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Jefferson County

Jefferson County

Jefferson County was formed in 1792
from Greene and Hawkins counties
(Ordinance by William Blount, Governor of the Territory
of the United States South of the River Ohio, 1792
).

The county seat is Dandridge.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Bent Twigs in Jefferson County (Bible, 1991)* [name index]
  • Crossing : A History of White Pine, Tennessee (White Pine Historical Committee, 1986)
  • Diamond Jubilee - Bicentennial; Mossy Creek, 1788-1900, Jefferson City, 1901-1976 (Jefferson City [Tenn.]. Bicentennial-Diamond Jubilee Historical Book Committee, 1976)
  • Heritage Jefferson County (Bicentennial Committee of Jefferson County, Tennessee, 1976)
  • Hitch Hiking Along the Holston River from 1792-1962 : A Peep at East Tennessee from King's Meadows (Bristol) to White's Fort (Knoxville) via McBee's Ferry (Wood, 1986)
  • People and Places of Jefferson County (Muncy, 1994) [name index]

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1840 Population Schedule of the United States Census, Jefferson County, Tennessee (Templin, 1981) [name index]
  • 1880 Census Jefferson County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1994)* [alphabetical by head of household]
  • Antioch Baptist Church Minutes 1839-1870 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Cherokee Reservoir Grave Removals by T.V.A. (Douthat, 2003) [name index]
  • Civil War Claims, 1868, Jefferson County, Tennessee (Moore, 1998) [name index for claimants & name index for witnesses]
  • Dumplin Baptist Church Minutes, 1797-1860 (WPA, 1939)
  • Families of Jefferson County, Tennessee : 200 Years (Genealogical Society of Jefferson County, 1992)* [surname index]
  • French Broad River Baptist Church Minutes, 1786-1842 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research in Jefferson County, Tennessee (McNamara, 1996)* [name index]
  • Historical Records of East Tennessee [Jefferson County] (McGhee, 1954)
  • Hopewell Presbyterian Church Minutes, 1788-1842 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee 1836 Tennessee Civil Districts and Tax Lists (Douthat, 1993)* [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Boundary of School District, 1840 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Jefferson County Tennessee Chancery Court Minutes Volume I, 1836-46 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Church and Family records [includes Minutes of the French Broad Baptist Oak Grove Church, 1887-1932; History of the White Pine Presbyterian Church, 1873-1880; Minutes of Primitive Baptist Church, 1829-1881; Cline Family Record; Hynds Family History, 1819-1916; and Swann Family Record] (WPA, 1939) [name index for each section]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Circuit Court Minutes, 1810-16 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, City Directory (1991)
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, County Boundary and Civil Districts, 1792-1998 (Moore, 1998) [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Court Minute Book no.5, 1810-1811 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee Court Minutes [vol. 1 1792-1795] (Douthat & Hatcher, 1985)* [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Court Minutes, 1792-98 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Jefferson County Tennessee Court Minutes, 1807-1810 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Court Minutes, 1817-1831 (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Court Minutes, vol. 6, 1812-1818 (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Families and History, 1792-1996 (Jefferson County Genealogical Society, 1996) [surname index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, General Index to Deeds, Grantor Grantee, 1792-1846 (WPA, 1940) [alphabetical by section]
  • Jefferson County Tennessee Grant Book no.1, 1792-94 (WPA, 1938)
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Grant Book no. 1, 1792-1794 (Douthat, 1981)
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Guardian's Reports Book no. 1, 1805-32 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, List of Free White Males, January 1, 1861 (McNamara, 1995)* [slphabetical sections]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Marriage License and Bond Book, 1792-1840 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Marriage Records : Index of Marriage Bonds and Licenses [vol. 1 1792-1829] (Jefferson County Genealogical Society, 1996)* [alphabetical by groom / alphabetical by bride]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1792-1870 (D'Armand, 1983) [alpabetical]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Marriage Records Vol.2, 1840-1870 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Jeferson County, Tennessee, Minutes of Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Book no.7, 1818-24 (WPA, 1940) [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Minutes Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Book no. 8, 1821-31 [2 pts.] (WPA, 1940) [name index in Pt. 1]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Order Book, 1801-07 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Quorum Minutes vol.1 Suit Book, 1792-1802 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Record of Monies Received by County Court Clerk, 1827-1860 (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Scholastic Population, 1841-61 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Tax Lists, 1822-30 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Jefferson County Tennessee Tombstone Records (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1914 Through 1925 (Wiefering, 1993)* [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee, Will Book #1, 1792-1810 (Douthat, 198?) [surname index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee Will Book 3 & Sale Book 1826-1833 (Prevost, 1989) [name index]
  • Jefferson County, Tennessee Will Book 4 & Sale Book 1833-1840 (Prevost, 1990) [name index]
  • Jefferson Co., TN., Will Book 2, 1811-1826 (Douthat, 1985) [surname index]
  • Land Deeds of Jefferson County, Tennessee, 1792-1814 (Holdaway, 1991)* [name index]
  • Laws of Tennessee : Napoleon B. Bradford, Circuit Court Clerk, 1825-1833, Jefferson County, Tennessee (Bradford & Moore, 1998)
  • Marriages of Jefferson County, Tennessee, 1792-1836 (Whitley, 1982)* [name index]
  • Milestone Sixty : History of the Jefferson County Baptist Association, 1919-1978, Jefferson City, Tennessee (Toomey, 1978)
  • Minutes / Lost Creek Quarterly Meeting of Friends [1871-1888] (West & Picciano, 1988) [name index]
  • Minutes of Maury Academy, 1818-1860 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Miscellaneous Bonds : Administration, 1806-1814, Constables, 1806-1815, Maintenance (Bastardy), 1807-1857, Indentures, 1807-1828, Jefferson County, Tennessee (McNamara, 1995)* [name index]
  • Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 for Jefferson County, Tennessee (Underwood, 1977) [surname index]
  • Ration Book Three, 1943 : World War II Index to Registrants, Jefferson County, Tennessee (Jefferson County Genealogical Society, 1996) [alphabetical]
  • Sales & Will Book vol. 3, 1826-1840 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Shunem Church and Cemetery Speak; A Living Memorial to Those who Sleep Here, 1824-1965 (Wood, 1965)
  • Stories in Stone : Jefferson County Cemeteries [vol. 1. South of the French Broad River and Dumplin Valley sections; vol. 2 Dandridge and White Pines; vol. 3 Jefferson City, New Market, Strawberry Plains and Talbot.] (Templin & Henderson)* [surname index in each volume]
  • Will Book 4-10 inclusive, 1841-1844 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Will Book no. 1, 1792-1810 (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Will Book vol. 2, 1811-1826 (WPA, 1936) [name index

