Sullivan County, Tennessee Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Blountville
Organized: October 18, 1779
Parent County(s): Washington District[1]
Neighboring Counties
Carter  • Hawkins  • Johnson  • Scott (VA)  • Washington  • Washington (VA)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for John Sullivan, a general in the Revolutionary War. The County is located in the northeast area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Sullivan County Courthouse
3411 Highway 126
Blountville, TN 37617
County website Phone: 423-323-6428
County Register of Deeds Suite 101, Phone: 423-323-6420

Sullivan County Department of Archives & Tourism
P.O. Box 3179
Blountville, TN 37617
Website Phone: 423-323-4660

County Clerk has marriage records from 1863, birth records 1908-1912, and death records 1925-1938
Clerk and Master has probate records
Register of Deeds has land records[3]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[4] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[5] (female)
  3. Hear it spoken[6] (male)

Sullivan 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[7]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1908 1863 1925 1861 1775 1830 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1863 - Fire damaged courthouse records.[8]

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820
  • Lost marriage records: 1780 to 1863
  • Lost probate records: 1780 to 1838
  • Lost court records: 1780 to 1850s/1860s

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


Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 18 October 1779: Sullivan County was created from Washington District and territory formerly claimed by Virginia.
  • County seat: Blountville[9]

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

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]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

In the 1780s, this county's land fell within the bounds of the State of Franklin Genealogy
  • 1779 - Created by the North Carolina legislature from part of Washington County.
  • 1784 - Sullivan joined two neighboring counties in declaring their independence from North Carolina.
  • 1785 - These counties applied for admission to the United States Genealogy as the State of Franklin Genealogy.
  • 1786 - In March 1786 the Franklin legislature created Spencer County from the western part of Sullivan County. Meanwhile, North Carolina created a duplicate of Spencer County but named it Hawkins County.
  • 1789 - Hopes for Franklin statehood faded. North Carolina refused to recognize Franklin's counties, so it is the Hawkins name that remains in use today.
  • 1796 - All the land in these counties became part of the new State of Tennessee.


Additional Information
East Tennessee county established in 1779. Originally part of the North Holston Settlement, from 1784 to 1788, this land was claimed by the abortive, short-lived State of Franklin Genealogy.[11]

The county is named after Revolutionary War General and New Hampshire Governor John Sullivan (1740-1795).[12]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and 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 Genealogical.com. Includes Sullivan County.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Sullivan 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.

 

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 4,447
1800 10,218 129.8%
1810 6,847 −33.0%
1820 7,015 2.5%
1830 10,073 43.6%
1840 10,736 6.6%
1850 11,742 9.4%
1860 13,552 15.4%
1870 13,136 −3.1%
1880 18,321 39.5%
1890 20,879 14.0%
1900 24,935 19.4%
1910 28,120 12.8%
1920 36,259 28.9%
1930 51,087 40.9%
1940 69,085 35.2%
1950 95,063 37.6%
1960 114,139 20.1%
1970 127,329 11.6%
1980 143,968 13.1%
1990 143,596 −0.3%
2000 153,048 6.6%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

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

1790: Lost, only statistics survive [13], but substitutes are available:

  • Eakle, Arlene. Tennessee Research. 2010. Purchase information at Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Genealogy Blog. Includes a reconstructed 1790 census, sources: "Contemporary lists–tax lists, militia rolls, land grants and deeds, claims for pre-emption lands, names recorded in diaries and journals. And numerous histories compiled by local historians from records that we have not seen or read ourselves."
  • Jackson, Ronald Vern. Ohio, 1790, Volume Two. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1986. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 977.1 X2o 1790. Includes "Territory Southwest of the River Ohio," i.e. East Tennessee.[14]
  • McGhee, Lucy Kate. Partial Census of 1787 to 1791 of Tennessee as Taken from the North Carolina Land Grants. 3 Parts. Microfilmed in 1990. FHL Collection US/CAN Films 1728882 Item 4 and 1683130 Item 3.

1800: Lost, but a substitute is available, see Sullivan.

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 Collection US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1810; Google Books.

1810-1891

1820: Lost [15]

1820 Manufactures:

The original manufactures schedules for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee are kept at the National Archives, Washington, D.C. FHL copies: FHL Collection US/CAN Films 1024517-1024518.

The following book is a useful aid for finding the original records. Aonline index, provided by Lineages, will help researchers determine if this resource can be of assistance:

  • National Archives. Indexes to Manufactures Census of 1820. 1920; reprint, Knightstown, Ind.: Bookmark, 1977. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 973 X2m 1820]; digital version at Lineages. Covers this county.

