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''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] &nbsp;[[Tennessee|Tennessee&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] &nbsp;[[Chester County, Tennessee|Chester County]]''<br>
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Tennessee]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Chester County'''
  
West Tennessee county. Established 1879.  
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<br>'''Chester County, Tennessee''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Chester County''' (established 1801) 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  ==
 
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Chester 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>  
 
Chester 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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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Chester County, Tennessee#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | [[Chester County, Tennessee#Land|'''Land''']]  
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://chestercountytn.org/county_offices/index.html Chester County Courthouse]<br>&nbsp;126 Crook Avenue<br> Henderson, TN 38340<br> Phone: 731.989.7171&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has marriage, probate records from 1890. <br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records. <br>Register of Deeds has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002),  Chester County, Tennessee page 638, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
[[Image:{{TNChestercourthouse}}]]'''Chester County Courthouse<br>'''P.O. Box 205<br>133 East Main St.<br>Henderson,&nbsp;TN 38340<br>1-731-989-2233  
 
[[Image:{{TNChestercourthouse}}]]'''Chester County Courthouse<br>'''P.O. Box 205<br>133 East Main St.<br>Henderson,&nbsp;TN 38340<br>1-731-989-2233  
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*Clerk of Circuit Court has court records
 
*Clerk of Circuit Court has court records
  
'''Hours''':<br>Mon.-Tues.and Thurs.-Fri.8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.<br>Wed.and Sat.8 a.m.-noon
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'''Hours''':<br>Mon.-Tues.and Thurs.-Fri.8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.<br>Wed.and Sat.8 a.m.-noon  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
 
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The county is named after "Tennessee state legislator Robert I. Chester."<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies "List of counties in Tennessee,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
 
The county is named after "Tennessee state legislator Robert I. Chester."<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies "List of counties in Tennessee,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1879'''--Chester County was&nbsp;created&nbsp;in 1879&nbsp;from [[Madison County, Tennessee|Madison]], [[Henderson County, Tennessee|Henderson]], [[McNairy County, Tennessee|McNairy]], and [[Hardeman County, Tennessee|Hardeman]] Counties'''.<br>County seat''': Henderson <ref name="Handybook">''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/handybook-for-genealogists-united-states-of-america/oclc/50140092 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed]''. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002) [{{FHL|973 D27e}}], 638.</ref>  
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'''1879'''--Chester County was&nbsp;created&nbsp;in 1879&nbsp;from [[Madison County, Tennessee|Madison]], [[Henderson County, Tennessee|Henderson]], [[McNairy County, Tennessee|McNairy]], and [[Hardeman County, Tennessee|Hardeman]] Counties'''.<br>County seat''': Henderson <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 638. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>  
  
 
==== County Pronunciation  ====
 
==== County Pronunciation  ====
  
[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TNChester.ogg Hear it spoken ]<ref>Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).</ref>  
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#[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TNChesterWeller.ogg Hear it spoken]<ref>Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).</ref> (female)
 
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#[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TNChester.ogg Hear it spoken]<ref>Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).</ref> (male)
Did we get the accent right? If not, contact Nathan W. Murphy, [mailto:murphynw@familysearch.org murphynw@familysearch.org].
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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[http://www.mytennesseegenealogy.com/tn-maps.html "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps"] (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the My Tennessee Genealogy website. They rely on [http://www.goldbug.com/store/animap3.html AniMap 3.0] software.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
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<u>Cities and Towns:</u><br>  
 
