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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Tennessee  Gotoarrow.png  Carter County
East Tennessee county established in 1796. Originally part of the pioneer Watauga Settlements, from 1785 to 1789, this land was also claimed by the abortive, short-lived State of Franklin.[1]

Contents

Quick Dates

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

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1790 1908 1830 1796 1794

County Courthouse

Carter County Courthouse, Elizabethton, Tenn.
Carter County Courthouse
801 East Elk Ave.
Elizabethton, TN 37643
Phone: 1-423-542-1801


Carter County Clerk
Marriage and Probate records
801 E. Elk Ave.
Elizabethton, TN 37643
Phone: 1-423-542-1814

Carter County Register of Deeds
Land records
801 E. Elk Ave.
Elizabethon, TN 37643
Phone: 1-423-542-1830

Carter County Clerk of Circuit Court
Court records
Carter County Justice Center
924 E. Elk Ave.
Elizabethon, TN 37643
Phone: 1-423-542-1835

Hours: Mon.-Fri.8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  

History

In the 1780s, this county's land fell within the bounds of the State of Franklin.

The county is named after Landon Carter (1710-1778), Speaker of the State of Franklin senate.[3]

The land of Carter County was first organized by the State of Franklin in March 1786 from part of Washington County under the name Wayne (old) County.[4] Wayne seems to have included at least the present area of Carter and Johnson Counties. However, the Franklin statehood effort collapsed by 1789. Wayne (old) County existed only briefly, its legality is questionable, and little trace remains. It was not recognized by the subsequent North Carolina, Southwest Territory, or Tennessee governments.

In 1796 the first county reconstituted by the new State of Tennessee was Franklin's Wayne (old) County, only it was called Carter County.[5]Now the land on which the lost county of Wayne (old) County was located is known as Carter County and Johnson County.[6]

Parent County

1796--Carter County was created 9 April 1796 from Washington County.
County seat: Elizabethton[7]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[8] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken [9] (male)

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

1933-- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

  • Lost censuses: 1800, 1810, 1820, 1890
  • Many early wills have been lost

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Backwoods Cove Creek Housley Roan Mountain
Bear Stand Crabtree Hunter Sadie
Big Spring Dogtown Johnson City Shell Creek
Biltmore East Side Keenburg Siam
Bitter End Elizabethton Laurel Fork Tiger Valley
Blevins Elk Mills Little Milligan Tolley Town
Blue Spring Evergreen Oak Grove Upper Shell Creek
Braemar Fairview Okolona Valley Forge
Buladeen Farmer Mill Pierce Watauga
Burbank Fish Springs Pine Crest Watauga Point
Carter Gap Creek Piney Grove White Rock
Cedar Grove Green Pine Poga Whitehead Hill
Central Hampton Range Wilbur
Clarketown Hopson Rayon Terrace
College Park Horseshoe Riovista

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Getting Started

Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Carter County biography, cemetery, church, court, probate, and tax records. To determine which books are being searched, or to search each publication's index individually, click here. You are now equipped with a checklist of books to pull off the shelves at a genealogy library, or a wish list for your personal book collection.

Research Guides

African American

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Cemeteries

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

The Tennessee Cemeteries page provides explanations of the following online resources:

Bibliographies Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FHLC Find A Grave | national search | county list ePodunk
WorldCat Carter Co., TNGenWeb Project  
  USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project  

Published Carter County cemetery records:

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1800 4,813
1810 4,190 −12.9%
1820 4,835 15.4%
1830 6,414 32.7%
1840 5,372 −16.2%
1850 6,296 17.2%
1860 7,124 13.2%
1870 7,909 11.0%
1880 10,019 26.7%
1890 13,389 33.6%
1900 16,688 24.6%
1910 19,838 18.9%
1920 21,488 8.3%
1930 29,223 36.0%
1940 35,127 20.2%
1950 42,432 20.8%
1960 41,578 −2.0%
1970 42,575 2.4%
1980 50,205 17.9%
1990 51,505 2.6%
2000 56,742 10.2%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population censuses of Carter 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.