1830:

  • Sistler, Byron H. 1830 Census, East Tennessee. Evanston, Ill.: n.p., 1969. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.8 X2p 1830.
  • Hunt, Shelia Steele. 1830 and 1840 Sullivan County, Tennessee Censuses. Kingsport, Tenn.: S.S. Hunt, 1997. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.896 X2hs.

1840:

  • Hunt, Shelia Steele. 1830 and 1840 Sullivan County, Tennessee Censuses. Kingsport, Tenn.: S.S. Hunt, 1997. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.896 X2hs.

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners:

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. WorldCat 2648500FHL Collection US/CAN Book 973 X2pc 1840; US/CAN Film 2321. 1841 edition digitized by the U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. See Tennessee, Eastern District, Sullivan County on page 154.

1850:

  • Burgner, Marion Keith. Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 for Sullivan County, Tennessee. Knoxville, Tenn.: Clinchdale Press, 1963. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.896 X2p 1850.
  • Hunt, Shelia Steele. 1850 Sullivan County, Tennessee Census. Kingsport, Tenn.: S.S. Hunt, 1997. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.896 X2h 1850.

1850 Slave Schedule:

  • 1850 Slave Schedules, East Tennessee Roots, Vol. 5, No. 1 ():15-. See Sullivan.

1860

  • Hunt, Shelia Steele. 1860 Sullivan County, Tennessee Census. Kingsport, Tenn.: S.S. Hunt, 1997. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.896 X2h 1860].

1870:

  • Holston Territory Genealogical Society. 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Bristol, Va.: Holston Territory Genealogical Society, 1994. FHL Collection FHL US/CAN Book 976.896 X29us 1870.

1880:

  • Sistler, Byron and Samuel D. Sistler. 1880 Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler & Associates, 1992. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.896 X2s 1880.

1890: Lost, but substitutes are available:

  • Reed, Sue S. Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891, as Provided for by an Act of General Assembly of Tennessee, Passed January 15, 1891, and Approved January 22, 1891. 8 vols. Houston, Texas: S.S. Reed, 1989. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 7 1891. Sullivan County is included in Vol. 7.
  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee. Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890.

1891 Male Voters

1900:

  • Wagner, Fred L. 1900 Sullivan County, Tennessee Census Surname Index. [Blountville, Tenn.]: F.L. Wagner, 2002. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.896 X22w 1900.

1910:

  • Wagner, Fred L. 1910 Sullivan County, Tennessee Census Surname Index. [Blountville, Tenn.]: F.L. Wagner, 2002. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.896 X22w 1910.

1920:

  • Wagner, Fred L. 1920 Sullivan County, Tennessee Census Surname Index. [Blountville, Tenn.]: F.L. Wagner, 2003. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.896 X22w 1920.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

  • Sullivan County Historical Society. Foundations of Faith in Sullivan, 1777-1935. Blountville, Tenn.?: Sullivan County Historical Society, 1986. A history of the early churches and religious organizations of Sullivan County in existence for more than fifty years.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Kingsport

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Law and Legislation

  • Tennessee State Library and Archives, Acts of Tennessee 1796-1850: Index to Names. [16] 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]

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 7 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Blountville and Sullivan County.[17]

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

African American
Some "colored" marriages appear in published abstracts of nineteenth-century Sullivan County marriage books. See Vital Records.

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

More than 75 genealogies have been published about Sullivan County, Tennessee Genealogy families. To view a list, visit Sullivan County Compiled Genealogies

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Deeds

The original Sullivan County Deed Books are held at the Sullivan. TSLA microfilmed Deed Books 1-58 (1775-1894) and Indexes (1781-1930) in the 1970s. FHL copies: FHL Collection US/CAN Films 972701-972726.

Online Records and Indexes

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1775-1835 - Edwards, Shelby Ireson. Sullivan County, Tennessee, Deed Books: Abstracted from the Original Records. 10 vols. (1775-1835) Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1984-1985. FHL Collection US/CAN Books 976.896 R2e ff. Free Surname Indexes and purchase details for several volumes, courtesy: Mountain Press website.
  • 1775-1815 - Historical Records Project. Deeds, 1775-1815, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA, Nashville, Tenn. FHL Collection US/CAN Film 24836 Items 1-7.
  • 1775-1789 - Willis, Laura and Betty Sellers. Sullivan County, Tenn. Deeds. Mayfield, Ky.: Willis Historical, 1998. FHL Collection US/CAN& Book 976.896 R2w.

