McMinn County, Tennessee Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Athens
Organized: November 13, 1819
Parent County(s): Cherokee Indian Lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bradley  • Loudon  • Meigs  • Monroe  • Polk  • Roane
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

McMinn County was named after Joseph McMinn (1758-1824). McMinn was a militia commander during the Revolutionary War, a member of the territorial legislature, speaker of the state senate, and eventually governor of the state of Tennessee. McMinn died on October 17, 1824, and is buried at Shiloh Presbyterian Cemetery in Calhoun. The county is located in the southeastern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

McMinn County Courthouse
6 E Madison Avenue
Athens, TN 37303
County Courthouse Phone: 423.745.1281
Circuit Court Clerk Phone: 423-745-1923
Clerk and Master Phone: 423-745-1281

McMinn County Clerk
5 South Hill St., Suite A
Athens, TN 37303
County Clerk Phone: 423-745-4440
County Clerk has marriage, probate and court records from 1820.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

McMinn 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
1908 1901 1925 1843 1901 1900 1830
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1964 Fire damaged courthouse records.[5]

  • Lost census: 1820
  • Lack of marriage records: 1819 to 1837

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1819--McMinn County was established 13 November 1819 from Cherokee Indian Lands.
  • County seat: Athens[6]

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:[7]

Unincorporated communities
  • Acme Mill
  • Addison
  • Alta Vista
  • Avalon Heights
  • Balltown
  • Barton Mill
  • Bell Spring
  • Belleview Estates
  • Bethsalem
  • Bohannon Addition
  • Brewer Addition
  • Bryson
  • Burger
  • Cambria
  • Carlock
  • Cedar Springs
  • Chestuee
  • Chuckaluck (historical)
  • Claxton
  • Clear Springs
  • Clearwater
  • Clem Jones Heights
  • Cog Hill (historical)
  • Coile
  • Collins Mill
  • Conasauga
  • Dentville
  • Double Springs
  • East Etowah
  • Fairview
  • Fiketown
  • Folger (historical)
  • Forrest Hills
  • Georgetown
  • Goodsprings
  • Goosetown
  • Grady
  • Heritage Park
  • Hillsview
  • Housley Addition
  • Hutsell
  • Idlewild
  • Ingleside Hill
  • Joshua (historical)
  • Kimbroughs
  • Knox Park
  • Lamontville
  • Liberty Hill
  • Lockmiller Addition
  • Longs Mills (historical)
  • Luskville
  • Macedonia
  • Magellan (historical)
  • Manilla (historical)
  • Marshall Hill
  • Mashburn
  • McKelvia (historical)
  • Mecca
  • Morningside
  • Mortimer (historical)
  • Mount Cumberland
  • Mount Harmony
  • Mount Verd
  • Murray Store
  • New Bethel
  • Nonaburg
  • North Etowah
  • North Liberty
  • Old Englewood
  • Pickwatina Place
  • Pine Grove
  • Pine Ridge (historical)
  • Piney Grove
  • Pond Hill
  • Poplar Hill
  • Prigmore
  • Prospect
  • Reagan
  • Regret
  • Riddles Store
  • Ridgeway
  • Rogers Creek
  • Sanford
  • Seven Cedars
  • South Liberty
  • Spring Creek
  • Suburban Hills
  • Sunset View
  • Tellico Hills
  • Tranquility
  • Union Grove
  • Watt Heights
  • Wesleyanna
  • Yancey (historical)
  • Zion Hill
Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Additional Information
East Tennessee county. Established 1819.

The county is named after Tennessee Governor Joseph McMinn (1758-1824).[8]

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 McMinn County.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of McMinn 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.


Additional Cemetery Resources

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 1,623
1830 14,460 790.9%
1840 12,719 −12.0%
1850 13,906 9.3%
1860 13,555 −2.5%
1870 13,969 3.1%
1880 15,064 7.8%
1890 17,890 18.8%
1900 19,163 7.1%
1910 21,046 9.8%
1920 25,133 19.4%
1930 29,019 15.5%
1940 30,781 6.1%
1950 32,024 4.0%
1960 33,662 5.1%
1970 35,462 5.3%
1980 41,878 18.1%
1990 42,383 1.2%
2000 49,015 15.6%
2010 52,266 6.6%
Source: "".

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


1820 Lost[9]


1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners




1891 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.

In 1936, a helpful guide to McMinn County church records was publised by the Works Project Administration:

  • Douthat, James L. McMinn County, Tennessee, Records W.P.A. transcript. Signal Mountain, Tennessee Mountain Press, 1991.Reprint. FHL 976.8865 K2m
  • McMinn County Church Records
- FamilySearch Catalog - McMinn County Church Records
  • Church histories tell when a church started in the area, who the early members were, give data about church leaders, etc.
- FamilySearch Catalog - McMinn County Church History
  • If the records you need are not in the Family History Library collection, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.Two sites that give information about churches in McMinn County are:
- List of McMinn County churches with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)
- List of McMinn County churches (TN HomeTownLocator)


  • 1832-1967 - Mars Hill Presbyterian Church Records. Athens, 1832-1967.TSLA Reel #466 FHL 464124 Item 4
  • 1832-1900 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. FHL 976.8 K29s vol.2. Mars Hill Presbyterian Church Records. Athens, 1832-1967.