See Carter County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. [The USGenWeb Census Project®]

1800 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation.

1810 - Lost, but a substitute is available:

  • Sherrill, Charles A. The Reconstructed 1810 Census of Tennessee: 33,000 Long-lost Records from Tax Lists, Court Minutes, Church Records, Wills, Deeds and Other Sources. Mt. Juliet, Tenn.: C.A. Sherrill, 2001. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1810.

1820 - Lost[10]

1820 Manufactures

The original manufactures schedules for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee are kept at the National Archives, Washington, D.C. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 1024517-1024518.

The following book is a useful aid for finding the original records. A free online index, provided by Lineages, will help researchers determine if this resource can be of assistance:

  • National Archives. Indexes to Manufactures Census of 1820. 1920; reprint, Knightstown, Ind.: Bookmark, 1977. FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2m 1820; digital version at Lineages. [Covers this county.]

These records have also been abstracted:

  • 1820 Census of Manufactures: Carter County, East Tennessee Roots, Vol. 7, No. 3 ():114. For availability, see Periodicals.

1830

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

1860

1880

  • Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. 1880 Census - Tennessee: Transcription for Carter County. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 198-?. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8984 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. 7 1891. [Carter County is included in Vol. 7.]
  • 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.

Church

Church records include baptisms, marriages and burials, as well as information about family members and clues about family migration.  For additional information about church records, religions, and religious archives in Tennessee, see Tennessee Church Records.

  • Carter County Church Records
- Family History Library Catalog - Carter County Church Records
  • If the records you need are not through the Family History Library, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.  Two sites that give information about churches in Bedford County are:
- List of Carter County churches with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)
- List of Carter County churches (TN HomeTownLocator)


  • In 1936, a helpful guide to early Carter County church records was published by the Works Project Administration. [11]Use this guide to locate which church records exist and where they were housed in 1936. The Tennessee State Library and Archives has filmed some of these records. To locate which records are available at the TSLA, go to the appropriate "county fact sheet" on the TSLA Web site and scroll down to "selected manuscript material". All filmed church records at the TSLA for Carter county are listed.

Court

DNA

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Carter County residents. Attempts have not been made to verify the lineages of those tested.

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]

General

Gordon Aronhime (1911-1983) collected information on hundreds of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee pioneers. His note cards, which reference more than 4,000 early settlers of the Holston-Clinch River area and East Tennessee (1770s-1790s), are held at the Library of Virginia. The cards have been digitized and made available online.[12]

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Carter, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 65,000 entries.

  • East Tennessee Historical Society. First Families of Tennessee: A Register of Early Settlers and Their Present-day Descendants. Knoxville, Tenn.: East Tennessee Historical Society, 2000. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 H2ff. [Identifies families that had settled in Tennessee before it achieved statehood in 1796.]

