Scott County, Tennessee Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Huntsville
Organized: December 17, 1849
Parent County(s): Anderson, Campbell, Fentress, Morgan[1]
Neighboring Counties
Anderson  • Campbell  • Fentress  • McCreary (KY)  • Morgan  • Pickett  • Wayne (KY)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Scott County was named for U.S. Army General Winfield Scott, a hero of the Mexican War. The county is located in the north-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Scott County Courthouse
283 Court Street
Huntsville, TN 37756-0087
County Courthouse Phone: 423-663-2627
County County Clerk Phone: 423-663-2588
County Register of Deeds Phone: 423-663-3075

Scott County Circuit Court Clerk
243 Court St.
Huntsville, TN 37756
County Circuit Court Clerk Phone: 423-663-2440

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

Scott 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
1914 1854 1901 1850 1850 1892 1810
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1946 Fire damaged courthouse records.[5]

  • Lost marriage records: 1842 to 1854
  • Lost probate records: 1842 to 1892

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1849--Scott County was established 17 December 1849 from Anderson, Campbell, Fentress, and Morgan counties. Early records may be found under Anderson, Campbell, Fentress, and Morgan counties.
  • County seat: Huntsville[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
  • New River
  • Norma
  • Paint Rock
Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Gen. Winfield Scott (1786-1866)

Additional Information

East Tennessee county. The county is named after General Winfield Scott (1786-1866).[8]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

  • Miller, Alan N. East Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2m. Digital version at MyHeritage ($).
  • Tennessee Bureau of Agriculture, Statistics and Mines. Coal Mines and Mining--Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: A.B. Travel, 1883.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Scott 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.
1850 1,905
1860 3,519 84.7%
1870 4,054 15.2%
1880 6,021 48.5%
1890 9,794 62.7%
1900 11,077 13.1%
1910 12,947 16.9%
1920 13,411 3.6%
1930 14,080 5.0%
1940 15,966 13.4%
1950 17,362 8.7%
1960 15,413 −11.2%
1970 14,762 −4.2%
1980 19,259 30.5%
1990 18,358 −4.7%
2000 21,127 15.1%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

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



  • Creekmore, Pollyanna. Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 (seventh census) for Scott County, Tennessee. Knoxville, Tenn.: Clinchdale Press, 1959. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 A1 no. 5.

1850 Agricultural Census

  • Green, Linda L. Tennessee 1850 Agricultural Census. 2 vols. Woodbridge, Va.: L.L. Green, 2000. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2g v. 1 ff. Scott County is included in Vol. 2.




1890 Lost 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. 5 1891. Scott County is included in Vol. 5.
  • 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



  • Carson, Louise, Norma Mabe, Evelyn Jeffers and Scott County Historical Society. 1910 Census, Scott County, Tennessee. Huntsville, Tenn.: Scott County Historical Society, 1995?. FHL US/CAN Book 976.871 X2s 1910.


  • Lemasters, Paul W. and Scott County Historical Society. 1920 Census, Scott County, Tennessee. Huntsville, Tenn.: Scott County Historical Society, 1994. FHL US/CAN Book 976.871 X2L 1920.

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 from Ancestry for persons born in Scott, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 75,000 entries.


  • Anderson - John Anderson Biography, Blockhouse Proprieter and Frontier Legend, Revolution Battles, 1750-1817,
    Appalachian Quarterly
    , Vol. 9, No. 4 (Dec. 2004).
  • Blankenship - Blankinship, Leslie C. The Blankenship Family History. New Orleans, La.?: J. Q. Blankinship, 1967. Available at FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B611bL; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Blankensop - See Blankenship.
  • Blankingship - See Blankenship.
  • Cross - Cross Family of Scott County, Tennessee. Typescript. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C884cr.
  • Lawson - Lawson, Anna R. The Lawsons, of Scott County, Tennessee. Huntsville, Tenn.?: A.R. Lawson, 1996. FHL US/CAN Book 976.871 D2L.
  • Litton - Cox, Holland E. The Litton Family. Birmingham, AL: Unknown, 1999. Available at Ancestry ($); and Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Low - Low and Related Families. Free Lookups Available!
  • Robbins - Bailey, Robert L. Robbins Family of Scott County, TN. Huntsville, Tenn.: R. Bailey, 1992. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 R534b.
  • Sexton - Bailey, Robert L. The Sexton Family of Scott County, Tennessee. 5 vols. Huntsville, Tenn.: [Scott County Historical Society], 1992. FHL US/CAN Book 976.871 D2b ff.
  • Terry - Terry, George Alvin. The Terrys of Scott County, Tennessee. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: G.A. Terry, 1984. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 T279tg.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

