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Search this collection of 278,000 names from the marriage records of 21 Tennessee counties. This data set contains the most complete record of marriages available for many of these counties for the time period covered. Many early Tennessee marriage records have not survived, but the indexed page images included here preserve much of what remains and make the records available for easy searching.

Many of the compilations included were recorded from the earliest possible marriage registers, while others were collected from original bonds and licenses found among loose papers in county courthouses. Because these documents can be so difficult to track down, this collection takes on extremely significant genealogical value.

In some cases, county marriage records were not officially maintained for the period in question, or were done so in an unorganized manner, so that records could only be found in several types of sources. When that is true, the records included in this data set are apparently all that exist.

The books included here, originally published by the Genealogical Publishing Company, were almost exclusively compiled by Edythe Whitley. Ms. Whitley spent a lifetime studying the genealogical records of Middle Tennessee — an area originally in the domain of North Carolina.

You may obtain the following information from this data set:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Date marriage bond and/or license was issued
  • Date marriage was performed
  • Name of person officiating the ceremony
  • Name of the bondsman (usually a relative)
  • Additional genealogical annotations

It is important to note that the listing of a marriage bond signifies only that a marriage was intended, not that a marriage actually took place. On the other hand, the record of a marriage license indicates proof of marriage.

Books Included in This Data Set

This data includes indexed page images from the following books:

Tennessee Marriage Records: Anderson County, 1838-1858
Anderson County was created in 1801 from parts of Knox and Grainger Counties. Its marriage records begin in 1838, for those of the period 1801 to 1838 are apparently missing. Still, for the period 1838 to 1858, about 1,000 marriages were recorded. Listed in chronological order, they give the names of the bride and groom, the date of issue of the marriage bond or license, and the date the marriage was performed.

Tennessee Marriage Records: Blount County, 1795-1859
Blount County was created from Knox County in 1795, just one year before Tennessee won statehood. Its marriage records date from 1795 and are recorded in a register in the county clerk's office in Maryville. The marriages listed in this work have been copied from that register. The majority of the records derive from marriage licenses and thus prove that a marriage was performed. In some cases the records derive solely from marriage bonds, which in themselves are not proof of marriage, only that a marriage was intended. Arranged in alphabetical order by the surname of the groom, the records abstracted here give the names of the bride and groom, the date of issue of the marriage bond or license, and the names of the bondsmen. Altogether 4,000 marriages are listed in this work, which also features a separate index of brides.

Marriages of Claiborne County, Tennessee, 1838-1850 & Campbell County, Tennessee, 1838-1853
Claiborne County was created in 1801 from parts of Grainger and Hawkins counties, and Campbell County from parts of Anderson and Claiborne five years later. This book comprises the earliest surviving marriage records of both of these strategically-placed counties. The records date from 1838, when marriage registers came into official use in the state. Altogether some 2,000 marriages are listed here, each giving the names of the bride and groom, the date of issue of the license, and the date of the marriage.

Tennessee Marriage Records: Davidson County, 1789-1847
All of the early Davidson County marriage bonds and licenses were destroyed by fire, but the first two volumes of marriage registers compiled from the original bonds and licenses are intact. They cover January 1789-December 1837, and January 1838-December 1847. The abstracted records cover about 7,000 marriages, and they are in the order of their appearance in the registers, each beginning with the groom's surname. The rest of the entry is the name of the bride, the issue date of the bond or license, sometimes the marriage date, and the name of the officiating minister or J.P. All brides and grooms are listed in the index.

Tennessee Marriage Records: Gibson County, 1824-1860
Gibson County, situated in the western part of Tennessee, was created in 1823. Its marriage records, preserved from 1824, are on file in the courthouse in Trenton. The records abstracted here derive from both bonds and licenses and are arranged in chronological order. Each gives the names of the bride and groom, the date of the bond or license (frequently both), and the names of the bondsmen. At least 4,000 marriage records are in this compilation, and all 10,000 persons mentioned in the records — brides, grooms, and bondsmen —are listed in the index.

