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Our Genealogy Helper for Spanish Fort ...

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 Spanish Fort (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 Spanish Fort. 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 Spanish Fort ...

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 Spanish Fort.

  • Typical abbreviation for Spanish Fort: Spanish Ft. (or less commonly used: Spanish Frt.)

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 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.

Spanish Fort is located in Montague County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Montague County: Jefferson (OK), Love (OK), Clay, Cooke, Jack & Wise.

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

Montague     (The home county for Spanish Fort)
  Rowland   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Hynds City   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Illinois Bend   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Nocona   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Belcherville - Historic   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Saint Jo   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Montague   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ringgold   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hardy   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Forestburg   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Salona   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bowie   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bellevue   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Byers   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Henrietta   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Petrolia   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bluegrove   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Newport   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Marysville   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Muenster   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Myra   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lindsay   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rosston   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gainesville   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Era   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Custer City - Historic   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dexter   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Callisburg   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oak Ridge   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Park Springs   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Alvord   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carter (OK)
  Wilson (OK)   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Healdton (OK)   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Oil City (OK)   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lone Grove (OK)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Clemscott (OK)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fox (OK)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Graham (OK)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pike City (OK)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Milo (OK)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pruitt City (OK)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ardmore (OK)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Countyline (OK)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Jefferson (OK)
  Oscar (OK)   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Cornish (OK)   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Ringling (OK)   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Terral (OK)   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Ryan (OK)   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sugden (OK)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Waurika (OK)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Addington (OK)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hastings (OK)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Love (OK)
  Leon (OK)   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Jimtown (OK)   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Burneyville (OK)   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Marietta (OK)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Overbrook (OK)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Thackerville (OK)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
Marshall (OK)
  Lebanon (OK)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Stephens (OK)
  Loco (OK)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Velma (OK)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Comanche (OK)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Meridian (OK)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Spanish Fort ...

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 111 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spanish Fort.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Spanish Fort. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Spanish Fort and those printed in the larger area surrounding Spanish Fort.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 40 miles [64.4 km] of Spanish Fort.

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 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 - 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 Spanish Fort:

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 Montague County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clay County:     Cyndi's



Cooke County:     Cyndi's



Wise County:     Cyndi's



Carter County (OK):     Cyndi's



Jefferson County (OK):     Cyndi's



Love County (OK):     Cyndi's



Marshall County (OK):     Cyndi's



Stephens County (OK):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Cemeteries Near Spanish Fort ...

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

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Spanish Fort Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Petersburg Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Mayfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Liberty Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bourland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Keck Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Grady Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Eagle Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Courtney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oscar Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Murrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rubottom Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Orr Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Atlee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Benton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Redbud Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Williams 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Spanish Fort had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Illinois Bend   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Spanish Fort
 - Illinois Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Nocona   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spanish Fort
 - 1895 population of 381 people (with 2,981 people in 2018)
 - Nocona had a post office and railroad service
Bonita   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Spanish Fort
 - Bonita had a post office and railroad service
Bulcher - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bulcher was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spanish Fort
 - 1895 population of 67 people
 - Bulcher had a post office and no railroad service
Belcherville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Belcherville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spanish Fort
 - 1895 population of 516 people
 - Belcherville had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Jo   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spanish Fort
 - 1895 population of 710 people (with 1,018 people in 2018)
 - Saint Jo had a post office and railroad service
Montague   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spanish Fort
 - 1895 population of 795 people
 - Montague had a post office and no railroad service
Marysville   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spanish Fort
 - 1895 population of 254 people
 - Marysville had a post office and no railroad service
Dye   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the South (S) from Spanish Fort
 - Dye 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 Spanish Fort. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spanish Fort in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Spanish Fort ...

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

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 Spanish Fort:

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

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Spanish Fort. See our Misc Page for Spanish Fort for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Texas:

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Spanish Fort) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Spanish Fort. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spanish Fort

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spanish Fort. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9448, Longitude: -97.6209     [Map].
<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 Spanish Fort, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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