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Perry County

Perry County

Perry County was formed in 1819 from
Hickman and Humphreys counties
(Acts of Tennessee 1819, Chapter 107).

The county seat is Linden.

There were fires at the Perry County
courthouse in 1863 and 1928.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • 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 Counties  (Goodspeed, 1979 reprint)*
  • Perry County, Tennessee : History and Families 1820-1995  (Perry County Historical Society, 1994)*
  • Perry County, Tennessee :History and Families, Veterans Memorial, 1820-2003 (Perry County Historical Society, 2003) [name index]*

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1850 Census for Perry County, Tennessee (Galsser, 1966) [name index]
  • 1850 Federal Census of Perry County, Tennessee  (Bridges, 1995) [surname index]
  • 1860 Federal Census, Perry County, Tennessee (Bridges,  1995) [surname index]*
  • 1870 Federal Census, Perry County, Tennessee (Bridges,  1997) [surname index]*
  • 1880 Federal Census, Perry County, Tennessee (Bridges, 1996) [surname index]*
  • 1880 Census Perry County, Tennessee  (Sistler,  1999) [alphabetical by head of household]
  • 1900 Federal Census, Perry County, Tennessee (Bridges,  1996) [surname index]*
  • 1910 Federal Census, Perry County, Tennessee (Bridges,  1997) [surname index]*
  • 1920 Federal Census, Perry County, Tennessee (Bridges,  1996) [surname index]*
  • Collected Population Statistics of Perry County, Tennessee (1820, 1830 and 1840 census, 1837 tax list) (Bridges, 1995) [name index for each census year]
  • McDonald Funeral Home, Linden, Tennessee (Perry Co., Tennessee) [vol. 1-4, Mar 1948 - Dec 1967] (Coleman, 1997) [name index]
  • Perry County, Tennessee Cemetery Records  (Bowen,  1992) [name index]*
  • Perry County, Tennessee Marriage Records [vol.1 1865-1881] Bowen, 199?) [alphabetical]*
  • Perry County, Tennessee Marriage Records [vol.2 1881-1906] Bowen, 199?) [alphabetical by groom and bride] *
  • Perry County, Tennessee, Land Survey Abstracts, 1820-1890 (Young & Copeland, 1995) [name index]
  • Perry County, Tennessee, Tombstones : W.P.A. Records, T.V.A. Records (Douthat, 2011) [surname index]
  • Tennessee, Records of Perry County, Minutes of Circuit Court [vol. 1 1825-1833; vol. 2 1834-1838; vol. 3 1838-1841] (WPA, 1936) [name index]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1865
  • wills from 1863
  • inventories of estates from 1865
  • deed index from 1841
  • county court minutes from 1865
  • circuit court minutes from 1834  (WPA transcriptions for 1826 - 1833)
  • chancery court minutes from 1854
  • tax books from 1873

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index  1841 - 1925  (#16,  1 reel)*
  • Wills  1847 - 1959  & Guardian Settlements  June 1877 - May 1893  (#16,  1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Misc.  (Record Group #107,   Roll 111, 1 reel).  Roll includes Perry County Record of Circuit Court 1841-1843*
  • WPA Records, Perry County  (Record Group #107, Roll 64,  1 reel).  Roll includes Circuit Court Minutes vol. 1-3  (1826-1841).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Linden.  Scattered early issues are available from 1880, and a complete run begins in 1957.  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 Perry County:  1820-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1820-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Perry County census records in book form:  1850*,  1860*,  1870*,  1880*,  1900*, 1910*, 1920*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR PERRY COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated September 14, 2012

 

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