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Our Genealogy Helper for Smiths Bend ...

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 Smiths Bend (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 Smiths Bend. 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 Smiths Bend ...

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 Smiths Bend.

  • Typical abbreviation for Smiths Bend: Smiths Bnd.
  • While the name of this community is Smiths Bend, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Smiths Bend may originally have been Smith's Bend.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Smiths Bend might be written as Smith Bend.

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.

Smiths Bend is located in Bosque County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Bosque County: Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Johnson, McLennan & Somervell.

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

  DirDistance
Bosque     (The home county for Smiths Bend)
  Laguna Park   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Womack   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Valley Mills   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Clifton   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Lakeside Village   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Kopperl   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Morgan   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Meridian   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Walnut Springs   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cranfills Gap   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Iredell   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Coryell
  Oglesby   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lime City   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  South Mountain   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Jonesboro   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gatesville   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Leon Junction   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fort Gates   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mound   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  The Grove   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Flat   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Levita   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Ellis
  Milford   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Italy   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Maypearl   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Avalon   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Boz   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Forreston   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Falls
  Golinda   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Perry   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Satin   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Otto   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Chilton   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Hill
  Aquilla   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Whitney   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Abbott   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Huron - Historic   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Chatt   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bynum   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Lovelace   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Penelope   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Blum   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Carl's Corner   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Covington   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Itasca   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Johnson
  Parker   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rio Vista   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Grandview   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cleburne   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Coyote Flats   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Keene   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Alvarado   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Limestone
  Delia - Historic   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Prairie Hill   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Coolidge   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Frosa   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
McLennan
  Gholson   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  West   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  China Spring   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Ross   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Tours   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bosqueville   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Elm Mott   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Leroy   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Northcrest   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lacy-Lakeview   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Bellmead   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Crawford   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Waco   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Navarro
  Frost   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Navarro Mills   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Blooming Grove   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Silver City   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Somervell
  Nemo   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Glen Rose   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rainbow   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Glass   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Smiths Bend ...

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 158 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smiths Bend.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smiths Bend, there are papers which were published within 34 miles [54.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smiths Bend.

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 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 Smiths Bend:

These websites are specific to Texas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //www.tsl.texas.gov/

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

These pages are specific to Bosque County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Coryell County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Ellis County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Falls County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hill County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Johnson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Limestone County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
McLennan County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Navarro County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Somervell County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Texas,
Cemeteries of Bosque County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Texas
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Texas
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Texas, for Bosque 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 Texas

Cemeteries Near Smiths Bend ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smiths Bend.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smiths Bend - Coon Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Prairie Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Prairie Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Whitney - Towash Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wortham Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Scotts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE Vaughan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Yates Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gholson Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E National 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>

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

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

Tyson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smiths Bend
 - Tyson had a post office and no railroad service
 
Greenock   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Smiths Bend
 - Greenock had a post office and no railroad service
 
Aquilla   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Smiths Bend
 - 1895 population of 115 people (with 110 people in 2018)
 - Aquilla had a post office and railroad service
 
Whitney   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Smiths Bend
 - 1895 population of 897 people (with 2,177 people in 2018)
 - Whitney had a post office and railroad service
 
Cayote   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smiths Bend
 - Cayote had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gholson   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smiths Bend
 - Gholson had a post office and no railroad service
 
Vaughan   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Smiths Bend
 - Vaughan had a post office and no railroad service
 
Patrick   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smiths Bend
 - Patrick 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 Smiths Bend. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smiths Bend in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Texas

About Bosque County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Texas: https://texas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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- Smiths Bend) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smiths Bend. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8302, Longitude: -97.3045     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smiths Bend 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 Smiths Bend, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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