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Newport, Tennessee

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Our Genealogy Helper for Newport ...

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 Newport (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 Newport. 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 hospitals and 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.

Newport is located in Cocke County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cocke County: Haywood (NC), Madison (NC), Greene, Hamblen, Jefferson & Sevier.

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

Cocke     (The home county for Newport)
  Jaybird   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Clevenger   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Carson Springs   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Bailey Town   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  West Myers   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Bybee   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Parrottsville   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Del Rio   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Tom Town   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Townsend   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cowan Springs   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Miller Cove   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Red Bank   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Walland   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rocky Branch   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wildwood   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Evans Ferry   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Raven Hill   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Caney Valley   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lone Mountain   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  New Tazewell   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tazewell   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Dyers Ferry   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Wa-Ni Village   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Wyatt Village   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bean Station   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Massengill Mill   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Beans   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rutledge   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Blaine   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Thorn Hill   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cedar Creek   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Mosheim   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Camp Creek   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Greeneville   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Forest Hills   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bolton Estates   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Water Fork Mill   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Henshaw - Historic   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Tusculum   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Afton   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  White Pine   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Monte Vista Estates   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  East Village   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Morristown   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Silver City   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Casablanca   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Whitesburg   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Collons Ferry   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bright - Historic   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Yount Town   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Trent Valley   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sneedville   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bulls Gap   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Red Bridge Ferry   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mooresburg Springs   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Strahl   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rogersville   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Surgoinsville   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Baneberry   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Dandridge   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Flat Gap   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rock Town   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Jefferson City   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cook Mill   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dumplin   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rocky Valley   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  New Market   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Thorn Grove   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Peters Mill   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Kimberlin Heights   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mascot   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mayo - Historic   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Moshina Heights   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kings Valley   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ramsey Ferry   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ridgeview Heights   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Whites Village   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Colonial Village   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Park City   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Harrisburg   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pittman Center   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Sevierville   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Catlettsburg   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Henry Crossroads   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Gatlinburg   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Pigeon Forge   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Kodak   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Chalet Village   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Starkeytown   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Oak City   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Clear Branch   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ernestville   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Luttrell   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Plainview   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Maynardville   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Nolichucky - Historic   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ducktown   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Buncombe (NC)
  Sandymush (NC)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Leicester (NC)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Alexander (NC)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Candler (NC)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Stoney Knob (NC)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Weaverville (NC)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Woodfin (NC)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haywood (NC)
  Maggie Valley (NC)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lake Junaluska (NC)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Clyde (NC)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Waynesville (NC)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  West Canton (NC)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hazelwood (NC)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Canton (NC)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bethel (NC)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Morning Star (NC)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Jackson (NC)
  Paint Town (NC)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Balsam (NC)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Whittier (NC)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dillsboro (NC)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ruby City (NC)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sylva (NC)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Madison (NC)
  Hot Springs (NC)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Allenstand (NC)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Chapel Hill (NC)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cutshalltown (NC)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Allegheny (NC)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Marshall (NC)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mars Hill (NC)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ivy (NC)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bethel (NC)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Swain (NC)
  Oconaluftee Indian Village (NC)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cherokee (NC)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bryson City (NC)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Newport ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Newport.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Newport. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Newport and those printed in the larger area surrounding Newport.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 13 miles [20.9 km] of Newport.

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 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 Newport:

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 Cocke County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:     Cyndi's



Claiborne County:     Cyndi's



Grainger County:     Cyndi's



Greene County:     Cyndi's



Hamblen County:     Cyndi's



Hancock County:     Cyndi's



Hawkins County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Knox County:     Cyndi's



Sevier County:     Cyndi's



Unicoi County:     Cyndi's



Union County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Buncombe County (NC):     Cyndi's



Haywood County (NC):     Cyndi's



Jackson County (NC):     Cyndi's



Madison County (NC):     Cyndi's



Swain County (NC):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Tennessee:

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

Cemeteries Near Newport ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Newport.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Inman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hearst Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jack Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Nichols Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Stokely's Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Finchum Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Baxter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fox Cemetery   [Map]     
  E O'Dell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dunn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mantooth Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Inman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McNabb Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Susong Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Frances Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Abe Hartsell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Kyker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Breeden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ottinger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Turnley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nazarene Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Resthaven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Ball Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rinehart Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Garner Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bridges Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Taff Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Calfee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Graham Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Helm Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lawson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McMillan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Faubion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Daughty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pine Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Starnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Swannsylvania Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Belmont Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tryon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Henderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Strange Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Chestnut Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Denton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shultz Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Slate Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Burchfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hartsell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ball Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harneds Chapel Graveyard   [Map]     
  NW Eckel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Fox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McMahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mack Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Colman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kilgore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Swann Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Swann Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hills Union 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Newport had a population of 658 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Newport had a population of 6,801 people.

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

Oldtown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Newport
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Oldtown had a post office and no railroad service
Edwina   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Newport
 - Edwina had a post office and no railroad service
Carson Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Newport
 - Carson Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Bridgeport   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Newport
 - 1895 population of 80 people
 - Bridgeport had a post office and railroad service
Wilton Springs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Newport
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Wilton Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Bybee   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Newport
 - Bybee had a post office and no railroad service
Rankin   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Newport
 - Rankin had railroad service and no post office
Birdsville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Birdsville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Newport
 - Birdsville 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 Newport. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Newport in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Newport ...

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

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 Newport:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

We have found Newport in these Censuses: 2010-2000. See our Census Page for Newport for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Newport. See our Misc Page for Newport for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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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- Newport) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Newport. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Newport

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Newport. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.9610, Longitude: -83.1977     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Newport 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 Newport, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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