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Sumner County, Tennessee genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Sumner County (established 1786) 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: November 18, 1786
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Quick Dates

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

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1881 1787  1881  1820  1793  1789 


County Courthouse

Location of Sumner County Courthouse, Gallatin, Tenn.

Sumner County Courthouse
355 North Belvedere Dr.
Gallatin, TN 37066
Phone: 1-615-452-4282

County Clerk has marriage and probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [2]


Sumner County Archives
365 North Belvedere Dr.
Gallatin, TN 37066
Phone: 1-615-452-0037
The archives is the official depository and research facility for county records. Almost all early county records are housed in the Archives.
Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Sumner County Clerk
Marriage and probate records
355 N. Belvedere Dr., Room 111
Gallatin, TN 37066
Phone: 1-615-452-4063

Sumner County Register of Deeds
Land records
355 North Belvedere Dr., Room 201
P.O. Box 299
Gallatin, TN 37066-0299
Phone: 1-615-452-3892

Sumner County Circuit Court Clerk
Court records
101 Public Square
P.O. Box 549
Gallatin, TN 37066
Phone: 1-615-452-4367

Hours:
Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fri. 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m.

History

Middle Tennessee county established in 1786. Sumner County belonged to the pioneer Cumberland Settlements.[3]

The county is named after "Jethro Sumner (1733–1785), an American colonist who defended North Carolina against the British in 1780."[4]

Parent County

1786--Sumner County was established 18 November 1786 from Davidson County. Early records may be found under Davidson County.
County seat: Gallatin [5]

County Pronunciation

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

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss

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

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1810
  • County records are complete[8]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Angeltown Fairfield New Deal Sengtown
Avondale Fountain Head Nubia Shackle Island
Bethpage Gallatin Oak Grove Sideview (hist.)
Bledsoe Graball Ocana South Tunnel
Bon Air Hall Town Peytona Station Camp (hist.)
Brackentown Hartsville Junction Phosphate (hist.) Sugar Grove
Bransford Hendersonville Pleasant Grove Sulphura
Cairo Hickory Grove Pleasant Valley Trousdale
Castalian Springs Highland Pondville Turners Station
Cedar Grove Johnsons Crossroads Portland Two Chestnut
Cherry Mount (hist.) Kansas Providence Tyree Springs (hist.)
Chestnut Hill Liberty Rival (hist.) Walnut Grove
Chipman Millersville Rock Bridge Westmoreland
Corinth Mims (hist.) Rockland White Hill
Cottontown Mitchellville Rogana White House
Cummings Crossroads Mount Vernon Saundersville Withamtown
Desha Mulloy Scattersville

Mansker's Fort built in 1780

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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Getting Started

An excellent place to start Sumner County genealogy searches is the Limited All Name Index, available online, courtesy: Sumner County Archives. The index covers many early records, including court, land, military, probate, school, and vital records. The site also hosts an obituary index.

Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Sumner County biography, family Bible, cemetery, census, church, and military 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

  • Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Sumner County, courtesy: TSLA. (Identifies published county histories, published local records, census records, newspapers and local records on microfilm, and select manuscripts.)
  • "Genealogical Research in Sumner County," The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Fall 1988). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • "Sumner County Research," The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Winter 1992). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.

African Americans

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Cemeteries

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

A good place to start Sumner County cemetery searches is:

Websites with Sumner County cemetery data include:

  • 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.
  • Sumner 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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1790 2,196
1800 4,616 110.2%
1810 13,792 198.8%
1820 19,211 39.3%
1830 20,569 7.1%
1840 22,445 9.1%
1850 22,717 1.2%
1860 22,030 −3.0%
1870 23,711 7.6%
1880 23,625 −0.4%
1890 23,668 0.2%
1900 26,072 10.2%
1910 25,621 −1.7%
1920 27,708 8.1%
1930 28,622 3.3%
1940 32,719 14.3%
1950 33,533 2.5%
1960 36,217 8.0%
1970 56,106 54.9%
1980 85,790 52.9%
1990 103,281 20.4%
2000 130,449 26.3%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Sumner 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 Sumner County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. [The USGenWeb Census Project®].

1790 - Lost, only statistics survive[9], but substitutes are available:

  • Eakle, Arlene. Tennessee Research. 2010. Purchase information at Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Genealogy Blog. [Includes a reconstructed 1790 census, sources: "Contemporary lists–tax lists, militia rolls, land grants and deeds, claims for pre-emption lands, names recorded in diaries and journals. And numerous histories compiled by local historians from records that we have not seen or read ourselves."]
  • Fulcher, Richard Carlton, comp. 1770-1790 Census of the Cumberland Settlements: Davidson, Sumner and Tennessee Counties (In what is now Tennessee). Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1987. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2f; digital version at World Vital Records ($).
  • McGhee, Lucy Kate. Partial Census of 1787 to 1791 of Tennessee as Taken from the North Carolina Land Grants. 3 Parts. Microfilmed in 1990. FHL US/CAN Films 1728882 Item 4 and 1683130 Item 3.

