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Roane County

Roane County

Roane County was formed in 1801 from
Knox County and Indian lands
(Acts of Tennessee 1801, Chapter 45).

The county seat is Kingston.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • 200 Years of Kingston, Tennessee History 1799-1999 (Parker, 1999)
  • Company Town : A History of Rockwood and the Roane Iron Company (Moore, 1984)
  • East Roane County Homecoming '86 (Guettner, 1986)
  • Glimpse of the Past (Roberts, 1982?)
  • Guidebook to Historic Places in Roane County, Tennessee (Anderson & Hall, 1997)
  • Harriman (Brown, 2014)
  • Historical Review: Rockwood's centennial year, 1868-1968 (Staples, 1968)*
  • History of Roane County, Tennessee (Wells, 1920) *
  • History of Roane County, Tennessee, 1801-1870 (Wells, 1975)* [name index]
  • History of Roane County, Tennessee to 1860 (Pickel, 1981)*
  • Pictures of the Past (Williams & Myers, 1982)*
  • Rockwood, Tennessee : The Little Pittsburgh of the South (Seward, 1962?)
  • Roots of Roane County, Tennessee, 1792- (Roberts, 1981)*
  • Valley of Challenge and Change : The History of Roane County, Tennessee, 1860-1900 (Shelley & Hall, 1986)* [surname index]

