Campbell County, Tennessee Genealogy

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Guide to Campbell County, Tennessee ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Jacksboro
Organized: September 11, 1806
Parent County(s): Anderson, Claiborne[1]
Neighboring Counties
Anderson  • Claiborne  • McCreary (KY)  • Scott  • Union  • Whitley (KY)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Campbell County is named after Arthur Campbell (1743-1811), a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses who negotiated Indian treaties.[2] The county is located in the north-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Campbell County Courthouse
590 Main St
Jacksboro, TN 37757
Campbell County Website Phone: 423-562-3864
County Clerk 590 Main St, Phone: 423-562-4985
Circuit Court Clerk P.O. Box 26, 570 Main St, Phone: 423-562-0296
Register of Deeds P.O. Box 26, 570 Main St, Phone: 423-562-3864

County Clerk has marriage records from 1838.
Register of Deeds has land records. [4]

Campbell County, Tennessee Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914 1838 1914 1813 1806 1806 1810
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1883 and 1926 Courthouse was seriously damaged by fires with much record loss.[6]

  • Lost censuses: 1810, 1820
  • Lack of marriage records: 1806 to 1837

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Tennessee county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed at the website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[8]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

  • East Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911. 2000. By Alan N. Miller. Baltimore, Md.: Clearfield Company. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2m. Online at MyHeritage ($). Includes Campbell County.
  • Tennessee Bureau of Agriculture, Statistics and Mines. Coal Mines and Mining--Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: A.B. Travel, 1883. Free digital copy.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Campbell County, Tennessee online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Tennessee Cemeteries for more information.

  • Free Cemetery lookups for Valley View, Baird, Warren Memorial Gardens, Stanfill, Elk Fork Church, Terry Creek, Lawson, and Red Cut Cemetery. (all in Elk Valley, TN) Also, lookups in the Walden cemetery located on Lick Creek on Walden Lane in La Follette, Tennessee

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 2,668
1820 4,244 59.1%
1830 5,110 20.4%
1840 6,149 20.3%
1850 6,068 −1.3%
1860 6,712 10.6%
1870 7,445 10.9%
1880 10,005 34.4%
1890 13,486 34.8%
1900 17,317 28.4%
1910 27,387 58.2%
1920 28,265 3.2%
1930 26,827 −5.1%
1940 31,131 16.0%
1950 34,369 10.4%
1960 27,936 −18.7%
1970 26,045 −6.8%
1980 34,923 34.1%
1990 35,079 0.4%
2000 39,854 13.6%
2010 40,716 2.2%
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1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Campbell County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Tennessee Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than nationwide online indexes.

See Tennessee Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

See Campbell County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. The USGenWeb Census Project®

Tennessee, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1810-1891 - Ancestry ($)

1810 Lost

  • Lost, but a substitute is available:
  • Sherrill, Charles A. The Reconstructed 1810 Census of Tennessee: 33,000 Long-lost Records from Tax Lists, Court Minutes, Church Records, Wills, Deeds and Other Sources. Mt. Juliet, Tenn.: C.A. Sherrill, 2001. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1810.


1820 Lost

1820 Manufactures

These records have also been abstracted:

  • National Archives. Indexes to Manufactures Census of 1820. 1920; reprint, Knightstown, Ind.: Bookmark, 1977. FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2m 1820.
  • 1820 Census of Manufactures: Campbell County, East Tennessee Roots, Vol. 7, No. 4 ():168. For availability, see Campbell.


  • Sistler, Byron H. 1830 Census, East Tennessee. Evanston, Ill.: n.p., 1969. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2p 1830.
  • Gibson, Laura. "1830 Campbell County Tennessee Census," available online through USGenWeb Archives.
  • S-K Publications. "Campbell County, TN 1830 Census Index," available online through USGenWeb Archives.


  • S-K Publications. "Campbell County, TN 1840 Census Index," available online through USGenWeb Archives.

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners


  • Lemasters, Paul W. 1850 Census, Campbell County, Tennessee. Huntsville, Tenn.: Scott County Historical Society (Tennessee), 1987. FHL US/CAN Book 976.872 X2L 1850.
  • S-K Publications. "Campbell County, TN 1850 Census Index," available online through USGenWeb Archives.


