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Hughes Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Hughes 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 Hughes 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 Hughes 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 Hughes 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 Hughes Ferry.

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

Newspapers Published in Hughes 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 138 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hughes Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hughes Ferry, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hughes Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Hughes Ferry ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Haggerty Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Marshall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Goodhope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wetumpka City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Faith Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Glenn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rives Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pine View Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Bibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Wescott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Laurel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Hebron West Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Coosada Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Eastwood Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Augusta Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Bingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Thelma Baptist Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Remount Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Larkin Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wares Quarter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Billingslea Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tunnell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bachelor Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Mt. Canaan Missionary Baptist Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McKeithen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Marshall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wetumpka Church of God Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Ross Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Westcott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Flora Cemetery   [Map]     
  E China Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Little Flock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW County Line 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.<3>

While we didn't find Hughes Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hughes Ferry.

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

Wetumpka   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Hughes Ferry
 - 1895 population of 619 people (with 8,219 people in 2016)
 - Wetumpka had a post office and railroad service
Jackson's Lake   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Hughes Ferry
 - Jackson's Lake had railroad service and no post office
Elmore   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hughes Ferry
 - 1895 population of 175 people (with 1,307 people in 2016)
 - Elmore had a post office and railroad service
Robinson Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Hughes Ferry
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Robinson Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Montgomery   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Hughes Ferry
 - 1895 population of 21,883 people (with 200,022 people in 2016)
 - Montgomery had a post office and railroad service
Mount Meigs   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hughes Ferry
 - 1895 population of 139 people
 - Mount Meigs had a post office and railroad service
Ware   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Hughes Ferry
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Ware had a post office and no railroad service
Holtville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hughes Ferry
 - Holtville had a post office and no railroad service
Dexter   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Hughes Ferry
 - Dexter had a post office and no railroad service
Deatsville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hughes Ferry
 - 1895 population of 112 people (with 1,157 people in 2016)
 - Deatsville had a post office and railroad service
Prattville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Hughes Ferry
 - 1895 population of 724 people (with 35,606 people in 2016)
 - Prattville 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 Hughes Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hughes 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 and 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.

Hughes Ferry is located in Elmore County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Elmore County: Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Macon, Montgomery & Tallapoosa.

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

Elmore     (The home county for Hughes Ferry)
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Claud   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Titus   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Booth   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jones   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Equality   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ray   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Benton   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      English Village   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Orion   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Hughes Ferry, see our County-by-County Page for Hughes 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 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 - you should note 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 Hughes Ferry:

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 Elmore County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Elmore County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Elmore County: www.elmoreco.org/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hughes Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4887, Longitude: -86.2391     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hughes Ferry have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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<3>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 Hughes Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hughes Ferry.