Blount County, Tennessee Compiled Genealogies

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Main article: Blount County, Tennessee

General[edit | edit source]

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Blount (County), Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 85,000 entries.

The Will E. Parham papers are kept at the Blount County Library Reference Section. Parham was a professional genealogist in the late 1800s and early 1900s. There is a card file by last name. Loose leaf by family name. There are also family files from other people who have added information.

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.[1]

For early settlers (pre-1796), start with:

  • East Tennessee Historical Society. First Families of Tennessee: A Register of Early Settlers and Their Present-day Descendants. Knoxville, Tenn.: East Tennessee Historical Society, 2000. FHL Book 976.8 H2.

Publications that discuss multiple local families include:

  • Edwards, Olga Jones and Izora Waters Frizzell. The "Connection" in East Tennessee. 1969; reprint, Johnson City, Tenn.: Overmountain Press, 1978. FHL Book 976.8885 D2e 1978.
  • Shields, A. Randolph. The Families of Cades Cove, 1821-1936. Maryville, Tenn.: A.R. Shields, 1988. FHL Book 976.8883 D2s.
  • Thomas, Jane Kizer. Our Ancestry Society: Family Records of Members of Blount County, Tennessee, Genealogical and Historical Society. Maryville, Tenn.: Blount County, Tennessee, Genealogical and Historical Society, 1988. FHL Book 976.8885 D2o.
  • Vincent, Don. 800 Missouri Families. 5 vols. Seattle, Wash.: n.p., 1988-1990. FHL Book 977.8 D2v. [Includes Missouri settlers with Blount County, Tennessee origins.]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

