Coffee County, Tennessee Genealogy

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Guide to Coffee County, Tennessee ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


County Facts
County seat: Manchester
Organized: May 2, 1836
Parent County(s): Warren, Franklin, Bedford[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bedford  • Cannon  • Franklin  • Grundy  • Moore  • Rutherford  • Warren
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for John Coffee, a prominent planter, land speculator, and militia officer. Similar to other counties in this area of the state, planters here cultivated mostly tobacco and hemp, produced by the labor of enslaved African Americans. The County is located in the central area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Coffee County Courthouse
300 Hillsboro Boulevard, 2nd Fl; PO Box 629
Manchester, TN 37349
Coffee County Website Phone: 931-723-5110
County Clerk Phone: 931-723-5106
Circuit Court Clerk Phone: 931-723-5110
Chancery Court Phone: 931-723-5132
Register of Deeds Phone: 931-723-5130

Marriage records from 1854 and probate records from 1836
Clerk of the Circuit Court has divorce and court records
Register of Deeds has land records [3]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[4] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[5] (male)

Coffee County, Tennessee Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[6]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1881 1854 1881 1836 1836 1836 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1870 Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.[7]

  • Marriages recorded between 1836 and 1853 are lost

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[9]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Additional Information
The county is named after "John Coffee (1772-1833), frontiersman, planter, and veteran of Creek War and War of 1812."[10]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

  • W.P.A. Bible, Family and Tombstone Records, Coffee County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA. Microfilmed in 1943. FHL US/CAN Film 24624. Free online index, created by Steve Carson, courtesy: GSC Associates Historical Records Products (the pages may load slowly). For a small fee, the company sells two Coffee County CDs, which include a digitized version of this book, and a variety of other local records.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

All of the family biographies from the History of Coffee County, Tennessee website (1887) by Goodspeed Publishing Co., are available online at My Genealogy Hound.

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

  • Miller, Alan N. Middle Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1784 to 1902. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2004. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2ma. Purchase at Genealogical.com. Includes Coffee County.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Coffee County, Tennessee online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Tennessee Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 8,184
1850 8,351 2.0%
1860 9,689 16.0%
1870 10,237 5.7%
1880 12,894 26.0%
1890 13,827 7.2%
1900 15,574 12.6%
1910 15,625 0.3%
1920 17,344 11.0%
1930 16,801 −3.1%
1940 18,959 12.8%
1950 23,049 21.6%
1960 28,603 24.1%
1970 32,572 13.9%
1980 38,311 17.6%
1990 40,339 5.3%
2000 48,014 19.0%
2010 52,796 10.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Coffee County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Tennessee Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than nationwide online indexes.

See Tennessee Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

See Coffee County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. The USGenWeb Census Project®

1810-1891

1840

  • Potter, Dorothy and Betty Majors. 1840 Federal Census of Coffee County, Tennessee. Tullahoma, Tennessee: Coffee County Historical Society, 1970.FHL 976.864 X2p 1840 Transcription and index.

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

1860

  • Bridgewater, Betty A. 1860 Federal Census of Coffee County, Tennessee. Coffee County Historical Quarterly, v.10, no. 3-4 1979; v.11 no. 1, 1980. FHL 976.864 H2t In two parts.

1870

  • Bridgewater, Betty A. 1870 Federal Census of Coffee County, Tennessee. Coffee County Historical Quarterly, v.14 no.2-4, 1988FHL 976.864 H2t.

1880

  • Sistler, Byron and Samuel Sistler. 1880 Census, Coffee County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: Byron and Sistler & Assoc., 1992. FHL 976.864 X2s 1880

1890 Lost, but a substitute is available:

  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee. Evanston, Illinois: Byron Sistler and Associates, 1978. FHL 976.8 X2s 1890

1891 Male Voters

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records include baptisms, marriages and burials, as well as information about family members and clues about family migration.For additional information about church records, religions, and religious archives in Tennessee, see Tennessee Church Records.