Local Land Entries Issued by North Carolina
The original Sullivan 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 Sullivan County, both before and after its land became a part of the state of Tennessee. Years covered: 1770-1798.

Instructions:

  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 12.14.2 (Windows Vista users may need to include a period after the last digit, for example 12.14.2.) and click Search. This is the specific MarsID for Sullivan County.
  4. Click on the entry that is returned: "Tennessee, Sullivan County."
  5. In the window that pops up, click Show List of Child Records and a list of Sullivan County land entries will be produced. Browse to find abstracts of the original records.[18]

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

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Taylor, Oliver. Historic Sullivan: A History of Sullivan County, Tennessee with Brief Biographies of the Makers of History. Bristol, Tenn.: The King Printing Co. (Le Roi Press), 1909. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.896 H2t and Index: FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.896 H2t index; digital version at Google Books.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources
  • 1777-1985 - Maps of Tennessee (1777-1985)
  • 1779 Reeves, Charles A. Sullivan and Washington Counties [Tennessee], the County Bounds in 1779. Published 2000. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • 1832 Creekmore, Pollyanna. Early East Tennessee Taxpayers. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1980. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.8 R4cp and Silas Emmett Lucas's Revised Index FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.8 R4cp index. Includes 1832 map of the county.
  • 1912 Mortimore, Thaddeus. Aero View of Bristol Virginia and Tennessee. Originally published 1912. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

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

  • 1835 Pension Roll
  • 1852 Rejected or Suspended Pensions
  • Militia Lists of companies which were from areas which now are located in Sullivan county.
    The 1774 and 1779 Militia List of Capt. Shelby
    The 1776 Militia List of Capt. Womack
    The 1778 Militia list of Capt. Thomas Vincent of Sullivan county
    The Battle of Kings Mountain
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. 1841; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. WorldCat 2648500FHL Collection FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2pc 1840; FHL US/CAN Film 2321. 1841 edition digitized by the U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. See Tennessee, Eastern District, Sullivan County on page 154.
  • 1840 Census Index, Military Pensioners, Ansearchin' News, Vol. 26 (1979). Available online, see see Periodicals.
  • Census of Pensioners, 1840, Eastern District (sel.), Sullivan County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Spring 2004).

Additional resources include:

  • Allen, Penelope Johnson. Tennessee Soldiers in the Revolution: A Roster of Soldiers Living During the Revolutionary War in the Counties of Washington and Sullivan. n.p.: Tennessee Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1935. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.89 M23a.
  • Long Island Flats Battle, 1776, Appalachian Quarterly, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Mar. 2001).
  • 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.
  • Rejected or Suspended Revolutionary War Pensions, June 7, 1832, Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin, Vol. 36, No. 1 (2007).
  • Revolutionary War Petitioners Rejected, Holston Pastfinder, Vol. 7, No. 25 (Dec. 1988).
  • Revolutionary War Stub Indents Books, 1782, North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Apr. 1975).
  • Soldiers in Battle of Kings Mountain, Holston Pastfinder, Issue 70 (Mar. 2000).
  • Soldiers of the Revolution, Holston Pastfinder, Vol. 16, No. 2 (Dec. 1997).

Indian Wars

  • Service against Chickamaugas, 1790 Claims, Tennessee Ancestors, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Dec. 1989).

War of 1812

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Sullivan 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 Sullivan County:

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Sullivan County:

Civil War Battles
The following Civil War battle was fought in Sullivan County:

Map showing Civil War battles in Tennessee.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

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 Sullivan County click on the following cities or towns:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Historic Residences

  • Blountville: Historic House, Ansearchin' News, Vol. 49 (2002). Available at FHL, see Periodicals.

Prisons

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 original Sullivan County Will Books are held at the Sullivan. The earliest records have been lost. TSLA microfilmed Will Books 1-2 (1838-1915) in the 1970s. FHL copies: FHL Collection US/CAN Film 972700].

Online Records and Indexes


Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1830-1870 - Historical Records Project (Tennessee). Will Books, 1830-1870, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA, Nashville, Tenn. FHL Collection US/CAN Film 24836 Item 9].
  • 1838-1861 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills and Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL Collection FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22s. Includes an index to this county's wills. Free Lookups Available!