Bibliography

  • [Cable] Buckingham, Marie Cable and Juanita Wilson. The Descendants of Casper and Elizabeth (Baker) Cable: 1755 thru 2000. n.p.: M. Buckingham & J. Wilson, 2001. FHL 929.273 C112bw
  • [Carter] Bennett, Frances Helm. The Hampton, Helm & Carter Families. Carmel, Ind.: unknown, 1968. Digital versions available at Ancestry ($); and Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Carter] Henry, John J. and Audrey Duffield Henry. A History of the Carter and Duffield Family of Carter Co. and Johnson Co. in East Tennessee: With Reference to the Virginia Carter Family and the East Tennessee Families of Taylor, Lowe and Stout. Oak Ridge, Tenn.: J.J. Henry, 2000. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C245hj.
  • [Drake] Calton, H.W. Our Ancestors Benjamin Drake & Sara Buchanan. Springfield, Missouri: H.W. Calton, 1994. FHL 929.273 D789c
  • [Duffield] Henry, John J. and Audrey Duffield Henry. A History of the Carter and Duffield Family of Carter Co. and Johnson Co. in East Tennessee: With Reference to the Virginia Carter Family and the East Tennessee Families of Taylor, Lowe and Stout. Oak Ridge, Tenn.: J.J. Henry, 2000. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C245hj.
  • [Gourley] Powers, Negetha Gourley. Captain Thomas Gourley and Kin: Early Settlers of Virginia. Bristol, Va.: N.G. Powers, 1984. FHL 929.273 G743p
  • [Hampton] Bennett, Frances Helm. The Hampton, Helm & Carter Families. Carmel, Ind.: unknown, 1968. Digital versions available at Ancestry ($); and Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Haynes] Shores, Robert Merritt. Haynes Family: Descendants of George Haynes (1757-1836) of Winchester & Frederick County Virginia and Carter County Tennessee. Tucson, Arizona: R.M. Shores, 1991. [3 A1 no. 6437].
  • [Helm] Bennett, Frances Helm. The Hampton, Helm & Carter Families. Carmel, Ind.: unknown, 1968. Digital versions available at Ancestry ($); and Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Hendrix] Hendrix, Violet Hendrix. The Hendrix Family of Carter County, Tennessee: Descendants of John Hendrix 1756-1846. Kingsport, Tenn.: Hendrix, 1976. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 H385a.
  • [Humphreys] See Sams.
  • [Jobe] Hsiung, David C. A Montaineer in Motion: The Memoir of Dr. Abraham Jobe, 1817-1806. Knoxville TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2009. [The memoirs of a Carter County native who was a physician and businessman.]
  • [Macklin] DAR (Tennessee) Genealogical Records Committee. Alexander Macklin of Carter County, Tennessee. Typescript, 1947. FHL US/CAN Film 876555 Item 6.
  • [Mottern] Mottern, Hugh H. William Mottern Family of Turkeytown, East Tennessee, Elizabethton, Carter County. Glenview, Ill.: H.H. Mottern, 1962. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M858m.
  • [Munn] Munn, Irvin Warren. Munn Genealogy, ca. 1773-1960. Typescript, microfilmed 1968. FHL 564125 Item 7.
  • [Nave] Nave, Robert T. and Margaret W. Hougland. Teter Nave. East Tennessee Pioneer: His Ancestors and Descendants. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 2007.  FHL 929.273 N229nr
  • [Patton] Patton, D.A. A Record of the Family of John Patton. Johnson City, Tenn.: Staff Job Office, 1900. FHL 110 Item 4
  • [Patton] Munday, Harold Arthur. A Record of the Family of John Patton ... Charlotte, N.C.; Marceline, Missouri: Herb Eaton and Wadsworth Publishing, 1979. FHL 929.273 P278m
  • [Range] Mumaw, Lola Range. Peter and Ida Range: Ancestors and Descendants, Carter County, Tennessee. Sandwich, Ill.: L.R. Mumaw, 1978. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 R163a.
  • [Redmon] Fobes, Lawrence G. Redmon. 1976?. FHL 929.273 R248b
  • [Reno] Reno, Guy B. John Reno and Susannah Thorn m. Nov. 17, 1737 and Their Issue. Rockford, Ill.: G.B. Reno, 1972. FHL Book 929.273 R295re.
  • [Sams] Turner, Alice Bellvadore. In Memoriam, John Sams and Susan Evaline Sams Colfax, Iowa: unknown, 1902. FHL US/CAN Film 1018896 Item 8; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Sams] Sams, Ernest Reginald, Daisy Sams Wilson and Crawford F. Sams. Sams Family of William Berry Sams (b. 1853; d. 1895) and Nancy Emmerine Williams (b. 1851; d. 1926): Additions to the Sams Family of Virginia by Crawford F. Sams. 1984. FHL 929.273 S149s supp. 1
  • [Sevier] Turner, Francis Marion. Life of General John Sevier New York: The Neale Publishing Co., 1910. Free digital copy, courtesy: Internet Archive.
  • [Smith] Reeves, Emma Cornelia Barrett. Tennessee Smithology. Lufkin, Texas: Pineywood Printing, 1975. FHL 929.273 Sm55a
  • [Taylor] Armstrong, Zella. Taylor of Tennessee. Chattanooga, TN: Lookout Pub. Co., 1933. Available at FHL US/CAN Film 1036349 Item 9. Digital version available at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Wallace] Williams, Joseph Vincent. James Tate Williams, His Family and Recollections. Kingsport, Tenn.: Kingsport Press, 1928. FHL 1429818 Item 2
  • [Williams] Williams, Joseph Vincent. James Tate Williams, His Family and Recollections. Kingsport, Tenn.: Kingsport Press, 1928. FHL 1429818 Item 2
  • [Wills] Neal, Carl B. The Wills Family of Johnson County, Tennessee. Olympia, Wash.: [J. Kvatum?], 1960. FHL 929.273 W685a
  • [Woodby] Austin, Helen Cook. The Woodby Family of the East Tennessee Mountains: Including Some Ancestors of Sudie Honeycutt and Minnie Proctor-Welch-Melton. Decatur, Ala.: Ryan Crest Studio Pub. and Genealogy Organization, 1998. FHL 929.273 W852a