<u>Cities and Towns:</u><br>  
  
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| Cabo<br>Center Point Lula<br>Deanburg<br>Enville<br>[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=194797&subject_disp=Tennessee%2C+Chester%2C+Henderson&columns=*,0,0 Henderson]<br>Hickory Corners<br>[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=194798&subject_disp=Tennessee%2C+Chester%2C+Jacks+Creek&columns=*,0,0 Jacks Creek]<br>Masseyville<br>[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=194799&subject_disp=Tennessee%2C+Chester%2C+Mifflin&columns=*,0,0 Mifflin]<br>Montezuma<br>  
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| Cabo<br>Center Point Lula<br>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deanburg,_Tennessee Deanburg]<br>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enville,_Tennessee Enville]<br>{{FHL|Tennessee%2C+Chester%2C+Henderson|subject|disp=Henderson}}<br>Hickory Corners<br>{{FHL|Tennessee%2C+Chester%2C+Jacks+Creek|subject|disp=Jacks Creek}}<br>Masseyville<br>{{FHL|Tennessee%2C+Chester%2C+Mifflin|subject|disp=Mifflin}}<br>Montezuma<br>  
 
| Oak Grove<br>Palestine<br>Pleasant Hill<br>Robertson<br>Roby<br>Sanford Hill<br>Sweet Lips<br>Woodville<br>
 
| Oak Grove<br>Palestine<br>Pleasant Hill<br>Robertson<br>Roby<br>Sanford Hill<br>Sweet Lips<br>Woodville<br>
 
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== Getting Started  ====
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Use the free [http://www.mountainpress.com/ '''Search for Surnames'''] at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Chester County biography records. To determine which books are being searched, or to search each publication's index individually, click [http://www.mountainpress.com/books/tn/a2c.html#cheatham 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  ====
 
==== Research Guides  ====
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==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
  
''[[African American Research|United States African Americans]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[African-American Resources for Tennessee|Tennessee African Americans]]''
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''[[African American Research|United States African Americans]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[African-American Resources for Tennessee|Tennessee African Americans]]''  
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://www.tngenweb.org/records/chester/cemeteries/ Chester&nbsp;County] cemetery&nbsp;information with&nbsp;transcriptions on [http://www.tngenweb.org/ TNGenweb Project]
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/records/chester/cemeteries/ Chester&nbsp;County] cemetery&nbsp;information with&nbsp;transcriptions on [http://www.tngenweb.org/ TNGenweb Project]
  
*The [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists some [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=504337&subject_disp=Tennessee%2C++Chester++%2D++Cemeteries&columns=*,0,0 records of cemeteries in&nbsp;Chester county]. Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
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*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists some {{FHL|504337|subject-id|disp=records of cemeteries in&nbsp;Chester county}}. Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
  
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=12347&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=58&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk list of&nbsp;Chester County cemeteries] <br>
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=12347&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=58&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk list of&nbsp;Chester County cemeteries] <br>
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'''1890''' - Lost, but substitutes are available:  
 
'''1890''' - Lost, but substitutes are available:  
  
*Reed, Sue S. ''Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891, as Provided for by an Act of General Assembly of Tennessee, Passed January 15, 1891, and Approved January 22, 1891.'' 8 vols. Houston, Texas: S.S. Reed, 1989. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=461479 FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 7 1891]. [Johnson County is included in Vol. 7.]  
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*Reed, Sue S. ''Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891, as Provided for by an Act of General Assembly of Tennessee, Passed January 15, 1891, and Approved January 22, 1891.'' 8 vols. Houston, Texas: S.S. Reed, 1989. {{FHL|461479|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 7 1891}}. [Johnson County is included in Vol. 7.]  
*Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. ''1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee.'' Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=114935 FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890].
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*Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. ''1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee.'' Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. {{FHL|114935|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890}}.
  
 
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==== Court  ====
 
==== DNA  ====
 
 
{{DNA}} DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Chester County residents. Attempts have not been made to verify the lineages of those tested.
 
  
 
==== Family Histories  ====
 
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'''General'''  
 
'''General'''  
  
*''Chester County, Tennessee, 1882-1995, History and Families''. Paducah, Ky.: Turner Pub. Co., 1995. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=750827 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8265 H2c]. Publisher's [http://www.turnerpublishing.com/detail.aspx?ID=480 description].
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As of August 2010, a query for [http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=Search&includedb=&lang=en&ti=&surname=&stype=Exact&given=&bplace=Chester+Tennessee&byear=&brange=0&dplace=&dyear=&drange=0&mplace=&myear=&mrange=0&father=&mother=&spouse=&skipdb=&period=All&submit.x=Search persons born in Chester, Tennessee] at ''[[World Connect|World Connect]]'', results in more than 4,500 entries.
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*''Chester County, Tennessee, 1882-1995, History and Families''. Paducah, Ky.: Turner Pub. Co., 1995. {{FHL|750827|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8265 H2c}}. Publisher's [http://www.turnerpublishing.com/detail.aspx?ID=480 description].
  
