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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Tennessee|Tennessee ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Macon_County,_Tennessee|Macon County]]''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Tennessee]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Macon County'''  
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Middle Tennessee county established in 1842. Macon County's land belonged to the pioneer Cumberland Settlements.<ref> [http://www.cumberlandpioneers.com/volume1a.html ''Founding of the Cumberland Settlements: The First Atlas 1779-1804.'']</ref>
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<br>'''Macon County, Tennessee''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Macon County''' (established 1842) 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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Macon 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>  
 
Macon 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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'''Macon County Courthouse<br>'''104 Courthouse, Public Square<br>Lafayette, TN 37083<br>Phone: 1-615-666-2000  
 
'''Macon County Courthouse<br>'''104 Courthouse, Public Square<br>Lafayette, TN 37083<br>Phone: 1-615-666-2000  
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Macon County; 106 County Courthouse; Lafayette, TN 37083; Ph. 615.666.2000 Details: (Co Clk has b rec 1908-1912, m rec from 1901 &amp; pro rec from 1900; Clk Cir Ct has div &amp; ct rec; Reg of Deeds has land rec)
  
 
[http://www.maconcountytn.com/county_court.htm '''Macon County Clerk''']'''<br>'''Marriage and probate records<br>Birth records 1908-1912<br>104 County Courthouse<br>Lafayette, TN 37083<br>Phone: 1-615-666-2333  
 
[http://www.maconcountytn.com/county_court.htm '''Macon County Clerk''']'''<br>'''Marriage and probate records<br>Birth records 1908-1912<br>104 County Courthouse<br>Lafayette, TN 37083<br>Phone: 1-615-666-2333  
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
 
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Middle Tennessee county established in 1842. Macon County's land belonged to the pioneer Cumberland Settlements.<ref> [http://www.cumberlandpioneers.com/volume1a.html ''Founding of the Cumberland Settlements: The First Atlas 1779-1804.'']</ref>
  
 
The county is named after U.S. Senator [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Macon Nathaniel Macon] (1758-1837).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Macon "Nathaniel Macon"], Wikipedia.</ref>  
 
The county is named after U.S. Senator [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Macon Nathaniel Macon] (1758-1837).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Macon "Nathaniel Macon"], Wikipedia.</ref>  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1842--'''Macon County was created 18 January 1842 from [[Smith County, Tennessee|Smith]] and [[Sumner County, Tennessee|Sumner]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Lafayette <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 641. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>
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'''1842--'''Macon County was created 18 January 1842 from [[Smith County, Tennessee|Smith]] and [[Sumner County, Tennessee|Sumner]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Lafayette <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 641. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>  
  
 
==== County Pronunciation  ====
 
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[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TNMacon.ogg Hear it spoken]<ref>Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).</ref>  
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#[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TNMaconWeller.ogg Hear it spoken]<ref>Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).</ref> (female)
 
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#[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TNMacon.ogg Hear it spoken]<ref>Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).</ref> (male)
Did we get the accent right? If not, contact Nathan W. Murphy, [mailto:murphynw@familysearch.org murphynw@familysearch.org].
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== Research Guides  ====
 
==== Research Guides  ====
  
 
*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/factmacon.htm Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Macon County], courtesy: [http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/ TSLA]. (Identifies published county histories, published&nbsp;local records, census records, newspapers and local records on microfilm, and select manuscripts.)  
 
*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/factmacon.htm Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Macon County], courtesy: [http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/ TSLA]. (Identifies published county histories, published&nbsp;local records, census records, newspapers and local records on microfilm, and select manuscripts.)  
*"Research in Macon County," ''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History,'' Vol. 6, No. 3 (Winter 1993). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Macon_County,_Tennessee#Periodicals Periodicals].
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*"Research in Macon County," ''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History,'' Vol. 6, No. 3 (Winter 1993). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see[[Tennessee Periodicals|Periodicals]].
  
 
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==== African American  ====
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''[[African American Research|United States African Americans]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[African-American Resources for Tennessee|Tennessee African Americans]]''  
 
''[[African American Research|United States African Americans]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[African-American Resources for Tennessee|Tennessee African Americans]]''  
  
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*Douthat, James L. ''Macon County, Tennessee Biographies''. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free Surname Index and purchase details at [http://www.mountainpress.com/books/tn/details/macon.html Mountain Press] website.
 