Immigration

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 3 British aliens, some of whom had families, living in Carter County.[13]

Land

Deeds

The original Carter County Deed Books are held at the County Courthouse. In the 1970s, the TSLA microfilmed Deed Books A to T (1796-1884), indexes, and Trust Deed Book 1874-1892. Copies of their microfilms are also available at the Family History Library: FHL US/CAN Films 847620-847627, 464080 Item 2, 1011383.

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Carter County land records. They offer a research service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

  1. Deed Book A: 1796-1806
  2. Deed Book B: 1806-1815


  • McIver, Mary.  Abstracts of Carter County, Tennessee Deeds, 1796-1825. Privately published, 1985. LC 84-90648


Local Land Entries Issued by North Carolina

The original Carter County land entries issued by North Carolina are kept at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh. On their website, users can bring up a list of land entries issued in Carter County, both before and after it became a part of the state of Tennessee. Years covered: 1801-1820.

Instructions:

  1. Follow this link to conduct a "Call Number Search" using the MARS Catalog on their site.
  2. Using the pull down window, change "Call Numbers starting" to "A MarsID matching."
  3. Type 12.14.1 (Windows Vista users may need to include a period after the last digit, for example 12.14.1.) and click Search. This is the specific MarsID for Carter County.
  4. Click on the entry that is returned: "Tennessee, Carter County."
  5. In the window that pops up, click Show List of Child Records and a list of Carter County land entries will be produced. Browse to find abstracts of the original records.[14]

N.B. You can also search by name through the Basic Search, but it lacks soundex capabilities.

Law and Legislation

  • Tennessee State Library and Archives, Acts of Tennessee 1796-1850: Index to Names. January 25, 2005. [In addition to creating new laws, legislative acts were often required to obtain a divorce, grant legitimacy to a child, or for appointments to or grant payments for public service.] The TSLA has created an index to names that appear in these acts covering the years 1796 to 1850. To read more about this valuable resource Click here. The searchable index is available at the TSLA; another version is available at World Vital Records.

Local Histories

  • Carter County History Book Committee. Carter County, Tennessee, and its People, 1796–1993. Elizabethton TN: Carter County Book Committee [PO Box 176, Elizabethton, TN], 1993. LC 93-60910
  • Co-operative Town Company of Tennessee. The New Co-Operative Town of Tennessee. Knoxville, Tennessee, 1890. Free digital copy.
  • Depew, Michael and Lanette. Images of America. Elizabethton [Tennessee]. Charleston SC: Arcadia Pub., 2004. [A pictorial history of Elizabethton, Tennessee]
  • Nave, Robert T. A History of the Iron Industry in Carter County to 1860. Privately published [RT Nave, 509 Woodhaven Dr., Johnson City, TN 37604], 1998. [also includes iron works in now Johnson County]
  • Turner, Francis Marion. Life of General John Sevier New York: The Neale Publishing Co., 1910. Free digital copy.

