Jefferson County, Tennessee Genealogy

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Founded: June 11, 1792
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Tennessee  Gotoarrow.png  Jefferson County
East Tennessee county established in 1792. From 1784 to 1788, this land was claimed by the abortive, and short-lived State of Franklin.

Quick Dates

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

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908  1792 1908 1830 1792 1792

County Courthouse

Jefferson County Courthouse, Dandridge, Tenn.

Jefferson County Courthouse
204 West Main St.
Dandridge, TN 37725
Phone: 1-865-397-2935

Jefferson County Clerk
Marriage and Probate records
214 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 710
Dandridge, TN 37725
Phone: 1-865-397-2935

Jefferson County Register of Deeds
Land records
P.O. Box 58
Dandridge, TN 37725
Phone: 1-865-397-2918

Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk
Court records
765 Justice Center Drive
P.O. Box 671
Dandridge, TN 37725
Phone: 1-865-397-2786

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 


President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Jefferson County was named after Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) who became President in 1797.

The land of Jefferson County was first organized by the State of Franklin in March 1786 from part of Greene County under the name Caswell County.[2] However, the Franklin statehood effort faded by 1789. Caswell county existed only briefly, its legality is questionable, and little trace remains.

The records of lost Caswell County are now found at ???[3]
In the 1780s, this county's land fell within the bounds of the State of Franklin.

In 1789 North Carolina ceded its westernmost counties to the United States which used them to form the Southwest Territory. North Carolina and the Southwest Territory did not recognize Franklin's Caswell County or Sevier County. In 1792 the Southwest Territory using land from its Greene and Hawkins counties erected a new county on much of the old Caswell County land, and named it Jefferson County.[4] Sevier County was reconsistuted in 1794 by the Southwest Territory from part of Jefferson County.

In 1796 all these lands became part of the new State of Tennessee. In 1797 Tennessee divided off Cocke County from the southeast part of Jefferson County. In 1870 Tennessee used part of Jefferson County to form part of Hamblen County.[3]

Parent County

1792--Jefferson County was created 11 June 1792 from Greene and Hawkins Counties.
County seat: Dandridge [4]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[5] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[6] (male)

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

  • Lost censuses: 1800, 1810, 1820, 1820 Manufactures, 1890
  • County records are complete.[7]


Populated Places

Baneberry Friends Station Mossy Creek Schroder (hist.)
Beaver Dam (hist.) Grants Chapel Mount Horeb Shady Grove
Belmont Gravelly Hill Mountain View Strawberry Plains
Chestnut Hill Greenhill Nances Grove Swann
Colliers Corner Hickory New Market Sugar Forks
Cook Mill Hodges Oak Grove Swannsvylvania
Dandridge Hunnicutt Mill Oakland Talbott
Deep Springs Jefferson City Piedmont Thorn Grove
Dumplin Keister Pleasant Grove Tryon
Dumplin Mill Kimbrough Crossroad Ridgewood White Pine
Edna Leadvale Rock Town Woolardtown
Fairview Heights Lucilla (hist.) Rocky Valley
Flat Gap Mansfield Gap Rushy Springs
Four Points Mill Spring Sandy Ridge

Neighboring Counties


Getting Started

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


  • Caldwell Family Bible Records, 1764-1886, Typed transcript, microfilmed 1963. FHL US/CAN Film 317309.


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

The definitive collection of cemetery transcriptions for Jefferson County is the three-volume set, Stories in Stone.  Volumes I and II, compiled by Cherel Henderson and David Templin, are out-of-print. Volume III, compiled by the Jefferson County Genealogical Society, is available from JCGS (see Societies and Libraries). FHL has all three volumes: FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 V3t.

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  
  Jefferson Co., TNGenWeb Project  

Additional published Jefferson County cemetery records:


1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population censuses of Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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[8]


1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners


  • Underwood, Burl H. Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 for Jefferson County, Tennessee. Knoxville, Tenn.: B.H. Underwood, 1977. FHL US/CAN Film 1036807 Item 5.
  • Underwood, Burl H. Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 for Jefferson County, Tennessee. 1977; reprint, Jefferson City, Tenn.: Jefferson County Genealogical Society, 1996. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 X2p 1850.




