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Lawrence County

Lawrence County

Lawrence County was formed in 1817 from
Hickman County and Indian lands
(Acts of Tennessee 1817, Chapter 42).

The county seat is Lawrenceburg.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Brief History of Early Lawrence County, Tennessee (Morrison, 1968)*
  • Communities of Lawrence County, Tennessee (Alford, 1999)* [name index]
  • Factory Creek : The People, the Place, and the Times (Hollis, 1998)* [name index]
  • Glimpses of Lawrence County history : A Class Anthology for American History 2121 (Moore, 1970)*
  • Henryville (Henervull) : A History of the First Settlement in Lawrence County, Tennessee (Dickey, 199?)* [surname index]
  • Heritage of Lawrence County, Tennessee [1817-2008] (Lawrence County Heritage Book Committee, 2008) [name index]
  • Historic Material by Early Lawrence County Writers, 1846-1933 (Alford, 1998) [name index]
  • History of Idaho Area in Lawrence County, Tennessee (Sills, 200?)* [name index]
  • History of Lawrence County, Tennessee [5 vols.] (Alford, 1994)* [name index in each volume]
  • History of Loretto, Tennessee Area : As We Remember; As We've Been Told (Cole, 1986)
  • History of Springer Station and Pleasant Point (Sims, 1982)*
  • History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present : Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman and Lewis (Goodspeed, 1979)
  • History of West Point and Surrounding Territory (Welch, 1962)
  • History of West Point, Tennessee (Welch, 1999) [name index]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee, Pictorial History (Lawrence County Historical Society, 1994)* [name index]
  • Life in the Holler Near Iron City, Tennessee (Marshall, 1996)
  • Our Hometown, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee : The Crossroads of Dixie (Carpenter & Carter, 1986) [name index]
  • Places in Lawrence County, Tennessee : "Then and Now" (Cole, 1994)
  • Private Acts of Lawrence County, Tennessee (McIntyre, 1984)