Marriages of Grainger County, Tennessee, 1796-1837
Grainger County was taken from Hawkins and Knox counties in 1796. Grainger's marriage records were recorded in a register for the first time by the Works Projects Administration. This present work is an adaptation of that register. As far as is known, no other compiled record of the marriages was ever made, for the county clerk apparently did not record the returns of either bonds or licenses. In the time that has elapsed since the register was compiled, many original bonds and licenses have been lost. The WPA register is therefore the most complete record of Grainger County marriages available. Arranged chronologically, the records given in the work include the names of the bride and groom, the date of the marriage bond and/or license, and the names of the bondsmen. The index contains references to some 6,000 persons.

Marriages of Jefferson County, Tennessee, 1792-1836
The original Jefferson County marriage records are no longer extant; instead, this present work is based on a unique marriage register which was prepared by the Works Projects Administration during the 1930s. The records given here are arranged by date of marriage and are numbered in sequence. Nearly 6,000 brides and grooms are named, each of whom is easily located in the index.

Tennessee Marriage Records: Lawrence County, 1818-1854
Lawrence County, Tennessee, in the south-central part of the state, just above Alabama, was created from parts of Maury and Hickman Counties in 1817. Its marriage records, commencing in 1818, are on file in the county clerk's office in Lawrenceburg. The records abstracted in the first section of this book (1818 to 1838) derive from the original bonds and licenses, while records appearing in the second section (1818 to 1854) are based on a marriage register. Both sets of records, totaling about 2,500 marriages, provide the names of the bride and groom and the date of the marriage bond or license (frequently both). Approximately 5,000 brides, grooms and bondsmen are listed.

Tennessee Marriage Records: Maury County, 1808-1852
Maury County was created in 1807 from Williamson County, which had been taken off of Davidson County a few years before. The marriage records, dating from the founding of the county, are based on the county clerk's marriage registers, and are supplemented by some 1,250 recently discovered marriage bonds. Arranged in several sections, some chronological, some alphabetical, the records give the names of the bride and groom, the issue date of the marriage license or bond, the marriage date and, sometimes, the name of the person who stood surety to the bond. Altogether about 6,000 marriage records, and the names of the brides, grooms, and others mentioned in the text are listed in the index.

Tennessee Marriage Records: McMinn County, 1821-1864
McMinn County was formed in 1819 from lands ceded to the United States by the Cherokee Indians. The early marriage records of the county are somewhat disorganized for they could only be found in several types of record sources, so those that are in this work are apparently all that exist. Arranged chronologically, the 2,000 records include the names of the bride and groom, the date of issue of the marriage bond or license, the date of the marriage, and the names of bondsmen.

Tennessee Marriage Records: Rhea County, 1808-1859
Rhea County was formed from Roane County late in 1807 and so the records in this volume start with the beginning of the county. Transcribed from a microfilm copy of the bonds and licenses at the State Archives in Nashville, they were also compared with the WPA transcripts of the records. The marriage records give the names of the bride and groom, the date of the bond or license, the marriage date, and the name of the officiating clergyman or J.P.

Marriages of Roane County, Tennessee 1801-1838
Roane County was officially formed from Knox County on November 6, 1801. This publication contains an almost complete record of the early marriages of Roane County. Information includes names of the bride and groom, the date of the marriage bond or license (frequently both) and the names of bondsmen.

Marriages of Robertson County, Tennessee 1839-1861
Robertson County was created from old Tennessee County in 1796, the year that Tennessee became a state. The early marriage records of Robertson County, unfortunately, have not survived — neither in the form of a marriage register nor as unrecorded bonds — and the earliest extant records begin only in 1839. The object of this book, therefore, is to preserve the early marriage records that have survived. The marriage abstracts given here are arranged in chronological order under the surname of the groom, the balance of each entry containing the name of the bride, the date the marriage license was issued (and often the date of the marriage itself), and the name of the officiating minister or J.P. Altogether more than 3,000 marriage records are abstracted in this work and the names of brides, grooms, and others mentioned incidentally in the entries appear in the index.

Marriages of Rutherford County, Tennessee 1804-1872
Rutherford County, Tennessee was erected in 1803 from Davidson County and at one time occupied territory extending all the way south to the Alabama state line. With the exception of a few deed books, destroyed during the Civil War, most of the old records of Rutherford County are extant, and most — like the marriage records — can be found at the courthouse in Murfreesboro. What is singular about the Rutherford County marriages is their extent: they are among the largest bodies of marriage records we have seen. This present work — to lend substance to the claim — contains abstracts of 11,000 marriages!

