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Our Genealogy Helper for Sowells Bluff ...

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 Sowells Bluff (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 Sowells Bluff. 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 Sowells Bluff ...

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 Sowells Bluff.

  • Typical abbreviation for Sowells Bluff: Sowells Blf. (or less commonly used: Sowells Bluf.)
  • While the name of this community is Sowells Bluff, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Sowells Bluff may originally have been Sowell's Bluff.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Sowells Bluff might be written as Sowell Bluff.

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.

Sowells Bluff is located in Fannin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Fannin County: Bryan (OK), Collin, Delta, Grayson, Hunt & Lamar.

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

Fannin     (The home county for Sowells Bluff)
  Ridings   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Ivanhoe   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Mulberry   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Ravenna   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Telephone   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Carson   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Bonham   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Ector   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Dodd City   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Savoy   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Allens Chapel   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Windom   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Allen Point   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Westminster   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Frognot   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Blue Ridge   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mantua - Historic   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Anna   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Valdasta   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Melissa   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Weston   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pecan Gap   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ben Franklin   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Jot-Em-Down   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Needmore   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Enloe   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Klondike   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cooper   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lake Creek   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bells   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Denison   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Red River City   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ida   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Whiterock   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Whitewright   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Kentucky Town   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Twin City   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Tom Bean   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Frontier Village   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Luella   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Knollwood   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pilot Grove   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wolfe City   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Celeste   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Aberfoyle   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Yowell   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kingston   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Jacobia   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Merit   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Neylandville   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Commerce   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Petty   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Garretts Bluff   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Brookston   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Sumner   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Roxton   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hopewell   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Toco   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Caviness   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Howland   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Chicota   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Camp Maxey - Historic   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Paris   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Powderly   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Atoka (OK)
  Bentley (OK)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Caney (OK)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lone Pine (OK)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lane (OK)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Tushka (OK)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Farris (OK)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bryan (OK)
  Albany (OK)   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Kemp (OK)   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Wade (OK)   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Achille (OK)   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hendrix (OK)   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bokchito (OK)   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Calera (OK)   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Bennington (OK)   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Colbert (OK)   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Durant (OK)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Armstrong (OK)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Platter (OK)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cartwright (OK)   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
Choctaw (OK)
  Boswell (OK)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Soper (OK)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Johnston (OK)
  Bee (OK)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Coleman (OK)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Milburn (OK)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Marshall (OK)
  McBride (OK)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  New Woodville (OK)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cumberland (OK)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Little City (OK)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kingston (OK)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Madill (OK)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Sowells Bluff ...

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 74 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sowells Bluff.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sowells Bluff, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sowells Bluff.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - you should note 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 Sowells Bluff:

These websites are specific to Texas:

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 Texas to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Fannin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Collin County:     Cyndi's



Delta County:     Cyndi's



Grayson County:     Cyndi's



Hunt County:     Cyndi's



Lamar County:     Cyndi's



Atoka County (OK):     Cyndi's



Bryan County (OK):     Cyndi's



Choctaw County (OK):     Cyndi's



Johnston County (OK):     Cyndi's



Marshall County (OK):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

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
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Cemeteries Near Sowells Bluff ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sowells Bluff.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Bettis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Union Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Upper Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WNW Yarnaby Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Odd Fellows Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kemp Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Eminence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Center Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Elwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Elwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brown Shed Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stancel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Orphanage Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Carson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Wolf Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dulaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burney 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 Sowells Bluff in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sowells Bluff.

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

Ivanhoe   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sowells Bluff
 - Ivanhoe had a post office and no railroad service
Duplex   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sowells Bluff
 - Duplex had a post office and no railroad service
Mulberry   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sowells Bluff
 - Mulberry had a post office and no railroad service
Ravenna   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sowells Bluff
 - 1895 population of 237 people (with 220 people in 2018)
 - Ravenna had a post office and no railroad service
Lamasco   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sowells Bluff
 - Lamasco had a post office and no railroad service
Elwood   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sowells Bluff
 - Elwood had a post office and no railroad service
Telephone   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Sowells Bluff
 - Telephone had a post office and no railroad service
Bonham   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Sowells Bluff
 - 1895 population of 3,361 people (with 10,372 people in 2018)
 - Bonham had a post office and railroad service

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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- Sowells Bluff) 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 Sowells Bluff. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sowells Bluff

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sowells Bluff. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7503, Longitude: -96.1948     [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 Sowells Bluff, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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