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<br>'''Humphreys County, Tennessee''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Humphreys County''' (established 1809) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.  
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Humphreys County's civil records start the following years:<ref>''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/guide-to-public-vital-statistics-in-tennessee/oclc Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey (W.P.A.), 1941; [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/earlyrecords.htm "Earliest County Records,"] Tennessee State Library and Archives.</ref>  
 
Humphreys County's civil records start the following years:<ref>''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/guide-to-public-vital-statistics-in-tennessee/oclc Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey (W.P.A.), 1941; [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/earlyrecords.htm "Earliest County Records,"] Tennessee State Library and Archives.</ref>  
  
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{{Fire}}'''1876''' and '''1898'''--Fires damaged courthouse records.<ref name="TSLA">[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/lost.htm Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee] in ''Tennessee State Library and Archives'' in ''Tennessee Secretary of State'' (accessed 31 March 2014).</ref> <ref name="GenI">[http://www.genealogyinc.com/tennessee/tn-counties/#courthouse Tennessee Counties with Burned Courthouses] in ''History and Facts of Tennessee Counties'' in ''Genealogy, Inc.'' (accessed 31 March 2014).</ref><br><br>
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Humphreys County, Tennessee genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Humphreys County (established 1809) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

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Quick Dates

Humphreys County's civil records start the following years:[1]

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1909 1862  1909  1820  1810  1837 

County Courthouse

Humphreys County Courthouse
 102 Thompson Street
Waverly, TN 37185
Phone: 931.296.7671 

County Clerk has land records from 1809,
marriage records from 1861 and probate records from 1838. [2]

Humphreys County Courthouse, Waverly, Tenn.
Humphreys County Courthouse
Courthouse Annex
102 Thompson St.
Waverly, TN 37185
 Phone: 1-931-296-7671


Humphreys County Clerk
Marriage, land and probate records
Room 2, Courthouse Annex
102 Thompson St.
Waverly, TN 37185
Phone: 1-931-296-7671

Courthouse burned in 1876 and 1898. Only the land records are complete.

Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

History

Middle Tennessee county on the Tennessee River. Established 1809.

The county is named after "U.S. Representative from Tennessee Parry Wayne Humphreys (1778–1839)."[3]

Parent County

1809--Humphreys County was created 19 October 1809 from Stewart County. 
County seat: Waverly[4]

From 1788 to 1796 people living in what is now Humphreys County were in extinct Tennessee County. Their records for that period are now found in Robertson County, Tennessee.[5]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[6] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[7] (male)

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Tennessee county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Tennessee counties see: Tennessee Counties with Burned Courthouses

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1876 and 1898--Fires damaged courthouse records.[8]

  • Lost census: 1810, 1890
  • Lost marriage records: 1809 to 1861
  • Lost probate records: 1809 to 1836

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Bakerville Dughill (hist.) Hustburg Polecat
Belleview Elysian Grove Johnsonville Poplar Grove
Bethpage Few Chapel Liberty Pursley
Bold Spring Forest Hill McEwen Reynoldsburg (hist.)
Buffalo Forks of Blue Creek Milltown Taylortown
Caigletown Glenwood New Hope Trinity
Cedar Grove Gorman New Johnsonville Water Valley
Clydeton (hist.) Halls Creek Old Fields Place Waverly
Concord Hopkins Crossing Pigeon Roost Wills Chapel
Denver Hurricane Mills Plant Woolworth

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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Getting Started

Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Humphreys County biography and cemetery 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 Americans

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Tennessee African Americans

Census takers found no free African Americans living in Humphreys County, Tennessee in 1820.[9]

Cemeteries

Charles A. Reeves Jr. has created a detailed map showing the locations of Humphreys County cemeteries. It may be purchased for a small fee through his website.

  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried. Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone. May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.

Census

1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population censuses of Humphreys 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 Humphreys County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. [The USGenWeb Census Project®]

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

  • Bentley, Elizabeth P. Index to the 1820 Census of Tennessee. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1981. FHL 976.8 X22b 1820

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

  • Garrett, Jill. Humphreys County, Tennessee 1850 Census Additional Notes.Columbia, Tennessee: J. K. Garrett, 1962. FHL 976.837 X2p
  • Finley, Nina. Census of the Houston County Area.Erin, Tennessee: Friends of Houston County Library, 19-? FHL 976.836 X2f Vol. 6, Northern Humphreys County.

1860

  • Finley, Nina. Census of the Houston County Area.Erin, Tennessee: Friends of Houston County Library, 19-? FHL 976.836 X2f Vol. 7, Northern Humphreys County.

1870

  • Clifton, Betty F.1870 Census of Humphreys County, Tennessee.Taylorsville, California: B.F. Clifton, 1979. FHL 976.837 X2c 1870
  • Finley, Nina. Census of the Houston County Area.Erin, Tennessee: Friends of Houston County Library, 19-? FHL 976.836 X2f Vol. 8, Northern Humphreys County.