*Douthat, James L. ''Macon County, Tennessee Biographies''. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free Surname Index and purchase details at [http://www.mountainpress.com/books/tn/details/macon.html Mountain Press] website.
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
{{RAOGKcemetery}} Cemetery records often include birth, marriage, and death information.  
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Cemetery records often include birth, marriage, and death information.  
  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& 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.  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& 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.  
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*[http://www.tngenweb.org/records/cemeteries/index.php?function=county&s_county=macon Macon&nbsp;Co. TN Cemetery Records], part of the TNGenWeb Cemetery Database, lists many cemeteries in the county, often with indexes and transcripts of the burials.&nbsp;  
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/records/cemeteries/index.php?function=county&s_county=macon Macon&nbsp;Co. TN Cemetery Records], part of the TNGenWeb Cemetery Database, lists many cemeteries in the county, often with indexes and transcripts of the burials.&nbsp;  
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/macon.html Macon&nbsp;County, Tennessee, USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project] lists many cemeteries in the county and has transcripts of the tombstones arranged by cemetery.  
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/macon.html Macon&nbsp;County, Tennessee, USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project] lists many cemeteries in the county and has transcripts of the tombstones arranged by cemetery.  
*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=583354&subject_disp=Tennessee%2C++Macon++%2D++Cemeteries&columns=*,0,0 some records of cemeteries in&nbsp;Macon county]. Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.  
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*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|583354|subject-id|disp=some records of cemeteries in&nbsp;Macon county}}. Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.  
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=12538&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=56&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk list of&nbsp;Macon County cemeteries]  
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=12538&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=56&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk list of&nbsp;Macon County cemeteries]  
*Macon County Historical Society (Lafayette, Tennessee) ''Macon County, Tennessee, cemeteries'' Lafayette, Tennessee&nbsp;: Macon County Historical Society (Tennessee), 1987-1989. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=575841&disp=Macon++County%2C++Tennessee%2C++cemeteri%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL US/CAN book 976.8484 V3m v.1-2] [http://www.tngennet.org/macon/lookup.html Free lookups available!]
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*Macon County Historical Society (Lafayette, Tennessee) ''Macon County, Tennessee, cemeteries'' Lafayette, Tennessee&nbsp;: Macon County Historical Society (Tennessee), 1987-1989. {{FHL|575841|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.8484 V3m v.1-2}} [http://www.tngennet.org/macon/lookup.html Free lookups available!]
  
 
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See [[Tennessee Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book]] for more information about statewide printed indexes.  
 
See [[Tennessee Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book]] for more information about statewide printed indexes.  
  
See [http://www.us-census.org/states/tennessee/m-tn.htm#Macon Macon County, TN census assignments], including links to transcribed files. [[http://www.us-census.org/ The USGenWeb Census Project<sup>®</sup>]]<br>
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See [http://www.us-census.org/states/tennessee/m-tn.htm#Macon Macon County, TN census assignments], including links to transcribed files. [[http://www.us-census.org/ The USGenWeb Census Project<sup>®</sup>]]<br>  
  
 
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'''1890''' - Lost, but substitutes are available:  
 
'''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. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=461479 FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 6 1891]. [Macon County is included in Vol. 6.]  
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*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|461479|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 6 1891}}. [Macon County is included in Vol. 6.]  
*Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. ''1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee.'' Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=114935 FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890].
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*Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. ''1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee.'' Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. {{FHL|114935|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890}}.
  
 
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
  
Church records include baptisms, marriages and burials, as well as information about family members and clues about family migration.&nbsp; For additional information about church records, religions, and religious archives&nbsp;in Tennessee, see [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Tennessee_Church_Records Tennessee Church Records].  
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Church records include baptisms, marriages and burials, as well as information about family members and clues about family migration.&nbsp; For additional information about church records, religions, and religious archives&nbsp;in Tennessee, see [[Tennessee Church Records|Tennessee Church Records]].  
  
 
*Macon County Church Records
 
*Macon County Church Records
  
:- Family History Library Catalog - [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=579236&subject_disp=Tennessee%2C++Macon++%2D++Church++records&columns=*,0,0 Bedford County Church Records]
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:- Family History Library Catalog - {{FHL|579236|subject-id|disp=Bedford County Church Records}}
  
 
*Church histories tell when a church started in the area, who the early members were, give data about church leaders, etc.
 
*Church histories tell when a church started in the area, who the early members were, give data about church leaders, etc.
  
:- Family History Library Catalog -&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=1047310&subject_disp=Tennessee%2C++Macon++%2D++Church++history&columns=*,0,0 Macon County Church History]
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:- Family History Library Catalog -&nbsp;{{FHL|1047310|subject-id|disp=Macon County Church History}}
  
 
*If the records you need are not&nbsp;through the Family History Library, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.&nbsp; Two sites that give information about churches in&nbsp;Macon County are:
 
*If the records you need are not&nbsp;through the Family History Library, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.&nbsp; Two sites that give information about churches in&nbsp;Macon County are:
  
:- [http://www.yellowbook.com/yellow-pages/?what=churches&where=bedford+county%2C+tn List of&nbsp;Macon County churches] with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)<br>
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:- [http://www.yellowbook.com/yellow-pages/?what=churches&where=bedford+county%2C+tn List of&nbsp;Macon County churches] with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)<br>  
 