 
'''Bibliography'''  
 
'''Bibliography'''  
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*'''[Martin]''' See McConnell.  
 
*'''[Martin]''' See McConnell.  
 
*'''[McCall]''' See McConnell.  
 
*'''[McCall]''' See McConnell.  
*'''[McConnell]''' McConnell, Newton Whitfield. ''Genealogical History of the Families of McConnells, Martins, Barbers, Wilsons, Bairds, McCalls and Morris''. Unknown: Unknown, 1913. Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=41280&disp=Genealogical++history++of++the++families&columns=*,0,0 FHL US/CAN Film 1031512 Item 8]; digital version available at [http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/books/results/image?urn=urn%3Aproquest%3AUS%3Bglhbooks%3BGenealogy-glh317879213%3B-1%3B-1%3B Heritage Quest Online] ($).  
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*'''[McConnell]''' McConnell, Newton Whitfield. ''Genealogical History of the Families of McConnells, Martins, Barbers, Wilsons, Bairds, McCalls and Morris''. Unknown: Unknown, 1913. Available at {{FHL|41280|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 1031512 Item 8}}; digital version available at [http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/books/results/image?urn=urn%3Aproquest%3AUS%3Bglhbooks%3BGenealogy-glh317879213%3B-1%3B-1%3B Heritage Quest Online] ($).  
 
*'''[Morris]''' See McConnell.  
 
*'''[Morris]''' See McConnell.  
 
*'''[Wilson]''' See McConnell.
 
*'''[Wilson]''' See McConnell.
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There were no War of 1812 pensioners or widows of pensioners living in Chester County on&nbsp;2 January 1883.<ref>Hermione D. Embry, "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr. 1960):40-45. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960); digital version at [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/pdf/1960-2 journal website]. (For discussion of Chester County, see page 40.)</ref>  
 
There were no War of 1812 pensioners or widows of pensioners living in Chester County on&nbsp;2 January 1883.<ref>Hermione D. Embry, "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr. 1960):40-45. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960); digital version at [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/pdf/1960-2 journal website]. (For discussion of Chester County, see page 40.)</ref>  
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'''Civil War'''
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*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/military/cwrd/main.aspx Civl War Research Database] $
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*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.cfm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
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Civil War service men from&nbsp;Chester 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&nbsp;Chester County.
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*[[13th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|13th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company I.
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*[[21st Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Wilson's)|21st Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Wilson's)]] - CSA - Companies C, D, F and 2nd H.
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*[[51st Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|51st Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Companies F and H.
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*[[55th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Brown's)|55th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Brown's)]] - CSA - Company E.
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*Tennessee State Library and Archives, [http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/history/military/pension112.htm Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications&nbsp;: Chester County], (accessed 30 Jan 2012).&nbsp; Index includes soldier's name, county, Pension #, Unit or widow.
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*United States Pension Bureau, [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n343/mode/1up List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883: Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for ...] (Washington Printing Office; 1883), (accessed 30 Jan 2012). Online at Internet Archive.&nbsp; Chester County, page 325.
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*Genealogy Trails, [http://genealogytrails.com/tenn/chester/militarycivilpen.html The Blue &amp; Gray of Chester County Tennessee], (accessed 30 Jan 2012).&nbsp; Chester County was not formed until after the Civil War was over.&nbsp; The men who fought in the war were from surrounding counties.&nbsp; These are the men and/or their wives who filed for pensions.
  
