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Founded: June 11, 1792
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East Tennessee county. Established 1792.

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Quick Dates

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

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1881 1792  1881  1830  1792  1792 

County Courthouse

Old Knox County Courthouse, Knoxville, Tenn.
Knox(ville) City/County Building, Knoxville, Tenn. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.
Knox County Courthouse
300 Main St.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 1-865-215-2385


"Non-current" County records are housed in the Knox County Archives, which is located in the East Tennessee History Center.


Knox County Clerk
Marriage and probate records
P.O. Box 1566
300 Main St.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 1-865-215-2385

Knox County Register of Deeds
Land records
City-County Building, Suite 225
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 1-865-215-2330

Knox County Clerk and Master
Court records
City-County Building, Suite 124
400 Main St.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 1-865-215-2555

Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

History

General Henry Knox (1750-1806)

The county is named for General Henry Knox (1750-1806), Revolutionary War hero, and the nation's first Secretary of War.[2]

Parent County

1792--Knox County was created 11 June 1792 from Greene and Hawkins Counties.
County seat: Knoxville[3]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[4] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[5] (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

  • Lost censuses: 1800, 1810, 1820, 1890
  • County records are complete[6]

Places/Localities

Populated Places


Asbury Crenshaw Heiskell McMillan
Ball Camp Dante Inskip Neubert
Beverly Ebenezer John Sevier Powell
Boyd Farragut Karns Rocky Hill
Byington Fountain Kimberlin Heights Thorn Grove
Cedar Bluff Fountain City Knoxville Trentville
Concord Graveston Lyons View Tuckahoe
Corryton Gulf Park Maloneyville Vestal
Coster Yards Halls Crossroads Mascot West Knoxville

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Getting Started

Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Knox County cemetery, court, estate, land, marriage, 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.

Robert McGinnis is recognized as the Knox County Cemetery Historian by several local organizations, such as Knox Heritage. He has published multiple volumes of cemetery transcriptions for Knox County, encompassing more than 500,000 burials. He has done extensive research and included such things as wills and obituaries in the books. In addition, he perused Knox County death certificates on microfilm to identify unmarked burials. Copies of each volume are available from Mr. McGinnis.

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 TNGenWeb Cemetery Database  
  USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project  
  Interment  

Published Knox County cemetery records:

Individual cemeteries (web resources):

Census

1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population censuses of Knox 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.

1800 - Lost

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 Collection 976.8 X2s 1810

1820 - Lost[7]

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 Collection 1024517-1024518

The following book is a useful aid for finding the original records. A free online index, provided by Lineages, which cites the original document numbers, 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 Collection 973 X2m 1820; indexed at Lineages. [Covers this county.]

These records have also been abstracted:

  • 1820 Census of Manufactures: Knox County, East Tennessee Roots, Vol. 9, No. 1 ():50. For availability, see Periodicals.

1830

  • Sistler, Byron H. 1830 Census, East Tennessee. Evanston, Ill.: n.p., 1969. FHL Collection 976.8 X2p 1830

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

  • United States Census 1850 for Knox County, Tennessee. Knoxville, Tenn.: East Tennessee Historical Society, 1949. FHL Collection 976.885 X2p 1850

1880

  • Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. 1880 Census Knox County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler & Associates, 1996. FHL Collection 976.885 X2s 1880 [Another copy is available in the Census Area.]

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 Collection 976.8 X2r v. 1 1891 [Knox County is included in Vol. 1.]
  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee. Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. FHL Collection 976.8 X2s 1890

Church

Presbyterian

  • The Centennial Anniversary of the First Presbyterian Church of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the Semi-Centennial Anniversary of the Ministry of Rev. James Park, D.D., Knoxville, Tenn., October 11, 1896. Knoxville, Tenn.: Bean, Warters & Gaut, Printers and Binders, 1897. Digital version at Google Books.