:- [http://tennessee.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,church,scfips,47003.cfm List of&nbsp;Macon County churches] (TN HomeTownLocator)
 
:- [http://tennessee.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,church,scfips,47003.cfm List of&nbsp;Macon County churches] (TN HomeTownLocator)
  
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As of August 2010, a query for [http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=Search&includedb=&lang=en&ti=&surname=&stype=Exact&given=&bplace=Macon+Tennessee&byear=&brange=0&dplace=&dyear=&drange=0&mplace=&myear=&mrange=0&father=&mother=&spouse=&skipdb=&period=All&submit.x=Search persons born in Macon, Tennessee] at ''[[World Connect|World Connect]]'', results in more than 38,000 entries.  
 
As of August 2010, a query for [http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=Search&includedb=&lang=en&ti=&surname=&stype=Exact&given=&bplace=Macon+Tennessee&byear=&brange=0&dplace=&dyear=&drange=0&mplace=&myear=&mrange=0&father=&mother=&spouse=&skipdb=&period=All&submit.x=Search persons born in Macon, Tennessee] at ''[[World Connect|World Connect]]'', results in more than 38,000 entries.  
  
*Macon County Tennessee Historical Society. ''Macon County, Tennessee: History and Families''. Paducah, Ky.: Turner Pub. Co., 2001. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=961007 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8484 H2m].  
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*Macon County Tennessee Historical Society. ''Macon County, Tennessee: History and Families''. Paducah, Ky.: Turner Pub. Co., 2001. {{FHL|961007|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8484 H2m}}.  
*Macon County Historical and Genealogical Society. ''Macon Roots: A Record of the Families of Macon County, Tennessee in 1850''. n.p.: Ridge Runner, 2008. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1419787 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN Book 976.8484 D2m].&nbsp;  
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*Macon County Historical and Genealogical Society. ''Macon Roots: A Record of the Families of Macon County, Tennessee in 1850''. n.p.: Ridge Runner, 2008. {{FHL|1419787|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN Book 976.8484 D2m}}.&nbsp;  
*Masters, Jack and Bill Puryear. ''Founding of the Cumberland Settlements: The First Atlas 1779-1804: Showing Who Came, How They Came, and Where They Put Down Roots''. Gallatin, Tenn.: Warioto Press, 2009. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1648257 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN Large Q Book 976.8 E7d]. Supplements: [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1648257 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 E7d supp. 1] ff. Purchase at [http://www.cumberlandpioneers.com/index.html Cumberland Pioneer Settlers].
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*Masters, Jack and Bill Puryear. ''Founding of the Cumberland Settlements: The First Atlas 1779-1804: Showing Who Came, How They Came, and Where They Put Down Roots''. Gallatin, Tenn.: Warioto Press, 2009. {{FHL|1648257|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN Large Q Book 976.8 E7d}}. Supplements: {{FHL|1648257|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 E7d supp. 1}} ff. Purchase at [http://www.cumberlandpioneers.com/index.html Cumberland Pioneer Settlers].
  
 
'''Bibliography'''  
 
'''Bibliography'''  
  
*'''[Ballew]''' Ballew, David L. ''Ancestors of Leonard Ballew''. West Palm Beach, Fla.: D.L. Ballew, 1987? [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=622248 FHL&nbsp;FAM&nbsp;HIST&nbsp;Book 929.273 B212b].  
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*'''[Ballew]''' Ballew, David L. ''Ancestors of Leonard Ballew''. West Palm Beach, Fla.: D.L. Ballew, 1987? {{FHL|622248|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;FAM&nbsp;HIST&nbsp;Book 929.273 B212b}}.  
*'''[Cragon]''' Cragon, Henry D., Harvey Allen Cragon, Miller Murray Cragon, and James Alexander Cragon. ''Tennessee Cragons and Their Kinfolk''. [Birmingham, Alabama?: H.D. Cragon], 1974. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=233925 FHL&nbsp;FAM&nbsp;HIST&nbsp;Book 929.273 C843c].  
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*'''[Cragon]''' Cragon, Henry D., Harvey Allen Cragon, Miller Murray Cragon, and James Alexander Cragon. ''Tennessee Cragons and Their Kinfolk''. [Birmingham, Alabama?: H.D. Cragon], 1974. {{FHL|233925|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;FAM&nbsp;HIST&nbsp;Book 929.273 C843c}}.  
*'''[Doss]''' Murphy, Nathan W. ''Descendants of Azariah Doss and His Wife Lydia (Ayres) Doss. ''Hanson, Ky.: David W. Murphy and Associates, 1998. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=819756 FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 D741m]
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*'''[Doss]''' Murphy, Nathan W. ''Descendants of Azariah Doss and His Wife Lydia (Ayres) Doss. ''Hanson, Ky.: David W. Murphy and Associates, 1998. {{FHL|819756|title-id|disp=FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 D741m}}
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
*'''Land Grants'''. Free index to 1500+ Pioneer Cumberland Settlements Land Grants, available online, courtesy: [http://www.cumberlandpioneers.com/index.html Cumberland Pioneer Settlers]. The Cumberland Settlements region covered what is now this county. To view the land grants platted on maps, purchase the books described on this site, or access those available at the Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1648257 FHL US/CAN Large Q Book 976.8 E7d].
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*'''Land Grants'''. Free index to 1500+ Pioneer Cumberland Settlements Land Grants, available online, courtesy: [http://www.cumberlandpioneers.com/index.html Cumberland Pioneer Settlers]. The Cumberland Settlements region covered what is now this county. To view the land grants platted on maps, purchase the books described on this site, or access those available at the Family History Library {{FHL|1648257|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Large Q Book 976.8 E7d}}.
  
