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Harpers Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Harpers 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 Harpers 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 Harpers 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 Harpers 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 Harpers Ferry.

  • Typical abbreviation for Harpers Ferry: Harpers Fry. (or less commonly used: Harpers Frry.)
  • While the name of this community is Harpers Ferry, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Harpers Ferry may originally have been Harper's Ferry.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Harpers Ferry might be written as Harper Ferry.

Newspapers Published in Harpers 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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Harpers Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Harpers Ferry, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Harpers Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Harpers Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Harpers 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 Harpers Ferry covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Hillcrest Cemetery [Map]      
  S Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW White Water Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Rocky Head Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Wise Mill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE McGee Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Kelly Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hutchson & Russell Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Rosin Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Holland Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW New Haven Cemetery [Map]      
  S Phillips Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Brockton City Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Zions Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Prescott Cemetery [Map]      
  W Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Damascus Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Zoar Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Victoria Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW New Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  SW New Home Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Beaverdam Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lowery Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Gilled Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bluff Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Driskell Family Cemetery [Map]      
  N Shearon Cemetery [Map]      
  W Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  W Danley Cross Roads Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Wesley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pea River Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Sharron Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pine Level 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 Harpers Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Harpers Ferry.

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

Edwardsville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Harpers Ferry
 - Edwardsville had a post office and no railroad service
Elba   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Harpers Ferry
 - 1895 population of 285 people (with 3,903 people in 2015)
 - Elba had a post office and no railroad service
Clintonville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Harpers Ferry
 - 1895 population of 172 people
 - Clintonville had a post office and no railroad service
Victoria   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Harpers Ferry
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Victoria had a post office and no railroad service
Curtis   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Harpers Ferry
 - Curtis had a post office and no railroad service
Damascus   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Harpers Ferry
 - Damascus had a post office and no railroad service
Tabernacle   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Harpers Ferry
 - Tabernacle had a post office and no railroad service
Bullock   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Harpers Ferry
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Bullock 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 Harpers Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Harpers 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 northwest 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 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.

Harpers Ferry is located in Coffee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Coffee County: Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva & Pike.

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

Coffee     (The home county for Harpers Ferry)
      Elba   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Jack   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clio   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Perote   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Opp   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Heath   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Newton   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Samson   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Black   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Headland   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Newville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Parish   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grady   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Troy   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Banks   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Orion   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Harpers 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 Coffee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Harpers Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4393, Longitude: -86.0133     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Harpers 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 Harpers Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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