1800 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation

1810 - Lost, but a substitute is available:

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

1820

  • Bentley, Elizabeth P. Index to the 1820 Census of Tennessee. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1981. FHL 976.8 X22b 1820
  • Presley, Leister E. Sumner County, Tennessee, Population Schedules of the United States Census of 1820. n.p.: n.p., n.d. FHL US/CAN Book 976.847 X2p 1820.
  • Waldrep, G.C. "'Free Colored' Heads of Household in the 1820 Tennessee Census," available online, courtesy: Free African Americans website. [Includes free African Americans in this county.]

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.]

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

1870

1880

Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Records early LDS families kept in Utah may contain information about their cousins who were not Mormons that stayed put in Tennessee. Early Mormons with Sumner County roots include:

  • Henry and Rachel (Stillwell) Thomas. Henry died in Far West, Missouri in 1837.[10]
  • Daniel Stillwell Thomas and his wife Martha Paine (Jones) Thomas who migrated to Utah in 1849.[11]
  • John and Elizabeth (Bell) Bennett. John died in Iowa; his widow settled in Orem, Utah.[12]
Methodist Episcopal
Presbyterian

Court

  • Wilson, Shirley Sumner County, Tennessee: index to the loose records, 1786 to 1930 Richley Enterprises, 1988. Free lookups available!

DNA

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Sumner County residents. Attempts have not been made to verify the lineages of those tested.
  • [Brown] Descendant of Dance Brown, b. abt 1776/1777 Virginia, d. 1860 Sumner County, Tennessee. Y-DNA 25 Marker Test, FTDNA (Kit 96783). Genetic signature available online (labeled Group No. 57), genealogical description available online, courtesy: Brown/Browne/Braun DNA Study. Matches have been found.
  • [Brown] Multiple descendants of Leonard Brown, b. 1740 Orange County, Virginia, d. 1833 Sumner County, Tennessee. Y-DNA 12 and 67 Marker Tests, FTDNA (Kits 96759, 103390). Genetic signatures available online (labeled Group No. 79), genealogical description available online, courtesy: Brown/Browne/Braun DNA Study.
  • [Doss] Descendant of William Doss, b. abt 1780s of Franklin County, Virginia, d. 1820s Sumner County, 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 Sumner, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 85,000 entries.

