Crockett County, Tennessee Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Alamo
Organized: 1871
Parent County(s): Haywood, Madison, Gibson, Dyer[1]
Neighboring Counties
Dyer  • Gibson  • Haywood  • Lauderdale  • Madison
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for David Crockett (1786-1836), frontier humorist, soldier, Tennessee state legislator and U.S. congressman, and defender of the Alamo. The County is located in the west central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Crockett County Courthouse
1 S Bells Street
Alamo, TN 38001
Crockett County Website Phone: 731-696-5460
County Clerk Phone: 731-696-5452
Circuit Court Clerk Phone: 731-696-5462
Chancery Court Phone: 731-696-5458
Register of Deeds Phone: 731-696-5455

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court, land records from 1872.[3]

Crockett 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1925 1872 1925 1872 1872 1872 1810
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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:[6]

Unincorporated communities

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Additional Information

Davy Crockett (1786-1836)

The county is named after Davy Crockett (1786-1836), frontiersman, Congressman, and Alamo defender.[7]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

  • Miller, Alan N. West Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1821 to 1889. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2006. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2man. Purchase at Includes Crockett County.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Crockett 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.


Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 14,109
1890 15,146 7.3%
1900 15,867 4.8%
1910 16,076 1.3%
1920 17,438 8.5%
1930 17,359 −0.5%
1940 17,330 −0.2%
1950 16,624 −4.1%
1960 14,594 −12.2%
1970 14,402 −1.3%
1980 14,941 3.7%
1990 13,378 −10.5%
2000 14,532 8.6%
2010 14,586 0.4%
Source: "".

1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Crockett 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 Crockett County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. The USGenWeb Census Project®


  • Sistler, Byron H. and Samuel D. 1880 Census, Crockett County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler and Associates, 1992. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8225 X2


Male Voters

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Church records include baptisms, marriages and burials, as well as information about family members and clues about family migration.For additional information about church records, religions, and religious archives in Tennessee, see Tennessee Church Records.

  • If the records you need are not through the Family History Library, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.Two sites that give information about churches in Crockett County are:
- List of Crockett County churches with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)
- List of Crockett County churches (TN HomeTownLocator)

In 1936, a helpful guide to early Crockett County church records was published by the Works Project Administration. [8]Use this guide to locate which church records exist and where they were housed in 1936. The Tennessee State Library and Archives has filmed some of these records. To locate which records are available at the TSLA, go to the appropriate "county fact sheet" on the TSLA Web site and scroll down to "selected manuscript material". All filmed church records at the TSLA for Crockett county are listed.

Church of Christ

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. To read more about this valuable resource Click here. The searchable index is available at the TSLA; another version is available at World Vital Records.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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

African American
Tombstones from several African American local cemeteries have been transcribed and published online, see Crockett County, TN Cemeteries, courtesy: TNGenWeb.

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Crockett, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 10,000 entries.

  • Crockett County, Tennessee Genealogies, 1700's-1900's. Typescript, 1976. FHL US/CAN Films 1008529-1008530. Includes: Families of Koonce, Acor, Acred, Adams, Adcox, Agee, Alpha, Andrews, Antwine, Archer, Archibald, Arnold, Aslin, Austin, Avery, Bacigalupo, Badgett, Baker, Baldridge, Ball, Ballentine, Banks, Ballinger, Barker, Pollard, Farrow, Harpole, Moore -- Cox church records, 1877-1900 -- Business ledgers -- Families of Bell, Best and Cherry; Families of Green, Hamlett, James, Nunn, Mason, Winburn, Wood -- Histories of towns in Crockett Co., Tenn. -- Bells, Belleville, Johnson Grove, Lanefield, Mason Grove -- Board of Commissioners, minutes of meetings, 1871-1876 -- Cox Chapel, Church of Christ, Coxville, membership, 1905-1907 -- Families of Benson, Porter and Harris.


  • Moore - Fritz, Marcine Moore William Moore and his descendants Salt Lake City, Utah Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993. Available at the Family History Library. FHL film 1750756 item 12 with a digitized version through FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Sims - Sims, Almon James. The Paris (Pariss-Parish) Henry Sims Branch of the Sims Family of Scotland, England, Ireland and America. Knoxville, Tenn.?: Unknown, 1948. Digital version available at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Sims - Sims, Almon James. The Pariss Sims Family and Related Families, 1765-1965. Knoxville, TN: A. J. Sims, 1965. Available at FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Si58sa and FHL US/CAN Film 1321309 Item 1.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Crockett County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1872 and is located at the Courthouse, 1 S. Bells St., Suite 1, Alamo, TN 38001-1796; Telephone: (731) 696-5452
Land and property records usually include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.

The Family History Library has Crockett county deed records 1770-1909.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

War of 1812

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Crockett 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 Crockett County:

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Crockett County:

"The effort to record Civil War veterans' experiences, during the conflict and before and after it, started in 1914. Dr. Gus Dyer, Tennessee State Archivist, developed a questionnaire and contacted all known living Tennessee Civil War veterans, asking them to return the questionnaires to Nashville.
In 1920 the project was continued by John Trotwood Moore of the Tennessee Historical Commission and also State Librarian and Archivist. The 1,650 completed forms were returned by 1922 and were made available for historical research. They are on file in the TSLA and have been microfilmed for security and ease of use (Microfilm #484).
The responses are rich in detail about pre- and post-war life, as well as military experiences. They include personal and family information; opinions about class and race distinctions; and details of agricultural, business and educational opportunities for the young in nineteenth century Tennessee."

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 Crockett County click on the following cities or towns:

  • Hays,Tony; Janice S. Jackson, indexer. Gibson - Crockett: A Joint Heritage. [N.p.]: Kitchen Table Press, 1986. This indexed book includes articles from Crockett County newspapers, 1870-1916. (FHL book 976.8 P2h.)
  • 1794-1851 - Lucas, Silas Emmett. Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2L.

For deaths of Methodists in Crockett County (or what later became Crockett County) between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:

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:

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The County Court has responsibility for the probate records of Crockett County.

Online Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1872 Crockett County Tax Book One 1872, Family Findings, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Oct. 1981); Vol. 14, No. 2 (Apr. 1982); Vol. 14, No. 3 (July 1982); Vol. 15, No. 4 (Oct. 1983). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Crockett.
  • 1872 - Crockett County Historical Society. Crockett County Courthouse Centennial, 1874-1974. Digital version, provided by Natalie Huntley, is available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb. Includes 1872 tax list.
  • USGenWeb's Crockett County page has links to several transcribed wills.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Online Titles

  • W.P.A. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1941. FamilySearch Digital Library.

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Crockett County Library
285 E Church St
Alamo, TN 38001
Phone: 731-696-4220

West Tennessee Heritage Study Center
Paul Meek Library
10 Wayne Fisher Dr.
Martin, TN 38238
Phone: 731-881-7065
The Society's genealogical resources include materials relating to the following counties in Tennessee: Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Perry, Shelby, Stewart, Tipton, Wayne, Weakley and Carlisle (KY), Fulton (KY), and Hickman (KY) counties in Kentucky.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

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. Wikipedia contributors, "Crockett, Tennessee" in,_Tennessee accessed 17 Dec 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Crockett County, Tennessee," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Tennessee, accessed 11 November 2019.
  7. "Davy Crockett," Wikipedia.
  8. WPA. Guide to Church Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville: Tennessee State Planning Commission, 1942. FHL 976.8 K23w
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at