  • Coffee County Church Records
- FamilySearch Catalog - Coffee County Church Records
  • Church histories tell when a church started in the area, who the early members were, give data about church leaders, etc.
- FamilySearch Catalog - Coffee County Church History
  • If the records you need are not through the Family History Library, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.Two sites that give information about churches in Coffee County are:
- List of Coffee County churches with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)
- List of Coffee County churches (TN HomeTownLocator)

Baptist

  • First Baptist Church (Manchester, Tenn.), Records, 1843-1986 (Microfilm Manuscript #2020, 5 reels) Available fr TSLA via interlibrary loan.
  • Maxwell Baptist Church Records, Coffee County Association. Tullahoma, 1830-1889 (Microfilm Manuscript #1064, 1 reel) Available fr TSLA via interlibrary loan.

Episcopal

Methodist

  • 1898-1967 - Methodist Church Records. Warren and Coffee Counties, 1898-1967.TSLA Reel #375
  • 1898-1900 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. FHL 976.8 K29s vol.2 Index to original recordsWarren and Coffee Cos. Methodist. 1898-1967.

Episcopal

  • 1872-1972 - St. Barnabas's Episcopal Church Records. Tullahoma, 1872-1972. TSLA Reel #461
  • 1872-1900 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. FHL 976.8 K29s vol.2 Index to original records. St. Barnabas's Episcopal Church Records. Tullahoma, 1872-1972.

Presbyterian

  • 1882-1917 - Pleasant Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Hurricane, Tennessee). Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1966. Manuscript. FHL 2031043 Item 12

Court Records[edit | edit source]

County Court

Law and Legislation

  • 1796-1850 - Tennessee State Library and Archives, Acts of Tennessee 1796-1850: Index to Names. January 25, 2005. In addition to creating new laws, legislative acts were often required to obtain a divorce, grant legitimacy to a child, or for appointments to or grant payments for public service. The TSLA has created an index to names that appear in these acts covering the years 1796 to 1850. To read more about this valuable resource Click here. The searchable index is available at the TSLA; another version is available at World Vital Records.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

General

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Coffee, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 25,000 entries.

  • Coffee County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Coffee County, Tennessee, 1836-2004. Waynesville, N.C.: County Heritage, 2005. FHL US/CAN Book 976.864 H2h.

Bibliography

  • Butler - Gray, Sandra Lewis. Kinship Treasures from Coffee County Tennessee: Their Ancestors and Descendants Including Lineages of Butler, Davis, and Winnett Families. Booneville, Miss.: S.L. Gray, 1997. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W73g.
  • Carroll - Carroll, Joseph C. Carroll Cousins: A History of Timothy Carroll and His Descendants. Cedar Park, Texas: J.C. Carroll, 2002. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C236cj.
  • Chapman - Chapman, Clifford J. The Chapman Family. Unknown: Unknown, 1966. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C366cc and FHL US/CAN Film 896942 Item 3; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Chapman - Chapman, Clifford J. The Chapman Family, 1810-1967. Midland, Texas: C.J. Chapman, (1968?). FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C366cc.
  • Davis - W.P.A. Tennessee Records of Coffee County, Edwin L. Davis Family Record. Typescript, 1939. FHL US/CAN Film 860974 Item 2.
  • Davis - Gray, Sandra Lewis. Kinship Treasures from Coffee County Tennessee: Their Ancestors and Descendants Including Lineages of Butler, Davis, and Winnett Families. Booneville, Miss.: S.L. Gray, 1997. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W73g.
  • Elkins - One page summary of Rev. Asa Elkins and family. FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Hathcock - Hathcock, Douglas Wilburn. The Hathcock Family Research Project. MSS., 1991. FHL US/CAN Film 1697914 Item 13.
  • King - Partin, SheRita Kae Vaughn Roberts. The Family of Elizabeth and Thomas King of Nacogdoches County, Texas. Nacogdoches, Texas: Partin Publications, 1993. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 K58p.
  • Roberts - Turbett, James A. The Roberts--Smith Book: The Roberts and Smith Families of Upcountry South Carolina; Bedford County, Tennessee; Coffee County, Tennessee; Hamilton County, Tennessee; and Boone County, Arkansas. Alexandria, Va.: J.A. Turbett, 1994?. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 R541t.
  • Willis - Sherrill, Charles A. Peter Willis of Tennessee and His Descendants. Cleveland, Tenn.: C.A. Sherrill, 1986. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W679s.
  • Winnett - See Butler.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Surveys

