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Civil War service men from Lawrence 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 Lawrence County.  
 
Civil War service men from Lawrence 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 Lawrence County.  
  
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*[[3rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Clack's) (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Clack's)]] - CSA - Company D.  
 
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*[[23rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Martin's)|23rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Martin's)]] - CSA - Company B.  
 
*[[23rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Martin's)|23rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Martin's)]] - CSA - Company B.  
 
*[[32nd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|32nd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company C.  
 
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*[[48th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Nixon's)|48th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Nixon's)]] - CSA - Company K
 
*[[54th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|54th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Companies C, E, G and I.
 
*[[54th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|54th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Companies C, E, G and I.
  
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The following Lawrence County marriage records have been indexed:  
 
The following Lawrence County marriage records have been indexed:  
  
*'''1818-1895''' - Lawrence County Marriage Index 1818-1895 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/88/Igitennesseel.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1818-1895''' - Lawrence County Marriage Index 1818-1895 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/88/Igitennesseel.pdf.</ref>  
 
*'''1818-1923''' - Carter, Mrs. Claude A. ''Lawrence County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1818-1923.'' Lawrenceburg, Tennessee: Family Tree Press, 1992. {{FHL|976.842 V2c|book}} Includes index of bride's surname.  
 
*'''1818-1923''' - Carter, Mrs. Claude A. ''Lawrence County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1818-1923.'' Lawrenceburg, Tennessee: Family Tree Press, 1992. {{FHL|976.842 V2c|book}} Includes index of bride's surname.  
 
*'''1818-1870''' - 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|359289|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2t v. 1}} ff. [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 [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]]. Authors do not specify whether or not the card index completely indexes this county's marriages.]  
 
*'''1818-1870''' - 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|359289|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2t v. 1}} ff. [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 [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]]. Authors do not specify whether or not the card index completely indexes this county's marriages.]  
*'''1818-1870''' - Lucas, Silas E. ''Lawrence County, Tennessee. Marriages, 1818-1870.'' Greenville, South Carolina&nbsp;: Southern Historical Press, 1999. {[FHL|976.842 V2L|book}}  
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*'''1818-1870''' - Lucas, Silas E. ''Lawrence County, Tennessee. Marriages, 1818-1870.'' Greenville, South Carolina&nbsp;: Southern Historical Press, 1999. {{FHL|976.842 V2L|book}}  
 
*'''1818-1870''' - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Early Middle Tennessee Marriages''. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler &amp; Associates, 1988. {{FHL|434884|item|disp=FHL Book 976.8 V2sb v. 2}} ff. [Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.]  
 
*'''1818-1870''' - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Early Middle Tennessee Marriages''. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler &amp; Associates, 1988. {{FHL|434884|item|disp=FHL Book 976.8 V2sb v. 2}} ff. [Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.]  
 
*'''1818-1854''' - Whitley, Edythe Rucker. ''Marriages of Lawrence County, Tennessee, 1818-1854.'' Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1982. {{FHL|976.842 V2w|book}}  
 
*'''1818-1854''' - Whitley, Edythe Rucker. ''Marriages of Lawrence County, Tennessee, 1818-1854.'' Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1982. {{FHL|976.842 V2w|book}}  
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For deaths of Methodists in Lawrence County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:  
 
For deaths of Methodists in Lawrence 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|789366|title-id|disp=FHL&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;US/CAN&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;Books 976.855/N1 V48s 1847-1851}} ff;&nbsp;digital versions at [http://www.tngenweb.org/records/tn_wide/obits/nca/index.html David Donahue Memorial: Tennessee Records Repository]. [Website expands upon the publications and includes deaths from the 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s.]
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*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|789366|title-id|disp=FHL Books 976.855/N1 V48s 1847-1851}} ff;&nbsp;digital versions at [http://www.tngenweb.org/records/tn_wide/obits/nca/index.html David Donahue Memorial: Tennessee Records Repository]. [Website expands upon the publications and includes deaths from the 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s.]
  
 
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Lawrence County, Tennessee genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Lawrence County (established 1817) 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

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

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1881  1818  1881  1820  1819  1829 

County Courthouse

Old Lawrence County Courthouse, Lawrenceburg, Tenn. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.
Lawrence County Courthouse, Lawrenceburg, Tenn. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.

