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Spurlin, Texas

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Our Genealogy Helper for Spurlin ...

So far, we have found very little information about Spurlin. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Spurlin to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Spurlin, please Contact Us.

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 Spurlin (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 Spurlin. 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Spurlin is historic, it would have been located within present day Hamilton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hamilton County: Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Lampasas & Mills.

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

Hamilton     (The home county for Spurlin)
  Carlton   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]<2>
  Hamilton   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Hico   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Whiteway   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Pottsville   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ohio - Historic   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  McGirk - Historic   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cranfills Gap   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Iredell   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Walnut Springs   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Meridian   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Clifton   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Morgan   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Womack   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lakeside Village   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kopperl   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Blanket   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Zephyr   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Energy   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Gustine   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Proctor   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Comyn   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Comanche   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  De Leon   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rucker   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sidney   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ireland   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Jonesboro   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Evant   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Purmela   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Levita   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gatesville   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  South Mountain   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fort Gates   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Desdemona   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gorman   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Clairette   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Alexander   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Duffau   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Dublin   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Harbin   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Chalk Mountain   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Stephenville   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lingleville   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bluff Dale   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Morgan Mill   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Paluxy   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hill City   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Tolar   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Izoro   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Priddy   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Star   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Center City   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bozar   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mullin   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Goldthwaite   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Williams Ranch - Historic   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Glass   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Glen Rose   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rainbow   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Nemo   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Spurlin ...

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 113 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spurlin.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Spurlin. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Spurlin and those printed in the larger area surrounding Spurlin.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 46 miles [74 km] of Spurlin.

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 helpful 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 Spurlin:

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 Hamilton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bosque County:     Cyndi's



Brown County:     Cyndi's



Comanche County:     Cyndi's



Coryell County:     Cyndi's



Eastland County:     Cyndi's



Erath County:     Cyndi's



Hood County:     Cyndi's



Lampasas County:     Cyndi's



Mills County:     Cyndi's



Somervell County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spurlin.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Tillinghouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Peacher Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Toliver Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Fegua Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Carlton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NE Dry Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Honey Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Gann Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Massingill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S New IOOF Cemetery<4>   [Map]     
  S Oak Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Altman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Kirkendall Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fairy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Center Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Turnbow 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.

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

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

Carlton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Spurlin
 - 1895 population of 161 people
 - Carlton had a post office and no railroad service
Gentrys Mill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spurlin
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Gentrys Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Lamkin   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Spurlin
 - Lamkin had a post office and no railroad service
Hamilton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Spurlin
 - 1895 population of 726 people (with 3,016 people in 2018)
 - Hamilton had a post office and no railroad service
Fairy   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Spurlin
 - Fairy had a post office and no railroad service
Wilson   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spurlin
 - Wilson had a post office and no railroad service
Hico   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Spurlin
 - 1895 population of 649 people (with 1,388 people in 2018)
 - Hico had a post office and railroad service
Hazeldell   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spurlin
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Hazeldell had a post office and no railroad service
Lanham   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Spurlin
 - Lanham 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 Spurlin. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spurlin in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Texas

About Hamilton County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Texas:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Spurlin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Spurlin) 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 Spurlin. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spurlin

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spurlin. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8438, Longitude: -98.1389     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spurlin 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:

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<4>IOOF is an abbreviation for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Although we don't have a link to the cemetery itself, you might be curious about the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. See their website at: Independent Order of Odd Fellows website.

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