Though the original will itself was destroyed in 1863, a copy made in 1829 survives and been published:

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

The original Sullivan County Tax Books, 1877-1895, are held at the Sullivan. TSLA microfilmed these records in the 1970s. FHL copies: FHL Collection US/CAN Film 972728-972731.

Book Abstracts and Indexes[21]

  • 1796 Creekmore, Pollyanna. Early East Tennessee Taxpayers. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1980. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.8 R4cp and Silas Emmett Lucas's Revised Index FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.8 R4cp index. Includes 1796 tax list.
  • 1796-1797, 1812 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists. Evanston, Ill.: B. & B. Sistler, 1977. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.8 R4s. Includes 1796-1797, and 1812 tax lists.
  • 1796-1797, 1812 - Mary Barnett Curtis, Early East Tennessee Tax Lists (Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing Company, 1964), FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.8 R4c. Includes 1796-1797, and 1812 tax lists.
  • 1796 Bralley, Edgar M. "1796 Sullivan County, Tennessee Tax List," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb. Source: TSLA Microfilm Reels #8 and #12 Early Tennessee Tax Lists.

Muriel Clark Spoden's abstracts of the 1811 and 1812 tax lists were published in two periodicals. Some users might find the Watauga version easier to use, as the article was not serialized.

  • 1811-1812 - Spoden, Muriel Clark. "Sullivan County, Tennessee Tax Lists, 1811-1812," Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Summer 1972):51-62. FHL US/CAN Book 976.897 B2w v. 1. For further access, see Sullivan. Source: TSLA manuscript.
  • 1811-1812 - Spoden, Muriel Clark. "Sullivan County, Tennessee Tax Lists, 1811-1812," Holston Pastfinder, Vol. 15, No. 57 (Dec. 1996):38-39; Vol. 15, No. 58 (Mar. 1997):38-39; Vol. 15, No. 59 (Jun. 1997):38-39; Vol. 16, No. 60 (Sep. 1997):43-44; Vol. 16, No. 61 (Dec. 1997):40-41. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 975 D25hp no. 56-59 (1996-1997); FHL Collection US/CAN Book 975 D25hp v. 16 (1997-1998); indexed in FHL US/CAN Book 975 D25hp index v. 15-16. For further access, see Sullivan. Source: TSLA manuscript.
  • 1814 - "Direct Federal Tax-Delinquent Property Owners Listed for 1814," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 3(Fall 1996):115-120. For further access, see Sullivan. Includes Sullivan County.
  • 1837 - Spoden, Muriel M.C. and Pollyanna Creekmore, "Sullivan County, TN Tax List 1837," Holston Pastfinder, Vol. 1, No. 9 (Dec. 1984):27-28; Vol. 1, No. 10 (Mar. 1985):31-34; Vol. 1, No. 11 (Jun. 1985):23-26; Vol. 1, No. 14 (Mar. 1986):35-38; Vol. 1, No. 15 (Jun. 1986):29-32; Vol. 1, No. 16 (Sep. 1986):31-34; Vol. 1, No. 17 (Dec. 1986):25-28. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 975 D25hp no. 6-10 (1984-1985)] ff. For further access, see Sullivan.
  • 1862 - Smith, Wilma McGarry. "List of Delinquent Taxpayers from Sullivan County, Tennessee Court Minutes December, 1862," Holston Pastfinder, Vol. 15, Issue 59 (Jun. 1997):37. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 975 D25hp no. 56-59 (1996-1997)]; indexed in FHL US/CAN Book 975 D25hp index v. 15-16. For further access, see Sullivan. Marked with "Gone to War" or "Dead."

