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Elgin, Tennessee

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Our Genealogy Helper for Elgin ...

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 Elgin (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 Elgin. 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 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Elgin is located in Scott County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Scott County: McCreary (KY), Anderson, Campbell, Fentress, Morgan & Pickett.

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

Scott     (The home county for Elgin)
  West Robbins   [Map]     N   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Robbins   [Map]     NE   Less than 2 miles
  Glenmary   [Map]     SW   Less than 2 miles
  New River   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Helenwood   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Huntsville   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Winona   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Verdun   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Norma   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  West Oneida   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Oneida   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hembree   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Oliver Springs   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Fraterville   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rocky Top   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Leinarts   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Oak Ridge   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bethel   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Norris   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Andersonville   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Stanfill   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Silica   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Caryville   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Elk Valley   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Jacksboro   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Pine Crest   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  LaFollette   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Demory   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fincastle   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Habersham   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Jellico   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Morley   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Clairfield   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hamlin Town   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Rogers   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fairfield Glade   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lake Pomeroy   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Woodlands   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Center Ford   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Creston   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Greenbriar Village   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Crossville   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dykes Crossroads   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lake Tansi Village   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Gernt   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Armathwaite   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Allardt   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cumberland Grove   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Jamestown   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Grimsley   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Clarkrange   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pall Mall   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Little Crab   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cooper   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Heiskell   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Volunteer Village   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Karns   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oak Grove Heights   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bayless - Historic   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Powell   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Farragut   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hunting Hills West   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Belle-Aire   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cumberland Estates   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Middlebrook Acres   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Virtue   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  White Wing Ferry   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Eaton Crossroads   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lenoir City   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sharp Estates   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Brewstertown - Historic   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Sunbright   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Burrville   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Annadel   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Mahan Village   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lavender   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Wartburg   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bucklick   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Petros   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Catoosa - Historic   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Oakdale   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Coalfield   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Lovejoy   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Oak Dale   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Obey City   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Taylors Crossroads   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Free Communion   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Livingston   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Byrdstown   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Monterey   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kelley Town   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bazel Town   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Dyllis   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ethel - Historic   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  College Grove   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wheat - Historic   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Kingston   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Laddie Village   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Midtown Heights   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Midtown   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Postoak   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rockwood   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
Clinton (KY)
  Alpha (KY)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Albany (KY)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
McCreary (KY)
  Strunk (KY)   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pine Knot (KY)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Revelo (KY)   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Smith Town (KY)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Stearns (KY)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Whitley City (KY)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Marshes Siding (KY)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
Wayne (KY)
  Parmleysville (KY)   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mount Pisgah (KY)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Ritner (KY)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Monticello (KY)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Whitley (KY)
  Ayers (KY)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fairview (KY)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Emlyn (KY)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Liberty (KY)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Williamsburg (KY)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Nevisdale (KY)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Elgin ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Elgin.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Elgin, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Elgin.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 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 Elgin:

These websites are specific to Tennessee:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

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

These pages are specific to Scott County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Anderson County:     Cyndi's



Campbell County:     Cyndi's



Claiborne County:     Cyndi's



Cumberland County:     Cyndi's



Fentress County:     Cyndi's



Knox County:     Cyndi's



Loudon County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Overton County:     Cyndi's



Pickett County:     Cyndi's



Putnam County:     Cyndi's



Roane County:     Cyndi's



Clinton County (KY):     Cyndi's



McCreary County (KY):     Cyndi's



Wayne County (KY):     Cyndi's



Whitley County (KY):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Tennessee:

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

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 Tennessee
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Cemeteries Near Elgin ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Elgin.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McCartt - Butler Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Todd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Love Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Dawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pemperton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Redman Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Coal Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Diamond Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sexton - Todd Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Baptist Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Goad Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Robbins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Griffith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tipp House Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lewallen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lewallen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Jergin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smithers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Black Creek Cross Roads Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Lewallen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Neely Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shannon - Muse Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tim Hawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Newport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Diden Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Chaney Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Mill Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Sumner Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pemberton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Buttram Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Freels Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Hall Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Slick Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Newport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sulphur Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Laurel Dale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Morris Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW White Oak Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Freels Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Cordell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shoopman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Brewster Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Summers Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Sunbright Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Stringfield Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Sexton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rob Sexton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Vanderpool Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cecil Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Duncan Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Helenwood Cut Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Helen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Byrd Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Lone Mtn. Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Byrges Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Newport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mossop Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Buttram Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Honeycutt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Marcum Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Hendren Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Bull Creek United Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Phillip Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Winona Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oscar Jeffers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Strunk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chambers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cecil Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Thompkin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Hamby Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Hamby Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Greasy Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S McCartt Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Opossum Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Strunk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Punkin Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cotton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Troxel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Christian Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wright 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 in 1895, Elgin had a post office and no railroad service. In 2010, Elgin had a population of 282 people.

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

Glenmary   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Elgin
 - 1895 population of 154 people
 - Glenmary had a post office and railroad service
Robbins   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Elgin
 - 1895 population of 156 people
 - Robbins had a post office and railroad service
Mill Creek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Elgin
 - Mill Creek had a post office and no railroad service
New River   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Elgin
 - 1895 population of 170 people
 - New River had a post office and railroad service
Hughett   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Elgin
 - Hughett had a post office and no railroad service
Rugby   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Elgin
 - 1895 population of 122 people
 - Rugby had a post office and no railroad service
Sunbright   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Elgin
 - 1895 population of 214 people (with 531 people in 2018)
 - Sunbright had a post office and railroad service
Helenwood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Elgin
 - 1895 population of 299 people (with 865 people in 2010)
 - Helenwood had a post office and railroad service
Burrville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Elgin
 - Burrville 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 Elgin. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Elgin in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Elgin ...

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

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 Elgin:

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

We have found Elgin in these Censuses: 2010. See our Census Page for Elgin for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Elgin. See our Misc Page for Elgin for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Tennessee

About Scott County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Scott County:

The official website for State of Tennessee:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elgin. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.3323, Longitude: -84.6082     [Map].

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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 Elgin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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