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Walnut Grove, Mississippi
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Our Genealogical Helper for Walnut Grove ...

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 Walnut Grove (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 Walnut Grove. 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 Walnut Grove ...

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 Walnut Grove.

  • Typical abbreviation for Walnut Grove: Walnut Grv.

Newspapers Published in Walnut Grove ...

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 Walnut Grove.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Walnut Grove, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Walnut Grove.

Cemeteries Near Walnut Grove ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Walnut Grove.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fuston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N True Light Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Britt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rock Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Hayes Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Damascus Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Standing Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Cash Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Barnett Memorial Garden   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Lebanon Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Springfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shackolo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lena Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Freeny Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Slay Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lone Pilgrim Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE High Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Amis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Milldale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Galilee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WNW Dumas Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rising Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Good Hope 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Walnut Grove had a population of 166 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2017, Walnut Grove had a population of 1,609 people.

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

Damascus   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Walnut Grove
 - Damascus had a post office and no railroad service
Tuscola   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Walnut Grove
 - Tuscola had a post office and no railroad service
Standing Pine   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Walnut Grove
 - Standing Pine had a post office and no railroad service
Cash   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Walnut Grove
 - Cash had a post office and no railroad service
Hays   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Walnut Grove
 - Hays had a post office and no railroad service
Freeny   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Walnut Grove
 - Freeny had a post office and no railroad service
Lillian   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Walnut Grove
 - Lillian had a post office and no railroad service
Harperville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Walnut Grove
 - 1895 population of 138 people
 - Harperville had a post office and no railroad service
Sebastopol   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Walnut Grove
 - 1895 population of 26 people (with 278 people in 2017)
 - Sebastopol had a post office and no railroad service
Free Trade   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Walnut Grove
 - Free Trade had a post office and no railroad service
Lena   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Walnut Grove
 - Lena had a post office and no railroad service
High Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Walnut Grove
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - High Hill 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 Walnut Grove. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Walnut Grove 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 west contained birth and death records; the county to the north 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.

Walnut Grove is located in Leake County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Leake County: Attala, Madison, Neshoba, Newton, Scott & Winston.

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

Leake     (The home county for Walnut Grove)
      Standing Pine   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Lena   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Carthage   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Redwater   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Newport   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kosciusko   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sallis   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ethel   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      North Town Plaza   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Goodman   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pickens   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Durant   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Richland   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Success - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Baxter - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Garlandsville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Verba - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Louin   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Penantly   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hamlet - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Stevens - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fellowship - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Suqualena   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sharon   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Madisonville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Maris Town   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Canton   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mill Town   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Madison   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Laurel Hill   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pearl River   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Union   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Philadelphia   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Tucker   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bogue Chitto   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lucern   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Conehatta   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lake   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Newton   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Six Towns - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hickory   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chunky   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sand Hill   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pelahatchie   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brandon   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Puckett   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sebastopol   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Forest   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Morton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hunter Town   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Polkville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Raleigh   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sylvarena   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Noxapater   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Walnut Grove:

These websites are specific to Mississippi:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Mississippi Department of Archives & History

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

These pages are specific to Leake County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Attala County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hinds County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jasper County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Neshoba County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Newton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rankin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Scott County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Smith County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Mississippi:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Walnut Grove ...

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

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 Walnut Grove:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Walnut Grove in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Walnut Grove for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Walnut Grove.
      See our Misc Page for Walnut Grove for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Mississippi

About Leake County

About Mississippi

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Mississippi:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Walnut Grove. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Walnut Grove) 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 Walnut Grove. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Walnut Grove

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Walnut Grove. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5932, Longitude: -89.4579     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Walnut Grove have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Walnut Grove, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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