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online indexes and Records

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1863-1893 - Simmons, Dessie L. Marriage Books 1-2-3, Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin, Vol. 20, No. 1; Vol. 20, No. 2; Vol. 21, No. 1; Vol. 21, No. 2; Vol. 22, No. 1; Vol. 22, No. 2; Vol. 23, No. 1; Vol. 23, No. 2; Vol. 24, No. 1; Vol. 24, No. 2; Vol. 25, No. 1; Vol. 26, No. 1; Vol. 26, No. 2; Vol. 27, No. 1; Vol. 27, No. 2; Vol. 28, No. 1; Vol. 28, No. 2; Vol. 29, No. 1; Vol. 29, No. 2; Vol. 30, No. 1; Vol. 30, No. 2; Vol. 31, No. 1; Vol. 31, No. 2; Vol. 32, No. 1; Vol. 32, No. 2; Vol. 33, No. 1; Vol. 33, No. 2; Vol. 34, No. 1; Vol. 34, No. 2; Vol. 35, No. 1; Vol. 35, No. 2; Vol. 36, No. 1. FHL Book 976.897 B2w Abstracts names of brides, grooms, and officiators, dates of license and marriage, and citations to the original volume and page numbers. Includes "colored" marriages.
  • 1863-1893 - Sullivan County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1863-1893. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.896 V2h. Indexes marriage record books 1, 2, and 3; also at Tennessee State Library & Archives: (microfilmed)
  • 1880-1899 - Sullivan County, Tennessee, Marriage Bonds, 1880-1899 FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.896 V2hs. Indexes marriage bond books 1, 2, and 3; also at Tennessee State Library & Archives: (microfilmed)
  • Some "colored" marriages appear in published abstracts of nineteenth-century Sullivan County marriage books.

Death[edit | edit source]

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1908-1925 - Nikazy, Eddie M. Sullivan County, Tennessee, Death Records (1908-1925). 2 vols. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1994. FHL Collection US/CAN Book 976.896 V28n ff.

Divorce[edit | edit source]

  • W.P.A. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1941. FamilySearch Books Online

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Sullivan County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Tennessee Archives and Libraries.

Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism, Regional History Center
P.O. Box 3179
3425 Hwy. 126, Suite 100
Blountville, TN 37617
Phone: 423-323-4660
E-mail: hunt@sullivancounty.org
Facebook page
Website

Archives houses massive historical and genealogical holdings including original county records, vital records, cemetery abstracts, genealogy library, manuscripts collection, census records, guardianship records, tax records, maps, wills, estate settlements, thousands of surname files, massive Civil War research center, Bible records, chancery records, deeds and land records, artifacts, military collection, Native American records, newspapers, photographs, and more.

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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Sullivan County. For state-wide library facilities, see Tennessee Archives and Libraries.

Kingsport Public Library
400 Broad St.
Kingsport, TN 37660
Phone: 423-229-9465
Website

Library holds the Kingsport Community and Municipal Manuscript Collection which includes documents created by various departments in the Kingsport Government as well as city directories, marriage and death indexes, census, maps, newspapers from 1916 to the present and family histories.

Sullivan County Public Library
1655 Blountville Boulevard
P.O. Box 510
Blountville, TN 37617
Phone: 423-279-2714
Website

Genealogy Online resources: Vital, cemetery, census, guardian, immigration, military and Native American records as well as deeds, court minutes, obituaries, tax lists and wills. Also, several resources are available on CD-ROM. See a list of the online resources].

Charles C. Sherrod Library, East Tennessee State University
P.O. Box 70665
Johnson City, TN 37614
Information desk: 423-439-4307
Hours vary depending on the time of year because of school sessions.
Website

The Sherrod Library has genealogical information concerning the East Tennessee Region.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Sullivan County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Tennessee Societies.


Sullivan County Historical and Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 568
Blountville, TN 37617
Facebook page
Website

East Tennessee Historical Society
601 S. Gay St.
P.O. Box 1629
Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
Phone: 865-215-8824
E-mail: eths@east-tennessee-history.org
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  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, "Sullivan, Tennessee" in wikipedia accessed 08 Jan 2019
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002) Sullivan County, Tennessee, p.644
  4. Voice of Betty Jane Hylton, County Co-coordinator, Washington County, Tennessee TNGenWeb; Editor, Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin (2010).
  5. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  6. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State (accessed 13 March 2016).
  9. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  10. Wikipedia contributors, "Sullivan County, Tennessee ," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sullivan_County%2C_Tennessee, accessed 13 December 2019.
  11. J. Mark Lowe, "The Land Grant Processes of North Carolina and Tennessee," Lecture, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Knoxville, Tenn., August 21, 2010.
  12. List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies
  13. Arlene Eakle, "Reconstructing the 1790 Census of Tennessee," Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Genealogy Blog, 20 May 2010.
  14. Arlene Eakle, "Territory Southwest of the River Ohio," Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Genealogy Blog, 5 June 2009.
  15. Mary Barnett Curtis, WorldCat 1136652 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 976.8 R4c].
  16. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  17. 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 ($).
  18. J. Mark Lowe, "The Land Grant Processes of North Carolina and Tennessee," Lecture, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Knoxville, Tenn., August 21, 2010.
  19. Scott C. Cole, 34th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 94.
  20. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State
  21. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.