Tennessee County Creation Dates and Parent Counties

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Name of County Date Formed Boundary
Changes
Parent County Counties Created by Boundary Changes
Anderson 1801 Nov 06 Details Knox divided to Campbell 1806, Scott 1849, Union 1797
Bedford 1807 Dec 03 Details Rutherford Coffee 1836, Franklin 1807, Lincoln 1809, Marshall 1836, Moore 1817
Benton 1835 Dec 19 Details Henry, Humphreys none
Bledsoe 1807 Nov 30 Details Roane Cumberland 1855, Van Buren 1840
Blount 1795 Jul 11 Details Knox Christiana 1870, Roane 1801
Bradley 1836 Feb 10 Details Indian lands Polk 1839
Campbell 1806 Sep 11 Details Anderson, Claiborne Union 1797
Cannon 1836 Jan 31 Details Coffee, Warren, Wilson DeKalb 1837
Carroll 1821 Nov 07 Details Western District none
Carter 1796 Apr 09 Details Washington Johnson 1836, Unicoi 1875
Cheatham 1856 Feb 28 Details Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery none
Chester 1875 Mar 04 Details Hardeman, Henderson, Madison, McNairy none
Christiana 1870 Jun 02 Details Blount, Monroe, McMinn, Roane renamed Loudon 1870
Claiborne 1801 Oct 29 Details Grainger, Hawkins Hancock 1844, Union 1797
Clay 1870 Jun 24 Details Jackson, Overton none
Cocke 1797 Oct 09 Details Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Knox none
Crockett 1845 Dec 20 Details Dyer, Madison, Gibson, Haywood none
Cumberland 1855 Nov 16 Details Bledsoe, Morgan, Roane none
Davidson 1783 Apr 18 Details Washington Cheatham 1856, Rutherford 1803, Sumner 1786, Williamson 1799
Decatur 1845 18 No Details Perry none
DeKalb 1837 Dec 11 Details Cannon, Warren, White Putnam 1842
Dickson 1803 Oct 25 Details Montgomery, Robertson Cheatham 1856, Hickman 1807, Houston 1871
Dyer 1823 Oct 16 Details Western District Crockett 1845, Lauderdale 1835
Fayette 1824 Sep 29 Details Shelby, Hardeman none
Fentress 1823 Nov 28 Details Morgan, Overton Pickett 1874, Scott 1849
Franklin 1807 Dec 03 Details Bedford, Warren Coffee 1836, Moore 1817
Gibson 1823 Oct 21 Details Western District Crockett 1845
Giles 1809 Nov 14 Details Maury none
Grainger 1796 Apr 22 Details Hawkins, Knox Claiborne 1801, Hamblen 1870, Union 1797
Greene 1783 Apr 18 Details Washington Jefferson 1792, Knox 1792
Grundy 1844 Jan 29 Details Coffee, Warren none
Hamblen 1870 Jun 08 Details Grainger, Hawkins none
Hamilton 1819 Oct 25 Details Rhea Meigs 1836, Sequatchie 1857
Hancock 1844 Jan 07 Details Claibrone, Hawkins none
Hardeman 1823 Oct 16 Details Western District Chester 1875, Fayette 1824
Hardin 1819 Nov 13 Details Western District McNairy 1823, Shelby 1819
Hawkins 1786 Nov 18 Details Sullivan Claiborne 1801, Grainger 1795, Knox 1792, Hamblen 1870, Hancock 1844, Jefferson 1792
Haywood 1823 Nov 03 Details Western District Crockett 1845
Henderson 1821 Nov 07 Details Western District Chester 1875
Henry 1821 Nov 07 Details Western District Benton 1835
Hickman 1807 Dec 03 Details Dickson Lawrence 1817, Lewis 1843, Perry 1821, Wayne 1817
Houston 1871 Jan 23 Details Dickson, Stewart none
Humphreys 1809 Oct 19 Details Steward, Smith Benton 1835
Jackson 1801 Nov 06 Details Smith Clay 1870, Overton 1806, Putnam 1842, White 1806
Jefferson 1792 Jun 11 Details Greene, Hawkins Cocke 1797, Sevier 1794
Johnson 1836 Jan 02 Details Carter none
Knox 1792 Jun 11 Details Greene, Hawkins Anderson 1801, Bledsoe 1807, Blount 1795, Grainger 1796, Roane 1801, Union 1797
Lake 1870 Jun 24 Details Obion none
Lauderdale 1835 Nov 24 Details Dyer, Tipton none
Lawrence 1817 Oct 21 Details Hickman, Maury Lewis 1843
