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Morris Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Morris 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 Morris 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 Morris 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 Morris 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 Morris Ferry.

  • Typical abbreviation for Morris Ferry: Morris Fry. (or less commonly used: Morris Frry.)

Newspapers Published in Morris 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 72 newspapers that have been published in the area around Morris Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Morris Ferry, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Morris Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Morris Ferry ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Speigner Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Sewell Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  E Holman Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Jo Anna Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Proctor Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Wayside Cemetery [Map]      
  W St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Thrasher Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Little Flock Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Murchison Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mountain Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  W Marbury Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Stoney Point Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Swamp Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  W Marbury Church of God Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Sunny Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Tatum Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Sinai Cemetery [Map]      
  S Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Hebron West Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Williams Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Pine Level Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE New Home Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Batchler Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hollybranch Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Verbena 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 Morris Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Morris Ferry.

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

Titus   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Morris Ferry
 - Titus had a post office and no railroad service
Lightwood   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Morris Ferry
 - Lightwood had a post office and no railroad service
Coosa River   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Morris Ferry
 - Coosa River had a post office and no railroad service
Holtville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Morris Ferry
 - Holtville had a post office and no railroad service
Buyck   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Morris Ferry
 - Buyck had a post office and no railroad service
Wadsworth   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Morris Ferry
 - 1895 population of 224 people
 - Wadsworth had a post office and railroad service
Mountain Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Morris Ferry
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Mountain Creek had a post office and railroad service
Deatsville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Morris Ferry
 - 1895 population of 112 people (with 1,157 people in 2015)
 - Deatsville 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 Morris Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Morris 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.

Morris Ferry is located in Elmore County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Elmore County: Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Macon, Montgomery & Tallapoosa.

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

Elmore     (The home county for Morris Ferry)
      Titus   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Holtville   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Kent   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Booth   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jones   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Equality   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Benton   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Town   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      English Village   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Calera   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Site   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa 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    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Elmore County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Elmore 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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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Morris 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 'straight-line' distance from Morris Ferry. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Morris Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Morris Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7001, Longitude: -86.3478     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Morris 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 Morris Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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