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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Tennessee  Gotoarrow.png  Williamson County
Middle Tennessee county established in 1799. The northern part of the county belonged to the pioneer Cumberland Settlements.[1]

Contents

Quick Dates

Williamson County's civil records start the following years:[2]

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1881 1800  1881  1820  1799  1800 

County Courthouse

Williamson County Courthouse, Franklin, Tenn.
 Williamson County Courthouse
 1320 W. Main St.
 Franklin, TN 37064
 Phone: 1-615-790-5712


Williamson County Clerk
Marriage, probate, tax and land records
1320 W. Main St., Suite 135
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 1-615-790-5712
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Williamson County Archives
Old Library at Five Points where Highway 531 and Highway 31 meet.
P.O. Box 1006
Franklin,TN 37064
Phone: 1-615-790-5462
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.   

History

Hugh Williamson(1735-1819)

The county is named after Hugh Williamson (1735-1819), North Carolina's representative at the Constitutional Convention.[3]

Parent County

1799--Williamson County was established 26 October 1799 from Davidson County. Early records may be found under Davidson County.
County seat: Franklin [4]

County Pronunciation

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

Boundary Changes

"Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the My Tennessee Genealogy website. They rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

Record Loss

  • Lost censuses: 1800, 1810, 1890
  • County records are complete.[7] 

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Allisona Carpenters (hist.) Greenbrier Owens (hist.)
Arno Cheatham (hist.) Harpeth Parry
Arrington Clovercroft Kingfield Peytonsville
Beachville (hist.) College Grove Kirkland Riggs Crossroads
Beasley Crossroads Craigfield Leipers Fork Rudderville
Benhill Douglas Liberty Hill Smarden
Berrys Chapel Duplex Mayberry (hist.) Southall
Bethesda Duplex Mission McDaniel Stevens Shop (hist.)
Bethlehem Epworth McEwen (hist.) Sycamore
Bingham Ewingville McGavock (hist.) Thompsons Station
Boston Fairview Millview Trinity
Brentwood Fernvale Mizell (hist.) Triune
Brentwood Station Fernvale Springs (hist.) Moores (hist.) West Harpeth
Brush Creek Flemingsburg (hist.) Mudsink Whiteoak
Burwood Forest Home New Hope Wikles (hist.)
Callender (hist.) Franklin Nolensville Wilkes (hist.)
Callie Grassland Old Town (hist.)

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Getting Started

Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Williamson County biography and census records. To determine which books are being searched, or to search each publication's index individually, click here. You are now equipped with a checklist of books to pull off the shelves at a genealogy library, or a wish list for your personal book collection.

Research Guides

  • Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Williamson County, courtesy: TSLA. (Identifies published county histories, published local records, census records, newspapers and local records on microfilm, and select manuscripts.)
  • "Searching for Williamson County Ancestors," The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Fall 1993). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.

African Americans

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Tennessee African Americans

  • 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.]
  • Craighead, Sandra G. "1867 Voters List," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb. [Abstract of the Franklin Review Appeal, 14 June 1867; includes white and black voters.]

Cemeteries

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

The Tennessee Cemeteries page provides explanations of the following online resources:
Bibliographies Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FHLC Find A Grave | national search | county list ePodunk
WorldCat TNGenWeb Cemetery Database  
  USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project  

Parrish Cemetery, Franklin BillionGraves photos, transcriptions.

Published cemetery records include:

  • Watkins, Raymond W. A Partial List of Mississippi Confederate Soldiers Killed at Franklin Tennessee November 30, 1864 and Buried in McGavock Confederate Cemetery, Franklin Tennesee, Williamson County. Falls Church, Va.: R.W. Watkins,1993. FHL Collection 976.856/F1 V3; digital version at BYU Family History Archives.
  • Watkins, Raymond Wesley and McGavock Confederate Cemetery. Some Confederate Burials, McGavock Confederate Cemetery, Franklin Tennessee, Williamson County: Missouri Soldiers. Falls Church, Va.: R.W. Watkins, 1993. FHL Collection 976.856/F1V3; digital version at BYU Family History Archives.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1800 2,868
1810 13,153 358.6%
1820 20,640 56.9%
1830 26,638 29.1%
1840 27,006 1.4%
1850 27,201 0.7%
1860 23,827 −12.4%
1870 25,328 6.3%
1880 28,313 11.8%
1890 26,321 −7.0%
1900 26,429 0.4%
1910 24,213 −8.4%
1920 23,409 −3.3%
1930 22,845 −2.4%
1940 25,220 10.4%
1950 24,307 −3.6%
1960 25,267 3.9%
1970 34,330 35.9%
1980 58,108 69.3%
1990 81,021 39.4%
2000 126,638 56.3%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

