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Fishdam, Tennessee

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Our Genealogy Helper for Fishdam ...

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

We've added Fishdam to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Fishdam, 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 Fishdam (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 Fishdam. 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 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 Fishdam is historic, it would have been located within present day Sullivan County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sullivan County: Carter, Hawkins, Johnson, Washington, Bristol City (VA), Scott (VA) & Washington (VA).

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

Sullivan     (The home county for Fishdam)
  Hunter Hills   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]<2>
  Forest Hills   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bristol   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Collingwood   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Walnut Hill   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bluff City   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cross   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Galloway Mill   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Blountville   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Beechnut City   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mill Point   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Buladeen   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Hunter   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Biltmore   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Elizabethton   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Watauga   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Central   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Pine Crest   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Roan Mountain   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Shell Creek   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Tolley Town   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Woodby Hill   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Centersville   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Jearoldstown   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Solitude - Historic   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Waycross   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mount Carmel   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Block City   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Green Village   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Church Hill   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Winchester   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Mountain City   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Shingletown   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Dowell - Historic   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Norris   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Trade   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Whispering Pines   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Unicoi   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Erwin   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Banner Hill   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bumpus Cove   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ernestville   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Austin Village   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  East Ridge   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Oakland Village   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Johnson City   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  North Johnson City   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  South Gate Village   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Camelot Two   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Spurgeon   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Gray   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Midway   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Green Hill   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
Alleghany (NC)
  Topia (NC)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Ashe (NC)
  Creston (NC)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Comet (NC)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lansing (NC)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Warrensville (NC)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Todd (NC)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Jefferson (NC)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  West Jefferson (NC)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Brownwood (NC)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fleetwood (NC)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Crumpler (NC)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Grassy Creek (NC)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Glendale Springs (NC)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Avery (NC)
  Mount Gilead (NC)   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Whaley (NC)   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Beech Mountain (NC)   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Elk Park (NC)   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Banner Elk (NC)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Minneapolis (NC)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Sugar Mountain (NC)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Seven Devils (NC)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Vale (NC)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Grandfather (NC)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Newland (NC)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Chestnut Dale (NC)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
Burke (NC)
  Jonas Ridge (NC)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Caldwell (NC)
  Blowing Rock (NC)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mortimer (NC) - Historic   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mulberry (NC)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Mitchell (NC)
  Buladean (NC)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Richlands (NC)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bakersville (NC)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Tipton Hill (NC)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bailey (NC)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Watauga (NC)
  Zionville (NC)   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rominger (NC)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Sugar Grove (NC)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Vilas (NC)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Valle Crucis (NC)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Foscoe (NC)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Boone (NC)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rutherwood (NC)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bamboo (NC)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Deep Gap (NC)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Laxon (NC)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Yancey (NC)
  Green Mountain (NC)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sioux (NC)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Fishdam ...

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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fishdam.

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 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 Fishdam:

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 Sullivan County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Carter County:     Cyndi's



Greene County:     Cyndi's



Hawkins County:     Cyndi's



Johnson County:     Cyndi's



Unicoi County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Alleghany County (NC):     Cyndi's



Ashe County (NC):     Cyndi's



Avery County (NC):     Cyndi's



Burke County (NC):     Cyndi's



Caldwell County (NC):     Cyndi's



Mitchell County (NC):     Cyndi's



Watauga County (NC):     Cyndi's



Yancey County (NC):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Tennessee:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Tennessee,
Cemeteries of Sullivan 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 Fishdam ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fishdam.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Trivett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Browns Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Rust Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE South Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stophel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Garland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Shipley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wyatt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wyatt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hotter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Potter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stophel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Blevins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hopkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Marklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hurley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  ESE Phillipps Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crosswhite Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crosswhite Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gentry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gentry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Grindstaff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McQueen Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McQueen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Crumley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Vanover Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Van Over Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Forbes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Morley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blevins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blevins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blevins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blevins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Heaberlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Heaberlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Denton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Denton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Glenwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Ritchie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shelby Hills Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Boy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Buckles Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ordway 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.

Fishdam 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 Fishdam, with the one closest to Fishdam listed first.

Holston Valley   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Fishdam
 - Holston Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Ruthton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Fishdam
 - Ruthton had a post office and no railroad service
Beidlemans - Historic   [Map]
 - While Beidlemans was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Fishdam
 - Beidlemans had a post office and no railroad service
Paperville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Fishdam
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Paperville had a post office and no railroad service
Pandora   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Fishdam
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Pandora had a post office and no railroad service
Bristol   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Fishdam
 - 1895 population of 6,226 people (with 26,881 people in 2018)
 - Bristol had a post office and railroad service
Doeville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Fishdam
 - Doeville had a post office and no railroad service
Little Doe   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Fishdam
 - Little Doe had a post office and no railroad service
High Health - Historic   [Map]
 - While High Health was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Fishdam
 - High Health 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 Fishdam. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Fishdam in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Fishdam ...

While our initial data about Fishdam came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Fishdam 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 Fishdam.

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 Fishdam:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Tennessee

About Sullivan County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Sullivan County:

The official website for State of Tennessee:

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 Fishdam, 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 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Fishdam) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fishdam. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.5279, Longitude: -82.0457     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fishdam 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:

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