Maps

  • [1796] Reeves, Charles A. Carter County [Tennessee] - Created April 1796 from Washington County. Published 2000. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.

Military

Revolutionary War

The following Carter County Revolutionary War records are available online through TNGenWeb:

  1. 1835 Pension Roll
  2. 1852 Rejected or Suspended Pensions

Additional resources include:

War of 1812

  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Jan. 1960):13-16; Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr. 1960):40-45. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960); digital version at journal website. [Includes Carter County pensioners 7(1):16, 7(2):40.]

Civil War

Civil War service men from Carter 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 Carter County.

Confederate Soldiers
Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Carter County:

Newspapers

  Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at the 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 Carter County click on the following city:

Occupations

Miller, Alan N. East Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2m. Digital version at World Vital Records ($). Purchase at Genealogical.com. [Includes Carter County.]

Periodicals

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 records of Carter County, Tennessee 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.
East Tennessee Roots
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Carter County, Tennessee records have been published in East Tennessee Roots (10 vols.). A subject index to these articles is available online. Surname indexes to Volumes 9 and 10 are also available online. The Family History Library has collected most issues of East Tennessee Roots FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 D25e.
Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Carter County, Tennessee records have been published in the Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin (39+ vols., 1972-present), the journal of the Watauga Association of Genealogists. The organization has posted tables of contents for most volumes on their website. Back issues are available for purchase.The Family History Library has a complete collection FHL US/CAN Books 976.897 B2w, including Margaret W. Hougland and Betty Jane Hylton's Bulletin Subject Index: The First Thirty Years, 1972-2001 (Johnson City, Tenn.: Watauga Association of Genealogists, 2002) FHL US/CAN Book 976.897 B2w index 1972-2001.
Indexed in the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).

Prisons

Learn if your Carter County ancestors went to prison!

Probate

Loose probate files exist at the Carter County Courthouse covering the years 1796 to 1915. They were microfilmed by GSU  in 1999: FHL US/CAN Films 2117645-2117646, 2117648.

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Carter County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

  1. Will Books 1-3: 1794-1937

The following Carter County probate records have been abstracted and/or indexed:

  • [1794-1861] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22s. [Includes an index to this county's probate records.] Free Lookups Available!

Taxation

TSLA microfilmed the original Carter County Tax Books 1860-1880 (gaps) in 1971. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Film 1011384.

The following Carter County tax records have been abstracted:[15]

  • [1796] Taxpayers, 1796, East Tennessee Historical Society Publications. Knoxville TN: 1958. Vol. - Iss. 30.
  • [1796] Creekmore, Pollyanna. Early East Tennessee Taxpayers. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1980. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4cp and Silas Emmett Lucas's Revised Index FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4cp index. [Includes 1796 tax list.]
  • [1796, 1798] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists. Evanston, Ill.: B. & B. Sistler, 1977. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4s. [Includes 1796 and 1798 tax lists.]
  • [1796, 1798] Curtis, Mary Barnett. Early East Tennessee Tax Lists. Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing Company, 1964. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4c. [Includes 1796 and 1798 tax lists.]
  • [1798] 1798 Tax List, Carter County, East Tennessee Roots, Vol. 9, No. 4. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals. [Includes digital images of the original source.]
  • [1799] Tax List, 1799, Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin. Johnson City TN: Summer 1972. Vol. 1 Iss. 2.
  • [1834] Tax List, 1834, Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin. Johnson City TN: 1979. Vol. 8 Iss. 1-2; 2000. Vol. 29 Iss. 2; 2001. Vol. 30 Iss. 1.
  • [1836] Douthat, James L. Carter County, Tennessee, 1836 Tennessee, Civil Districts and Tax Lists. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1993. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8984 R4d; online: free surname index and purchase details.
  • [1874-1877] Nathaniel Edens Hyder Tax Collection Journal Excerpts, 1874-1877, Distr. 1-4, Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin. Johnson City TN: 2007. Vol. 36 Iss. 1.