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

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, Mrs. Leister E. Williamson County, Tennessee Population Schedules of the United States Census of 1820. Typescript, 19--?. FHL 976.856 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

  • Williamson County Historical Society. 1850 Census of Williamson County, Tennessee. Franklin, Tennessee : Mrs. Clyde Lynch, 1970. FHL 976.856 X2p 1850

1880

  • Sistler, Barbara and Byron H. Sistler. 1880 Census Williamson County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: B. Sistler and Associates, 1999. FHL 976.844 X2s 1880

Census Taken in Williamson County, 1880. Manuscript, Nashville, Tennessee : TSLA, 1966. FHL 454093

1890 - Lost, but substitutes are available:

  • Reed, Sue S. Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891, as Provided for by an Act of General Assembly of Tennessee, Passed January 15, 1891, and Approved January 22, 1891. 8 vols. Houston, Texas: S.S. Reed, 1989. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 8 1891. [Williamson County is included in Vol. 8.]
  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee. Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890.

Church

Methodist Episcopal

Court

DNA

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Williamson County residents. Attempts have not been made to verify the lineages of those tested.

Genealogy 

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 Williamson, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 44,000 entries.

Bibliography

  • [Andrews] Andrews, Ella Smith Johns. The Descendants of John, George and Ephraim Andrews, Sons of Mark Andrews of Williamson County, Tennessee. Washington, D.C.: L.C. Photoduplication Service, 1982. FHL US/CAN Film 1303300.
  • [Crutcher] McCutcheon, Larry. Our Drake and Crutcher Families of Marshall County, Tennessee. Hohenwald, Tenn.: L. McCutcheon, 2007. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 D789mL.
  • [Holt] Cooper, Albert L. Ancestors and Descendants of John Isabel Holt, Williamson County, Tennessee. [Shelbyville, Tenn.: n.p., 1971]. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 H742c.
  • [Howard] Landis, Carolynn Butler. The Ancestors & Dependants [i.e. Descendants] of William Thomas Howard and Missouri Isabelle Hampton of Hamilton County, Illinois: and Allied Families of Brown, Burch, Buttery, Crouse, Hamilton, Harrington, Melton & Others. [Fort Jones, Calif.]: C.B. Landis, 1984. FHL 929.273 A1 no. 4381
  • [Moss] Moss, T.C. The David Moss Family: Green, Adair, Boyle, Barren, Hart, and Warren Co., Ky.; Williamson and Maury Co., Tenn.; Mississippi. Memphis, Tenn.: T.C. Moss, 1968. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M855mo.
  • [Otey] Green, William Mercer. Memoir of Rt. Rev. James Hervey Otey, D.D., LL. D., the First Bishop of Tennessee. New York. J. Pott and Company, 1885. Free digital copy, courtesy: Internet Archive.
  • [Sassin] Allen, Cameron. "Francois Sasin/Sassin of Manakin Town: The First Six Generations of the Sassin/Sasseen Family in America," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 37, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1993):3-17; Vol. 37, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1993):99-116; Vol. 37, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1993):193-205; Vol. 37, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1993):259-271. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 37 (1993).
  • [Swanson] McRaven, William Henry. Life and Times of Edward Swanson: One of the Original Pioneers Who with General James Robertson Founded Nashville, Tennessee, 1779; First Recorded Settler of Williamson County, Tennessee, March, 1780. Nashville, Tenn.: W.H. McRaven, 1937. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Sw24m.
  • [Thomson] "A Thomson Genealogy," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Summer 2000):123-136; Vol. 28, No. 4 (Fall 2000):186-191; Vol. 29, No. 1 (Winter 2001):25-38. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 28-29
  • [Waddey] Waddey, John H. The Waddeys of Williamson County, Tennessee. Hermitage, Tenn.: J.H. Waddey, 1996. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W117w.

Immigration

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 6 British aliens, some of whom had families, living in the town of Franklin and Williamson County.[8]

Land

Local Land Entries Issued by North Carolina

The original Williamson 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 Williamson County, even though its land had already become a part of the state of Tennessee. Years covered: 1800-1801.

