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Montgomery County, Tennessee ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Guide to Montgomery County (established 1796) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

Montgomery County, Tennessee
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Founded: April 9, 1796
County Seat Clarksville
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Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for John Montgomery, a soldier in the American Revolutionary War and an early settler who founded the city of Clarksville. The County is located in the north-central area of the state. [1]

Montgomery County, Tennessee Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1908 1838 1881 1805 1786 1797 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]



Montgomery County Courthouse, Clarksville, Tenn. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.


Montgomery County Courthouse
One Millenium Plaza;
Clarksville, TN 37040
Phone: 931.648.5711

Montgomery County Archives
350 Pageant lane, Suite 101-D
Clarksville, TN 37040
PO Box 323
Clarksville, TN 37041
Phone: 1-931-553-5159
Has county marriages, probate records, county court records, county divorces, land records, and other records for the county. (These permanent historical records are no longer held by the original county offices but stored at the Archives.)
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

History[edit | edit source]

Middle Tennessee county established in 1796. The eastern half of the county belonged to the pioneer Cumberland Settlements.[3]

The county is named after "John Montgomery (c. 1750–1794), leader of the Nickajack Expedition."[4]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1796--Montgomery County was established 9 April 1796.  Originally organized as Tennessee County, North Carolina and the name was susequently changed to Montgomery County when Tennessee became a State.
County seat: Clarksville [5]

From 1788 to 1796 people living in what is now Montgomery County were in extinct Tennessee County. Their records for that period are now found in Robertson County, Tennessee.[6]

County Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

  1. Hear it spoken[7] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[8] (male)

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Tennessee county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Lost censuses: 1800, 1810


1878 The courthouse, built in 1843, was destroyed on 13 April during the "Great Fire of 1878." Many records were destroyed. [9] [10]

1900 The courthouse, built in 1879, was destroyed by fire on 12 March. Many records were damaged or destroyed. [10]


1999 An F3 tornado destroyed the courthouse on 22 January. Records were damaged. [10]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

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:[11]

Unincorporated communities

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Montgomery County biography, court, history, and tax records. To determine which books are being searched, or to search each publication's index individually, click here. You are now equipped with a checklist of books to pull off the shelves at a genealogy library, or a wish list for your personal book collection.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

African Americans[edit | edit source]

  • Waldrep, G.C. "'Free Colored' Heads of Household in the 1820 Tennessee Census," available online, courtesy: Free African Americans website. [Includes free African Americans in this county.]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
TNGenWeb WorldCat BillionGraves
TNGenWeb Archives Linkpendium
Tombstone Project Gravestones
TNGenWeb Cemeteries
See Tennessee Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 2,899
1810 8,021 176.7%
1820 12,219 52.3%
1830 14,349 17.4%
1840 16,927 18.0%
1850 21,045 24.3%
1860 20,895 −0.7%
1870 24,747 18.4%
1880 28,481 15.1%
1890 29,697 4.3%
1900 36,017 21.3%
1910 33,672 −6.5%
1920 32,265 −4.2%
1930 30,882 −4.3%
1940 33,346 8.0%
1950 44,186 32.5%
1960 55,645 25.9%
1970 62,721 12.7%
1980 83,342 32.9%
1990 100,498 20.6%
2000 134,768 34.1%
2010 172,331 27.9%
Source: "".

1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Montgomery 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 Montgomery County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. The USGenWeb Census Project®.

1800 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation.

1810 Lost

  • A substitute is available:
  • Sherrill, Charles A. The Reconstructed 1810 Census of Tennessee: 33,000 Long-lost Records from Tax Lists, Court Minutes, Church Records, Wills, Deeds and Other Sources. Mt. Juliet, Tenn.: C.A. Sherrill, 2001. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1810.

1810 - 1891


  • Beach, Ursula S. and Ann E. Alley. 1798 Property Tax List and 1820 Census of Montgomery County, Tennessee. Clarksville, Tenn.: Beach and Alley, 1969. FHL 976.845 X2p 1820
  • Bentley, Elizabeth P. Index to the 1820 Census of Tennessee. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1981. FHL 976.8 X22b 1820
  • Waldrep, G.C. "'Free Colored' Heads of Household in the 1820 Tennessee Census," available online, courtesy: Free African Americans website. Includes free African Americans in this county.

