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Our Genealogy Helper for Surgoinsville ...

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 Surgoinsville (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 Surgoinsville. 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Surgoinsville is located in Hawkins County.

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

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

Hawkins     (The home county for Surgoinsville)
  Greenland   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Church Hill   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Rogersville   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Strahl   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Block City   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Green Village   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Mount Carmel   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Solitude - Historic   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Waycross   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bulls Gap   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Red Bridge Ferry   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mooresburg Springs   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Pine Crest   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Watauga   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Central   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Biltmore   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Elizabethton   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hunter   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Woodby Hill   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Tolley Town   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Caney Valley   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Evans Ferry   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Raven Hill   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Tazewell   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lone Mountain   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Parrottsville   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bybee   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Del Rio   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  West Myers   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Jaybird   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Newport   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wyatt Village   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bean Station   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Beans   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Thorn Hill   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Wa-Ni Village   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rutledge   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Baileyton   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Jearoldstown   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Centersville   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Bolton Estates   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mosheim   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Afton   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Forest Hills   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Greeneville   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Tusculum   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Henshaw - Historic   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Whitesburg   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bright - Historic   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Silver City   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  East Village   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Casablanca   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Morristown   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Monte Vista Estates   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  White Pine   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Collons Ferry   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Willis   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Trent Valley   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Sneedville   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Yount Town   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Alanthus Hill   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Baneberry   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rock Town   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Blair Gap   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Beartown   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cherokee Village   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Kingsport   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Borden Village   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Morrison City   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Beechwood Village   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Colonial Heights   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bloomingdale   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Rock City   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Harrtown   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mill Point   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bumpus Cove   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Banner Hill   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Erwin   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Clear Branch   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ernestville   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Unicoi   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Whispering Pines   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Fall Branch   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Ducktown   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Wheelocktown - Historic   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bowmantown   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Gray   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Spurgeon   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Telford   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Jonesborough   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Green Hill   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
Harlan (KY)
  Cranks (KY)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Holmes Mill (KY)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cawood (KY)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dizney (KY)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bobs Creek (KY)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Kenvir (KY)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Closplint (KY)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Darkmont (KY)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Evarts (KY)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Short Town (KY)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lynch (KY)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ages (KY)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Letcher (KY)
  Partridge (KY)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gordon (KY)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Linefork (KY)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Eolia (KY)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oven Fork (KY)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Perry (KY)
  Delphia (KY)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Madison (NC)
  Allegheny (NC)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Allenstand (NC)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cutshalltown (NC)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Chapel Hill (NC)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hot Springs (NC)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Mitchell (NC)
  Richlands (NC)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Surgoinsville ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Surgoinsville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Surgoinsville, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Surgoinsville.

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 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 Surgoinsville:

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 Hawkins County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Carter County:     Cyndi's



Claiborne County:     Cyndi's



Cocke County:     Cyndi's



Grainger County:     Cyndi's



Greene County:     Cyndi's



Hamblen County:     Cyndi's



Hancock County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Sullivan County:     Cyndi's



Unicoi County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Harlan County (KY):     Cyndi's



Letcher County (KY):     Cyndi's



Perry County (KY):     Cyndi's



Madison County (NC):     Cyndi's



Mitchell County (NC):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Tennessee:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Tennessee,
Cemeteries of Hawkins 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 Surgoinsville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Surgoinsville.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Charles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Horn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Looney Mauk Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shanks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gross Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Knox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hunter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Powell Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Charles Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pearson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Looneys Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Jake Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Marshall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Barrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Still Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shanks Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Absalom Starnes Looney Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Klepper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gillenwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gilley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Herron Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Tunnel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kite Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McClellan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tunnel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Whims Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ball Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Creatch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Still Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gilliam Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Presley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Klepper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sizemore Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Snapp Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Brice Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Carmack Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Webster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Snap Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beech Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Yankee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moneyhun Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Size More Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Klepper Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Highland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cave Ridge Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Horton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Courtney Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mitchel Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Crockett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Carmichael Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Strahl Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Caney Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Eden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Christian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sizemore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gonce Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sizemore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Delp Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Seal Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Amyx Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lyons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kite Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mowell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Loyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tartar Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bloomer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McMillian Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Manis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Quillen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Couch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Manis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Henard 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 Surgoinsville had a population of 58 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2018, Surgoinsville had a population of 1,776 people.

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

Stony Point   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Surgoinsville
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Stony Point had a post office and no railroad service
Vogel - Historic   [Map]
 - While Vogel was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Surgoinsville
 - Vogel had a post office and no railroad service
New Hope   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Surgoinsville
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Starnes - Historic   [Map]
 - While Starnes was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Surgoinsville
 - Starnes had a post office and no railroad service
Fisher Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Surgoinsville
 - Fisher Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Gillenwater - Historic   [Map]
 - While Gillenwater was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Surgoinsville
 - 1895 population of 69 people
 - Gillenwater had a post office and no railroad service
Amis   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Surgoinsville
 - Amis had a post office and no railroad service
Van Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Surgoinsville
 - 1895 population of 44 people
 - Van Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Blossom   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Surgoinsville
 - Blossom had a post office and no railroad service
Mole   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Surgoinsville
 - Mole had a post office and no railroad service
New Canton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Surgoinsville
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - New Canton had a post office and no railroad service
Chimneytop - Historic   [Map]
 - While Chimneytop was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Surgoinsville
 - Chimneytop 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 Surgoinsville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Surgoinsville in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Surgoinsville ...

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

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 Surgoinsville:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Tennessee

About Hawkins County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Tennessee:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Surgoinsville) 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 Surgoinsville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Surgoinsville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Surgoinsville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.4724, Longitude: -82.8632     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Surgoinsville 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 Surgoinsville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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