(Note from Vicki – I am sure learning a lot about genealogy and history. Who thought history could be so interesting?)
Tennessee Marriages; Tennessee Ancestry–Model of Diversity
Genealogical.com – Genealogy Pointers – August 11, 2015
Few states established before 1800 reflect such a variety of peoples and attitudes as Tennessee. Home to the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Creek Native American tribes prior to the age of western exploration, the future state of Tennessee attracted the French explorers De Soto in 1540 and, over a century later, La Salle, who built Fort Prudhomme supposedly on the site of present-day Memphis. Ultimately, the British established the first permanent European settlement in Tennessee; however, a group Virginians entered the Watauga River valley in the eastern part of the state as early as 1769. A number of North Carolina pioneers followed soon thereafter, and at their request, the colonial government of North Carolina assimilated the territory into Washington County. Between the American Revolution and the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, North Carolina ceded Tennessee to the federal government on two separate occasions, though during the interim John Sevier would govern Tennessee as the independent state of Franklin.
By the time Tennessee was admitted to the Union in 1796, its Native American, French, and British stock had been joined by Scottish, Scotch-Irish, German, and Irish immigrants, as well as free and enslaved African Americans. This diversity of background converged with Tennessee’s inherent economic and geographical dissimilarities to divide that state into three sections with different mindsets: the urbanized, mountainous, and pro-Union Eastern Tennessee; Middle Tennessee of the Tennessee River Valley, with its rolling bluegrass country and livestock; and Western Tennessee, sandwiched between the Tennessee and Mississippi rivers, where, before the Civil War, cotton was king.
Our collection of compiled genealogies and source records for Tennessee is stellar. Listed below is a sampling of our most popular Tennessee CDs and books. Or, to browse our complete lineup of Tennessee resources, just access the URL at the end of the below list.
Tennessee Marriages (CD)
Extracted from the marriage registers and the original marriage bonds and licenses of 22 Tennessee counties, this CD contains information on about 278,000 individuals who were married during the period dating from the late 18th century to the mid-19th century, soon after the various counties were established. Found in old courthouse records, most of the marriage records identify the bride and groom, the date of the marriage or marriage bond, and the names of parents, guardians, or witnesses. The records originally appeared in a series of books, most of which were compiled by Edythe Rucker Whitley, whose research in Middle Tennessee courthouse records is widely known.
Some Tennessee Heroes of the Revolution
Based on the Invalid Lists of 1806 and the Pension Lists of 1818, 1832 and 1840, this book supplies–in addition to name, age, service, residence, and source of information–the date of the pension application, date and place of birth, service record, names of all family members cited in the pension statement, and place or places of migration to, from, or within Tennessee.
1770-1790 Census of the Cumberland Settlements
This work is an attempt to reconstruct a census of the Cumberland River settlements in Davidson, Sumner, and Tennessee counties, which today comprise all or part of 40 Tennessee counties. To this end, Mr. Fulcher has abstracted from the public records all references to those living in the jurisdictions between 1770 and 1790. From wills, deeds, court minutes, marriage records, military records, and many related items, the author has put together a carefully documented list of inhabitants–virtually the “first” census of Tennessee.
Earliest Tennessee Land Records and Earliest Tennessee Land History
Once in a generation someone compiles a genealogy reference work that instantly becomes a standard in its field because it brings together a vital collection of records in one place, explains how those records originally came to be, and, in the process, promises to save its users hours of toil. This work, by Irene Griffey, is such a book. In the first portion, Mrs. Griffey explains why the various county land offices were established, the six-step process for obtaining a land grant, the differences between military and other types of land grants, and, of course, how to use early Tennessee land records. The bulk of this remarkable volume, however, consists of abstracts of some 16,000 of the earliest Tennessee land records in existence, arranged in a tabular format. For each record we are given the name of the claimant, the file number, the name of the assignee (if any), the county, number of acres, grant number, date, entry number, entry date, land book and page number, and a description of the stream nearest to the grant.
Tennessee Records: Tombstone Inscriptions and Manuscripts
This work is an exhaustive cemetery-by-cemetery listing of Tennessee mortuary inscriptions, with a separate section of over 100 pages devoted to biographical and historical sketches.
Counties of Tennessee
Here is an essential guide to the formation and historical highlights of 100 Tennessee counties in existence at the time of the work’s original publication in 1923.
East Tennessee’s Forgotten Children
This publication contains the records of apprenticeships scattered among the minutes of the county courts for Eastern Tennessee. The records, some 11,000 of them, span the period from 1778 to 1911 and bear reference to apprenticeships created in 29 Tennessee counties. The information herein was compiled from county court minutes on microfilm obtained, in almost every case, from the Tennessee State Archives. Mr. Miller has arranged the records by county and thereunder chronologically. For each record we are given the name of the apprentice, a date (either the date of the original bond or indenture, or a subsequent date), the age at apprenticeship, the name of the master, and miscellaneous information ranging from the name of the mother or a sibling, race, cause of apprenticeship (e.g., orphan), his/her trade, etc.
History of the Lost State of Franklin
This scarce work should be of interest to all researchers with early Tennessee ancestors inasmuch as it covers the controversial period prior to statehood when the settlement in Eastern Tennessee was under quasi-independent rule. One such controversy involved the creation in 1784 by John Sevier and others of a separate, self-governing territorial unit from lands in western North Carolina known as the State of Franklin.
This mainstay of Tennessee genealogy contains an immense amount of genealogical data that is not confined to Tennessee but reaches out to the Carolinas, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, and other Southern states as well. Over 6,000 names are in the index, with some names having as many as 50 references. All Tennessee counties are covered, each with pertinent genealogical data, such as abstracts of wills and deeds, tombstone inscriptions, marriage records, and sketches of early settlers.