 
==== Law and Legislation  ====
 
==== Law and Legislation  ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*Blankenship, Harold G. ''History of Macon County, Tennessee''. n.p.: H.G. Blankenship, 1986. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=535415 FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8484 H2b].  
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*Blankenship, Harold G. ''History of Macon County, Tennessee''. n.p.: H.G. Blankenship, 1986. {{FHL|535415|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8484 H2b}}.  
*Roddy, Vernon ''On the early story of Red Boiling Springs, Tennesse&nbsp;: with selected supporting materials'' Hartsville, Tennessee&nbsp;: V.Roddy, 1991 (Murfreesboro, Tennessee&nbsp;: Ambassador Print) [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=521364&disp=On++the++early++story++of++Red++Boiling+%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL US/CAN book 976.8484 H2rv] [http://www.tngennet.org/macon/lookup.html Free lookups available!]
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*Roddy, Vernon ''On the early story of Red Boiling Springs, Tennesse&nbsp;: with selected supporting materials'' Hartsville, Tennessee&nbsp;: V.Roddy, 1991 (Murfreesboro, Tennessee&nbsp;: Ambassador Print) {{FHL|521364|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.8484 H2rv}} [http://www.tngennet.org/macon/lookup.html Free lookups available!]
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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'''Civil War'''  
 
'''Civil War'''  
  
*McMurray, William Joseph. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/historytwentiet00nealgoog History of the 20th Tennessee Regiment Volunteer Infantry, C.S.A]. ''Nashville, Tennessee: s.p., 1904.&nbsp; Free digital copy.
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*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/military/cwrd/main.aspx Civl War Research Database] $
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*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.cfm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
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Civil War service men from Macon County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in or came from Macon County.
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<u>Confederate Soldiers</u>
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*[[20th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|20th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA
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*[[24th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|24th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company C.
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*[[30th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|30th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company G.
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*[[44th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|44th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company H.
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*[[55th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (McKoin's)|55th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (McKoin's)]] - CSA
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<u>Union Soldiers</u>
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*[[1st Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Union)|1st Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry]] - Company E.
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*[[8th Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Union)|8th Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry]] - Company A.
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<u>Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Macon County:</u>
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*McMurray, William Joseph. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/historytwentiet00nealgoog History of the 20th Tennessee Regiment Volunteer Infantry, C.S.A]. ''Nashville, Tennessee: s.p., 1904.&nbsp; Free digital copy.  
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*USGenWeb Archives, [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tn/macon/military.html Macon County Tennessee Archives], (accessed 31 Jan 2012).&nbsp; Military Pensions.
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*Tennessee State Library and Archives, [http://tennessee.gov/tsla/history/military/pension157.htm Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications&nbsp;:&nbsp;Macon County], (accessed 31 Jan 2012). Includes soldier's name, county, pension #, unit or widow.
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*United States Pension Bureau, [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n379/mode/1up List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883: Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for ... ](Washington Printing Office; 1883), (accessed 31 Jan 2012). Online at Internet Archive.&nbsp;Macon County, page 361-362.<br>
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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:*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/newspapers/paper-r.htm#Red_Boiling_Springs Red Boiling Springs]
 
:*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/newspapers/paper-r.htm#Red_Boiling_Springs Red Boiling Springs]
  
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==== Periodicals  ====
 
==== 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:
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{{TNAns}}
  
:'''Ansearchin' News'''
 
:Genealogical articles with abstracts of Macon County, Tennessee records have been published in ''Ansearchin' News'', the quarterly magazine of the [http://www.tngs.org/ Tennessee Genealogical Society]. To view a list of these articles, visit their [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/ByCounty_ndx.html county index]. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/index.html archive]&nbsp;or conduct a [http://www.tngs.org/search.htm surname search]. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the ''Ansearchin' News'' quarterly [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=44514 FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a.]
 
