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Our Genealogy Helper for Fort Pillow ...

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 Fort Pillow (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 Fort Pillow. 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 Fort Pillow ...

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 Fort Pillow.

  • Typical abbreviation for Fort Pillow: Ft. Pillow

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 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 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.

Fort Pillow is located in Lauderdale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Mississippi (AR), Crockett, Dyer, Haywood & Tipton.

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Fort Pillow)
  Daniels Point Landing   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Henning   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Ripley   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Gates   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Halls   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Chestnut Bluff   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Maury City   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Johnsons Grove   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Friendship   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Maury Junction   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Alamo   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bells   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Elizabeth   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fruitvale   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Richwoods   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mengelwood   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bruceville   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Finley   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Middle City   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bishop   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dyersburg   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Tigrett   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bogota   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Meacham   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Newbern   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Braden   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Gallaway   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hickory Withe   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Feathers Chapel   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Somerville   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  New Bethel   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Williston   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Whiteville   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Stanton   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Brownsville   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bradford   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ko Ko   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Owl City   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Powells Ferry   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Millington   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lakeland   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Giles Town   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Spring Lake   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bartlett   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Woodstock   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Binghampton   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  The Village   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hunt Village   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Memphis   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Germantown   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Garland   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Walnut Grove   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Burlison   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Covington   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Gilt Edge   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Gift   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Mount Carmel   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Clopton   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Munford   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Atoka   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Charleston   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Craighead (AR)
  Caraway (AR)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Monette (AR)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Black Oak (AR)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Crittenden (AR)
  Gilmore (AR)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Turrell (AR)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clarkedale (AR)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Jericho (AR)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Heafer (AR)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mound City (AR)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Marion (AR)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sunset (AR)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Mississippi (AR)
  Luxora (AR)   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Osceola (AR)   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Burdette (AR)   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Driver (AR)   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Armorel (AR)   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Wilson (AR)   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Marie (AR)   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Victoria (AR)   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Blytheville (AR)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Keiser (AR)   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dell (AR)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bassett (AR)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
Poinsett (AR)
  Alto (AR)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lepanto (AR)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rivervale (AR)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Tyronza (AR)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Marked Tree (AR)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Black Oak (AR)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Dunklin (MO)
  Hornersville (MO)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rives (MO)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Arbyrd (MO)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cardwell (MO)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Senath (MO)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Pemiscot (MO)
  Cooter (MO)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Holland (MO)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Steele (MO)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Braggadocio (MO)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Caruthersville (MO)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gobler (MO)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Deering (MO)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hayti Heights (MO)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hayti (MO)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mid City (MO)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Fort Pillow ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fort Pillow.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Fort Pillow, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Fort Pillow.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Fort Pillow:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Crockett County:     Cyndi's



Dyer County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Hardeman County:     Cyndi's



Haywood County:     Cyndi's



Lake County:     Cyndi's



Shelby County:     Cyndi's



Tipton County:     Cyndi's



Craighead County (AR):     Cyndi's



Crittenden County (AR):     Cyndi's



Mississippi County (AR):     Cyndi's



Poinsett County (AR):     Cyndi's



Dunklin County (MO):     Cyndi's



Pemiscot County (MO):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Tennessee:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Tennessee,
Cemeteries of Lauderdale 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 Fort Pillow ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fort Pillow.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE New Hope Baptist Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Green Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Bethel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Bates Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Samuels Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE St. James Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Mt. Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E El Canaan MB Church Cemetery<3>   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Canaan Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Western Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Avery Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Leighs Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Old Fulton Road Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Smyrna Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Walton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Towson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Garden of Everlasting Life   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE R.H. Munford Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Lightfoot Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Dickens Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Indian Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Poplar Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Clark Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Ashport Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Rosa Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Tipton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Ripley Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Asbury UMC Cemetery<4>   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

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.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Fort Pillow had a population of 50 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Bride   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Fort Pillow
 - Bride had a post office and no railroad service
Garland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Fort Pillow
 - 1895 population of 152 people (with 302 people in 2018)
 - Garland had a post office and no railroad service
Glimp   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Fort Pillow
 - Glimp had a post office and no railroad service
Detroit   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Fort Pillow
 - Detroit had a post office and no railroad service
Burlison   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Fort Pillow
 - Burlison had a post office and no railroad service
Ashport   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Fort Pillow
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Ashport had a post office and no railroad service
Rialto   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Fort Pillow
 - Rialto had a post office and railroad service
Lightfoot   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Fort Pillow
 - Lightfoot had a post office and no railroad service
Golddust   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Fort Pillow
 - Golddust had a post office and no railroad service
Fulton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Fort Pillow
 - 1895 population of 134 people
 - Fulton 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 Fort Pillow. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Fort Pillow in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Fort Pillow ...

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

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 Fort Pillow:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Tennessee

About Lauderdale County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Fort Pillow) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fort Pillow. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.6634, Longitude: -89.7390     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fort Pillow 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>MB is an abbreviation for the Missionary Baptists. Although we don't have a link to the cemetery itself, you might be curious about the Missionary Baptists. See their website at: Missionary Baptist Churches website.

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<4>UMC is an abbreviation for the United Methodist Church. Although we don't have a link to the cemetery itself, you might be curious about the United Methodist Church. See their website at: United Methodist Church website.

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<5>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 Fort Pillow, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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