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<br>'''Rhea County, Tennessee''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Rhea County''' (established 1807) 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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'''Rhea County, Tennessee''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Rhea County''' (established 1807) 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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Rhea 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>  
 
Rhea 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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For animated maps illustrating Tennessee county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/tennessee/ "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps"] (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
 
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*[http://www.kqzyfj.com/41100y1A719PSRVZRWQPRQUXRWTR?sid=familysearchwikiGenForum&url=http://genforum.com/tn/rhea/ Rhea County, TN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)  
 
*[http://www.kqzyfj.com/41100y1A719PSRVZRWQPRQUXRWTR?sid=familysearchwikiGenForum&url=http://genforum.com/tn/rhea/ Rhea County, TN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)  
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Rhea County, Tennessee genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Rhea County (established 1807) 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

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

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1808  1908  1830  1808  1825 

County Courthouse

Rhea County Courthouse
1475 Market Street
Dayton, TN 37321
Phone: 423.775.7808

County Clerk has marriage records from 1808.
Register of Deeds has land records. [2]

Rhea County Courthouse, Dayton, Tennessee
 
Rhea County Clerk
Marriage and probate records
375 Church St., Suite 101
Dayton,TN 37321
Phone: 1-423-775-7808

Rhea County Register of Deeds
Land records
375 Church St., Suite 106
Dayton, TN 37321
Phone: 1-423-775-7841

Hours:
Mon. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tues.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

History

East Tennessee county.

The county is named after U.S. Congressman John Rhea (1753-1832) from Tennessee.[3]

Parent County

1807--Rhea County was established 30 November 1807 from part of Roane County. Early records may be found under Roane County.
County seat: Dayton [4]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[5] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[6] (female)

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss

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

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1869 and 1927--Fires damaged courthouse records.[7]

  • Lost censuses:  1810, 1820, 1890
  • Marriage records complete
  • Lost probate records: 1808 to 1825

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Bonham Evensville Liberty Hill Pennine
Bonneville (hist.) Five Points Lorraine Rhea Springs
Bryan Hill Grandview Montague Roddy
College Hill Graysville Morgan Springs Saint Clair
Concord Ideal Valley Morgantown Spring City
Cranmore Cove Iron Hill (hist.) Mountain View Taylor Hill
Cumberland Spring Kemmer Hill Ogden Wolf Creek
Dayton Lakeside Old Washington
Edgewood Hills Laurel Brook Paine Spring

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 Rhea County biography, birth, cemetery, census, court, death, history, land, marriage (white and black), military, newspaper, school, tax, and voters records. To determine which books are being searched, or to search each publication's index individually, click here. You are now equipped with a checklist of books to pull off the shelves at a genealogy library, or a wish list for your personal book collection.

Research Guides

African American

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Cemeteries

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

  • 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.
  • Wilson Co. TN Cemetery Records, part of the TNGenWeb Cemetery Database, lists many cemeteries in the county, often with indexes and transcripts of the burials.

Census

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

1810 - Lost, but a substitute is available:

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

1820 - Lost[8]

1820 Manufactures

The original manufactures schedules for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee are kept at 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, which cites the original document numbers, will help researchers determine if this resource can be of assistance: 

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

These records have also been abstracted:

  • 1820 Census of Manufactures: Rhea County, East Tennessee Roots, Vol. 6, No. 1 ():37. For availability, see Periodicals.

1830

1840

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

1850 Agricultural Census

  • Broyles, Bettye J. Rhea County: 1850, 1870, and 1880 Agricultural Production Census. n.p.: Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1999. FHL US/CAN Book 976.883 X2b.
  • Green, Linda L. Tennessee 1850 Agricultural Census. 2 vols. Woodbridge, Va.: L.L. Green, 2000. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2g v. 1 ff. [Rhea County is included in Vol. 1.]

1860

1870

1870 Agricultural Census

  • Broyles, Bettye J. Rhea County: 1850, 1870, and 1880 Agricultural Production Census. n.p.: Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1999. FHL US/CAN Book 976.883 X2b.

1880

1880 Agricultural Census

  • Broyles, Bettye J. Rhea County: 1850, 1870, and 1880 Agricultural Production Census. n.p.: Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1999. FHL US/CAN Book 976.883 X2b.

1900

1920

  • Tallent, Seth, Henrietta Tallent and Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society. Rhea County, Tennessee, 1920 Census. Spring City, Tenn.: Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1995. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8834 X2t.

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.

  • Rhea County Church Records
- Family History Library Catalog - Rhea 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 - Rhea 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 Rhea County are:
- List of Rhea County churches with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)
- List of Rhea County churches (TN HomeTownLocator)

Baptist

  • [1807-1937] Salem Baptist Church Records. Dayton, 1807-1937. Manuscript. TSLA Reel #465.
  • [1807-1900] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. vol. 2 FHL 976.8 K29s Index to original Salem Baptist Church Records. Dayton, 1807-1937.

