chilton County
    • Jemison [Chilton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jemison
      • Jemison [Chilton County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,672 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jemison
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jemison<3>
    • Thorsby [Chilton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thorsby
      • Thorsby [Chilton County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,057 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thorsby
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Thorsby<3>
    • Maplesville [Chilton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maplesville
      • Maplesville [Chilton County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 700 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maplesville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maplesville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Maplesville<3>
    • Clanton [Chilton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clanton
      • Clanton [Chilton County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 8,794 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clanton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clanton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clanton<3>
    • Stanton [Chilton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stanton
      • Stanton [Chilton County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the south of Wilton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stanton
  • Coosa County
    • Aucheucaula [Coosa County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aucheucaula
      • Aucheucaula [Coosa County] was located 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Aucheucaula have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Rockford [Coosa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockford
      • Rockford [Coosa County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the east of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 436 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rockford have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rockford<3>
  • Dallas County
    • Plantersville [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plantersville
      • Plantersville [Dallas County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plantersville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plantersville
  • Jefferson County
    • Greenwood [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenwood
      • Greenwood [Jefferson County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenwood
    • Kimbrell [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kimbrell
      • Kimbrell [Jefferson County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kimbrell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kimbrell
    • McCalla [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McCalla
      • McCalla [Jefferson County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for McCalla have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on McCalla
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for McCalla<3>
    • New Village [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Village
      • New Village [Jefferson County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Village
    • Bessemer [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bessemer
      • Bessemer [Jefferson County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 26,472 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bessemer
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bessemer<3>
    • Hoover [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hoover
      • Hoover [Jefferson County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 85,768 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hoover
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hoover<3>
    • Shannon [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shannon
      • Shannon [Jefferson County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shannon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shannon
    • Bullard Shoals [Jefferson County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bullard Shoals
      • Bullard Shoals [Jefferson County] was located 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bullard Shoals have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Adger [Jefferson County]
    • North Johns [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Johns
      • North Johns [Jefferson County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 145 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Johns have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Johns
    • Lipscomb [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lipscomb
      • Lipscomb [Jefferson County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,139 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lipscomb have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lipscomb
    • Oxmoor [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oxmoor
      • Oxmoor [Jefferson County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oxmoor
    • Brighton [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brighton
      • Brighton [Jefferson County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,775 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brighton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brighton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brighton<3>
  • Perry County
    • Oakmulgee [Perry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakmulgee
      • Oakmulgee [Perry County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Wilton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oakmulgee
    • Marion [Perry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marion
      • Marion [Perry County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,123 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marion
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marion<3>
  • Talladega County
    • Talladega Springs [Talladega County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Talladega Springs
      • Talladega Springs [Talladega County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 159 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Talladega Springs
    • Fayetteville [Talladega County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fayetteville
      • Fayetteville [Talladega County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east of Wilton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fayetteville
    • Childersburg [Talladega County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Childersburg
      • Childersburg [Talladega County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,837 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Childersburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Childersburg<3>
    • Bon Air [Talladega County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bon Air
      • Bon Air [Talladega County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the east of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 110 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bon Air have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bon Air
    • Oak Grove [Talladega County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oak Grove
      • Oak Grove [Talladega County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the east of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 521 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oak Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oak Grove
    • Sylacauga [Talladega County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sylacauga
      • Sylacauga [Talladega County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the east of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 12,034 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sylacauga
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sylacauga<3>
  • Tuscaloosa County
    • Tannehill [Tuscaloosa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tannehill
      • Tannehill [Tuscaloosa County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tannehill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tannehill
    • Lake View [Tuscaloosa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake View
      • Lake View [Tuscaloosa County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,671 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake View have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake View
    • Vance [Tuscaloosa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vance
      • Vance [Tuscaloosa County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the west of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,654 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vance have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vance
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vance<3>
    • Abernant [Tuscaloosa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Abernant
      • Abernant [Tuscaloosa County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Abernant have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Abernant
    • Pearson [Tuscaloosa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pearson
      • Pearson [Tuscaloosa County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Wilton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pearson
    • Coaling [Tuscaloosa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coaling
      • Coaling [Tuscaloosa County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,663 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coaling have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coaling
    • Brookwood [Tuscaloosa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brookwood
      • Brookwood [Tuscaloosa County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,848 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brookwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brookwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brookwood<3>
    • Kellerman [Tuscaloosa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kellerman
      • Kellerman [Tuscaloosa County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kellerman have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kellerman
    • Cottondale [Tuscaloosa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cottondale
      • Cottondale [Tuscaloosa County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the west of Wilton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cottondale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cottondale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cottondale<3>
    • Tuscaloosa [Tuscaloosa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tuscaloosa
      • Tuscaloosa [Tuscaloosa County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the west of Wilton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 101,129 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tuscaloosa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tuscaloosa<3>

