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

Jefferson County, Tennessee
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Founded: June 11, 1792
County Seat Dandridge
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Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Thomas Jefferson. The county is located in the northeast area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1908 1792 1908 1792 1792 1792 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]


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Jefferson County Courthouse, Dandridge, Tenn.]]

Jefferson County Courthouse
 202 W Main Street;
Dandridge, TN 37725-0710
Phone: 865.397.2935 

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1792.
Clerk and Master has divorce records.
Clerk Circuit Court has court records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

Jefferson County Clerk
Marriage and Probate records
202 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 710
Dandridge, TN 37725
Phone: 1-865-397-2935

Jefferson County Register of Deeds
Land records
P.O. Box 58
Dandridge, TN 37725
Phone: 1-865-397-2918

Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk
Court records
765 Justice Center Drive
P.O. Box 671
Dandridge, TN 37725
Phone: 1-865-397-2786

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

History[edit | edit source]

President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

East Tennessee county established in 1792. From 1784 to 1788, this land was claimed by the abortive, and short-lived State of Franklin.

Jefferson County was named after Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) who became President in 1797.

The land of Jefferson County was first organized by the State of Franklin in March 1786 from part of Greene County under the name Caswell County.).[4] However, the Franklin statehood effort faded by 1789. Caswell county existed only briefly, its legality is questionable, and little trace remains.

The records of lost Caswell County are now found at ???[5]

In the 1780s, this county's land fell within the bounds of the State of Franklin

In 1789 North Carolina ceded its westernmost counties to the United States which used them to form the Southwest Territory. North Carolina and the Southwest Territory did not recognize Franklin's Caswell County or Sevier County. In 1789 the residents South of the French Broad (which included Jefferson County) petitioned North Carolina for relief from the Indian problems. This petition contains names of some Jefferson County residents.

In 1792 the Southwest Territory using land from its Greene and Hawkins counties erected a new county on much of the old Caswell County land, and named it Jefferson County.[6] Sevier County was reconsistuted in 1794 by the Southwest Territory from part of Jefferson County.

In 1796 all these lands became part of the new State of Tennessee. In 1797 Tennessee divided off Cocke County from the southeast part of Jefferson County. In 1870 Tennessee used part of Jefferson County to form part of Hamblen County.[5]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1792--Jefferson County was created 11 June 1792 from Greene and Hawkins Counties.
County seat: Dandridge [7]

County Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

  1. Hear it spoken[8] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[9] (male)

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

"Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the website. They rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

  • Lost censuses: 1800, 1810, 1820, 1820 Manufactures

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

Places/Localities[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:[10]

Unincorporated communities

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Jefferson County biography, cemetery, church, court, guardianship, probate, and tax records. To determine which books are being searched, or to search each publication's index individually, click here. You are now equipped with a checklist of books to pull off the shelves at a genealogy library, or a wish list for your personal book collection.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Tennessee African Americans

Bibles[edit | edit source]

  • Caldwell Family Bible Records, 1764-1886, Typed transcript, microfilmed 1963. FHL US/CAN Film 317309.

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Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
TNGenWeb WorldCat BillionGraves
TNGenWeb Archives Linkpendium
Tombstone Project Gravestones
TNGenWeb Cemeteries Interment
See Tennessee Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 7,309
1820 8,953 22.5%
1830 11,801 31.8%
1840 12,076 2.3%
1850 13,204 9.3%
1860 16,043 21.5%
1870 19,476 21.4%
1880 15,846 −18.6%
1890 16,478 4.0%
1900 18,590 12.8%
1910 17,755 −4.5%
1920 17,677 −0.4%
1930 17,914 1.3%
1940 18,621 3.9%
1950 19,667 5.6%
1960 21,493 9.3%
1970 24,940 16.0%
1980 31,284 25.4%
1990 33,016 5.5%
2000 44,294 34.2%
2010 51,407 16.1%
Source: "".

1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Jefferson 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 Jefferson County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. The USGenWeb Census Project®

1800 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation.

