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Five Points, Tennessee
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Our Genealogy Helper for Five Points ...

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 Five Points (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 Five Points. 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 Five Points ...

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 Five Points.

  • Typical abbreviation for Five Points: Five Pts.

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 hospitals and 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.

Five Points is located in Madison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Madison County: Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood & Henderson.

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

Madison     (The home county for Five Points)
  Cisco Indian Village - Historic   [Map]     SW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Parkburg   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Lawrence   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Medon   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Denmark   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Huntersville   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Three Way   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Windy City   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Lavinia   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Whitthorne   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Atwood   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  McLemoresville   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Concord   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Trezevant   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Huntingdon   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wingo   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Jacks Creek   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Deanburg   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Silerton   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Enville   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Milledgeville   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Fruitvale   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Gadsden   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bells   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Alamo   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Johnsons Grove   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Maury City   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Maury Junction   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Scotts Hill   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pleasant Hill   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Decaturville   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Parsons   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mount Lebanon   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Jeannette   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Goat City   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Medina   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Graball   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Humboldt   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Gibson   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Milan   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ledbetter   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Union Central   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Concord   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Trenton   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bradford   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Teague   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Toone   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hornsby   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bolivar   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Whiteville   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Middleton   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Newcastle   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hickory Valley   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rogers Springs   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Saulsbury   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Saltillo   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Crump   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  New Town   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Swift   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Savannah   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Belle Meade   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Centerview   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pittsburg Landing Ferry   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Johnson Ford   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Nixon   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Nash Landing   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pyburn   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Slab Town - Historic   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Owl City   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bradford   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Brownsville   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ko Ko   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  White Fern   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Rhodes Town   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Atkins - Historic   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Union Cross   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sardis   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Chesterfield   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Parkers Crossroads   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Darden   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Finger   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Bethel Springs   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Selmer   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Adamsville   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Stantonville   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Eastview   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ramer   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Michie   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Guys   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Tulu   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clifton   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Alcorn (MS)
  Corinth (MS)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Five Points ...

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 88 newspapers that have been published in the area around Five Points.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Five Points, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Five Points.

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 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 Five Points:

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 Madison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Carroll County:     Cyndi's



Chester County:     Cyndi's



Crockett County:     Cyndi's



Decatur County:     Cyndi's



Gibson County:     Cyndi's



Hardeman County:     Cyndi's



Hardin County:     Cyndi's



Haywood County:     Cyndi's



Henderson County:     Cyndi's



McNairy County:     Cyndi's



Wayne County:     Cyndi's



Alcorn County (MS):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Tennessee:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Tennessee,
Cemeteries of Madison County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Tennessee   Cemetery Wiki for Tennessee
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Tennessee, for Madison 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Cemeteries Near Five Points ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Five Points.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hunter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Henderson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mifflin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Bear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Frys Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Chester County Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  SE Hart Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Clarks Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Buckley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hearn Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Montezuma Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Montezuma Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hamlet Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pleasant Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Estes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Robertson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Massengill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bemis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Wamble Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Riveside 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>

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

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

Pinson   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 264 people
 - Pinson had a post office and railroad service
Henderson   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 1,069 people (with 6,315 people in 2018)
 - Henderson had a post office and railroad service
Mifflin   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Mifflin had a post office and no railroad service
Beech Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Five Points
 - Beech Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Luray   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Five Points
 - Luray had a post office and railroad service
Montezuma   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 79 people
 - Montezuma had a post office and no railroad service
Jacks Creek   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Five Points
 - 1895 population of 50 people (with 1,968 people in 2014)
 - Jacks Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Huron   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Five Points
 - Huron had a post office and railroad service
White Fern   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Five Points
 - White Fern 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 Five Points. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Five Points in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Tennessee

About Madison County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Madison 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 from Point A (ie- Five Points) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Five Points. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.5184, Longitude: -88.6664     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Five Points have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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