Methodist Episcopal

  • 1865-1929 - Athens Methodist Episcopal Church Records. McMinn County, 1865-1929. TSLA Reel #369
  • 1827-1900 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. FHL 976.8 K29s vol.1 Index to original Athens Methodist Episcopal Church Records. McMinn County, 1865-1929.

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]

  • Barnes - See Longley.
  • Bates - Bates, Madison C. Bates, a Brief History and Genealogy of Joseph Harrison Bates. Galesburg, Ill.: Wagoner Printing Co., 1915. FHL/VAULT US/CAN Film 1145782 Item 3; digital version at Google Books.
  • Beavers - Beavers, Donald Lewis. Beavers Family: Charles Brack Beavers, 1876-1933. n.p.: D.L. Beavers, 1980?. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B386be.
  • Bigham - Bigham, Esther W. Genealogical Collection of Esther Bigham. MSS., microfilmed in 1993. FHL US/CAN Film 1598133 Item 1. Andres Bigham of McMinn County, Tennessee.
  • Blake - Johnson, Chester R. The Blakes of Bibb County, Alabama, 1819-1988. Cullman, Ala.: Gregath, 1988. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B581j.
  • Boone - Hodges, J. E. Jesse Boone: His Ancestors and Descendants. Maiden, NC: Unknown, 1953. FHL US/CAN Film 1402779; digital version at Heritage Quest Online. ($).
  • Brown - Schofield, Cuma Drury. My Mother's Brown Family. [North Fork, Calif.: C.D. Schofield], 1990. FHL US/CAN Book 929.273 B812s.
  • Brown - McCornack, John C. The Family of Ollie Brown and Robert Austin of Scotts Hill, Tennessee and Foss, Oklahoma. [Peoria, Illinois]: J.C. McCornack, 1992. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B814; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Cantrell - See Longley.
  • Curd - See Longley.
  • Delzell - Delzell Family Bible Records, 1847-1936. Published before 1948. FHL US/CAN Film 875412 Item 6.
  • Dixon - Abshire, Wiley D. Dixon Genealogy. MSS., microfilmed in 1978. FHL US/CAN Film 1036379 Item 25.
  • Dodson - Lynn, Catherine Gaffin. The Dodson Family of Warren County, Tennessee and Allied Families. Centerville, Tenn.: Lynn, 1974. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 D668Lc.
  • Firestone - Russell, George Ely. "Firestone Family of Frederick Co., Md.," Western Maryland Genealogy, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Jan. 1993):2-14; Vol. 9, No. 2 (Apr. 1993):62-72.
  • Gentry - Edwards, Helen Watson. Echoes of the Past: A Book for the Descendants of John Alexander Gentry and Minnie Bell Woods. Montgomery, Ala.: H.W. Edwards, 1992. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 G289eh.
  • Hampton - Mellen, Diana L. Yesterday: The Hampton, McCracken, Longwith, Mabry ; Wells Families. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 H189hm.
  • Hemphill - Hemphill, Patricia Murphy. James M. Hemphill and Frances A. Neill: of North Carolina, Tennessee and Missouri: and Their Descendants (1800-1999). Decorah, Iowa: Anundsen, 1999. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 H377hp.
  • Hunt - Hunt, Edward E. Descendants of Grandison Hunt, 1801-1982. Prepared abt 1982. FHL US/CAN Film 1320815 Item 42.
  • Kelley - Smith, Paul and Alba Nannie Hickman Smith. Joel Kelley, ca 1775 - ca 1862. Alpharetta, Georgia: P. Smith, 1984. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 K287sm.
  • Kincheloe - Hendrix, Dorothy Kincheloe. Ancestors and Descendants of Alexander Bowling Kincheloe and Nancy Catherine Stout. Orem, Utah: D.K. Hendrix, 2001. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 K574h.
  • Langley - See Longley.
  • Longley - Matthews, Addah Longley. Genealogy, Curd-Longley, Cantrell-Barnes. North Newton, KS: Mennonite Press, 1966. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C922g; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Morris - Morris, James L. Our Morris Family. [Boise, Idaho]: J. Morris, 1993. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M831mjL.
  • Morton - Morgan, Donna Morton. The Lookout Mountain Mortons and Their Descendants: Plus Ancestors and Relatives from York Co., Pennsylvania; Mechklenburg Co., North Carolina; Blount Co., Tennessee; and Wacker Co., Georgia, 1731-1989. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 1989. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M821mL.
  • Newman - Benson, Gracie Lee Armstrong, Alice Loraine Benson Slayden, Mildred Lindsey Strange and Susan Cantrill Christie. The Cantrell-Newman Genealogy. Bowie, Texas: Mrs. W.E. Benson ; Mrs. J. Slayden, [1964]. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C169b.
  • Owen - Owen, Cyril Revella Zina and Dorothy Barbara Cross Owen. Owen - Cross Family History. Aptos, Calif.: C.R.Z. ; D.B.C. Owen, 1979. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Ow2ocr.
  • Pope - Pope, George M. Our Pope Family in America: With Brief Genealogy of the Rutherford, Odell, Morgan and Banks Families. Murfreesboro, Tenn.: G.M. Pope, 2002. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 P81pg.
  • Rothwell - Fischer, Myra Smith. A Rothwell Book: Comprising the Descendants of Claiborne Rothwell of Albemarle County, Virginia, through Nine Generations and Interesting Sketches About Some of His Descendants. Memphis, Tennessee: M.S. Fischer, 1964. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 R746f; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Rutherford - Guthrie, Glenita. Family Cookin' II: With a Dash of Family History. Westville, Oklahoma: G. Guthrie, (1995). FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 R159g.
  • Smart - Goforth, George Tuttle. Smart Genealogy. Annadale, Md.: G.T. Goforth, (198-). FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 A1 no. 6413.
  • Starr - Garrett, Sandi. Descendants of Thomas Starr, Nannie Wolf ; Nancy Foreman: "Ani-Yun-Wa-Ya" Real People. Spavinaw, Oklahoma: Cherokee Woman Pub., 2000. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 St28gsa.
  • Thomas - Roy, Claude N. The Roy Family of Virginia and Tennessee: Goddard, Thomas, Lee, McDaniel. n.p.: C.N. Roy, 1994. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 R812rc.
  • Thompson - Thompson, Mary Ann Morris. Samuel Thompson of McMinn County, Tennessee and Some of His Descendants: Including the Related Families of Cobb, Cooke, Derrick, Lattimore and Rogers. Plano, Texas: M.A.M. Thompson, 1993. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 T371tm.
  • Whitmore - Whitmore, Mary Louisa. A Brief History of Mary Louisa Whitmore. FHL FAM HIST Q Storage 929.273 W598wm.
  • Wolfe - Moore, Kenneth. Jeremiah Wolfe Family. Typescript, microfilmed in 2003. FHL US/CAN Film 1440545 Item 24.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