 
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==== Periodicals  ====
 
==== Periodicals  ====
  
Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers who are new to their area would not likely discover. This type of material may be found in local, regional, or statewide genealogical society journals. The following periodicals cover this county:
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{{TNper}} {{TNAns}}
  
:'''Ansearchin' News'''
 
:Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Chester County, Tennessee have been published in ''Ansearchin' News'', the quarterly magazine of the [http://www.tngs.org/ Tennessee Genealogical Society]. To view a list of these articles, visit their [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/ByCounty_ndx.html county index]. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/index.html archive]&nbsp;or conduct a [http://www.tngs.org/search.htm surname search]. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the ''Ansearchin' News'' quarterly [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=44514 FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a.]
 
 
:'''Family Findings'''  
 
:'''Family Findings'''  
:Genealogical articles with abstracts of Chester County, Tennessee records have been published in ''Family Findings'', the quarterly of the [http://www.jmcl.tn.org/Mid-West_Tn.htm Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society]&nbsp;(42+ vols.). The Family History Library has most issues of this quarterly [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=40026 FHL US/CAN 976.8 B2f].  
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:Genealogical articles with abstracts of Chester County, Tennessee records have been published in ''Family Findings'', the quarterly of the [http://www.jmcl.tn.org/Mid-West_Tn.htm Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society]&nbsp;(42+ vols.). The Family History Library has most issues of this quarterly {{FHL|40026|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 B2f}}.  
 
::Tables of contents for some volumes are available online, courtesy: [http://www.tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb&nbsp;Project]:  
 
::Tables of contents for some volumes are available online, courtesy: [http://www.tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb&nbsp;Project]:  
 
::*[http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/records/ff-tc1.htm Volumes 1-10 (1969-1978)]  
 
::*[http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/records/ff-tc1.htm Volumes 1-10 (1969-1978)]  
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:Many articles from this publication have been reproduced on the TNGenWeb Project website, try this [http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=com.microsoft%3Aen-us&q=site%3Awww.tngenweb.org+%22Family+Findings%22+%22Chester+County%22&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai= specialized Google search].  
 
:Many articles from this publication have been reproduced on the TNGenWeb Project website, try this [http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=com.microsoft%3Aen-us&q=site%3Awww.tngenweb.org+%22Family+Findings%22+%22Chester+County%22&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai= specialized Google search].  
 
:'''West Tennessee Historical Society Papers'''  
 
:'''West Tennessee Historical Society Papers'''  
:Family History Library has Volumes 1 - 16 and 30 [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=233239&disp=West++Tennessee++Historical++Society++pa%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL US/CAN Book 976.81 B5w]. The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers are indexed in [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)]].<br>To view Table of Contents and complete articles from 1947 - 2005 see [http://register.shelby.tn.us/wths/ Shelby County Register of Deeds]
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:Family History Library has Volumes 1 - 16 and 30 {{FHL|233239|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.81 B5w}}. The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers are indexed in [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)]].<br>To view Table of Contents and complete articles from 1947 - 2005 see [http://register.shelby.tn.us/wths/ Shelby County Register of Deeds]
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
Probate records are court records created after an individual’s death that relate to a court’s decisions regarding the distribution of the estate to the heirs or creditors and the care of any dependents. You may find the names of married daughters or other relatives and their residences; or information about the adoption or guardianship of minor children and dependents. Probate records do not always give an exact date of death, but the death usually occurred within four months of probate. These documents are important to family history researchers, because they usually exist for time periods before civil birth and death records were kept.
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The County Court has responsibility for Chester County probate records.  
  
