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Our Genealogy Helper for Brooks 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 Brooks 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 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 Brooks 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.

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.

Brooks Ford is located in Hancock County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hancock County: Claiborne, Grainger, Hawkins, Lee (VA) & Scott (VA).

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

Hancock     (The home county for Brooks Ford)
  Trent Valley   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Sneedville   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Willis   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Yount Town   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Alanthus Hill   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Caney Valley   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Evans Ferry   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Raven Hill   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Tazewell   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lone Mountain   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  New Tazewell   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Harrogate   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Shawanee   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cumberland Gap   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Minton Mill   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bybee   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Parrottsville   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Clevenger   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Jaybird   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bailey Town   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Newport   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bean Station   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Wyatt Village   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Beans   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Thorn Hill   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rutledge   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wa-Ni Village   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dyers Ferry   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Massengill Mill   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Baileyton   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Mosheim   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Jearoldstown   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bolton Estates   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Centersville   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Forest Hills   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Greeneville   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Afton   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Tusculum   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Henshaw - Historic   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Horse Creek   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bright - Historic   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Whitesburg   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  East Village   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Silver City   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Casablanca   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Morristown   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Monte Vista Estates   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Collons Ferry   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  White Pine   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rogersville   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Mooresburg Springs   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Red Bridge Ferry   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Surgoinsville   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Strahl   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Greenland   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Bulls Gap   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Church Hill   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Block City   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Green Village   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mount Carmel   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Solitude - Historic   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Waycross   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rock Town   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Baneberry   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Jefferson City   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dandridge   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Flat Gap   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  New Market   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rocky Valley   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Blair Gap   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Beartown   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Morrison City   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cherokee Village   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Borden Village   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Kingsport   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Beechwood Village   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Colonial Heights   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bloomingdale   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rock City   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fall Branch   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ducktown   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wheelocktown - Historic   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bowmantown   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Gray   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Spurgeon   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Telford   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Jonesborough   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Green Hill   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Nolichucky - Historic   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bell (KY)
  Miracle (KY)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Varilla (KY)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Calvin (KY)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Stoney Fork (KY)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Kettle Island (KY)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Jenson (KY)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Middlesboro (KY)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Arjay (KY)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Dorton Branch (KY)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rella (KY)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sims Fork (KY)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Straight Creek (KY)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Stony Fork Junction (KY)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Harlan (KY)
  Cranks (KY)   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cawood (KY)   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bobs Creek (KY)   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Mary Alice (KY)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dizney (KY)   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Kenvir (KY)   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ages (KY)   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Evarts (KY)   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Darkmont (KY)   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Holmes Mill (KY)   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Short Town (KY)   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Harlan (KY)   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Baxter (KY)   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
Knox (KY)
  Flat Lick (KY)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Walker (KY)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Leslie (KY)
  Helton (KY)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Chappell (KY)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Warbranch (KY)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mozelle (KY)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Yeaddiss (KY)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Asher (KY)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hoskinston (KY)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Stinnett (KY)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Essie (KY)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Roark (KY)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Letcher (KY)
  Gordon (KY)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Linefork (KY)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Partridge (KY)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hallie (KY)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Roxana (KY)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Eolia (KY)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oven Fork (KY)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Perry (KY)
  Delphia (KY)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Slemp (KY)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Brooks 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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brooks Ford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Brooks Ford, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Brooks Ford.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Brooks Ford:

These websites are specific to Tennessee:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

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

These pages are specific to Hancock County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Claiborne County:     Cyndi's



Cocke County:     Cyndi's



Grainger County:     Cyndi's



Greene County:     Cyndi's



Hamblen County:     Cyndi's



Hawkins County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Sullivan County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Bell County (KY):     Cyndi's



Harlan County (KY):     Cyndi's



Knox County (KY):     Cyndi's



Leslie County (KY):     Cyndi's



Letcher County (KY):     Cyndi's



Perry County (KY):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Tennessee:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Tennessee,
Cemeteries of Hancock County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Tennessee   Cemetery Wiki for Tennessee
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Tennessee

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 Tennessee
Also see Disaster Stories for ...
      North Carolina

Cemeteries Near Brooks Ford ...

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Riley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Alder Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tate Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Trent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mallett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bray Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Neely Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jaynes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Trent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lawson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Gonce Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Markham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Trent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Livesay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Livesay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fletcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Weston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kinsler Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W De Bord Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Alder Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Starnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bloomer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cope Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Manis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Quillen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Testerman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Goins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Seal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Courtney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dean Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lype Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Manis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Couch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Seal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sizemore Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McMillian Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gonce Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bloomer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wallen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pridemore Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Murrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pearson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Henard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Amyx Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Delp Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gollihon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lexi Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Briar Creek Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Pressmens Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Barker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Courtney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sizemore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Sizemore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Klepper Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Size More Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greene Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Snapp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Klepper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gilley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gillenwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Presley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gilliam Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Still Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moneyhun Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Winkler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bloomer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dalton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McCarty Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Larmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mitchel Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Herron Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Klepper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pearson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Absalom Starnes Looney Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Charles Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Creatch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Horton 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 Brooks Ford in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Brooks Ford.

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

Sneedville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Brooks Ford
 - 1895 population of 156 people (with 1,336 people in 2018)
 - Sneedville had a post office and no railroad service
Lee Valley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Brooks Ford
 - 1895 population of 182 people
 - Lee Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Eidson   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Brooks Ford
 - Eidson had a post office and no railroad service
Kyles Ford   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Brooks Ford
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Kyles Ford had a post office and no railroad service
Alumwell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Brooks Ford
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Alumwell had a post office and no railroad service
Luther   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Brooks Ford
 - Luther had a post office and no railroad service
Choptack   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Brooks Ford
 - Choptack had a post office and no railroad service
Gillenwater - Historic   [Map]
 - While Gillenwater was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Brooks Ford
 - 1895 population of 69 people
 - Gillenwater had a post office and no railroad service
Vogel - Historic   [Map]
 - While Vogel was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Brooks Ford
 - Vogel 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 Brooks Ford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brooks Ford in the 1890's.

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 drawn from Point A (ie- Brooks Ford) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brooks Ford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.5376, Longitude: -83.1268     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brooks Ford have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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:
<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 Brooks Ford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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