Hamblen County, Tennessee Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Morristown
Organized: June 9, 1870
Parent County(s): Grainger, Jefferson, Hawkins[1]
Neighboring Counties
Cocke  • Grainger  • Greene  • Hawkins  • Jefferson
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Hamblen County was named for Hezekiah Hamblen (1775-1854), an early settler, landowner, attorney, and member of the Hawkins County Court for many years. Governor Dewitt Clinton Senter, a resident of the county, used his influence to assist in its establishment. The county is located in the northeastern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Hamblen County Courthouse
511 W 2nd N Street
Morristown, TN 37814
County Courthouse Phone: 423-586-9112
County Clerk Phone: 423-586-1993

County Circuit Court Clerk
Hamblen County Justice Center
510 Allison St.
Morristown, TN 37814
Circuit Court Clerk Phone: 423-586-5640
Chancery Court Clerk Phone: 423-586-9112

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1870.
Clerk and Master has divorce records.
Clerk Circuit Court has court records.
Register of Deeds has land records.[3]

Hamblen 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
1909 1863 1909 1870 1870 1870 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]

For animated maps illustrating Tennessee county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed at the MapofUS.org 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
  • Alpha
  • Barton Springs
  • Fernwood
  • Havley Springs
  • Hillcrest
  • Lakemoore
  • Lakeview
  • Lawrence Mills
  • Lowland
  • Marguerite
  • Needmore
  • New Line
  • Noe's Mill
  • Ridgeview
  • Roe
  • Rolling Hills
  • Russellville
  • Silver City
  • Springvale
  • Statem Gap
  • Sulphur Spring
  • Sunset Hills
  • Susong
  • Talbott
  • Union Heights
  • Valley Home
  • Whitesburg
  • Witt

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • 1786 The land which eventually became Hamblen County was first organized by the State of Franklin Genealogy in March 1786 from parts of Greene and Sullivan counties under the name of Spencer later Hawkins County, and from part of Greene County under the name Caswell.[7] [8]
  • 1786 The North Carolina legislature created a parallel county of Franklin's Spencer County and called it Hawkins County. It was known by both county names while Franklin's statehood efforts lasted up to 1788.[8] Since then the land on which the lost county of Spencer County was located has been called Hawkins.
  • 1792 Southwest Territory, using land from its Greene and Hawkins counties, erected a new county named Jefferson County.[8]
  • 1796 All these lands also became part of the new State of Tennessee, and Grainger County was split off from Hawkins County.
  • 1870 Tennessee used parts of Hawkins, Grainger, and Jefferson counties to form Hamblen County.[9]

Additional Information

In the 1780s, this county's land fell within the bounds of the State of Franklin Genealogy

Hamblen County is named after Tennessee pioneer Hezekiah Hamblen.[10]

The land which eventually became Hamblen County was first organized by the State of Franklin Genealogy in March 1786 from parts of Greene and Sullivan counties under the name of Spencer later Hawkins County, and from part of Greene County under the name Caswell.).[11], [8] However, the Franklin statehood effort faded by 1789. Spencer and Caswell counties existed only briefly, their legality is questionable, and little trace remains.

The records of lost Spencer County are now found Spencer
The records of lost Caswell County are now found Caswell

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Hamblen 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 10,187
1890 11,418 12.1%
1900 12,728 11.5%
1910 13,650 7.2%
1920 15,056 10.3%
1930 16,616 10.4%
1940 18,611 12.0%
1950 23,976 28.8%
1960 33,092 38.0%
1970 38,696 16.9%
1980 49,300 27.4%
1990 50,480 2.4%
2000 58,128 15.2%
2010 62,544 7.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Hamblen 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.



1891 Male Voters

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes


  • DeBoard, George Mitchell et al. Personal Records of a Minister: Rev. George Mitchell DeBoard, Grainger County, Tennessee; Includes Many People from Hancock, Hawkins and Hamblen Counties, Tennessee). Dallas, Texas: H.P. Garner, 2001?. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8932 K2d.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

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 Hamblen, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 6,800 entries.


Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

The original Hamblen County Deed Books are held at the County Courthouse. In the 1970s, the TSLA microfilmed Deed Books 1-10 (1870-1891) and Indexes (1870-1952). Copies of their films are available at the Family History Library: FHL US/CAN Films 969627-969633.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Hawkins CountyGreene CountyCocke CountyJefferson CountyGrainger CountyTN HAMBLEN.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

  • Russellville, Brief History of Soldiers, 1776+, Tennessee Ancestors, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Aug. 2002).

War of 1812

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Hamblen 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 Hamblen County:

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Hamblen County:

Civil War Battles
The following Civil War battle was fought in Hamblen County:

Map showing Civil War battles in 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 Hamblen County click on the following cities or towns:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]


Private Papers

  • Diary and Scrapbook of Catherine (Kate) Livingston, 1857-1868, Hamblen County, Tennessee. Typescript, Tennessee State Library, Nashville, Tenn. FHL US/CAN Film 24670 Item 3.

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

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

A genealogical article with abstracts of Hamblen County, Tennessee records has been published in East Tennessee Roots (10 vols.). A subject index to this publication's articles is available online. Surname indexes to Volumes 9 and 10 are also available online. The Family History Library has collected most issues of East Tennessee Roots FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 D25e.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The original Hamblen County Loose Wills are held at the County Archives. In 2007, the Genealogical Society of Utah microfilmed these records, date range: 1870 to 1974: FHL/VAULT US/CAN Film 1669931-1669932, 1669941 Item 1.

Online Recordsv nd Indexes

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

The original Hamblen County Tax Books 1877-1889 (gaps) are held at the County Courthouse. In the 1970s, the TSLA microfilmed these records. A copy of their film is also available at the Family History Library: FHL US/CAN Film 969637.

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1860 Morristown Property Tax, 1860, Hamblen Heritage. Morristown TN: Spring 2000. Vol. 15 Iss. 2.
  • 1890 1890 Tax Book - Hamblen County, Tennessee. Purchase through Hamblen County Archives.
  • 1896 Delinquent Tax Payers Notice, 1896, Hamblen Heritage. Morristown TN: Summer 2007. Vol. 22 Iss. 3.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes and 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 Hamblen County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Tennessee Archives and Libraries.

Hamblen County Archives
511 West Second North Street
Morristown, TN 37814
Phone: 423-586-1961

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 Hamblen County. For state-wide library facilities, see Tennessee Archives and Libraries.

Morristown-Hamblen Public Library
417 West Main Street
Morristown, TN 37814
Phone: 423-586-6410

Walters State Community College, R. Jack Fishman Library
500 S. Davy Crockett Pkwy.
Morristown, TN 37813
Phone: 423-585-6903

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Hamblen County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1213
Morristown, TN 37816-1213
Phone: 205-305-6504
Email: earleensides@gmail.com

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Hamblen County, TNGenWeb (USGenWeb)
  • 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.

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, "Hamblen, Tennessee" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamblen_County,_Tennessee 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, "Hamblen County, Tennessee," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamblen_County,_Tennessee, accessed 16 November 2019.
  7. “State of Franklin” in The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Robert M. McBride, "Lost Counties of Tennessee," East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications 38 (1966): 4-5.
  9. Alice Eichholz, ed. Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 637.
  10. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  11. “State of Franklin” in The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.
  12. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 17 August 2012)
  13. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/d/d3/Igitennesseef.pdf.