Vital Records

Marriage

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Carter County marriage records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

  1. Marriages 1796-1811

The following Carter County marriage records have been abstracted and/or indexed:

  • [1796-1825] Raymond, Brenda Jordan. "Carter County, TN - VITALS - Marriages, 1796 - 1825," available online, courtesy: USGenWeb Archives.
  • [1796-1876] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early East Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1987. FHL US/CAN 976.8 V2s v. 1. [Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.] Free Lookups Available!
Divorce

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Carter County divorce papers in diverse manuscript collections, 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.
Deaths
  • Nikazy, Eddie M. Abstracts of Tennessee Death Records for Carter County, Tennessee, 1908-1925. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1992. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8984 V4ne.
  • Nikazy, Eddie M. Carter County, Tennessee Death, Record Abstracts, 1926-1934. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1994. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8984 V4n.

For deaths of Methodists in Carter County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:

Societies and Libraries

  Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library
201 N. Sycamore St.
Elizabethton, TN 37643
Phone: 1-423-547-6360
Fax: 1-423-542-1510
Hours: Mon. and Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Tues., Wed.and Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Includes the Paty-McCellan-Dungan Archives Room which includes census records, city directories, county records, local history books. Volunteers are available to assist with research on the first Thursday night of each month from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.


Charles C. Sherrod Library, East Tennessee State University
P.O. Box 70665
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: Information desk 1-423-439-4307
Hours vary depending on the time of year because of school sessions. See website for hours.
The Sherrod Library has genealogical information concerning the East Tennessee Region.


East Tennessee Historical Society
601 S. Gay St.
P.O. Box 1629
Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
Phone: 1-865-215-8824
E-mail: eths@east-tennessee-history.org

Archives of Appalachia
East Tennessee State University
Sherrod Library, 4th floor
P.O. Box 70295
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: 1-423-439-4338
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. ETSU school holidays are observed.
The Archives of Appalachia is a keeper of memories. Collect, preserve, and share the written words, sounds, and images of the people of Appalachia. House nearly 18 million manuscripts, 56,000 sound recordings, and 250,000 still and moving images.


Web Sites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Carter County, Tennessee

References

  1. J. Mark Lowe, "The Land Grant Processes of North Carolina and Tennessee," Lecture, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Knoxville, Tenn., August 21, 2010.
  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. “State of Franklin” in The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture at http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/imagegallery.php?EntryID=F061 (accessed 27 June 2010).
  5. Robert M. McBride, "Lost Counties of Tennessee," East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications 38 (1966): 5-6.
  6. Iamvered (Wikipedia User), The Eight Counties of the State of Franklin, circa 1786 at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:8FranklinCounties.png (accessed 27 June 2010).
  7. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 638. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  8. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  9. Voice of Betty Jane Hylton, County Co-coordinator, Washington County, Tennessee TNGenWeb; Editor, Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin (2010).
  10. Mary Barnett Curtis, Early East Tennessee Tax Lists: a compiled list of residents of the area covered in 22 east Tennessee counties for which there is (sic) no census records prior to 1830 (Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing, 1964) [FHL Book 976.8 R4c].
  11. WPA. Guide to Church Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville: Tennessee State Planning Commission, 1942. FHL 976.8 K23w
  12. "Original Virginia Records Imaged and Indexed Online," Arlene Eakle's Virginia Genealogy Blog, 12 October 2008.
  13. Kenneth Scott. British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979, 372-378 (see East Tennessee). FHL US/CAN 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  14. J. Mark Lowe, "The Land Grant Processes of North Carolina and Tennessee," Lecture, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Knoxville, Tenn., August 21, 2010.
  15. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.

 

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