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Our Genealogical Helper for Spear Lake ...

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 Spear Lake (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 Spear Lake. 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.

Name Variations for Spear Lake ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

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

  • Typical abbreviation for Spear Lake: Spear Lk.

Newspapers Published in Spear Lake ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spear Lake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spear Lake, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spear Lake.

Cemeteries Near Spear Lake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spear Lake.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Spear Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Woolsey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Conaster Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Pine Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rock of Ages Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Whitton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Potter Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nichols Memorial Garden   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW East Tyronza Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW East Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cherry Bean Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Marked Tree Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Pisby Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Bowden Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Louise Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ashburn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Bassett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Uzzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tulot 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>

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

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

Tyronza   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spear Lake
 - Tyronza had railroad service and no post office
Marked Tree   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spear Lake
 - Marked Tree had a post office and no railroad service
Gilmore   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spear Lake
 - 1895 population of 75 people (with 250 people in 2017)
 - Gilmore had a post office and railroad service
Bardstown   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Spear Lake
 - Bardstown had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Thomas - Historic   [Map]
 - While Saint Thomas was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spear Lake
 - Saint Thomas had a post office and no railroad service
Hatchie Coon   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spear Lake
 - Hatchie Coon had railroad service and no post office
Shawnee   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Spear Lake
 - Shawnee had a post office and no railroad service
Poindexter   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spear Lake
 - Poindexter 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 Spear Lake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spear Lake in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Spear Lake is located in Poinsett County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Poinsett County: Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Jackson & Mississippi.

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

Poinsett     (The home county for Spear Lake)
      Alto   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Lepanto   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Tyronza   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Marked Tree   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Rivervale   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Black Oak   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Trumann   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Harrisburg   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Weiner   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waldenburg   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fisher   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Caraway   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bay   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Black Oak   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lake City   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Monette   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jonesboro   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brookland   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Philadelphia   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bono   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cash   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gilmore   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Heafer   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Turrell   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clarkedale   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Jericho   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Earle   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Crawfordsville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sunset   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Marion   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mound City   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jennette   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Memphis   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Edmondson   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Twist   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bay Village   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Parkin   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cherry Valley   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vanndale   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wynne   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hickory Ridge   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Paragould   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Knot   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Walcott   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Whitton   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Denwood   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Dyess   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Birdsong   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      West Ridge   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Frenchmans Bayou   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bassett   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Joiner   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Etowah   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Marie   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wilson   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Keiser   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Driver   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
Saint Francis
      Heth   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Colt   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Dunklin (MO)
      Cardwell (MO)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arbyrd (MO)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hornersville (MO)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
DeSoto (MS)
      Southhaven (MS)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lauderdale (TN)
      Daniels Point Landing (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Shelby (TN)
      Giles Town (TN)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Woodstock (TN)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Millington (TN)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hunt Village (TN)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spring Lake (TN)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Binghampton (TN)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bartlett (TN)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Memphis (TN)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      The Village (TN)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lakeland (TN)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Parkway Village (TN)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tipton (TN)
      Wilkinsville (TN)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gilt Edge (TN)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Munford (TN)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burlison (TN)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Walnut Grove (TN)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Atoka (TN)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Garland (TN)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brighton (TN)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clopton (TN)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Covington (TN)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Carmel (TN)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 - 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 Spear Lake:

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 Poinsett County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Craighead County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crittenden County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cross County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mississippi County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Francis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dunklin County (MO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
DeSoto County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tipton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Poinsett County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Arkansas

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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Arkansas

About Poinsett County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Poinsett County:

The official website for State of Arkansas:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Spear Lake. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Spear Lake) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spear Lake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.5481, Longitude: -90.3218     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spear Lake 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 Spear Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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