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Our Genealogy Helper for Spenwick Place ...

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 Spenwick Place (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 Spenwick Place. 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 Spenwick Place ...

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 Spenwick Place.

  • Typical abbreviation for Spenwick Place: Spenwick Pl. (or less commonly used: Spenwick Plc.)

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 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.

Spenwick Place is located in Harris County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Harris County: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery & Waller.

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

Harris     (The home county for Spenwick Place)
  La Porte   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Deer Park   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Pasadena   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Gateway Village   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Morgan's Point   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Shoreacres   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Taylor Lake Village   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Parkland Village   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Channelview   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Clear Lake City   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  El Lago   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Mystic Village   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Meadow Creek Village   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Woodcreek   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Brookside Village   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Pearland   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  West Oaks Village   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Westwood Village   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Fairway Village   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Hillcrest   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Manvel   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Alvin   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Iowa Colony   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Liverpool   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sandy Point   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rosharon   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Beach City   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Mont Belvieu   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cove   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Old River-Winfree   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wallisville   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Anahuac   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Double Bayou   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Turtle Bayou   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hankamer   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Monroe City   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
Fort Bend
  Fresno   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Arcola   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hawdon   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Juliff   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sienna Plantation   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fifth Street   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Missouri City Estates   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Missouri City   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dewalt   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Stafford   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Trammels   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Meadows Place   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Meadows   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Clear Lake Shores   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  South Shore Village   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Kemah   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Parkwood Village   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Quaker Village   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  League City   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bacliff   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Friendswood   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Dickinson   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Carmel Village   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  San Leon   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Santa Fe   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Texas City   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Stilson   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ames   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kenefick   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Plum Grove   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Dayton Lakes   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Raywood   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Woodson   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Devers   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hardin   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Daisetta   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Porter   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  New Caney   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Roman Forest   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Woodbranch   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Patton Village   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Porter Heights   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Splendora   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Chateau Woods   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Oak Ridge North   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Spenwick Place ...

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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spenwick Place.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spenwick Place, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spenwick Place.

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 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 Spenwick Place:

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 Harris County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Brazoria County:     Cyndi's



Chambers County:     Cyndi's



Fort Bend County:     Cyndi's



Galveston County:     Cyndi's



Liberty County:     Cyndi's



Montgomery County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spenwick Place.

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 Spenwick Place covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Betheny Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE La Porte Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N DeZavalla Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Larrabee Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Seabrook Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Hill of Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW San Jacinto Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Genoa Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Forest Park East Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Cedar Crest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jackson 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 Spenwick Place in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Spenwick Place.

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

Genoa   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spenwick Place
 - Genoa had railroad service and no post office
Red Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spenwick Place
 - Red Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Lynchburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Spenwick Place
 - 1895 population of 178 people
 - Lynchburg had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Bayou   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Spenwick Place
 - Cedar Bayou had railroad service and no post office
Harrisburg   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spenwick Place
 - 1895 population of 431 people
 - Harrisburg had a post office and railroad service
Magnolia Park   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spenwick Place
 - Magnolia Park had railroad service and no post office
Dickinson   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South (S) from Spenwick Place
 - Dickinson had a post office and railroad service
Sheldon   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Spenwick Place
 - Sheldon had a post office and railroad service
Houston   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spenwick Place
 - 1895 population of 27,557 people (with 2,325,502 people in 2018)
 - Houston 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 Spenwick Place. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spenwick Place in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Texas

About Harris County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Harris County:

The official website for State of Texas:

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Spenwick Place) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spenwick Place. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.6668, Longitude: -95.0921     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spenwick Place 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 Spenwick Place, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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