Greene County, Tennessee Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Greeneville
Organized: April 18, 1783
Parent County(s): Washington[1]
Neighboring Counties
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General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786)

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Greene County was named for Major General Nathanael Greene. The county is located in the northeastern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Greene County Courthouse
101 South Main Street
Greenville, TN 37743
Greene County Courthouse
Phone: 423-798-1708
Clerk and Master 101 South Main Street
Phone: 423-798-1742
County Clerk 204 North Cutler St., Suite 200, Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 423-798-1775

County Clerk has marriage and probate records
Register of Deeds has land records.[3]

Greene 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
1881 1780 1908 1783 1785 1802 1810
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820
  • Many pre-1800 marriage bonds and licenses are lost; only a fraction of those issued in 1815 survive
  • Lost probate records: 1783 to 1800

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1783--Greene County was created 18 April 1783 from Washington.
  • County seat: Greeneville[5]

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:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

In the 1780s, this county's land fell within the bounds of the State of Franklin Genealogy
  • 1783 - Created by the North Carolina legislature from Washington.
  • 1784 - Greene joined two neighboring counties in declaring their independence from North Carolina.
  • 1785 - These counties applied for admission to the United States Genealogy as the State of Franklin Genealogy. The request was denied and hope for Franklin statehood faded by 1789.
  • 1789 - When North Carolina was admitted to the United States, she ceded her westernmost counties including Greene County to the United States. The United States turned these counties into the Southwest Territory.
  • 1792 - Southwest Territory created Jefferson County partly out of Greene County.
  • 1796 - all the land in these Southwest Territory counties became part of the new State of Tennessee.

Additional Information
The county is named after Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786).[7]

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 Greene County.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Greene 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.
1790 7,741
1800 7,610 −1.7%
1810 9,713 27.6%
1820 11,324 16.6%
1830 14,410 27.3%
1840 16,076 11.6%
1850 17,824 10.9%
1860 19,004 6.6%
1870 21,668 14.0%
1880 24,005 10.8%
1890 26,614 10.9%
1900 30,596 15.0%
1910 31,083 1.6%
1920 32,824 5.6%
1930 35,119 7.0%
1940 39,405 12.2%
1950 41,048 4.2%
1960 42,163 2.7%
1970 47,630 13.0%
1980 54,422 14.3%
1990 55,853 2.6%
2000 62,909 12.6%
2010 68,831 9.4%
Source: "".

1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Greene 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 Greene County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. The USGenWeb Census Project®

1790- Lost, only statistics survive[8], but substitutes are available, see Greene and:

  • Eakle, Arlene. Tennessee Research. 2010. Includes a reconstructed 1790 census, sources: "Contemporary lists–tax lists, militia rolls, land grants and deeds, claims for pre-emption lands, names recorded in diaries and journals. And numerous histories compiled by local historians from records that we have not seen or read ourselves."
  • Jackson, Ronald Vern. Ohio, 1790, Volume Two. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1986. FHL US/CAN Book 977.1 X2o 1790. Includes "Territory Southwest of the River Ohio," i.e. East Tennessee.[9]
  • McGhee, Lucy Kate. Partial Census of 1787 to 1791 of Tennessee as Taken from the North Carolina Land Grants. 3 Parts. Microfilmed in 1990. FHL US/CAN Films 1728882 Item 4 and 1683130 Item 3.


1810 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[10]

1820 Manufactures

The original manufactures schedules for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee are kept at the NARA, Washington, D.C. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 1024517-1024518.

The following book is a useful aid for finding the original records.


1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners


1890 Lost, but substitutes are available:

  • 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. 7 1891. Greene County is included in Vol. 7.
  • 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.

1891 Male Voters


  • Godwin, William. 1920 Greene County, Tennessee Census Index: Includes Heads of Households and Persons Whose Surnames Differ from Those of Heads of Household. Greeneville, Tenn.: Greene County Genealogical Society, 2002. FHL US/CAN Book 976.891 X22g 1920.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

  • Greene County Bank. Faith of Our Fathers. Greeneville, Tenn.: n.p., n.d. FHL US/CAN Large Q Book 976.891 K2f. Includes photographs of 21 Greene County churches with short histories.



  • Records of Births, Deaths and Marriages from Monthly Meeting of Friends, New Hope, Green County, Tennessee: Notes of Mildred S. Grimsley in Possession of the Las Vegas Nevada Family History Center. Las Vegas, Nev.: Las Vegas Nevada Family History Center, 1989. FHL US/CAN Film 1597620 Item 15.