In 1970, TSLA microfilmed the original McMinn County Deed Books A to II (1820-1900) as well as a Deed Index (1893-1927). FHL copies: FHL Films 830197-830213.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Roane CountyLoudon CountyMonroe CountyPolk CountyBradley CountyMeigs CountyTN McMINN.PNG
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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

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

Additional resources include:

War of 1812

  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Jan. 1961):20-23. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. Includes McMinn County pensioners (p. 20).

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in McMinn 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 McMinn County:

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from McMinn County:

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 McMinn County click on the following cities or towns:

  • 1794-1851 - Lucas, Silas Emmett. Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. FHL 976.8 V2L.
  • 1847 - 1851 - Smith, Jonathan K.T. Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths, the Nashville Christian Advocate. [1847-1914] 10 vols. [Jackson, Tenn.]: J.K.T. Smith, 1997-2003. FHL US/CAN Books 976.855/N1 V48s 1847-1851 ff; digital versions at David Donahue Memorial: Tennessee Records Repository. Website expands upon the publications and includes deaths from the 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s. (Largely Methodist?)

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]

In 1970, TSLA microfilmed McMinn County Will Books A to H (1819-1925). FHL copies: FHL Films 830194-830196.

Online Records and Indexes

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

TSLA microfilmed the original McMinn County Tax Books 1829-1832, 1872, 1875-1898 back in 1970. FHL copies: FHL ;US/CAN Films 830219-830225.

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1825 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 1825 tax list.
  • 1829-1832, 1836 - Reksten, Harold and Reba Bayless Boyer. Index to McMinn County, Tennessee, Tax Lists 1829-1832, 1836 ; Detail from 1836 Tax. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1996. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8865 R42r.
  • 1836 "Plat of Districts, McMinn County, Tennessee" and "McMinn County, Tennessee Tax List 1836," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 36, No. 3 (Fall 1989):116-122, 129; Vol. 36, No. 4 (Winter 1989):183-188. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 36 (1989);digital version at society's website. For further access, see McMinn.

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]

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

EG Fisher Library
1289 Ingleside Ave.
Athens, TN 37303
Phone: 423-745-7782
Holdings include county histories, transcribed county records, family histories, military histories, and church records. McMinn County, in particular, is the focus of the collection; however, the collection includes material on other East Tennessee counties, general Tennessee history, and genealogical material of other southern states, particularly Virginia and North Carolina.

Carnegie Library
723 Ohio Ave.
Etowah, TN 37331
Phone: 423-263-9475

Fort Loudoun Regional Library
718 George St.
Athens, TN 37303
Phone: 423-745-5194

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

McMinn Historical Society
6 East Madison Ave.
Athens, TN 37303
Phone: 423-744-3911

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, "McMinn, Tennessee" in,_Tennessee accessed 27 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. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State (accessed 13 March 2016).
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "McMinn County, Tennessee," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Tennessee, accessed 4 December 2019.
  8. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  9. Mary Barnett Curtis, Early East Tennessee Tax Lists (Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing Company, 1964), [FHL Book 976.8 R4c].
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at