Lawrence County Courthouse
240 West Gaines St.
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
Phone: 1-931-762-7700

County Health Department has birth records.
County Clerk has marriage records from 1818 and probate records from 1829.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [2]

Lawrence County Archives 2588 Highway 43 S
Leoma, TN 38468
Phone: 1-931-852-4091
E-mail: lcarchives@lorettotel.net
The Lawrence County Archives was formed in 1988 under the supervision of the Lawrence County Public Records Commission. The records are now permanently located in the First Farmer's and Merchant's building in Leoma, TN

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.&amp;lt;br&amp;gt;The archives could be closed for lunch at varying times. It also may be closed at&amp;amp;nbsp;for a few hours or a day. These changes will be posted on the website, but be sure to call if traveling a long distance to visit the archives.

History

U.S. Naval Officer James Lawrence (1781-1813)

Middle Tennessee county. Established 1817. The county is named after U.S. naval officer James Lawrence (1781-1813).[3]

Parent County

1817--Lawrence County was created 21 October 1817 from Hickman and Maury Counties.
County seat: Lawrenceburg [4]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[5] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[6] (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 census: 1890
  • Lost probate: 1817 to 1829

Although these are not burned records, applying strategies used for burned counties may aid in compensating for their loss. For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Alexander Springs Gaitherville Mount Nebo Spring Creek
Antioch Gandy Mount Zion Springers Station
Appleton Glendale New Prospect Strathmore
Barnesville Gum Springs Oak Hill Summertown
Bird Mill Henryville Ovilla Three Oaks
Bonnertown Hickory Heights Park Grove Turkey Track
Brace Hood Lake Pea Ridge Union Hill
Brier Hill Hudson Peppertown Upper Mockeson
Brown Crossroads Idaho Pinkney Vater
Busby Iron City Pleasant Point Wayland Springs
Center Knob Creek Pleasant Valley Webber City
Center Point Lawrenceburg Quercus Westpoint
Chinubee Leoma Ramah Wills
Clack Branch Liberty Grove Rascal Town Wolf Creek
Crewston Lindauer (hist.) Red Hill
Crossroads Lodi Revilo
Deerfield Long Branch Rhoades Hill
Dustin (hist.) Loretto Richardson
Ethridge Lower Mockeson Rockquarry
Fairview Marcella (hist.) Saint Joseph
Fall River Mars Hill Saint Marys
Five Points Meadowview Shady Grove
Flatwoods Mount Lebanon Sims Ridge

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 Lawrence County biography and census 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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Census takers found no free African Americans living in Lawrence County, Tennessee in 1820.[7]

Cemeteries

  • 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.
  • Irene McBane Alexander, Carrie Hardwick Gresham and the DAR Buffalo River Chapter (Tennessee) At rest : cemetery records of Lawrence County, Tennessee Lawrenceburg, Tennessee : Buffalo River Chapter DAR, 1977, c1968. FHL US/CAN book 976.842 V3a 1977 Free lookups available!

Census

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

1820

  • Bentley, Elizabeth P. Index to the 1820 Census of Tennessee. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1981. FHL 976.8 X22b 1820
  • Carter, Marymaud K. and Joan C. Hudgins. 1850 Census, Lawrence County, Tennessee (Including some Other Early Records).S.l.: s.n., 197-?FHL 976.842 X2p
  • Lauderdale County Library. Vertical files, census records.Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978. FHL 1034009Item 2.
  • Presley, Mrs. Leister E. Census, Lawrence, Perry, Shelby Counties, Tennessee, 1820.Searcy, Arkansas : Presley, 198-?. FHL 976.8 X2p 1820
  • Rice, Shirley H., ed. Lawrence County, Tennessee, Census Records : 1820, 1840 and 1840 and Miscellaneous Early County Records, of Private Acts, Field Calls for the First Civil Districts, Marriages, Taxable Property and Polls, Old Newspapers, Business Directory, and Officials. FHL 976.842 X2r 1820-1840

1820 Manufactures

The original manufactures schedules for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee are kept at the NARA, 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.]

