Haywood County, Tennessee Genealogy

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Guide to Haywood County, Tennessee ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Haywood County, Tennessee
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Founded: November 3, 1823
County Seat Brownsville
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Haywood County's civil records start the following years:[1]

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1859  1908  1830  1823  1826 

County Courthouse

Haywood County Courthouse
 1 N Washington Street
Brownsville, TN 38012
Phone: 731.772.2362 

County Clerk has marriage records from 1859,
divorce records 1941-1965 and probate records from 1826 to August 1982.
Register of Deeds has land records [2], including land grants to 1831, German-American War discharges, and DD214 for wars WWI through present.

Haywood County Courthouse, Brownsville, Tenn. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.

Haywood County Courthouse
1 North Washington Street
Brownsville, TN 38012-2561
Phone: 1-731-772-2362

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

Haywood County Assessor of Property
11 South Lafayette Avenue
Brownsville, TN 38012
Phone: 1-731-772-0432

County Assessor has city and county maps with parcel #s, including many old maps that date into the 1800s.

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

Haywood County Chancery Court
100 South Dupree Street
Brownsville, TN 38012
Phone: 1-731-772-0122

Chancery court has jurisdiction of probate records from August 1982 to present, divorce records from 1965 to present, as well as guardianship, adoption, and property dispute records. According to Clerk and Master, Sarah Levy, Tennessee is one of only three states that continue to have separate courts for civil and criminal matters. The others being Mississippi and Delaware.

Index (by name/defendant) for 1808-1885.

There are some old, boxed records still stored in the Court House vault. Contact the Clerk and Master at the above number for an appointment to access these records.

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

Haywood County Circuit Court and General Sessions Court
100 South Dupree Street
Brownsville, TN 38012
Phone: 1-731-772-1112

Have court records.

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

Haywood County Archives
4110 US 70
Brownsville, TN 38012

This is a work in progress and is housed at the former Haywood County Jail located on the Haywood County Farm property east of Brownsville. Records housed in this facility are from varying time periods and from the majority of the offices of the Haywood County government. Admission is by appointment only.

To make an appointment to access these records contact the Haywood County Historian at 731 772-0380.

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. by appointment only.

History

West Tennessee county. Established 1823.

The county is named after "Judge John Haywood (1762-1826), called 'the father of Tennessee history.'"[3]

Parent County

1823--Haywood County was created 3 November 1823 from Chickasaw Indian Lands. According to "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps", Haywood County was formed in 1823 from Madison County.
County seat: Brownsville[4]

County Pronunciation

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

Boundary Changes

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

In 1835, a portion of Haywood County was taken to help form Lauderdale County.

In 1872, a portion of Haywood County was taken to help form Crockett County.

Record Loss

  • Lost marriage records: 1823 to 1858. Loss was due to a fire.

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


Places/Localities

Populated Places

Allens Eurekaton Nutbush Sunnyhill
Antioch Forked Deer Oakview Tibbs
Asbury Fredonia Owl City Toulon
Belle Eagle Hickory Point Poplar Corner Union
Bethel Hillville Prospect Wellwood
Birds Bower Holly Grove Rudolph Wilkinson Corner
Bradford Jones Saint John Willis
Brownsville Ko Ko Saint Peters Willow Grove
Christmasville Lebanon Shaw Woodland
Dancyville Macedonia Shepp Woodville
Edward Grove Meux Corner Spring Hill
Estanaula (hist.) Morton Hill Stanton

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 Haywood County biography, court, and tax 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

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Biographies

Cemeteries

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

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
TNGenWeb WorldCat BillionGraves
TNGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
TNGenWeb Cemeteries
BillionGraves
See Tennessee Cemeteries for more information.
  • For free lookups of Haywood county cemeteries, obituaries and Bells/Brownsville Funeral Home records (1940's-1970's) click here.

Census

1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Haywood 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 Haywood County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. The USGenWeb Census Project®

1840 Pensioners

1810 - 1891

1850

  • Carpenter, Mrs. V.K. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, Haywood County, Tennessee : free population schedules Huntsville, Arkansas : Century Enterprises, c1970 FHL US/CAN book 976.8223 X2

1880

  • Sistler, Barbara 1880 census Haywood County, Tennessee Nashville, Tennessee : Byron Sistler and Associates, 2001 FHL US/CAN book 976.8223 X2

1891 Male Voters

Church

Court

Directories

Family Histories

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 Haywood, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 10,000 entries.

Bibliography

Land

  • Haywood County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1820 and is located at the Courthouse, 1 N. Washington St., Brownsville, TN 38012-2561; Telephone: (731) 772-2362. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.
  • The Family History Library has microfilmed copies of deeds 1823-1893 with indexes 1823-1905; and land grants and land entries 1793-1834.
  • TSLA has microfilm Roll #48 Deed Index - 1826-1881. This microfilm is also available at the Elma Ross Library in Brownsville.

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. The 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 the TSLA; another version is available at World Vital Records.

Local Histories

Maps

Marriage

The following microfilm is available from the TSLA and also the Elma Ross Library:

  • Roll #27 Marriage License and Bonds - 1859-1868.

