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Millers Ferry, Alabama
(Wilcox County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Millers 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 Millers 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 Millers 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 Millers 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 Millers Ferry.

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

Newspapers Published in Millers 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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Millers Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Millers 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 Millers Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Millers Ferry ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Prairie Bluff Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Bennett Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Bennett Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Marsh Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Becks Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Rehoboth Cemetery [Map]      
  N Young Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Marsh Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Old St. Francis Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Canton Bend Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Irby Cemetery [Map]      
  E Young Cemetery [Map]      
  E Young Cemetery [Map]      
  E McMillan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Shell Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cobbs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Gross Cemetery [Map]      
  N Malone Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Mendenhall Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Sand Island Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pledger Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Gastonburg Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pigeonfield Cemetery [Map]      
  E Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Welcome Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Thornhill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bones Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sodom Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sandhill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pettway Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hennon Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Powell Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hotel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Athens Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hardy Young Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Vaughn Cemetery [Map]      
  N Wilsor Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pritchard Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Goshen Cemetery [Map]      
  S Cook Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bridges Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Boiling Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Kelly Cemetery [Map]      
  W Dunaway Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Tait Cemetery [Map]      
  S Burford Cemetery [Map]      
  E Boykin Cemetery [Map]      
  N Christian Light 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Millers Ferry had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Bethel   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Millers Ferry
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bethel had a post office and no railroad service
Boiling Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Millers Ferry
 - 1895 population of 65 people
 - Boiling Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Rehoboth   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Millers Ferry
 - 1895 population of 142 people
 - Rehoboth had a post office and no railroad service
Gastonburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Millers Ferry
 - Gastonburg had a post office and no railroad service
Catherine   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Millers Ferry
 - Catherine had a post office and railroad service
Rockwest   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Millers Ferry
 - Rockwest had a post office and no railroad service
Crumptonia   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Millers Ferry
 - Crumptonia had a post office and no railroad service
Lamison   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Millers Ferry
 - Lamison had a post office and railroad service
Camden   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Millers Ferry
 - 1895 population of 545 people (with 1,930 people in 2015)
 - Camden 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 Millers Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Millers 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.

Millers Ferry is located in Wilcox County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wilcox County: Butler, Clarke, Dallas, Lowndes, Marengo & Monroe.

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

Wilcox     (The home county for Millers Ferry)
      Catherine   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coy   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Safford   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Browns   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Minter   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Selma   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Benton   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Providence   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      The Village   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Marion   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Millers Ferry, see our County-by-County Page for Millers 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 professional and volunteer 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 Millers 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 Wilcox County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Butler 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    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Millers Ferry ...

While our initial data for Millers Ferry came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Millers Ferry in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Millers Ferry.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Millers Ferry:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Millers Ferry.
      See our Misc Page for Millers Ferry for more information.

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About Wilcox County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Millers 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 that begins in Millers Ferry. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Millers Ferry) 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 Millers Ferry. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Millers Ferry

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Millers Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1215, Longitude: -87.3986     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Millers 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 Millers Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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


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