1830

  • Rice, Shirley H., ed. Lawrence County, Tennessee, Census Records : 1820, 1840 and 1840 and Miscellaneous Early County Records, of Private Acts, Field Calls for the First Civil Districts, Marriages, Taxable Property and Polls, Old Newspapers, Business Directory, and Officials. FHL 976.842 X2r 1820-1840

1840

  • Carpenter, Viola H. and Marymaud K. Carter. Lawrence County, Tennessee, 1860, 1840 Census: Private Acts, Miscellaneous.Columbia, Tennessee : P-Vine Press, 1977. FHL 976.842 X2pa
  • Rice, Shirley H., ed. Lawrence County, Tennessee, Census Records : 1820, 1840 and 1840 and Miscellaneous Early County Records, of Private Acts, Field Calls for the First Civil Districts, Marriages, Taxable Property and Polls, Old Newspapers, Business Directory, and Officials. FHL 976.842 X2r 1820-1840

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

  • Carter, Marymaud K. and Joan C. Hudgins. 1850 Census, Lawrence County, Tennessee (Including some Other Early Records).S.l.: s.n., 197-?FHL 976.842 X2p

1860

  • Carpenter, Viola H. and Marymaud K. Carter. Lawrence County, Tennessee, 1860, 1840 Census: Private Acts, Miscellaneous.Columbia, Tennessee : P-Vine Press, 1977. FHL 976.842 X2pa

1870

  • Rice, Shirley H., ed.Lawrence County, Tennessee, Census Records, 1870.Lawrenceburg, Tennessee : Family Tree Press, 1992. FHL 976.842 X2c 1870

1880

  • Carpenter, Viola H. and Marymaud K. Carter. Lawrence County, Tennessee, 1880 Census.Columbia, Tennessee: P-Vine Press, 1983. FHL 976.842 X2L 1880
  • Sistler, Byron H. 1880 census Lawrence County, Tennessee.Nashville, Tennessee: Byron Sistler & Assoc., 1999. FHL 976.842 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. 8 1891. [Lawrence 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.

1900

  • Franks, Mary Nell H. and Shirley H. Rice Lawrence County, Tennessee, Census Records, 1900. Lawrenceburg, Tennessee: Family Tree Press, 1994. FHL 976.842 X2f 1900

1910

  • Franks, Mary Nell H. and Shirley H. Rice Lawrence County, Tennessee, census Records, 1910. Lawrenceburg, Tennessee: Family Tree Press, 1995. Districts 1-11. Supplement with district 12.FHL 976.842 X2f 1910

1920

  • Franks, Mary Nell H. and Shirley H. Rice Lawrence County, Tennessee, Census Records, 1920. Lawrenceburg, Tennessee: Family Tree Press, 1994. FHL 976.842 X2f 1900

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 Lawrence, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 35,000 entries.

  • Lawrence County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Lawrence County, Tennessee. Waynesville, N.C.: County Heritage, 2008. FHL US/CAN Book 976.842 H2L.