[1785-1844] Stickley Collection, 1600-1946, Mf. 1198.  Box 20, folder 2. [Baptist] See Guide to Church Records at TSLA: Manuscripts and Small Collections

[1786-1842] Moore, John Trotwood, Mrs.French Broad River Baptist Church Minutes, 1786-1842.
Nashville, Works Progress Administration, 1938. TSLA F443 .J5 F73.

[1797-1860] Moore, John Trotwood, Mrs. Dumplin Baptist Church Minutes, 1797-1860. Nashville, Works
Progress Administration, 1939. TSLA F443 .J5 D85.

[1829-1881] Moore, John Trotwood, Mrs. Minutes of Primitive Baptist Church, 1829-1881. Nashville,
Works Progress Administration, 1938. F443 .J5 M566

[1839-1870] Antioch Baptist Church, Records, 1839-1870. See Guide to Church Records at TSLA: Manuscripts & Small Collections

[1839-1879] Moore, John Trotwood, Mrs. Antioch Baptist Church Minutes, 1839-1879. Nashville, Works
Progress Administration, 1938.  TSLA F443 .J5 A57.

[1829-1881] Primitive Baptist Church, Records, 1829-1881. See Guide to Church Records at TSLA: Manuscripts & Small Collections

[1858-1902] Friendship Baptist Church Minutes. See Guide to Church Records at TSLA: Manuscripts and Small Collections.

[1880-1915] Shady Grove Baptist Church Minutes. Also contains obits. See Guide to Church Records at TSLA: Manuscripts and Small Collections.


[1788-1842] Moore, John Trotwood, Mrs. Hopewell Presbyterian Church Minutes, 1788-1842. Nashville,
Works Progress Administration, 1936. TSLA F443 .J5 H66.

[1816-1899] Stickley Collection, 1600-1946, Mf. 1198. Box 20, folder 12. See Guide to Church Records at TSLA: Manuscripts & Small Collections.

[1873-1880] Moore, John Trotwood, Mrs. History of White Pine Presbyterian Church, 1873-1880.
Nashville, Works Progress Administration, 1938. TSLA F443 .J5 M566.



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


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]


Donald Raymond Heiss compiled Family Names Index from the Family Files and Special Books, Dandridge Library, Jefferson County, TN (Dandridge, Tenn.: D.R. Heiss, 2005) FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 A3ha. Compare: Donald Raymond Heiss's Genealogical Holdings of Jefferson County Archives, Dandridge, TN: Surname (Jefferson City, Tenn.: D.R. Heiss, 2003) FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 A3h. These publication explains what family history resources are available in that facility.

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. (NOTE: The surname for the first card in a sequence is listed on the site. Search through the cards for your ancestor's surname.)[9]

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Jefferson, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 80,000 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 US/CAN Book 976.8 H2ff. [Identifies families that had settled in Tennessee before it achieved statehood in 1796.]
  • The Genealogical Society of Jefferson County, Tennessee. Families of Jefferson County, Tennessee, 200 Years. n.p.: Genealogical Society of Jefferson County, Tennessee, 1992. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 D2f.
  • Jefferson County Genealogical Society. Heritage Book Committee. Jefferson County, Tennessee Families and History, 1792-1996. Jefferson City, Tenn.: Jefferson County Genealogical Society (Tennessee), 1996. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 D2j.