Roman Catholic

Diocese of Knoxville
805 Northshore Drive Southwest
Knoxville, TN 37919
Telephone: 865-584-3307
Fax: 865-584-7538
Internet: http://www.dioceseofknoxville.org/

Court

Directories

  • Knoxville City Directories, 1859-present - the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection has a complete set of Knoxville City Directories. Watch this video on their collection
  • Knoxville City Directory, 1926: Containing an Alphabetical List of Business Firms, Corporations Followed by Their Officers, Copartnerships Giving Names of Partners, and Private Citizens with Their Occupation, Business Connections and Home Address, a Directory of All Churches, Public and Private Schools, Benevolent, Literary, Religious and Other Societies, Banks and Trust Companies, Officers of the County and City Governments, a Street and Avenue Guide, Numerical Telephone Directory, a Buyers' Guide and a Complete Classified Business Directory. Knoxville, Tenn.: City Directory Co. of Knoxville, c1926. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

DNA

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Knox County residents. Attempts have not been made to verify the lineages of those tested.
  • [Brown] Descendant of John Brown, b. 1799, d. aft 1860 of Knox County, Tennessee. Y-DNA 37 Marker Test, FTDNA (Kit 7512). Genetic signature available online (labeled Group No. 25), genealogical description available online, courtesy: Brown/Browne/Braun DNA Study. Matches have been found.
  • [Brown] Multiple descendants of William Brown, b. abt. 1730 of Augusta County, Virginia, d. 1807 Knox County, Tennessee. Y-DNA 12, 25, 37, and 67 Marker Tests, FTDNA (Kits 3996, 4020, 12719, 88144, 20243, 61359). Genetic signatures available online (labeled Group No. 2), genealogical description available online, courtesy: Brown/Browne/Braun DNA Study.

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.[8]
A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.
As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Knox, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 90,000 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 Collection 976.8 H2 [Identifies families that had settled in Tennessee before it achieved statehood in 1796.]