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 12.14.22 (Windows Vista users may need to include a period after the last digit, for example 12.14.22.) and click Search. This is the specific MarsID for Williamson County.
  4. Click on the entry that is returned: "Tennessee, Williamson County."
  5. In the window that pops up, click Show List of Child Records and a list of Williamson County land entries will be produced. Browse to find abstracts of the original records.[9]

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

Military

Revolutionary War

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

  1. 1835 Pension Roll
  2. 1852 Rejected or Suspended Pensions
  3. List of Bedford County pensioners who served in the Revolutionary War

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; Vol. 8, No. 4 (Oct. 1961):122-124. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. [Includes Williamson County pensioners (pp. 123-124).]
  • For information on units from Bedford County which served in the War of 1812 see tngenweb.org/bedford/war1812.htm

Civil War

Civil War service men from Williamson 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 Williamson County.

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

World War I

Hollingsworth, Patricia Merrill. World War I Draft Registration Cards: Williamson County, Tennessee. Mt. Sterling, Ky.: P.M. Hollingsworth, 2006. FHL US/CAN Book 976.856 M28h

Newspapers

  The Williamson County Public Library has created an Obituary Database. There are nearly 45,000 records in this database and has been organized alphabetically by the surname of the deceased. The data fields in the index include last name, first name, year, month, and day of death, newspaper name, location of the source newspaper, an abbreviated version of the obituary text, full name, and the newspaper date. Click on the View Obituary link to read the full text of the obituary, if it is available.

Note there are two links, one if you are in or outside of the library. Please click on the appropiate link to access this database.

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 Williamson 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 Williamson 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 Williamson 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.
Friends of Oak Grove
Family History Library has volumes 2 and 3. Volume 2 is entitled 'The Oak Grove Story.' "Genealogical information about ancestors of residents near the Oak Grove Cemetery, especially the ancestors of James Edwin Bradford." FHL US/CAN 976.856 D25f
The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History
Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Williamson 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.
Williamson County Historical Journal
The Family History Library has Volumes 1 - 20 (1970 - 1989) FHL US/CAN 976.856 B2w
Indexed in PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) Volumes 1 - 37 ( 1970- 2004)

Prisons

Learn if your Williamson County ancestors went to prison!

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.

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

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Williamson 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: 1800-1825
  2. Will Book 2: 1800-1825
  3. Will Book 3: 1800-1825

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

  • [1825-1834] Hays, [Mrs. Felix Burnard] and Hellen Davis Duke. Williamson County, Tennessee Will Book. 2 volumes. [No publication information.] These indexed books include only Will Books Volume 4 (1825-1830) and Volume 5 (1831-1834). (FHL book 976.856 P2h, v. 4-5.)
  • [1838-1855] Lynch, Louise Gillespie. Record Book, Letters of Administration. Franklin, Tennessee: Lynch, 1971. Indexed. (FHL book 976.856 P2LL.)
  • Lynch, Louise Gillespie. Williamson County Tennessee Miscellaneous Records. 5 volumes. [Franklin, Tennessee: L.G. Lynch], 1973-1984. This indexed book includes court records, probate records, land and property records, and records pertaining to slaves. The range of dates varies by record. (FHL book 976.856 P2L v. 1-6.)
  • [1800-1818] Lynch, Louise Gillespie. Williamson County, Tennessee: Wills and Inventories, Book I & II, 1800-1818. Greenville, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1992. Indexed. (FHL book 976.856 P2LLg.)
  • [1800-1861] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Williamson County, Tennessee, Wills and Administrations 1800 to 1861: An Index. Nashville, Tennessee: B. Sistler, 1989. (FHL book 976.856 P22s.)
  • [1800-1825] Strictly By Name (see above).

Taxation

Original tax records for Williamson County

  • [1800-1963] Williamson County Tax Records, 1800-1963. Nashville: TSLA.  Manuscript. On 43 microfilm reels FHL 456076

The following Williamson County tax records have been abstracted:[10]

  • [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.
  • [1800-1813, 1809] 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 Williamson County Tax Receipts 1809 and Lynch's publication as sources.]
  • [1800-1813] Lynch, Louis G. Tax Book 1, Williamson County, Tennessee, 1800-1813. Franklin, Tenn.: Louise Gillespie Lynch, 1971. FHL 976.856 R4w
  • [1801, 1806, 1810, 1815] 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 1801, 1806, 1810, and 1815 tax lists.]
  • [1805] O'Hara, Virginia. "Williamson County, Tennessee Tax List - 1805," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Jan. 1962):26-27; Vol. 9, No. 2 (April 1962):65-69; Vol. 9, No. 3 (July 1962):88-91. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • [1809] Williamson County. Tax Receipts, 1809. TSLA, Record Group 37, Miscellaneous County Records, Box 5, Folder 32.
  • [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 Williamson County.]
  • [1816] Tax List, 1816, Genealogical Reference Builders Newsletter, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Aug. 1971).
  • [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 Williamson County.]
  • [1860] Slave Holders in 1860 Tax Book, Williamson County Historical Society Journal, Issue 31 (2000).
  • [1867] Craighead, Sandra G. "1867 Voters List," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb. [Abstract of the Franklin ReviewAppeal, 14 June 1867; includes white and black voters.]
  • [1871] Property Tax, 1871, Williamson County Historical Society Journal, Issue 31 (2000).