  • Potter, Dorothy William. Original Surveyors Record Book 1836-1877 Coffee County, Tennessee (Tullahoma, Tenn. DWP Publications, 1976) FHL US/CAN Book 976.864 R2p website. "Book transcribed from the original book, now too fragile to handle and in pieces, located in the County Register’s office in Manchester. Original book has also been microfilmed by TSLA and it should be noted that the entries herein will not coincide with the microfilmed version. The disagreement arrises because the book microfilmed was actually a late 1880’s copy of the original Surveyor’s Book and that has some serious errors. Hence the original book was used for this new volume. The plats are drawn in the exact size and manner as the original. All entries and notations are copied in full."[12] "Every name" index in back of book includes chain carriers, neighbors, etc.


Deeds

  • 1808-1818 - Majors, Betty Moore. Warren County, Tennessee Deed Book A 1808-1818 (Signal Mountain, Tenn. Mountain Press, 1992) "Every name" index to abstracts that include names of people owning bordering properties. Author states pages 1-55 of deed book were missing and that since lists of the early inhabitants of Warren County are limited to the 1806 Petitions for the formation of the county and the 1812 Tax List of the county her work can be used to identify early inhabitants and their neighborhood groups. See World Cat.
  • 1836-1842, 1843 - 1850 - Land Deed Genealogy of Coffee County, Tennessee, vol. 1 1836-1842; vol. 2 1843-1850 (Marsh, 2006). Name Available from TSLA via interlibrary loan.
  • 1836 Coffee County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1836 and is located at 300 Hillsboro Blvd, Manchester, Tennessee 37355, 931-723-5106. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entrie.
  • The Family History Library has microfilm copies of deeds 1836-1910 with indexes 1836-1930; Court minutes 1812-1926 with indexes 1853-1930; Platt books 1912-1969; poll tax-road releases 1879-1920; surveyors books 1836-1955; and trust deeds 1875-1901 with indexes 1868-1930.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Rutherford CountyCannon CountyWarren CountyGrundy CountyFranklin CountyMoore CountyBedford CountyTN COFFEE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War
The following Coffee County Revolutionary War records are available online through TNGenWeb:

Additional resources include:

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Coffee County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (part of a large regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Coffee County:

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Coffee County:

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at the TSLA. Most of these newspapers may be accessed by interlibrary loan to libraries within Tennessee, although there are some newspapers which are not available in or outside of Tennessee. For further information regarding interlibrary loan policies and newspapers not available for interlibrary loan click here. For a list of newspapers available at the archives for Coffee County click on the following cities:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Prisons[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Genealogical periodicals can contain unique sources and can be local, regional, or statewide. The following periodicals cover this county:

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The Coffee County Court has responsibility for the probate records.

