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Greene County

Greene County

Greene County was formed in 1783 from Washington County
(Acts of North Carolina 1783, Chapter 51).

The county seat is Greeneville.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Bicentennial, 1783-1983 : Greene County (Greeneville Sun,  1983)*
  • Broken Vessels : The Story of the Hanging of the "Pottertown" Bridge-burners, November-December, 1861 (Bible, 1996)
  • Community in Transition : Greene County, Tennessee, 1865-1900 (Bible, 1986)*
  • Goodspeed's Greene County History (1988) [name index]
  • Historic Greene County, Tennessee and Its People: 1783-1992 (Greene County History Book Committee, 1992)
  • Historic Greeneville : A City Among the Mountains (Allen, 1899)
  • Know Greene County (Doak High School, 193?)
  • Neighbor Against Neighbor, Brother Against Brother; Greene County in the Civil War (Hayes, 1966)
  • Reflections From the Past in Chuckey, Afton, Tusculum, and Eastern Greene County (Gregg, 2006)
  • Southside (Burgner, 1977)
  • Step Back in Time to Laurel Gap / Baileyton : Late 1700's Through Early 1900's in Greene County, Tennessee (Brandon, 2005)
  • Stories from the South of Greene County (Gregg, 2004)

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1880 Census, Greene County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1993) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • 1920 Greene County, Tennessee Census Index (Godwin, 2002) [alphabetical by head of household] *
  • 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]
  • Chancery Court Minutes, Greene County, Tennessee, November 1825-January 1831 (Burgner, 1987) [name index]*
  • Greene County; Being Transcriptions From the Original Bonds and Licenses at the County Courthouse, Greeneville (Soderberg & Creekmore, 1965) [name index]
  • Greene County Cemeteries, From Earliest Dates to 1970-1971 (Reynolds, 1971) [ surname index in separate volume]*
  • Greene County, Tennessee 1836 Tennessee Civil Districts and Tax Lists (Douthat, 1993) [name index]*
  • Greene County, Tennessee, Death Record Abstracts [1908-1918] (Nikazy, 1997) [name index]*
  • Greene County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts, 1785-1810, Volumes 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8 (Murray, 1996) [name index]*
  • Greene County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts, 1810-1822, Volumes 9, 10, 11 and 12 (Murray, 1997) [name index]*
  • Greene County, Tennessee, Guardians and Orphans Court Records, 1783-1870, and 1830 Tax List (Houston, 1984) [name index]
  • Greene County, Tennessee, Marriages, 1783-1868 (Burgner, 1981) [name index]*
  • Greene County, Tennessee Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas, 1783-1795 (Burgner, 1982) [name index]
  • Greene County, Tennessee Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas, 1797-1807 (Houston, 1981) [name index]*
  • Greene County Tennessee Tax Book 1809-1817 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Greene County, Tennessee, Tax Digests, 1809-1817 (Burgner, 1986) [name index]
  • Greene County, Tennessee Tombstone Records (WPA, 1938)
  • Greene County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1914 through 1925 (Wiefering, 1994?) [name index]*
  • Greene County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1926 through 1930 (Wiefering, 1997) [name index]*
  • Greene County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1931 through 1935 (Wiefering, 1998) [name index]*
  • Greene County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1936 through 1941 (Wiefering, 1999) [name index]*
  • Greene County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1942 through 1946 (Wiefering, 2000) [name index]*
  • Greene County, Tennessee, Wills, 1783-1890 (Burgner, 1981) [name index]*
  • Index to Buford Reynold's Greene County Cemeteries (McClung Historical Collection, 1973) [surname index to separate volume]
  • Kirchen Buch (Church book) : Registers 1815-1828, St. James Lutheran Church, Greene County, Tenn. (Crosby, 1964)*
  • North Carolina Land Grants Recorded in Greene County, Tennessee (Burgner, 1981) [name index]*
  • Pleasant Vale Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (1842-2002) (Britton, 2003) [name index]
  • Polk City Directory, Greene County, TN [2003, 2004, 2006-2013] [alphabetical listing]
  • Tale of Two Centuries : The Story of the Amos Bird/Phillip Hale North Carolina Land Grants, 1783, 1788, 1790 (Bible, 1996)
  • Tennessee, Records of Greene County : Inventory and Sale 1828-1843 [3 pts.] (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Tennessee, Records of Greene County : Minutes of Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions [16 vols.: 1783-1796, 1802-1832] (WPA, 1936-42) [name index]
  • Tennessee, Records of Greene County : Wills, Inventories 1802-1810 (WPA, 1936) [name index]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1780
  • wills from 1800
  • deed index from 1785
  • chancery court minutes from 1825
  • county court minutes from 1783
  • circuit court minutes from 1809
  • tax books from 1809

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Account of Insolvent Estates -- 1853-1901  (#87, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1785-1871  (#171, 1 reel)*
  • Estate Settlements -- 1802-1857  (#147, 1 reel)*
  • Estate Settlements -- 1840-1855  (#148, 1 reel)*
  • Estate Settlements -- 1855-1880  (#149, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories -- 1828-1854  (#88, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories -- 1854-1872  (#89, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Records -- 1780-1855  (#94, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Records -- 1856-1888  (#95, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1828-1893  (#164, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1897-1931  (#165, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Greene County  (Record Group #107, Roll 25,  1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minutes (1824-1826),  Minutes, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions (1825-1827) and Minutes (1828-1832).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Greeneville.  Scattered early issues are available from 1822, and a complete run begins in 1937.  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 Greene County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Greene County census records in book form:  1880*, 1920

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR GREENE COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated May 18, 2013

 

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