 
:'''Makin' History: Newsletter of the Macon County, Tennessee, Historical Society'''  
 
:'''Makin' History: Newsletter of the Macon County, Tennessee, Historical Society'''  
:The Family History Library has&nbsp; Volume 1&nbsp; - present. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1129903&disp=Makin%27++history%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL US/CAN Book 976.8484 B2n]&nbsp; <br>Indexed in PERiodical Source Index [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|(PERSI)]]<br>For further information see website: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnmchs/TNMCHS/index.htm http://www.rootsweb.com/~tnmchs]&nbsp;(Includes Quarterly Newsletter Index)  
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:The Family History Library has&nbsp; Volume 1&nbsp; - present. {{FHL|1129903|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8484 B2n}}&nbsp; <br>Indexed in PERiodical Source Index [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|(PERSI)]]<br>For further information see website: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnmchs/TNMCHS/index.htm http://www.rootsweb.com/~tnmchs]&nbsp;(Includes Quarterly Newsletter Index)  
 
:'''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History'''  
 
:'''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History'''  
:Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Macon County, Tennessee have been published in ''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History'', the quarterly of the [http://www.mtgs.org/ Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society]&nbsp;(23+ Vols.). To view a list of these articles, visit their online [http://www.mtgs.org/mtgsnewarts.htm Index to Articles (1988-2005)]. [http://www.mtgs.org/mtgsnewsurname.htm Surname indexes] are also&nbsp;available online for Vols. 2-22. The website also offers [http://www.mtgs.org/neworderfrm.htm back issues] for sale in paper and on CD. The Family History Library has a complete collection of this quarterly [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=749007 FHL US/CAN Book 976.85 D25m].
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:Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Macon County, Tennessee have been published in ''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History'', the quarterly of the [http://www.mtgs.org/ Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society]&nbsp;(23+ Vols.). To view a list of these articles, visit their online [http://www.mtgs.org/mtgsnewarts.htm Index to Articles (1988-2005)]. [http://www.mtgs.org/mtgsnewsurname.htm Surname indexes] are also&nbsp;available online for Vols. 2-22. The website also offers [http://www.mtgs.org/neworderfrm.htm back issues] for sale in paper and on CD. The Family History Library has a complete collection of this quarterly {{FHL|749007|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.85 D25m}}.
  
 
==== Prisons  ====
 
==== Prisons  ====
  
Learn if your Macon County ancestors went to prison!
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*[http://www.state.tn.us/tsla/history/state/inmate1.htm Inmates of the Tennessee State Penitentiary 1831-1850], free index available online, courtesy: [http://www.state.tn.us/tsla/ TSLA].
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*[http://www.state.tn.us/tsla/history/state/inmate4.htm Inmates of the Tennessee State Penitentiary 1851-1870], free index available online, courtesy: [http://www.state.tn.us/tsla/ TSLA].
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
Probate records are court records created after an individual’s death that relate to a court’s decisions regarding the distribution of the estate to the heirs or creditors and the care of any dependents. You may find the names of married daughters or other relatives and their residences; or information about the adoption or guardianship of minor children and dependents. Probate records do not always give an exact date of death, but the death usually occurred within a few months of probate. These documents are important to family history researchers because they usually exist for time periods before civil birth and death records were kept.  
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The Macon County Court and County Clerk have responsibility for the probate records.  
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*Wills, 1946-1977 (Vol. 1)
  
The following Macon County probate records have been abstracted, indexed, or both:<br>
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The following Macon County probate records have been abstracted, indexed, or both:<br>  
  
*Macon County (Tennessee) County Clerk and Tennessee State Library and Archives (Nashville, Tennessee) ''Macon County, Tennessee wills, ca. 1946-1977'' Nashville, Tennessee&nbsp;: Filmed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, 1988. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1108348&disp=Macon++County%2C++Tennessee++wills%2C++c%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL US/CAN film 1928767 item 6] [http://www.tngennet.org/macon/lookup.html Free lookups available!]
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*Macon County (Tennessee) County Clerk and Tennessee State Library and Archives (Nashville, Tennessee) ''Macon County, Tennessee wills, ca. 1946-1977'' Nashville, Tennessee&nbsp;: Filmed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, 1988. {{FHL|1108348|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN film 1928767 item 6}} [http://www.tngennet.org/macon/lookup.html Free lookups available!]
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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The following Macon County tax records have been abstracted:<ref>The Heritage Quest Online version of [http://heritagequestonline.com PERSI] aided in the compilation of this list.</ref>  
 
The following Macon County tax records have been abstracted:<ref>The Heritage Quest Online version of [http://heritagequestonline.com PERSI] aided in the compilation of this list.</ref>  
  
*'''[1789]''' Cumberland Settlements, Tax List, 1789, ''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History,'' Vol. 4, No. 2 (Fall 1990). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Macon_County,_Tennessee#Periodicals Periodicals]. [Includes area that later became Macon County.]  
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*'''[1789]''' Cumberland Settlements, Tax List, 1789, ''The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History,'' Vol. 4, No. 2 (Fall 1990). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see[[Tennessee Periodicals|Periodicals]]. [Includes area that later became Macon County.]  
 
