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Blount County, Tennessee
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Founded: July 11, 1795
County Seat Maryville
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United States Gotoarrow.png Tennessee Gotoarrow.png Blount County East Tennessee county in the Great Smoky Mountains region. Established 1795. From 1784 to 1788, this land was claimed by the abortive, and short-lived State of Franklin. 

Quick Dates

Blount County's civil records start the following years:[1]

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1881 1795 1881 1830 1795 1795

County Courthouse

Blount County Courthouse, Maryville, Tenn.
Blount County Courthouse
345 Court St.
Maryville, TN 37804-5906
Phone: 1-865-273-5800

Blount County Clerk
Marriage and Probate records

Blount County Register of Deeds
Land Records dating back to the early 1700's

Blount County Clerk of Circuit Court
Court Records

All the above are at the same address and phone number as the County Courthouse.

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Template:RAOGKcourthouse


Sen. William Blount (1749-1800)
In the 1780s, this county's land fell within the bounds of the State of Franklin.
Blount County is named after Tennessee Senator William Blount (1749-1800) who played an instrumental role in the formation of the state.[2]

North Carolina first organized the land that would eventually become Blount County as part of Washington District in 1776, then as part of Washington County in 1777, and then as part of Greene County in 1783.

In August 1784 delegates of three western North Carolina counties, Washington, Sullivan, and Greene (all now in Tennessee), declared their Independence from North Carolina because of perceived neglect, and misuse by North Carolina’s legislature. By May 1785 they had petitioned to be admitted to the United States as the new State of Franklin. The Franklin statehood request was denied.[3] In 1786 the Franklin legislature created several new counties including Blount (all in present-day Tennessee).[4] By 1789 Franklin's hopes of statehood had faded.

However, in 1789 North Carolina ratified the Constitution, was admitted the union, and ceded her westernmost counties to the United States. The United States used them to form the Southwest Territory. The new counties created by the Franklin government were not recognized by North Carolina, the Southwest Territory, or by Tennessee. When they were reconstituted, no mention was made of their Franklin predecessor county governments. The Southwest Territory reconstituted Blount County, albeit with significantly redrawn borders, in 1795 from part of its Knox County.[5]

In 1796 the Southwest Territory, and the land of all these counties became part of the new State of Tennessee.

Parent County

1795--Blount County was created 11 July 1795 from Knox County.
County seat: Maryville[6]

A very small portion of Blount county was originally in Jefferson County.  See the research and maps of René Jordan in the East Tennessee Historical Society's Tennessee Ancestors for details.

County Pronunciation

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

Boundary Changes

"Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the My Tennessee Genealogy website. They rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

Record Loss

1879 and 1906 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.
  • Lost censuses: 1810, 1820, 1890

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places / Localities

Populated Places 

For a list of locations in this county and information about each location online, through some helpful websites, please click on Populated Places Table for Blount County

Neighboring Counties


Getting Started

Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Blount County biography, cemetery, census, church, court, land, probate, school, 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

African American

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Tennessee African Americans


Tennessee cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

The Tennessee Cemeteries page provides explanations of the following online resources:

Bibliographies Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FHLC Find A Grave | national search | county list ePodunk
WorldCat TNGenWeb Cemetery Database  
  USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project  

Published Blount County cemetery records:


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1800 5,587
1810 8,839 58.2%
1820 11,258 27.4%
1830 11,028 −2.0%
1840 11,745 6.5%
1850 12,424 5.8%
1860 13,270 6.8%
1870 14,237 7.3%
1880 15,985 12.3%
1890 17,589 10.0%
1900 19,206 9.2%
1910 20,809 8.3%
1920 28,800 38.4%
1930 33,989 18.0%
1940 41,116 21.0%
1950 54,691 33.0%
1960 57,525 5.2%
1970 63,744 10.8%
1980 77,770 22.0%
1990 85,969 10.5%
2000 105,823 23.1%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population censuses of Blount 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 Blount County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. [The USGenWeb Census Project®]

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

1810 - Lost, but 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.

