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Johnsons Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Johnsons 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 Johnsons 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 Johnsons 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 Johnsons 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 Johnsons Ferry.

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

Newspapers Published in Johnsons 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 65 newspapers that have been published in the area around Johnsons Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Johnsons Ferry, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Johnsons Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Johnsons Ferry ...

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Jamestown Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Coleman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hargrove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Spencer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mobley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Demount Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  N William Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dancy Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Souls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Odd Fellows Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gotes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Horton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Ridge Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Light Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Horton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hebron Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Trantham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cluster Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Binnsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Speed Quarters Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brickyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCaa Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cooksville 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 Johnsons Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Johnsons Ferry.

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

Vienna   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Johnsons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Vienna had a post office and no railroad service
West Greene   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Johnsons Ferry
 - West Greene had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Hebron   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Johnsons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Mount Hebron had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Johnsons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Pleasant Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Cooksville (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Johnsons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 79 people
 - Cooksville had a post office and no railroad service
Binnsville (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Johnsons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 125 people
 - Binnsville had a post office and no railroad service
Clinton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Johnsons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Clinton had a post office and no railroad service
Giles (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Johnsons Ferry
 - Giles 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 Johnsons Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Johnsons 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Johnsons Ferry is located in Greene County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Greene County: Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter & Tuscaloosa.

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

Greene     (The home county for Johnsons Ferry)
      West Greene   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Union   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Akron   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      McShan   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Reform   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Panola   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Epes   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sledge - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      York   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coker   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Echola   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      De Kalb (MS)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      Crawford (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Greene County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kemper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noxubee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Johnsons Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.9357, Longitude: -88.1972     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Johnsons 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 Johnsons Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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