Rutherford County, Tennessee

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Rutherford County, Tennessee genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Rutherford County (established 1803) 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

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

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1881 1804  1881  1820  1804  1804 

County Courthouse

Rutherford County Courthouse, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Rutherford County Courthouse
319 N. Maple St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: 1-615-898-7800 -7799

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1804.
Register of Deeds has land records. [2]


Rutherford County Clerk
Marriage and probate records
319 N. Maple St., Suite 121
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: 1-615-898-7800

Rutherford County Register of Deeds
Land records
319 N. Maple St., Room 133
P.O. Box 5050
Murfreesboro, TN 37133
Phone: 1-615-898-7870

Rutherford County Circuit Court Clerk
Court records
20 N. Public Square, Judicial Building
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: 1-615-217-7119

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

History

Middle Tennessee county.

The county is named after "Griffin Rutherford, chairman of the legislature of the Southwest Territory."[3]

Parent County

1803--Rutherford County was established 25 October 1803 from Davidson County. Early records may be found under Davidson County.
County seat: Murfreesboro [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

1832--Tornado damaged records

County records are complete.[7]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Almaville Fosterville Midland Rocky Fork
Barfield Greenwood Milton Rucker
Big Springs Gum Mona Salem
Blackman Hales Camp Mount Olive Sandhill
Browns Mill Halls Hill Mount Olivet (hist.) Sharpsville
Bunker Hill Hilltop Mount Vernon Shiloh
Cedar Grove Jefferson Springs Murfreesboro Short Creek
Christiana Kittrell New Las Casas (hist.) Silver Hill
Compton La Vergne Old Fosterville (hist.) Smyrna
Concord Lascassas Old Millersburg (hist.) Snell (hist.)
Crescent Leanna Overall Valleyview
Dilton Link Patterson Versailles
Eagleville Little Hope Plainview Wade
Eastwood Loafers Corner Pleasant Hill Walterhill
Floraton Lofton Rockdale Windrow
Florence Mankinville Rockvale Winstead (hist.)

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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Getting Started

Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Rutherford County biography, court, family Bible, 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

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.]

Cemeteries

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

  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1810 10,265
1820 19,552 90.5%
1830 26,134 33.7%
1840 24,280 −7.1%
1850 29,122 19.9%
1860 27,918 −4.1%
1870 33,289 19.2%
1880 36,741 10.4%
1890 35,097 −4.5%
1900 33,543 −4.4%
1910 33,199 −1.0%
1920 33,059 −0.4%
1930 32,286 −2.3%
1940 33,604 4.1%
1950 40,696 21.1%
1960 52,368 28.7%
1970 59,428 13.5%
1980 84,058 41.4%
1990 118,570 41.1%
2000 182,023 53.5%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Rutherford 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 Rutherford County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. [The USGenWeb Census Project®].

1810

Rutherford County is one of the only Tennessee counties with a surviving 1810 census; however, even this county's census schedule is incomplete. A substitute is available, see Taxation.

  • Houston, Martha Lou. Tennessee Census Records, No. 1, Rutherford County 1810. Washington, D.C., 1933. Digital version available at FamilySearch Books Online
  • Presley, Mrs. Leister E. Rutherford County, Tennessee Population Schedules of the United States census, 1810 : Head of Household Only. Typscript, 19--?. FHL 976.857 X2p 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.

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. Rutherford County, Tennessee Population Schedules of the United States census, 1820. Typscript, 19--?. FHL 976.857 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

  • Rutherford County Historical Society. The 1840 census of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Murfreesboro, Tennessee : Rutherford County Historical Society, 1974. FHL 976.857 X2c

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

  • Porch, Deane. 1850 census of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee : Deane Porch, 1967. FHL 976.857 X2p 1850

1850 Agricultural Census

  • Green, Linda L. Tennessee 1850 Agricultural Census. 2 vols. Woodbridge, Va.: L.L. Green, 2000. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2g v. 1 ff. [Rutherford County is included in Vol. 2.]