Bibliography

  • [Abbott] See Lem(m)on.
  • [Allen] Allen, Granville O. Our Allens from Maryland to Muscle Shoals via the Mid-west. Cullman, Alabama: Gregath, 1995. FHL 929.273 AL54ago.
  • [Alley] Stever, Frank. Our Common Heritage: The Descendants of: Wiley Alley (1823-1906) and Charlottie Shelton Alley (1820-1906) & Horotio Gower (1809-1869) and Leah McCarty Gower (1819-1897). Odessa, Missouri: F. Stever, 1986-1987. FHL 929.273 AL54s.
  • [Alley] Lake County, California Genealogical Society. Alley Family Research File. MSS., microfilmed 1991. FHL 1764674 Item 11.
  • [Barkley] Fischer, Kathryn Barkley The Barkley Brigade: The Story of John Barkley of Smith County, Tennessee and His Descendants, 1753-1994. Covington, Louisiana: Barkley-Symons Enterprises, 1994. FHL 929.273 B246; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.
  • [Bennett] White, Dayle Duncan. "Bennett," 1653-4 American Colonists, 1851 Utah Pioneers, 1510-1978. Salt Lake City, Utah: D.D. White, 198-. FHL 1320843 Item 2.
  • [Bledsoe] See also General section.
  • [Bledsoe] Armstrong, Zella. Notable Southern Families. Chattanooga, Tenn.: Lookout Publishing Company, 1922. Vol. 2. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • [Bradley] Clegg, Reed L. Richard Bradley and Descendants: Lives and Times of Richard, Thomas, Henry, Samuel Carroll, James Harvey Bradley Families. Salt Lake City, Utah: R.L. Clegg Publishers, [1999?]. FHL 929.273 B728c.
  • [Brigance] Brigance, Albert H. Brigance Genealogy. Maryville, Tenn.: Brigance Enterprises, 1982. FHL 929.273 B768ba.
  • [Brown] Brown Family Bible Records, 1754-1856. Microfilmed 1943. FHL 24840 Item 1.
  • [Brown] Brown, Freddy Joe. Dance Steps: Six Generation History & Genealogy of Dance Brown (1776-1860). Scottsville, Ky.: F.J. Brown, 1996. FHL 929.273 B812bfj.
  • [Bruce] Fossum, Crystal Burnett et al. Crystal B. Fossum Genealogical Collection. Microfilmed 2003. FHL 1573541 Item 7.
  • [Butler] Butler, Julia Mae. Genealogical Record of the Butler Family: Ancestors, Descendants, Relatives. St. Louis, Mo.: J.M. Butler, 1971. FHL 1454582 Item 13.
  • [Carmack] Bumpus, Paul Franklin et al. Carmack: The Edward Ward Carmack Story. Franklin, Tenn.: Distributed by P.F. Bumpus, 1977. FHL 921.73 C21b.
  • [Condley] Johnson, Mrs. Ross B. Some Early Settlers in Hickory County, Missouri from Sumner and Wilson Cos., Tenn.: with Some Genealogical Data on the Jordan L. Rhea Family, the Thomas Davis Family, the Robert Davis Family, the John S. Williams Family, the Elisha T. Condley Family. Typescript, microfilmed in 1975. FHL 928082 Item 13.
  • [Cuffman] Shinn, Josiah Hazen. Pioneers and Makers of Arkansas. Little Rock, Ark.: Democrat Printing and Lithographing Co., 1908. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
  • [Davis] Johnson, Mrs. Ross B. Some Early Settlers in Hickory County, Missouri from Sumner and Wilson Cos., Tenn.: with Some Genealogical Data on the Jordan L. Rhea Family, the Thomas Davis Family, the Robert Davis Family, the John S. Williams Family, the Elisha T. Condley Family. Typescript, microfilmed in 1975. FHL 928082 Item 13.
  • [Defrees] Gart, Jeanne Brooks, Frank W Defriece, and Elva Ann Bishop. James Defrees and His Descendants. Knoxville, Tenn.: Tennessee Valley Pub., 1992. FHL 929.273 D362dg.
  • [Dement] Holmes, Marilyn and Dement Family Association. Dements through the Ages. Florissant, Missouri: Dement Family Association, 1987. FHL 929.273 D394h.
  • [Dement] Holmes, Marilyn. Dements through the Ages. Florissant, Missouri: M. Holmes, 1993. FHL 929.273 D394ho
  • [Douglas] See also General section.
  • [Douglas] Harris, Ruth Eleanor Poole. Ruth Eleanor Douglas Journal: with Genealogies of Douglas, Noell, Callaway, Clemens, Moorman and Other Related Bedford County, Virginia Families, also Genealogies of Douglas Families of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri. Nashville, Tenn.: Douglas Family Publishers, 1979. FHL 929.273 D745h.
  • [Durham] Cragon, Henry D. et al. Tennessee Cragons and Their Kinfolk. 1974. FHL 929.273 C843c.
  • [Ferrell] Ferrell, Ed. Ferrell Family Records, ca. 1789-1930. [Juneau, Alaska]: E. Ferrell, 1991. FHL 929.273 F413fee.
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  • [Gage] See also General section.
  • [Garrison] Garrison, Lloyd Russell. The Descendants of John Garrison of Sumner County, Tennessee. Denton, TX: Terrill Wheeler Print. Co., 1961. Digital version available at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Gilliam] Gilliam, Bobby E. Notes on the Gilliam Family of Virginia and the Carolinas. MSS., microfilmed 1978. FHL 1036773 Item 27.
  • [Gleaves] Barnes, Hilda H. Gleaves Families in Middle Tennessee. n.p.: Gleaves Family Association, 2009. FHL CD-ROM no. 5792.
  • [Green] Williams, Mary Lou. Our Southern Family: The Greens, Malcolms, Thomas, Cooper, Williams and Magness Families of Kentucky and Tennessee. Warren, Mich.: M.L. Williams, 1970. FHL 874443 Item 5.
  • [Green] Green, Elmore Allen. Edward Green of Sumner County, Tennessee: and Descendants. [Portland, Tenn.: n.p., 1972]. FHL 929.273 G821g.
  • [Gregory] Gregory and Related Lines. MSS., microfilmed 1987. FHL 1509499 Item 8.