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1820 Lawrence County, Tennessee Census (Douthat, 2003)* [surname index]
  • 1850 Census, Lawrence County, Tennessee (Including Some Other Early Records) (Carter & Hudgins, 1973)* [surname index]
  • 1880 Census Lawrence County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1999)* [alphabetical by head of household]
  • At Rest, Supplement : Cemetery Records of Lawrence County, Tennessee [vol. 1 Fall 1983 - Oct 1994; vol. 2 Oct. 1994 - 1998; vol. 3 Nov. 1998 - Dec 1999; vol. 4 Jan. 2000 - Dec. 2000] (Myhan, 1998-) [surname index in each volume]
  • Cemetery Records of Lawrence County, Tennessee : At Rest, With Supplement (Old Cemeteries Society of Lawrence County, Tennessee, 1984)* [surname index plus separate surname index for supplement]
  • Cheatham County, Tennessee, Dickson County, Tennessee, Hickman County, Tennessee, Humphreys County, Tennessee, Lawrence County, Tennessee [1891 enumeration of male voters] (Reed, 1992) [name index for each county]
  • Deeds and Other Conveyances Certified April 1860 - January 1867 : Abstracts from Deed Book O (Niedergeses & Ramsey, 19??) [name index]
  • Early Sales and Ownership of Lots in Lawrenceburg : Lawrence County, Tennessee (Morrison, 1970) [surname index]
  • Excerpts Copied from the Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Lawrence County, Tennessee ... of the July Term, 1822 to October Term (1957)
  • "In Their Own Words" (Myhan, 1998) [name index]
  • "In Their Own Words" : Book 2 (Myhan, 1999) [surname index]
  • Lawrence County Court Records [July 1822 - Oct. 1826] (Alford, 199?) [name index]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee, 1860-1840 Census, Private Acts, Miscellaneous (Carpenter & Carter, 1977)* [surname index for 1860, surname index for 1840]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee, 1870 Census (Carpenter & Carter, 1977) [surname index]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee, 1880 Census (Carpenter & Carter, 1982?)
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee 1930 Head of Household Index (Niedergeses, 2005) [alphabetical by head of household]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee, Bible, Family, and Tombstone Records (WPA, 1938)
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee, Census Records : 1900 (Franks & Rice, 1994)* [surname index]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee : Census Records: 1920 (Franks & Rice, 1994)* [surname index]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee, Census Records : b 1910 (Franks & Rice, 1995)* [surname index]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee Census Records, 1820, 1830 & 1840 (Rice, 1994) [combined surname index]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee, Court Minutes, vol. 1, 1818-1823 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee Deed Books [Vol. 1, Books A-E, August 1819-January 1836; Vol. 2, Books F-H, March 1836-March 1846] (Hutchings, 2001-)* [name index in each volume]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee, General Index to Deed Books A-P, 1819-1871 (WPA, 1939) [grantor index arranged by years then by first letter of surname of grantor; followed by grantee index arranged by years then by the first letter of the surname of the grantee]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee, Marriage Record, 1838-60 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1818-1923 (Carter, 1979)* [alphabetical by groom, surname index for bride]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1861-1866 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee, Marriages, 1818-1838 (Lawrence County Historical Society, 1965) [alphabetical by groom, surname index for bride]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee, Marriages, 1838-1923 (Lawrence County Historical Society, 1961) [alphabetical by groom, alphabetical by bride]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee, Road Record Book, 1853-1883 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee, Rule Docket, Chancery Court, 1848-1871 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee Wills [vol. 1 1829-1838; vol. 2 1838-1843] (Willis, 2003)
  • Lawrence County, Tennessee, Wills and Inventories, vol. B, 1829-1847 (WPA, 1938)
  • Marriage Index Lawrence County, Tennessee [vol. 1 1924-1959; vol. 2 1960-1999] (Crowder, 200?)* [name index in each volume]
  • Marriages of Lawrence County, Tennessee, 1818-1854 (Whitley, 1982) [name index]
  • Minute Book : Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Lawrence County, Tennessee, 1818-1822 (Carpenter & Carter, 1980?)*
  • Name Index to History of Tennessee ... : Together with ... Sketch of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman, and Lewis counties (Marsh, 1972) [surname index]
  • Pleasant Grove Cemetery : Monument Names & Dates with Cemetery History (2005) [alphabetical]
  • Postmasters & Post Offices of Lawrence, Giles, Maury, Wayne Counties, Tennessee; Lauderdale and Limestone Counties, Alabama (19??) [name index]
  • Second Creek Church, Book #1 : June 26, 1830 to December, 1906 (Williams, 19??) [name index]
  • Second Creek Church, Book #2 : January 1907 to November 1948 (Williams, 19??) [name index]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1818
  • wills from 1829
  • deed index from 1820
  • chancery court minutes from 1840
  • county court minutes from 1827
  • circuit court minutes from 1832
  • tax books from 1859

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1820-1908 (#33, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Bonds -- 1818-1829 (#63, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Bonds -- 1830-1839 (#64, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Bonds -- 1840-1849 (#65, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Bonds -- 1850-1859 (#66, 1 reel)*
  • Marriages -- 1818-1889 (#14, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1829-1855 (#30, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1856-1868 (#31, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1858-1868; 1887-1919 (#32, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Lawrence County (Record Group #107, Roll 50, 1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minutes, Vol. 1 (1818-1823), General Index to Deed Books, A-P (1819-1871), Wills, Inventories, Etc., Book B (1829-1847), Marriage Records (1838-1860 & 1861-1866), Rule Docket, Chancery Court (1848-1871), Road Record Book (1853-1883) and Bible, Family & Tombstone Records (undated).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Crestview, Lawrenceburg, Loretto and Summertown.  Scattered early issues are available from 1846, and a complete run begins in 1939.  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 Lawrence County:  1820-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1820-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Lawrence County census records in book form:  1820*, 1840*, 1850*, 1860*, 1870, 1880*, 1900*, 1910*, 1920*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR LAWRENCE COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated February 8, 2012

 

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