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]
  • [Abbott] McCarter, Elizabeth Davis. The Records of Rev. Absalom A. Abbott and Descendants. MSS.; microfilmed reproduction: FHL Film 1035780 Item 2.
  • [Abbott] Lansford, Delores Caylor. Abbott Family History. Orange Park, Fla.: P & D Publications, 1993. FHL Book 929.273 Ab22L 1993.
  • [Alexander] Alexander, Hazel Vance and Betty Louise Blankenship Murr. Early Alexanders and Cloyd's Creek, Blount County, Tennessee. [Greenback, Tenn.]: H.V. Alexander, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 AL26am.
  • [Alexander] Smith, Jonathan K.T. Adam Rankin Alexander: A Life Sketch. Jackson, Tenn.: J.K.T. Smith, 1992. FHL Book 921.73 A1 no. 709.
  • [Allen] Goddard, Margaret E. Annals of an Allen Family in Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, Minnesota and Iowa. 2 vols. Cottonwood, Ariz.: M. Goddard, 1985. FHL Book 929.273 AL53gm.
  • [Anthony] Gillespie, Lillian Anthony. The Cades Cove Anthonys and Their Descendants. [Longview, Texas: L.A. Gillespie], 1989. FHL Book 929.273 An86gL.
  • [Bell] Buland, Geraldine Joy Brown. Silas Bell of Wayne County, Kentucky (1787-186-): Blount and Monroe Counties, Tennessee; Murray County, Georgia; Titus County, Texas [and] Sons and Daughters to Dade and Lawrence Counties, Missouri; Pawnee County, Oklahoma; and Fayette County, Texas: Allied Lines [of] Aley, Byerly, Carter, Hall, Harrell, Loy, Mashburn, Wilson. Sepulpa, Okla.: Buland, Geraldine Joy Brown, 1978. FHL Book 929.273 B413f.
  • [Bell] Foster, Craig L. George Bell of Blount and Washington Counties, Tennessee and His Descendants through His Two Sons, John B. and Samuel S. Bell. Layton, Utah: C.L. Foster, 1992. FHL Book 929.273 B413fcL.
  • [Bell] Bell, Eldon Raymond. Bells History: of Shenandoah Valley, VA and Knox County, TN. Springdale, Ala.: E.R. Bell, 1994. FHL Book 929.273 B413ber.
  • [Bess] See Best.
  • [Best] Best, Max Allen. The Quiet Legacy: History of Daniel Bess/Best and His Descendants. 2 vols. Burney, Calif.: M.A. Best, 1994. FHL Book 929.273 B464bm.
  • [Biard] Smith, Maud Biard. The Biard Family. Paris, Texas: M.B. Smith, 1954. FHL Film 1033942 Item 8; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [Black] Darby, Mary Black and John S. Black Family Association. John S. Black, the Texas Colonist: and His Descendants. n.p.: Hermon M. Black, 19--?. FHL Film 1318333 Item 4.
  • [Blair] Blair, Charles Robert. Some Descendents of John and Elizabeth (Snider) Blair of Miller's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee. Knoxville, Tenn.: C.R. Blair, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 B575bc.
  • [Blair] Parker, Raymond R. and Blair Society for Genealogical Research. Proceedings of the Tennessee Blair Seminar: Sponsored by the Blair Society for Genealogical Research, June 26, 1993. [Brownsburg, Ind.: Blair Society for Genealogical Research], 1995. FHL Book 929.273 B575pr.
  • [Blisard] Blisard, Stafford and Ila R. Scoggins. The Blisard - Blissard Family. Clarksville, Texas: Bertha L. Gable, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 A1 no. 7570.
  • [Boyd] Boyd: Family Records. MSS., Larkin Edwards Room, Shreveport Memorial Library, Shreveport, La. Microfilmed reproduction: FHL Access Services Window 2243264 Item 1.
  • [Burd] Burd, Maurice L. Missouri Burds. 2 vols. Jefferson City, Missouri: M.L. Burd, 1984-1997. FHL Book 929.273 B893bm pt. 1; digital versions at FamilySearch Digital Library-Vol. 1, FamilySearch Digital Library-Vol. 2.
  • [Campbell] Martin, Mahala M. Campbell--Martin Family History and Genealogical Data, 1774-1915. Typescript. Microfilmed in 1986. FHL Film 1321077 Item 34.
  • [Cartwright] Kwasha, Connie Cartwright. Cartwrights of the Southern United States. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1996. FHL Book 929.273 C249k.
  • [Caylor] Lansford, Delores Caylor. Caylor Family History. Orange Park, Fla.: P & D Publications, 1993. FHL Book 929.273 C318L.
  • [Cooper] Cooper, Homer C. Cooper, McKemy, Ferrell/Farrell, Wooddell, Gothard, Wilson & Patton Families: of Augusta & Rockbridge Counties, Virginia; York & Adams Counties, Pennsylvania; Blount, Knox & Roane Counties, Tennessee; Pocahontas, Gilmer & Ritchie Counties, West Virginia; Wayne County, Kentucky; Vigo & Sullivan Counties, Indiana, York County, South Carolina. Athens, Ga.: H.C. Cooper, 1969. FHL Film 1454579 Item 11.
