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Sumpter, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for Sumpter ...

So far, we have found very little information about Sumpter. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Sumpter to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Sumpter, please Contact Us.

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 Sumpter (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 Sumpter. 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 ...

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

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southwest corner of their home parish. During their lives, most hospitals and 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 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, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

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

Although our information shows that the community of Sumpter is historic, it would have been located within present day Lincoln Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Lincoln Parish: Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson, Ouachita & Union.

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

Lincoln     (The home parish for Sumpter)
  Vienna   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]<2>
  Ruston   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Choudrant   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Grambling   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Dubach   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Simsboro   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hico   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Arcadia   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  English   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bryceland   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bienville   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gibsland   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mount Lebanon   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Taylor   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lucky   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Saline   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Jamestown   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Alberta   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Castor   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sugar Creek   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Summerfield   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Athens   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Junction City   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Homer   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ansley   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Eros   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Quitman   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Chatham   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  North Hodge   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  East Hodge   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hodge   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Jonesboro   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Frost Town   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Calhoun   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Eureka   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Claiborne   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  West Monroe   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Monroe   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Northpark Village   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pino Bayou Village   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sterlington   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fairbanks   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Downsville   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Farmerville   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Wilhite   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bernice   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lillie   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Spearsville   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Marion   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Haile   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ouachita City   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dubberly   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Heflin   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Minden   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Dodson   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sikes   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Union (AR)
  Junction City (AR)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Scotland (AR)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dodge City (AR)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Strong (AR)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Huttig (AR)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Urbana (AR)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bolding (AR)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Sumpter ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sumpter.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Douglas Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Colvin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Zion Traveler Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Wilder Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Colvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N G.H. Colvin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Riser Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Longstraw Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Unionville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNE Culbertson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Autrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McGloughlin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Downsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Feazel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Sumpter ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sumpter.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sumpter, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sumpter.

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.

Sumpter itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

Douglas   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Sumpter
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Douglas had a post office and no railroad service
Ruston   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sumpter
 - 1895 population of 767 people (with 22,123 people in 2018)
 - Ruston had a post office and railroad service
Cedarton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sumpter
 - Cedarton had a post office and no railroad service
Vienna   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sumpter
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 379 people in 2018)
 - Vienna had a post office and no railroad service
Choudrant   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sumpter
 - Choudrant had a post office and railroad service
Sibley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Sumpter
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Sibley had a post office and no railroad service
Unionville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sumpter
 - Unionville had a post office and no railroad service
Averit - Historic   [Map]
 - While Averit was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sumpter
 - Averit had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Sumpter. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sumpter in the 1890's.

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 and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 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 Sumpter:

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 Lincoln Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Bienville Parish:     Cyndi's



Claiborne Parish:     Cyndi's



Jackson Parish:     Cyndi's



Ouachita Parish:     Cyndi's



Union Parish:     Cyndi's



Webster Parish:     Cyndi's



Winn Parish:     Cyndi's



Union County (AR):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sumpter ...

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

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 Sumpter:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

The GNIS database contains an entry for Sumpter. See our Misc Page for Sumpter for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Louisiana

About Lincoln Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Lincoln Parish:

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Sumpter, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sumpter) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sumpter. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5815, Longitude: -92.5832     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sumpter have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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