The County Court has responsibility for the probate records of Chester County.<br>
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*Wills, 1891-1931 ("Vol. 2")
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*Insolvent estate records, 1891-1938 ("Vol. 2")
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
The original Chester County Tax Books 1890-1894 are kept at the County Courthouse. In the 1970s, the&nbsp;[[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] microfilmed these records. FHL copy: [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=230611 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Film 979721].  
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The original Chester County Tax Books 1890-1894 are kept at the County Courthouse. In the 1970s, the&nbsp;[[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] microfilmed these records. FHL copy: {{FHL|230611|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Film 979721}}.  
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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===== '''Marriage'''  =====
 
===== '''Marriage'''  =====
  
Marriages were not officially recorded in Chester County until 1838, when a law was passed mandating the practice.<ref>Gale Williams Bamman, C.G., "Research in Tennessee," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly,'' Vol. 81, No. 2 (June 1993):105. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=39597 FHL US/CAN Book 973 B2ng v. 81 (1993)]</ref> The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:  
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Marriages were not officially recorded in Chester County until 1838, when a law was passed mandating the practice.<ref>Gale Williams Bamman, C.G., "Research in Tennessee," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly,'' Vol. 81, No. 2 (June 1993):105. {{FHL|39597|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 B2ng v. 81 (1993)}}</ref> The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:  
  
*Lucas, Silas Emmett. ''Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851''. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=10843 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 V2L].
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*Lucas, Silas Emmett. ''Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851''. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. {{FHL|10843|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 V2L}}.
  
 
The following Chester County Courthouse marriage records have been abstracted and/or indexed:  
 
The following Chester County Courthouse marriage records have been abstracted and/or indexed:  
  
*'''[1891-1959]''' Chester County (Tennessee) County Court Clerk ''Marriages (Chester County, Tennessee) 1891-1959'' Nashville, Tennessee&nbsp;: Filmed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, [197-?]-1988. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=231354&disp=Marriages++%28Chester++County%2C++Tennes%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL US/CAN Film 979716 and 1928630-31]
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*'''[1891-1959]''' Chester County (Tennessee) County Court Clerk ''Marriages (Chester County, Tennessee) 1891-1959'' Nashville, Tennessee&nbsp;: Filmed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, [197-?]-1988. {{FHL|231354|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 979716 and 1928630-31}}
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start RecordSearch] at FamilySearch now includes indexed Tennessee marriages.&nbsp; This is a free pilot site and still under construction.&nbsp; At this time, it is best to search from the&nbsp;home page titled ''Discover Your Ancestors''; indicate a surname, marriage "event"&nbsp;and a county name (i.e. Chester, Tennessee).&nbsp;&nbsp;Browse through the results for that surname. You&nbsp;may need to supply any variant spellings of the surname in separate searches.  
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*{{RecordSearch|1619127|Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950}} - covers all counties in Tennessee.  
 
*Many county marriage records&nbsp;are indexed with images&nbsp;at Ancestry's [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002]&nbsp;($).&nbsp; Be aware that this index is not complete for all counties.
 
*Many county marriage records&nbsp;are indexed with images&nbsp;at Ancestry's [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002]&nbsp;($).&nbsp; Be aware that this index is not complete for all counties.
  
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For deaths of Methodists in Chester County (or what later became Chester County) between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:  
 
For deaths of Methodists in Chester County (or what later became Chester County) between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:  
  
*Smith, Jonathan K.T. ''Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths, the Nashville Christian Advocate''. [1847-1914] 10 vols. [Jackson, Tenn.]: J.K.T. Smith, 1997-2003. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=789366 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Books 976.855/N1 V48s 1847-1851] ff;&nbsp;digital versions at [http://www.tngenweb.org/records/tn_wide/obits/nca/index.html David Donahue Memorial: Tennessee Records Repository]. [Website expands upon the publications and includes deaths from the 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s.]
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*Smith, Jonathan K.T. ''Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths, the Nashville Christian Advocate''. [1847-1914] 10 vols. [Jackson, Tenn.]: J.K.T. Smith, 1997-2003. {{FHL|789366|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Books 976.855/N1 V48s 1847-1851}} ff;&nbsp;digital versions at [http://www.tngenweb.org/records/tn_wide/obits/nca/index.html David Donahue Memorial: Tennessee Records Repository]. [Website expands upon the publications and includes deaths from the 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s.]
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
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| valign="top" width="35%" | '''Chester County Historical Society<br>'''P.O. Box 721<br>Henderson, TN 38340
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| valign="top" width="35%" | [http://chestercountytnlibrary.org/ '''Chester County Library'''] <br>1012 E Main St <br>Henderson, TN 38340 <br>Phone: 1-731-989-4673 <br>E-mail: [mailto:chester_library@bellsouth.net chester_library@bellsouth.net] <br>'''Hours:''' Mon.-Wed., Fri 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. <br>Thurs. 12-7 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  
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| valign="top" | The Chester County Library contains a Genealogy Room.
 