1880

  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1880 Census Rutherford County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: B. Sistler and Associates, 1998. FHL 976.857 X2s 1880

1920

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

Church

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

  • Rutherford County Church Records
- Family History Library Catalog - Rutherford County Church Records
  • If the records you need are not through the Family History Library, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.  Two sites that give information about churches in Rutherford County are:
- List of Rutherford County churches with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)
- List of Rutherford County churches (TN HomeTownLocator)


  • The Historical Projects Administration published a guide in 1943 to several Rutherford County church records. [8] FHL 24813 Use this guide to locate the following church records:

[1858-1819] historical sketch of Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Murfreesboro

[1816-1916] history of Hopewell Presbyterian (U.S.) Church

[1823-1893] history and register of Salem Methodist Episcopal Church, South

[1816-1831] sessional records of the Stones River Presbyterian Church 

[1835-1840] records of the Young Men's Educational Society,

[1841-1860] church minutes of the Primitive Baptist Church Providence

Baptist

Church of Christ

  • 1835-1860 - Rock Spring Church of Christ Baptism Index 1835-1860 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free. Batch C711251.[9]
  • 1835-1860 - Rock Spring Church of Christ Marriage Index 1835-1860 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free. Batch M711251.[9]
  • [1835-1860] Rock Spring Church of Christ Records. Rutherford County, 1835-1860TSLA Reel #170
  • [1835-1860] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. FHL 976.8 K29s vol.1   Index to original Rock Spring Church of Christ Records. Rutherford County, 1835-1860. FHL 570844 Item 2

Presbyterian

  • [1812-1967] First Presbyterian Church Records. Murfreesboro, 1812-1967. Manuscript. TSLA Reel #502.
  • [1812-1900] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. vol. 2 FHL 976.8 K29s Index to original First Presbyterian Church Records. Murfreesboro, 1812-1967.
  • [1887-1972] LaVergne Presbyterian Church Records. Rutherford County, 1887-1972. Manuscript. TSLA Reel #415.
  • [1887-1900] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. vol. 2 FHL 976.8 K29s Index to original LaVergne Presbyterian Church Records. Rutherford County, 1887-1972.

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 Rutherford, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 45,000 entries.

  • Rutherford County, Tennessee: History & Families. Paducah, Ky.: Turner Pub. Co., 2002. FHL 976.857 H2r.

