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Etna, Tennessee
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Our Genealogy Helper for Etna ...

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

We've added Etna to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Etna, 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 Etna (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 Etna. 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Etna is historic, it would have been located within present day Decatur County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Decatur County: Benton, Carroll, Hardin, Henderson, Perry & Wayne.

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

Decatur     (The home county for Etna)
  Jeannette   [Map]     SW   Less than 2 miles<2>
  Parsons   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Decaturville   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Mount Lebanon   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Pleasant Hill   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Scotts Hill   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wildlife Cove Village   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Crossroads   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Camden   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sandy Point   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Brevards Ferry   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Concord   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bruceton   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hollow Rock   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Huntingdon   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  McLemoresville   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lavinia   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Whitthorne   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Trezevant   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wingo   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  McKenzie   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Atwood   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Milledgeville   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Jacks Creek   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Enville   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Tennessee City   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Water Valley - Historic   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Graball   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Goat City   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ledbetter   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Milan   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Medina   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Johnson Ford   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Saltillo   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Swift   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Centerview   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  New Town   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Belle Meade   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Savannah   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Crump   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Darden   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Chesterfield   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Parkers Crossroads   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Union Cross   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Sardis   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Atkins - Historic   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rhodes Town   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  White Fern   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Spring Creek   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Springville   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Henry   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Paris   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hornertown   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Whitehouse   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Salt Lick   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Aetna   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Nunnelly   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Graytown   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bakerville   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  New Johnsonville   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Grandmother Ford   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pigeon Roost   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bethpage   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Trinity   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Halls Creek   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  McEwen   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hohenwald   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Voorhies   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cisco Indian Village - Historic   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lawrence   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Adamsville   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Finger   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Beardstown   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Lobelville   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Linden   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Clifton   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Slickrock Ford   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ashland Ford   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Waynesboro   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Etna ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Etna.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Etna, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Etna.

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 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 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 Etna:

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 Decatur County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:     Cyndi's



Carroll County:     Cyndi's



Chester County:     Cyndi's



Dickson County:     Cyndi's



Gibson County:     Cyndi's



Hardin County:     Cyndi's



Henderson County:     Cyndi's



Henry County:     Cyndi's



Hickman County:     Cyndi's



Humphreys County:     Cyndi's



Lewis County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



McNairy County:     Cyndi's



Perry County:     Cyndi's



Wayne County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Tennessee:

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

Cemeteries Near Etna ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Etna.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bawcum Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bawcum Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Haynes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stills Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Cheney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jennings Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wilkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cheney Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Gulledge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hartley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Hawkes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McMurry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stills Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Denson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lain Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wesson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Box Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gabbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bible Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Clayborne Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NE Bradley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Old Morgans Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Flatwoods Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Williams Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Gulledge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Park Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N McIllwain Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Hendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Parrish Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Britts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Manley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Brinkley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beasley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Mincey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Ararat Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Matthews Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Weems Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pace Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Holladay Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Griggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tippitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Baber Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Caney Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hedge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lester Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Eubanks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Derryberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Graves Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rosson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nix Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Northern Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Townsend Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Willbanks Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Capps Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Malin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Duke Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Myracle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Herndon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Palestine Cemetery   [Map]     
  S White Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tolley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Howard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Howard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bussell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kunkel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Nowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Raney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Flowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dry Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gossett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ritter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greener Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Milton 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.

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

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

Jeannette   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Etna
 - Jeannette had a post office and no railroad service
Oakview - Historic   [Map]
 - While Oakview was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Etna
 - Oakview had a post office and no railroad service
Bible Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Etna
 - Bible Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Toms Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Toms Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Etna
 - Toms Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Sugar Tree   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Etna
 - 1895 population of 119 people
 - Sugar Tree had a post office and no railroad service
Sulphur Springs - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sulphur Springs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Etna
 - Sulphur Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Mousetail - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mousetail was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Etna
 - 1895 population of 91 people
 - Mousetail had a post office and no railroad service
Poplar Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Etna
 - Poplar Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Parsons   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Etna
 - Parsons had railroad service and no post office

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Decatur County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Decatur County:

The official website for State of Tennessee:

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 Etna, 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' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Etna) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Etna. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.7592, Longitude: -88.0811     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Etna have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<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:

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