1820 Manufactures

The original manufactures schedules for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee are kept at the NARA, Washington, D.C. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 1024517-1024518.

The following book is a useful aid for finding the original records. A free online index, provided by Lineages, will help researchers determine if this resource can be of assistance:

  • National Archives. Indexes to Manufactures Census of 1820. 1920; reprint, Knightstown, Ind.: Bookmark, 1977. FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2m 1820; digital version at Lineages. Covers this county.

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners


  • Alley, Ann E. and Ursula Beach. 1850 Federal Census of Montgomery County, Tennessee. Clarksville, Tenn.: Alley and Beach, 1971. FHL 976.845 X2a

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 Montgomery County is included in Vol. 1.


  • Sistler, Byron and Samuel Sistler. 1880 Census Montgomery County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee : Byron Sistler and Associates, 1998. FHL 976.845 X2s 1880


  • 1891 Voter's List - a potential substitute for the 1890 census; from the Montgomery County Archives website.

1891 Male Voters

Church[edit | edit source]

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.

  • If the records you need are not found 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 Montgomery County are:
- List of Montgomery County churches with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)
- List of Montgomery County churches (TN HomeTownLocator)
  • In 1936, a helpful guide to early Montgomery County church records was published by the Works Project Administration. [12]Use this guide to locate which church records exist and where they were housed in 1936. The Tennessee State Library and Archives has filmed some of these records. To locate which records are available at the TSLA, go to the appropriate "county fact sheet" on the TSLA Web site and scroll down to "selected manuscript material". All filmed church records at the TSLA for Montgomery County are listed. Many of these filmed records are also available at the Family History Library.


  • 1851 - 1921 New Providence Baptist Church Records. New Providence, 1851-1921. Manuscript. TSLA Reel #497.
  • 1851 - 1900 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. vol. 2 FHL 976.8 K29s Index to original New Providence Baptist Church Records.


  • 1832 - 1965 - Trinity Episcopal Church Records. Clarksville, 1832-1965. Manuscript. TSLA Reel #400.
  • 1832 - 1900 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. vol. 2 FHL 976.8 K29s Index to original Trinity Episcopal Church Records.


  • 1861 - 1961 - Hopewell Methodist Church, Montgomery County, 1861-1961. Manuscript. TSLA Reel #128.
  • 1861 - 1900 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. vol. 1 FHL 976.8 K29s Index to original Hopewell Methodist Church, Montgomery County, 1861-1961 records.

Court[edit | edit source]

DNA[edit | edit source]

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Montgomery County residents. Attempts have not been made to verify the lineages of those tested.

  • Brown - Descendant of William Jasper or Joseph Brown, b. 1894 Montgomery County, Tennessee, d. 1973 Chrisney, Indiana. Y-DNA 12 Marker Test, FTDNA (Kit N25799). Genetic signature available online (labeled Group No. 5), genealogical description available online, courtesy: Brown/Browne/Braun DNA Study. Matches have been found.

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

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)


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Montgomery, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 25,000 entries.

  • 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 Collection 976.8 H2ff [Identifies families that had settled in Tennessee before it achieved statehood in 1796.]
  • Masters, Jack and Bill Puryear. Founding of the Cumberland Settlements: The First Atlas 1779-1804: Showing Who Came, How They Came, and Where They Put Down Roots. Gallatin, Tenn.: Warioto Press, 2009. FHL Collection Large Q Book 976.8 E7d; Supplements: FHL Collection 976.8 E7d supp. 1; publisher's bookstor: Cumberland Pioneer Settlers.
  • Montgomery County Historical Society. Montgomery County, Tennessee Family History Book. Paducah, Ky.: Turner Pub. Co., 2000. FHL Collection 976.845 H2m
  • Whitley, Edythe Johns Rucker. Red River Settlers: Records of the Settlers of Northern Montgomery, Robertson, and Sumner Counties, Tennessee. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1980. FHL Collection 976.84 D2w; digital versions at Ancestry ($) and World Vital Records ($).