  • [Costner] Costner, Herbert L. Our Costner Ancestors. Seattle, Wash.: H.L. Costner, 1998. FHL Book 929.273 C824ch.
  • [Davis] Maull, Flora Davis. Genealogical Notebook of Flora Davis Maull. Princeton, N.J.: F.D. Maull, 1985. FHL Book 929.273 D292m.
  • [Duncan] Curtis, Oscar F. Research File: Duncan and Allied Families. MSS.; microfilmed reproduction: FHL Film 1638369 Item 9.
  • [Duncan] Curtis, Oscar F. Miscellaneous Genealogical Material. MSS.; microfilmed reproduction: FHL Film 1638365 Item 5.
  • [Duncan] Hardin, Daisy Olive Duncan and Walter G. Duncan. Duncan Family History. n.p.: n.p., 1930. FHL Book 929.273 D912da.
  • [Duncan] Crawford, John Calvin. John Duncan of Blount County, Tennessee and His Descendants. 1959. FHL Book 929.273 D912c.
  • [Duncan] Hardin, Daisy Olive Duncan, Walter G. Duncan, Bessa Duncan Stuckman, and Adina Faye Miller Rice. The Duncan Family. Plymouth, Michigan: A.F.M. Rice, 1983. FHL Book 929.273 D912da 1983.
  • [Dunlap] Dunlap, Marian Ray. Dunlap Family Favorite Recipes and Family History. Leawood, Kansas: Circulation Service Inc., 1968-1990. FHL Book 929.273 D921du.
  • [Dunlap] Dunlap, Marian Ray. A Family History and Descendants of Adam Dunlap, Sr.: With Roots in Blount County, Tennessee. Effingham, Ill.: M. Dunlap, 1989. FHL Book 929.273 D921d.
  • [Edington] Moore, Louise E. Edington Family History: Blount County, Tennessee Branch. 2 vols. Palm Bay, Fla.: L. Moore, 1986. FHL Film 1597568 Item 18.
  • [Emert] Reagan, Donald B. Smoky Mountain Clans. 3 vols. Knoxville, Tenn.: D.B. Reagan, 1978-1983. FHL Book 929.273R22b 1978. [The Reagan family is discussed in Vol. 1.]
  • [Ewing] Miner, W. Avery. One Branch of the Ewing Family: (Descendants of Samuel H. Ewing and Catherine Spence, Newton Campbell Ewing Branch). Waco, Texas: W.A. Miner, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 Ew56s.
  • [Giddens] Woodall-Ivey, Emily. Giddens Family History: Genesis Four, We Begat. Humble, Texas: Ja-Bar, 1985. FHL Book 929.273 G36i.
  • [Gillespie] Gillespie, Dorothy Day. "A Brief History of the Family of William Gillespie, Sr. (1734-1826)," The Heritage, 20th Anniversary, Vol. 15 (Hot Springs, Ark., 1988), 36.
  • [Gillespie] Gillespie, Lillian Anthony and John Porter Gillespie. The Gillespys from Scotland to Blount County. [Longview, Texas: L.A. Gillespie, 1994?]. FHL Book 929.273 G412gL.
  • [Gillespie] Finley, Carmen J. "John Finley of Montgomery/Wythe County, Virginia: Additional Children Identified," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 39, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1995):3-222. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 39 (1995).
  • [Gillespie] Austin, Helen Cook. The Ancestry and Some Descendants of James Richard Gillespie: Blount County, Tennessee, 1799; Lawrence County, Alabama, 1849. Decatur, Ala.: Ryan Crest Studio Pub. and Genealogy Organization, 2003. FHL Book 929.273 G412ah.
  • [Grant] Peterson, Verna Lea Lunceford, Zula Frances Lunceford Shoffner and Edward B. Shoffner. Our Family Heritage. Republic, Mo.: S. Grant, 198-?. FHL Book 929.273 G767p.
  • [Greer] Hart, Charles Coffin. Joseph Hart and His Descendants. St. Louis, Mo.: R.P. Studley and Co., 1901. FHL Film 928166 Item 4.
  • [Greer] Torrence, Robert M. Gregor, MacGregor, MacGhee, Magruder, Grierson, Grier, Greer: A History of the Origin of the Above Families and Many of Their Descendants. Typescript, Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Penn. Microfilmed in 1966. FHL Film 517154 Item 4.
  • [Hart] Hart, Charles Coffin. Joseph Hart and His Descendants. St. Louis, Mo.: R.P. Studley & Co., 1901. FHL Film 928166 Item 4.
  • [Henry] Henry Genealogy, 1751-1950. Pedigree Charts. FHL Film 1573699 Item 95.
  • [Henry] Descendants of James and Samuel Henry, Revolutionary War Soldiers. Knoxville, Tenn.: Padd Letter Service, 1962. FHL Book 929.273 H396d.
  • [Henry] Dawson, Aurelia Cate et al. Our East Tennessee Kinsmen: Cate, Henry and Related Families. Seaford, Delaware: A.C. Dawson, 1962. FHL Book 929.273 C282d.
  • [Hogue] Hogue, Delos W. A History of the Hogue Family. Typescript, Family Records Collection, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, Ind., Hogu. Microfilmed in 1986. FHL Film 1435482.