  • [Adamson] Dixon Ben F. and Alice L. Dwelle Dixon. The Adamson Source Book, a Genealogy of the Descendants of Rachel Williams Adamson, 1776-1850 of Surry County, N.C., Jefferson County, Tenn., and Lawrence County, Ind.: with an Addendum of Miscellaneous Historical Material on the Name Adamson. 2 vols. Washington, D.C.: B.F. Dixon, 1942-1961. FHL US/CAN Fiche 6018313-6018314.
  • [Adamson] Stambaugh, Jack L. and John E. Robison. The Adamsons As We See Them. [Dallas? Texas: n.p,, 1980?]. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Ad19sjL. See also FHL US/CAN Film 1033690 Item 7.
  • [Adamson] Stambaugh, John and John E. Robison. The Adamsons As We See Them. Dallas, Tex.: J. Stambaugh, 1992. FHL US/CAN Film 2055380 Item 7; digital version at BYU Family History Archives.
  • [Adamson] Stambaugh, John and John E. Robison. Adamson and Related Families - Tennessee to Missouri to Kansas and Texas and Beyond. [Texas: J. Stambaugh, 2000?]. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Ad19sj.
  • [Adamson] Steelman, Betty Jean Foster. Foster Family Research. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 F811sb.
  • [Allen] Gibbs, Dorothy Allen, Mildred Moore Huntsman and William C. Morcom. ABC of Our Family Tree. Vassar, Kansas: D.A. Gibbs, 1983. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 AL53gd.
  • [Bales] Steelman, Betty Jean Foster. Foster Family Research. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 F811sb.
  • [Bell] Bell, Eldon Raymond. Samuel Bell's Riddle, 1756-1982. Springdale, Ark.: E.R. Bell, 1982. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B413s.
  • [Benton] Spencer, Sharron Studebaker. The Stout - Benton Connection: With Descendants of Elizabeth "Betsey" Stout and Jesse Benton of Tennessee. Grapevine, Texas: S.S. Spencer, 2005. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 St76ss.
  • [Breeden] McMeen, Lola Frances Murphy. Breeden Book, 1700 to 1900s: Descendants of Richard Breeden and Sarah Lockhart of Jefferson County, Tennessee and Ripley Co., Indiana (Not Including Those of My Great-Grandmother Priscilla Breeden Burroughs, Seventh Child of Richard and Sarah) ... MSS., microfilmed in 1983. FHL US/CAN Fiche 6331368-6331369.
  • [Cates] Parker, Edith Cates. Tennessee Cates and Pennsylvania Parkers: These are the Families of Edith Cates Parker and Clarence Christy Parker. [Garnet, Kansas?]: E.C. Parker, [1987?]. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 P223pe.
  • [Chilton] Hopper, Wallace. "Chiltons of Maryland and Virginia Who Migrated Westward," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1976):15-20; Vol. 20, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1976):103-108; Vol. 20, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1976):183-187. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 20 (1976).
  • [Crockett] Smith, Elizabeth. "The Family of Alexander Crockett," The Southwest Virginian, Vol. 3, No. 13 (Feb. 1980):18-20. {FHL|116611|item|disp=FHL Book 975.57 D25s v. 3 (1980)}}.
  • [Cross] Roberts, Synder E. Descendants of Brittain Cross, 1776-1825 and Their Places in Anderson County History. [Oak Ridge, Tenn.]: S. Roberts, 1986. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C884r.
  • [Ellis] Angevine, Erma Miller. Ellis, Taylor and Certain Related Families: Ancestors and Descendants of Clyde Taylor Ellis. Chevy Chase, Md.: C.T. Ellis, 1979. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 A1 no. 4874.
  • [Frank] Miller, Gladys Morrisett. Our Frank Family History. Microfilmed 1991. FHL US/CAN Film 1697435 Item 27.
  • [Fuqua] Irwin, Alya Dean Smith. Fuqua, A Fight for Freedom. Houston, Texas: A.D.S. Irwin, 1974. FHL Book 929.273 F965i