  • Freeman, Mitzi P. "1860 Campbell County Tennessee Census," (4 parts) available online through USGenWeb Archives. Source: NARA Microfilm M653 - R1240.


  • Anderson, Sandra and Rick Chambers. "1870 Campbell County Census," (14 Districts) available online through USGenWeb Archives. Source: NARA Microfilm M593 - R1516.


  • Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. 1880 Census - Tennessee: Transcription for Campbell County. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 198-?. FHL US/CAN Book 976.872 X2s 1880.

1890 Lost

  • Lost, but substitutes are available:
  • Anderson, Sandra. "1890 Campbell County Veteran's Census," available online through USGenWeb Archives.
  • Reed, Sue S. Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891, as Provided for by an Act of General Assembly of Tennessee, Passed January 15, 1891, and Approved January 22, 1891. 8 vols. Houston, Texas: S.S. Reed, 1989. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 6 1891. Campbell County is included in Vol. 6.
  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee. Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890.





Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Law and Legislation

  • Tennessee State Library and Archives, Acts of Tennessee 1796-1850: Index to Names. January 25, 2005. In addition to creating new laws, legislative acts were often required to obtain a divorce, grant legitimacy to a child, or for appointments to or grant payments for public service. The TSLA has created an index to names that appear in these acts covering the years 1796 to 1850. Online searchable index at TSLA.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Campbell, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 50,000 entries.

Norris Dam on the Clinch River in Eastern Tennessee was a project of the Tennessee Valley Authority in the 1930s. Nearly 3,000 families, totalling almost 14,000 persons, were required to vacate land that was to be inundated by the resulting reservoir. In connection with the removal of families and gravesites, Mr. Wilson, a TVA official, collected historical and genealogical information about Norris Valley residents; he presents information about 75 of those families, along with a brief chronology of the area. Each family record begins with the name of a father and the name of that man's father, continuing through other ancestors of the direct male line back to the earliest one known. Families represented by ten or more male heads of household include Agee, Carden, Hatmaker, Irwin, Longmire, Miller, Rice, and Sharp.
  • Thomas, Marlene C. Some extractions from the Scott County newspapers regarding Nicks Creek, Campbell County, TN Available at the FamilySearch Digital Library


  • Ausmus - Ausmus, Harry Lee. Ausmus Family History, 1711-1962. Johnson City, TN: H.L. Ausmus, 1963. Available at FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Au72a; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Burge - Byrge, Neal The Descendants of William "Billy" Burge (Byrge). Other surnames frequently found in the book are:Adkins, Anderson, Brown, Bunch, Burchfield, Byrge, Carroll, Cross, Crowley, Daugherty, Davis, Duncan, Farmer, Griffith, Hammonds, Hatfield, Hopson, Jeffers, Jones, Kennedy, Lay, Lively, Lowe, Marlow, McGhee, McKamey, Miller, Patterson, Phillips, Reed, Roe, Rowe, Seiber, Smith, Tackett, Ward, West, Wilson, Wishoun, and Wright. Free Lookups Available!
  • Moad - Moad, Ethel R. The History of the Moads and the Stanleys. 1935. 1994 reprint: FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 A1 no. 8070.
  • Murray - Murray, J.L. Ancestry of James S. Murray of Campbell County, Tennessee and the Wasson Family of Rhea County, Tennessee. MSS., microfilmed in 1983. FHL US/CAN Film 1033940 Item 6.
  • Stanley - Moad, Ethel R. The History of the Moads and the Stanleys. 1935. 1994 reprint: FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 A1 no. 8070.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

The original Campbell County Deed Books are held at the Campbell. The TSLA microfilmed Deed Books D to 30 (1820-1894), Land Entry Books A to F (1806-1834, 1837, 1868), Entry Taker Book A (1824-1902), and Trust Deed Books A to D (1852-1877, 1886-1894). Copies of their microfilms are also available at the Family History Library: FHL US/CAN Films 979222-979238.

