Sequatchie County, Tennessee Genealogy

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Sequatchie County, Tennessee ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Guide to Sequatchie County (established 1857) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

Sequatchie County, Tennessee
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Founded: December 9, 1857
County Seat Dunlap
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Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Sequatchie Valley, which in turn had been named for a Cherokee chief. The County is located in the south central area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1858 1858 1858 1858 1858 1858 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Sequatchie County Courthouse
308 Cherry Street
Dunlap, TN 37327
Phone: 423.949.2522

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death and probate records from 1858.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.
Register of Deeds has land records.[3]

Sequatchie Valley

Sequatchie County Courthouse
307 Cherry St.
Dunlap, TN 37327
Phone: 1-423-949-3670

Sequatchie County Clerk
Birth, death,marriage and probate records
22 Cherry St.
P.O. Box 248
Dunlap, TN 37327
Phone: 1-423-949-2522

Sequatchie County Register of Deeds
22 Cherry St.
P.O. Box 174
Dunlap, TN 37327
Phone: 1-423-949-2512

Sequatchie County Clerk Master
Court records
22 Cherry St.
P.O. Box 1651
Dunlap, TN 37327
Phone: 1-423-949-3670

Mon.-Wed. and Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Closed Thursdays

History[edit | edit source]

East Tennessee county in the Sequatchie Valley.

The county is named after a "Cherokee word believed to mean, opossum, he grins or runs."[4]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1857--Sequatchie County was created 9 December 1857 from Hamilton County. Early records may be found under Hamilton County.
County seat: Dunlap [5]

County Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

  1. Hear it spoken[6] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[7] (female)

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Tennessee county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Brush Creek Center Point Dunlap Lone Oak
Cagle Daus Fredonia Maint Airy
Cartwright Delphi (hist.) Liberty

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 Sequatchie County biographies, census, court, family Bibles, family histories, marriage, military, and probate 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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 2,120
1870 2,335 10.1%
1880 2,565 9.9%
1890 3,027 18.0%
1900 3,326 9.9%
1910 4,202 26.3%
1920 3,632 −13.6%
1930 4,047 11.4%
1940 5,038 24.5%
1950 5,685 12.8%
1960 5,915 4.0%
1970 6,331 7.0%
1980 8,605 35.9%
1990 8,863 3.0%
2000 11,370 28.3%
2010 14,112 24.1%
Source: "".
1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Sequatchie 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 Sequatchie County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files and scanned images of census microfilm. The USGenWeb Census Project®.

1810 - 1891


  • Douthat, James L. 1860 Sequatchie County, Tennessee Census. Signal Mountain, Tennessee : James L. Douthat, 1983. FHL 976.877 X2d
  • Goins, Sarah A. and Norma Jean Hobbs. 1860 Census, Sequatchie County, Tennessee. S.l.: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 198-?. FHL 976.877 X2g 1860


  • Goins, Sarah A. and Norma Jean Hobbs. United States Census, Sequatchie County, Tennessee 1870. S.l.: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 198-?. FHL 976.877 X2h


  • Hobbs Norma Jean and Sarah A. Goins. United States Census, Sequatchie County, Tennessee 1880. Dunlap, Tennessee : N. Hobbs & S. Goins, 1986. FHL 976.877 X2h 1880
  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1880 Census Sequatchie County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: B. Sistler and Associates, 1994. FHL 976.877 X2s 1880

1891 Male Voters


  • Goins, Sarah A. and Norma Jean Hobbs. Sequatchie County, Tennessee, 1910 Census. S.l.: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 1986. FHL 976.877 X2g 1910


  • Goins, Sarah A. and Norma Jean Hobbs. 1920 Census, Sequatchie County, Tennessee. Dunlap, Tennessee : Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 198-? . FHL 976.877 X2g 1920

Church[edit | edit source]

Court[edit | edit source]

Family Histories[edit | edit source]

This bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" (Friends, Associates, and Neighbors)


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Sequatchie, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 5,000 entries.