  • [Gann] Gann, Rickey Leon. Some of the Descendants of William Anderson Gann and Rebecca S. Thomas of Jefferson County, Tennessee. New Castle, Indiana: R.L. Gann, 1984. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 G155g.
  • [Gaut] McWilliam, Judly L. and Roberta B. Pierson. Jones/Gaut: James & Jerusha: Arno, Wayland, Weber, Mabel. Sacramento, Calif.: J.L. McWilliams, 1987. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 J71mp.
  • [Gaut] Chapman, Raymond D. The Gaut Family in America: With Related Families. Thatcher, Ariz.: R. Chapman, 1999. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 G238c.
  • [Gentry] Gentry Family Bible Records, 1794-1939. Microfilmed 1971. FHL US/CAN Film 850402 Item 2. [Source: Family records and Bible records / Florida Daughters of the American Revolution. leaf 49.]
  • [Giger] Schwarz, Lucille J., Edith Kaufman, and Jean Jacober. The Giger's: Early American Settlers, Early Madison County, Illinois Settlers (1809). Highland, Ill.: L.J. Schwarz, 1994. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 G367s.
  • [Griffin] Kruger, Patricia C. and John Griffin. John Griffin, 1800-1887. Bryan, Texas: Collie-Cooper Enterprises, 1998. FHL FAM HIST Book 921.73 G875k.
  • [Havins] Havins-Havens Association. The History of the De[s]cendants of John and Henderson Havins. 5th ed. San Antonio, Texas: Havins-Havens Assoc., 1963. FHL US/CAN Film 1760264.
  • [Holdaway] Bentwet, Edna H. Holdaway History and Genealogy. Typescript. Microfilmed in 1977. FHL US/CAN Film 9842437 Item 2.
  • [Jarnagin] Clark, Glenn Susong. Jarnagin Collection and Allied Families. Indianapolis, Ind.: Clark Publications, 1977. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 J29a.
  • [Jones] Jones, William Haslet. Jones Family Records of Early Eastern Tennessee from Counties Along the Tennessee River [from Jefferson to Hamilton]. Villa Park, Ill.: W.H. Jones, 1992. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 J71jwh.
  • [Kirkpatrick] Grantham, Howard. John Hugh Kirkpatrick: Patriot and Pioneer. Houston, Texas: H. Grantham, 2002. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 K636g.
  • [Legg] Kent, Marjorie Shelton and Cornell Prickett Allred. From Across the River: A Record of the Legg, Coffman, Shelton, and Other Related Families. Athens, Ala.: M.S. Kent, 1977. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 L524k.
  • [Long] Long, Wilbie R. Genealogy of the John A. and Elizabeth Troxell Long Family. Connersville, Ind.: W.R. Long, [1959]. FHL US/CAN Film 1672963 Item 12.
  • [McCarter] Reagan, Donald B. Smoky Mountain Clans. 3 vols. Knoxville, Tenn.: D.B. Reagan, 1978-1983. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273R22b 1978. [The McCarter family is discussed in Vol. 2.]
  • [McClanahan] Baker, Sibyl McClanahan. McClanahan Families from Tennessee to Missouri. 2 vols. Bedford, Texas: S.M. Baker, 1979. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M132bs ff.
  • [McClanahan] Huber-Kennedy, Marita Jean and John O'Neal Kennedy. The Descendants of William McClanahan and Sarah Cox. Independence, Missouri: M.J. Huber-Kennedy, 1995. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M132hk.
  • [McGown] Minor, Nancy McGown John McGown (1716-1796) and His Descendants. Bergheim, Texas: N.M. MInor, c2004. FHL book 929.273 M177mn. Digital version at BYU Family History Archives.
  • [McGuire] Genealogy of Patrick McGuire and Catherine Prigmore McGuire about 1750 - about 1835. n.p.: n.p., n.d. FHL US/CAN Fiche 6010298.
  • [McKinney] Patton, Matthew T. McKinney-Howard and Related Families. n.p.: M.T. Patton, 1993. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M215p.
