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Early Tennessee Settlers, 1700s-1900s
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Early Tennessee Settlers, 1700s-1900s
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Early Tennessee Settlers features approximately 165,000 names of Tennessee residents from the 1700s to the 1900s.

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Here you'll find images of 14 books comprehensive in their coverage of early Tennessee. The cemetery records, vital records, biographical sketches, family histories, probate records, census returns and pension lists reference approximately 165,000 individuals.

These unique resources include a virtual first census of Tennessee and a tombstone-by-tombstone account of local cemeteries. You'll also find record of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 veterans, as well as abstracts from state and national archives.

 Sources for Early Tennessee Settlers, 1700s-1900s:
  • Tennessee Records: Bible Records And Marriage Bonds
    by Jeannette Tillotson Acklen
    In this veritable encyclopedia of Tennessee genealogy, you'll find birth, marriage, and death information for almost 15,000 individuals from Dickson, Knox, Lebanon, and Wilson counties.
  • Tennessee Records: Tombstone Inscriptions And Manuscripts
    by Jeannette Tillotson Acklen
    A companion volume to Tennessee Records: Bible Records And Marriage Bonds, this is an exhaustive cemetery-by-cemetery listing of Tennessee mortuary inscriptions. It also includes more than 100 pages devoted to biographical and historical sketches and includes a comprehensive index of 12,500 entries.
  • Tennessee Soldiers In The Revolution: A Roster of Soldiers Living During the Revolutionary War in the Counties of Washington and Sullivan
    by Penelope Johnson Allen
    Much of the book is a list of Revolutionary soldiers taken from the Revolutionary Army Accounts of North Carolina in the State Archives at Raleigh, showing claims against North Carolina for service by men of the western-most counties of Washington and Sullivan, later Tennessee. However, there are also sections solely devoted to wills of Washington County, sections on marriages of Blount and Davidson counties, and a final section on Revolutionary grants in Davidson County.
  • Some Tennessee Heroes Of The Revolution
    by Zella Armstrong
    Here, the author identifies hundreds of Tennessee veterans of the Revolutionary War and lists their name, age, service, residence, date of pension application, date and place of birth, service record, names of family members, place(s) of migration to, from, or within Tennessee.
  • Twenty-Four Hundred Tennessee Pensioners, Revolution And War Of 1812
    by Zella Armstrong
    An alphabetical list of 2,400 Tennessee pensioners, this list was compiled from published government Pension Lists of 1816, 1818, 1828, 1832, and the U.S. Census of 1840. Here, you'll find name, age, service, residence, and source of the data. Widows who drew on their husbands' claims are also listed.
  • Index To The 1820 Census Of Tennessee
    by Elizabeth Petty Bentley
    The fourth federal census, taken in 1820, is the earliest census for the Tennessee for which enumerations of most counties survive (although several eastern Tennessee counties are missing). Here, you'll find an alphabetical index to 35,000 heads of households, with reference to the individual's county of residence and the page number of the census schedule where you'll find information on that person's household and its occupants.
  • 1770-1790 Census Of The Cumberland Settlements: Davidson, Sumner, And Tennessee Counties
    by Richard C. Fulcher
    Official enumerations taken by the federal government didn't include the Cumberland Settlements. Here, you'll find a reconstruction of the census of the three Cumberland River counties now in Tennessee. Record of inhabitants of these settlements have been especially difficult to locate since the counties were originally a part of North Carolina. As new counties were formed and subdivided, the early settlers were often caught in changing jurisdictions. Often, you'd have to search in several jurisdictions for ancestral records (even though the ancestor may never have moved). The author abstracted from public records all references to individuals living in the jurisdiction between 1770 and 1790. From wills, deeds, court minutes, marriage records, military records, and many related items, he has put together a carefully documented list of inhabitants. This work is virtually the "first" census of Tennessee.
  • Record Of Commissions Of Officers In The Tennessee Militia, 1796-1815
    by Mrs. John Trotwood Moore
    The records extracted for this book were originally listed in a series of manuscript books, beginning with the creation of the State in 1796 and extended for many years thereafter. You will learn the following information about an individual listed here: name, county associated with the individual, rank of commission, and date of commission. The contents of this book were originally published in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly.
  • Pioneers Of Davidson County, Tennessee