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

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]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wilton.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Wilton:

  • 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.
    • Stories from Alabama

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 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.

  • Montevallo Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Montevallo Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Montevallo Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montevallo Cemetery
  • Brierfield Cemetery
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    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Brierfield Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brierfield Cemetery
  • King Cemetery
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    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the King Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on King Cemetery
  • Carlton Hill Cemetery
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    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Carlton Hill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carlton Hill Cemetery
  • Community Cemetery
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    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Community Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Community Cemetery
  • Session Cemetery
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    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Session Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Session Cemetery
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    • Reynolds Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Reynolds Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reynolds Cemetery
    • Salem Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Salem Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Salem Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salem Cemetery
    • Ashby Cemetery
    • Ebenezer Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ebenezer Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ebenezer Cemetery
    • Richardson - Randall Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Richardson - Randall Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Richardson - Randall Cemetery
    • Spring Creek Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Spring Creek Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spring Creek Cemetery
    • Alabama National Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Alabama National Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alabama National Cemetery
    • Cahaba Valley Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Cahaba Valley Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Cahaba Valley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cahaba Valley Cemetery
    • Moore Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Moore Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moore Cemetery

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.<4>

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 [Bibb County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brierfield
    • Brierfield [Bibb County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Wilton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 316 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Brierfield had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brierfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brierfield
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brierfield<3>
  • Montevallo [Shelby County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montevallo
    • Montevallo [Shelby County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Wilton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 572 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 6,738 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Montevallo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montevallo
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Montevallo<3>
  • Ashby [Bibb County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ashby
    • Ashby [Bibb County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Wilton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 64 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Ashby had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ashby
  • Dogwood [Shelby County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dogwood
    • Dogwood [Shelby County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Dogwood had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dogwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dogwood
  • South Calera [Shelby County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Calera
    • South Calera [Shelby County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Wilton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, South Calera had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for South Calera have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Calera
  • Maylene [Shelby County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maylene
    • Maylene [Shelby County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Maylene had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maylene have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maylene
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Maylene<3>
  • Continue List ...
    • Anita [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Anita
      • Anita [Shelby County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Wilton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Anita had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Anita have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Anita
    • Calera [Shelby County]
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      • Calera [Shelby County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Wilton
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 753 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 14,717 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Calera had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Calera have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Calera
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Calera<3>
    • Gurnee [Shelby County]
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      • Gurnee [Shelby County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Wilton
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 291 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Gurnee had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gurnee have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gurnee
    • Boothton [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boothton
      • Boothton [Shelby County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Wilton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Boothton had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boothton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boothton
    • Longview [Shelby County]
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      • Longview [Shelby County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Wilton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Longview had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Longview have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Longview
    • Siluria [Shelby County]
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      • Siluria [Shelby County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 76 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Siluria had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Siluria have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Siluria
    • Jemison [Chilton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jemison
      • Jemison [Chilton County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Wilton
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 360 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,672 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Jemison had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jemison
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jemison<3>
    • Tulse [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tulse
      • Tulse [Shelby County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of Wilton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Tulse had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tulse have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tulse
    • Randolph [Bibb County]
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      • Randolph [Bibb County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Wilton
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 286 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Randolph had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Randolph

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Wilton. See our List of 1890's Communities around Wilton.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Wilton ...

While our initial data about Wilton came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Wilton 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 Wilton.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Rand McNally Map of Alabama (1911)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

We have found Wilton in these Censuses: 2010-1980. See our Census Page for Wilton for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Wilton. See our Misc Page for Wilton for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for 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: https://www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. 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 (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Wilton. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, 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 we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0790, Longitude: -86.8831    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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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