  • [McSpadden] McSpadden, Anna B. Way Back When - Happenings We Remember and Genealogies. Maryville, Tenn.: A.B. McSpadden, 1980. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M249m.
  • [Manley] Ciesielski, S. Manley--Manley--Crane and Connected Families, ca. 1779-1987. Typescript. Microfilmed in 1990. FHL US/CAN Film 1674179 Item 6.
  • [Maples] Southworth, Mary Ford. A Maples Leaf. Orange, Calif.: M.F. Southworth, 1968. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M321s.
  • [Meek] Parrott, Loretta Beck. Ancestors of Virgil Howard Parrott, b. 17 Apr. 1940 Atlantic, Cass Co., Ia. Council Bluffs, Iowa: L. Parrott, 1993. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 P249pL.
  • [Mick] Smith, Emma Louisa Layman. The Mick Family Newsletter. Waterford, Mich.: E.L. Smith, 1979-1992. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.27305 M538m.
  • [Moon] Moon, J.W. and Hall Rogers. The Moons and Kindred Families. Atlanta: Stein Printing Co., 1930. 1997 Reprint: FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M778mj.
  • [Moore] Snyder, Maud Moore. The A.A. Moore Family. [Knoxville, Tenn.]: M. Snyder, [1962?]. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M781s.
  • [Moore] Cook, Melba Hill. Family and Ancestors of Enoch Ray and Melba Hill Cook. Typescript, microfilmed in 1995. FHL US/CAN Access Services Window 1698243 Item 10.
  • [Mount] Mount, Diana S. Mount: A Family History. [Henderson, Nev.]: D.S. Mount, 1994. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M863m.
  • [Mullins] Ciesielski, S. Manley--Manley--Crane and Connected Families, ca. 1779-1987. Typescript. Microfilmed in 1990. FHL US/CAN Film 1674179 Item 6.
  • [Neal] Neel, Thomas M. Neal Family, ca. 1774-1985. Typescript, Willard Library, Evansville, Ind. Microfilmed in 1987. FHL US/CAN Film 1481378 Item 15.
  • [Newman] Benson, Gracie Lee Armstrong, Alice Loraine Benson Slayden, Mildred Lindsey Strange and Susan Cantrill Christie. The Cantrell--Newman Genealogy. Bowie, Texas: Mrs. W.E. Benson & Mrs. J. Slayden, [1964]. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C169b.
  • [Northern] Gross, Dorothy P. Families Named Northern. 2 vols. Edmonds, Wash.: D.P. Gross, 1993. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 N814g ff.
  • [Priddy] Barclay, Robert W. One Priddy Family of Texas. [Tola, Kansas]: R.W. Barclay, 1994. FHL 929.273 P932ba. Digital version at BYU Family History Archives.
  • [Reno] Reno, Guy B. John Reno and Susannah Thorn m. Nov. 17, 1737 and Their Issue. Rockford, Ill.: G.B. Reno, 1972. FHL Book 929.273 R295re.
  • [Rinehart] Golden, Jan Rhinehart. Philip Rinehart of Jefferson County, Tennessee (1787-1843): His Descendants and Some Collateral Lines. Ogden, Utah: J.R. Golden, 2007. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 R472g.
  • [Roach] Roach, Thomas Edward. Gleanings from a Scrapbook. Rutledge, Tenn.: T.E. Roach, 1983. FHL US/CAN Book 976.89 H2r.
  • [Routh] Turpin, Tom, Earl Franklin Roberts, and Anna Roberts. The Joseph Routh Family (1747-1979). 1979. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 R765t.
  • [Routh] Routh, Ross H. Our Routh Family: Descendants of Jacob Routh (1745-1827). El Paso, Texas: R.H. Routh, 1983. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 R765rr.
  • [Sampson] Sampson, Edward E. The Sampson Family. Typescript, 1993. FHL US/CAN Film 1697863 Item 12.
  • [Sassin] Allen, Cameron. "Francois Sasin/Sassin of Manakin Town: The First Six Generations of the Sassin/Sasseen Family in America," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 37, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1993):3-17; Vol. 37, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1993):99-116; Vol. 37, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1993):193-205; Vol. 37, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1993):259-271. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 37 (1993).