  • [Hogue] Arnett, Earl F. The Ancestors of James M. Hogue (of Texas). 4 vols. Columbus, Ohio: E.F. Arnett, 1983-. FHL Book 929.273 H679ae [FHL has acquired Volumes 1 and 4.]
  • [Huskey] Reagan, Donald B. Smoky Mountain Clans. 3 vols. Knoxville, Tenn.: D.B. Reagan, 1978-1983. FHL Book 929.273R22b 1978. [The Huskey family is discussed in Vol. 1.]
  • [Jordan] Jordon, John Harvey and Jack G. Fulson. A Limited Record/Account of the Ancestry of John Harvey Jordon: Jordon/Ponder and Related Families. Houston, Texas: J.H. Jordan, 1987. FHL Book 929.273 J767j.
  • [Keeble] Dockter, Albert W. William Keeble of Blount County, Tennessee. Westminster, Md.: Heritage Books, 2007. FHL Book 929.273 K241d.
  • [Keen] Westfall, Reta Keene. Father's Grandparents: Their Ancestors and Following Generations. [Cottage Grove, Oregon]: R.K. Westfall, 198-?. FHL Book 929.273 K251w.
  • [Kennedy] Edmands, Israel Robinson. Family Treasures in Mother's Attic. [Franklin, Texas]: I.R. Edmands, 1984. FHL Book 929.273 K381e.
  • [Kinnamon] Kinnamon, Wilma Bogart. Ancestors and Descendants of John Brice Kinnamon and Nora Idella Anderson: "Life on the Mountain Road." n.p.: W.B. Kinnamon, 2000. FHL Book 929.273 K622kw.
  • [Lawson] Lawson, Fred Raulston. The Lawsons of East Tennessee. Decatur, Ga.: Looking Glass Books, 1999. FHL Book 929.273 L444Lf.
  • [Lewis] Burkett, Kathryn Lewis and Sheila Pollard Lewis. The Descendants of Thomas and Ann Lee Lewis: A Quaker Family of Blount Co., Tennessee. [Carthage, Ill.]: K. Burkett, 1989. FHL Book 929.273 L588b.
  • [McGhee] Armstrong, Zella. Notable Southern Families. Chattanooga, Tenn.: Lookout Publishing Company, 1918. Vol. 1. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [McInturff] Montgomery, Johnnie Esther. McInturff Families: Traced from Blount County, Tennessee. Maryville, Tenn.: Montgomery, Hugh, 1977. FHL Book 929.273 M189q.
  • [Minnis] Austin, Elizabeth and Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry. Minnis Family of Ireland and America. Chillicothe, Missouri: E.P. Ellsberry, 1913. FHL Book 929.273 M666b; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [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 Book 929.273 M821mL.
  • [Mulvany] Kilmer, Phyllis B. and H.A. Kilmer. Mulvany Migration in N. America from the Land of the Shamrock. Clovis, N.M.: P.B. & H.A. Kilmer, 1983; Lubbock, Texas: Craftsman Printers. FHL Book 929.273 M919kp.
  • [Newman] LaRue, Naomi Louise Wolf. David Cambell Newman (1828-1911) and His Family Tree. Billings, Montana: Mrs. J.N. LaRue, 1976. FHL Book 929.273 N463r.
  • [Noble] Coler, Jack. Our Noble and Trantham Lineage. Rogers, Ark.: J. Coler, 1988. FHL Book 929.273 N665c.
  • [Reagan] Ford, Sarah Kirkland, Mrs. R.J. Findley, and Daughters of the American Revolution. Aaron Burleson Chapter (Longview, Texas). A History of the Reagan (Ragan, Regan) and Related Families, 1734-1948. Typescript, National Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, D.C. FHL Film 873452 Item 1.
  • [Reagan] Reagan, Donald B. Smoky Mountain Clans. 3 vols. Knoxville, Tenn.: D.B. Reagan, 1978-1983. FHL Book 929.273R22b 1978. [The Reagan family is discussed in Vol. 1.]
  • [Reagan] Cooper, Betty Dean Hamby. Tennessee Roots. 5 vols. Cottonwood, Calif.: B.D.H. Cooper, 1987. FHL Book 929.273 H995c v. 1.
  • [Rogers] Dallas, Zella Rogers, Eureatha Rogers Lourens and John Keith Lourens. Families of Dallas, Lourens, Rogers and Some of Their Relatives. 4 vols. Enon, Ohio: J.K. Lourens, 1984; Seattle, Wash.: Writers Publishing Service Company. FHL Book 929.273 D161d.
  • [Saffell] Saffell, Lester Franklin and Opal Irene Carns Saffell. Saffell Families, United States of America, 1732-1978. Renton, Washington: L.F. and O.I.C. Saffell, 1978. FHL Book 929.273Sa17a. McClung Historical Collection in Knoxville, Tennessee also has a copy.
  • [Scrivner] Langan, Patti. Bushrod Scrivner, 1816-1888: His Ancestors and His Descendants: The Scrivener/Scrivner Family from 1650 to 2007. Eugene, Ore.: P. Langan, 2007. FHL Book 929.273 Scr39L; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [Shields] Shields, A. Randolph. The Descendants of Robert and Margaret Emmert Shields of Cades Cove, Tennessee. Maryville, Tenn.: A.R. Shields, 1986. FHL Book 929.273 Sh61sa.
