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Rudders Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rudders 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 Rudders 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 Rudders 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 Rudders 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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rudders Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rudders Ferry, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rudders Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Rudders Ferry ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Ridley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cawlfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Caperton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Swafford Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Potts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wimberley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Foshee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Hackworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brown - Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cargile Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sterne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wheeler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moore Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McMahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Walker Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Austin - Cameron Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cargile Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tally Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Abbott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Loyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rocky Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bonaventure Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Talley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Longacre Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Stogspill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Walker - Arnold Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WSW Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Newby Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Lewallen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lovelady Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pritchett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Higdon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Potato Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kirkpatrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Abbott Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jacoway Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Helton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shipp Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lovelady Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Loyds Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Rorex Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Steele Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Countess Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harris Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Richards Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wynne Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beulah Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beulahs Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Straightway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE James Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beene Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sikes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Allen 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 Rudders Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rudders Ferry.

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

Stevenson   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rudders Ferry
 - 1895 population of 586 people (with 1,961 people in 2017)
 - Stevenson had a post office and railroad service
Fabius   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Rudders Ferry
 - Fabius had a post office and no railroad service
Bridgeport   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rudders Ferry
 - 1895 population of 162 people (with 2,312 people in 2017)
 - Bridgeport had a post office and railroad service
Fackler   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rudders Ferry
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Fackler had a post office and railroad service
Wannville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rudders Ferry
 - Wannville had a post office and no railroad service
Higdon   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Rudders Ferry
 - Higdon had a post office and no railroad service
Long Island   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rudders Ferry
 - Long Island had a post office and no railroad service
Rosalie   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Rudders 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 Rudders Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rudders 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 northwest 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 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.

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

Jackson     (The home county for Rudders Ferry)
      New Town   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Stevenson   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Browns Valley - Historic   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Copenhagen - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bryant   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blackankle   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Taft   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ider   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Powell   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chavies   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Market   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Graysville (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ringgold (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Berryton (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Dade (GA)
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rossville (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
Whitfield (GA)
      Trickum (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crow (GA) - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Coffee (TN)
      Ruthledge Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Monteagle (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sewanee (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greenhaw (TN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Decherd (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Winchester (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Estill Springs (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Garner Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Grundy (TN)
      Lankford Town (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tracy City (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      White City (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sartain Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pelham (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coalmont (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gruetli (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gruetli-Laager (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Palmer (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Altamont (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Midvale (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fountain Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Signal Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Signal Terrace (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Ridge (TN)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Colonial Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Red Bank (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ridgeside (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Powells Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Whitwell (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Condra (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Sequatchie (TN)
      Cartwright (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Center Point (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 - 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 Rudders 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 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      
Marshall 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     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 Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Jackson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rudders Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8584, Longitude: -85.7750     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rudders 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 Rudders Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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