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Bridgeport, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bridgeport ...

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 Bridgeport (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 Bridgeport. 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 the area of Bridgeport ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bridgeport.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Bridgeport. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Bridgeport and those printed in the larger area surrounding Bridgeport.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> of Bridgeport.

Cemeteries Near Bridgeport ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bridgeport.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Abbott Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Loyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Walker Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kirkpatrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rocky Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bonaventure Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Richards Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harris Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE James Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beene Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wynne Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Hackworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ridley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Moore Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Straightway Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McDaniel - Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McMahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Brown - Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Potts Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Potato Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Grant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cumberland View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Austin - Cameron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cargile Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wimberley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cawlfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Swafford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE State Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Burnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Havron Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Havron Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Raulston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Orme Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Abbott Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Talley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cargile Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Foshee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Caperton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Higdon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Glover Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Burch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Newby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beene Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wyrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hoge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Chaudoin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jacoway Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Longacre Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wheeler Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Countess Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wells Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ladds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Baptist Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Griffith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Little White Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gilliam Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gonce Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gonce 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 Bridgeport had a population of 162 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Bridgeport had a population of 2,337 people.

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

Long Island   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bridgeport
 - Long Island had a post office and no railroad service
South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Bridgeport
 - 1895 population of 1,479 people (with 3,097 people in 2016)
 - South Pittsburg had a post office and railroad service
Stevenson   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bridgeport
 - 1895 population of 586 people (with 1,977 people in 2016)
 - Stevenson had a post office and railroad service
Kimball (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bridgeport
 - Kimball had a post office and railroad service
Ketchall (TN) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ketchall was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Bridgeport
 - Ketchall had a post office and no railroad service
Cole City (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Bridgeport
 - 1895 population of 750 people
 - Cole City had a post office and no railroad service
Shellmound (TN) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Shellmound was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bridgeport
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Shellmound had a post office and railroad service
Higdon   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bridgeport
 - Higdon 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 Bridgeport. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bridgeport 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 northwest 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 north.

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 north 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.

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

Jackson     (The home county for Bridgeport)
      Copenhagen - Historic   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Browns Valley - Historic   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bryant   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Stevenson   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hytop   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ider   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Powell   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Market   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Graysville (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ringgold (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Dade (GA)
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Walker (GA)
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rossville (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Whitfield (GA)
      Trickum (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crow (GA) - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tunnel Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rocky Face (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Coffee (TN)
      Ruthledge Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Winton Town (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Southgate Park (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Manchester (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Royal Oaks (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tullahoma (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Monteagle (TN)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sewanee (TN)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Greenhaw (TN)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Decherd (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Winchester (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Estill Springs (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Garner Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Grundy (TN)
      Lankford Town (TN)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      White City (TN)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tracy City (TN)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sartain Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Pelham (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coalmont (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gruetli-Laager (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gruetli (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Palmer (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Altamont (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beersheba Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Midvale (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Signal Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Signal Terrace (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Colonial Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fountain Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Red Bank (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ridgeside (TN)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairmount (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Powells Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Whitwell (TN)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Condra (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Sequatchie (TN)
      Cartwright (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Center Point (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dunlap (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 Bridgeport:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Jackson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Bridgeport ...

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

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 Bridgeport:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Bridgeport in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Bridgeport for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Bridgeport.
      See our Misc Page for Bridgeport for more information.

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bridgeport. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bridgeport

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bridgeport. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9504, Longitude: -85.7224     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bridgeport 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 Bridgeport, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bridgeport.