1810 - Lost, but a substitute is available:

  • Sherrill, Charles A. The Reconstructed 1810 Census of Tennessee: 33,000 Long-lost Records from Tax Lists, Court Minutes, Church Records, Wills, Deeds and Other Sources. Mt. Juliet, Tenn.: C.A. Sherrill, 2001. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1810.

1810 - 1891

1820 - Lost[11]


1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners


  • Underwood, Burl H. Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 for Jefferson County, Tennessee. Knoxville, Tenn.: B.H. Underwood, 1977. FHL US/CAN Film 1036807 Item 5.
  • Underwood, Burl H. Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 for Jefferson County, Tennessee. 1977; reprint, Jefferson City, Tenn.: Jefferson County Genealogical Society, 1996. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 X2p 1850.


1891 Male Voters

Church[edit | edit source]

Baptist[edit | edit source]
  • 1786 - 1842 - Moore, John Trotwood, Mrs.French Broad River Baptist Church Minutes, 1786-1842. Nashville, Works Progress Administration, 1938. TSLA F443 .J5 F73. Available at the Family History Library.
  • 1797 - 1860 - Moore, John Trotwood, Mrs. Dumplin Baptist Church Minutes, 1797-1860. Nashville, Works
    Progress Administration, 1939. TSLA F443 .J5 D85.
  • 1829 - 1881 - Moore, John Trotwood, Mrs. Minutes of Primitive Baptist Church, 1829-1881. Nashville,
    Works Progress Administration, 1938. F443 .J5 M566
  • 1839 - 1879 - Moore, John Trotwood, Mrs. Antioch Baptist Church Minutes, 1839-1879. Nashville, Works
    Progress Administration, 1938.  TSLA F443 .J5 A57.


  • 1788 - 1842 - Moore, John Trotwood, Mrs. Hopewell Presbyterian Church Minutes, 1788-1842. Nashville, Works Progress Administration, 1936. TSLA F443 .J5 H66.
  • 1873 - 1880 - Moore, John Trotwood, Mrs. History of White Pine Presbyterian Church, 1873-1880. Nashville, Works Progress Administration, 1938. TSLA F443 .J5 M566.

Court[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

  • Gordon Aronhime (1911-1983) collected information on hundreds of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee pioneers. His note cards, which reference more than 4,000 early settlers of the Holston-Clinch River area and East Tennessee (1770s-1790s), are held at the Library of Virginia. The cards have been digitized and made available online. (NOTE: The surname for the first card in a sequence is listed on the site. Search through the cards for your ancestor's surname.)[12]

Immigration[edit | edit source]

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding 12 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Jefferson County.[13]

Land[edit | edit source]


The original Jefferson County Deed Books are held at the County Archives. In the 1970s, TSLA microfilmed Deed Books A to 18 (1792-1889), Deed Indexes (1792-1929), and Trust Deed Books 1 to 4 (1868-1892). FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 968316-968334.

Local Land Entries Issued by North Carolina

The original Jefferson County land entries issued by North Carolina are kept at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh. On their website, users can bring up a list of land entries issued in Jefferson County, both before and after it became a part of the state of Tennessee. Years covered: 1778-1796.


  1. Follow this link to conduct a "Call Number Search" using the MARS Catalog on their site.
  2. Using the pull down window, change "Call Numbers starting" to "A MarsID matching."
  3. Type 12.14.10 (Windows Vista users may need to include a period after the last digit, for example 12.14.10.) and click Search. This is the specific MarsID for Jefferson County.
  4. Click on the entry that is returned: "Tennessee, Jefferson County."
  5. In the window that pops up, click Show List of Child Records and a list of Jefferson County land entries will be produced. Browse to find abstracts of the original records.[14]

N.B. You can also search by name through the Basic Search, but it lacks soundex capabilities.