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1860 Census of Roane County, Tennessee (McCluen & Thornton, 1993) [name index of heads of households]
  • 1880 Census Roane County, Tennessee (Pierce & McCluen, 1986) [surname index]
  • 1880 Census, Roane County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1990)* [alphabetical by head of household]
  • 1900 Census, Roane County, Tennessee (Pierce & McCluen, 1988) [surname index]
  • Cemeteries of Roane County, Tennessee [3 vols. in 4 pts.] (Roane County Genealogical Society, 1988-)* [surname index in each part]
  • Cemetery Atlas for the Thirty Four Atomic Energy Commission, Depart of Energy Reservtion Cemeteries in Roane County, Tennessee (Daughters of the American Revolution. Avery Trace Chapter, 2007) [alphabetical by cemetery]
  • Cemetery Atlas George Jones Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery, Wheat Community, Roane County, Tennessee (DAR, 2008) [name index]
  • Churches of Roane County, Tennessee (McCluen, 1976?)
  • Cumberland Co., Tennessee, Fentress Co., Tennessee, Jackson Co., Tennessee, Loudon Co., Tennessee, Morgan Co., Tennessee, Overton Co., Putnam Co., Tennessee, Roane Co., Tennessee, [1891 enumeration of male voters] (Reed, 1990) [name index for each county]
  • Estate Book, 1802-1842 [vol. 1 & 2 1802-1828 & 1829-1837; vol. 3 1838-1842] (WPA, 1936) [Vol. 1 & 2 bound together-- name index for each volume; vol. 3 -- name index]
  • Fourth Survey Distr[i]ct of Tennessee, 1808-1810 : John McClellan-Surveyor Anderson, Bledsoe, Campbell, Knox, Overton, Rhea, Roane Counties, TN (Douthat, 1988) [name index]
  • General Index to Warranty Deeds, 1801-1860 (WPA, 1940) [grantor index arranged by 1st letter of surname; grantee index arranged by 1st letter of surname]
  • Index to Roane County, Tennessee Chancery Court Case Files, 1824-1924 (Bailey, 2004)* [name index]
  • Kyker Funeral Home of Harriman, Tennessee Death Index, 1938-December 31, 2004 [vol. 1 - 1938-2004; vol. 2 - 1938-2004] (McMinn County Historical Society, 2005) [alphabetical]
  • Kyker Funeral Home of Kingston, Tennessee Death Index, 1959-2004 (McMinn County Historical Society, 2005)
  • Locations of Roane County Cemeteries, Plus Tombstone Readings of Harriman Cemetery and Willard Park Cemetery in Harriman, Tennessee (Pellissippi Genealogical & Historical Society, 1987)* [alphabetical by cemetery]
  • Marriage Records of Roane County, Tennessee, 1801-1855 (Hutcherson & McCluen, 1973)* [name index]
  • Marriage Records, Roane County, Tennessee, 1856-1880 (Pierce, 1987)* [name index]
  • Marriages of Roane County, Tennessee, 1801-1838 (Whitley, 1983)* [name index]
  • Maxwell Funeral Home Records: Harriman, Roane County, Tennessee, 1926-1979 (Bailey, 2000) [name index]
  • Minute Book [County Court], 1801-1826 [10 vols.] (WPA, 1937-1942)
  • Minutes, New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1824-1845 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Pioneers of Roane County, Tennessee, 1801-1830. Tax Lists, Muster Rolls, Election Lists, Petitions, etc. (Thornton, 1965)*
  • Records of Roane County, Tennessee [court records, early marriages, wills, muster rolls] (Wells, 192?)
  • Revolutionary War Pension Applications, Roane County, TN (Douthat, 1988)* [surname index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee 1850 Federal Census (Roane County Heritage Commission, 2002) [surname index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee 1870 Federal Census (Bailey & Trent, 1997) [name index of head of household]
  • Roane County, Tennessee 1910 Federal Census [5 vols.] (Bailey, 1996-1997) [name index of head of household in each volume]
  • Roane County, Tennessee 1920 Federal Census ... Civil District ... [5 vols.] (Bailey, 1999-2000) [name index of head of household in each volume]
  • Roane County, Tennessee, 1830 & 1840 Censuses and 1830 & 1840 Tax Lists (Bailey, 1995) [name index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee 1930 Federal Census [vols. 1 - 3] (Bailey, 2003)* [name index of head of household in each volume]
  • Roane County, Tennessee Abstracts of Estate Book "A", 1801-1824 (McCluen, 1965) [name index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee Bible Records : W.P.A. Records [1938] (Mountain Press, 2012) [name index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee Census of 1870 [2 vols.] (1986) [surname index in vol. 2]
  • Roane County, Tennessee County Court Minutes (Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions) ... [vol. 1 1830-1831; vol. 2 1832-1835; vol. 3 1836-1840; vol. 4 1841-1843; vol. 5 1815-Jan 1816; vol. 6 1823-1826; vol. 7 1827-1828; vol. 8 1828-1830] (Bailey, 2000-) [name index in each volume]
  • Roane County, Tennessee, Deed Abstracts [1793-jAN 1834] [6 vols.] (Roane County Genealogical Society, 1980-) [name index in each volume]
  • Roane County, Tennessee, Divorces, 1807-1900 (Bailey, 1994) [name index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee Estate Book [vol. 1 1802-1842; vol. 2 1842-1846; vol. 3 1847-1855; vol. 4 1856-1863] (Bailey, 1999-) [name index in each volume]
  • Roane County, Tennessee, Family Bible Records [2 vols.] (WPA, 1938) [name index in vol. 1]