Bibliography

  • [Adams] Ose, Enlow. The Family of John Washington Adams (1822-1907): and the Families of Robert Murray (1790/1800-1840/1850); Catherine Adams Stephens (ca. 1804-after 1860); Jesse Koonce (ca. 1769-ca. 1814); Nancy Brewer (ca. 1804-1850/1860); George Adams (Before 1775-1830/1840) of Rutherford and Wilson County, Tennessee. [Sacramento, Calif.]: E. Ose, 1996. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Ad18o.
  • [Austin] Steiner, Harold Austin The Levi Austin family : of North Carolina and Tennessee Las Vegas, Nevada : Haldor Company, 2004. FHL book 929.273 Au77.Digital version available at FamilySearch Books Online.
  • [Bingham] Bingham, Bessie Adcock The Binghams in America : a genealogical history of the Bingham family. Salt Lake City, Utah : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2009. Digital copy available at BYU Family History Archives FamilySearch Books Online
  • [Bishop] Gray, John W. The Life of Joseph Bishop, the Celebrated Old Pioneer in the First Settlements of Middle Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: s.p., 1858.  Free digital copy.
  • [Bobbitt] Mount, Allen Wade. Our Bobbitt Family: genealogical and historical record of the southern branch, with the Beck, Elliott, Goodloe and Hurd families and allied lines. Prairie Village, KS: Unknown, 1972. Available at FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B630Lm; FHL US/CAN Film 1036692 Item 5; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Brothers] Brothers, Elvira. The Generations of Francis Brothers (1779-1845): A History of Francis Brothers Who Settled in Rutherford County, Tennessee about 1815, and His Descendants. [Tenn.?: Ophelia B. Willard?, 1986?]. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B795be.
  • [Dickson] Smith, Austin Wheeler. The Dickson-McEwen and Allied Families Genealogy. Cookeville, TN: Unknown, 1945. Available at FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 D561s. Digital version available at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Gambill] Brown, Louise G. and Jane C. Luna. The Descendants of Bradley Gambill. Columbia, Tenn.: P-Vine Press, 1979. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 G143b.
  • [Gordon] Gordon, Thomas Gilbert. The John Hilton Gordon Family of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Tampa, Fla.: Anundsen, 1988. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 G653h.
  • [Gregory] Spears, Josephine Lee Gregory. Joseph Gregory "The Centenarian" (1742-1842), Mecklenburg County, Virginia to Rutherford County, Tennessee and His Descendants. Raleigh, N.C.: J.G. Spears, 1990. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 G862s.
  • [Jordan] Bamman, Gale Williams. "Challenging the Obvious Conclusion: Which John J. Jordan Did Alexander Produce?" National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 82, No. 4 (December 1994):255-268. FHL Book 973 B2ng
  • [Kerby] Tayloe, Stephanie Routon. Kerby Family of Rutherford County, Tennessee: Overall and Rucker Family. Buchanan, Tenn.: S.R. Tayloe, 2003. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 K452t.
  • [McEwen] See Dickson.
  • [McFerrin] Fitzgerald, O.P. and McFerrin, John B. John B. McFerrin, a biography Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1986. FHL book 921.73 M167. Digital version available at FamilySearch Books Online.
  • [Miller] Webb, Thomas G. The Webb Families of Dekalb County, Tennessee, and 23 Related Families: Including Bethel, Cantrell, Colvert, Fuson, Gribble, Hicks, Jaco, Judkins, Magness, Mangum, Moser, Parker, Potter, Redmon, Snow, Turner, and Weedon Families, along with the Farmer and Foushee Families of Virginia; the Gray, George, and Sageley Families of Cannon County, Tennessee, the Nathaniel Miller Family of Rutherford County, Tennessee, and Others. Smithville, Tenn.: Bradley Printing Co., 2002. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W381wt.
  • [Pearcy] McGinnis, Rita A. A Pearcy/Piercy Family in America. Typescript, 1988. FHL 929.273 P316m
  • [Rucker] Whitley, Edythe Johns Rucker. History of the Rucker Family and their Descendants: Sketches of Carter, Barton, Early, Johns, Lee, Martin, Pendleton, Reade, Seldon, Taliaferro, Witt and Wyatt Families. Nashville, TN: Unknown, 1927. Available at FHL US/CAN Film 1321319 Item 1; digital version at Ancestry ($); and Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Sanders] Sanders, Charles Robert and Robert S. Sanders. History of the Family of Dr. William Josiah and Fanny Adams Sanders of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Typescript, microfilmed in 1987. FHL US/CAN Film 1421703 Item 1.
  • [Sanders] Sanders, Robert S. Descendants of Drury Josiah Sanders and Frances Jane Stockard of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Typescript, 1993. FHL US/CAN Film 1697863 Item 13.
  • [Sanders] Sanders, Charles Robert and Robert S. Sanders. A History of the Family of Dr. William Josiah and Fanny Adams Sanders of Rutherford County, Tennessee. [Murfreesboro, Tenn.: R.S. Sanders, Jr.], 1993. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Sa56scr.
  • [Smotherman] Goodwin, Sarah Jones et al. Westbrooks-Williams and Related Smothermans of Rutherford County, Tennessee: with Histories of Midland Community, Oak Grove School, Old Leb Church. Murfreesboro, Tenn.: Rutherford County Historical Society, 1984. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W521ww.
  • [Westbrooks] Goodwin, Sarah Jones et al. Westbrooks-Williams and Related Smothermans of Rutherford County, Tennessee: with Histories of Midland Community, Oak Grove School, Old Leb Church. Murfreesboro, Tenn.: Rutherford County Historical Society, 1984. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W521ww.
  • [Williams] Goodwin, Sarah Jones et al. Westbrooks-Williams and Related Smothermans of Rutherford County, Tennessee: with Histories of Midland Community, Oak Grove School, Old Leb Church. Murfreesboro, Tenn.: Rutherford County Historical Society, 1984. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W521ww.
  • [Woodruff] Woodruff, Howard W.The Woodroof-Woodrough-Woodruff Family: of Surry, Brunswick, Greensville counties, Virginia, 1700-1825, and Some Branches Who Migrated to Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, Texas, 1820-1985. Independence, Mo.: A.L. Woodruff, 1985. Digital version at Internet Archive. [Revised and updated version of Tall Trees in the Forest (1966).]