Law and Legislation[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Heritage Jefferson County. Restore Our County, Inc., 1976. Indexed by Billie R. McNamara, 1994. Free online index, courtesy: Jefferson County, Tennessee Genealogy & History website.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources
  • 1776 - 1976 - Bauman, George A. and Patti Ann Bauman. Bicentennial Map, Jefferson County, Tennessee, 1776-1976: Compiled from Research and Data Obtained from the Old Map Section of the Tennessee State Archives Located at Nashville, Tennessee. (Tenn.: n.p.), 1976. FHL US/CAN Map Case 976.8924 E7b.
  • 1792 - Reeves, Charles A. Knox & Jefferson Counties (Tennessee) - Created June 11, 1792 from Greene & Hawkins Counties. Published 2000. Purchase at; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • 1888 - Map of 1888 Jefferson County, Tennessee with numerous small settlements. (My Genealogy Hound)

Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

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

The 1840 Census of Pensioners has been abstracted multiple times:

Additional resources include:

  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." Digital version at Ancestry ($). Tennessee entries abstracted online at Tennesseans in the Revolutionary War, courtesy: TNGenWeb. Includes veterans from this county; Tennessee section begins on page 381.
  • Rankin, Roy M. (compiled by) Dandridge Revolutionary War Cemetery May, 1996. Courtesy TNGenWeb
War of 1812[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Regiments. Civil War service men from Jefferson County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Jefferson County.

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Jefferson County:

Civil War Battle[edit | edit source]

The following Civil War Battles were fought in Jefferson County:

Map showing Civil War battles in Tennessee.

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at 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 Jefferson County click on the following cities or towns:

Occupations[edit | edit source]

  • Miller, Alan N. East Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2m. Digital version at World Vital Records ($). Purchase at Includes Jefferson County.

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers who are new to their area would not likely discover. This type of material may be found in local, regional, or statewide genealogical society journals. The following periodicals cover this county:

Ansearchin' News
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Jefferson County, Tennessee Genealogy records have been published in Ansearchin' News, the quarterly magazine of the Tennessee Genealogical Society. To view a list of these articles, visit their county index. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their archive or conduct a surname search. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the Ansearchin' News quarterly FHL Book 976.8 B2a.

East Tennessee Roots
Several genealogical articles with abstracts of Jefferson County, Tennessee Genealogy records have been published in East Tennessee Roots (10 vols.). A subject index to these articles is available online. Surname indexes to Volumes 9 and 10 are also available online. The Family History Library has collected most issues of East Tennessee Roots FHL Book 976.8 D25e.

Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal
The Family History Library has Volume 10, no. 2- 4 (1994) FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 B2n
Index available at PERiodical Source Index (1986 - 2007) (PERSI)

Prisons[edit | edit source]

Learn if your Jefferson County, Tennessee Genealogy ancestors went to prison!

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The original Jefferson County Will Books are held at the County Archives. In the 1970s, TSLA microfilmed Will Books 1 to 10 (1792-1921) and Index to Wills and Probate (1792-1921). FHL copies: FHL Films 968311-968315.

Online Records

FamilySearch has placed scans of the following records online in the Tennessee, Probate Court Books, 1795-1927 collection. These are browse-only collections. Handwritten indexes may be found at the front or back of some volumes:

  • Index to wills, 1792 - 1971
  • Wills, 1792-1887 (9 vols.)
Vol 1 (1792-1810) has 4 sections.The first section (images 1 to 17) is a typescript of what appears to be an every name index (ie: purchasers are indexed). It has not been determined if the every name indexing was completed for the entire volume. The second section (images 18-21) is another, smaller typescript index. The third section contains the images of the index found at the front of Will Book One. The fourth section (starting with image 141) shows actual images of Will Book 1.
  • Settlements, Wills, 1887-1891 ("Vol. 9")
  • Guardian records, 1871-1887
  • Insolvent estate records, 1876-1960
  • Bonds, 1871-1938 (3 vols.)
  • Bonds, Letters, 1856-1905 (3 vols.)
  • Settlements, 1805-1901 (5 vols.)