  • [Seiber] Burris, Gloria Fay Harmon. The Descendants of Philip Seiber/Seivers/Seeber: Research Book. 4 vols. Lake City, Tenn.: G.F. Burris, 2003. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Se41b v. 1 ff.
  • [Shelly] Cornelius, Charley M. Shelly Papers of Whitley County, Kentucky. Albuquerque, New Mexico: C.M. Cornelius, 1978. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Sh44.
  • [Shelly] Bowman, Anna Mae Harman. The Harman - Harmon, Shelly - Shelley Dynasty: Families of Tennessee and Kentucky; a Record of Jacob Harman Who Settled in Knox County, Kentucky Prior to 1808 and Died in Whitley County (Part of Knox County), Kentucky in 1824; and Jeremiah Shelly Who Settled in Jefferson County, Tennessee about 1790 and Died Jefferson County, Tennessee in 1803. Chesterfield, Missouri: A.M.H. Bowman, 1990. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 H227b.
  • [Sherrod] Sherrod, Charles C. The Genealogy of the Henry Sherrod Family, 1788-1956. n.p.: C.C. Sherrod, 1956. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Sh57sc.
  • [Skeen] Skeen, A.T. Skeen Families of Tennessee: Their Ancestors of Virginia, New York & Scotland. Beverly Hills, Fla.: A.T. Skeen, 2005. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Sk23sa.
  • [Smith] Little Register or Genealogy of John Reynolds, Esq. & His Wife & His Family: 3 miles from Bag____? on Holston River, Tennessee State, 1825. In old family records collection, ca. 1754-1966: Hawkins County, Tennessee. Microfilmed in 1970s. FHL US/CAN Film 1550780.
  • [Taylor] Armstrong, Zella. Taylor of Tennessee. Chattanooga, TN: Lookout Pub. Co., 1933. Available at FHL US/CAN Film 1036349 Item 9. Digital version available at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Thomas] Copy of Summary Sheet, Thomas, John, W 876. Typescript. FHL US/CAN Film 165997. [Source: Cemetery inscriptions, church records, vital records, marriage records, wills, Revolutionary soldiers, and family Bibles / Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America. Vol. 12.]
  • [Van Hoozer] Van Hoozer, Francis Marion. The Van Hoozer Families of Yalobusha County, Mississippi, Alabama & Tennessee: (Includes Vanhoozer, Van Hooser, Van Hoozier, Van Hoosier, Hoosier, and Other Spellings). Harker Heights, Texas: F.M. Van Hoozer, 1992. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 V316vh.
  • [Vance] Thornburg, Ruth Daymude. Day by Day We Advance: A Family Record of Lewis H. and Mary K. Vance Daymude. 1973. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 D335t.
  • [White] Little Register or Genealogy of John Reynolds, Esq. & His Wife & His Family: 3 miles from Bag____? on Holston River, Tennessee State, 1825. In old family records collection, ca. 1754-1966: Hawkins County, Tennessee. Microfilmed in 1970s. FHL US/CAN Film 1550780.
  • [Williams] Bercich, Maude McCorkindale and Ethel McCorkindale. The Family History of John and Mary Williams, Quaker Pioneers of Wayne County, Indiana: With Four Generations of Their Ancestors and Four (or More) Generations Descendants. San Diego, Calif.: B. & M. Dixon, 1963. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W673b.
  • [Witt] Fisher, William Scott and Julieann Witt Fisher. Tales of Witt: The Lives and Times of Our Witt Family Ancestors. Fruit Heights, Utah: W.S. Fisher, 1996. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W783f; digital version at BYU Family History Archives.
  • [Witt[] Witt, Joseph, Senior, Family Genealogy and History. Typescript. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W783wj.


