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Our Genealogy Helper for Flat Rock ...

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 Flat Rock (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 Flat Rock. 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Flat Rock is located in Smith County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Smith County: DeKalb, Jackson, Macon, Putnam, Trousdale & Wilson.

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

  DirDistance
Smith     (The home county for Flat Rock)
  Rock City   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Shaver Town   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Bluff Creek   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  South Carthage   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Carthage   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Gordonsville   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Defeated   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Difficult   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
 
Cannon
  Auburntown   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Readyville   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Woodbury   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Woods   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Thomas Town - Historic   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Manus Town - Historic   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hollow Springs   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Clay
  Jenkins Village   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Moss   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Celina   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Davidson
  Hermitage   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lakewood   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Priest Lake Park   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Donelson   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Marvel - Historic   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Nashboro Village   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rayon City   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rural Hill   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mudtavern   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dog Town - Historic   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Goodlettsville   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Madison   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
DeKalb
  Alexandria   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Temperance Hall   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Dowelltown   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Philippi   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Smithville   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Johnsons Chapel   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Young Bend   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Jackson
  Nameless   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rough Point   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Gainesboro   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Columbus Hill   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Whitleyville   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dodson Branch   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Burristown   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Macon
  Green Grove   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Gibbs Crossroads   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lafayette   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mill Town   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Red Boiling Springs   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Overton
  Duncan's Chapel - Historic   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Putnam
  Pekin - Historic   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lafayette   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Baxter   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Huntland   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cookeville   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Park Village   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Southtown Village   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Algood   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bangham Village   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  White Plains   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Shennon Village   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Jeremiah   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Robertson
  White House   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Millersville   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Mitchell   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cross Plains   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Jernigan Town   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ridgetop   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Rutherford
  Murphree   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Walter Hill Estates   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Walterhill   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fairfield Estates   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Jamestown   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Colonial Village   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Jefferson Pike   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Morrow   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  La Vergne   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Smyrna   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Murfreesboro   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Snell - Historic   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Sumner
  Castalian Springs   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bransford   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Gallatin   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Westmoreland   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rock Bridge   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Ocana   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cottontown   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hendersonville   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Driftwood Park   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fairfield   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Shackle Island   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hall Town   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Trousdale
  Johntown   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Hartsville   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
 
Warren
  Centertown   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fall City   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rowland Station - Historic   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
White
  Darkey Springs   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Williamson
  Nolensville   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Brentwood   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wilson
  Saulsbury   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Watertown   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Doaks Crossroads   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Lebanon   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Possum Town   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Round Top   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cottage Home   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Laguardo   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Belinda City   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rural Hill   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Mount Juliet   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
 
Allen (KY)
  Adolphus (KY)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Holland (KY)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Oak Forest (KY)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Scottsville (KY)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Red Hill (KY)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pope (KY)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Halfway (KY)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Monroe (KY)
  Gamaliel (KY)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fountain Run (KY)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hestand (KY)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Tompkinsville (KY)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mud Lick (KY)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Flat Rock ...

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 64 newspapers that have been published in the area around Flat Rock.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Flat Rock, 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 Flat Rock.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - 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 Flat Rock:

These websites are specific to Tennessee:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //sos.tn.gov/tsla

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 Smith County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cannon County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Clay County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Davidson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
DeKalb County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Jackson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Macon County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Overton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Putnam County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Robertson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Rutherford County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Sumner County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Trousdale County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Warren County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
White County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Williamson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wilson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Allen County (KY):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Monroe County (KY):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Tennessee:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Tennessee,
Cemeteries of Smith County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Tennessee
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Tennessee
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Tennessee, for Smith 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 Tennessee
 
Also see Disaster Stories for ...
      Kentucky

Cemeteries Near Flat Rock ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Flat Rock.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tuggle Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Highers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Enoch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Litchford Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE House Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cato Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Litchford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Baird Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Stowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kirby Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Commerce Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rollins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Manning - Denton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Violet Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bradleys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kennys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Goshen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Weir Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Wier Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Denny Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wilkerson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cage Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bransford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Baird Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ducktown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Waggoner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dies Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Piper - Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tomlinson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Watkins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Tomlinson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Speck Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Baird Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW White Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Waters Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brush Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Byran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Carman Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Grandstaff Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hearn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Adamson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Gordonsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Winfree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dixon Springs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Beasley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Bethel Baptist & Methodist Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Rest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Fite Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Massey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Baird Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Preston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stalcup Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chapman 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 Flat Rock in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Flat Rock.

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

Jennings - Historic   [Map]
 - While Jennings was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Flat Rock
 - Jennings had a post office and no railroad service
 
Grant   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Flat Rock
 - 1895 population of 88 people
 - Grant had a post office and no railroad service
 
Rome   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Flat Rock
 - 1895 population of 310 people
 - Rome had a post office and no railroad service
 
Bellwood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Flat Rock
 - 1895 population of 66 people
 - Bellwood had a post office and no railroad service
 
Tuckers Crossroads   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Flat Rock
 - Tuckers Crossroads had a post office and no railroad service
 
Commerce   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Flat Rock
 - 1895 population of 192 people
 - Commerce had a post office and no railroad service
 
Linwood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Flat Rock
 - Linwood had a post office and no railroad service
 
New Middleton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Flat Rock
 - 1895 population of 288 people
 - New Middleton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Watertown   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Flat Rock
 - 1895 population of 278 people (with 1,515 people in 2018)
 - Watertown 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 Flat Rock. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Flat Rock in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Tennessee

About Smith County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Flat Rock. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Tennessee: https://www.tn.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Flat Rock. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.2256, Longitude: -86.1028     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Flat Rock 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Flat Rock, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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