    by Edythe R. Whitley
    Here, you'll find lists of more than 5000 early Davidson County pioneers, taxpayers, militiamen, Revolutionary and War of 1812 soldiers and pensioners, and grantees of land in Tennessee. This book includes: Settlers on the Cumberland River, 1780; North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee, 1784; Davidson County Taxpayers, 1787; Davidson County Militia, 1812; Officers in the Tennessee Militia, 1811; Pension List for West Tennessee, 1818; and Davidson County Pension Lists for 1832, 1840, and 1883. The militia list of 1812, consisting of 2,235 free male inhabitants, is generally considered the only practical alternative to the lost 1810 census of Davidson County, and one might say that the entire work compensates for the absence of a census for the first thirty-five years of the county's existence.
  • Overton County, Tennessee: Genealogical Records
    by Edythe Rucker Whitley
    Here, you'll find record of approximately 2,500 early Overton County inhabitants within a great variety of records. This book includes: abstracts of deeds, wills, and grants; minutes from Overton County Deed Books; Legislative Petitions, 1801-1860; Officers in the Tennessee Militia, 1807-1811; Pensioners in Overton and Adjoining Counties, 1818-1883; Index to Overton County Will Books, 1870-1891.
  • Red River Settlers: Records Of The Settlers Of Northern Montgomery, Robertson, And Sumner Counties, Tennessee
    by Edythe Rucker Whitley
    This book covers the northern half of Montgomery, Robertson, and Sumner counties, Tennessee. These counties were incorporated into the Mero District of North Carolina in 1796. It consists of a collection of county, state, church, and family records, and also contains genealogies of Red River families developed from a wide variety of sources, including cemetery records, Bible records, military records and private papers, as well as from records of deeds, wills and marriages. This work is especially valuable because a substantial portion of the book was taken from private family records which were subsequently lost or destroyed. Among the resources collected in this book, you'll find genealogies of 95 families with details of births, marriages, and deaths in successive generations. Besides the genealogies this work contains valuable lists of militia officers, pensioners and overseers of roads, as well as a lengthy chapter featuring numerous sketches of early Methodist pioneers and pioneer families of Middle Tennessee.
  • Sumner County, Tennessee Abstracts Of Will Books 1 And 2 (1788-1842)
    by Edythe Rucker Whitley
    When it was founded in 1786, Sumner County was still a part of North Carolina. Most of its early settlers came from the Watauga region, although many came directly from Virginia. Sumner County was a crossroads in the flow of westward migration, and many families passed through leaving behind a wealth of genealogical records. Some had come only recently from the battles of the Revolution; some even from King's Mountain. This book consists of abstracts of Will Books 1 and 2 in the county courthouse in Gallatin, covering the years 1788-1842. Referencing some 3000 people, each abstract generally lists the name of the testator, date of instrument, names of heirs (usually wives and children), nature of the bequest, names of witnesses and executors, date of probate, and page number on which you'll find record in the original will book.
  • Tennessee Genealogical Records: Records Of Early Settlers From State And County Archives
    by Edythe Rucker Whitley
    From records in the State Archives in Nashville, and from more than twenty county courthouses, the record abstracts collected in this volume reference in excess of 18,000 early Tennessee settlers. Among the records, you'll find revolutionary warrants, grants and certificates of survey, will abstracts, tombstone inscriptions, deed abstracts, marriages (including the valuable Sumner County marriages, 1791-1813), court orders and petitions, and genealogical notes on some two dozen families. Many of these came from the counties of Bedford, Bledsoe, Carter, Davidson, Dyer, Franklin, Hawkins, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Maury, Montgomery, Overton, Smith, Stewart, Sullivan, Sumner, Washington, White, Williamson, and Wilson.
  • Henry County, Tennessee Old Time Stuff
    by Edythe Whitley
    Henry County was formed from the Western District of Tennessee in November 1821. The county is bounded by the State of Kentucky on the north, Stewart and Benton counties on the east, Carroll County on the south, and Weakley County on the west. Here, you'll find a collection of abstracts or indexes to a number of the oldest surviving genealogical source records pertaining to Henry County. Following an informative historical introduction, you'll find Henry County pension lists for 1840 and 1863, will abstracts and indexes to will books (1856-1863 and 1879-1902), estate abstracts, guardianship records, court orders, deed abstracts, legislative petitions, early Henry County marriages, and brief sketches of prominent citizens who resided in the civil districts of Henry County.
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