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Sewell Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sewell 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 Sewell 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 Sewell 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 Sewell 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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sewell Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sewell Ferry, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sewell Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Sewell Ferry ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Bates Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Howell Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Barnett Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Calcedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ebenezer Alexis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Lawrence Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cedar Bluff Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE McCoy Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Randall Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Fife Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Howell Cemetery [Map]      
  E Waterhouse Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Harris Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Sand Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Noah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Stories Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hardman Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Unity Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Neal Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cannon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Moshat Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Dixons Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  E Davenport Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Oak Bowery Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Tates Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Centre Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cherokee Memory Gardens [Map]      
  E Coosa River Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Mill Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Daniels Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Coffey Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  W Chesnut Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Nazareth Cemetery [Map]      
  E State Line Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Clemones Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Indian Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Carr Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  WNW Starling Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Pratt Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Sewell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Vann Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Tuckers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Parker Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sheepskin Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Macedonia Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NW Black Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Welcome Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Yellow Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cedar Hill 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 Sewell Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sewell Ferry.

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

Cedar Bluff   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Sewell Ferry
 - 1895 population of 194 people (with 1,802 people in 2015)
 - Cedar Bluff had a post office and railroad service
Lawrence   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sewell Ferry
 - Lawrence had a post office and railroad service
Alexis   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sewell Ferry
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Alexis had a post office and no railroad service
Waterhouse   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Sewell Ferry
 - Waterhouse had a post office and no railroad service
Sterling - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sterling was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sewell Ferry
 - 1895 population of 124 people
 - Sterling had a post office and no railroad service
Gaylesville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Sewell Ferry
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 144 people in 2015)
 - Gaylesville had a post office and no railroad service
Noah   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Sewell Ferry
 - Noah had a post office and no railroad service
Farill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sewell Ferry
 - Farill had a post office and railroad service
Hurley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sewell Ferry
 - Hurley had a post office and no railroad service
Centre   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sewell Ferry
 - 1895 population of 347 people (with 3,570 people in 2015)
 - Centre 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 Sewell Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sewell 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 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.

Sewell Ferry is located in Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Calhoun, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Chattooga (GA), Floyd (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Sewell Ferry)
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Euharlee (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Adairsville (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cassville (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Country Village (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Calhoun (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Walker (GA)
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 Sewell 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 Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bartow 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    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Paulding County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sewell Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2056, Longitude: -85.5675     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sewell 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 Sewell Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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