Trousdale County, Tennessee Genealogy

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Trousdale County, Tennessee
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Founded: June 21, 1870
County Seat Hartsville
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Tennessee  Gotoarrow.png  Trousdale County
Middle Tennessee county established in 1870. Trousdale County's land belonged to the pioneer Cumberland Settlements.[1]

Quick Dates

Trousdale County's civil records start the following years:[2]

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1909 1906  1909  1880 1905  1905 

County Courthouse

Trousdale County Courthouse, Hartsville, Tenn.
Trousdale County Courthouse
200 East Main St.
Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-2996

Trousdale County Clerk
Marriage and probate records
200 East Main St.
Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-2906

Trousdale County Register of Deeds
Land records
200 East Main St.
Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-2921

Trousdale County Circuit Court Clerk
Court records
200 East Main St.
Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-3411

Mon.,Tues., Thurs., and Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wed.and Sat. 8 a.m.-noon


The county is named after "William Trousdale (1790–1872), Creek and Mexican-American War soldier and officer, state senator and Governor of Tennessee."[3]

Parent County

1870--Trousdale County was established 21 June 1870 from Sumner, Macon, Smith, and Wilson Counties. Early records may be found under Sumner, Macon, Smith and Wilson Counties.
County seat: Hartsville [4]

County Pronunciation

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

1900, 1904--Fires damaged records
  • Lost census: 1890
  • Lost marriage records: 1870 to 1904
  • Lost probate records: 1870 to 1904

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


Populated Places

Antioch Hartsville Shady Grove
Barthelia Johntown Templow
Beech Grove Paynes Store Walnut Grove
Cato Providence Willard
Halltown Rock House

Neighboring Counties


Research Guides

African American

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Tennessee African Americans


  • Douthat, James L. Trousdale County, TN Biographies. 1887; reprint, Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free Surname Index and purchase details at Mountain Press website.


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

  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
  • Trousdale Co. TN Cemetery Records, part of the TNGenWeb Cemetery Database, lists many cemeteries in the county, often with indexes and transcripts of the burials.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 6,646
1890 5,850 −12.0%
1900 6,004 2.6%
1910 5,874 −2.2%
1920 5,996 2.1%
1930 5,629 −6.1%
1940 6,113 8.6%
1950 5,520 −9.7%
1960 4,914 −11.0%
1970 5,155 4.9%
1980 6,137 19.0%
1990 5,920 −3.5%
2000 7,259 22.6%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population censuses of Trousdale 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.


  • Scott, Betty M. and Nelwyn M. Cannon. 1880 & 1900 Trousdale County, Tennessee Census records : with Added Genealogical Information and Full Name Indexes. Hartsville, Tennessee : Bet-Nel Books, 1998. FHL 976.8482 X2s
  • Sistler, Byron H. ’’1880 Census Dickson County, Tennessee.’’ Nashville, Tennessee: B. Sistler and Associates, 1999. FHL 976.8482 X2s 1880

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. 6 1891. [Trousdale County is included in Vol. 6.]
  • 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.


  • Scott, Betty M. and Nelwyn M. Cannon. 1880 & 1900 Trousdale County, Tennessee Census records : with Added Genealogical Information and Full Name Indexes. Hartsville, Tennessee : Bet-Nel Books, 1998. FHL 976.8482 X2s


  • Scott, Betty M. and Lorrain Bronner. 1910 & 1920 Trousdale County, Tennessee Census. Lafayette, Tennessee : Ridge Runner, 2000. FHL 976.8482 X2s 1910-1920


  • Scott, Betty M. and Lorrain Bronner. 1910 & 1920 Trousdale County, Tennessee Census. Lafayette, Tennessee : Ridge Runner, 2000. FHL 976.8482 X2s 1910-1920
  • Young, John C., comp. Trousdale County, Tennessee Census, 1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Available at Ancestry ($).


  • Bronner, Lorrain and Walter L. Buckinham. 1930 Trousdale County, Tennessee Census. Lebanon, Tennessee: Brawner Books, 2005 . FHL 976.8482 X2b



Family Histories

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]


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Trousdale, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 3,500 entries.


  • [Bishop] Bishop, Maurice Lytle. Families of Maurice Lytle Bishop. MSS., Wright State University Archives, Dayton, Ohio. FHL US/CAN Film 1769339.
  • [Hallum] Hallum, John. The Diary of an Old Lawyer; or, Scenes Behind the Curtain. Nashville, Tennessee: Southwestern Publishing House, 1895.  Free digital copy.
  • [Hughes] Townsend, Evelyn Hughes and Edward E. Townsend. The Ancestors and Descendants of John Walker Hughes, Jr.: Born 1854, Died 1927. Cleveland, Tenn.: E. Townsend, 1992. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 H874t.


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.

Local Histories



War of 1812
  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Jul. 1961):95-98. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. [Includes Trousdale County pensioners (p. 97).]
Civil War

Civil War service men from Trousdale 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 Trousdale County.

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Trousdale County:

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle took place in Trousdale County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Tennessee


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 Trousdale County click on the following town:

Early newspapers have been abstracted:

  • Scott, Betty C. Meadows. Trousdale County, Tennessee, Obituaries, Articles and Scrapbook Clippings: August 1862 - December 1958. 2 vols. Lafayette, Tenn.: Ridge Runner, 2002-2004. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8482 V4s ff.


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 Trousdale 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 Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History
Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Trousdale 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.
Trousdale County Historical Society Newsletter
Family History Library has Volume 6, issue 4 (Oct - Dec 1995)FHL US/CAN 976.8482/H1 B2
Volumes 1 - 11 (Jan 1990 - Jan 2000) indexed at PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)
For additional information see the Trousdale County Historical Society website


The Trousdale County Court has responsibility for the probate records.


  • [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.
  • [1917] Jim Marshall Tax Assessment, Hartsville, 1917, Trousdale County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Jul. 2002).

Vital Records


The original Trousdale County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Due to fire, the marriage records of Trousdale County are lost until 1905.

The following Trousdale County marriage records are microfilmed:

The following Trousdale County marriage records are abstracted and/or indexed:

Trousdale County is not included in Sistler's Early Middle Tennessee Marriages.


In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Trousdale County divorce papers in diverse County Courthouse records, 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 Trousdale County (or what later became Trousdale County) between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:


Fred A. Vaught Memorial Library
211 White Oak St
Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-3677

Family History Centers


Trousdale County Historical Society
211 White Oak St.
Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-3677
The society publishes a quarterly newsletter.

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
PO Box 330948
Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507
The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which Trousdale 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

Web Sites

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Trousdale County, Tennessee


  1. Founding of the Cumberland Settlements: The First Atlas 1779-1804.
  2. 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.
  3. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 644. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  5. Voice of Joyce Gaston Reece, Friends of the Archives Historical and Preservation Society, Monroe Co., TN., Secretary and American Local History Network, Board of Directors, Vice President (2010).
  6. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 21 August 2012)