The organization Strictly By Name provides online indexes to early Campbell County land records. They offer a research service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

  1. Deed Book A: 1806-1810
  2. Deed Book B: 1810-1816
  3. Deed Book E: 1826-1831
  4. Deed Book F: 1831-1834

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Marshall, L. McGhee and Jackson, Melba Caryville through the years and Caryville and more (books about Caryville, Tennessee and local areas) Action Print., 1988. Free lookups available.
  • McDonald, Dr. Miller Campbell County, Tennessee USA: A History of Places, Faces, Happenings, Traditions, and Things, Vols 1, 2, & 3. County Services Syndicate. Free lookups available. (These books are not indexed)

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War
The following Campbell County Revolutionary War records are available online through TNGenWeb:

The 1840 Census of Pensioners has been abstracted multiple times:

Additional resources include:

  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." Digital version at Ancestry ($). Tennessee entries abstracted online at Tennesseans in the Revolutionary War (TNGenWeb).
  • Pensions, Revolutionary War and War of 1812, Campbell Countian, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Summer 1993).

War of 1812

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Campbell County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (part of a large regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Campbell County:

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Campbell County:

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at the TSLA. Most of these newspapers may be accessed by interlibrary loan to libraries within Tennessee, although there are some newspapers which are not available in or outside of Tennessee. For further information regarding interlibrary loan policies and newspapers not available for interlibrary loan click here. For a list of newspapers available at the archives for Campbell County click on the following cities or towns:

For deaths of Methodists in Campbell County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:

The following Campbell County newspaper abstracts have been published:

  • Thomas, Marlene C. Some Extractions from the Scott County Newspapers Regarding Nicks Creek, Campbell County, Tennessee. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Prisons[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Genealogical periodicals can contain unique sources and can be local, regional, or statewide. The following periodicals cover this county:

  • The Pellissippian: Published by the Anderson County Historical Society (formerly called, Pellissippi Genealogical and Historical Society). The table of contents for some issues are available on their website. FHL Book 976.8 D25p.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Many of the original Campbell County Will Books were destroyed. In the 1970s, TSLA microfilmed extant probate records covering the years 1806 to 1911. Their microfilms include administrator's bonds, guardians' settlements, inventories, a will book, estate book, and land records. FHL copies: FHL Films 979201, 979213-979214, 979218-979221.

Online Records

Book abstracts and indexes

  • 1806-1861 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22s. Includes an index to this county's probate records. Free Lookups Available!