Military

Revolutionary War

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

Additional resources include:

War of 1812
Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Civil War service men from Haywood 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 Haywood County:

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Haywood County:

Newspapers

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

  • Brownsville TSLA currently has filmed issues from eight different newspapers that were published in Brownsville at various times with the earliest being 1838.
  • There is a new newspaper in Brownsville. The Brownsville Press began publication in October 2015. The Managing Editor, Tommie Rowell, stated that it is her understanding the the paper is being microfilmed by the TSLA.

Occupations

  • Miller, Alan N. West Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1821 to 1889. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2006. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2man. Purchase at Genealogical.com. Includes Haywood 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 Haywood County, Tennessee Genealogy 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 Haywood 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

Prisons

Learn if your Haywood County, Tennessee Genealogy ancestors went to prison!


Probate Records

The County Court and the Chancery Court have responsibility for the probate records of Haywood County.

The following microfilms are available at the TSLA and also at the Elma Ross Library:

  • Roll #46 Wills - 1826-1841
  • Roll #47 Wills - 1841-44; 1852 - 1918
  • Roll #24 Inventories - Guardian, Administrators' & Executors' Settlements - 1852-1866

Online 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, 1826-1918 (5 vols.)
  • Bonds, Letters, 1852-1908 (6 vols.)
  • Guardian records, 1875-1912
  • Insolvent estate records, 1870-1962 (Vols. 1-3)
  • Settlements, 1870-1896
  • Widows and orphans records, 1873-1925

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Haywood 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:

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

  • 1826 - 1861 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22s. Includes an index to this county's probate records.] [http://www.tngenweb.org/haywood/lookup.htm Free lookups available!
  • 1845 - 1852 - Smith, Jonathan Kennon Thompson. A Genealogical Quandary, Will Book D, 1845-1852, Haywood County, Tennessee. [N.p.: n.p.], 2003. Will book D no longer exists. The compiler located the related wills. A surname index is included. (FHL book 976.8223 P2s.)
  • 1826 - 1841 - Strictly By Name (see above).

Taxation

The original Haywood County Tax Books 1834-1888 are kept at the County Courthouse. In 1976, TSLA microfilmed these records. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 1007525-1007529. A 2016 interview with the County Trustee, Sonny Howse, revealed that Tax Books prior to 1959 are no longer kept at the Courthouse but are stored at the County Archives.

The following Haywood County tax records have been abstracted:[7]

  • 1836 - Haywood Co., Tenn., Tax List 1836, District #1, Family Findings, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Oct. 1971). For access, see Periodicals.
  • 1836 - "Haywood County, Tennessee - 1836 Civil Districts," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 37, No. 4 (Winter 1990):164. For access, see Periodicals.
  • 1836 - Douthat, James L. 1836 Haywood County, Tennessee Civil Districts & Tax List. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2003. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8223 R4d; online: free surname index and purchase details.

Vital Records

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

Birth
Marriage

Marriages were not officially recorded in Haywood County during the first few years of its existence. In 1838, a law was passed mandating the practice.[9] The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:

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

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

  • 1859 - 1878 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early West Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler & Associates, 1989. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2sb v. 1 ff. Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.
  • 1859 - 1866 - Historical Records Project Marriage records, 1859-1866, Haywood County, Tennessee Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1939. FHL US/CAN Film 24690 items 5-6
  • 1859 - 1878 - Fischer, Marjorie Hood Haywood County, Tennessee, marriage records 1859-1878, books 1-8 Vista, California: Fischer, 1987. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8332 V2f
  • 1859 - 1959 - Haywood County (Tennessee) County Court Clerk Marriage records (Haywood County, Tennessee), 1859-1959. FHL US/CAN Film 1006850-59, 1928708-16
Divorce

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Haywood County divorce papers in diverse manuscript collections, see the following resources:

  • 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
  • 1823 - 1852 - Hays, Tony. West Tennessee Death Records [ca. 1823-1852]. 2 vols. n.p.: Kitchen Table Press, 1987. FHL FAM HIST Book 976.8 V2ht v. 1-2. Haywood County is included in Vol. 2

For deaths of Methodists in Haywood County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try searching the following records:

Societies and Libraries

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

Elma Ross Public Library
1011 E Main St
Brownsville, TN 38012
Phone: 1-731-772-9534
E-mail: elmarosslibrary@bellsouth.net
Hours: Mon. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sat. 1-5 p.m.
Genealogical Resources are available in the Reese J. Moses-Scallions 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

Tennessee State Library and Archives
403 7th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
615-741-2764
reference.tsla@tn.gov

Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties - Haywood County. Selected published county histories, published local records, local records on microfilm, newspapers on microfilm, Selected manuscripts material, census records, and additional resources for Haywood County.  Interlibrary Loan available on some items.


Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Haywood 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), Haywood County, Tennessee page 640, 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), 640. (FHL 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. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d3/Igitennesseef.pdf.
  9. Gale Williams Bamman, C.G., "Research in Tennessee," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 81, No. 2 (June 1993):105. FHL 973 B2ng v. 81