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Patton Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Patton 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 Patton 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 Patton 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 Patton 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 7 newspapers that have been published in the area around Patton Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Patton 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 Patton Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Patton Ferry ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Warrior Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Patton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Spencer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Heard Shoal Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Prudes Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Goodwater Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dug Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Whitson Place Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Toadvine Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Prescott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wiley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Piney Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gilchrist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lower Sulpher Springs 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 Patton Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Patton Ferry.

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

Toadvine   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Patton Ferry
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Toadvine had a post office and no railroad service
Wiley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Patton Ferry
 - Wiley had a post office and no railroad service
Ezra   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Patton Ferry
 - Ezra had a post office and no railroad service
Short Creek   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Patton Ferry
 - Short Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Yolande   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Patton Ferry
 - Yolande had a post office and no railroad service
Sumter   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Patton Ferry
 - Sumter had railroad service and no post office
Adger   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Patton Ferry
 - Adger had a post office and railroad service
Patton   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Patton Ferry
 - 1895 population of 378 people
 - Patton had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Patton Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Patton 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Patton Ferry is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Bibb, Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Patton Ferry)
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Adger   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Concord   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belk   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Patton   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Corona   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 - 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 Patton 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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Patton Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4887, Longitude: -87.3111     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Patton 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 Patton Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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