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Our Genealogy Helper for Mortimer ...

So far, we have found very little information about Mortimer. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Mortimer to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Mortimer, please Contact Us.


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 Mortimer (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 Mortimer. 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Mortimer is historic, it would have been located within present day Ringgold County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Ringgold County: Decatur, Taylor, Union, Harrison (MO) & Worth (MO).

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

  DirDistance
Ringgold     (The home county for Mortimer)
  Knowlton - Historic   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]<2>
  Diagonal   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Tingley   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Ellston   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Benton   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Mount Ayr   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Beaconsfield   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Delphos   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Maloy   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Kellerton   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Redding   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
 
Adair
  Zion   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Orient   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Stanzel   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bridgewater   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fontanelle   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Adams
  Stringtown   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Mercer   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Prescott   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Queen City - Historic   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Corning   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Carl   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Brooks   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Quincy   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mount Etna   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Nodaway   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lincoln Center   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Cass
  Massena   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cumberland   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Clarke
  Murray   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Green Bay - Historic   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Osceola   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Woodburn   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Decatur
  Grand River   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Decatur City   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Van Wert   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lamoni   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Weldon   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Leon   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Davis City   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pleasanton   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Garden Grove   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Le Roy   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Madison
  Macksburg   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Barney   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Webster   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  East Peru   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Truro   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Winterset   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Saint Charles   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Montgomery
  Villisca   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Tenville   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Grant   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Page
  Hepburn   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Clarinda   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Shambaugh   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Taylor
  Clearfield   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Lenox   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Sharpsburg   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Conway   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Blockton   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Gravity   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Athelstan   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bedford   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  New Market   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Siam   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Union
  Shannon City   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Arispe   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Kent   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Afton   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Creston   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Cromwell   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Thayer   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lorimor   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Warren
  New Virginia   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Gentry (MO)
  Siloam Springs (MO)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Gentry (MO)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Harrison (MO)
  Hatfield (MO)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Eagleville (MO)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Blythedale (MO)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Martinsville (MO)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ridgeway (MO)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Nodaway (MO)
  Hopkins (MO)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Parnell (MO)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pickering (MO)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Worth (MO)
  Irena (MO)   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Allendale (MO)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Grant City (MO)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sheridan (MO)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Prohibition City (MO)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Denver (MO)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Worth (MO)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Oxford (MO)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Mortimer ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mortimer.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Mortimor Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Centenary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  E Bever Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oakland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Rising Sun Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Tindle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Keller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Eugene Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bruening Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NW Grove Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Ide Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cabaret Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Diagonal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tingley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McDuthies Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Bohemian Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Dead Man's Curve Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Clearfield Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ellston Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Graceland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in Mortimer ...

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mortimer.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mortimer, there are papers which were published within 37 miles [59.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Mortimer.

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.

Mortimer itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

Shannon City   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Mortimer
 - Shannon City had a post office and railroad service
 
Knowlton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Knowlton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Mortimer
 - Knowlton had a post office and railroad service
 
Diagonal   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mortimer
 - Diagonal had a post office and railroad service
 
Tingley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mortimer
 - 1895 population of 295 people (with 176 people in 2018)
 - Tingley had a post office and railroad service
 
Arispe   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Mortimer
 - Arispe had a post office and railroad service
 
Kent   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mortimer
 - 1895 population of 118 people (with 52 people in 2000)
 - Kent had a post office and railroad service
 
Clearfield   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Mortimer
 - 1895 population of 452 people (with 344 people in 2018)
 - Clearfield had a post office and railroad service
 
Afton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mortimer
 - 1895 population of 1,045 people (with 821 people in 2018)
 - Afton 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 Mortimer. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mortimer in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Mortimer:

These websites are specific to Iowa:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //iowaculture.gov/history/

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Iowa to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Ringgold County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adair County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Adams County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Cass County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Clarke County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Decatur County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Madison County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Montgomery County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Page County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Taylor County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Union County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Warren County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Gentry County (MO):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Harrison County (MO):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Nodaway County (MO):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Worth County (MO):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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 Iowa
 
Also see Disaster Stories for ...
      Missouri

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Mortimer ...

While our initial data about Mortimer came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Mortimer in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Mortimer.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Mortimer:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

The GNIS database contains an entry for Mortimer. See our Misc Page for Mortimer for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Iowa

About Ringgold County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Mortimer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mortimer) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mortimer. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.8844, Longitude: -94.3197     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mortimer have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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