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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Tennessee|Tennessee ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Bledsoe_County,_Tennessee|Bledsoe County]]''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Tennessee Genealogy|Tennessee]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Bledsoe County'''  
  
<br>'''Bledsoe County, Tennessee''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Bledsoe County''' (established 1807) 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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<br> Guide to '''Bledsoe County, Tennessee ancestry, family history and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
 
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== Quick Dates  ==
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== Bledsoe County Tennessee Quick Dates  ==
  
 
Bledsoe 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>  
 
Bledsoe 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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== County Courthouse  ==
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== Bledsoe County Tennessee Courthouse  ==
  
 
[http://www.courtreference.com/Bledsoe-County-Tennessee-Courts.htm Bledsoe County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 149<br>116 Main St <br>Pikeville, TN 37367-0212<br>Phone: 423-447-2137 <br><br>Courthouse burned in 1908. <br>County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1908. <br>Register of Deeds has land records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bledsoe County, Tennessee page 638, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
[http://www.courtreference.com/Bledsoe-County-Tennessee-Courts.htm Bledsoe County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 149<br>116 Main St <br>Pikeville, TN 37367-0212<br>Phone: 423-447-2137 <br><br>Courthouse burned in 1908. <br>County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1908. <br>Register of Deeds has land records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bledsoe County, Tennessee page 638, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
[[Image:{{TNBledsoecourthouse}}]] [http://www.pikeville-bledsoe.com/development_gov_county.htm '''Bledsoe County Courthouse''']<br>116 Main St.<br>Pikeville, TN 37367<br>Phone: 1-423-447-6855
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<br>'''Bledsoe County Clerk'''<br>P.O. Box 212<br>116 Main St.<br>Pikeville, TN 37367<br>Phone: 1-423-447-2137<br>Marriage and probate records from 1908  
 
<br>'''Bledsoe County Clerk'''<br>P.O. Box 212<br>116 Main St.<br>Pikeville, TN 37367<br>Phone: 1-423-447-2137<br>Marriage and probate records from 1908  
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'''Bledsoe County Register of Deeds<br>'''P.O. Box 385<br>116 Main St.<br>Pikeville, TN 37367<br>Phone: 1-423-447-2020<br>Land records  
 
'''Bledsoe County Register of Deeds<br>'''P.O. Box 385<br>116 Main St.<br>Pikeville, TN 37367<br>Phone: 1-423-447-2020<br>Land records  
  
'''Hours:'''<br>Mon.-Fri.: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.(Closed Thurs.)<br>Sat.: 8 a.m. - noon {{RAOGKcourthouse}}
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'''Hours:'''<br>Mon.-Fri.: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.(Closed Thurs.)<br>Sat.: 8 a.m. - noon
  
== History  ==
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== Bledsoe County Tennessee History  ==
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
[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.  
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For animated maps illustrating Tennessee county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/tennessee/ "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps"] (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1882, 1895, December 1909''' -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.  
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{{Fire}}'''1882, 1895''', and '''1908''' -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.<ref name="TSLA">[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/lost-records-courthouse-fires-and-disasters-tennessee Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee] in ''Tennessee State Library and Archives'' in ''Tennessee Secretary of State'' (accessed 13 March 2016).</ref><br><br>
  
*Deeds and court records escaped the fires  
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:*Deeds and court records escaped the fires  
*The earliest deed books are lost  
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:*The earliest deed books are lost  
*Pre-1884 wills are lost  
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:*Pre-1884 wills are lost  
*Marriages recorded between 1807 and 1907 are lost
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:*Marriages recorded between 1807 and 1907 are lost
  
{{Fire}} For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
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*[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research in FamilySearch Wiki]]
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== Bledsoe County Tennessee Places / Localities  ==
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Michael John Neill, ''Burned Counties'' in Family History Circle]
 
*[http://tnblog.arleneeakle.com/2009/04/13/when-the-records-are-gone/ When the Records are Gone in Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Genealogy Blog]
 
 
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
  
 
==== Populated Places&nbsp;  ====
 
==== Populated Places&nbsp;  ====
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== Resources  ==
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== Bledsoe County Tennessee Genealogy Resources  ==
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==== Getting Started  ====
 
==== Getting Started  ====
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==== Research Guides  ====
 
==== Research Guides  ====
  
*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/factbledsoe.htm Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Bledsoe County] at [http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/ TSLA]. (Identifies published county histories, published&nbsp;local records, census records, newspapers and local records on microfilm, and select manuscripts.)
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*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/genealogical-fact-sheets-about-tennessee-counties-bledsoe-county "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Bledsoe County] at [http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/ TSLA]. (Identifies published county histories, published&nbsp;local records, census records, newspapers and local records on microfilm, and select manuscripts.)
  