  • Bishop - Gray, John W. The life of Joseph Bishop, the Celebrated Old Pioneer in the First Settlements of Middle Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: s.p., 1858.  Free digital copy.
  • Bradberry - Litchman, William M. "Using Cluster Methodology to Backtrack an Ancestor: The Case of John Bradberry," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 95, No. 2 (June 2007):103-116. FHL Collection 973 B2ng v. 95 (2007)
  • Haggard - Haggard, David D. History of the Haggard Family in England and America, 1433 to 1899. Bloomington, IL: Unknown, 1899. FHL Collection 982126 Item 3; digital versions at [ Digital Library], Ancestry ($), Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Hutchison - Winthurst, Phyllis. The Hutchison Chronicles: Some Stories of the Nine Generations of Descendants of John and Margaret Hutchison, Prince William and Shenandoah Counties, Virginia and Montgomery County, Tennessee. Tucson, Ariz.: P.R. Winthurst, 1998. FHL Collection 929.273 H975w
  • Jameson - See Jamison.
  • Jamison - Jamison, Henry Downs. The Jamison Family, 1647-1960: Genealogical Records and Memoranda. Nashville, TN: Unknown, 1960. FHL Collection book 929.273 J245ja; film 854155 Item 2; digital versions at Ancestry ($); and Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Lacey - Moore, Maurice Augustus. The Life of Gen. Edward Lacey: With a List of Battles and Skirmishes in South Carolina During the Revolutionary War. Spartanburg, S.C.: Douglass, Evins and Co., 1859. FHL Book 1550788 Item 9.
  • Lacey - Draper, Lyman C. King's Mountain and Its Heroes. Cincinnati: Peter G. Thomson, Publishers, 1881. Pages 463-464. Digital version at Google Books.
  • Lacey - Owen, Thomas McAdory. "Colonel Edward Lacey of the Revolution and Some of His Descendants," The Gulf States Historical Magazine, Vol. 1 (July 1902):41-44. Digital version at Google Books.
  • Ligon - Killebrew, J.B. "Introduction to the Genealogy of the Descendants of Judge Paul Carrington and His Wife Priscilla (nee) Sims," Publications of the Southern History Association, Vol. 5, No. 3 (May 1901):228-231. Digitized by Internet Archive - free.
  • Spain - See Jamison.
  • Trotter - Trotter, Susie Eager. Trotter Genealogy: The Virginia-Tennessee-Mississippi Trotter Line, 1725-1948. Louisville, KY: Press of Mayes Print. Co., 1948. FHL Collection 1401448; digital versions at Ancestry ($); and Heritage Quest Online ($).

Immigration[edit | edit source]

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding 1 British alien living in Clarksville.[13]

Land[edit | edit source]


Local Land Entries Issued by North Carolina

The original Montgomery County land entries issued by North Carolina are kept at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh. On their website, users can bring up a list of land entries issued in Montgomery County, both before and after its land became a part of the state of Tennessee. Years covered: 1785-1802.


  1. Follow this link to conduct a "Call Number Search" using the MARS Catalog on their site.
  2. Using the pull down window, change "Call Numbers starting" to "A MarsID matching."
  3. Type 12.14.13 (Windows Vista users may need to include a period after the last digit, for example 12.14.13.) and click Search. This is the specific MarsID for Montgomery County.
  4. Click on the entry that is returned: "Tennessee, Montgomery County."
  5. In the window that pops up, click Show List of Child Records and a list of Montgomery County land entries will be produced. Browse to find abstracts of the original records.[14]

N.B. You can also search by name through the Basic Search, but it lacks soundex capabilities.

Land Grants

  • Free index to 1500+ Pioneer Cumberland Settlements Land Grants, available online, courtesy: Cumberland Pioneer Settlers. The Cumberland Settlements region covered what is now this county. To view the land grants platted on maps, purchase the books described on this site, or access those available at the Family History Library FHL US/CAN Large Q Book 976.8 E7d.

Law and Legislation[edit | edit source]

  • 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. To read more about this valuable resource Click here. The searchable index is available at the TSLA; another version is available at World Vital Records.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

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  • 1777 - 1985 Maps of Tennessee (1777-1985)
  • 1870 Ruger, A. Bird's Eye View of the City of Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee. Originally published 1870. Purchase at; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • 1877 Map of Montgomery County, TN. Originally published 1877. Purchase at; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.

Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

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

Additional resources include:

War of 1812[edit | edit source]
  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Jan. 1961):20-24; Vol. 8, No. 2 (Apr. 1961):49-52. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. Includes Montgomery County pensioners 8(1):24, 8(2):49.
  • Montgomery County, Tennessee War of 1812 Soldiers. Includes biographical information. Courtesy: TNGenWeb
Independence of Texas 1836[edit | edit source]
Mexican War 1846-1848[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Regiments. Civil War service men from Montgomery County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Montgomery County:

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Montgomery County:

Spanish American War[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 Montgomery County click on the following city:

Austin Peay State University has an online digital archive of their student newspaper, The All State. The collection begins with the very first issue from 1930 and goes up to 1989 though plans are in place to go up to present day. View the issue archive here

Occupations[edit | edit source]

  • Ministers and Officials - index to ministers and officials from marriage records; courtesy of the Montgomery County Archives
  • Miller, Alan N. Middle Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1784 to 1902. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2004. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2ma. Purchase at Includes Montgomery County.

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers who are new to their area would not likely discover. This type of material may be found in local, regional, or statewide genealogical society journals. The following periodicals cover this county:

Ansearchin' News
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Montgomery County, Tennessee records have been published in Ansearchin' News, the quarterly magazine of the Tennessee Genealogical Society. To view a list of these articles, visit their county index. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their archive or conduct a surname search. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the Ansearchin' News quarterly FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a.
The Corn Sheller
The Family History Library has Volume 14, no 2 (Feb. 1991) FHL US/CAN 976-845 D25c
See Montomgery County Historical Society website for further information:
Family Findings
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Montgomery County, Tennessee records have been published in Family Findings, the quarterly of the Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society (42+ vols.). The Family History Library has most issues of this quarterly FHL US/CAN 976.8 B2f.
Tables of contents for some volumes are available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb Project:
Many articles from this publication have been reproduced on the TNGenWeb Project website, try this specialized Google search.
The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History
Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Giles County, Tennessee have been published in The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, the quarterly of the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society (23+ Vols.). To view a list of these articles, visit their online Index to Articles (1988-2005). Surname indexes are also available online for Vols. 2-22. The website also offers back issues for sale in paper and on CD. The Family History Library has a complete collection of this quarterly FHL US/CAN Book 976.85 D25m.
The Montgomery County Genealogical Journal
The Family History Library has Volume 1 - 10 (1972 - 1981)FHL US/CAN 976.845 B2m
Indexed in PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)
The River Counties
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Montgomery County, Tennessee records were published in The River Counties Quarterly, (14 vols.) edited by Jill K. Garrett. The Family History Library has a complete collection FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2rc.

Prisons[edit | edit source]

Learn if your Montgomery County, Tennessee Genealogy ancestors went to prison!

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The Montgomery County Court has responsibility for the probate records.The Montgomery County Archives holds probate records from 1796. You can search online probate records on their website.

Online Records

FamilySearch has placed scans of the following records online in the Tennessee, Probate Court Books, 1795-1927 collection. These are browse-only collections. Handwritten indexes may be found at the front or back of some volumes:

  • Wills, 1795-1966 (Vols. A-W)
  • Bonds, Inventories, Wills, 1797-1818

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Montgomery County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

The following Montgomery County probate records have been abstracted, indexed, or both:

  • 1796 - 1818 - Darnell, Anita Whitefield. Abstracts of Wills and Records, Recorded in Books A and B, Montgomery County, Tennessee, 1796-1818. Clarksville, Tennessee: Darnell, 1976. Indexed. (FHL book 976.8 A1 no. 65.)
  • 1795 - 1861 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills and Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler and Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22s. [Includes an index to this county's probate records.]
  • 1796 - 1834 - Strictly By Name (see above).
  • 1796 - 1826 - Willis, Laura. Montgomery County, Tennessee Wills and Administrations [1796-1826]. Melber, KY: Simmons Historical Pub., c1995. All 14 volumes (1796-1830) are available for purchase at Simmons Historical Publications. 10 volumes available at FHL US/CAN Book 976.845 P2w. Digital versions of select volumes available at World Vital Records ($):