The marriage records published here are arranged in three sections, some in alphabetical order, some chronological. Each entry contains the names of the bride and groom, the date of issue of the marriage bond or the license, and, sometimes, the name of the person who stood surety to the bond, usually a relative of the bride or groom. Nearly 25,000 persons — brides, grooms, and sureties — are listed in the index to the work.

Tennessee Marriage Records: Shelby County, 1820-1858
Shelby County, Tennessee was created November 24, 1819 from Hardin County and its records of marriages commenced almost at once. It is believed that the original marriage records were destroyed. However, those that are given here were copied from a marriage register kept at the courthouse in Memphis, the county seat. They were numbered as found in the register and those on the opening pages are out of sequence. While this work is not an exact copy of the register, it does have all the marriages found there — about 5,000! Arranged in a single numerical sequence, the records abstracted give the names of the bride and groom, the issue date of the bond or license, and the marriage date. All 10,000 brides and grooms are listed in the index.

Tennessee Marriage Records: Stewart County, 1838-1866
Stewart County was erected November 1, 1803 from a part of Montgomery County. At that time it comprised a domain which extended west to the Tennessee River and south to the Alabama line. After the Chickasaw Purchase of 1819 the jurisdiction of the county for a while extended to the Mississippi River. While the county seat was established by 1805, the earliest marriage records in the courthouse at Dover date from 1838. The records given here were copied at the courthouse from loose papers (1838-1866). For the most part they derive from bonds and licenses, and there are about 2,500 marriages, and they are indexed.

Marriages of Sumner County, Tennessee, 1787-1838
Sumner County was created in 1786, while still a part of North Carolina, and was an important crossroads in the flow of migration. Its records are indispensable in the quest for ancestors who migrated south and west from Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. This present volume contains abstracts of approximately 5,000 marriage records. For some unknown reason the Clerk of Sumner County did not record the early marriages in a book or ledger, as was the custom. The marriages abstracted here derive instead from original bonds and unrecorded licenses found amongst loose papers in the courthouse in Gallatin. For this reason, and for reasons that are manifest in the nature of the records themselves, this work assumes an importance of awesome dimensions.

As is customary in such publications, the marriages are arranged in alphabetical order by the surname of the groom. The bride-to-be, the date of the bond or license, and the names of ministers, witnesses, and bondsmen make up the balance of each entry. Virtually every entry gives the name of at least one bondsman (usually a relative), and all persons mentioned in the entry except the groom, minister, or J.P. are indexed, the combined total of names amounting to some 15,000.

Marriage Records of Washington County, Tennessee, 1787-1840
Washington County originally embraced all of what is now Tennessee, but in 1790, perhaps earlier, it embraced the present northeast counties of Carter, Washington, and Unicoi. These Washington County marriage records are arranged chronologically from September 19, 1787 to December 31, 1840 and name a total of about 4,500 men and women. Additional information includes the exact date of the bond and the name of the bondsman. All names — brides, grooms, and bondsmen — are listed in alphabetical order in the index for quick and easy reference.

White County, Tennessee Oldest Marriage Book, 1809-1859
Doliante White County, Tennessee originally encompassed all of what is now Warren County, as well as parts of the counties of Cannon, Coffee, De Kalb, Franklin, Grundy, Putnam, and Van Buren. The 2,000 marriages in this book, as the title indicates, are the oldest on record. The marriages are arranged alphabetically by the names of the grooms and furnish the names of brides and officiating ministers, along with a number of genealogical annotations.

Marriages of Williamson County, Tennessee 1804-1850
Williamson County was created on October 26, 1799 from Davidson County. When first formed, it included what later became all or part of Maury, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, and Giles counties. Information includes names of the bride and groom, the date of the marriage bond or license (frequently both) and the names of bondsmen.

Tennessee Marriage Records: Wilson County, 1802-1850
Wilson County's marriage records did not begin until 1802. From then until 1841, when a register was started, the marriage bonds and licenses were stored in loose bundles in the county courthouse. Mrs. Whitley's abstracts derive from the original bonds and licenses and the earliest marriage register. The 8,000 marriage records in this work are arranged chronologically under the name of the groom, the rest of each entry being the name of the bride, the issue date of the marriage license or bond, the marriage date (if given), and the name of a bondsman (usually a relative), and the name of the officiating clergyman or J.P. About 20,000 persons-brides, grooms, and bondsmen are listed in the index.

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