  • Roane County, Tennessee, John McClellan's Surveyor's Book, 1808-10 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee, Land Entry Book A, 1807-1808 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee Marriage Records [vol. 1 1875-1892; vol. 2 1892-1899; vol. 3 1900-1906; vol. 4 1906-1914; vol. 5 1914-1919; vol. 6 1920-1924; vol. 7 1925-1930; vol. 8 1931-1937] (Bailey, 2002-)* [name index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1801-1838 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee Marriages, 1856-1875 (Sistler, 1988)* [alphabetical by groom; alphabetical by bride]
  • Roane County, Tennessee Militia Companies 1806-1820 & 1828-1839 (Brittain, 1999) [name index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee Newspaper Abstracts, 1808-1879 : Obituaries, Marriages, and Other Items of Genealogical Interest (Bailey, 1998) [name index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee Obituaries [vol. 1 1880-1883; vol. 2 1884-1889; vol. 2a 1890-1895*; vol. 2b 1896-1899*; vol. 3 1900-1909; vol. 4 1910-1912; vol. 5 1913-1915; vol. 6 1916-1917; vol. 7 1918-1919; vol. 8 1920-1921; vol. 9 1922-1923; vol. 10 1924-1925*; vol. 11 1926; vol. 12 1927; vol. 13 1928; vol. 14 1929; vol. 15 1930; vol. 16 1931*; vol. 17 1932*] (Bailey, 1999-) [name index in each volume 1-2 and 4-17; surname index in vol. 3]
  • Roane County, Tennessee, Revolutionary War Pension Applications, 1793-1855 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee Scholastic Population Lists, 1838-1861 (Bailey, 1997) [name index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee Scholastic Population Lists, 1872-1899 (Bailey, 2003)* [name index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee Tax Lists [vol. 1 1822-1827; vol. 2 1828-1832; vol. 3 1833-1840; vol. 4 1841-1844; vol. 5 1843-1851 (1846-1847 missing)] (Bailey, 1994-)* [name index in each volume]
  • Roane County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1914 through 1925 (Wiefering, 1993)* [name index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1926 through 1930 (Wiefering, 1997) [name index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1931 through 1935 (Wiefering, 1999)* [name index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1936 through 1941 (Wiefering, 1999)* [name index]
  • Roane County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1942 through 1946 (Wiefering, 1999)* [name index]
  • Roane County TN Polk City Directory (2003-2007, 2009-2014)
  • Tax Lists of Roane County, Tennessee, 1814-1821 (Hutcherson, McCluen & Thornton, 1969) [surname indexes]
  • Tennessee Fourth Surveyor's District Land Surveys 1814-1824 : Anderson, Bledsoe, Campbell, Morgan, Overton, Rhea and Roane Counties, Tenn. (Bailey, 1996) [name index]
  • Tennessee Negro Cemetery Records and Marriage Records : Counties of Campbell, Dickson, Madison, McMinn, Monroe, Roane, Sevier [arranged by county -- Roane County section has only Negro Bible Records; some pages out of order with several Roane County records following the Campbell County section] (WPA, 1938)
  • Tennessee, Roane County, Negro Bible Records (WPA, 1938)
  • "To Save the County Harmless" : Roane County, Tennessee, Bastardy Cases, 1806-1900 (Bailey, 1995) [name index]
  • Watts Bar Reservoir Cemeteries (Douthat, 1986) [surname index]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1801
  • wills from 1802
  • deed index from 1801
  • chancery court minutes from 1824
  • county court minutes from 1801
  • circuit court minutes from 1810
  • tax books from 1858

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1801-1887 (#155, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage records-1801-1876 (#80, 1 reel)*
  • Wills and estatesettlements -- 1802-1824; 1828-1846 (#143, 1 reel)*
  • Wills and estate Settlements -- 1847-1863 (#144, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Roane County (Record Group #107, Roll 67, 1 reel). Roll includes Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Minute Book A-C (1801-1809), Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Minutes (1808-1818), Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Book H & I (1819-1823), Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Minutes (1823-1826) and General Index to Warranty Deeds, Vol. 1, Direct & Reverse (1801-1860).*
  • WPA Records, Roane County (Record Group #107, Roll 68, 1 reel). Roll includes Estate Book A-C (1802-1842), Land Entry's Book A (1807-1808), Marriage Records (1801-1838), John McClellan's Surveyors Book (1808-1810), Revolutionary War Pension Applications (1793-1855), New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church Minutes (1824-1845), Bible Records, pts. 1 & 2 (undated) and Bible Records [Negro] (undated).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Cardiff, Kingston, Oliver Springs and Rockwood.  Scattered early issues are available from 1854, and a complete run begins in 1941.  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 Roane County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Roane County census records in book form:  1830, 1840, 1860, 1870, 1880*, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR ROANE COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated August 27, 2014

 

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