Taxation[edit | edit source]

The following Montgomery County tax records have been abstracted:[15]

  • 1789 - Cumberland Settlements, Tax List, 1789, The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Fall 1990). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • 1789 - Douthat, James L. 1789 Montgomery County, TN Tax List. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Purchase details.
  • 1798 - Beach, Ursula S. and Ann E. Alley. 1798 Property Tax List and 1820 Census of Montgomery County, Tennessee. Clarksville, Tenn.: Beach and Alley, 1969.FHL 976.845 X2p 1820
  • 1798 - O'Hara, Virginia G. "Taxable Property in the County of Montgomery (Tennessee) - 1798," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 11, No. 2 (April 1964):63-68; Vol. 11, No. 3 (July 1964):127-132. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • 1798 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists. Evanston, Ill.: B. and B. Sistler, 1977. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4s. [Includes 1798 tax list.]
  • 1798 - Tax List, 1798, Tennessee Genealogy and History, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Apr. 1998).
  • 1798 - Douthat, James L. Montgomery County, Tennessee 1798 Tax List. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1999. FHL US/CAN Book 976.845 R4d; online: free surname index and purchase details.
  • 1798 - "1798 Montgomery County Tax List (partial - companies later part of Stewart County)," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • 1799 - "1799 Unpaid Montgomery County TN taxes," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb. Source: Tennessee Gazette, 23 June 1802.
  • 1800 - Tax List, 1800, Montgomery County Genealogical Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Dec. 1974).
  • 1800 - Tatum, Ausborn C. "Montgomery County, Tennessee Tax List 1800," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 31, No. 2 (Summer 1984):77-82. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals. Free digital version at Montgomery Co., TNGenWeb.
  • 1801 - "Unpaid 1801 Montgomery County Taxes," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb. Source: Tennessee Gazette, 1 Jan. 1803.]
  • 1802 - "1802 Unpaid Montgomery County Taxes," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb. Source: Tennessee Gazette, 7 Sep. 1803.
  • 1804 - Tax List and Delinquents, 1804, Montgomery County Genealogical Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Dec. 1971).
  • 1817' - "U.S. Holds 1817 Public Sale of Federal Tax-Delinquent Properties in Tennessee," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 2 (Summer 1996):63-68. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals. Includes Montgomery County.
  • 1818 - Public Sale for Delinquent Property Tax, 1818, Montgomery County Genealogical Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Dec. 1977).
  • 1826 - Tax Collectors, 1826, Montgomery County Genealogical Journal, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Dec. 1973).
  • 1836 - Tax List, 1836, Montgomery County Genealogical Journal, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Mar. 1975); Vol. 4, No. 4 (Jun. 1975); Vol. 5, No. 1 (Sep. 1975).
  • 1841 - Tax Credits Issued, 1841, Montgomery County Genealogical Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Sep. 1978).
  • 1842 - Delinquent Taxes, 1842, Montgomery County Genealogical Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Dec. 1980).
  • 1858 - 1861 - Tax Sales for Districts 18 and 19, 1858-61 (sel.), Duck's Old Time Journal (Jan. 2002).
  • 1859 - 1860 - Property Assessment List, 1859-60, Montgomery County Genealogical Journal, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Mar. 1972).
  • 1865 - "Montgomery County Land Sold for Unpaid 1865 Taxes," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 46, No. 2 (Summer 1999):17. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • 1867 - Tax Sales, Districts 16-20, 1867, Duck's Old Time Journal (Aug. 2003).
  • 1882 - Tax Assessors List, 1882, Duck's Old Time Journal (Feb. 2000).
  • 1919 - Automobile Tax Increase, 1919, Duck's Old Time Journal (Jan. 2006).

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Tennessee Vital Records or order electronically online.

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]

The original Montgomery County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Marriages were not officially recorded in Montgomery County until 1838, when a law was passed mandating the practice.[17] The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:

  • 1794 - 1851 - Lucas, Silas Emmett. Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2L.