During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding 12 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Jefferson County.[10]



The original Jefferson County Deed Books are held at the County Archives. In the 1970s, TSLA microfilmed Deed Books A to 18 (1792-1889), Deed Indexes (1792-1929), and Trust Deed Books 1 to 4 (1868-1892). FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 968316-968334.

Local Land Entries Issued by North Carolina

The original Jefferson 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 Jefferson County, both before and after it became a part of the state of Tennessee. Years covered: 1778-1796.


  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 12.14.10 (Windows Vista users may need to include a period after the last digit, for example 12.14.10.) and click Search. This is the specific MarsID for Jefferson County.
  4. Click on the entry that is returned: "Tennessee, Jefferson County."
  5. In the window that pops up, click Show List of Child Records and a list of Jefferson County land entries will be produced. Browse to find abstracts of the original records.[11]

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

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.] 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 TSLA; another version is available at World Vital Records.

Local Histories

  • Heritage Jefferson County. Restore Our County, Inc., 1976. Indexed by Billie R. McNamara, 1994. Free online index, courtesy: Jefferson County, Tennessee Genealogy & History website.


  • Bauman, George A. and Patti Ann Bauman. Bicentennial Map, Jefferson County, Tennessee, 1776-1976: Compiled from Research and Data Obtained from the Old Map Section of the Tennessee State Archives Located at Nashville, Tennessee. [Tenn.: n.p.], 1976. FHL US/CAN Map Case 976.8924 E7b.
  • [1792] Reeves, Charles A. Knox & Jefferson Counties [Tennessee] - Created June 11, 1792 from Greene & Hawkins Counties. Published 2000. Purchase at; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.


Revolutionary War

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

The 1840 Census of Pensioners has been abstracted multiple times:

Additional resources include:

  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." Digital version at Ancestry ($). Tennessee entries abstracted online at Tennesseans in the Revolutionary War, courtesy: TNGenWeb. [Includes veterans from this county; Tennessee section begins on page 381.]
  • Rankin, Roy M. (compiled by) Dandridge Revolutionary War Cemetery May, 1996. Courtesy TNGenWeb

War of 1812

Civil War

Civil War service men from Jefferson 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 Jefferson County.

Confederate Soldiers
Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Jefferson 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 Jefferson County click on the following cities or towns:


  • 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 Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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.
East Tennessee Roots
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Jefferson 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.
Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal
The Family History Library has Volume 10, no. 2- 4 (1994) FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 B2n
Index available at PERiodical Source Index (1986 - 2007) (PERSI)


Learn if your Jefferson County ancestors went to prison!


The original Jefferson County Will Books are held at the County Archives. In the 1970s, TSLA microfilmed Will Books 1 to 10 (1792-1921) and Index to Wills and Probate (1792-1921). FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 968311-968315.

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Jefferson 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:

  1. Will Book 1: 1792-1810
  2. Will Book 2: 1811-1826

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

Schools & Education

For information about local schools & education, including student records, visit the Jefferson County, Tennessee Genealogy & History site.


The original Jefferson County Tax Books 1822-1888 are held at the County Archives. In the 1970s, TSLA microfilmed these records. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 968340-968342.

The following Jefferson County tax records have been abstracted:[12]

  • [1800] 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 1800 tax list.]
  • [1800, 1822] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists. Evanston, Ill.: B. & B. Sistler, 1977. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4s. [Includes 1800, 1822 tax lists.]
  • [1800, 1822] Curtis, Mary Barnett. Early East Tennessee Tax Lists. Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing Company, 1964. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4c. [Includes 1800 and 1822 tax lists.]
  • [1800] Jefferson County, Tennessee, 1800 Tax List. n.p.: n.p., n.d. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 R4j.
  • [1801] "Tax Payers, 1801," East Tennessee Historical Society Publications, Issue 28 (1956).
  • [1814] "Direct Federal Tax-Delinquent Property Owners Listed for 1814," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 3 (Fall 1996):115-120. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals. [Includes Jefferson County.]
  • [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 Jefferson County.]
  • [1822-1830] Historical Records Project. Tax List, 1822-1830, Jefferson County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA, Nashville, Tenn. FHL US/CAN Film 24710 Item 3.
  • [1836] Douthat, James L. Jefferson County, Tennessee, 1836 Tennessee Civil Districts and Tax List. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1993. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 R4d; online: free surname index and purchase details.
  • [1836] Tax List, 1836, Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Summer 1993); Vol. 9, No. 3 (Fall 1993).
  • [1836] Paessler, Frank and Jane Paessler. "Jefferson County Map" and "Jefferson County Tax List, 1836," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 42, No. 4 (Winter 1995):156-164. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • [1859-1860] Tax List, 1859, 1860, Hamblen Heritage, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Spring 1995).
  • [1861] "Tax Delinquents, 1861," Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 16, No. 3 (Fall 2000).
  • [1861] McNamara, Billie R. Jefferson County, Tennessee, List of Free White Males, January 1, 1861. Knoxville, Tenn.: B.R. McNamara, 1995. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 N48m.
  • [1861] "Jefferson County, TN, Free White Males in 1861," free index by Billie R. McNamara available online, courtesy: Jefferson County, Tennessee Genealogy & History. [Source: record book of voters in County Courthouse.]
  • [c1861-1867] "Poll Tax Document, c. 1861-1867," Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Aug. 2005).
  • [1865] "List of Persons Not Home for Tax, 1865," Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Spring 2002).
  • [1867-1869] "Constable Report of Poll Taxpayers in Arrears, District 8, 1867, 1868, 1869," Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Apr. 2004).
  • [1878-1879] "Poll Tax Exempts, 1878-79, Minute Book 19," Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 4, No. 4 (1989).
  • [1879] Released from Poll Tax, 1879, Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Jun. 1989).
  • [1885] Tax Collection Places, 1885, Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Summer 1998).

