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Browns Ferry, Alabama
(Lawrence County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Browns Ferry ...

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 Browns Ferry (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 insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Browns Ferry. 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 Browns Ferry ...

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 Browns Ferry.

  • While the name of this community is Browns Ferry, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Browns Ferry may originally have been Brown's Ferry.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Browns Ferry might be written as Brown Ferry.

Newspapers Published in Browns Ferry ...

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 47 newspapers that have been published in the area around Browns Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Browns Ferry, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Browns Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Browns Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Browns Ferry.

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 new browser window will open with a Google map 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 and 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 Browns Ferry covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Flower Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Binford Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cox Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Locklayer Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Bobo Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Clardy Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  S Baker Cemetery [Map]      
  S Baker Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Benford Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  N Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Jobe Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Peck Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Gordon Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cramer Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ripley Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Foster - Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Shackelford Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Barclay Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Graves Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Ennix Cemetery [Map]      
  SW McBride Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Elliott Cemetery [Map]      
  S Elliott Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Murphy Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Minor Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Burt Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hatchett Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Proctor Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Riddle Cemetery [Map]      
  W Porter Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Swoope Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cottingham Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Reynolds Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hardy Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Kelly Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Lile Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Lile Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Wimbley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Neville Cemetery [Map]      
  E Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Round Island Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Yarbrough Cemetery [Map]      
  N Poplar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  N Poplar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Newman Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Jones Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Brides Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Brooks Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Hacklin Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Rainwater Cemetery [Map]      
  S Trotter Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Grayson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Lucas Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bridgeforth Cemetery [Map]      
  E Nebo Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sunny Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Farrow Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Early Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pointer Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Swoope Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Vaughan Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Penny Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Yarbrough Cemetery [Map]      
  S Fennell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mosley Cemetery [Map]      
  E Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Burrell Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Turner Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Limestone Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Valley View Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lucy Cemetery [Map]      
  W Swoope Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Wheeler Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Shoemaker Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Clardy Cemetery [Map]      
  S Thrasher Cemetery [Map]      
  S Fuller Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Gunn Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Macklin Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Tanner Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Townsend Cemetery [Map]      
  NE McKinney Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Dement Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Davchport Cemetery [Map]      
  N Weir Cemetery [Map]      
  W Andrew Garth Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hampton Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Owens Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Stockton Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Roselawn Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SE Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Decatur Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pleasant Point Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Rutherford Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  N Lentzville Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Wheeler Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Temperance Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Crow Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dancy Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pryor Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE West Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Legg Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bedingfield Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE O'Neal Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Crenshaw Cemetery [Map]      
  N Elk River Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NW Warmack Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Watkins Cemetery [Map]      
  W Lyle Cemetery [Map]      
  W Tweedy Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pippen Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sykes 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>

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

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

Ripley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Browns Ferry
 - Ripley had a post office and no railroad service
Hillsboro   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Browns Ferry
 - 1895 population of 308 people (with 519 people in 2015)
 - Hillsboro had a post office and railroad service
Poplar Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Browns Ferry
 - Poplar Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Blackburn   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Browns Ferry
 - Blackburn had a post office and no railroad service
Harris Station   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Browns Ferry
 - Harris Station had railroad service and no post office
Lentzville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Browns Ferry
 - Lentzville had a post office and no railroad service
Simpson   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Browns Ferry
 - Simpson had a post office and no railroad service
Decatur Junction   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Browns Ferry
 - Decatur Junction had railroad service and no post office
Courtland   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Browns Ferry
 - 1895 population of 579 people (with 597 people in 2015)
 - Courtland 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 Browns Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Browns Ferry in the 1890's.

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.

Browns Ferry is located in Lawrence County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lawrence County: Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Limestone, Morgan & Winston.

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

Lawrence     (The home county for Browns Ferry)
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Point   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lester   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Triana   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Toney   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      English Village   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Normal   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Meridianville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Danville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Houston   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 it should be mentioned 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 Browns Ferry:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Lawrence County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lawrence County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lawrence 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 Alabama
Also see ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Lawrence County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Browns Ferry. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Browns Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Browns Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7009, Longitude: -87.1242     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Browns Ferry have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<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 Browns Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Browns Ferry.


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