The following Montgomery County marriage records are microfilmed:

  • 1838 - 1967 - Available at the TSLA. Marriages 1817-1899 are available for interlibrary loan. Scroll down to LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM.
  • 1837 - 1950 - Available at the Family History Library. Some volumes are indexed.FHL 2114978
  • 1838 - 1961 - Available at the Family History Library. Most volumes are indexed.FHL 321021
  • 1961 - 1967 - Available at the Family History Library. FHL 521549

The following Montgomery County marriage records have been indexed:

  • 1838 - 1963 - General index to marriages. FHL 521549
  • 1838 - 1854 - Marriage Records, 1850-1866, Montgomery County, Tennessee. Nashville: TSLA, Historical Records Project, 1940. Typescript. FHL 24772 Items1-2
  • 1838 - 1870 - Lucas, Silas Emmett and Ella Lee Sheffield. 35,000 Tennessee Marriage Records and Bonds 1783-1870. 3 vols. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1981. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2t v. 1 ff. Abstracts include names of brides, grooms, bondsmen, marriage bond dates, and officiators for weddings in this county for the roughly specified years. Marriage data taken from an index card file at TSLA. Authors do not specify whether or not the card index completely indexes this county's marriages.
  • 1838 - 1867 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early Middle Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler and Associates, 1988. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2sb v. 2 ff. Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.
  • 1838 - 1869 - Montgomery County, Tennessee, Marriage Records. 3 vols. (1838-1874). Purchase at Simmons Historical Publications. Select digitized volumes are available at World Vital Records ($)
  • Black, James M. Southern States Genealogical Records: Bible records, Tombstone Inscriptions, Historical Records, Southern States Mission Records. Salt Lake City, Utah: s.n., 190-? FHL 976 A1 no. 1
  • 1752 - 1854 - Marriage Records. [20]
  • 1802 - 1850 - Marriage Records: Early–1850. [21]
Divorce[edit | edit source]

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Montgomery County divorce papers in diverse County Courthouse records, see the following resources:

  • W.P.A. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1941. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 A3gp.
Death[edit | edit source]

For deaths of Methodists in Montgomery County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try searching the following records:

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

See also a List of Tennessee Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Montgomery County Historical Society
189 10th St.
Clarksville, TN 37040-6323
Phone: 1-931-553-2486
P.O. Box 262 zip 37041-0262

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
PO Box 330948
Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507
The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which Montgomery County is one. It publishes The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, a quarterly containing articles of genealogical and historical interest. Little-known Tennessee records are published and indexed, along with family genealogies, Bible records and material submitted by members. There is an alphabetical Index to articles in the Journal 1988-summer 2005

Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library
350 Pageant Lane
Clarksville, TN 37040
Phone: 1-931-648-8826
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Library has a nice genealogy section with an index of what is available in the library as well as online sources. Online surname index to family vertical files.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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 Libraries

3242 Hwy 41-A S
Clarksville, TN
Phone: 1-931-358-5264

This is not a mailing address. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Montgomery County, Tennessee

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Montgomery, Tennessee" in,_Tennessee accessed 27 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Montgomery County, Tennessee. Page 638-645 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 637-640.
  3. Founding of the Cumberland Settlements: The First Atlas 1779-1804.
  4. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 642. FHL Book 973 D27e 2002 WorldCat entry.
  6. "Tennessee County" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia at, and Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004) [[FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004 ]], 639.
  7. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  8. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
  9. GenDisasters: Clarksville, TN "The Great Fire", Apr 1878
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State (accessed 13 March 2016).
  11. Wikipedia contributors, "Montgomery County, Tennessee," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 5 December 2019.
  12. WPA. Guide to Church Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville: Tennessee State Planning Commission, 1942. FHL 976.8 K23w
  13. Kenneth Scott. British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979, 372-378 (see West Tennessee). FHL US/CAN 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  14. J. Mark Lowe, "The Land Grant Processes of North Carolina and Tennessee," Lecture, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Knoxville, Tenn., August 21, 2010.
  15. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.
  16. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  17. Gale Williams Bamman, C.G., "Research in Tennessee," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 81, No. 2 (June 1993):105. FHL US/CAN Book 973 B2ng v. 81 (1993)
  18. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  19. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  20. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1994. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 2.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.
  21. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1992. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 229.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.