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Riverton Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Riverton 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 Riverton 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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Riverton 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.

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.

Riverton Ferry is located in Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Riverton Ferry)
  Chickasaw - Historic   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Caryton - Historic   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Cherokee   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Gatesville - Historic   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Good Springs - Historic   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Denton - Historic   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sheffield   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Tuscumbia   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Wilson Dam   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Muscle Shoals   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Burntout   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Red Bay   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Belgreen   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Russellville   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Vina   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Spruce Pine   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hodges   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Waterloo   [Map]     N   Less than 2 miles
  Green Tree - Historic   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cloverdale   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  McGee Town   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Cypress Creek   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Canaan - Historic   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Florence   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Zip City   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Saint Florian   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Arnot   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Killen   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Atlas - Historic   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mehama - Historic   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Avoca - Historic   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Town Creek   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Alcorn (MS)
  Glen (MS)   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Farmington (MS)   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Corinth (MS)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Biggersville (MS)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rienzi (MS)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Kossuth (MS)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Prentiss (MS)
  Booneville (MS)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lake City (MS)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Marietta (MS)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Jumpertown (MS)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
  Iuka (MS)   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Burnsville (MS)   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Paden (MS)   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dennis (MS)   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Belmont (MS)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Golden (MS)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
Chester (TN)
  Milledgeville (TN)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Enville (TN)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Decatur (TN)
  Dunbar (TN)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pleasant Hill (TN)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hardin (TN)
  Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Pyburn (TN)   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Nixon (TN)   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Savannah (TN)   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  New Town (TN)   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Centerview (TN)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Crump (TN)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Swift (TN)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Johnson Ford (TN)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Saltillo (TN)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Henderson (TN)
  Sardis (TN)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (TN)
  Iron City (TN)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Loretto (TN)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
McNairy (TN)
  Tulu (TN)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Michie (TN)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Stantonville (TN)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Guys (TN)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Adamsville (TN)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Eastview (TN)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ramer (TN)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Selmer (TN)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bethel Springs (TN)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (TN)
  Lutts (TN)   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Collinwood (TN)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Clifton (TN)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Riverton Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Riverton 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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Riverton Ferry covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Douthit Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Clement Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Crenshaw Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Carytown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Toenail Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Burnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Short Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Camp Ground Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Snowdown Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Carson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Moores Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Morris Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Athens City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Milford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fielder Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Faint Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wates Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Curtis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gover Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Nunley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cherokee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cherokee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hitchcock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hitchcock Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Popular Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hollands Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W North Cross Roads Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Salem Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Riverton 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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Riverton Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Riverton Ferry, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Riverton Ferry.

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 Riverton Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Riverton Ferry.

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

Riverton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Riverton Ferry
 - Riverton had a post office and no railroad service
Waterloo   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Riverton Ferry
 - 1895 population of 284 people (with 200 people in 2017)
 - Waterloo had a post office and no railroad service
Wright   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Riverton Ferry
 - Wright had a post office and no railroad service
Haddock - Historic   [Map]
 - While Haddock was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Riverton Ferry
 - Haddock had a post office and no railroad service
Short (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Riverton Ferry
 - Short had a post office and no railroad service
Margerum   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Riverton Ferry
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Margerum had a post office and railroad service
Ingleton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ingleton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Riverton Ferry
 - Ingleton had a post office and no railroad service
Iuka (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Riverton Ferry
 - 1895 population of 1,019 people (with 2,964 people in 2017)
 - Iuka 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 Riverton Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Riverton Ferry in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although 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 Riverton Ferry:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     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 website for the State of Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Franklin County:     Cyndi's



Lauderdale County:     Cyndi's



Lawrence County:     Cyndi's



Alcorn County (MS):     Cyndi's



Prentiss County (MS):     Cyndi's



Tishomingo County (MS):     Cyndi's



Chester County (TN):     Cyndi's



Decatur County (TN):     Cyndi's



Hardin County (TN):     Cyndi's



Henderson County (TN):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (TN):     Cyndi's



McNairy County (TN):     Cyndi's



Wayne County (TN):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colbert County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Riverton Ferry. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8954, Longitude: -88.0736     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Riverton 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:

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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 Riverton Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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