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]

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 11 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Greeneville and Greene County. Ancestry ($) [11]

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

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

More than 90 genealogies have been published about Greene County, Tennessee families. For more information visit Greene County, Tennessee Compiled Genealogies.

Gordon Aronhime (1911-1983) collected information on hundreds of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee pioneers. His note cards, which reference more than 4,000 early settlers of the Holston-Clinch River area and East Tennessee (1770s-1790s), are held at the Library of Virginia. The cards have been digitized and made available online.[12]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

The TSLA microfilmed the original Greene County Deed Books 1 to 50 (1785-1887) and Indexes (1785-1931). Copies of their films are also available at the Family History Library: FHL US/CAN Films 944411-944439.

Online Records and Indexes

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • Burgner, Goldene Fillers and Betty Goff Cook Cartwright. North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee, 1778-1791. [Greenville, S.C.]: Southern Historical Press, 1981. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R2b.
  • Burgner, Goldene Fillers. North Carolina Land Grants Recorded in Greene County, Tennessee. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1981. FHL US/CAN Book 976.891 R2b.

Local Land Entries Issued by North Carolina

The original Greene County land entries issued by North Carolina are kept at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh. On their website, users can bring up a list of land entries issued in Greene County, both before and after it became a part of the state of Tennessee. Years covered: 1778-1803.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Brandon, Connie B. Step Back in Time to Laurel Gap / Baileyton: (Late 1700s through Early 1900s) in Greene County, Tennessee. Greenville, Tenn.: C. Brandon, 2005. FHL US/CAN Book 976.891/B2 H2b.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Indian Wars

  • Service against Chickamaugas, 1790 Claims, Tennessee Ancestors, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Dec. 1989).

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

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, courtesy: TNGenWeb. Includes veterans from this county; Tennessee section begins on page 381.

War of 1812

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Greene 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 Greene County:

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Greene County:

Civil War Battles
The following Civil War battles were fought in Greene County:

Map showing Civil War battles in Tennessee.
Greene County Civil War Database gives name, birth, death, burial, Company, Unit, Rank, US or CSA, and where lived. Published in The Greene County Pioneer: A Journal of Greene County History and Genealogy. by Greene County Genealogical Society FHL 976.891 B2g Vol. 32 No. 1 (May 2016)

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at 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 Greene County click on the following town:

For deaths of Methodists in Greene County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try the following records:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Private Papers[edit | edit source]
  • Stephens - Stephens Bible. [Tex.]: Texas DAR, Genealogical Records Committee, 1998. FHL US/CAN Book 976.4253 V2b. "This Bible was owned by A. Stephens, Jr.; S. L. Stephens in 1848; and S. S. Stephens in 1862 of Greene Co., Tennessee."
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]

TSLA microfilmed the original Greene County Will Books 1 to 5 (1828-1931). FHL copies: FHL Films 944409-944410.

Online Records and Indexes

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1783-1890 - Burgner, Goldene Fillers. Greene County, Tennessee, Wills, 1783-1890. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1981. FHL US/CAN Book 976.891 P28b.
  • 1783-1861 - 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]

The original Greene County Tax Books (1809-1892) are held at the County Courthouse. Microfilmed by TSLA; FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 94445-944452.

The original Greene County Tax Records (1828-1832) are held at the County Courthouse. Microfilmed by TSLA in 1960s; FHL copy: FHL US/CAN Film 464112.