1820 - Lost[9]

1820 Manufactures

The original manufactures schedules for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee are kept at 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, which cites the original document numbers, 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.]

These records have also been abstracted:

  • 1820 Census of Manufactures: Blount County, East Tennessee Roots, Vol. 6, No. 3 ():116. For availability, see Periodicals.


1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners


  • Robinstein, Joyce. "Blount, TN 1850 Federal Census," [Includes every-name index] available online, courtesy: USGenWeb Archives.


  • Templin, David H. and Cherel Bolin Henderson. 1860 Population Schedule of the United States Census, Blount County, Tennessee. Maryville, Tenn.: n.p., 1981. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8885 X2t.


  • Brown, Kenneth A. and Mary Ruth H. Brown. United States Census of 1870 for Blount County, Tennessee. Maryville, Tenn.: Printers, Inc., [198-?]. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8885 X2br.


  • Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. 1880 Census - Tennessee: Transcription for Blount County. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 198-?. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8885 X2s 1980.

1890 - Lost, but 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. 1 1891. [Blount County is included in Vol. 1.]
  • 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.



Holston Conference Office
P.O. Box 850
Alcoa, TN 37701
Telephone: 866-690-4080



More than 85 genealogies have been published about Blount County, Tennessee Genealogy families. To view a list, visit Blount County, Tennessee Genealogy.

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.[10]


During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 19 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Blount County.[11]


The original Blount County Deed Books are held at the County Courthouse. In 1971, TSLA microfilmed Deed Books 1 to HH (1794-1881) and corresponding indexes. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 888879-888889.

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. 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

US GenWeb offers a "Times Past" page which has photos and histories of Blount County.


  • [1795] Creekmore, Pollyanna. Early East Tennessee Taxpayers. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1980. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4cp and Silas Emmett Lucas's Revised Index FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4cp index. [Includes 1795 map of Blount County and East Tennessee.]
  • [1795] Reeves, Charles A. Blount County [Tennessee] - Created July 11, 1795 from Knox County. Published 2000. Purchase at; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • [1926] U.S. Geological Survey. Proposed Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Originally published 1926. Purchase at; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • [1934] U.S. Park Service. Preliminary Base Map, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Originally published 1934. Purchase at; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.


Revolutionary War

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

  1. 1835 Pension Roll
  2. 1852 Rejected or Suspended Pensions

Additional resources include:

War of 1812

Civil War

Civil War service men from Blount 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 Blount County.

Confederate Soldiers
Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Blount County:


  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 Blount County click on the following city:


  • 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 World Vital Records ($). Purchase at [Includes Blount County.]


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 records of Blount County, Tennessee 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 Blount Journal
Publication of the Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society began in 1985 and is still in print. Tables of contents are available online. Purchase back issues through the society. The Family History Library has acquired most volumes FHL US/CAN Book 976.8885 B2b.
The Blount Journal is indexed in the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).
East Tennessee Roots
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Blount County, Tennessee records have been published in East Tennessee Roots (10 vols.). A subject index to these articles is available online. Surname indexes to Volumes 9 and 10 are also available online. The Family History Library has collected most issues of East Tennessee Roots FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 D25e.
The Pellissippian
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Blount County, Tennessee records were published in the The Pellissippian (25 vols., 1980-2004), the quarterly of the Pellissippi Genealogical and Historical Society. The society has posted tables of contents for all 25 volumes on their website. They also have back issues available for purchase. The Family History Library has acquired the first 20 volumes FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 D25p.
Smoky Mountain Historical Society Newsletter
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Blount County, Tennessee records were published in the Smoky Mountain Historical Society Newsletter (33 vols., 1977-2007), the journal of the Smoky Mountain Historical Society. Tables of contents for most issues are available online. Back issues are available for purchase. The Family History Library has acquired a complete collection FHL US/CAN Book 976.889 B2s, as well as Journal Contents and Index of Names: 1977 thru 1996 FHL US/CAN Book 976.889 B2s index.
The newsletter is indexed in the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).
Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Blount County, Tennessee records have been published in the Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin (39+ vols., 1972-present), the journal of the Watauga Association of Genealogists. The organization has posted tables of contents for most volumes on their website. Back issues are available for purchase.The Family History Library has a complete collection FHL US/CAN Books 976.897 B2w, including Margaret W. Hougland and Betty Jane Hylton's Bulletin Subject Index: The First Thirty Years, 1972-2001 (Johnson City, Tenn.: Watauga Association of Genealogists, 2002) FHL US/CAN Book 976.897 B2w index 1972-2001.