  • [Groves] Groves, James and Elma Keller Groves. Groves and Allied Families. Commerce, Calif.: Grove, 1977. FHL 1036732 Item 9.
  • [Groves] Groves, James and Elma Keller Groves. Groves and Allied Families: 1982 Supplement Plus Complete New Genealogical Encyclopedia Plus Corrected and Expanded Basic Book of 1977. City of Commerce, Calif.: J. and E. Groves, 1982. FHL 929.273 G919a 1982.
  • [Hamilton] Hamilton, Thomas. Autobiography of Thomas Hamilton. Typescript, microfilmed 1972. FHL 896607 Item 2.
  • [Harper] Harper Family Bible Records, 1827-1860. Microfilmed 1943. FHL 24840 Item 1.
  • [Harris] Elder, Pat Spurlock and Shelly Fingerett. Harris Portraits. Memphis, Tenn.: P.H. Elder, 1991. FHL 929.273 A1 no. 7741.
  • [Harrison] Bianchi, Ann Herod. A Working Report on Robert Henry Harrison: and His Descendants. [Conroe, Texas: A.H. Bianchi, 2000]. FHL 929.273 H247ba.
  • [Haw] Haw, Joseph Lindsey. The Haw Family Ancestry: Haw, Vernon, Moore, Swank, Van Meter, Thomas, Hardin, Rolph, Rider, Quinn, Dubois. Houston, Texas: J.L. Haw III, 1978. FHL 929.273 H31h.
  • [Heermans] Heermans Family Bible Records, 1785-1893. Bible published 1850. FHL 24840 Item 1.
  • [Henson] Chapman, Jeanette Henson. Carry Me Back to Old Virginny. 1976. FHL 929.273 H398c.
  • [Hobdy] Law, Bob. History of the Hobdy (Hobday), Law, Helm, Cornwell, Lucas, Hanes and Related Families. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Law, [1981?]. FHL 929.273 H652L.
  • [Hodges] Patton, Juanita M. The Family fo Isham and Betsy Hodges from Virginia to Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: J.M. Patton, 1990. FHL 929.273 H665p.
  • [Hollis] Buryear, Grace Hollis. Hollis Pioneers: Kin, and Kin to Kin; Including Pigg, Clack, Marlin, Rogers, Randles, Howerton, Hauffaker and Half the Southwest. Tulsa, Oklahoma: Tuttle, 1973. FHL 929.273 H726p.
  • [House] Chilton, Shirlene Martin. Matthew House and His Family. Benton, Arizona: S. Chilton, [198-]. FHL 929.273 A1 no. 7529.
  • [House] House, Luther Porter and Henry B. Brackin. Chronological Summary for Jacob and Micajah House Families and Descendants: Edgecombe County, North Carolina to Sumner County, Tennessee (1772-1988). [Atlanta?, Ga.: L.P. House?], 1990. FHL 929.273 A1 no. 5975.
  • [Hunley] Duncan, Ruth Henley. The Captain and Submarine CSS H.L. Hunley. [Memphis, Tenn.: R.H. Duncan, 1965]. FHL 929.273 H899d.
  • [Jones] Thomas, Martha Pane Jones and Kate Woodhouse Kirkham. Daniel Stillwell Thomas Family History. 1927. FHL 929.273 T362tm. [Includes the Journal of Martha Pane Jones Thomas.]
  • [Jones] Kirkham, E. Kay. Daniel Stillwell Thomas and Martha Paine Jones Thomas, Early Members of the LDS Church and Utah Pioneers of 1849. [Salt Lake City, Utah]: E.K. Kirkham, 1985. FHL 921.73 T362k.
  • [Keen] Keen, H.T. Genealogy of the Keen Family of Wayne County, Illinois. Lawrenceville, Ill.: H.T. Keen, 1965. FHL 929.273 K25kf.
  • [Kirkpatrick] French, Marline R. The Bradford and Kirkpatrick Ancestry of Virginia, Tennessee and Texas and Some of Their Descendants, 1729. Typescript, National Library, DAR, 1959. FHL 858790 Item 3.
  • [Latimer] Love, Louise. "Jonathan Latimer of New London, Conn. and Sumner County, Tennessee," The American Genealogist, Vol. 51, No. 1 (Jan. 1975):56-57. FHL 973 D25aga v. 51
  • [Latimer] Patch, Olivia C. Descendants of Nathaniel Latimer (1768-1793) and Mary Lattimore (ca.1766/67-?) of New London County, Connecticut. Tolland, Connecticut: O.C. Patch, 1984. FHL 929.273 L349p.
  • [Latimer] White, Myrtle Alice. The Latimer Family of New London, Conn. Cairo, Ill.: M.A. White, 1989. FHL 929.273 A1 no. 5733.
  • [Lauderdale] Lauderdale, Charles J. The Lauderdales of Scotland and America, 1056-1936. Joplin, MO: Gahagan Print. Co., 1937. FHL 1307515 Item 5, digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Layne] James, Larry Alan. The Layne Family of Washington County, Arkansas. Neosho, Missouri: L.A. James, 1985. FHL 929.273 L454j.
  • [Leddy] Giles, Sharon Estis. John Leddy: Descendants of John Leddy, Born 1797 Ireland. n.p.: S.E. Giles, 2003. FHL 929.273 L498g.
  • [Lem(m)on] Lemmon, Gene Charles and the Lem(m)on Genealogical Society. A Genealogical Biography of John Lem(m)on, Sr. Lancaster, Calif.: G.C. Lemmon, 2003. FHL 929.273 L543; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online
  • [Loving] Hubbs, Ferol Frost. Hubbs - Frost and Allied Families. 1958. FHL 929.273 H862hf.
  • [McAdams] Towell, Roy H. Isaac Towell and His Family: Including Towell-McAdams-Whitworth-Shaw-Fitzgerald & Others, 1764-1990. Beaumont, Texas: R.H. Towell, 1990. FHL 929.273 T65tr.
  • [McMurtry] McMurtry, Otis D. Chronology of the Life of John McMurtry, Esq., Soldier, Privateer of the American Revolution: Progentior of the McMurtry Clan of Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA. FHL 570838 Item 2.
  • [Mastin] Aronhime, Gordon. Thomas Mastin: Important Unknown of the Early Clinch River Settlement. 1982. FHL 975.5725 H25p no. 19.
  • [Matherly] Anderson, Bobby. Matherly/Matherlee: The Family of John Woodford Matherly (1829-1894). Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 199-?. FHL 929.273 A1 no. 7812.
  • [Mills] Whitley, Edythe Johns Rucker. Thurman Lineage: Descent of Mrs. Helen Goodpasture of Nashville, Tennessee. Typescript, 1950. FHL 1035575 Item 8; digital version at BYU FamilySearch Books Online.
