The Texas Vital Statistics law to register births and deaths was not passed until 1903.Texas was then and is now a dual registration state which means the local registrars retain a copy of all birth and death records for the events that take place within their jurisdiction and the state retains the original of all birth and death records for the entire State of Texas.However, the statutes for registering these events were not made mandatory until 1926.However, many local registrars did not adhere to the statutes until the late 1930’s or early 1940’s.This means some records reside only in the local registrars’ files and not with the State.
I hope this information is helpful to you.
Sherry Crawford Group Manager Request Processing Vital Statistics Unit (888) 963-7111, ext 6195
1850 - Name: Martha S Hewlett Age: 28 Birth Year: abt 1822 Birthplace: Tennessee Home in 1850: District 7, Davidson, Tennessee Gender: Female
Nicholas Hewlett 56, VA Nancy Hewlett 50, VA Martha S Hewlett 28, TN Wm H Hewlett 26, TN Ann Hewlett 23, TN Henry Hewlett 22, TN Mary Hewlett 19, TN Chas Hewlett 16, TN Caroline Hewlett 14, TN
1860 - Name: Nicholas Hewlett Age in 1860: 56 Birth Year: abt 1804 Birthplace: Virginia Home in 1860: Nashville Ward 7, Davidson, Tennessee Gender: Male Post Office: Nashville
Nicholas Hewlett 56, VA Nancy Hewlett 46, TN William Hewlett 30, TN Henry Hewlett 28, TN Ann Hewlett 24, TN Charles Hewlett 20, TN Caroline Hewlett 19, TN
Two reasons why you can't find Nicholas in the 1870 or later census -
he died btw 1860 & 1870 he was KIA during the CW & burried in a mass grave.
Tennessee law began requiring the registration of birth and death certificates in 1914.However retention time in our office different in that we will hold birth records for 100 years and death records for 50 years.After that time the records will be transferred to the Tennessee State Library & Archives.At present we still have birth records from 1914 since we will not begin to transfer them until 2014.We presently have death records from 1960 to the present.All older records have also been transferred to the Library & Archive.Their address is: 403 7th Ave North Nashville, TN 37243-0312 phone #:615 / 741-2764 Since the records are not available, there is no online database for public searches. Please feel free to contact me if you need further assistance.
Shirley Clark, ASA 4 Office of Vital Records Tennessee Department of Health 421 5th Ave N 1st Floor Central Svcs Bldg Nashville, TN 37243 Shirley.Clark@tn.gov