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Mahan, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for Mahan ...

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 Mahan (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 Mahan. 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.

Neighboring Parishes/Counties ...

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

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southwest corner of their home parish. During their lives, most doctors were in the next parish to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the parish to the south.

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

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

Mahan is located in Claiborne Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Claiborne Parish: Columbia (AR), Union (AR), Bienville, Lincoln, Union & Webster.

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

Claiborne     (The home parish for Mahan)
  Homer   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Haynesville   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Dykesville   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Summerfield   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Athens   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Sugar Creek   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Junction City   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Arcadia   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Gibsland   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Taylor   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mount Lebanon   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bryceland   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bienville   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Jamestown   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Haughton   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Plain Dealing   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Eastwood   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Espanita Village   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Red Chute   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ansley   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hico   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Dubach   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Simsboro   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Vienna   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Grambling   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ruston   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Choudrant   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bernice   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lillie   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Spearsville   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Farmerville   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Shongaloo   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cotton Valley   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Minden   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Cullen   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Sarepta   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Springhill   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Dixie Inn   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dubberly   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Sibley   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Heflin   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Yellow Pine   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Doyline   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Columbia (AR)
  Emerson (AR)   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Macedonia (AR)   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Philadelphia (AR)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Magnolia (AR)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Taylor (AR)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  McNeil (AR)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Waldo (AR)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  College Hill (AR)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lafayette (AR)
  McKamie (AR)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bradley (AR)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Buckner (AR)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Walnut Hill (AR)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Ouachita (AR)
  Pace City (AR)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Stephens (AR)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Louann (AR)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Joyce City (AR)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Union (AR)
  Dodge City (AR)   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Junction City (AR)   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Scotland (AR)   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mount Holly (AR)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lisbon (AR)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dumas City (AR)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  El Dorado (AR)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Norphlet (AR)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Sandy Land (AR)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Smackover (AR)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lawson (AR)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Perdue City (AR)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Urbana (AR)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Mahan ...

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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mahan.

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

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

These websites are specific to Louisiana:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the // Resources/

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

These pages are specific to Claiborne Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Bienville Parish:     Cyndi's



Bossier Parish:     Cyndi's



Jackson Parish:     Cyndi's



Lincoln Parish:     Cyndi's



Union Parish:     Cyndi's



Webster Parish:     Cyndi's



Columbia County (AR):     Cyndi's



Lafayette County (AR):     Cyndi's



Ouachita County (AR):     Cyndi's



Union County (AR):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of Claiborne Parish
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Louisiana, for Claiborne Parish

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 Louisiana
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Cemeteries Near Mahan ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mahan.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Mahan covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Kendrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rising Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hightower Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oakes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sharon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Phipps Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Tinsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McKenzie Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Monk Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW White Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Chatman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Owen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Homer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Forest Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Colquitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gordon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Haynesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Teague Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Arlington Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Riddle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Cold Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Sinai CME Church Cemetery<2>   [Map]     
  NW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Wheaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Merritt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Traylor Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Chalybeate Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Grisby - Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Moreland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  SE Willis Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Friendship CME Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Arkansas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wards Chapel 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.<4>

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

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

Homer   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Mahan
 - 1895 population of 1,132 people (with 2,856 people in 2018)
 - Homer had a post office and railroad service
Gordon   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Mahan
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Gordon had a post office and no railroad service
Antioch   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mahan
 - Antioch had a post office and no railroad service
Haynesville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mahan
 - 1895 population of 200 people (with 2,078 people in 2018)
 - Haynesville had a post office and no railroad service
Arizona   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mahan
 - 1895 population of 148 people
 - Arizona had a post office and no railroad service
Blackburn   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Mahan
 - 1895 population of 94 people
 - Blackburn had a post office and no railroad service
Ware (AR)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Mahan
 - Ware had a post office and no railroad service
Dykesville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Mahan
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Dykesville 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 Mahan. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mahan in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Louisiana

About Claiborne Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mahan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8913, Longitude: -93.0454     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mahan have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>CME is an abbreviation for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Although we don't have a link to the cemetery itself, you might be curious about the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. See their website at: Christian Methodist Episcopal Church website.
<3>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:
<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 Mahan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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