*'''[1868]''' Taxpayers, 3rd District, 1868,&nbsp;''Macon County Historical Society Newsletter'', Vol. 8, No. 2 (Summer 1992).
 
*'''[1868]''' Taxpayers, 3rd District, 1868,&nbsp;''Macon County Historical Society Newsletter'', Vol. 8, No. 2 (Summer 1992).
  
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*'''[1901-1994]''' ''Macon County, Tennessee Bonds and Marriages.'' Lebanon, Tennessee: Brawner Books, 2001-1002. {{FHL|976.8484 V2m|book}} 2 volumes  
 
*'''[1901-1994]''' ''Macon County, Tennessee Bonds and Marriages.'' Lebanon, Tennessee: Brawner Books, 2001-1002. {{FHL|976.8484 V2m|book}} 2 volumes  
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start RecordSearch] at FamilySearch now includes indexed Tennessee marriages.&nbsp; This is a free pilot site and still under construction.&nbsp; At this time, it is best to search from the&nbsp;home page, ''Discover Your Ancestors:'' indicate a surname, marriage "event", no date, and a county name (i.e. Macon, Tennessee).&nbsp;&nbsp;Browse through the results for that surname. You&nbsp;may need to supply any variant spellings of the surname in separate searches.  
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*{{RecordSearch|1619127|Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950}} - covers all counties in Tennessee.  
 
*Many county marriage records&nbsp;are indexed with images&nbsp;at Ancestry's [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002]. ($)&nbsp; Be aware that this index is not complete for many counties.
 
*Many county marriage records&nbsp;are indexed with images&nbsp;at Ancestry's [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002]. ($)&nbsp; Be aware that this index is not complete for many counties.
  
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For deaths of Methodists in Macon County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:  
 
For deaths of Methodists in Macon 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. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=789366 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&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&nbsp;US/CAN&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.]
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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[http://www.lafayettetn.com/library.htm '''Macon County Public Library''']<br>311 Church St.<br>Lafayette, TN 37083<br>Phone: 1-615-666-4340<br>Fax: 1-615-666-8932<br>E-mail: Julia.Marshall@state.tn.us<br>Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. 9 a.m.-5:45 p.m.<br>Thurs. 12 noon-8 p.m.<br>Sat. 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m.  
 
[http://www.lafayettetn.com/library.htm '''Macon County Public Library''']<br>311 Church St.<br>Lafayette, TN 37083<br>Phone: 1-615-666-4340<br>Fax: 1-615-666-8932<br>E-mail: Julia.Marshall@state.tn.us<br>Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. 9 a.m.-5:45 p.m.<br>Thurs. 12 noon-8 p.m.<br>Sat. 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m.  
  
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
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*[http://www.cumberlandpioneers.com/index.html Cumberland Pioneer Settlers] Cumberland Compact Signers, Pioneer Land Grant Recipients, Publication Descriptions, Free Book Indexes  
 
*[http://www.cumberlandpioneers.com/index.html Cumberland Pioneer Settlers] Cumberland Compact Signers, Pioneer Land Grant Recipients, Publication Descriptions, Free Book Indexes  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=195000&subject_disp=Tennessee%2C+Macon&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog] (FamilySearch)  
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*{{FHL|Tennessee%2C+Macon|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} (FamilySearch)  
 
*[http://genforum.com/tn/macon/ Macon County, TN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)  
 
*[http://genforum.com/tn/macon/ Macon County, TN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)  
 
*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.macon/mb.ashx Macon County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
 
*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.macon/mb.ashx Macon County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
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Macon County, Tennessee genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Macon County (established 1842) 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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Founded: January 18, 1842
County Seat Lafayette
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Quick Dates

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

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1909 1901  1925  1850 1901  1940 

County Courthouse

Macon County Courthouse, Lafayette, Tenn. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.

Macon County Courthouse
104 Courthouse, Public Square
Lafayette, TN 37083
Phone: 1-615-666-2000

Macon County; 106 County Courthouse; Lafayette, TN 37083; Ph. 615.666.2000 Details: (Co Clk has b rec 1908-1912, m rec from 1901 & pro rec from 1900; Clk Cir Ct has div & ct rec; Reg of Deeds has land rec)

Macon County Clerk
Marriage and probate records
Birth records 1908-1912
104 County Courthouse
Lafayette, TN 37083
Phone: 1-615-666-2333

Macon County Register of Deeds
Land records
102 County Courthouse
Lafayette, TN 37083
Phone: 1-615-666-2353

Macon County Circuit Court Clerk
Court records
904 Highway 52 Bypass East
Lafayette, TN 37083
Phone: 1-615-666-2354

Because of three courthouse fires, the records stored there prior to 1901 are mostly destroyed. The Macon County Historical Society is working to restore these lost records through several different means. To learn what records are now available, it is worthwhile to contact the Macon County Historical Society at P.O. Box 231, Lafayette, Tennessee 37083-0231.