Land

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Rutherford 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: 1804-1808
  2. Deed Book H: 1811-1813
  3. Deed Book K: 1814-1817
  4. Deed Book L: 1817-1819

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

  • [1878] Map of Rutherford County, TN. Originally published 1878. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.

Military

Revolutionary War

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

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

Additional resources include:

War of 1812
  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Apr. 1961):49-52. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. [Includes Rutherford County pensioners (p. 51-52).]
Civil War

Civil War service men from Rutherford 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 Rutherford County.

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Rutherford County:


Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Rutherford County



Map showing Civil War battles in Tennessee

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 Rutherford County click on the following city or town:

The following newspapers have been abstracted:

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 Rutherford 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 Rutherford 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.
Frow Chips
"Frow Chips, a semi-monthly newsletter, began in 1971. Only issues beginning with Volume 31, Issue 6, March/April 2002 up to the present are available for purchase" (per website).
Indexed in PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).
The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History
Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Rutherford 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.
Rutherford County Historical Society Publications
"The first Rutherford County Historical Society Publication was issued June 1973. Over the years, wonderful historical articles, genealogy, legends, stories, etc. about Rutherford County have appeared in the many publication offerings of the Society. Many of these publications are still available for purchase." (per website) Alphabetical list of topics included on website. Detailed listing of issues are on Rutherford County Historical Society Series site.
The Family History Library has volumes 1 - 33 (1973 - 1989). FHL US/CAN 976.857 B2r

Prisons

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

Probate

The Rutherford County Court and Chancery Court have responsibility for probate records. Many are held by the Rutherford County Archives.

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:

  • Index to wills, 1879-1925
  • Index to settlements, 1883-1963
  • Sales, Sales index, 1883-1954
  • Wills, 1879-1963 (Vols. 1-5)
  • Inventories, Settlements, Wills, 1804-1832 (4 vols.)
  • Administrator, Executor records, 1876-1909
  • Bonds, 1873-1965 (8 vols.)
  • Claims against estates, 1921-1929
  • Claims, Probates, 1939-1960
  • Guardian records, 1855-1919 (2 vols.)
  • Inventories, 1828-1829, 1883-1963 (2 vols.)
  • Settlements, 1868-1963 (13 vols.)

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

  • Online index to Rutherford County Record Books 1803-1880.  These include mostly probate information including wills, inventories of estates, estate settlements, guardianship reports, and widow allotments. However, the Record Books also contain some other court information including manumission records, apprenticeships, and trustee’s reports. Copies of the record books are available at the Rutherford County Archives or  FHL film.
  • [1804-1840] Marsh, Helen C. and Timothy R. Marsh; Timothy J. Edwards, indexer. Wills and Inventories of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Greenville, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1998. (FHL book 976.857 P2m, v. 1-2.)
  • [1804-1861] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Rutherford County, Tennessee, wills and administrations, 1804 to 1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. (FHL 976.8 A1 no. 118.)

Taxation

The following Rutherford County tax records have been abstracted:[15]

  • [1809] Rutherford Co., TN, Tax List, 1809, The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Vol. 15, No. 1 (Summer 2001); Vol. 15, No. 2 (Fall 2001). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • [1809-1813] Rutherford County Tax Lists 1809-1813. Typescript, 1939, W.P.A. Collection, TSLA, Nashville.
  • [1809-1813] 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 W.P.A.'s Rutherford County Tax Lists 1809-1813 as a source.]
  • [1809] Tax List, 1809, Frow Chips, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Nov. 2005).
  • [1810] Taxpayers, 1810, Missed on Census, Rutherford County Historical Society Publications, Issue 4 (Fall 1974).
  • [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 Rutherford 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 Rutherford County.]
  • [1836] Tax Record, 1836, Rutherford County Historical Society Publications, Issue 21 (Summer 1983); Issue 22 (Winter 1984); Issue 23 (Summer 1984); Issue 33 (Summer 1989).
  • [1837] Tax Record, 1837, Rutherford County Historical Society Publications, Issue 22 (Winter 1984); Issue 23 (Summer 1984); Issue 33 (Summer 1989).
  • [1839] Tax Records, 1839, Rutherford County Historical Society Publications, Issue 23 (Summer 1984).
  • [1849] Tax List, 1849, Tennessee Researcher, Vol. 1, No. 4 (Dec. 1962).
  • [1849] Tax Record, 1849, Rutherford County Historical Society Publications, Issue 22 (Winter 1984); Issue 33 (Summer 1989).
  • [1871] Tax Record, 1871, Rutherford County Historical Society Publications, Issue 33 (Summer 1989).
  • [1890] Tax Record, 1890, Rutherford County Historical Society Publications, Issue 33 (Summer 1989).

