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Ridleys Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ridleys 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 Ridleys 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 Ridleys 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 Ridleys 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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ridleys Ferry.

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

Cemeteries Near Ridleys Ferry ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Ridley Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Maxwell Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Swafford Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  W Potts Cemetery [Map]      
  W Greer Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Wimberley Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Foshee Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Cawlfield Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Caperton Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Gray Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Walker Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hackworth Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Brown - Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cargile Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Moore Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Abbott Cemetery [Map]      
  N Loyd Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Cross Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Sterne Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wheeler Cemetery [Map]      
  S Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  N Rocky Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bonaventure Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Walker Cemetery [Map]      
  NW McMahan Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Austin - Cameron Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cargile Cemetery [Map]      
  W Burch Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Cross Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cross Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Newby Cemetery [Map]      
  N Kirkpatrick Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Higdon Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Potato Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Harris Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Wynne Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Talley Cemetery [Map]      
  W Carr Cemetery [Map]      
  W Longacre Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Stogspill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Walker - Arnold Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Washington Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Tally Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Coffee Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  E Oak Lawn Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  NE James Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Beene Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Richards Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Abbott Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Jacoway Cemetery [Map]      
  W Helton Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Lovelady Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Middleton Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Coffey Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Cross Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Lewallen Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Bryant Cemetery [Map]      
  S Nelson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pritchett Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Steele Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Countess Cemetery [Map]      
  E Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Porter Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Reeves Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Straightway Cemetery [Map]      
  W Shipp Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Loyds Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Rorex Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Roach Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Lovelady Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Price Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Coffey Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Weldon Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Beulah Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Beulahs Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Payne Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Grant Cemetery [Map]      
  NE McDaniel - Moore Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NE Graham Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NNE New Hope Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Willis 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 Ridleys Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ridleys Ferry.

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

Stevenson   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Ridleys Ferry
 - 1895 population of 586 people (with 1,991 people in 2015)
 - Stevenson had a post office and railroad service
Fabius   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ridleys Ferry
 - Fabius had a post office and no railroad service
Bridgeport   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ridleys Ferry
 - 1895 population of 162 people (with 2,355 people in 2015)
 - Bridgeport had a post office and railroad service
Higdon   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ridleys Ferry
 - Higdon had a post office and no railroad service
Long Island   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ridleys Ferry
 - Long Island had a post office and no railroad service
Wannville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ridleys Ferry
 - Wannville had a post office and no railroad service
South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ridleys Ferry
 - 1895 population of 1,479 people
 - South Pittsburg had a post office and railroad service
Fackler   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ridleys Ferry
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Fackler 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 Ridleys Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ridleys 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.

Ridleys Ferry is located in Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: DeKalb, Madison, Marshall, Dade (GA), Franklin (TN) & Marion (TN).

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

Jackson     (The home county for Ridleys Ferry)
      Browns Valley - Historic   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      New Town   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Stevenson   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Copenhagen - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bryant   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ider   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Powell   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Market   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grant   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Graysville (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ringgold (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Dade (GA)
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rossville (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Whitfield (GA)
      Tunnel Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Coffee (TN)
      Ruthledge Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Southgate Park (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Monteagle (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sewanee (TN)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greenhaw (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Decherd (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Winchester (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Estill Springs (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Grundy (TN)
      Lankford Town (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      White City (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tracy City (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sartain Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pelham (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coalmont (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gruetli-Laager (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gruetli (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Palmer (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Altamont (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beersheba Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Midvale (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Signal Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ridgeside (TN)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fountain Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Red Bank (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Signal Terrace (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chattanooga (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Whitwell (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Powells Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Condra (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Sequatchie (TN)
      Cartwright (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Center Point (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dunlap (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Catoosa County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Whitfield County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Grundy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hamilton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sequatchie County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ridleys Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8759, Longitude: -85.7575     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ridleys 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 Ridleys Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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