Courthouse hours:
Mon.-Wed. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sat. 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Closed Thursday

History

Sen. Nathaniel Macon (1758-1837)

Middle Tennessee county established in 1842. Macon County's land belonged to the pioneer Cumberland Settlements.[2]

The county is named after U.S. Senator Nathaniel Macon (1758-1837).[3]

Parent County

1842--Macon County was created 18 January 1842 from Smith and Sumner Counties.
County seat: Lafayette [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

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Most records stored at the courthouse before 1900 have been lost.
  • Lost census: 1890
  • Lost land records
  • Lost marriage records: 1842 to 1900
  • Lost probate records: 1842 to 1939

Surviving chancery court records act as a substitute to the lost land and probate records.

For tips on researching in burned counties, see:

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Barefoot Gap of the Ridge Maple Grove Spivey
Beech Bottom Gibbs Crossroads Meadorville Sunrise
Beech Hill Goose Horn Mill Town Sycamore Valley
Brattontown Green Grove New Harmony Underwood
Browns Green Valley New Zion Walnut Shade
Cross Lanes Greenwood Oakdale Webbtown
Cross Roads Gum Springs Pleasant Hill White Oak
Days Crossroads Hayesville Pleasant Valley Willette
Drapers Crossroads Haysville Prosperity Williams
Enon Hillsdale Pumpkintown Winklers Crossroads
Eulia Horsleys Red Boiling Springs Wixtown
Fairview Kirby Rocky Mound
Frog Pond Lafayette Russell Hill
Galen Long Creek Siloam

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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Research Guides

  • Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Macon County, courtesy: TSLA. (Identifies published county histories, published local records, census records, newspapers and local records on microfilm, and select manuscripts.)
  • "Research in Macon County," The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Winter 1993). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, seePeriodicals.

African American

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Tennessee African Americans

Biographies

  • Douthat, James L. Macon County, Tennessee Biographies. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free Surname Index and purchase details at Mountain Press website.

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often include birth, marriage, and death information.

Census

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

1850

  • Cothron, Judy M., ed. Macon County Tennessee, 1850 & 1860 Census. Lafayette, Tennessee: Macon County Historical Society, 1997. FHL 976.8484 X2c
  • Porch, Deane. Macon County, Tennessee, 1850 Census. Franklin, Tennessee: L.G. Lynch, 19-?. FHL 976.8484 X2p 1850

1860

  • Cothron, Judy M., ed. Macon County Tennessee, 1850 & 1860 Census. Lafayette, Tennessee: Macon County Historical Society, 1997. FHL 976.8484 X2c

1870

  • Cothron, Judy M., ed.Macon County, Tennessee, 1870 & 1880 Census.Lafayette, Tennessee : Macon County Historical Society, 1995. FHL 976.8484 X2m 1870-1880

1880

  • Cothron, Judy M., ed.Macon County, Tennessee, 1870 & 1880 Census.Lafayette, Tennessee : Macon County Historical Society, 1995. FHL 976.8484 X2m 1870-1880
  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1880 census, Macon County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee : B. Sistler & Associates, 1993. FHL 976.8484 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. 6 1891. [Macon County is included in Vol. 6.]
  • 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

  • Crumpton, Barbara. 1900 Census, Macon County, Tennessee.Duncan, Oklahoma: Creative Copies, 1988. FHL 976.8484 X2c 1900
  • Pryor, Mary C. Macon County, Tennessee 1900 & 1910 Census. Lafayette, Tennessee: Macon County Historical Society, 2004. FHL 976.8484 X2pm 1900-1910

1910

  • Pryor, Mary C. Macon County, Tennessee 1900 & 1910 Census. Lafayette, Tennessee: Macon County Historical Society, 2004. FHL 976.8484 X2pm 1900-1910

1920

  • Young, Denise, ed. Macon County, Tennessee Census, 1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. Available at Ancestry ($).