Vital Records


For births of illegitimate children, try:

  • McNamara, Billie R. Miscellaneous Bonds: Administration, 1806-1814, Constables, 1806-1815, Maintenance (Bastardy) 1807-1857, Indentures, 1807-1828, Jefferson County, Tennessee. Knoxville, Tenn.: B.R. McNamara, 1995. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 P28m.

The original Jefferson County marriage records are kept at the County Archives. In 1982, Whitley remarked: "The WPA register was compiled from records which have since disappeared from the courthouse, so for the early period of the county's history the register offers the only evidence of marriage." Surviving records have been microfilmed:

Jefferson County's marriage records have been abstracted and/or indexed several times. The most recent work, published by the Jefferson County Archives, is a great place to start; however, it may omit records that have disappeared from the Archives since the time of the W.P.A. register's publication (1930s). To be thorough researchers should not overlook their publication (or Whitley's reprint). The following is a list of these publications:

  • [1792-1848] Bell, Annie W.B. Jefferson County, Tennessee Marriages, 1792-1848. n.p.: A.W.B. Bell, 1935. FHL US/CAN Film 908351 Item 3.
  • [1792-1870] Historical Records Project (W.P.A.). Marriage Records, 1792-1870, Jefferson County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA, Nashville, Tenn. Microfilmed in 1940-1941. FHL US/CAN Films 24709 Item 2, 24711 Items 3-4. [W.P.A. workers assigned each document a unique number.]
  • [1792-1836] Whitley, Edythe Johns Rucker. Marriages of Jefferson County, Tennessee, 1792-1836. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1982. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 V2w. [Abstracts names of brides, grooms, a date associated with the marriage, as well as W.P.A. reference numbers. Source: W.P.A. register.]
  • [1792-1870] d'Armand, Virginia Carlisle. Jefferson County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1792-1870. Knoxville, Tenn.: V.C. d'Armand, 1983. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 V2d.
  • [1792-1870] 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!
  • [1792-1900] Jefferson County Archives. Jefferson County, Tennessee Marriage Records. [1792-1900] 2 vols. Dandridge, Tenn.: Jefferson County Archives, 2003. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8924 V22j 1792-1860 ff. [Abstracts names of brides, grooms, bondsmen, officiators, as well as dates of bond, license, and marriage.]

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

Societies and Libraries 

  • Jefferson County Genealogical Society
    P. O. Box 874
    Jefferson City, TN 38562
  • Jefferson City Public Library
    1427 Russell Avenue
    Jefferson City, TN 37760-2527
    Phone: 1-865-475-1253
    Fax: 1-865-475-1253
    Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Tues. and Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
    Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Family History Centers

Web Sites

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Jefferson County, Tennessee


  1. "Earliest County Records," Tennessee State Library and Archives.
  2. “State of Franklin” in The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture at (accessed 27 June 2010).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Robert M. McBride, "Lost Counties of Tennessee," East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications 38 (1966): 4-5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Publ., 2002), 641. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Handybook" defined multiple times with different content
  5. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  6. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
  7. Robert M. McBride, Tennessee County Data (Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee States Library and Archives, 1966), 30.
  8. 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.
  9. "Original Virginia Records Imaged and Indexed Online," Arlene Eakle's Virginia Genealogy Blog, 12 October 2008.
  10. 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 ($).
  11. J. Mark Lowe, "The Land Grant Processes of North Carolina and Tennessee," Lecture, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Knoxville, Tenn., August 21, 2010.
  12. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.