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Washington County

Washington County

Washington County was formed in 1777
by Act of North Carolina
(Laws of North Carolina 1777, Chapter 31).

The county seat is Jonesborough.

There was a fire at the Washington County courthouse in 1839.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • History of the Philadelphia Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Limestone, Tennessee, 1847-1985 (Rowan & Reeser, 1985) [name index]
  • History of Washington County, Tennessee (Cox, 2001)* [name index]
  • History of Washington County, Tennessee, 1988 (Watauga Association of Genealogists--Upper East Tennessee, 1988)* [name index]
  • Johnson City (Haskins, 2005)
  • Johnson City, Tennessee [compiled in 1909] (Lewis, 1989)
  • Jonesborough : The First Century of Tennessee's First Town, 1776-1876 (Fink, 1989)
  • Some Historic Landmarks of Upper East Tennessee (Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities. Washington County Chapter, 1963)
  • Washington County Court, 1796-1836  (Finchum,  1959)
  • Washington County Historical Association Speeches, 1987-1988 (Kozsuch, 1993) [name index]

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1880 Census, Washington County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1994)* [alphabetical]
  • Abstracts of Death and Obituary Notices Garnered from Herald-Tribune [vol. 1-2 1869-1875 & 1875-1896; vol. 3-4 1896-1902 & 1902-1907] (Burns, 1967-) [name index]
  • Carter Co., Tennessee, Greene Co., Tennessee, Hawkins Co., Tennessee, Johnson Co., Tennessee, Sullivan Co., Tennessee, Unicoi Co., Tennessee, Washington Co. [1891 enumeration of male voters] (Reed, 1992)
  • East Tennessee tax records index [vol. 1 1778-1821; vol. 2 1822-1839; vol. 3 1840-1850]( Rasmussen, 2005) [alphabetical]
  • Inventories of Estates, 1779-1843 [3 vols. 1779-1843] (WPA, 1938-39) [name index]
  • Marriage Record of Washington County, Tennessee, 1787-1840 (Grammer & Mullins, 1973)*[surname index]
  • Marriage Records, Volume no.1, 1838 to 1846 (WPA, 1937) [name index, bride & groom]
  • Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions... [11 vols. 1787-1799, 1802-1817, 1819-1837] (WPA, 1937-41) [name index]
  • Minutes of the Superior Court of Law & Equity of Washington County, 1791-1799 (WPA, 1941) [name index]
  • Superior Court Minutes, 1791-1815 [3 vols. 1791-1815] (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Tennesseans Before 1800 : Washington County (Fischer, 1996)* [alphabetical]
  • Tennessee Land Entries : Washington County, 1778-1796 [3 vols.] (Pruitt, 1997)* [name index in vol. 3]
  • Tombstone Records (WPA, 19??)
  • Washington County Court, 1796-1836 (Finchum, 1959)
  • Washington County, Tennessee 1830 Federal Census (Heads of Family) (Streleski, 1968) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Court Minutes [2 vols. 1837-1847] (WPA, 1941) [name index in vol. 1]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Death Record Abstracts, 1908-1916 (Nikazy, 1994)* [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee Death Records, 1925-1936 (Houghland & Hylton, 2009)* [alphabetical]
  • Washington County, Tennessee Deeds [vol. 1 1775-1800; vol. 2 1779-1817] (Rae, 1991-) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, District Superior Court Minutes, 1793-95 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, General Index to Deeds and Mortages, vol. 1, 1779-1866 (WPA, 1940) [alphabetical by grantor and by grantee]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1787-1859 (WPA, 1937) [name index, bride & groom]
  • Washington County, Tennessee Marriages, 1780-1870 (Burgner, 1985)* [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Marriages and Wills [1778-1820] (Stuart & Huffine, 1961) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Records [list of taxables, 1778-1801, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions 1778-1801] (McCown, 1964)*
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Settlements of Estates [vol. 1 1790-1841; vol. 2 1841-1860] (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee Settlements of Estates, 1790-1841 (Lucas & Sheffield, 1999)* [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Superior Court Docket, 1803-08, 1809 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Superior Court Minute Book, 1800-03, Superior Court Minute 1804-08 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Tax List, 1814-1819 (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee Tombstone Inscriptions, Plus Genealogical Notes  [3 vols.]  (Bennett,  1977-) [surname index in each vol.]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Will Book, vol. 1, 1779-1858 (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee Wills, 1777-1872 (Burgner, 1983) [name index]
  • Watauga Reservoir Cemeteries : TVA Grave Removal Records (Douthat, 1992) [name index]
  • Widows' Dowers of Washington County, Tennessee 1803-1899 (Toms & Gann, 2004)* [name index]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1787
  • wills from 1779
  • deed index from 1783
  • chancery court minutes from 1836
  • county court minutes from 1778
  • circuit court minutes from 1809
  • tax books from 1778

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1783-1900  (#174, 1 reel)*
  • Estate Settlements -- 1796-1871  (#156, 1 reel)*
  • Insolvent Estates & Estate Inventories -- 1852-1867  (#113, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories of estates -- 1856-1888  (#114, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage records -- 1787-1891  (#123, 1 reel)*
  • McCown's WPA misc. record book -- 1778-1900  (#128, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1779-1889  (#169, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Washington County  (Record Group #107, Roll 85,  1 reel). Roll includes Superior Court Minutes Book (1793-1795), Superior Court Minutes Book, Book A & B (1791-1804),  Superior Court Minutes Book, vol. 3 (1804-1815),  Superior Court Minutes Book (1800-1803), Superior Court Minutes Book (1804-1808), Superior Court Docket (1803-1809), Minutes of the Superior Court of Law & Equity (1791-1799), Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Minutes, vol. 1 (1778-1785),  Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Minutes (1798-1799) and Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Minutes (1802-1817).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Johnson City, Jonesborough, Limestone and Washington College.  Scattered early issues are available from 1819, and a complete run begins in 1943.  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 Washington County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Washington County census records in book form:  1830,  1880

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated April 9, 2013

 

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