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Masons Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Masons 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 Masons 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 Masons 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.

Newspapers Published in Masons 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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Masons Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Masons Ferry, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Masons Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Masons Ferry ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Linder Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE McConnico Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Claiborne Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cedar Fork Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Road Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Franks Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hearin Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cammack Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Puyear Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Coleman Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Amity Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Indian Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Carry Mt. Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Forehand Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Whatley 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 Masons Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Masons Ferry.

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

Gosport   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Masons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 70 people
 - Gosport had a post office and no railroad service
Barlow Bend   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Masons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Barlow Bend had a post office and railroad service
Claiborne   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Masons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 112 people
 - Claiborne had a post office and no railroad service
Perdue Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Masons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 282 people
 - Perdue Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Suggsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Masons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Suggsville had a post office and no railroad service
Gainestown   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Masons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Gainestown had a post office and no railroad service
Alma   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Masons Ferry
 - Alma had a post office and no railroad service
Finchburg - Historic   [Map]
 - While Finchburg was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Masons Ferry
 - Finchburg had a post office and no railroad service
Whatley   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Masons Ferry
 - Whatley 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 Masons Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Masons 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 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.

Masons Ferry is located in Monroe County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monroe County: Baldwin, Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia & Wilcox.

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

Monroe     (The home county for Masons Ferry)
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Uriah   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Excel   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Goodway   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Little River   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Perdido   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alma   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Repton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Range   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Calvert   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Movico   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coy   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 - you should note 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 Masons 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 Monroe County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mobile County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Monroe County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Masons Ferry. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Masons Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.5266, Longitude: -87.6017     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Masons 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 Masons Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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