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Carter County

Carter County

Carter County was formed in 1796 from Washington County
(Acts of Tennessee 1796 [March Session], Chapter 31).

The county seat is Elizabethton.

There was a fire at the Carter County courthouse in 1933.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Carter County (Peters, 2012)
  • Carter County, Tennessee and Its People, 1796-1993 (Carter County History Book Committee, 1993) [name index]
  • Early History of Carter County, 1760-1861 (Merritt, 1950) [name index]*
  • Germantown (Hall, 2003)
  • Goodspeed's Carter County History (1990) [name index]
  • Historical Reminiscences of Carter County, Tennessee (Kozsuch, 1985) [name index]*
  • History of the Iron Industry in Carter County to 1860 (Nave, 1998) [name index]*
  • Later History of Carter County, 1865-1980 (Merritt, 1986) [name index]*
  • Watauga : An Unusual History of the Watauga, Tennessee Area, the Birthplace of Democracy in the World as We Know It Today (Campbell, 1986) [name index]

Additional county and community histories can be found at the Bibliography of Tennessee Local History Sources:  Carter CountyThe items in the bibliography may not all be available at TSLA.  

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1870 Census, Tennessee, Transcription for Carter County (Bishop, 1983) [name index]
  • 1880 Census, Tennessee, Transcription for Carter County (Sistler, 1978?) [name index]
  • 1900 Federal Census of Carter County, Tennessee (Nikazy, 1994) [name index]
  • Abstracts of Tennessee Death Records for Carter County, Tennessee, 1908-1925 (Nikazy, 1992) [name index]
  • Abstracts of the Deeds of Carter County, Tennessee, 1796-1825 (McIver, 1995) [name index]*
  • Carter Co., Tennessee, Greene Co., Tennessee, Hawkins Co., Tennessee, Johnson Co., Tennessee, Sullivan Co., Tennessee, Unicoi Co., Tennessee [1891 enumeration of male voters] (Reed, 1992) [name index]
  • Carter County, 1796-1850: Being Transcriptions from the Original Bonds and Licenses at the County Courthouse, Elizabethton [marriage records]  (Creekmore & Nave, 1958) [name index]
  • Carter County, Tennessee 1836 Tennessee Civil Districts and Tax Lists (Douthat, 1993) [name index]*
  • Carter County, Tennessee, 1850 Census (Treadway, 1994) [surname index]*
  • Carter County, Tennessee, 1860 Census (Treadway, 1994) [surname index]*
  • Carter County, Tennessee, Cemetery and Church Records (WPA, 1938)
  • Carter County, Tennessee, County Court Minutes, 1834-1835 (WPA, 1940?)
  • Carter County, Tennessee Death Record Abstracts (1926-1934) (Nikazy, 1994) [name index]*
  • Carter County, Tennessee Deeds [July 1796 - October 1815] (Hutchings, 2002-) [name index]*
  • Carter County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1796-1870 (Burgner, 1987) [name index]*
  • Carter County, Tennessee Marriages, 1871-1920 (Nikazy, 1993) [alphabetical by bride and groom]*
  • Carter County, Tennessee, Minutes, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions [vol. 1 1804-1805;  vol. 2 1819-1820;  vol. 3 1821-1826;  vol. 4 1826-1829*] (WPA, 1939-1942) [name index]
  • Carter County, Tennessee, Minutes of the County Court, 1826-1829 (Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1992?) [name index]
  • Carter County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1914 Through 1925 (Wiefering, 1993)*
  • Carter County, Tennessee, Wills & Inventories, 1794-1847 (Douthat, 1985)*
  • Carter County, Tennessee, Wills and Inventories, 1794-1847 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Carter County, TN, Marriages, 1850-1876 (Sistler, 1987) [alphabetical by bride and groom]*
  • Cemeteries of Carter County Tennessee (Fields, 1976) [name index]*
  • Deed book ... Carter County, Tennessee [vol. 1 1796-1806;  vol. 2 1806-1815;  vol. 3 1814-1825;  vol. 4 1825-1836] (Crumpton, 2001) [name index]*
  • Miscellaneous Records, Sinking Creek Baptist Church, Carter County, Tennessee, 1773-1890 (1991)
  • Private Acts of Carter County, Tennessee (McIntyre, 1994)
  • Sketch of Sinking Creek Baptist Church (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Sinking Creek Baptist Church, 1783-1905 (WPA, 199?)*
  • Watauga Reservoir Cemeteries : TVA Grave Removal Records (Douthat, 1992) [name index]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

An inventory of microfilmed Carter County records is available on our web site.  Individual reels of microfilm may also be purchased.    

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1790
  • wills from 1794
  • deed index from 1795
  • chancery court minutes from 1854
  • county court minutes from 1804
  • circuit court minutes from 1848
  • tax books from 1860

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1795-1911 (#104, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories of Estates -- 1839-1918 (#58, 1 reel)*
  • Marriages -- 1790-1829 (#59, 1 reel)*
  • Marriages -- 1796-1887 (#61, 1 reel)*
  • Marriages -- 1830-1850 (#60, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1794-1876 (#101, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Carter County (Record Group #107, Roll 10, 1 reel) Roll includes Minutes, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions (1804-1805,  1819-1820, 1821-1826),  Minutes, County Court (1826-1829 & 1834-1835),  Sketch of Sinking Creek Baptist Church (undated), and Cemetery & Church Records (undated).*

 

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Elizabethton.  Scattered early issues are available from 1838, and a complete run begins in 1947.  Microfilms are loaned to Tennessee libraries.  Individual reels may also be purchased.  An Inventory of Newspapers on Microfilm at TSLA is available on our web site. 

 

 

SELECTED MANUSCRIPTS MATERIAL

 

CENSUS RECORDS

  • Census on microfilm for Carter County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Carter County census records in book form:  1850*,  1860*,  1870,  1880,  1900

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR CARTER COUNTY

 

* Indicates this title may be borrowed on Interlibrary Loan from TSLA.

 

 

Updated April 10, 2013

 

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