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| valign="top" width="35%" | [http://www.utm.edu/departments/acadpro/library/wthsc/ '''West Tennessee Heritage Study Center'''] <br>[http://www.utm.edu/departments/acadpro/library/lib_information/index.php Paul Meek Library] <br>[http://www.utm.edu/ University of Tennessee at Martin]<br>Phone: 1-731-881-7060<br>Hours vary by semester  
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*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.chester/mb.ashx Chester County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
 
*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.chester/mb.ashx Chester County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/TN/Chester/ Chester County, TN Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://genforum.com/tn/chester/ Chester County, TN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)  
 
*[http://genforum.com/tn/chester/ Chester County, TN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)  
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/chester/ Chester County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb)  
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/chester/ Chester County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb)  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=194796&subject_disp=Tennessee%2C+Chester&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog] (FamilySearch)  
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*[http://www.mytennesseegenealogy.com/tn-county-chester.html Chester County, TN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (MyTennesseeGenealogy)
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#SW-TN RootsWeb Mailing List: SW-TN-L (Southwest Tennessee List)]  
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*{{FHL|Tennessee%2C+Chester|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} (FamilySearch)  
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/chester.html RootsWeb Mailing List: TNCHESTE-L (Chester County, Tennessee List)]  
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*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#SW-TN Mailing List: SW-TN-L (Southwest Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#WEST-TNCHAT RootsWeb Mailing List: WEST-TNCHAT-L (West Tennessee Chat List)]  
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*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/chester.html Mailing List: TNCHESTE-L (Chester County, Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#WESTTN RootsWeb Mailing List: WESTTN-L (West Tennessee List)]
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*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#WEST-TNCHAT Mailing List: WEST-TNCHAT-L (West Tennessee Chat List)] (RootsWeb)
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*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#WESTTN Mailing List: WESTTN-L (West Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)
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*[http://www.tnyesterday.com Tennessee's Yesterday]
  
 
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Chester County, Tennessee genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Chester County (established 1801) 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 6, 1801
County Seat Henderson
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Quick Dates

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

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1891 1908 1900  1891 1891

County Courthouse

Chester County Courthouse
 126 Crook Avenue
Henderson, TN 38340
Phone: 731.989.7171 

County Clerk has marriage, probate records from 1890.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [2]

Chester County Courthouse, Henderson, Tenn.
Chester County Courthouse
P.O. Box 205
133 East Main St.
Henderson, TN 38340
1-731-989-2233
  • County Clerk has marriage and probate records
  • Register of Deeds has land records
  • Clerk of Circuit Court has court records

Hours:
Mon.-Tues.and Thurs.-Fri.8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wed.and Sat.8 a.m.-noon

History

The county is named after "Tennessee state legislator Robert I. Chester."[3]

Parent County

1879--Chester County was created in 1879 from Madison, Henderson, McNairy, and Hardeman Counties.
County seat
: Henderson [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

1910 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cities and Towns:

Cabo
Center Point Lula
Deanburg
Enville
Henderson
Hickory Corners
Jacks Creek
Masseyville
Mifflin
Montezuma
Oak Grove
Palestine
Pleasant Hill
Robertson
Roby
Sanford Hill
Sweet Lips
Woodville

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Getting Started

Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Chester County biography 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

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Tennessee African Americans

Cemeteries

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

  • 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.

Census

1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 Chester County federal population schedules 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.