Bibliography

  • [Alldredge-Aldridge] Lester, Memory Aldridge Alldredge-Aldridge-Bracken-Nesmith families and their kin Chapel Hill, North Carolina : M.A. Lester, 1957 FHL Collection 929.273 AL52L; digital version available at Family History Archives.
  • [Alldredge] Sausaman, William Amel Nathan Alldredge (1739-1826) of North Carolina and Tennessee and his descendants. Springfield, Illnois : W.A. Sausaman, 1971. FHL Collection 929.273 AL52s; digital version available from Family History Archives.
  • [Ayers] Gart, Jeanne Brooks. The Families of Joseph and Charlotte (Shelton) Ayers: Knox County, Tennessee and Macon County, Missouri, Including Ralph Shelton, Middlesex County, Virginia and Reuben M. Dunnington. Boston, Mass.: Newbury Street Press, 1997?. FHL Collection 929.273 Ay24g
  • [Bates] Bates, Madison C. Bates, a Brief History and Genealogy of Joseph Harrison Bates. Galesburg, Ill.: Wagoner Printing Co., 1915. FHL/VAULT US/CAN Film 1145782 Item 3; digital version at Google Books.
  • [Belieu] Rust, Elma Sprague. Belieu: Micajah Belieu and Some of His Descendants, 1795 Wilkes County, NC, to 1990. Blachly, Oregon: E.S. Rust, 1999. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B412r.
  • [Bell] Bell, Eldon Raymond. Bells History: of Shenandoah Valley, VA and Knox County, TN. Springdale, Arkansas: E.R. Bell, 1994. FHL Collection 929.273 B413ber
  • [Blackley] Perry, Gregory M. The Charles Blackley Family of Knox County, Tennessee. Decorah, Iowa: Anundsen, 1991. FHL Collection 929.273 B565p
  • [Blount] Wright, Marcus Joseph. Some Account of the Life and Services of William Blount.... Washington,D.C.: E.J.Gray, 1884. Free digital copy.
  • [Bracken]See Alldredge-Aldridge.
  • [Brownlow] Portrait and Biography of Parson Brownlow, the Tennessee Patriot: Together with His Last Editorial in the Knoxville Whig; Also, His Recent Speeches, Rehearsing His Experience with Secession, and His Prison Life. Indianapolis: Asher & Co., Publishers, 1862. Digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive.
  • [Campbell] Daughters of the American Revolution. Campbell Family of Knox Co., Tenn. [ca. 1800-1900]. Typescript, National Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, D.C. Microfilmed in 1971. FHL Collection 872778 Item 3
  • [Campbell] Fassnacht, Grace Spencer. Campbell Kith and Kin: Descendants of Archibald Campbell and Elizabeth Baker Who Came from Campbell County, Virginia to Knox County, Tennessee, 1796. Chattanooga, Tenn.: G.S. Fassnacht, [198-?]. FHL Collection 929.273 C152fg
  • [Campbell] Schlotterbeck, Mrs. W.K. Archibald Campbell. Typescript, Dallas, Texas. Microfilmed 1991. FHL US/CAN Film 1787180 Item 15.
  • [Chapman] Ristau, Patricia. Chapman Family History and Genealogical Records, 1796-1926. Typescript, microfilmed 1986. FHL US/CAN Film 1321077 Item 24.
  • [Chesney] Orcutt, Joel Thomas. Our Tennessee Chesneys: A Genealogy of the Families of John Chesney 1794-1876 Early Settler of Grainger County, Tennessee & Nathaniel Richard Chesney 1796-1885 Early Settler of Knox County, Tennessee. Terlton, Oklahoma: J.T. Orcutt, 2006. FHL Collection 929.273 C425o
  • [Claiborne] Burns, Annie Walker. Historical Records of the Claiborne Family: Variously Spelled Clayborne, Cliborne, Cleborn & etc. Washington, D.C.: A.W. Burns, 1943. FHL Collection 1703890; digital versions available at Ancestry ($); and Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Clark] Spoden, Muriel Millar Clark. An American Ancestry of the Clark--Morton and Tayman--Millar--Adams Families. [Kingsport, Tenn.]: M.M.C. Spoden, 1995. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C547sm.
  • [Claybourn] Claybourn, Verner Marvin and Harriette Pinnell Threlkeld. The Claybourn Family: The Descendants of Ephraim Claybourn of Tennessee and William Divine Claybourn of Jefferson County, Illinois. McKinney, Texas: H.P. Threlkeld, 1969. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C579t.
  • [Davis] Valgardson, Florence Davis. James Jordan Davis Family History: Consisting of Biographical Sketches of James Jordan Davis, His Posterity and Ancestry. Provo, Utah: J. Grant Stevenson, 1970. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 D29j.
  • [England] Austin-Raichart, Deb and Fodrocy, Jan Descendants of Aaron England Sparta, Tennessee : D. Austin-Raichart, [199?] FHL Collection 929.273 En34; digital version at Family History Archives
  • [Eppes] Johnson, Mary Lou Shoemaker. Family of Edward Eppes of Knox County, Tennessee. Fountain City, TN?: Unknown, 1951. Digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Ferguson] Steiger, Grace Ferguson. The John Miller Ferguson Family History. Perrysburg, New York: G.F. Steiger, 1976. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 F381s.
  • [Gist] Dorsey, Jean Muir. Christopher Gist of Maryland and Some of His Descendants, 1679-1957, Chicago, IL: J.S. Swift Co., 1958. FHL Collection 929.273 G447; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Goodpasture] Goodpasture, Albert Virgil; Goodpasture, William Henry. Life of Jefferson Dillard Goodpasture. Cumberland Presbyterian Publishing House, 1897.
  • [Graves] Neal, Thomas Howe R. Harbison, Graveston, Knox County, Tennessee and Graves Genealogy. Knoxville, Tenn.: Neal, 1973. FHL Collection 929.273 G783n; Index: FHL Collection 929.273 G783n index
  • [Gredig] Dockter, Albert W. A Family History and Descendants of Jeremiah Gredig: With Roots in Knox County, Tennessee. [Alcoa, Tenn.]: A.W. Dockter, 1991. FHL Collection 929.273 G799d
