Jefferson County, Tennessee Compiled Genealogies

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Message boards and online family trees can help you learn if someone is actively researching your ancestors. More than 70 books or articles have been published about Jefferson County's families. Descendants of some historic residents have had their DNA tested. <no include> </no include>

Main article: Jefferson County, Tennessee


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 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 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.)[1]

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Jefferson (County), Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 80,000 entries.

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

  • East Tennessee Historical Society. First Families of Tennessee: A Register of Early Settlers and Their Present-day Descendants. Knoxville, Tenn.: East Tennessee Historical Society, 2000. FHL Book 976.8 H2ff.

Books that discuss multiple local families include:

  • The Genealogical Society of Jefferson County, Tennessee. Families of Jefferson County, Tennessee, 200 Years. n.p.: Genealogical Society of Jefferson County, Tennessee, 1992. FHL 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 Book 976.8924 D2j.


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]
  • [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 Fiche 6018313-6018314.
  • [Adamson] Stambaugh, Jack L. and John E. Robison. The Adamsons As We See Them. [Dallas? Texas: n.p,, 1980?]. FHL Book 929.273 Ad19sjL. See also FHL Film 1033690 Item 7.
  • [Adamson] Stambaugh, John and John E. Robison. The Adamsons As We See Them. Dallas, Tex.: J. Stambaugh, 1992. FHL Film 2055380 Item 7; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.
  • [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 Book 929.273 Ad19sj.
  • [Adamson] Steelman, Betty Jean Foster. Foster Family Research. FHL 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 Book 929.273 AL53gd.
  • [Bales] Steelman, Betty Jean Foster. Foster Family Research. FHL Book 929.273 F811sb.
  • [Bell] Bell, Eldon Raymond. Samuel Bell's Riddle, 1756-1982. Springdale, Ark.: E.R. Bell, 1982. FHL 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 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 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 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 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 Book 929.273 A1 no. 4874.
  • [Frank] Miller, Gladys Morrisett. Our Frank Family History. Microfilmed 1991. FHL 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 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 Book 929.273 J71mp.
  • [Gaut] Chapman, Raymond D. The Gaut Family in America: With Related Families. Thatcher, Ariz.: R. Chapman, 1999. FHL Book 929.273 G238c.
  • [Gentry] Gentry Family Bible Records, 1794-1939. Microfilmed 1971. FHL 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 Book 929.273 G367s.
  • [Griffin] Kruger, Patricia C. and John Griffin. John Griffin, 1800-1887. Bryan, Texas: Collie-Cooper Enterprises, 1998. FHL 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 Film 1760264.
  • [Holdaway] Bentwet, Edna H. Holdaway History and Genealogy. Typescript. Microfilmed in 1977. FHL Film 9842437 Item 2.
  • [Jarnagin] Clark, Glenn Susong. Jarnagin Collection and Allied Families. Indianapolis, Ind.: Clark Publications, 1977. FHL 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 Book 929.273 J71jwh.
  • [Kirkpatrick] Grantham, Howard. John Hugh Kirkpatrick: Patriot and Pioneer. Houston, Texas: H. Grantham, 2002. FHL 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 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 Film 1672963 Item 12.
  • [McCarter] Reagan, Donald B. Smoky Mountain Clans. 3 vols. Knoxville, Tenn.: D.B. Reagan, 1978-1983. FHL 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 Book 929.273 M132bs.
  • [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 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 FamilySearch Books Online.
  • [McGuire] Genealogy of Patrick McGuire and Catherine Prigmore McGuire about 1750 - about 1835. n.p.: n.p., n.d. FHL Fiche 6010298.
  • [McKinney] Patton, Matthew T. McKinney-Howard and Related Families. n.p.: M.T. Patton, 1993. FHL Book 929.273 M215p.
  • [McSpadden] McSpadden, Anna B. Way Back When - Happenings We Remember and Genealogies. Maryville, Tenn.: A.B. McSpadden, 1980. FHL Book 929.273 M249m.
  • [Manley] Ciesielski, S. Manley--Manley--Crane and Connected Families, ca. 1779-1987. Typescript. Microfilmed in 1990. FHL Film 1674179 Item 6.
  • [Maples] Southworth, Mary Ford. A Maples Leaf. Orange, Calif.: M.F. Southworth, 1968. FHL 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 Book 929.273 P249pL.
  • [Mick] Smith, Emma Louisa Layman. The Mick Family Newsletter. Waterford, Mich.: E.L. Smith, 1979-1992. FHL Book 929.27305 M538m.
  • [Moon] Moon, J.W. and Hall Rogers. The Moons and Kindred Families. Atlanta: Stein Printing Co., 1930. 1997 Reprint: FHL Book 929.273 M778mj.
  • [Moore] Snyder, Maud Moore. The A.A. Moore Family. [Knoxville, Tenn.]: M. Snyder, [1962?]. FHL Book 929.273 M781s.
  • [Moore] Cook, Melba Hill. Family and Ancestors of Enoch Ray and Melba Hill Cook. Typescript, microfilmed in 1995. FHL Access Services Window 1698243 Item 10.
  • [Mount] Mount, Diana S. Mount: A Family History. [Henderson, Nev.]: D.S. Mount, 1994. FHL Book 929.273 M863m.
  • [Mullins] Ciesielski, S. Manley--Manley--Crane and Connected Families, ca. 1779-1987. Typescript. Microfilmed in 1990. FHL Film 1674179 Item 6.
  • [Neal] Neel, Thomas M. Neal Family, ca. 1774-1985. Typescript, Willard Library, Evansville, Ind. Microfilmed in 1987. FHL 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 Book 929.273 C169b.
  • [Northern] Gross, Dorothy P. Families Named Northern. 2 vols. Edmonds, Wash.: D.P. Gross, 1993. FHL Book 929.273 N814g.
  • [Priddy] Barclay, Robert W. One Priddy Family of Texas. [Tola, Kansas]: R.W. Barclay, 1994. FHL 929.273 P932ba. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online
  • [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 Book 929.273 R472g.
  • [Roach] Roach, Thomas Edward. Gleanings from a Scrapbook. Rutledge, Tenn.: T.E. Roach, 1983. FHL Book 976.89 H2r.
  • [Routh] Turpin, Tom, Earl Franklin Roberts, and Anna Roberts. The Joseph Routh Family (1747-1979). 1979. FHL 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 Book 929.273 R765rr.
  • [Sampson] Sampson, Edward E. The Sampson Family. Typescript, 1993. FHL 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 Book 929.273 Se41b v. 1.
  • [Shelly] Cornelius, Charley M. Shelly Papers of Whitley County, Kentucky. Albuquerque, New Mexico: C.M. Cornelius, 1978. FHL 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 Book 929.273 H227b.
  • [Sherrod] Sherrod, Charles C. The Genealogy of the Henry Sherrod Family, 1788-1956. n.p.: C.C. Sherrod, 1956. FHL 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 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 Film 1550780.
  • [Taylor] Armstrong, Zella. Taylor of Tennessee. Chattanooga, TN: Lookout Pub. Co., 1933. FHL Film 1036349 Item 9. Digital version available at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Thomas] Copy of Summary Sheet, Thomas, John, W 876. Typescript. FHL 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 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 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 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. and M. Dixon, 1963. FHL 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 Book 929.273 W783f; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.
  • [Witt[] Witt, Joseph, Senior, Family Genealogy and History. Typescript. FHL Book 929.273 W783wj.


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