Lewis 1843 Dec 21 Details Hickman, Lawrence, Maury, Wayne none
Lincoln 1809 Nov 14 Details Bedford Marshall 1836
Loudon 1870 Jun 02 Details renamed from Christiana none
Macon 1842 Jan 18 Details Smith, Sumner Trousdale 1870
Madison 1821 Nov 07 Details Western District Chester 1875, Crockett 1845
Marion 1817 Nov 20 Details Indian lands none
Marshall 1836 Feb 20 Details Bedford, Giles, Lincoln, Maury none
Maury 1807 Nov 16 Details Williamson Giles 1809, Lawrence 1817, Lewis 1843
McMinn 1819 Nov 13 Details Indian lands Christiana 1870, Meigs 1836, Polk 1839
McNairy 1823 Oct 08 Details Hardin Chester 1875
Meigs 1836 Jan 20 Details Hamilton, McMinn, Rhea none
Monroe 1819 Nov 13 Details Roane Christiana 1870
Montgomery 1796 Apr 09 Details State of Tennessee Cheatham 1856, Dixon 1803, Stewart 1803
Moore 1817 Dec 14 Details Bedford, Franklin none
Morgan 1817 Oct 15 Details Roane Cumberland 1855, Fentress 1823, Scott 1849
Obion 1823 Oct 24 Details Western District Lake 1870
Overton 1806 Sep 11 Details Jackson Clay 1870, Fentress 1823, Pickett 1879, Putnam 1842, White 1806
Perry 1821 Nov 14 Details Hickman Decatur 1845
Pickett 1879 Feb 27 Details Fentress, Overton none
Polk 1839 Nov 28 Details Bradley, McMinn none
Putnam 1842 Feb 02 Details DeKalb, Jackson, Overton, White none
Rhea 1807 Nov 30 Details Roane Hamilton 1819, Meigs 1836
Roane 1801 Nov 06 Details Knox, Blount Bledsoe 1807, Christiana 1870, Rhea 1807, Cumberland 1855, Monroe 1819, Morgan 1817
Robertson 1796 Apr 09 Details State of Tennessee Dixon 1803
Rutherford 1803 Oct 25 Details Davidson Bedford 1807
Scott 1849 Dec 17 Details Fentress, Morgan, Anderson none
Sequatchie 1857 Dec 09 Details Hamilton none
Sevier 1794 Sep 27 Details Jefferson none
Shelby 1819 Nov 24 Details Hardin Fayette 1824
Smith 1799 Oct 26 Details Sumner Humphreys 1809, Jackson 1801, Macon 1842, Trousdale 1870, White 1806
Stewart 1803 Nov 01 Details Montgomery Houston 1871, Humphreys 1809
Sullivan 1779 Oct 18 Details Washington Hawkins 1786
Sumner 1786 Nov 18 Details Davidson Macon 1842, Smith 1799, Wilson 1799
Tipton 1823 Oct 29 Details Western District Lauderdale 1835
Trousdale 1870 Jun 21 Details Macon, Smith, Wilson none
Unicoi 1875 Mar 23 Details Washington none
Union 1797 Oct 09 Details Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Knox none
Van Buren 1840 Jan 03 BUREN Details Bledsoe, Warren, White none
Warren 1807 Nov 26 Details White Cannon 1836, Coffee 1836, DeKalb 1837, Franklin 1807, Grundy 1844, Van Buren 1840
Washington 1777 Nov 15 Details colonial lands Carter 1796, Davidson 1783, Greene 1783, Sullivan 1779, Unicoi 1875
Wayne (old) 1785 5 17 Details colonial lands abolished 1788
Wayne (new) 1817 Nov 24 Details Hickman Lewis 1843
Weakley 1823 Oct 21 Details Western District none
White 1806 Sep 11 Details Overton, Jackson, Smith DeKalb 1837, Putnam 1842, Van Buren 1840, Warren 1807
Williamson 1799 Oct 26 Details Davidson Maury 1807
Wilson 1799 Oct 26 Details Sumner Trousdale 1870

References

  1. [http://historical-county.newberry.org/website/Tennessee/viewer.htm Tennessee Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, John H. Long, Editor; Peggy Tuck Sinko, Associate Editor; Gordon DenBoer, Historical Compiler; Douglas Knox, Book Digitizing Director and Digital Compiler; Emily Kelley, Research Associate; Laura Rico-Beck, GIS Specialist; Peter Siczewicz, ArcIMS Interactive Map Designer; Robert Will, Cartographic Assistant. Copyright The Newberry Library 2008.