Benton County, Tennessee Compiled Genealogies

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Message boards and online family trees can help you learn if someone is actively researching your ancestors. More than 60 books or articles have been published about Benton County's families. Descendants of some historic residents have had their DNA tested. <no include> </no include>

Main article: Benton County, Tennessee


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Benton (County), Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 28,000 entries.

  • Benton County Genealogical Society. Families and Histories, Benton County, Tennessee, 1836-1992. 2 vols. Paducah, Ky.: Turner Pub. Co., 1987, 1992. FHL Collection 976.833 H2f v. 1; publisher's descriptionFree Lookups Available!
  • Griffith, Brenda Cauthen and Benton County Genealogical Society The First Families of Benton County, Tennessee. Camden, Tennessee : Benton County Genealogical Society, 2001.FHL Collection 976.833 C4f. “The materials contained in this book were obtained from the applications received by the Benton County Genealogical Society for acceptance into the First Families of Benton County Tennessee Charter Membership”—P. [i]. Free Lookups Available!
  • Ray, Worth Stickley. Tennessee Cousins: A History of Tennessee People. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1968. FHL Collection 976.D2; Free Lookups Available!
  • Smith, Jonathan K.T. Benton County, Tennessee Heritage Notes. Memphis, Tenn.: Richard H. Harris, 1975. FHL Collection 976.833 H2st
  • Smith, Jonathan K.T. Miscellaneous Families of Benton County, Tennessee. TSLA. Microfilmed in 1985: FHL Collection 1429846 Item 22 [Includes Armer, Penick, Greer, Wodelstedt, Booker, Clement, Fuller, Cooley, Tatty, Davis, Wiseman, Melton, Cooper, Brumager, Burer, Key, Beasley, McCutchen, Gillispie, Cuff, Patrick, and Bain families.]
  • Smith, Jonathan K.T. Genealogical gleanings in Benton County, Tennessee. Memphis, Tenn.: Richard H. Harris, 1974. FHL Collection 976.833 V28s; Free Lookups Available!

Volunteers at TNGenWeb offer free lookups for several Benton County books.


It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]