  • [Simerly] Simerly, Frank. Simerly, Simmerly, Zimerly, Zimmerle, Zimmerli. 2 vols. La Canada, Calif.: F. Simerly, 198-?-1993. FHL Book 929.273 Si45s.
  • [Simms] Sims, Annie Noble. "Some Descendants of Lieutenant William Blackburn," Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 2 (1921):263-268. FHL Book 973 B2t 1967; Reprinted in Genealogies of Virginia Families from Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine. Volume I: Albidgton-Gerlache. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1981. Free Name Search[2]; publisher's bookstore:; FHL Book 975.5 D2gvf v. 1.
  • [Snider] Snider, Frank. Descendants of Thomas Snider. Springfield, Mo.: F. Snider, 2004. FHL Book 929.273 Sn32sf; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [Sparks] Bidlack, Russell E. Russell E. Bidlack Genealogical Collection. MSS.; available on film at FHL.
  • [Starkey] Lansford, Delores Caylor. Starkey Family History. Orange Park, Fla.: P & D Publications, 1992. FHL Book 929.273 St28L.
  • [Sturgis] Collins, Gerald Edward. The Descendants of Daniel Bartlett Sturgis (1811-1897). Silver Spring, Md.: G.E. Collins, 2002. FHL Book 929.273 St96cg; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [Tallent] Tallent, Seth and William J. Tallent. Family History of the Rhea County Tallents. n.p.: S. & W.J. Tallent, 1975. FHL Book 929.273 T145ts.
  • [Tedford] Detty, Victor Charles. A Tedford Family History. Carlisle, PA: The author: 1956. Available at FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 T228d; digital version at Heritage Quest Online. ($).
  • [Teel] Cooter, Muriel Tell. Our Teel Kin: With Brief Sketches of Related Families Teal, Tiel, Diehl, Thiel, Johnson a[n]d Moore Families. Oklahoma City, Okla.: M.T. Cooter, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 T229c.
  • [Thompson] McMaster, Phyllis Olewine. Thompsons of Early Blount County, Tennessee. Albany, Ore.: P.D. McMaster, 1990. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 T371mp.
  • [Thornbury] Hill, Clara M. John Thornbury in Tennessee and Alabama. [Belen, N.M.]: C.M. Hill, 1996. FHL Book 929.273 T393hi.
  • [Wallace] Eggum, Barbara Russell. Wallace Family History. Typescript. FHL Film 564125 Item 9.
  • [Weir] Edwards, Olga Jones and JoAnn Wear Spore. From Here and There to the White House: Weir/Wear Families. [Tucson, Ariz.]: J. Spore, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 W433e.
  • [Wilson] Wilson, Newton Allen. Wilson, Rutherman, Woodburn, McElhattan, 1790-1980: Genealogies and Working Papers, Indexed. [St. Petersburg, Fla.: N.A. Wilson, 1981?]. FHL Fiche 6330686-6330688.
  • [Wilson] Wilson, Newton Allen. Wilson Family Records, 1766-1983. St. Petersburg, Fla.: N.A. Wilson, 1983. FHL Fiche 6331399.
  • [Wilson] Kelsey, Mary Randolph Wilson, James Cook Wilson and Louise Kirk. Robert Wilson, 1750-1826 of Blount County, Tennessee: Some of His Descendents and Related Families Including Gould, Brooks, Huson, Shearer, Stribling. Houston, Texas: M. Kelsey, 1987. FHL Book 929.273 W691k.
  • [Woods] Stein, Nancy Hawlick et al. Documenting "Joseph Woods (1745-1835)& and His Lineal Descendants": Mary (Hamilton) Woods, Wife and Mother of Children, Albermarle Co. VA; Blount Co. TN; Gibson and Warrick Co., IN; Rockbridge Co., VA: 1909 Edition Compiled by Mary Ann Eliza Woods Hudelson, Melville S. Woods & Robert Archer Woods. Buffalo Grove, Ill.: N.H. Stein, 2002. FHL Book 929.273 W864s.
  • [Wyly] Smith, Jonathan K.T. The Wyly Saga. Memphis, Tenn.: Panmoor Press, 1981. FHL Book 929.273 W979s.
  • [Yearout] Anderson, Allen. History and Descendants of the Yearout Family Tree. 1967?. FHL Book 929.273 Y32a.
  • [Young] Stein, Carl F. Some Descendents of James Pickens Young 1815: of Polk, Rhea, Hamilton, Blount, Knox Counties, Tenn., Cherokee, & Gaston Counties, North Carolina. Family Group Sheets. FHL Film 2055385 Item 2.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Original Virginia Records Imaged and Indexed Online," Arlene Eakle's Virginia Genealogy Blog, 12 October 2008.
  2. Name Search at is a comprehensive name index to 638 books and CDs published or reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Company (now For a complete list of the works included, see Publications in Name Search at