  • [Green] Adams, Edward Ewing. Green Family Historical Collections, a History of James Green (or Greene) and His Descendants: A Resident of Old Tryon and Rutherford Counties, North Carolina; Knox County, Tennessee and Madison and Bond Counties, Illinois. Springfield, Ill.: Midwest Microfilm Co., 1967. FHL Collection 477574
  • [Hansard] Bell, Annie W.B. Hansard-Christian Family History Records. Knoxville, Tenn.: Hansard Family Register, 1978. FHL US/CAN Film 1445967.
  • [Harmon] Burris, Gloria Fay Harmon. The Descendants of Hiram Harmon & Sarah York, & Oda Agee Harmon. [Lake City, Tenn.]: G.F. Burris, 2000. FHL Collection 929.273 H228bg
  • [Harris] Harris, Madison M. Family History of Col. John Sawyers and Simon Harris and Their Descendants. Knoxville, Tenn.: Knoxville Lithographing Co., 1913. FHL US/CAN Film 1421635 Item 4; digital versions at Ancestry ($), Google Books, and Internet Archive.
  • [Hewitt] Tompkins, Norma Louise Pritchett Hewitt:three hundred years form Jamestown to Wyatt Switch. [Dallas, Texas] : N.L. Tompkins, c1992. FHL Collection 929.273 H497; digital version available at BYU Family History Archives.
  • [Johnson] Johnson, Katherine Baker. The Family of the Reverend William Johnson of Virginia and Knox County, Tennessee. Typescript, 1971. FHL Collection 877505 Item 2
  • [Lane] Williams, Lyle Keith. The Lane-Robertson Families of Amherst County, Virginia and Descendants. Fort Worth, Texas: L.K. Williams, 1991. FHL 929.273 L24wi
  • [Lovell] Steed, Cecilia Giauque. Sketch and Record of Mary Ann Lovell, Born 1852, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee. MSS., 1924. FHL Collection 6018518
  • [McCampbell] McCampbell, Nellie Pearl, David Babelay, and Marian W. McCampbell. Samuel Shannon McCampbell [and] Sarah Prudence Smith McCampbell, Ancestors and Descendants. Knoxville, Tenn.: N.P. McCampbell, 1965. FHL US/CAN Film 982117 Item 3.
  • [Nesmith] See Alldredge-Aldridge.
  • [Park] The Family Record of James Park, Deceased, from His Marriage in 1804 Down to March, 1907. 1907?. FHL US/CAN Fiche 6017361.
  • [Plumlee] Houp, J. Randall. The Descendants of Isaac & Margaret (Bradshaw) Plumlee, White County, Tennessee. Alma, Ark.: J. Randall Houp, 1991. FHL Collection 929.273 P735h
  • [Pritchett] Horlacher, Doris Melissa Pritchett. Edward & Catherine (Scroggins) Harner Pritchett of Wake Co. NC; Knox Co and Roan Co, TN; Camden Co, MO. Salt Lake City, Utah: D. Horlacher, 2001. FHL Collection 929.273 P939hdp; Supplement: FHL Collection 929.273 P939hdp supp.
  • [Reagan] Reagan, Donald B. Smoky Mountain Clans. 3 vols. Knoxville, Tenn.: D.B. Reagan, 1978-1983. FHL Collection 929.273R22b 1978 [The Reagan family is discussed in Vol. 1.]
  • [Robbins] Gray, Shawn. Descendants of Isaac Robbins. Muncie, Indiana : S. Gray, [2003]. FHL Collection 929.273 R535; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Russell] Pencin, Gaye Phipps. Russell, James H.: Born ca. 1780, Prob. North Carolina, to Odin Township, Chicot Co., Ark. by 1828, to Texas in May 1837, Died ca. 1840. (Possibly Son of William Russell, Sr. of North Carolina and Later Knox Co., Tennessee.). Woodland, Calif.: G.P. Phipps, 1986. FHL Collection 929.273 R914p
  • [Sawyers] Harris, Madison M. Family History of Col. John Sawyers and Simon Harris and Their Descendants. Knoxville, Tenn.: Knoxville Lithographing Co., 1913. FHL US/CAN Film 1421635 Item 4; digital versions at Ancestry ($), Google Books, and Internet Archive.
  • [Schenck] Schenck, Harry A. Schenck Family History: Henry Schenck and Meta Flemming Family: From Tennessee and Wisconsin to San Diego, California. n.p.: H.A. Schenck, 2009. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Sch27shh.
  • [Sevier]Turner, Francis Marion. Life of General John Sevier New York: The Neale Publishing Co., 1910. Free digital copy.
  • [Smith] McCampbell, Nellie Pearl, David Babelay, and Marian W. McCampbell. Samuel Shannon McCampbell [and] Sarah Prudence Smith McCampbell, Ancestors and Descendants. Knoxville, Tenn.: N.P. McCampbell, 1965. FHL US/CAN Film 982117 Item 3.
  • [Tarwater] Tarwater, Charles B. A Brief History of the Tarwater Family. Knoxville, Tenn.: C.B. Tarwater, 1957. FHL US/CAN Film 1206499 Item 47. Supplement: FHL US/CAN Film 1206499 Item 48.
  • [Thomas] "Abram Thomas, Welsh Ironmaster," Tennessee Ancestors, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Aug. 1991).
  • [Toole] Craig, Joe Mason and Mary Marcie. John Toole, Ruth Ann Rankin, and Their Descendants. Oceanside, Calif.: J.M. and M. Craig, c1984 (Natchitoches, La.: Mayfield Printing). FHL Collection 929.273 T618c; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Walker] Bowman, G. Ralph. Some Descendants of Captain George Walker, 1745-1833: of Fauquier, Virginia; Burke County, North Carolina; Knox, Rhea & Bledsoe Counties, Tenn. n.p.: G.R. Bowman, 1978, 2004. FHL Collection 929.273 W152bg
  • [Walker] Walker, Mary and David Walker. Ballard Ira Walker's Family. Tenn.?: M.B. Walker, 1988. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W151wm.
  • [Wallace] Seivers, Edna Wallace. The Ancestors and Descendants of Robert Wallace. Knoxville, Tenn.: E. Seivers, 1989. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W155se.
  • [White] Scott, Nancy N. A Memoir of Hugh Lawson White, Judge of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, Member of the Senate of the United States...Philadalphia: J.B.Lippincott, 1856. Free digital copy.
  • [Young] Stein, Carl F. Some Descendents of James Pickens Young 1815: of Polk, Rhea, Hamilton, Blount, & Knox Counties, Tenn., Cherokee, & Gaston Counties, North Carolina. Family Group Sheets. FHL Collection 2055385 Item 2