  • [Mitchell] Monroe, Ruby Moore. The Mitchell/Williams Families. Typescript, microfilmed 1996. FHL 2055160 Item 34.
  • [Morrison] Morrison, William Mann. Morrison--Williams. Marietta, Ga.: W.M. Morrison, 1989. FHL 929.273 M834mm.
  • [Neel] Neel, Charles Wayne. Neel and Allied Families. Grass Valley, Calif.: Memory Maker Productions,2007. FHL 929.273 N292; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online
  • [Owsley] Owsley, Harriet. Owsley Charts: Master Charts Compiled from the Unpublished Census, 1850-1860. Microfilmed 1959. FHL 928765.
  • [Pritchett] Horlacher, Doris Melissa Pritchett. Pritchett in America, Waller, Pritchard, Prickett, Phelan, 1987. Orem, Utah: Horlacher and Sons, 1987. FHL 1421821 Item 9.
  • [Pyles] Pyle, Irma Jean and Sandra Kaye Laughery Gorin. The Pyle/Pyles Family of Franklin County, Illinois: A Tribute to John Franklin Pyle. Glasgow, Ky.: Gorin Genealogical Publishing, 1994. FHL 929.273 P993pi.
  • [Pyles] Melvin, Doreen Broy. Family of James N. Pyles. 199-?. FHL 929.273 P993m.
  • [Rhea] Johnson, Mrs. Ross B. Some Early Settlers in Hickory County, Missouri from Sumner and Wilson Cos., Tenn.: with Some Genealogical Data on the Jordan L. Rhea Family, the Thomas Davis Family, the Robert Davis Family, the John S. Williams Family, the Elisha T. Condley Family. Typescript, microfilmed in 1975. FHL 928082 Item 13.
  • [Robertson] Baily Family Bible Records, ca. 1838-1958. FHL 1697633 Item 8.
  • [Savely] Lawler, James H.L. Book of Remembrance and Research Notes. MSS., microfilmed 1965. FHL 467964-FHL 467966.
  • [Shelby] Armstrong, Zella. Notable Southern Families. Chattanooga, Tenn.: Lookout Publishing Company, 1922. Vol. 2. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • [Stinson] Stinson, Jerry and Delois Stinson. Stinson Family History. Fairborn, Ohio: J. & D. Stinson, 1978. FHL 929.273 A1 no. 3051.
  • [Stubblefield] McMorrough, Eileen Stubblefield. The Stubblefields of Calhoun County, Mississippi and Related Families. Aberdeen, Mississippi: E.S. McMorrough, 1980. FHL 929.273 A1 no. 3276.
  • [Tate] Carpenter, Evelyn Yates. Tate and Allied Families of Robertson County, Tennessee: Includes the Nearby Tennessee Counties of Davidson, Sumner, and Wilson. Includes Virginia and North Carolina, the States of Tate Family Origin. Includes Counties in Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri and Throughout the United States Where Many Tate Families Migrated. Clarksville, Tenn.: Jostens, 1987. FHL 929.273 T187c.
  • [Thomas] Thomas, Martha Pane Jones and Kate Woodhouse Kirkham. Daniel Stillwell Thomas Family History. 1927. FHL 929.273 T362tm. [Includes the Journal of Martha Pane Jones Thomas.]
  • [Thomas] Kirkham, E. Kay. Daniel Stillwell Thomas and Martha Paine Jones Thomas, Early Members of the LDS Church and Utah Pioneers of 1849. [Salt Lake City, Utah]: E.K. Kirkham, 1985. FHL 921.73 T362k.
  • [Thomas] Wise, Holly L. History of a Family Named Thomas: This Family is Related to a Family Named Wise, through the Marriage of Louisa Hundley Thomas to William Joseph P. Wise, on October 7, 1849, in Johnson County, Illinois. St. Louis, Missouri: H.L. Wise, 19--?. FHL 929.273 T361wh.
  • [Towell] Towell, Roy H. Isaac Towell and His Family: Including Towell-McAdams-Whitworth-Shaw-Fitzgerald & Others, 1764-1990. Beaumont, Texas: R.H. Towell, 1990. FHL 929.273 T65tr.
  • [Trigg] Trigg--Brown Family Bible Records, 1765-1818. FHL 850401 Item 2.
  • [Watson] DeMay, Maybelle Watson. Some Descendants of John Ketchem Watson: and Related Families of Bergland, Campbell, Harmon, Curtis, DeMay, Clark, Stark, Burns, Ellis, Jones, Young, Dumay, Miller, Johnson, Lovelady. Newberg, Oregon: DeMay Press, 1982. FHL 929.273 W334dm.
  • [Watts] Brooks, Dorothy Claybroke Watts. Thomas Watts and Alexander McElwain, Their Ancestors, Descendants, and Related Families. Memphis, Tenn.: D.C.W. Brooks, 1980. FHL 6019187.
  • [Weir] Fieber, Dora Reid. Some of the Descendants of Wm. Weir. Typescript, 1972. FHL 983676 Item 16.
  • [West] Giulvezan, Isabel Stebbins. Notes on Amos West (1766-1819) of Sumner County, Tennessee, and Logan County, Kentucky. 1960. FHL 929.273 W52gi; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • [West] Ikelman, Joy Hagen. Leonard West (1760-1842) and Descendants: A History of the West Family in Sumner County, Tennessee, Simpson County, Kentucky, and Pueblo County, Colorado: Includes Information on Couwenhoven, Dorris, Frost, Hendricks, Holloway, McMurry, Morgan, Schenck, Wyckoff. Longmont, Colo.: J.H. Ikelman, 1983. FHL 929.273 W52i.
  • [Wilson] Johnson, Mrs. Ross B. Some Early Settlers in Hickory County, Missouri from Sumner and Wilson Cos., Tenn.: with Some Genealogical Data on the Jordan L. Rhea Family, the Thomas Davis Family, the Robert Davis Family, the John S. Williams Family, the Elisha T. Condley Family. Typescript, microfilmed in 1975. FHL 928082 Item 13.
  • [Youree] Seminole Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, West Palm Beach, Florida. A Collection of Records: Cemetery, Family, Bible, and an Index of Revolutionary Soldiers in Maine. Typescript, National Library, DAR. Microfilmed 1971. FHL 869287 Item 4.

