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Ripley, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ripley ...

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 Ripley (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 Ripley. 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 Ripley ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ripley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ripley, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ripley.

Cemeteries Near Ripley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ripley.

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 Ripley covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Ripley Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Gordon Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  E Riddle Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Poplar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  N Poplar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Yarbrough Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Farrow Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Brooks Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hardy Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Valley View Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Yarbrough Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Binford Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Benford Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Proctor Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Round Island Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sunny Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Limestone Cemetery [Map]      
  N Weir Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Davchport Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pleasant Point Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Newman Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cramer Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Locklayer Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Flower Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Lentzville Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Turner Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Shoemaker Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McKinney Cemetery [Map]      
  N Crenshaw Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Townsend Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Dement Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lucy Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Early Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Porter Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Shackelford Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bobo Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Clardy Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  S Baker Cemetery [Map]      
  S Baker Cemetery [Map]      
  N Elk River Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SE Hatchett Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  E Burrell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Temperance Oak Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Pointer Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Foster - Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Swoope Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Barclay Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Graves Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Ennix Cemetery [Map]      
  S Peck Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Burt Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Nebo Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  E Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  NE O'Neal Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Berea Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Higgens Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Legg Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bedingfield Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Rutherford Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sandlin Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Brides Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW McBride Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Reynolds Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Elliott Cemetery [Map]      
  S Elliott Cemetery [Map]      
  S Jobe Cemetery [Map]      
  S Murphy Cemetery [Map]      
  S Minor Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bridgeforth Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Lucas Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Barker Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Tanner Cemetery [Map]      
  NE McCully Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Myers Cemetery [Map]      
  N Grigsby Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Greer Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hooie Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Warmack Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Andrew Garth Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Hampton Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Swoope Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cottingham Cemetery [Map]      
  S Kelly Cemetery [Map]      
  S Lile Cemetery [Map]      
  S Lile Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Wimbley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Grayson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Neville Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  E Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  E West Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Roselawn Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Nelson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  W Watkins Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Wheeler Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Swoope Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Hacklin Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Rainwater Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Macklin Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NE Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hughey Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Gray Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Witty Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Old Romine Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Romine Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Civitan Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cunningham Cemetery [Map]      
  W Haraway Cemetery [Map]      
  W Little Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  W Nance 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, Ripley had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Poplar Creek   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Ripley
 - Poplar Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Blackburn   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ripley
 - Blackburn had a post office and no railroad service
Lentzville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Ripley
 - Lentzville had a post office and no railroad service
O'Neal   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ripley
 - O'Neal had a post office and no railroad service
Cartwright   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ripley
 - Cartwright had a post office and no railroad service
Hillsboro   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 308 people (with 519 people in 2015)
 - Hillsboro had a post office and railroad service
Athens   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 940 people (with 24,966 people in 2015)
 - Athens had a post office and railroad service
Gipsy   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ripley
 - Gipsy had a post office and no railroad service
Rogersville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 1,231 people in 2015)
 - Rogersville 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 Ripley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ripley 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Ripley is located in Limestone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Limestone County: Lauderdale, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Giles (TN) & Lincoln (TN).

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

Limestone     (The home county for Ripley)
      Cairo   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lester   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Point   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Belew - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Toney   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Triana   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Meridianville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Normal   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hazel Green   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Danville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boonshill (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 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 Ripley:

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 Limestone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ripley ...

While our initial data for Ripley came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Ripley 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 Ripley.

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 Ripley:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Ripley.
      See our Misc Page for Ripley for more information.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ripley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7620, Longitude: -87.1208     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ripley 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 Ripley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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