Church

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

  • Macon County Church Records
- Family History Library Catalog - Bedford County Church Records
  • Church histories tell when a church started in the area, who the early members were, give data about church leaders, etc.
- Family History Library Catalog - Macon County Church History
  • If the records you need are not through the Family History Library, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.  Two sites that give information about churches in Macon County are:
- List of Macon County churches with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)
- List of Macon County churches (TN HomeTownLocator)

Baptist

  • [1831-1928] Hillsdale Baptist Church Records. Macon County, 1831-1928. Manuscript. TSLA Reel #215. FHL 570855 Item 3. Formerly the East Fork of Goose Creek Church.
  • [1831-1900] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. vol. 1 FHL 976.8 K29s Index to original Hillsdale Baptist Church Records. Macon County, 1831-1928.
  • [1841-1883] Hastings, Patricia G. Into His Marvelous Light : the Minutes of the Siloam Missionary Baptist Church, 1841-1883. Nashville, Tennessee: P.G. Hastings, 1988. FHL 976.8484 K2h

Court

DNA

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Macon County residents. Attempts have not been made to verify the lineages of those tested.
  • [Doss] Descendant of John Doss (1816-1857) of Sumner and Macon counties, Tennessee. Y-DNA 37 Marker Test, FTDNA (Kit 49304). Genetic signature available online (labeled Ju-3), genealogical description available online, courtesy: The Doss DNA Project, World Families. Matches have been found.

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 Macon, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 38,000 entries.

Bibliography

  • [Ballew] Ballew, David L. Ancestors of Leonard Ballew. West Palm Beach, Fla.: D.L. Ballew, 1987? FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B212b.
  • [Cragon] Cragon, Henry D., Harvey Allen Cragon, Miller Murray Cragon, and James Alexander Cragon. Tennessee Cragons and Their Kinfolk. [Birmingham, Alabama?: H.D. Cragon], 1974. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C843c.
  • [Doss] Murphy, Nathan W. Descendants of Azariah Doss and His Wife Lydia (Ayres) Doss. Hanson, Ky.: David W. Murphy and Associates, 1998. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 D741m

Land

  • Land Grants. Free index to 1500+ Pioneer Cumberland Settlements Land Grants, available online, courtesy: Cumberland Pioneer Settlers. The Cumberland Settlements region covered what is now this county. To view the land grants platted on maps, purchase the books described on this site, or access those available at the Family History Library FHL US/CAN Large Q Book 976.8 E7d.

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

Maps

Military

War of 1812

  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Jan. 1961):20-23. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. [Includes Macon County pensioners (p. 21).]

Civil War

Civil War service men from Macon County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in or came from Macon County.

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Macon County:

Newspapers

  • Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at the TSLA. Most of these newspapers may be accessed by interlibrary loan to libraries within Tennessee, although there are some newspapers which are not available in or outside of Tennessee. For further information regarding interlibrary loan policies and newspapers not available for interlibrary loan click here. For a list of newspapers available at the archives for Macon County click on the following cities:


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 Macon County, Tennessee records 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 Book 976.8 B2a.
Makin' History: Newsletter of the Macon County, Tennessee, Historical Society
The Family History Library has  Volume 1  - present. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8484 B2n 
Indexed in PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)
For further information see website: http://www.rootsweb.com/~tnmchs (Includes Quarterly Newsletter Index)
The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History
Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Macon 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.

Prisons

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

Probate

The Macon County Court and County Clerk have responsibility for 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:

  • Wills, 1946-1977 (Vol. 1)

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

  • Macon County (Tennessee) County Clerk and Tennessee State Library and Archives (Nashville, Tennessee) Macon County, Tennessee wills, ca. 1946-1977 Nashville, Tennessee : Filmed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, 1988. FHL US/CAN film 1928767 item 6 Free lookups available!

Taxation

The following Macon County tax records have been abstracted:[7]

  • [1789] Cumberland Settlements, Tax List, 1789, The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Fall 1990). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, seePeriodicals. [Includes area that later became Macon County.]
  • [1868] Taxpayers, 3rd District, 1868, Macon County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Summer 1992).

Vital Records

Birth
  • For free lookups of 1908-1939 Macon County Births click here.
Marriage

The original Macon County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Because of a courthouse fire, no marriage records before 1900 are available. 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 Macon County marriage records are microfilmed:

  • [1901-1994] Available at the TSLA.
  • [1901-1954] Available at the Family History Library. FHL 1928760

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

Macon County is not included in Sistler's Early Middle Tennessee Marriages.

Divorce

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Macon 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 free lookups of 1908-1954 Macon County deaths click here.

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

Societies and Libraries

Macon County, Tennessee Historical and Genealogical Society
Meets at Macon County Court House room 202
Lafayette, TN
Phone: 1-615-688-6247
E-mail: makinhistory@nctc.com

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

Macon County Public Library
311 Church St.
Lafayette, TN 37083
Phone: 1-615-666-4340
Fax: 1-615-666-8932
E-mail: Julia.Marshall@state.tn.us
Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. 9 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Thurs. 12 noon-8 p.m.
Sat. 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Family History Centers

Web Sites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Macon 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. Founding of the Cumberland Settlements: The First Atlas 1779-1804.
  3. "Nathaniel Macon", 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. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.