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Jefferson County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

The following Jefferson County probate records have been abstracted, indexed, or both:

  • 1792 - 1826 - Douthat, James L. Jefferson County, Tennessee Will Book ... Will Books 1 and 2 (1792-1826). 2 vols. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: J.L. Douthat, (198-?). FHL Books 976.8924 P2d.
  • 1792 - 1861 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL Book 976.8 P22s. Includes an index to this county's probate records. Free Lookups Available!
  • 1792 - 1971 - Hinchey, Lura B., Pat McMurtery and Jefferson County Archives. Jefferson County, Tennessee Will Index 1792-1971. Dandridge, Tenn.: Jefferson County Archives, 1999. FHL Book 976.8924 P22j.
  • 1804 - 1851 - Bell, Annie W.B. Jefferson County, Tennessee Wills: pt. 1, 1804-1851; pt. 2, 1808-1848. 1935. FHL Book 976.8924 P2b.
  • 1826 - 1840 - Prevost, Toni Jollay. Jefferson County, Tennessee, Will Books and Sale Books Will Books 3 and 4 (1826-1840). 2 vols. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1989. FHL Book 976.8924 P2p.

Schools & Education[edit | edit source]

For information about local schools & education, including student records, visit the Jefferson County, Tennessee Genealogy & History site.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

The original Jefferson County Tax Books 1822-1888 are held at the County Archives. In the 1970s, TSLA microfilmed these records. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 968340-968342.

The following Jefferson County tax records have been abstracted:[17]

  • 1800 - Creekmore, Pollyanna. Early East Tennessee Taxpayers. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1980. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4cp and Silas Emmett Lucas's Revised Index FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4cp index. Includes 1800 tax list.
  • 1800, 1822 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists. Evanston, Ill.: B. & B. Sistler, 1977. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4s. Includes 1800, 1822 tax lists.
  • 1800, 1822 - Curtis, Mary Barnett. Early East Tennessee Tax Lists. Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing Company, 1964. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4c. Includes 1800 and 1822 tax lists.
  • 1800 - Jefferson County, Tennessee, 1800 Tax List. n.p.: n.p., n.d. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 R4j.
  • 1801 - "Tax Payers, 1801," East Tennessee Historical Society Publications, Issue 28 (1956).
  • 1814 - "Direct Federal Tax-Delinquent Property Owners Listed for 1814," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 3 (Fall 1996):115-120. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals. Includes Jefferson County.
  • 1817 - "U.S. Holds 1817 Public Sale of Federal Tax-Delinquent Properties in Tennessee," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 2 (Summer 1996):63-68. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals. Includes Jefferson County.
  • 1822 - 1830 - Historical Records Project. Tax List, 1822-1830, Jefferson County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA, Nashville, Tenn. FHL US/CAN Film 24710 Item 3.
  • 1836 - Douthat, James L. Jefferson County, Tennessee, 1836 Tennessee Civil Districts and Tax List. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1993. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 R4d; online: free surname index and purchase details.
  • 1836 - Tax List, 1836, Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Summer 1993); Vol. 9, No. 3 (Fall 1993).
  • 1836 - Paessler, Frank and Jane Paessler. "Jefferson County Map" and "Jefferson County Tax List, 1836," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 42, No. 4 (Winter 1995):156-164. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • 1859 - 1860 - Tax List, 1859, 1860, Hamblen Heritage, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Spring 1995).
  • 1861 - "Tax Delinquents, 1861," Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 16, No. 3 (Fall 2000).
  • 1861 - McNamara, Billie R. Jefferson County, Tennessee, List of Free White Males, January 1, 1861. Knoxville, Tenn.: B.R. McNamara, 1995. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 N48m.
  • 1861 - "Jefferson County, TN, Free White Males in 1861," free index by Billie R. McNamara available online, courtesy: Jefferson County, Tennessee Genealogy & History. Source: record book of voters in County Courthouse.
  • c1861 - 1867 - "Poll Tax Document, c. 1861-1867," Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Aug. 2005).
  • 1865 - "List of Persons Not Home for Tax, 1865," Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Spring 2002).
  • 1867 - 1869 - "Constable Report of Poll Taxpayers in Arrears, District 8, 1867, 1868, 1869," Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Apr. 2004).
  • 1878 - 1879 - "Poll Tax Exempts, 1878-79, Minute Book 19," Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 4, No. 4 (1989).
  • 1879 - Released from Poll Tax, 1879, Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Jun. 1989).
  • 1885 - Tax Collection Places, 1885, Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Summer 1998).

For missing years, alternative resource to consider is "Tennessee Legislative Petitions".