An interesting article about social class in nineteenth-century Williamson County, based on tax records, was published in 1996:

  • Wealth in 19th Century, Tax Records, 1837-70, Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy & History, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Winter 1996). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.

Vital Records

Marriage

The original Williamson County marriage records are kept at the Williamson County Archives.  Most records are complete from the formation of the county. 

The following Williamson County marriage records are microfilmed:

  • [1800-2000] Marriage books: available at the TSLA. 1800-1866 can be interlibrary loaned. Also at the Williamson County Archives.
  • [1800-1850] Loose marriage records: available at the TSLA. Separate index for loose marriage records is available.
  • [1800-1950] Licenses and bonds: available at the Family History Library. Groom index only. FHL 2073390
  • [1800-1964] Bonds 1800-1850; separate index to 1850: available at the Family History Library. Either indexed or arranged alphabetically by groom. FHL 1002583


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

  • [1800-1837] Marriage Records, 1800-1837, Williamson County, Tennessee.  Nashville: TSLA, Historical Records Project, 1940.  Typescript. FHL 24871 Item 1
  • [1800-1879] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early Middle Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler & Associates, 1988. FHL 976.8 V2sb v. 2 [Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage or marriage bond dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.]
  • [1800-1850] Bejach, Wilena R. and Lillian Johnson G. Williamson County, Tennessee marriage records, 1800-1850. Manuscript, 1957. FHL 976.856 V25b
  • [1804-1850] Whitely, Edythe R. Marriages of Williamson County, Tennessee, 1804-1850. Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1982. FHL 976.856 V2w
  • [1851-1879] Lynch, Louise G. Williamson County, Tennessee marriage records, 1851-1879. Franklin, Tennessee: L.G. Lynch, 1979. FHL 976.856 V2L
  • 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 976.8 V2t. [Abstracts include names of brides, grooms, bondsmen, marriage bond dates, and officiators for weddings in this county. Marriage data taken from an index card file at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Authors do not specify whether or not the card index completely indexes this county's marriages.]
  • Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950 - covers all counties in Tennessee.
  • Many county marriage records are indexed with images at Ancestry's Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002. ($)  Be aware that this index is not complete for many counties.
  • [1706-1879] Marriage Records. [11]
  • [1800-1850] Marriage Records: Early–1850. [12]

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

  1. Marriages 1800-1810
Divorce

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

Societies, Archives,and Libraries

  • Williamson County Archives 
    Located at the Old Library at Five Points in downtown Franklin where Highway 431 and Highway 31 meet
    P. O. Box 1006
    Franklin, TN 37065-1006
    Phone: 1-615-790-5462
    Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., except on holidays.



  • Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County
    P. O. Box 723
    Franklin, TN 37065
    E-mail: info@histricfranklin.com
    The Heritage Foundation was formed in 1967 to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson county, and to promote the ongoing economic revitilization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.



  • Williamson County has three very active chapters of the Sons of Confederate Veterans:
    Sam Davis Camp no. 1293 of Brentwood, Tennessee. This Chapter has an online newsletter
    Captain E.D. Baxter Camp 2034 of Fairview, Tennessee. This chapter has online newsletters
    Tod Carter Camp no. 864. of the city of Franklin, Tennessee
  • Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
    PO Box 330948
    Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507
    The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which Williamson 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

1100 Gray Fox Ln.
Franklin, TN
Phone: 1-615-794-4251

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


Web Sites

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

References

  1. Founding of the Cumberland Settlements: The First Atlas 1779-1804.
  2. 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.
  3. "Hugh Williamson," Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 645. (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. Robert M. McBride, Tennessee County Data (Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee States Library and Archives, 1966), 49.
  8. 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 ($).
  9. J. Mark Lowe, "The Land Grant Processes of North Carolina and Tennessee," Lecture, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Knoxville, Tenn., August 21, 2010.
  10. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.
  11. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1994. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 2.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.
  12. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1992. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 229.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.