Online Records

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1833 - 1860 - W.P.A. Coffee County Record of Wills, Volume 1, 1833-1860 Index. Typescript, TSLA. Microfilmed in 1939. FHL US/CAN Film 24623 Item 5. Free online index, created by Steve Carson, courtesy: GSC Associates Historical Records Products (the pages may load slowly). For a small fee, the company sells two Coffee County CDs, which include a digitized version of this book, and a variety of other local records.
  • 1836 - 1861 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22s. Includes an index to this county's wills.
  • 1841 - 1849 - Phillips, Judy Henley, archivist. Coffee County, Tennessee County Court Minute Book II. These minutes included appointments of administers and mentions of inventory returns.
  • 1858 - 1868 - W.P.A. Coffee County, Tennessee Bonds and Settlements, 1858-1868. Typescript, TSLA. Microfilmed in 1939. FHL US/CAN Film 24623 Item 6. Free online index, created by Steve Carson, courtesy: GSC Associates Historical Records Products (the pages may load slowly). For a small fee, the company sells two Coffee County CDs, which include a digitized version of this book, and a variety of other local records.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1836 - Duncan, Ruth Henley G. "Coffee County Tax List 1836," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 1 (Spring 1996):15-19. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Coffee.
  • 1862 Direct Tax Assessments, 1862, Coffee County Historical Society Quarterly. Manchester TN: Jun 1990. Vol. 20 Iss. 1-2.
  • 1865-1870 - Revenue Docket, 1865-70, Coffee County Historical Society Quarterly. Manchester TN: Jun 1990. Vol. 20 Iss. 1-2.
  • 1866 Tax List, 1866, Civil District 13, Coffee County Historical Society Quarterly. Manchester TN: 1997. Vol. 24 Iss. 1-4.
  • 1882 Tax List, 1882, Manchester, Coffee County Historical Society Quarterly. Manchester TN: Sep 1998. Vol. 25 Iss. 4.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Book Abstracts and Indexes

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

  • 1800-1965 - Tennessee. Tennessee Divorce and Other Records, 1800-1965. Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Available at Ancestry ($)
  • W.P.A. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1941. FamilySearch Books Online; FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 A3gp - Inventory stating where divorce records are housed.

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Tullahoma Tennessee Family History Center
Old Shelbyville Hwy 130
Tullahoma, Tennessee
Telephone: 913-455-5230
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Coffee County Manchester Public Library
1005 Hillsboro Blvd.
Manchester, TN 37355
Phone: 931-723-5143
E-mail:
Website

The Library has an extensive collection of research materials available in its Genealogy Department. Included in the genealogical resources are Family History Files: a file cabinet that houses family histories and genealogies provided by genealogists to share with others researching the same names. Researchers are invited to leave copies of their research information or to make copies from files.

Coffee County Lannom Memorial Library
312 North Collins St.
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Phone: 931-455-2460
Website

Lannom Memorial Library is a sister library to the Manchester branch.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Coffee County Historical Society
101 W. Fort St. Box 2
Manchester, TN 37355-7502
Phone: 931-728-0145 or 728-9890
Facebook website

The Coffee County Historical Society holdings include books and periodicals, county and family histories, microfilm, cemetery info, and more. They have published a quarterly journal "The Coffee County Historical Society Quarterly" since March of 1970.

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
PO Box 330948
Nashville, TN, 37203-7507
Website

The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which Coffee County is one. It publishes The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy & History, a quarterly containing articles of genealogical and historical interest. Little-known Tennessee records are published and indexed, along with family genealogies, Bible records, and material submitted by members. There is an alphabetical Index to articles in the Journal 1988-summer 2005.

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Coffee County, TNGenWeb (USGenWeb)
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Coffee County, courtesy: TSLA. (Identifies published county histories, published local records, census records, newspapers and local records on microfilm, and select manuscripts.)
  • "Coffee County Genealogical Research," The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall 1992). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Coffee.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Coffee, Tennessee" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_County,_Tennessee accessed 17 Dec 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  5. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State (accessed 13 March 2016).
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Coffee County, Tennessee," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_County%2C_Tennessee, accessed 11 November 2019.
  10. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  11. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.
  12. Dorothy William Potter Original Surveyors Record Book 1836-1877 Coffee County, Tennessee (Tullahoma, Tenn. : DWP Publications, 1976) Page vii. FHL US/CAN Book 976.864 R2p.
  13. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.