Immigration

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding 6 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Gallatin and Sumner County.[14]

Land

Deeds

Online limited every name index to early Sumner County Archive land records.

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

  1. Deed Book A: 1797-1798
  2. Deed Book 1: 1793-1797
  3. Deed Book 2: 1798-1802
  4. Deed Book 3: 1800-1805

Local Land Entries Issued by North Carolina

The original Sumner County land entries issued by North Carolina are kept at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh. On their website, users can bring up a list of land entries issued in Sumner County, both before and after its land became a part of the state of Tennessee. Years covered: 1780-1803.

Instructions:

  1. Follow this link to conduct a "Call Number Search" using the MARS Catalog on their site.
  2. Using the pull down window, change "Call Numbers starting" to "A MarsID matching."
  3. Type 12.14.18 (Windows Vista users may need to include a period after the last digit, for example 12.14.18.) and click Search. This is the specific MarsID for Sumner County.
  4. Click on the entry that is returned: "Tennessee, Sumner County."
  5. In the window that pops up, click Show List of Child Records and a list of Sumner County land entries will be produced. Browse to find abstracts of the original records.[15]

N.B. You can also search by name through the Basic Search, but it lacks soundex capabilities.

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.] 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

Migration

  • Johnson, Mrs. Ross B. Some Early Settlers in Hickory County, Missouri from Sumner and Wilson Cos., Tenn.: with Some Genealogical Data on the Jordan L. Rhea Family, the Thomas Davis Family, the Robert Davis Family, the John S. Williams Family, the Elisha T. Condley Family. Typescript, microfilmed in 1975. FHL US/CAN Film 928082 Item 13.

Military

Online limited every name index to early Sumner County Archive military records.

Revolutionary War

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

Additional resources include:

War of 1812

  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Jul. 1961):95-98. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. [Includes Sumner County pensioners (pp. 96-97).]
  • Durham, Walter T. War of 1812 Muster Rolls from Old Sumner, A History of Sumner County, TN, from 1805-1861 Courtesy:TNGenWeb

Civil War

Civil War service men from Sumner 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 Sumner County. Confederate Soldiers 

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Sumner 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 Sumner County click on the following cities or towns:

Occupations

  • Miller, Alan N. Middle Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1784 to 1902. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2004. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2ma. Purchase at Genealogical.com. [Includes Sumner 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 Sumner 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 US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a.
Bits and Pieces
For additional information see Sumner County Historical Society website: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnsumner/schs.htm
The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History
Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Sumner 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 Sumner County, Tennessee ancestors went to prison!

Probate

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

Online limited every name index to early Sumner County Archive 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, 1789-1967 (8 vols.)
  • Inventories, Settlements, 1808-1879
  • Bonds, Letters, 1796-1967 (12 vols.)
  • Bonds, 1956-1967
  • Settlements, 1852-1967 (7 vols.)

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Sumner 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 1: 1789-1822
  2. Will Book 2: 1823-1842
  3. Will Book 3: 1842-1870
  4. Will Book 4: 1870-1891
  5. Will Book 5: 1891-1906

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

  • [1808-1821] Sumner County, Tennessee, Inventories, Settlements, and Guardian Accounts, Volume A, March 1808-February 1821. Nashville, Tennessee: G.W. Bamman, 1984. Indexed. (FHL book 976.847 P28b.)
  • [1787-1808] Bamman, Gale Williams and Debbie Williams Spero. Sumner County, Tennessee Probate Data, 1787-1808. Nashville, Tennessee: Gale W. Bamman, 1984. Indexed. (FHL book 976.847 P28s.)

[1788-1861] 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 wills.]

  • [1789-1906] Strictly By Name (see above).
  • [1787-1835] Wilson, Shirley. Sumner County, Tennessee, Bond Book, 1787-1835. Hendersonville, Tennessee: S. Wilson, 1994. Indexed. (FHL book 976.847 V2wi.)
  • [1788-1882] Wilson, Shirley. Sumner County, Tennessee, Will Abstracts, 1788-1882. Hendersonville, Tennessee: Wilson, 1987. FHL US/CAN book 976.847 P2w Free lookups available!

Taxation

The following Sumner County tax records have been abstracted:[16]