Bibliography

  • [Allen] Rowles, W.P. and Alfred Osborn Pope Nicholson. The Life and Character of Capt. Wm. B. Allen: of Lawrence County, Tenn., Who Fell at the Storming of Monterey, on the 21st of September, 1846. With an Appendix, Containing a Number of His Essays and Speeches. Columbia, Tenn.: J. J. M'Daniel, "Democratic Herald" Book Office, 1853. Digital version at Google Books.
  • [Choates] Williams, Irene Choate and Betty Lee Swann. The Choates of Lawrence County, Tennessee. n.p.: I.C. Williams, 1971. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C451wi.
  • [Clayton] Franks, Mary Nell Hollis and Shirley Ann Hollis. William "Flat River" Clayton and Benjamin Crews: Families of Person County, NC to Lawrence County, TN. Multi-volume. Leoma, Tenn.: Family Tree Press, 2003. FHL US/CAN Book 929.273 C579fm v. 1 pt. 1 ff.
  • [Crews] Franks, Mary Nell Hollis and Shirley Ann Hollis. William "Flat River" Clayton and Benjamin Crews: Families of Person County, NC to Lawrence County, TN. Multi-volume. Leoma, Tenn.: Family Tree Press, 2003. FHL US/CAN Book 929.273 C579fm v. 1 pt. 1 ff.
  • [Leeper] Gambill, Nell McNish The kith and kin of Captain James Leeper and Susan Drake, his wife [S.I. : s.n., c1946] FHL US/CAN book 929.273 L518 Free lookups available!
  • [McDonald] McDonald, William L. The McDonalds, Early Settlers and Descendents, 1834-1994. [Florence, Ala.: W.L. McDonald], 1994 Printing. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M145mw; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online . Alternative title: History of Clan McDonald in Lauderdale County, Alabama and Lawrence County, Tennessee.
  • [Pennington] Pennington, Michael Thomas Descendants of David Newton Pennington and Matilda Clingan Littleton, Colorado : M.T. Pennington, c1997 FHL book 929.273 P384pm. Digital version available at FamilySearch Books Online
  • [Reading] Redding, Mrs. Jackie and William L. McDonald. William H. Reading of Lawrence County, Tennessee; Soldier of the American Revolution: Progenitor of the Redding Families of Lauderdale County, Alabama and Lawrence County, Tennessee. Typescript, University of North Alabama, Florence, Ala. Microfilmed in 1979. FHL US/CAN Film 1035162 Item 6.
  • [Scheidt] Carter, Kathryn S. Ancestors and Descendants of John Scheidt and Anna Maria Elizabeth Frenzel. Tecumseh, Okla.: K.S. Carter, 1991. FHL 929.273 Sch25c
  • [Springer] Coffey, Laura Lou White and Mobley, Lidalee Springer Springers in the south Lawrenceburg, Tennessee : L.W. Coffey, c1977. FHL US/CAN book 929.273 C654cL Free lookups available!

Land

  • Lawrence County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1818 and is located at the county Courthouse, 240 W. Gaines, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee 38464; Telephone: (931) 762-7700. 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 a general index to deeds 1819-1871; deeds 1819-1891 with index 1819-1908; land surveys 1820-1929; entry takers books 1820-1849; road books 1853-1863; stock mark books 1882-1913.

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

  • The Goodspeed histories of Lawrence, Giles and Wayne Counties Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887. Free lookups available
  • Pruitt, Wade Bugger Saga : A Civil War story of guerrilla and bushwhacker warfare in Lauderdale County, Alabama Includes information on Lawrence and Wayne counties, Tennessee. s.n. 1977. Free lookups available!

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War

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

Additional resources include:

War of 1812

Mexican War

  • Rowles, W.P. and Alfred Osborn Pope Nicholson. The Life and Character of Capt. Wm. B. Allen: of Lawrence County, Tenn., Who Fell at the Storming of Monterey, on the 21st of September, 1846. With an Appendix, Containing a Number of His Essays and Speeches. Columbia, Tenn.: J. J. M'Daniel, "Democratic Herald" Book Office, 1853. Digital version at Google Books.
  • Davis, Donna Niedergeses Lawrence County, Tennessee Mexican War 1846-1848 Soldiers Discharge Papers As found in Deed Book 1 including personal information about the soldier. Courtesy : TNGenWeb

Civil War

Civil War service men from Lawrence 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 Lawrence County.

Confederate Soldiers  :- 



Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Lawrence County:

Spanish American War

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 Lawrence County click on the following cities and 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 Lawrence 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 Lawrence 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.
Yesterday and Today in Lawrence County
The Family History Library has Volume 11, no. 2 (1988). FHL US/CAN Book 976.842 B2y
Lawrence County Heritage
Index is found on the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)
See the Lawrence County Genealogical Society website for further information and the Lawrence County Heritage table of contents for Volume 1 (1997) to the present.

Prisons

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

Probate

The Lawrence County Court has responsibility for the probate records. Many records are held by the Lawrence County Archives.

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Lawrence 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 Book B: 1829-1847

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

  • [1829-1861] 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.]
  • [1829-1847] Strictly By Name (see above).