 
==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
{{RAOGKcemetery}} Tennessee cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
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Tennessee cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
 
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<br><br>The [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Tennessee_Cemeteries#Online_Resources Tennessee Cemeteries] page provides explanations of the following Bledsoe County online resources:
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=45&GScnty=2428&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|620448|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=45&CScnty=2428 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://tngenweb.org/bledsoe/cem.htm TNGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+bledsoe+tennessee&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Tennessee&county=Bledsoe&cemetery_name=A BillionGraves]
 
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| '''Bibliographies'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/tn/bledsoe/cemetery.html TNGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/bledsoe.html Tombstone Project]
| Find A Grave &#124; [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& national search] &#124; [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=2428 county index]
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| [http://epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=12309&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=68&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk]
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| [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Tennessee+Bledsoe+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.tngenweb.org/cemeteries/#!co=bledsoe TNGenWeb Cemeteries]
| [http://www.tngenweb.org/records/cemeteries/index.php?function=county&s_county=bledsoe TNGenWeb Cemetery Database]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/ BillionGraves]
| [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/bledsoe.html USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Tennessee Cemeteries|Tennessee Cemeteries]] for more information.
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}} 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population censuses of Bledsoe County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see [[Tennessee Census|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.  
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}} 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Bledsoe County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see [[Tennessee Census|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 [[Tennessee Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book]] for more information about statewide printed indexes.  
  
See [http://www.us-census.org/states/tennessee/b-tn.htm#Bledsoe Bledsoe County, TN&nbsp;census assignments], including links to transcribed files. [[http://www.us-census.org/ The USGenWeb Census Project<sup>®</sup>]]  
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See [http://www.us-census.org/states/tennessee/b-tn.htm#Bledsoe Bledsoe County, TN&nbsp;census assignments], including links to transcribed files. [http://www.us-census.org/ The USGenWeb Census Project<sup>®</sup>]  
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[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3574 Tennessee, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index,] 1810-1891 - Ancestry ($)
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'''Voters'''
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*1891 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2884 Tennessee Enumeration of Male Voters 1891] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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'''Lost'''
  
 
'''1810''' - Lost, but a substitute is available:  
 
'''1810''' - Lost, but a substitute is available:  
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'''1820''' - Lost<ref name="null">Mary Barnett Curtis, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1136652 Early East Tennessee Tax Lists: a compiled list of residents of the area covered in 22 east Tennessee counties for which there is (sic) no census records prior to 1830]'' (Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing, 1964) [{{FHL|976.8 R4c}}].</ref>  
 
'''1820''' - Lost<ref name="null">Mary Barnett Curtis, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1136652 Early East Tennessee Tax Lists: a compiled list of residents of the area covered in 22 east Tennessee counties for which there is (sic) no census records prior to 1830]'' (Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing, 1964) [{{FHL|976.8 R4c}}].</ref>  
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'''Census and Census Substitutes Index'''
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'''1810 - 1891''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3574 Tennessee, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1810-1891] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
'''1820 Manufactures'''  
 
'''1820 Manufactures'''  
  
The original manufactures schedules for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee are kept at the [[National Archives and Records Administration|NARA]], Washington, D.C. FHL copies: {{FHL|280127|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Films 1024517-1024518}}.  
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The original manufactures schedules for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee are kept at the [[National Archives and Records Administration|NARA]], Washington, D.C. FHL copies: {{FHL|280127|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Films 1024517-1024518}}.  
  
 
The following book is a useful aid for finding the original records.  
 
The following book is a useful aid for finding the original records.  
  
*National Archives. ''Indexes to Manufactures Census of 1820''. 1920; reprint, Knightstown,&nbsp;Ind.: Bookmark, 1977. {{FHL|280979|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 973 X2m 1820}}.
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*National Archives. ''Indexes to Manufactures Census of 1820''. 1920; reprint, Knightstown,&nbsp;Ind.: Bookmark, 1977. {{FHL|280979|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2m 1820}}.
  
 
'''1830'''  
 
'''1830'''  
  
*Douthat, James L. ''1830 Sequatchie Valley Census: Marion - Bledsoe Counties''. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1986. {{FHL|587677|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.87 X2d 1830}}.  
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*Douthat, James L. ''1830 Sequatchie Valley Census: Marion - Bledsoe Counties''. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1986. {{FHL|587677|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.87 X2d 1830}}.  
*Sistler, Byron H. ''1830 Census, East Tennessee''. Evanston, Ill.: n.p., 1969. {{FHL|170150|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 X2p 1830}}.
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*Sistler, Byron H. ''1830 Census, East Tennessee''. Evanston, Ill.: n.p., 1969. {{FHL|170150|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2p 1830}}.
  
 
'''1840'''  
 
'''1840'''  
  
*Douthat, James L. ''1840 Sequatchie Valley Census: Bledsoe - Marion Counties''. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: J.L. Douthat, 1982. {{FHL|587680|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.87 X2d 1840}}.
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*Douthat, James L. ''1840 Sequatchie Valley Census: Bledsoe - Marion Counties''. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: J.L. Douthat, 1982. {{FHL|587680|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN Book 976.87 X2d 1840}}.
  