Learn if your Blount County ancestors went to prison!


Most of the early original Blount County Will Books were destroyed. In 1869, all known records not lost in a fire were transcribed. In 1971, TSLA microfilmed the 1869 transcript and the records that were left. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 888877-888878.

FamilySearch has made scans of the following records available:

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

  1. Wills Vol. 1: 1795-1869

The following Blount County probate records have been abstracted and/or indexed:

  • [1795-1861] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22s. [Includes an index to this county's wills.] Free Lookups Available!


The original Blount County Tax Books are held at the County Courthouse. TSLA microfilmed Tax Books 1845-1856 (Roll 482), and 1864-1900 (Rolls 482-488). FHL has copies of 1845-1846 and 1864-1867: FHL US/CAN Film 888892.

The following Blount County tax records, stored at various archives, have been abstracted:[12]

Vital Records


The following Blount County marriage records have been abstracted and/or indexed:

  • [1795-1870] 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 the TSLA. Authors do not specify whether or not the card index completely indexes this county's marriages.]
  • [1795-1865] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early East Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1987. 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.] Free Lookups Available!
  • [1798-1858] Blount County, Tennessee Marriage Index 1798-1858, available online, courtesy: USGenWeb.
  • Lucas, Silas Emmett. Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2L.

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Blount County divorce papers in diverse manuscript collections, see:

  • 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.

For deaths of Methodists in Blount County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:

Societies and Libraries


Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society
PO Box 4986
Maryville, TN 37802-4986

East Tennessee Historical Society
601 S. Gay St.
P.O. Box 1629
Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
Phone: 1-865-215-8824

Blount County Public Library
508 N. Cusick St.
Maryville, TN 37804
Phone: 1-865-977-1142
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Fri. and Sat. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Sun. 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Genealogy and Local History section has an 800+ volume collection containing "books on genealogy and local history  to be used within the Library. Microfilm of local newspapers, court records and census schedules are available for photocopying. Records on CD-ROM from the Latter Day Saints are also available for use." (per website)

Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library
120 Tiger Drive
Townsend, TN 37882
Phone: 1-865-448-1441
Fax: 1-865-448-1875
Hours: Mon. and Tues. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wed. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Thurs. and Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Contains the Townsend collection which includes local interest items and genealogical sources. (per website)

Family History Centers

Web Sites

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Blount County, Tennessee


  1. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey (W.P.A.), 1941; "Earliest County Records," Tennessee State Library and Archives.
  2. "William Blount," Wikipedia.
  3. “State of Franklin” in North Carolina History Project at (accessed 27 June 2010).
  4. “State of Franklin” in The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture at (accessed 27 June 2010).
  5. Robert M. McBride, "Lost Counties of Tennessee," East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications 38 (1966): 6.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 638. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  7. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  8. Voice of Louise Lynch, Archivist, Williamson County, Tennessee Archives (2010).
  9. Mary Barnett Curtis, Early East Tennessee Tax Lists: a compiled list of residents of the area covered in 22 east Tennessee counties for which there is (sic) no census records prior to 1830 (Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing, 1964)[FHL Book 976.8 R4c].
  10. "Original Virginia Records Imaged and Indexed Online," Arlene Eakle's Virginia Genealogy Blog, 12 October 2008.
  11. Kenneth Scott. British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979, 372-378 (see East Tennessee). FHL US/CAN 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  12. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.