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Book abstracts and indexes

  • 1814 - "Direct Federal Tax-Delinquent Property Owners Listed for 1814," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 3(Fall 1996):115-120. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Campbell. Includes Campbell County.
  • 1818 Taxpayers, 1818, East Tennessee Historical Society Publications. Knoxville TN: 1964. Vol. - Iss. 36.
  • 1818 Creekmore, Pollyanna. Early East Tennessee Taxpayers. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1980. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4cp and Silas Emmett Lucas's Revised Index FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4cp index. Includes 1818 tax list. A digital version of this source is available online for Campbell County through TNGenWeb.
  • 1818, 1823 Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists. Evanston, Ill.: B. & B. Sistler, 1977. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4s. Includes 1818 and 1823 tax lists.
  • 1818, 1823 Curtis, Mary Barnett. Early East Tennessee Tax Lists. Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing Company, 1964. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4c. Includes 1818 and 1823 tax lists.
  • 1818 Tax Return Lists, 1818, Scott County Historical Society Newsletter. Huntsville TN: Fall 1985. Vol. 3 Iss. 1.
  • 1820 Tax List, 1820, Campbell Countian. LaFollette TN: Winter 1992. Vol. 3 Iss. 2.
  • 1836 Douthat, James L. 1836 Campbell County, Tennessee, 1836 Tennessee Civil Districts and Tax Lists. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1993. FHL US/CAN Book 976.872 P2d; online: surname index and purchase details.
  • 1838 Tax List, 1838, Campbell Countian. LaFollette TN: Summer 1991. Vol. 2 Iss. 1; Winter 1992. Vol. 2 Iss. 2; Spring 1992. Vol. 2 Iss. 3.
  • 1838 Tax List Excerpt, 1838, Scott County Historical Society Newsletter. Huntsville TN: Summer 1993. Vol. 10 Iss. 4.
  • 1838 - Anderson, Sandra. "1838 Campbell County Tax Records," available online through TNGenWeb. Also available online through USGenWeb Archives. Source: Early Tennessee Tax Records, Campbell County 1838-1839 Microfilm.
  • 1839 Chambers, Rick and Sandra Anderson. "1839 Tax Records," available online through TNGenWeb.
  • 1849 Tax List, 1849, Campbell Countian. LaFollette TN: Winter 1995. Vol. 5 Iss. 1; Apr 1995. Vol. 6 Iss. 1; Jul 1995. Vol. 6 Iss. 2; Oct 1995. Vol. 6 Iss. 3; Jan 1996. Vol. 6 Iss. 4; Apr 1996. Vol. 7 Iss. 1; Jul 1996. Vol. 7 Iss. 2; Oct 1996. Vol. 7 Iss. 3; Jan 1997. Vol. 7 Iss. 4; Apr 1997. Vol. 8 Iss. 1; Jul 1997. Vol. 8 Iss. 2; Oct 1997. Vol. 8 Iss. 3; Jan 1998. Vol. 8 Iss. 4.
  • 1850 Tax List, 1850, Campbell Countian. LaFollette TN: Jan 2001. Vol. 11 Iss. 4; Apr 2001. Vol. 12 Iss. 1; Jul 2001. Vol. 12 Iss. 2; Oct 2001. Vol. 12 Iss. 3; Jan 2002. Vol. 12 Iss. 4; Apr 2002. Vol. 13 Iss. 1; Jul 2002. Vol. 13 Iss. 2; Oct 2002. Vol. 13 Iss. 3; Jan 2003. Vol. 13 Iss. 4; Apr 2003. Vol. 14 Iss. 1; Jul 2003. Vol. 14 Iss. 2.
  • 1860 Tax List, 1860, Campbell Countian. LaFollette TN: Jan 2006. Vol. 16 Iss. 4; Apr 2006. Vol. 17 Iss. 1; Jul 2006. Vol. 17 Iss. 2; Oct 2006. Vol. 17 Iss. 3; Jan 2007. Vol. 17 Iss. 4; Apr 2007. Vol. 18 Iss. 1.
  • 1890 Anderson, Sandra. "1890 Tax Records," available online through TNGenWeb. Also available online through USGenWeb Archives. Source: Campbell Trustee Tax Duplicates, Volume Jan 1889 - Dec 1898, Roll #48.
  • 1895 Chambers, Rick. "Campbell County, TN, 1895 Tax Records," available online through TNGenWeb. Also available online (4 parts) through USGenWeb Archives. Source: Campbell Trustee Tax Duplicates, Volume Jan 1889 - Dec 1898, Roll #48.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Book Abstracts and Index

Death[edit | edit source]

The death certificates for Campbell County for the years 1908-1912 have been transcribed and are online with the Campbell County TNGenWeb site.

Online Records

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Campbell County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Tennessee Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Campbell County. For state-wide library facilities, see Tennessee Archives and Libraries.

Jacksboro Public Library
585 Main St., Suite 201
Jacksboro, TN 37757
Phone: 423-562-3675

LaFollette Public Library
201 South Tennessee Ave.
LaFollette, TN 37766
Phone: 423-562-5154
Fax: 423-562-0013

Campbell County Historical Museum and Library
160 East Central Avenue
LaFollette, TN 37766
Phone: 423-566-3581

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Campbell County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Tennessee Societies.

  • Campbell County Historical Society
    235 East Central Ave.
    LaFollette, TN 37766
    Phone: 423-566-3581

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

Research Guides

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Campbell, Tennessee" in,_Tennessee accessed 11 Dec 2018
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State (accessed 13 March 2016).
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Campbell County, Tennessee," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Tennessee, accessed 8 November 2019.
  9. Mary Barnett Curtis, Early East Tennessee Tax Lists: a compiled list of residents of the area covered in 22 east Tennessee counties for which there is (sic) no census records prior to 1830 (Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing, 1964) [FHL 976.8 R4c].
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at