1880

  • Fischer, Marjorie Hood and Ruth B. Burns. 1880 Census, Humphreys County, Tennessee. Vista, California: Ram Press, 1987. FHL 976.837 X2f 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. 8 1891. [Humphreys County is included in Vol. 8.]
  • 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

Court

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

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Humphreys, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 20,000 entries.

Bibliography

  • [Adams] Hampton, Estelline Adams. John Adams, Esquire (III): Ancestors and Descendants. Unknown: unknown, 1976. Available at FHL US/CAN Film 982157 Item 7; digital versions available at Ancestry ($); View copies at FamilySearch Books Online; and Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Beasley] Lockhart, William Thomas. The Beasley Family of Benton, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys and Stewart Counties of Tennessee. Florissant, Missouri: W. Lockhart, 1985. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B38Lw.
  • [Hamilton] Hamilton, Thomas. Autobiography of Thomas Hamilton. Typescript, microfilmed 1972. FHL US/CAN Film 896607 Item 2.
  • [Knight] Garrett, Jill Knight. Knight Cousins. [Columbia, TN: Unknown, 1967. Available at FHL US/CAN Film 928090; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [McMurtry] McMurtry, Otis D. Chronology of the Life of John McMurtry, Esq., Soldier, Privateer of the American Revolution: Progentior of the McMurtry Clan of Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA. FHL US/CAN Film 570838 Item 2.
  • [McMurtry] McMurtry, Brian L. The West Tennessee McMurtry Family: A Synopsis of the Lives and Historical Background that Surrounded the McMurtry Family of Humphreys, Benton, and Henry County, TN. Newburgh, Ind.: B.L. McMurtry, 2006. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M229mb.
  • [Whitfield] Whitfield, Vallie Jo Fox. Whitfield History and Genealogy of Tennessee. [Walnut Creek, CA: Unknown,, 1964. Available at FHL US/CAN Film 879642 Item 1; digital version available at Heritage Quest Online ($).

Land

  • Humphreys County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1810 and is located at Room 3 - Court House Annex, 102 Thompson, Waverly, Tennessee 37185; 931-296-7681. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.
  • The Family History Library has microfilm copies of deeds 1810-1897 with indeses 1810-1907; land sales frm the late 1800s to the early 1900s; tax books 1898-1916.
  • Free lookups available for Tennessee Land Grants C-CZ, H-Hz, S-Sz, N-O, P-

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.] 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 TSLA; another version is available at World Vital Records.

Local Histories

  • Smith, H. K. Some Encounters with General Forrest. McKenzie, Tenn.?: unknown, 1959. Available at Heritage Quest Online ($).

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War

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

Additional resources include:

War of 1812

  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 7, No. 3 (Jul. 1960):65-68; Vol. 7, No. 4 (Oct. 1960):90-93. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960); digital version at journal website. [Includes Humphreys County pensioners 7(3):68, 7(4):90.]

Civil War

Civil War service men from Humphreys 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 Humphreys County.
Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Humphreys County:

Spanish American War

Newspapers

  RAOGK volunteer is willing to do obituary lookups in Humphreys County newspapers covering the years 1931 to 2003.

Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at 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 Humphreys County click on the following cities or towns:

Occupations

  • Miller, Alan N. Middle Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1784 to 1902. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2004. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2ma. Purchase at Genealogical.com. [Includes Humphreys 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 Humphreys 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.
Humphreys County Historical Society
Family History Library has no. 1 - 36 (1978 - 2005) FHL US/CAN book 976.837 B2h
Indexed a PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)
The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History
Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Humphreys County, Tennessee have been published in The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, the quarterly of the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society (23+ Vols.). To view a list of these articles, visit their online Index to Articles (1988-2005). Surname indexes are also available online for Vols. 2-22. The website also offers back issues for sale in paper and on CD. The Family History Library has a complete collection of this quarterly FHL US/CAN Book 976.85 D25m.
The River Counties
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Humphreys County, Tennessee records were published in The River Counties Quarterly, (14 vols.) edited by Jill K. Garrett. The Family History Library has a complete collection FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2rc.

Prisons

Learn if your Humphreys County, Tennessee ancestors went to prison!

Probate

The Humphreys County Court has responsibility for the probate records.

FamilySearch has placed scans of the following records online in the Tennessee, Probate Court Books, 1795-1927 collection. These are browse-only collections. Handwritten indexes may be found at the front or back of some volumes:

  • Inventories, Wills, 1837-1906 (4 vols.)
  • Bonds, 1882-1913
  • Bonds, Letters, 1886-1974
  • Claims again estates, 1870-1902
  • Conveyance abstracts, 1898-1899
  • Insolvent estate records, 1886-1962
  • Inventories, 1852-1857 (Vol. H), 1868-1878 (Vol. K)
  • Juvenile records, 1941-1964
  • Letters, 1907-1956 (2 vols.)
  • Minutes, 1842-1850, 1883-1887, 1894-1900 (5 vols.)
  • Settlements, 1856-1880, 1886-1924 (3 vols.)