Vital Records

Birth
Marriage

Early orginal marriage records for Rutherford County [1804-1940] are housed at the County Archives.  Marriages after 1940 are kept in the County Courthouse. 

The following Rutherford County marriage records are microfilmed:

  • [1804-1963] Marriage records at the TSLA.
  • [1902-1914] Marriage licenses bonds at the TSLA.
  • [1804-1963] Marriage records and bonds FHL 379648

The following Rutherford County marriage records have been indexed:

  • 1804-1933 - Rutherford County Marriage Index 1804-1933 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.[9]
  • [1804-1883] Online Marriage index courtesy of the Rutherford County Archives and TnGenweb.
  • [1804-1870] 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 . [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.]
  • [1804-1864] 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 . [Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.]
  • [1804-1872] Whitely, Edythe W. Marriages of Rutherford County, Tennessee, 1804-1872. Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1981. FHL 976.857 V2w
  • [1804-1845] Marriage Records, 1804-1845, Rutherford County, Tennessee.  Nashville: TSLA, Historical Records Project, 1940.  Typescript. FHL 24808 Items 1-2
  • 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.
  • [1717-1858] Marriage Records. [16]
  • [1804-1850] Marriage Records: Early–1850. [17]
Divorce

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

Societies and Libraries

  Albert Gore Research Center
"The Albert Gore Research Center is dedicated to preserving primary sources -- letters, diaries, organization records, photographs, memorabilia, oral histories, and the like -- that document the history of Middle Tennessee State University and the region that it serves. The center is open to the public and welcomes all researchers to use its collections." (per Web site)
P.O. Box 193
1301 E. Main St.
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Phone: 1-615-898-2632
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (summer hours vary)


Rutherford County Archives
"The archives are a hidden jewel for genealogists and researchers. The Rutherford County Archives is your source for local history." (per Web site)
435 Rice St.
Murfreesboro, TN
Phone: 1-615-867-4609
E-mail: archives@rutherfordcounty.org
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Rutherford County Tennessee Historical Society
P.O. Box 906
Murfreesboro, TN 37133-0906
Phone: 1-615-849-3823
"Historical Research Room located on the second floor of Linebaugh Public Library features Rutherford County, Tennessee materials and genealogical resources." (per Web site)

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

Linebaugh Public Library
105 West Vine St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: 1-615-893-4131
Fax: 1-615-848-5038
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun. 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
The Linebaugh library has a historical research room which includes cemetery records, early wills, census, local histories, vital records, donated genealogy research on local families, newspapers, court records, military records, obituary index and more.

Smyrna Public Library
400 Enon Springs Road, West
Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: 1-615-459-4884
Fax: 1-615-459-2370
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Syrna library has a small genealogy and historical collection which includes cemetery records, Sewart Air Force base collection, photographs, newpapers, court records, obituaries and more.

Family History Centers

These are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.

Web Sites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Rutherford 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), Rutherford County, Tennessee page 643, At various libr40ries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 643. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  5. Voice of 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), 42.
  8. Historical Records Project. Church records of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1943.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/88/Igitennesseel.pdf.
  10. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 22 August 2012)
  11. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 19 September 2012)
  12. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 19 September 2012)
  13. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 22 August 2012)
  14. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 22 August 2012)
  15. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.
  16. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1994. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 2.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.
  17. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1992. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 229.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.