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Smithville, Arkansas
(Lawrence County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Smithville ...

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 Smithville (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 Smithville. 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 Smithville ...

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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smithville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smithville, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smithville.

Cemeteries Near Smithville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smithville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Bratcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hillhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Townsend Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Coffman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Dent Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Lancaster Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Penn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McNutt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Holobaugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W James Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Roe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Buchannan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW McAdams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gardner Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Powhatan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Opposition Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Schales Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Spotts Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Parsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wilkerson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Parsley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Forest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nation Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jarrett 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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Smithville had a population of 200 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2016, Smithville had a population of 72 people.

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

Lynn   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smithville
 - Lynn had a post office and no railroad service
Annieville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smithville
 - Annieville had a post office and no railroad service
Reed - Historic   [Map]
 - While Reed was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Smithville
 - Reed had a post office and no railroad service
Strawberry   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 50 people (with 290 people in 2016)
 - Strawberry had a post office and no railroad service
Poughkeepsie   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Poughkeepsie had a post office and no railroad service
Powhatan   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 220 people (with 69 people in 2016)
 - Powhatan had a post office and no railroad service
Imboden   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 157 people (with 639 people in 2016)
 - Imboden had a post office and railroad service
Opposition - Historic   [Map]
 - While Opposition was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Opposition had a post office and no railroad service
Black Rock   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 761 people (with 622 people in 2016)
 - Black Rock 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 Smithville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smithville 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 doctors 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.

Smithville is located in Lawrence County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lawrence County: Craighead, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Randolph & Sharp.

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

Lawrence     (The home county for Smithville)
      Lynn   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Strawberry   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Powhatan   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Imboden   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Black Rock   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ravenden   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Saffell   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Portia   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Minturn   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alicia   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hoxie   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Walnut Ridge   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Peach Orchard   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Datto   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cash   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bono   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jonesboro   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Baker Ford   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mammoth Spring   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Camp   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Light   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Delaplaine   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Walcott   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beech Grove   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cord   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Charlotte   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sandtown   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sulphur Rock   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Newark   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Magness   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Batesville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cushman   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Desha   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rosie   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Salado   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bone Town   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Horseshoe Bend   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Pleasant   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sage   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Violet Hill   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wiseman   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Melbourne   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brockwell   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Guion   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wideman   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Swifton   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tuckerman   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Campbell Station   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Diaz   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jacksonport   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Newport   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grubbs   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Island Town   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Amagon   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Algoa   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Balch   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Weiner   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ravenden Springs   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pocahontas   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dalton   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      O'Kean   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Warm Springs   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Biggers   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Maynard   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Reyno   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Poughkeepsie   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Williford   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grange   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cave City   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Highland   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Evening Shade   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hardy   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ash Flat   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sidney   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wirth   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Marcella   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Howell (MO)
      Lanton (MO)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Oregon (MO)
      Jeff (MO)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Myrtle (MO)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Green Town (MO)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Old Town (MO)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Calm (MO)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Thayer (MO)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Couch (MO)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Koshkonong (MO)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Ripley (MO)
      Gatewood (MO)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Smithville:

These websites are specific to Arkansas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Arkansas History Commission

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Arkansas to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Lawrence County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Craighead County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fulton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Independence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Izard County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Poinsett County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sharp County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Howell County (MO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Oregon County (MO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Ripley County (MO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Lawrence County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Lawrence 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 Arkansas
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Smithville ...

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

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

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Smithville:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Smithville in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Smithville for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Smithville.
      See our Misc Page for Smithville for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Arkansas

About Lawrence County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Arkansas:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that starts in Smithville. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Smithville) 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 Smithville. 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 Smithville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smithville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.0804, Longitude: -91.3026     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smithville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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:

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<3>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 Smithville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Smithville.