Immigration

Early migration routes to Knox County for European settlers included:

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 33 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Knoxville and Knox County.[9]

Additional resources:

  • Babelay, David, Charles F. Bryan Jr., Leo Schelbert, and J. Michael Clark. They Trusted and were Delivered: The French-Swiss of Knoxville, Tennessee. 2 vols. Knoxville, Tenn.: Vaud-Tennessee, 1988. FHL US/CAN Book 976.885 F2b.

Land

Deeds

The original Knox County Deed Books are held at the County Courthouse. In 1966, TSLA microfilmed these records for the years 1791 to 1966, resulting in 1564 microfilms. FHL Collection

Local Land Entries Issued by North Carolina

The original Knox 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 Knox County, both before and after it became a part of the state of Tennessee. Years covered: 1779-1803.

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 12.14.11 (Windows Vista users may need to include a period after the last digit, for example 12.14.11.) and click Search. This is the specific MarsID for Knox County.
  4. Click on the entry that is returned: "Tennessee, Knox County."
  5. In the window that pops up, click Show List of Child Records and a list of Knox County land entries will be produced. Browse to find abstracts of the original records.[10]

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

  • Rule, William, George Frederick Mellen and John Wooldridge. Standard History of Knoxville, Tennessee: With Full Outline of the Natural Advantages, Early Settlement, Territorial Government, Indian Troubles, and General and Particular History of the City Down to the Present Time. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1900. Digital versions at Ancestry ($) and Google Books.
  • Turner, Francis Marion. Life of General John Sevier New York: The Neale Publishing Co., 1910. Free digital copy.
  • Wright, Marcus Joseph. Some Account of the Life and Services of William Blount.... Washington,D.C.: E.J.Gray, 1884. Free digital copy.