1880 - See parent counties

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. 7 1891. [Johnson County is included in Vol. 7.]
  • 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

Court

Family Histories

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]

General

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Chester, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 4,500 entries.

Bibliography

  • [Baird] See McConnell.
  • [Barber] See McConnell.
  • [Martin] See McConnell.
  • [McCall] See McConnell.
  • [McConnell] McConnell, Newton Whitfield. Genealogical History of the Families of McConnells, Martins, Barbers, Wilsons, Bairds, McCalls and Morris. Unknown: Unknown, 1913. Available at FHL US/CAN Film 1031512 Item 8; digital version available at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Morris] See McConnell.
  • [Wilson] See McConnell.

Land

Chester County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1891 and is located at Courthouse, P.O. Box 205, Henderson, TN 38340-0205; Telephone: (901) 989-2233. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.

The Family history Library has Chester County deeds 1891-1899.

Local Histories

Maps

Military

War of 1812

There were no War of 1812 pensioners or widows of pensioners living in Chester County on 2 January 1883.[7]

Civil War

Civil War service men from Chester 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 Chester County.

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Chester County:

Newspapers

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

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 Chester County, Tennessee records have been published in Ansearchin' News, the quarterly magazine of the Tennessee Genealogical Society. To view a list of these articles, visit their county index. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their archive or conduct a surname search. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the Ansearchin' News quarterly FHL Book 976.8 B2a.
Family Findings
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Chester County, Tennessee records have been published in Family Findings, the quarterly of the Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society (42+ vols.). The Family History Library has most issues of this quarterly FHL US/CAN 976.8 B2f.
Tables of contents for some volumes are available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb Project:
Many articles from this publication have been reproduced on the TNGenWeb Project website, try this specialized Google search.
West Tennessee Historical Society Papers
Family History Library has Volumes 1 - 16 and 30 FHL US/CAN Book 976.81 B5w. The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers are indexed in PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).
To view Table of Contents and complete articles from 1947 - 2005 see Shelby County Register of Deeds

Probate

The County Court has responsibility for Chester County 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, 1891-1931 ("Vol. 2")
  • Insolvent estate records, 1891-1938 ("Vol. 2")

Taxation

The original Chester County Tax Books 1890-1894 are kept at the County Courthouse. In the 1970s, the TSLA microfilmed these records. FHL copy: FHL US/CAN Film 979721.

Vital Records

Marriage

Marriages were not officially recorded in Chester County until 1838, when a law was passed mandating the practice.[8] The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:

  • Lucas, Silas Emmett. Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2L.

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

Divorce

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Chester County divorce papers in diverse manuscript collections, 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 Chester County (or what later became Chester County) between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:

Societies and Libraries

Chester County Historical Society
P.O. Box 721
Henderson, TN 38340
Chester County Library
1012 E Main St
Henderson, TN 38340
Phone: 1-731-989-4673
E-mail: chester_library@bellsouth.net
Hours: Mon.-Wed., Fri 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Thurs. 12-7 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Chester County Library contains a Genealogy Room.
West Tennessee Heritage Study Center
Paul Meek Library
University of Tennessee at Martin
Phone: 1-731-881-7060
Hours vary by semester
The Heritage Study Center holds a variety of genealogical resources including materials relating to the following counties in Tennessee: Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Perry, Shelby, Stewart, Tipton, Wayne, Weakley and Carlisle, Fulton, and Hickman counties in Kentucky.
West Tennessee Historical Society
P.O. Box 111046
Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: 1-901-475-6608
E-mail: efrank@memphis.edu


 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

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

References

  1. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey (W.P.A.), 1941; "Earliest County Records," Tennessee State Library and Archives.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Chester County, Tennessee page 638, At various libraries (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), 638. (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. Hermione D. Embry, "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr. 1960):40-45. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960); digital version at journal website. (For discussion of Chester County, see page 40.)
  8. Gale Williams Bamman, C.G., "Research in Tennessee," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 81, No. 2 (June 1993):105. FHL US/CAN Book 973 B2ng v. 81 (1993)