Methodist

  • Historical Records Project. Quarterly Conference of the Washington Circuit of the Holston Conference Methodist Church South, Rhea County, Tennessee. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1940. Manuscript. FHL 24790 Item 3

Episcopal

Court

Education

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 Rhea, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 25,000 entries.

Bibliography

  • [Edmonds] Yadon, Laurence J. The Newton J. Edmonds Family of Rhea County, Tennessee and Greene, Laclede and Webster Counties, Missouri. Tulsa, Oklahoma: L.J. Yadon II, 1980. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Ed58y.
  • [Shultz] Reagan, Donald B. Smoky Mountain Clans. 3 vols. Knoxville, Tenn.: D.B. Reagan, 1978-1983. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273R22b 1978. [The Shultz family is discussed in Vol. 2.]
  • [Smith] Mayes, C. Vale. A Genealogy and History of Smith Family of Rhea Co. Tn. and Barry Co. Mo. with Their Related Families, 1772 - 1982. n.p.: C.V. Mayes, 198?. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Sm61m.
  • [Walker] Bowman, G. Ralph. Some Descendants of Captain George Walker, 1745-1833: of Fauquier, Virginia; Burke County, North Carolina; Knox, Rhea & Bledsoe Counties, Tenn. n.p.: G.R. Bowman, 1978, 2004. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W152bg. Digital version available at FamilySearch Books Online.
  • [Wasson] Murray, J.L. Ancestry of James S. Murray of Campbell County, Tennessee and the Wasson Family of Rhea County, Tennessee. MSS., microfilmed in 1983. FHL US/CAN Film 1033940 Item 6.
  • [Young] Stein, Carl F. Some Descendents of James Pickens Young 1815: of Polk, Rhea, Hamilton, Blount, & Knox Counties, Tenn., Cherokee, & Gaston Counties, North Carolina. Family Group Sheets. FHL US/CAN Film 2055385 Item 2.

Immigration

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 6 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Rhea County.[9]

Land

In 1969, TSLA microfilmed original Rhea County Deed Books A to M (1808-1879). FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 589479-589483.

The following Rhea County land records have been abstracted:

Law and Legislation

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

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War

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

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

The 1840 Census of Pensioners has been abstracted multiple times:

Additional resources include:

  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." Digital version at Ancestry ($). Tennessee entries abstracted online at Tennesseans in the Revolutionary War, courtesy: TNGenWeb. [Includes veterans from this county; Tennessee section begins on page 381.]

War of 1812

  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Apr. 1961):49-52. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. [Includes Rhea County pensioners (p. 50).]

Civil War

Civil War service men from Rhea 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 Rhea County.

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Rhea County:

Newspapers

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

Occupations

  • Miller, Alan N. East Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2m. Digital version at World Vital Records ($). Purchase at Genealogical.com. [Includes Rhea 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 Rhea County, Tennessee have been published in Ansearchin' News, the quarterly magazine of the Tennessee Genealogical Society. To view a list of these articles, visit their county index. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their archive or conduct a surname search. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the Ansearchin' News quarterly FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a.
East Tennessee Roots
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Rhea County, Tennessee records have been published in East Tennessee Roots (10 vols.). A subject index to these articles is available online. Surname indexes to Volumes 9 and 10 are also available online. The Family History Library has collected most issues of East Tennessee Roots FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 D25e.
Rhea Notes
The Family History Library has volumes 1 - 9 (1987 - 1995) FHL US/CAN 976.8834 B2r.
Indexed in PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).
For further information see Rhea County Historical and Genealogical website: http://www.rheahistory.com/

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

Probate

The original Rhea County Wills, Settlements & Inventories are kept at the County Courthouse. In 1969, GSU microfilmed these records for the years 1825 to 1967: FHL Films 589477, 1012190.

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, 1825-1967 (7 vols.)
  • Bonds, 1956-1968
  • Bonds, Letters, 1890-1969 (8 vols.)
  • Claims against estates, 1922-1969 (2 vols.)
  • Administrations, Wills, 1841-1852
  • Inventories, Wills, 1825-1840
  • Settlements, Wills, 1850-1860
  • Settlements, 1858-1938 (4 vols.)

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Rhea 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 A: 1825-1840
  2. Will Book 1: 1852-1881

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

  • [1808-1851] Bell, Annie W.B. Rhea County, Tennessee, Wills, 1808-1851. Typescript, pre-1935. FHL US/CAN 940062 Item 4.
  • [1810-1881] Broyles, Bettye J. Rhea County, Tennessee Wills, Inventories, Estate Settlements and Guardian Reports 1810-1881. n.p.: Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1989. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8834 P2rFree Lookups Available!
  • [1825-1860] Historical Records Project (W.P.A.). Will Books, 1825-1860, Rhea County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA. Microfilmed in 1940. FHL US/CAN Films 24791, 24788. [Includes inventories and administrations for certain years.]
  • [1825-1861] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22s. [Includes an index to this county's probate records.] Free Lookups Available!
  • [1825-1840, 1852-1881] Strictly By Name (see above).