Maps

  • [1792] Reeves, Charles A. Knox & Jefferson Counties [Tennessee] - Created June 11, 1792 from Greene & Hawkins Counties. Published 2000. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • [1871] Ruger, A. Bird's Eye View of the City of Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee. Originally published 1871. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • [1886] Wellege, Henry. Knoxville, County Seat of Knox County, Tennessee. Originally published 1886. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • [1890] Sanborn Map. Map of Knoxville, 1890. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • [1895] 1895 Knox County, Tennessee Property Owners Map. Includes: property owners, churches, schools, roads, communities, cities, towns, and an index. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • [1895] Ogden Brothers Map. Map of Knoxville, 1895. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • [1917] Sanborn Map. Map of Knoxville, 1917. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • [1939] Viking Press for the WPA. A Map of Knoxville. Originally published 1939. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • [1948] Knoxville, Tennessee. Originally published 1948. Includes streets and a few landmarks. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.

Military

Indian Wars

  • Persons Killed, Wounded & Taken Prisoner, 1791, Montgomery County Genealogical Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Mar. 1980).

Revolutionary War

The following Knox 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. 4 (Oct. 1960):90-93. FHL Collection 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960); digital version at journal website. [Includes Knox County pensioners (pp. 91-92).]

Civil War

Civil War service men from Knox 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 Knox County.

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

Newspapers

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

  1. 1791-1792 Knoxville Gazette
  2. 1793 Knoxville Gazette
  3. 1794 Knoxville Gazette


Other online papers


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 Knox County click on the following cities:

Published Knox County newspaper abstracts:

  • McGinnis, Robert A. Tidbits of the Past: Death Notices, Obituaries & Interesting Articles Taken from Knoxville Newspapers 1868-1885. n.p.: R.A. McGinnis, 2004. [Family History Library | WorldCat].
  • McGinnis, Robert A. Tidbits of the Past: Death Notices, Obituaries & Interesting Articles Taken from Knoxville Newspapers 1886-1891.
  • McGinnis, Robert A. Tidbits of the Past: Death Notices, Obituaries & Interesting Articles Taken from Knoxville Newspapers 1892-1895.

To order a copy of any volume, send a check for $35 (includes shipping) to Robert McGinnis, 1425 Glenoaks Dr, Knoxville, TN 37918.

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 Collection 976.8 U2m; digital version at World Vital Records ($). Purchase at Genealogical.com. [Includes Knox 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
Several genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Knox 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 Collection 976.8 B2a
East Tennessee Roots
Several genealogical articles with abstracts of Knox 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 Collection 976.8 D25e
The Pellissippian
Several genealogical articles with abstracts of Knox County, Tennessee records were published in the The Pellissippian (25 vols., 1980-2004), the quarterly of the Pellissippi Genealogical and Historical Society. The society has posted tables of contents for all 25 volumes on their website. They also have back issues available for purchase. The Family History Library has acquired the first 20 volumes FHL Collection 976.8 D25p

Prisons

Learn if your Knox County ancestors went to prison!

Probate

The Family History Library has not acquired microfilm copies of original Knox County Will Books. When researching in that facility, it is necessary to rely upon published abstracts of the records.