Taxation

The following Lawrence County tax records have been abstracted:[8]

  • Carter, Marymaud Killen, Joan Coffey Hudgins and Shirley Hollis Rice. Lawrence County, Tennessee, Census Records: 1820, 1840 and 1840 and Miscellaneous Early County Records, of Private Acts, Field Calls for the First Civil Districts, Marriages, Taxable Property and Polls, Old Newspapers, Business Directory, and Officials. FHL US/CAN Book 976.842 X2r 1820-1840.
  • [1826] Tax List, 1826, Lawrence County Heritage, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Summer 2000).
  • [1836] Map of Tax Districts, 1836, Lawrence County Heritage, Vol. 1 (Fall 1997).
  • [1842] Tax Delinquencies, 1842, Searcy County Ancestor Information Exchange, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Oct. 1998).
  • [1868] Tax List, 1868, Lawrence County Heritage, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Winter 2000); Vol. 4, No. 3 (Spring 2001); Vol. 4, No. 4 (Summer 2001).
  • [1890] First Civil District Tax List, 1890, Lawrence County Heritage, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Summer 2007).

Vital Records

Marriage

The original Lawrence County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Marriages were not officially recorded in Lawrence County until 1838, when state laws began requiring counties to keep marriage records. However, the county did keep marriage bond records from 1818-1909. These are unbound loose papers and are incomplete until about 1860. 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 Lawrence County marriage records are microfilmed:

  • 1818-1909 - Available at the TSLA. Marriage bonds, loose records: 1818-1859 are available for interlibrary loan.
  • 1838-1996 - Available at the TSLA.
  • 1818-1909 - Available at the Family History Library. Bonds and licenses. FHL 976303
  • 1838-1957 - Available at the Family History Library. Some volumes are indexed. Others are arranges alphabetically by surname.FHL 976259
  • 1838 - Record of marriage licenses, Lawrence County, Tennessee: 1838. FHL 976317 Item 6

For free Lawrence county marriage record lookups for the years 1818- 1999 click here.

The following Lawrence County marriage records have been indexed:

  • 1818-1895 - Lawrence County Marriage Index 1818-1895 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.[9]
  • 1818-1923 - Carter, Mrs. Claude A. Lawrence County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1818-1923. Lawrenceburg, Tennessee: Family Tree Press, 1992. FHL 976.842 V2c Includes index of bride's surname.
  • 1818-1870 - 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 US/CAN Book 976.8 V2t v. 1 ff. [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.]
  • 1818-1870 - Lucas, Silas E. Lawrence County, Tennessee. Marriages, 1818-1870. Greenville, South Carolina : Southern Historical Press, 1999. FHL 976.842 V2L
  • 1818-1870 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early Middle Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler & Associates, 1988. FHL Book 976.8 V2sb v. 2 ff. [Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.]
  • 1818-1854 - Whitley, Edythe Rucker. Marriages of Lawrence County, Tennessee, 1818-1854. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1982. FHL 976.842 V2w
  • 1838-1866 - Marriage Records, 1850-1866, Lawrence County, Tennessee.  Nashville: TSLA, Historical Records Project, 1939.  Typescript. FHL 24740 Item 3 and Item 6
  • 1838-1923 - Morrison, John F. Lawrence County, Tennessee Marriages, 1838-1923. Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee State Library and Archives, 196-. FHL 976258 First 22 pages are marriages prior to 1838.
  • 1926-1999 - Crowder, Nancy Lanning. Marriage index Lawrence County, Tennessee. Tennessee: N. L. Crowder, 2000. FHL 976.842 V22c 2 vols.
  • 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.
  • 1861-1866 - Marriage Records. [10]
  • 1818-1850 - Marriage Records: Early–1850. [11]
Divorce

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Lawrence 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 Lawrence County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:

Societies and Libraries 

Lawrence County, Tennessee Genealogical Society
2258 Highway 43 South
Leoma, TN 38468
Phone: 1-931-852-4091

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
PO Box 330948
Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507
The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which Lawrence 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

Lawrence County Library
519 East Gaines St.
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
Phone: 1-931-762-4627
Fax: 1-931-766-1597
E-mail: librarian@co.lawrence.tn.us
Hours: Mon., Thurs., Fri. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Family History Centers

Web Sites

Wikipedia
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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), Lawrence 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. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  6. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
  7. *Waldrep, G.C. "'Free Colored' Heads of Household in the 1820 Tennessee Census," available online, courtesy: Free African Americans website.
  8. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/88/Igitennesseel.pdf.
  10. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1994. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 2.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.
  11. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1992. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 229.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.