The following Humphreys County probate records have been abstracted, indexed, or both:

  • [1837-1861] 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.]
  • [1838-1844] Works Progress Administration. Wills and Inventories, 1838-1844. [Nashville, Tennessee]: Works Progress Administration, 1938. Typescript of the original records.

Taxation

The following Humphreys County tax records have been abstracted:[10]

  • [1812] Taxable Inhabitants, 1812, Ansearchin' News, Vol. 11, No. 4 (Oct. 1964). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • [1812] 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 1812 tax list.]
  • [1812] Free Taxable Inhabitants, 1812, Benton County Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Apr. 1994).
  • [1817] "U.S. Holds 1817 Public Sale of Federal Tax-Delinquent Properties in Tennessee," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 2 (Summer 1996):63-68. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals. [Includes Humphreys County.]
  • [1836] Nichols, Elizabeth Riggins. "Humphreys County, Tennessee 1836 Tax List," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 35, No. 3 (Fall 1988):111-114. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • [1837] Nazor, Mary Louise Graham. "Humphreys County, Tennessee 1837 Tax List," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 35, No. 4 (Winter 1988):165-170. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • [1837-1843] Fischer, Marjorie and Ruth B. Burns. Humphreys County, Tennessee, Records: Tax Lists, 1837-1843; Marriages, 1888-1900.Vista, California : Ran Press, 1987. FHL 976.837 R4f
  • [1839] Tax List, 1839, River Counties, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Jul. 1973).
  • [1852] Tax List, 1852, District 1, River Counties, Vol. 10, Nos. 1-4 (1981).
  • [1869] "Humphreys County Land Sold for Unpaid 1869 Taxes," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 46, No. 2 (Summer 1999):39. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.

Vital Records

See also How to order Tennessee Vital Records or order electronically online.

Marriage

The original Humphreys County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Due to fire, all marriage records prior to 1864 are lost. The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:

  • Lucas, Silas Emmett. Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. FHL 976.8 V2L.

The following Humphreys County marriage records are microfilmed:

  • 1864-1993 - Available at the TSLA.
  • 1864-1959 - Available at the Family History Library. Volumes are indexed.FHL 979381

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

  • 1861-1888 - Fischer, Marjorie H. and Ruth Blake Burns. Humphreys County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1861-1888. Vista, California: Ram Press, 1984. FHL 976.837 V2f Information abstracted from marriage books A, C, D, F, G.
  • 1862-1895 - Humphreys County Marriage Index 1862-1895 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.[11]
  • 1864-1868 - Marriage Records, 1864-1868, Humphreys County, Tennessee.  Nashville: TSLA, Historical Records Project, 1939.  Typescript. FHL 24705 Item 2
  • 1888-1900 - Fischer, Marjorie H. and Ruth B. Burns. Humphreys County, Tennessee, Records: Tax Lists, 1837-1843; Marriages, 1888-1900. Vista, California: Ran Press, 1987. FHL 976.837 R4f
  • Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950 - covers all counties in Tennessee.
  • Many county marriage records are indexed with images at Ancestry's Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002. ($)  Be aware that this index is not complete for many counties.

Humphreys County is not indexed in Sistler's Early Middle Tennessee Marriages.

Divorce

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Humphreys 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.
Death

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

Societies and Libraries

See also a List of Tennessee Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Humphreys County Historical Society
105 1/2 Carroll Ave
Waverly, TN 37185

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
PO Box 330948
Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507
The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which Humphreys County is one. It publishes The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, a quarterly containing articles of genealogical and historical interest. Little-known Tennessee records are published and indexed, along with family genealogies, Bible records and material submitted by members. There is an alphabetical Index to articles in the Journal 1988-summer 2005

Humphreys County Public Library
201 Pavo Avenue
Waverly, TN 37185
Phone: 1-931-296-2143

West Tennessee Heritage Study Center
Paul Meek Library
University of Tennessee at Martin
Phone: 1-731-881-7060
Hours vary by semester
The Heritage Study Center holds a variety of genealogical resources including materials relating to the following counties in Tennessee: Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Perry, Shelby, Stewart, Tipton, Wayne, Weakley and Carlisle, Fulton, and Hickman counties in Kentucky.

Family History Centers

Web Sites

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

References

  1. 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.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Humphreys County, Tennessee page 641, At various libr40ries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 641. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  5. "Tennessee County" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_County (accessed 25 May 2010), and Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004) [FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004], 639.
  6. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  7. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
  8. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State (accessed 31 March 2014).
  9. *Waldrep, G.C. "'Free Colored' Heads of Household in the 1820 Tennessee Census," available online, courtesy: Free African Americans website.
  10. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.
  11. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d3/Igitennesseef.pdf.