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Knox 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. Wills, Guardianships, Accounts, Settlements Book 0: 1792-1821
  2. Wills, Guardianships, Accounts, Settlements Book 1: 1792-1811
  3. Wills, Guardianships, Accounts, Settlements Book 2: 1812-1817
  4. Wills, Guardianships, Accounts, Settlements Book 3: 1818-1824

Knox County's Will Books have been abstracted and/or indexed multiple times:

  • [1792-1831] Bell, Annie W.B. Knox County, Tennessee, Wills, 1792-1831: Estate and Guardian Book, "O" Will's, 1792-1803; Guardians, 1792-1821. Original at Court House, Knoxville, Tennessee. 1934. FHL Collection 976.885 P2b
  • [1792-1803] Historical Records Project (W.P.A.). Will Books, 1792-1803, Knox County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA. Microfilmed in 1941. FHL Collection 24719 Item 3
  • [1792-1861] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL Collection 976.8 P22s [Includes an index to this county's probate records.] Free Lookups Available!
  • [1792-1824] Knox County, Tennessee Estate Book [1792-1824]. 2 vols. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 199-?. FHL Collection 976.885 P28k
  • [1792-1824] Strictly By Name (see above).

Taxation

The original Knox County Highway Tax Book, dated 1888, is kept at the County Courthouse. In 1978, GSU microfilmed this book: FHL Collection 1020331 Item 4

The following Knox County tax records have been abstracted:[11]

  • [1796] West, Betsy F. "Delinquent Tax List, Knox County, Tennessee - 1796," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Fall 1977):138. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • [1796, 1799, 1815] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists. Evanston, Ill.: B. & B. Sistler, 1977. FHL Collection 976.8 R4s [Includes 1796, 1799, 1815 [Knoxville only] tax lists.]
  • [1796, 1806, 1815] Curtis, Mary Barnett. Early East Tennessee Tax Lists. Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing Company, 1964. FHL Collection 976.8 R4c [Includes 1796 list of persons not paying tax, 1815 petitions, and 1806 tax list.]
  • [1796] "Delinquent Tax List, 1796," East Tennessee Roots, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Summer 2005).
  • [1801] "Delinquent Taxes, 1801," Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Fall 1993).
  • [1804] Curtis, Mary Bennett. Knox County, Tennessee 1804 Tax List. n.p.: Arrow/Curtis Gen(e)alogical Publishing Co., 1977. FHL Collection 976.885 R4k
  • [1806] Knox County, Tenn. 1806 Tax List. 197-?. FHL Collection 976.885 R4ka
  • [1806] Creekmore, Pollyanna. Early East Tennessee Taxpayers. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1980. FHL Collection 976.8 R4cp and Silas Emmett Lucas's Revised Index: FHL Collection 976.8 R4cp index [Includes 1806 tax list.]
  • [1806] Knox County 1806 Tax List, East Tennessee Roots, Vol. 3, No. 3; Vol. 3, No. 4; Vol. 4, No. 3. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • [1812] "Tax List, 1812," Tennessee Ancestors, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Apr. 1986); Vol. 2, No. 2 (Aug. 1986); Vol. 2, No. 3 (Dec. 1986).
  • [1814] "Direct Federal Tax-Delinquent Property Owners Listed for 1814," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 3(Fall 1996):115-120. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals. [Includes Knox County.]
  • [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 Knox County.]
  • [-1830] "Tax Lists, Pre-1830," Tennessee Ancestors, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Aug. 1992).
  • [1836] Douthat, James L. Knox County, Tennessee, 1836 Civil Districts and Tax Lists. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1993. FHL Collection 976.885 P22d; online: free surname index and purchase details.
  • [1844-1845] Historical Records Project. Property Tax List, 1844-1845, Knox County, Tennessee. Typescript, Tennessee State Library, Nashville, Tenn. FHL Collection 24736 Item 3

Vital Records

Marriage

The original Knox County marriage records are kept at TSLA. They have been microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah:

  1. Index to Marriages Vols. 1 to 4 (1838-1922). FHL Collection 1020950
  2. Marriage Records Vols. 1 to 8 (1793-1894). FHL Collection 1020951-1020952
  3. Licenses, Bonds 1792-1915. FHL Collection 1025064-1025100, 1020953-1020968].

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Knox 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 1793-1819

Knox County's marriage records have been abstracted several times. Each editor was selective in the amount of detail he or she abstracted.