The original Scott County Deed Books are kept at the County Courthouse. In the 1970s, TSLA microfilmed Deed Books A to P (1850-1885) and an Index to Deed and Mortgage Records (1850-1915). FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Film 926295-926302.

  • Scott County, Tennessee Surveyor's Book 1 1850-1867. TNGenWeb Free Lookups Available.
  • Scott County, Tennessee Surveyor's Book 2 1868-1887. TNGenWeb Free Lookups Available.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

  • Revolutionary War Plaque, Huntsville, Pellissippian, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Jul. 1980).

War of 1812

  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Apr. 1961):49-52. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. Includes Scott County pensioners (p. 52).
  • War of 1812, Marshalls 5th TN Militia, Scott County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Spring 1989).

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Scott 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 Scott County:

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Scott 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 Scott County click on the following towns:

  • 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:

  • FNB Chronicle: Publication of the First National Bank, who "relies heavily on the cooperation of the Scott County Historical Society as well as the recollections and keepsakes of county residents." Tables of contents to the first 20 volumes (1989-present) are available online (click FNB Chronicles category). Many of the articles have been digitized on the same site.
  • 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]

Online Records and Indexes

The original Scott County Wills Books survived, but have not been microfilmed. Scott County Historical Society has published abstracts of the early records:

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

TSLA microfilmed Scott County Tax Records 1875-1972 (Rolls 197-211) and 1973-1983 (Rolls A-6088 to A-6099).

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1818 Tax List, 1818, Scott County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. 14, No. 3 (Spring 1997).
  • 1861 Delinquent Polls, 1861, Districts 1 & 8, Scott County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Fall 2000).
  • 1875 Tax List, 1875, Scott County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. 16, No. 2 (Winter 1998); Vol. 16, No. 3 (Spring 1999).
  • 1876, 1907-1918 - Female Dog Registry, 1907-1918, 1876, Scott County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. 23, No. 1 (Fall 2005).
  • 1906 Delinquent Tax List, 1906, Scott County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. 15, No. 1 (Fall 1997).
  • 1909 Tax Levy Committee Report, 1909, Scott County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. 23, No. 4 (Summer 2006).
  • 1911 Poll Tax, 1911, Scott County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Fall 1996).
  • 1915 Poll Tax List, 1915, Scott County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Winter 2002).
  • 1950 Veterans Poll Tax Receipt Book, 1950, Scott County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. 9, No. 4 (Summer 1992).
  • Veterans Poll Tax Receipts, Scott County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Winter 1992).

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online indexes and Records

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1854-1880 - Early East Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. FHL US/CAN 976.8 V2s v. 1. Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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

Huntsville Public Library
314 Court House Square
Huntsville, TN 37756
Phone: 423-663-9230

Oneida Public Library
290 S. Main Street
Oneida, TN 37841
Phone: 423-569-8634

Winfield Public Library
275 Pine Grove Road
Winfield, TN 37892
Phone: 423-569-9047

Museums[edit | edit source]

Museum of Scott County
400 Scott High Drive
Huntsville, TN 37756
Phone: 423-215-1625

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Scott County Historical Society
P.O. Box 7
311 Court Street
Huntsville, TN 37756
Phone: 423-663-3887

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, "Scott, Tennessee" in Wikipedia accessed 03 Jan 2019
  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.
  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, Scott County, Tennessee in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Tennessee, accessed 11 December 2019.
  8. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at Media:Igitennessees.pdf.