  • [1787-1795] Online limited every name index to Sumner County Archive tax records.
  • [1787] Moore, Betty Givens. "Sumner County, Tennessee, [1787] Tax List and [1817] Petition," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 14, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1967):133-135. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • [1787, 1792, 1811, 1816, 1823] 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 1787, 1792, 1811, 1816, and 1823 tax lists.]
  • [1787] Tax List, 1787, Montgomery County Genealogical Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Dec. 1979).
  • [1787] Tax List, 1787, Tennessee Genealogy and History, Vol. 3, No. 3 (1999).
  • [1787] Payne, Diane. "Record of the Taxable Property in Sumner County for the Year 1787," available online, published 2001, courtesy: USGenWeb. (Source: Sumner County Tax Book, Sumner County Archives, Catalog #976.847SN-T.)
  • [1787-1794] Tax list, 1787-1794, Sumner County, Tennessee. Typescript, Historical Records Collection. Nashville: TSLA. FHL 24839 Item 3
  • [1788] Tax List, 1788, Montgomery County Genealogical Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Mar. 1980).
  • [1788] Payne, Diane. "Record of the Taxable Property in Sumner County for the Year 1788," available online, published 2001, courtesy: USGenWeb. (Source: Sumner County Tax Book, Sumner County Archives.)
  • [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 Periodicals.
  • [1789] Payne, Diane. "Record of the Tax, Paid for the paying of, the Militia employed in cutting the road and escorting families from the town and of Clinch Mountain to the Cumberland Settlements August 25th 1789, Part I," [Surnames A-H] available online, published 2001, courtesy: USGenWeb. Part II [Surnames J-W] available online, published 2001, courtesy: USGenWeb.
  • [1790] Payne, Diane. "Record of the Tax for the year 1790, Part I," [Surnames A-H] available online, published 2001, courtesy: USGenWeb. (Source: Sumner County Tax Book, Sumner County Archives, Catalog #976.847SN-T.] Part II [Surnames J-Y] available online, courtesy: USGenWeb.
  • [1792] Agricola, David and Diane Payne. "Record of the Taxes in Sumner County for the Year 1792, Part I," available online, published 2001, courtesy: USGenWeb. Part II, available online, published 2001, courtesy: USGenWeb.
  • [1794] Agricola, David, Diane Payne, Linda Carpenter, and Danene Vincent. "Record of the Taxes in Sumner County for the Year 1794, Part I," available online, published 1997-2001, courtesy: USGenWeb. Part II, available online, published 1997, courtesy: USGenWeb.
  • [1802] [Partial] "Record of the Taxes in Capt. Bruces Company, Sumner County, TN 1802," available online, courtesy: USGenWeb.
  • [1810] 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. [Cites Sumner County 1810 Tax List, from Early Tax Lists microfilm reel #5; TSLA, Nashville.]
  • [1811] [Partial] "A List of Taxable Property & Polls in Capt. Strators (Stratons) Company for the year 1811," available online, courtesy: USGenWeb.
  • [1812] [Partial] "A List of Taxable Property & Polls in Capt. Strators (Stratons) Company for the year 1812," available online, courtesy: USGenWeb.
  • [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 Sumner County.]
  • [1817] "U.S. Holds 1817 Public Sale of Federal Tax-Delinquent Properties in Tennessee," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 2 (Summer 1996):63-68. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals. [Includes Sumner County.]
  • [1817] Payne, Diane. "Record of the Taxable Property, 1817 - Alphabetical Index, Sumner Co. TN," available online, published 2002, courtesy: USGenWeb.
  • [1818] Payne, Diane and Danene Vincent. "Record of the Taxable Property, 1819 Sumner Co. TN," available online, published 2001, courtesy: USGenWeb.
  • [1821] Payne, Diane. "Record of the Taxable Property, 1821 - Alphabetical Index Sumner Co. TN," available online, published 2002, courtesy: USGenWeb.
  • [1822] Payne, Diane. "Record of the Taxable Property, 1822 Sumner Co. TN," available online, published 2003, courtesy: USGenWeb.
  • [1826] Collins, Robyn and Diane Payne. "Tax List, 1826," available online, published 2003, courtesy: USGenWeb. [Source: Sumner County Archives, Misc. Loose Records #64.]
  • [1838] Payne, Diane and Danene Vincent. "Sumner County, TN 1838 Tax List - District 6," available online, published 1997, courtesy: USGenWeb. [Source: Original loose records at the Sumner County Archives; also available on Microfilm #5174-B1-302.]
  • [1872] Payne, Diane and Joyce Stark Blocker. "1872, Tax on Gallatin Town Lots," available online, published 2003, courtesy: USGenWeb. [Source: Sumner County Archives.]

Vital Records

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

Birth
Marriage

Early Sumner County marriage records are housed in the Sumner County Archives. The following Sumner County marriage records are microfilmed:

  • [1787-2004] Marriage records. Available at TSLA.
  • [1787-1915] Loose marriage records. Available at TSLA.
  • [1899-1927] Marriage bonds. Available at TSLA.
  • [1787-1967} Marriage records, 1787-1967. Available at FHL. FHL 467485
  • [1787-1915] Loose marriage records. Available at FHL. FHL 969843

The following Sumner County marriage records have been indexed:

  • 1787-1923 - Sumner County Marriage Index 1787-1923 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.[13]
  • [1787-1870] 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 TSLA. Authors do not specify whether or not the card index completely indexes this county's marriages.]
  • [1787-1838] Whitley, Edythe Rucker Whitley and Gary Parks. Marriages of Sumner County, Tennessee, 1787 - 1838. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1981. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 976.847 V2w. Digital versions available at Ancestry ($); and World Vital Records ($).
  • [1787-1835} Wilson, Shirley. Sumner County, Tennessee, bond book, 1787-1835. Hendersonville, Tennessee: S. Wilson, 1994. FHL 976.847 V2wi
  • [1787-1875] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early Middle Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler & Associates, 1988. FHL US/CAN 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.]
  • [1787-1838] Marriage Records, 1787-1838, Sumner County, Tennessee.  Nashville: TSLA, Historical Records Project, 19.  Typescript. FHL 24839 Item 6-7
  • [1820-1944] Shrum, Shelta R. Sumner County, Tennessee Newspapers. Lafayette, Tennessee: Ridge Runner, 2004-2008. FHL 976.847 D2s 3 vols.
  • [1839-1875] Stinson, Era W. Sumner County, Tennessee Marriages, 1839-1875. Bowling Green, Kentucky : W.W. Stinson and E.S. Spurlock, 1985. FHL 976.847 V2s
  • [1903-1950] Sumner County, Tennessee Marriage Lookups 1903-1950 Free lookups.
  • Bowen, Zoie L. Sumner County, Miscellaneous Records. Signal Mountain, Tennessee : Mountain Press, 1997. FHL 976.847 V3b
  • Grimsley, Mildred S. Early Tennesse Marriages : Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Shelby and Sumner counties. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1994. FHL 1598122 Item 6