  • [1792-1864] Historical Records Project (W.P.A.). Marriage Records, 1792-1864, Knox County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA. Microfilmed in 1940. FHL Collection Films 24721 Items 2-4, 24718 Items 4-5
  • [1792-1900] d'Armand, Roscoe Carlisle and Virginia Carlisle d'Armand. Knox County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1792-1900: Compiled from Original Marriage Licenses and Bonds, Marriage Register, W. P. A. Knoxville, Tenn.: D'Armand Family Record Society, 1970. FHL Collection 976.885 V25d
  • [1792-1870] Lucas, Silas Emmett and Ella Lee Sheffield. 35,000 Tennessee Marriage Records and Bonds 1783-1870. 3 vols. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1981. FHL Collection 976.8 V2t v. 1 [Abstracts include names of brides, grooms, bondsmen, marriage bond dates, and officiators for weddings in this county for the roughly specified years. Marriage data taken from an index card file at the TSLA. Authors do not specify whether or not the card index completely indexes this county's marriages.]
  • [1792-1865] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early East Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1987. FHL Collection 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!
  • [1793-1819] Strictly By Name (see above).
Divorce

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Knox County divorce papers in diverse County Courthouse records, 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 Knox County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:

  • Smith, Jonathan K.T. Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths, the Nashville Christian Advocate. [1847-1914] 10 vols. [Jackson, Tenn.]: J.K.T. Smith, 1997-2003. FHL Collection 976.855/N1 V48s 1847-1851 ff; digital versions at David Donahue Memorial: Tennessee Records Repository. [Website expands upon the publications and includes deaths from the 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s.]
  •  Obituary Index at Knox County Library (McClung Historical Collection)

Hickory Public Library in Hickory, Catawba County, North Carolina has:


Libraries

  East Tennessee Historical Center
601 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
Phone: 1-865-215-8801
Web site: http://www.easttnhistory.org/
E-mail: eths@east-tennessee-history.org
Hours: (Eastern Time): Mon. and Tues. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Wed., Thurs., and Fri. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

The East Tennessee History Center houses the Knox County Archives, the Museum of East Tennessee History, and the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection.

The McClung Historical Collection’s primary focus is east Tennessee; it holds one of the country’s leading research collections about the region. The collection contains books, newspapers, directories, manuscripts, maps, microfilm records, and photographs. In addition to the east Tennessee material, the collection also contains research guides and census indexes for many states in the United States, especially 11 states in the South. McClung Collection is your gateway to exploring the families and history of the East Tennessee region. The Knox County Public Library offers the free online Calvin M. McClung Digital Collection.

Knox County Public Library
Lawson McGhee Library
500 W. Church Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 865-215-8750
Internet: http://knoxlib.org
Hours: Mon. and Tues. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wed. 10 a.m-5 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

The Knox County Public Library offers materials on local history, county indexes, and the free online Calvin M. McClung Digital Collection.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Hoskins Library, Special Collections
1015 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996-1000
Phone: 1-865-974-4351
Internet: www.lib.utk.edu

The library’s catalog is online and the Tennessee Newspaper Project is available through the catalog.

Societies

East Tenneessee Historical Society
601 S. Gay St.
PO Box 1629
Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
Phone: 1-865-215-8824

Family History Centers

6024 Grove Dr NE
Knoxville, TN
Phone: 1-865-688-7411

Knox County Public Library
500 West Church Ave.
Knoxville, TN
Phone: 1-865-215-8808

400 Kendall Rd NW
Knoxville, TN
Phone: 1-865-693-8252

These are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.

Web Sites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Knox 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. "Henry Knox," Wikipedia.
  3. 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.
  4. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  5. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
  6. Robert M. McBride, Tennessee County Data (Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee States Library and Archives, 1966), 31.
  7. 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].
  8. "Original Virginia Records Imaged and Indexed Online," Arlene Eakle's Virginia Genealogy Blog, 12 October 2008.
  9. 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 ($).
  10. J. Mark Lowe, "The Land Grant Processes of North Carolina and Tennessee," Lecture, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Knoxville, Tenn., August 21, 2010.
  11. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.

 

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