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Our Genealogy Helper for Springfield ...

Although we found mention of Springfield during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Springfield was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists..


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 Springfield (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 Springfield. 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.

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 and doctors 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.

Springfield is located in Anderson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Anderson County: Cherokee, Freestone, Henderson, Houston & Leon.

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

  DirDistance
Anderson     (The home county for Springfield)
  Bradford   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]<2>
  Bois d'Arc   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Blackfoot   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Montalba   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bethel   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Tennessee Colony   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Cayuga   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Brushy Creek   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Elmwood   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Massey Lake   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Greens Bluff   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Yard - Historic   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
 
Cherokee
  Cuney   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Larissa - Historic   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Jacksonville   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Maydelle   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dialville   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Gallatin   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  New Summerfield   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Rusk   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Freestone
  Winkler   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Stewards Mill - Historic   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Fairfield   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Streetman   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dew   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kirvin   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Teague   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cotton Gin   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wortham   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Henderson
  Cross Roads   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  LaRue   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Poynor   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Athens   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Malakoff   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Leagueville   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Moore Station   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Berryville   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Murchison   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Caney City   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Log Cabin   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Star Harbor   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Houston
  Grapeland   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Kaufman
  Mabank   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kemp   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Leon
  Oakwood   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Navarro
  Goodlow   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Kerens   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Eureka   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mildred   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Powell   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Navarro   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Angus   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mustang   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Richland   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Chatfield   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Corsicana   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Retreat   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Smith
  Dogwood City   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Lee Spring   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Noonday   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bullard   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Flint   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gresham   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Whitehouse   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Tyler   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hideaway   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Van Zandt
  Edom   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ben Wheeler   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Van   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Canton   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Springfield ...

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 49 newspapers that have been published in the area around Springfield.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Springfield, there are papers which were published within 31 miles [49.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Springfield.

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 - 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 Springfield:

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 Anderson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cherokee County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Freestone County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Henderson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Houston County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
 
Kaufman County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Leon County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Navarro County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Smith County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Van Zandt County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Springfield.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Stafford Tucker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Liberty Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Price Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Anderson County Line Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Rock Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Modoc Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Shaw Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Providence Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Judson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Concord Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Midway Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Owen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jackson Quarters Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Ft. Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Allen Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Tennessee Colony Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Jerusalem & Bethel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Gaines Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Willow Springs 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.<4>

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

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

Bradford   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Springfield
 - Bradford had a post office and no railroad service
 
Blackfoot   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Springfield
 - Blackfoot had a post office and no railroad service
 
Bethel   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Springfield
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Bethel had a post office and no railroad service
 
Montalba   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Springfield
 - Montalba had a post office and no railroad service
 
Tennessee Colony   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Springfield
 - Tennessee Colony had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pine Grove   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Springfield
 - Pine Grove had a post office and no railroad service
 
Brushy Creek   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Springfield
 - Brushy Creek had a post office and no railroad service
 
Fosterville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Springfield
 - 1895 population of 731 people
 - Fosterville had a post office and no railroad service
 
New York   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Springfield
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - New York 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 Springfield. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Springfield in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Texas

About Anderson County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Anderson County: www.co.anderson.tx.us/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went south past Springfield and then turned east". While Springfield could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Springfield as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Springfield could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

Just in case there has been confusion between counties, we found that there are 2 Texas communities also named Springfield. While this community is located in Anderson County, the others are located in the following counties: Jim Wells and Limestone. For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Springfield.

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<2>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- Springfield) 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 Springfield. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Springfield

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Springfield. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9868, Longitude: -95.8052     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Springfield have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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: findagrave.com.

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<4>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 Springfield, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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