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1792
  • wills from 1792
  • deed index from 1792
  • chancery court minutes from 1856
  • county court minutes from 1836
  • circuit court minutes from 1836
  • tax books from 1822

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1792-1829 [Direct] (#40, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1792-1829 [Reverse] (#41, 1 reel)*
  • Marriages -- 1792-1881 (#23, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1792-1826 (#35, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1826-1845; 1891-1921 (#36, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1851-1876 (#37, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Jefferson County (Record Group #107, Roll 39, 1 reel). Roll includes Minutes of French Broad River Baptist Church (1786-1842), Minutes of Hopewell Presbyterian Church (1788-1860), Antioch Baptist Church Minutes (1839-1870), Dumplin Baptist Church Minutes (1797-1860), Minutes of Maury Academy (1818-1860), Boundary of School District (1840), Scholastic Population (1841-1860), General Index to Deeds (1792-1846), Will Book No. 1 (1792-1810), Bible Records (undated), Church & Family Records (undated) and Tombstone Records (undated).*
  • WPA Records, Jefferson County (Record Group #107, Roll 40, 1 reel). Roll includes Will Book No. 2 (1811-1826), Will Book & Sales, No. 3 (1826-1840), Will Book No. 4-10 (1841-1844), Guardian Report, Book 1 (1805-1832), Tax List (1822-1830), Records of Monies Received by County Court Clerk (1827-1860), Order Book of Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions (1801-1807), Grant Book No. 1 (1792-1794), Quorum Minutes, Vol. 1 (1792-1802), Marriage License & Bond Book (1792-1840), Marriage Records, Vol. 2 (1840-1870) and County Court Record Book, No. 1 (1792-1798).*
  • WPA Records, Jefferson County (Record Group #107, Roll 41, 1 reel). Roll includes Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Minute Books 4-7 (1807-1824), Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Minute Book 8, pts. 1 & 2 (1821-1831), Circuit Court Minute Books (1810-1816, 1817-1831) and Chancery Court Minutes, Vol. 1 (1836-1846).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Dandridge and Jefferson City.  Scattered early issues are available from 1854, and a complete run begins in 1965. 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 Jefferson County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Jefferson County census records in book form:  1840, 1850, 1880*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated February 3, 2012

 

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