  • Compendium of Local Biography Sequatchie County, Tn. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1997?. FHL US/CAN Book 976.877 D3c.
  • Douthat, James L. Sequatchie Families: Biographical Sketches of the Earlier Settlers of the Sequeatchie Valley of Tennessee. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: J.L. Douthat, 1983. FHL US/CAN Book 976.87 D3d.


Land[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Raulston, J. Leonard and James Weston Livingood. Sequatchie: A Story of the Southern Cumberlands. Knoxville, Tenn.: University of Tennessee Press, 1974. FHL US/CAN Book 976.87 H2r.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
  • Douthat, James L. Sequatchie Valley Revolutionary War Soldiers. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1999. FHL US/CAN Book 976.877 M2d.

War of 1812

  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Apr. 1961):49-52. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. Includes Sequatchie County pensioners (p. 52).
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Regiments. Civil War service men from Sequatchie 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 Sequatchie County.

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Sequatchie County:

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 Sequatchie County click on the following city:

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 Sequatchie County.
  • Tennessee Bureau of Agriculture, Statistics and Mines. Coal Mines and Mining--Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: A.B. Travel, 1883. Free digital copy.

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 Sequatchie 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.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The Sequatchie County Court and County Clerk have responsibility for probate records.

Online Records

  • Wills, 1858-1968
  • Inventories, Wills, 1858-1895

Taxation[edit | edit source]

The original Sequatchie County Tax Books (1861-1891) are held at the County Courthouse. GSU microfilmed these records in 1969: FHL US/CAN Film 1012196.

The following Sequatchie County tax records have been abstracted:[8]

  • 1861 - Goins, Sara and Paula Carle Bosch. "1861 Sequatchie County, Tennessee Tax List," courtesy TNGenWeb

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Tennessee Vital Records or order electronically online.

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]

The original Sequatchie County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. The following Sequatchie County marriage records are microfilmed:

  • 1859-1922 - Available at the TSLA. The first film of this series is available for interlibrary loan.
  • 1858-1967 - Available at the Family History Library. Some volumes are indexed.FHL 583153

The following Sequatchie County marriage records have been indexed:

  • 1858-1881 - Douthat, James L. Sequatchie County, Tennessee Marriages, 1854-1881 (i.e., 1858-1881). Signal Mountain, Tennessee: J.L. Douthat, 1982. FHL 976.877 V2d
  • 1858-1922 - Goins, Sara A. Marriages of Sequatchie County, Tennessee, 1858-1922. Dunlap, Tennessee: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 1986. FHL 976.877 V2g
  • 1858-1874 - Marriage Records, 1858-1874, Sequatchie County, Tennessee. Nashville: TSLA, Historical Records Project, 1940. Typescript. FHL 24815 Item 5
  • 1858-1881 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early Middle Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler & Associates, 1988. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2sb v. 2 ff. Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.
  • 1858-1922 - Marriage Records. [10]
Divorce[edit | edit source]

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Sequatchie County divorce papers in diverse County Courthouse records, see the following resources:

  • W.P.A. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1941. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 A3gp.
Death[edit | edit source]

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

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

See also a List of Tennessee Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Sequatchie County Public Library
227 Cherry St.
Dunlap, TN 37327
Phone: 1-423-949-2357
Fax: 1-423-949-6619
Hours: Mon. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tues. and Wed. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sat. 8 a.m.-noon
The genealogy room will generally be available for research on Wednesdays,
but call the library before going to be sure it is open.

East Tennessee Historical Society
601 S. Gay St.
P.O. Box 1629
Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
Phone: 1-865-215-8824

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: Sequatchie County, Tennessee

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Sequatchie, Tennessee" in,_Tennessee accessed 03 Jan 2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sequatchie 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), Sequatchie County, Tennessee page 643, At various libr40ries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 643. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  6. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  7. Voice of Louise Lynch, Archivist, Williamson County, Tennessee Archives (2010).
  8. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  10. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1994. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 2.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.