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1783 Tax List, 1783, Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine. Washington DC: Apr 1919. Vol. 53 Iss. 4.
  • 1783, 1805 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 1783 and 1805 tax lists.
  • 1783 Tax List, 1783, Greene County Pioneer, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Sep. 1985); Vol. 1, No. 3 (Dec. 1985).
  • 1783, 1805, 1812 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 1783, 1805, 1812 tax lists.
  • 1783 "First Tax List for Greene County, 1783," The Blount Journal, (Nov. 1988).
  • 1783 Tax List, 1783, A-F, Pellissippian, Vol. 9, No. 4 (Oct. 1988).
  • 1785 Tax List, 1785, Greene County Pioneer. Greeneville TN: May 1991. Vol. 7 Iss. 2.
  • 1785-1800 - Tax Lists, 1785, Greene County Pioneer. Vol. 9, No. 2 (Nov. 1993), Vol. 10, No. 1 (May 1994).
  • 1787-1792 - Tax Lists, 1787-92, Greene County Pioneer, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Feb. 1989).
  • 1788 Taxable Property in State of Franklin, 1788, Genealogist's Post. Danboro PA: Jan 1965. Vol. 2 Iss. 1.
  • 1788, 1789 Clerk's Taxes, 1788, 1789, North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal. Raleigh NC: Nov 1992. Vol. 18 Iss. 4
  • 1796 Tax List, 1796, Greene County Pioneer. Greeneville TN: Jun 1987. Vol. 3 Iss. 2.
  • 1796 Taxables, 1796, Greene County Pioneer. Greeneville TN: May 1989. Vol. 5 Iss. 2.
  • 1797 Taxables, 1797, Greene County Pioneer. Greeneville TN: Aug 1989. Vol. 5 Iss. 3.
  • 1798 Taxables, 1798, Green County Pioneer, Vol. 5, No. 4 (Nov. 1989); Vol. 6, No. 1 (Feb. 1990).
  • 1799 Tax List, 1799, Greene County Pioneer, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Aug. 1990).
  • 1805 - "1805 Enumeration, Greene County, Tennessee," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Winter 1981):159-163. Free digital versions at Sevier County, Tennessee, Genealogy & History website and Jefferson County, Tennessee, Genealogy & History website. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • 1805, 1812 Curtis, Mary Barnett. Early East Tennessee Tax Lists. Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing Company, 1964. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4c. Includes 1805 and 1812 tax lists.
  • 1805 Tax List, 1805, Wagoner Genealogist. Wagoner OK: Mar 1988. Vol. 8 Iss. 1.
  • 1809 - Standefer, Jewel B. "Petitioners of Green County, Tennessee, Asking for Reduction in Taxes, Etc., 1809," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 11, No. 3 (July 1964):121-124. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • 1809-1817 - Historical Records Project (Tennessee). Tax Books, 1809-1817, Greene County, Tennessee. Typescript, Nashville, Tenn. FHL US/CAN Film 24667 Item 3.
  • 1809-1817 - Burgner, Goldene Fillers. Greene County Tax Digests, 1809-1817. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1986. FHL US/CAN Book 976.891 R4b.
  • 1809-1817 - 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. Cites Burgner's tax digests as source.
  • 1809 - "Tax List-1809 Greene Co., Tennessee," available online at TNGenWeb. Source: TSLA Microfilm.
  • 1814 - "Direct Federal Tax-Delinquent Property Owners Listed for 1814," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 3 (Fall 1996):115-120. Includes Green(e) County. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • 1814-1816 - Direct Tax, 1814-16, Greene County Pioneer. Greeneville TN: May 1996. Vol. 12 Iss. 1.
  • 1825 "Greene County Property Sold in 1825 for Unpaid Federal Taxes," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 4 (Winter 1996):187. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • 1830 - Houston, Sandra Kelton. Greene County, Tennessee Guardians and Orphans Court Records, 1783-1870 and 1830 Tax List. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1984. FHL US/CAN Book 976.891 P2h.
  • 1836 Douthat, James L. Greene County, Tennessee, 1836 Tennessee Civil District and Tax List. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1993. Mountain Press provides online surname list. FHL US/CAN Book 976.891 R4d.
  • Tax Reduction Petitioners, Ansearchin' News. Memphis TN: Jul 1964. Vol. 11 Iss. 3. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.

The Greene Co., Tennessee GenWeb site includes abstracts of tax payers by the surnames Brown and Willis.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes and Records

Book Abstracts and Indexes

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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

Greeneville-Greene County Library
210 N. Main St.
Greeneville, TN 37745-3816
Phone: 423-638-5034

Mosheim Public Library
730 Main St.
Mosheim, TN 37818-0611
Phone: 423-422-7937

Museums[edit | edit source]

Greeneville Green County History Museum
101 West McKee St.
Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 423-638-1558

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Greene County Genealogical Society
T. Elmer Cox Historical and Genealogical Library
229 N. Main St.
Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 423-638-9866

Greene County Historical Society

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.
  • Greene County, TN (American History and Genealogy Project)
  • Greene County, TNGenWeb (USGenWeb)

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, "Greene, Tennessee" in Wikipedia accessed 20 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, "Greene County, Tennessee," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Tennessee, accessed 14 November 2019.
  7. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  8. Arlene Eakle, "Reconstructing the 1790 Census of Tennessee," Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Genealogy Blog, 20 May 2010.
  9. Arlene Eakle, "Territory Southwest of the River Ohio," Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Genealogy Blog, 5 June 2009.
  10. 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 Book 976.8 R4c]].
  11. Kenneth Scott. British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979, 372-378 (see East Tennessee). FHL US/CAN 973 W4s; digital version at [ Ancestry ($).
  12. "Original Virginia Records Imaged and Indexed Online," Arlene Eakle's Virginia Genealogy Blog, 12 October 2008.
  13. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State
  14. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State