Taxation

In 1969, the TSLA microfilmed the original Rhea County Tax Lists 1832-1834. FHL copy: Minute Book C, FHL US/CAN Film 1012164.

The following Rhea County tax records have been abstracted and/or indexed:[10]

  • [1808-1809] Tax List, 1808-9, Rhea Notes, Vol. 1, No. 3 (May 1987).
  • [1808, 1819] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists. Evanston, Ill.: B. & B. Sistler, 1977. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4s. [Includes 1808 and 1819 tax lists.]
  • [1808, 1819] Mary Barnett Curtis, Early East Tennessee Tax Lists (Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing Company, 1964), FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4c. [Includes 1808 and 1819 tax lists.]
  • [1808-1850] Broyles, Bettie J. A Compendium of Rhea and Meigs Counties, Tennessee, 1808 through 1850. 1980. FHL US/CAN Book 976.883 V2b; online: free surname index and purchase details.
  • [1808-1809] Tax List, 1808-9, Rhea Notes, Vol. 1, No. 3 (May 1987).
  • [1808] "1808 Tax Lists of Rhea County," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • [1809] Tax List, 1809, Rhea Notes, Vol. 9, Nos. 3-4 (May 1995).
  • [1810] Tax List, 1810, Rhea Notes, Vol. 1, No. 4 (Jul. 1987).
  • [1810] Tax List, 1810, Rhea Notes, Vol. 9, Nos. 5-6 (Sep. 1995).
  • [1811] Tax List, 1811, Rhea Notes, Vol. 1, No. 5 (Sep. 1987); Vol. 1, No. 6 (Nov. 1987).
  • [1814] Tax List, 1814, Rhea Notes, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Mar. 1988).
  • [1814] "Direct Federal Tax-Delinquent Property Owners Listed for 1814," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 3(Fall 1996):115-120. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals. [Includes Rhea County.]
  • [1815] Tax List, 1815, Rhea Notes, Vol. 2, No. 3 (May 1988).
  • [1816-1817] Tax List, 1816, 1817, Rhea Notes, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Jul. 1988).
  • [1818] Tax List, 1818, Rhea Notes, Vol. 2, No. 5 (Sep. 1988).
  • [1819-1829] Broyles, Bettie J. Rhea County Tax Lists, 1819 through 1829. Chattanooga, Tenn.: B.J. Broyles, 199-?. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8834 R4bb.
  • [1823] Thornton, Mabel H. "Rhea County, Tennessee, Tax List - 1823," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Jan. 1964):9-20. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • [1832-1834] Wells, Carol. Rhea County, Tennessee: Tax Lists, 1832-1834 and County Court Minutes, Colume D: 1829-1834. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1996. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8834 P2w.
  • [1832-1834] Wells, Carol. Tennessee. CD-ROM. FHL Computer US/CAN Desktop CD-ROM no. 680 v. 2. [Includes 1832-1834 tax lists.]
  • [1833] Vincent, Don. Missouri Heartlands, Family Records. 2 vols. 1991-1993. FHL US/CAN Book 977.8 D2vd. [Includes Rhea County 1833 tax list.]
  • [1836] "Rhea County, Tennessee 1836 Plat Map and Civil District Descriptions," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • [1837] Broyles, Bettie J. Rhea County: Taxable Property and Polls for 1837. n.p.: Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1992. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8834 R4b; online: free surname index and purchase details.
  • [1850-1900] Broyles, Bettie J. Rhea County, Tennessee, Census, Marriage, and Tax Records, 1850 through 1900. 1982. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8834 X2b; online: free surname index and purchase details. Free Lookups Available!
  • [1866] Broyles, Bettie J. Rhea County, Tennessee 1866 Tax List. [Spring City, Tennessee?: Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society], 1996. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8834 R4bbj; online: free surname index and purchase details.

Vital Records

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Birth
Marriage

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

Divorce

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

Societies and Libraries

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

 

Rhea County Historical & Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 31
Dayton, TN 37321
E-mail:info@rheahistory.com

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

Clyde W. Roddy Library
371 First Ave.
Dayton, Tennessee 37321
Phone: 1-423-775-8406
E-mail: info@clyderoddy.org

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), Phea County, Tennessee page 643, 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), 643. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  5. Voice of Wilma Adkins, FamilySearch employee, descendant of Rhea Countians. Uncertain of accent.
  6. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  7. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State (accessed 31 March 2014).
  8. Mary Barnett Curtis, Early East Tennessee Tax Lists: a compiled list of residents of the area covered in 22 east Tennessee counties for which there is (sic) no census records prior to 1830 (Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing, 1964) [FHL 976.8 R4c].
  9. Kenneth Scott. British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979, 372-378 (see East Tennessee). FHL US/CAN 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  10. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.
  11. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/88/Igitennesseel.pdf.