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

For births of illegitimate children, try searching the following records:

  • 1806 - 1814 - McNamara, Billie R. Miscellaneous Bonds: Administration, 1806-1814, Constables, 1806-1815, Maintenance (Bastardy) 1807-1857, Indentures, 1807-1828, Jefferson County, Tennessee. Knoxville, Tenn.: B.R. McNamara, 1995. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 P28m.
Marriage[edit | edit source]

The original Jefferson County marriage records are kept at the County Archives. In 1982, Whitley remarked: "The WPA register was compiled from records which have since disappeared from the courthouse, so for the early period of the county's history the register offers the only evidence of marriage." Surviving records have been microfilmed:

Jefferson County's marriage records have been abstracted and/or indexed several times. The most recent work, published by the Jefferson County Archives, is a great place to start; however, it may omit records that have disappeared from the Archives since the time of the W.P.A. register's publication (1930s). To be thorough, researchers should not overlook their publication (or Whitley's reprint). The following is a list of these publications:

  • 1792 - 1848 - Bell, Annie W.B. Jefferson County, Tennessee Marriages, 1792-1848. n.p.: A.W.B. Bell, 1935. FHL Film 908351 Item 3.
  • 1792 - 1870 - Historical Records Project (W.P.A.). Marriage Records, 1792-1870, Jefferson County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA, Nashville, Tenn. Microfilmed in 1940-1941. FHL Films 24709 Item 2, 24711 Items 3-4. W.P.A. workers assigned each document a unique number.
  • 1792 - 1836 - Whitley, Edythe Johns Rucker. Marriages of Jefferson County, Tennessee, 1792-1836. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1982. FHL Book 976.8924 V2w. Abstracts names of brides, grooms, a date associated with the marriage, as well as W.P.A. reference numbers. Source: W.P.A. register.
  • 1792 - 1870 - d'Armand, Virginia Carlisle. Jefferson County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1792-1870. Knoxville, Tenn.: V.C. d'Armand, 1983. FHL Book 976.8924 V2d.
  • 1792 - 1870 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early East Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler and Associates, Inc., 1987. FHL Book 976.8 V2s v. 1. Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years. Free Lookups Available!
  • 1792 - 1900 - Jefferson County Archives. Jefferson County, Tennessee Marriage Records. (1792-1900) 2 vols. Dandridge, Tenn.: Jefferson County Archives, 2003. FHL Book 976.8924 V22j 1792-1860. Abstracts names of brides, grooms, bondsmen, officiators, as well as dates of bond, license, and marriage.
Death[edit | edit source]

For deaths of Methodists in Jefferson County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try searching the following records:

Societies and Libraries [edit | edit source]

  • Jefferson County Genealogical Society
    P. O. Box 874
    Jefferson City, TN 38562
  • Jefferson City Public Library
    1427 Russell Avenue
    Jefferson City, TN 37760-2527
    Phone: 1-865-475-1253
    Fax: 1-865-475-1253
    Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Tues. and Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
    Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Jefferson County, Tennessee

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Jefferson, Tennessee" in,_Tennessee accessed 24 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jefferson County, Tennessee. Page 638-645 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 637-640.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jefferson County, Tennessee page 641, At various libr40ries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. “State of Franklin” in The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Robert M. McBride, "Lost Counties of Tennessee," East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications 38 (1966): 4-5.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Publ., 2002), 641.
  7. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 641. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  8. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  9. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
  10. Wikipedia contributors, "Jefferson County, Tennessee," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Tennessee, accessed 24 November 2019.
  11. Mary Barnett Curtis, Early East Tennessee Tax Lists: a compiled list of residents of the area covered in 22 east Tennessee counties for which there is (sic) no census records prior to 1830 (Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing, 1964) [FHL Book 976.8 R4c].
  12. "Original Virginia Records Imaged and Indexed Online," Arlene Eakle's Virginia Genealogy Blog, 12 October 2008.
  13. Kenneth Scott. British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979, 372-378 (see East Tennessee). FHL US/CAN 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  14. J. Mark Lowe, "The Land Grant Processes of North Carolina and Tennessee," Lecture, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Knoxville, Tenn., August 21, 2010.
  15. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State
  16. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State
  17. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.
  18. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at