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Sumner County marriage records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:   Marriages 1787-1798

Divorce

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Sumner 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
  • 1780-1805 - Meier, Oveda. Tennessee Ancestors: The Brave and the Dead, Probate and Death Records of Early Middle Tennessee, 1780–1805. Salt Lake City, Utah: O. Meier, 1990. (Family History Library book 976.8 P2m; film 1697372.) This source contains abstracts of probate, Bible, and court records, county histories, and military death records for Davidson and Sumner counties. It includes a surname index.
  • 1830s-1920s - Smith, Jonathan K.T. Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths, the Nashville Christian Advocate. (Methodist newspaper) [1847-1914] 10 vols. [Jackson, Tenn.]: J.K.T. Smith, 1997-2003. FHL Books 976.855/N1 V48s 1847-1851 ff; digital versions at David Donahue Memorial: Tennessee Records Repository. [Website expands upon the publications and includes deaths from the 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s.]
  • 1881-1882 - Death Index, 1881-1882, indexed online in Limited All Name Index, courtesy: Sumner County Archives.
  • 1881 - Sumner County Death Index 1881 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free. Batch B000158.[13]

Libraries

  • Edward Ward Carmack - Sumner County Public Library
    658 Hartsville Pike
    Gallatin, TN 37066
    Phone: 1-615-452-1722
  • Elmer Hinton Memorial Public Library
    301 Portland Blvd.
    Portland, TN 37148
    Phone: 1-615-325-2279
    Fax: 1-615-325-7061
    E-mail: portlandlibrary@bellsouth.net
    Hours: Tues. and Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Wed. and Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    The Bailey Museum is located within the Portland Public Library
    E-mail: ehmlgenealogy@bellsouth.net
    The museum includes the James Bailey Tennessee History Collection, Tandy Civil War Collection, Dr. Samuel Collins Collection, James Harold Haynes Collection, newspapers, cemetery records, obituaries, death records, land records and more.
    Museum hours: Tues. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Wed. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
  • Westmoreland Public Library
    2305 Epperson Springs Rd.
    Westmoreland, TN 37186
    Phone: 1-615-644-2026
    Hours: Mon. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Tues. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Wed. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • White House Inn Library and Museum
    412 Hwy 76
    White House, TN 37188
    Phone: 1-615-672-0239
    Fax: 1-615-672-9733
    Hours: Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Thurs. Noon-8 p.m.
    Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Societies

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

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

Family History Centers

Gallatin Tennessee
1360 E Main St
Gallatin, TN
Phone: 615-452-2741

This is not a mailing address. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.


Sumner County Tennessee Genealogy Websites

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

Sumner County Tennessee Genealogy 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), Sumner County, Tennessee page 644, At various libr40ries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Founding of the Cumberland Settlements: The First Atlas 1779-1804.
  4. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 644. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  6. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  7. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
  8. Robert M. McBride, Tennessee County Data (Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee States Library and Archives, 1966), 45.
  9. Arlene Eakle, "Reconstructing the 1790 Census of Tennessee," Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Genealogy Blog, 20 May 2010.
  10. Martha Pane Jones Thomas and Kate Woodhouse Kirkham. Daniel Stillwell Thomas Family History. 1927. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 T362tm; E. Kay Kirkham, Daniel Stillwell Thomas and Martha Paine Jones Thomas, Early Members of the LDS Church and Utah Pioneers of 1849. [Salt Lake City, Utah]: E.K. Kirkham, 1985. FHL FAM HIST Book 921.73 T362k.
  11. Martha Pane Jones Thomas and Kate Woodhouse Kirkham. Daniel Stillwell Thomas Family History. 1927. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 T362tm; E. Kay Kirkham, Daniel Stillwell Thomas and Martha Paine Jones Thomas, Early Members of the LDS Church and Utah Pioneers of 1849. [Salt Lake City, Utah]: E.K. Kirkham, 1985. FHL FAM HIST Book 921.73 T362k.
  12. Dayle Duncan White, "Bennett," 1653-4 American Colonists, 1851 Utah Pioneers, 1510-1978. Salt Lake City, Utah: D.D. White, 198-. FHL Film 1320843 Item 2.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/6/64/Igitennessees.pdf.
  14. Kenneth Scott. British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979, 372-378 (see West Tennessee). FHL US/CAN 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  15. J. Mark Lowe, "The Land Grant Processes of North Carolina and Tennessee," Lecture, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Knoxville, Tenn., August 21, 2010.
  16. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.