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Wells Ford, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Wells Ford ...

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 Wells Ford (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 Wells Ford. 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 Wells Ford ...

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 Wells Ford.

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

Newspapers Published in Wells Ford ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wells Ford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wells Ford, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wells Ford.

Cemeteries Near Wells Ford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wells Ford.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rousseau Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fowler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Flanagan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Latham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kirk Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Roberson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rousseau Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Tipton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Paint Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rousseau Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Bullock Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Peters Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Trenton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Erwin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gentle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dotson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nelson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Blair Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Echols Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Keel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sanford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Vinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Beason Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Allison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Isbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hollytree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Maples Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Todd Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Daniel - Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Drake - Keith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Spriggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Potts Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kennamer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gold Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Latham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ragsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bone Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morrow - Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Crowson Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sublett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Dunkin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hines Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Brazelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Glover Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sharp Cemetery #2   [Map]     
  E Blue Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pace Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tone Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chambless - Byrne Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jehu Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hewlett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Big Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hayden Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Whittaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Zions Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pinhook Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roundtree - Gentry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Connally Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Acklin - Derrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Russell J Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ryland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Steger - Ormond Cemetery   [Map]     
  W King Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Drake 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 Wells Ford in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wells Ford.

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

Garth   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Wells Ford
 - 1895 population of 67 people
 - Garth had a post office and no railroad service
Paint Rock   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wells Ford
 - 1895 population of 225 people (with 205 people in 2016)
 - Paint Rock had a post office and railroad service
Trenton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Wells Ford
 - Trenton had a post office and no railroad service
Gurley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Wells Ford
 - 1895 population of 570 people (with 786 people in 2016)
 - Gurley had a post office and railroad service
Woodville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wells Ford
 - 1895 population of 247 people (with 730 people in 2016)
 - Woodville had a post office and railroad service
Padgett - Historic   [Map]
 - While Padgett was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Wells Ford
 - Padgett had a post office and no railroad service
Lim Rock   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wells Ford
 - Lim Rock had a post office and railroad service
Hollytree   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wells Ford
 - Hollytree had a post office and no railroad service
Berkley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Wells Ford
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Berkley 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 Wells Ford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wells Ford 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 and doctors 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.

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

Jackson     (The home county for Wells Ford)
      Paint Rock   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Pleasant Groves   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hollytree   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Beachboro - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cumberland Mountain Farm Colony - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Skyline   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Summit   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Powell   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Caro   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Athens   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Moore's Mill   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Market   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Grant   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arab   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eva   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Garner Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winchester (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Decherd (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Estill Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenhaw (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sewanee (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clarks Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fayetteville (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gattistown (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elk Mill Village (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Marion (TN)
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Moore (TN)
      Lynchburg (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Wells Ford:

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:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone 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      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles 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    
Moore 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
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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wells Ford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7073, Longitude: -86.3061     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wells Ford 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 Wells Ford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Wells Ford.