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Whites Ferry, Alabama
(Jackson County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Whites 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 Whites 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 Whites 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 Whites 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 Whites Ferry.

  • While the name of this community is Whites Ferry, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Whites Ferry may originally have been White's Ferry.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Whites Ferry might be written as White Ferry.

Newspapers Published in Whites 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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Whites Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Whites Ferry, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Whites Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Whites Ferry ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Finnell Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shipp Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Phillips Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Norwood Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Hansbrough Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bellefonte Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Gant Cemetery [Map]      
  E Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  N Baker Cemetery [Map]      
  N Baker Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pinehaven Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Hudgins Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Sarratt Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Coffey Cemetery [Map]      
  N Price Cemetery [Map]      
  N Lovelady Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pauper Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Henry Cemetery [Map]      
  SW McAnelly Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Chisenhall Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Chaney Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pleasant View Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Clark Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hudgins Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE New Home Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Coffee Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Tally Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Washington Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bryant Cemetery [Map]      
  N Walker - Arnold Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hurt Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Coffey Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cross Cemetery [Map]      
  N Lewallen Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Burgess Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Tipton Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Green Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Samples Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dean Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Renshaw Cemetery [Map]      
  N Stogspill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Kyles Cemetery [Map]      
  N Roach Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Loyds Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Chaney Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bryant Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Inglis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Middleton Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sterne Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cross Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cross Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Moody Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sanders Cemetery [Map]      
  N Middleton Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  N Rorex Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pierce Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bluff Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Nelson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cross Cemetery [Map]      
  N Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  N Lovelady Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Elkins Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shelton Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Woods Cove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Finney Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Chisenhall Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mahan Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Unity Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  N Shipp Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Caperton Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Barbee Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Maynard Cove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Proctor Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Gold Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Brandon 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 Whites Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Whites Ferry.

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

Bellefonte   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Whites Ferry
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Bellefonte had a post office and no railroad service
Hollywood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Whites Ferry
 - Hollywood had a post office and railroad service
Pisgah   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Whites Ferry
 - 1895 population of 43 people (with 711 people in 2015)
 - Pisgah had a post office and no railroad service
Index - Historic   [Map]
 - While Index was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Whites Ferry
 - Index had a post office and no railroad service
Wannville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Whites Ferry
 - Wannville had a post office and no railroad service
Fackler   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Whites Ferry
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Fackler had a post office and railroad service
Dutton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Whites Ferry
 - Dutton had a post office and no railroad service
Rosalie   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Whites Ferry
 - Rosalie 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 Whites Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Whites 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 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.

Whites 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 Whites Ferry. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Whites Ferry:

Jackson     (The home county for Whites Ferry)
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Section   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      New Town   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Stevenson   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Powell   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ider   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Market   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moore's Mill   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grant   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rossville (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sewanee (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Winchester (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Decherd (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greenhaw (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Monteagle (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Garner Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Estill Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Grundy (TN)
      Lankford Town (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tracy City (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      White City (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sartain Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Marion (TN)
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Powells Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Whitwell (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 Whites 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    
Etowah 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    
Morgan 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    
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    

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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Jackson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Whites Ferry. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whites Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7070, Longitude: -85.9105     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whites 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 Whites Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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