 
'''1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners'''  
 
'''1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners'''  
  
*''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2648500 A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. {{FHL|282860|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2pc 1840; FHL&nbsp;US/CAN Film 2321}}. 1841 edition digitized by the [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google books] ''et. al''. [See Tennessee, Eastern District, Bledsoe County on page 152.]
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*''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2648500 A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. {{FHL|282860|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2pc 1840; FHL&nbsp;US/CAN Film 2321}}. 1841 edition digitized by the [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google books] ''et. al''. See Tennessee, Eastern District, Bledsoe County on page 152.
  
 
'''1850'''  
 
'''1850'''  
  
 
*Hutcherson, Willis. ''Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 for Bledsoe County, Tennessee''. Knoxville, Tenn.: Clinchdale Press, 1963. {{FHL|553596|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.876 X2h 1850}}.  
 
*Hutcherson, Willis. ''Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 for Bledsoe County, Tennessee''. Knoxville, Tenn.: Clinchdale Press, 1963. {{FHL|553596|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.876 X2h 1850}}.  
*Ries, Nancy. "Bledsoe County, TN - 1850 U.S. Census," [9 parts] available [http://www.usgwarchives.org/tn/bledsoe/blecens.html online] through USGenWeb Archives.
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*Ries, Nancy. "Bledsoe County, TN - 1850 U.S. Census," (9 parts) available [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tn/bledsoe/blecens.html online] through USGenWeb Archives.
  
 
'''1860'''  
 
'''1860'''  
  
*Hobbs, Norma Dennis and Sara Agee Goins. ''United States Census Bledsoe County, Tennessee, 1860''. Dunlap, Tenn.: N. Hobbs and S. Goins, 1986. {{FHL|479382|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.876 X2h 1860}}.
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*Hobbs, Norma Dennis and Sara Agee Goins. ''United States Census Bledsoe County, Tennessee, 1860''. Dunlap, Tenn.: N. Hobbs and S. Goins, 1986. {{FHL|479382|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.876 X2h 1860}}.
  
 
'''1870'''  
 
'''1870'''  
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The 1870 population schedules of Bledsoe County have been abstracted and/or indexed multiple times:  
 
The 1870 population schedules of Bledsoe County have been abstracted and/or indexed multiple times:  
  
*Goins, Sara Agee and Norma Jean Dennis Hobbs. ''1870 Census, Bledsoe County, Tennessee''. [Dunlap, Tenn.]: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 1986. {{FHL|552208|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.876 X2g 1870}}.  
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*Goins, Sara Agee and Norma Jean Dennis Hobbs. ''1870 Census, Bledsoe County, Tennessee''. Dunlap, Tenn.: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 1986. {{FHL|552208|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.876 X2g 1870}}.  
 
*Kirkeminde, Patricia Barclay. ''1870 Census of Bledsoe County, Tennessee''. Crossville, Tenn.: P.B. Kirkeminde, 1980. {{FHL|429303|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.876 X2c 1870}}; {{FHL|738904|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Fiche 6048710}}.
 
*Kirkeminde, Patricia Barclay. ''1870 Census of Bledsoe County, Tennessee''. Crossville, Tenn.: P.B. Kirkeminde, 1980. {{FHL|429303|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.876 X2c 1870}}; {{FHL|738904|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Fiche 6048710}}.
  
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*Goins, Sara Agee and Norma Dennis Hobbs. ''United States Census, Bledsoe County, Tennessee, 1920''. Dunlap, Tenn.: Goins and Hobbs Geneal. Service, 1994. {{FHL|751382|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.876 X2g 1920}}.
 
*Goins, Sara Agee and Norma Dennis Hobbs. ''United States Census, Bledsoe County, Tennessee, 1920''. Dunlap, Tenn.: Goins and Hobbs Geneal. Service, 1994. {{FHL|751382|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.876 X2g 1920}}.
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'''Male Voters 1891'''
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*1891 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2884 Tennessee Enumeration of Male Voters 1891] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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*Bledsoe County Church Records
 
*Bledsoe County Church Records
  
:- Family History Library Catalog - {{FHL|580148|subject-id|disp=Bledsoe County Church Records}}
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:- FamilySearch Catalog - {{FHL|580148|subject-id|disp=Bledsoe County Church Records}}
  
 
*Church histories tell when a church started in the area, who the early members were, give data about church leaders, etc.
 
*Church histories tell when a church started in the area, who the early members were, give data about church leaders, etc.
  
:- Family History Library Catalog -&nbsp;{{FHL|657962|subject-id|disp=Bledsoe County Church History}}
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:- FamilySearch Catalog -&nbsp;{{FHL|657962|subject-id|disp=Bledsoe County Church History}}
  
 
*If the records you need are not&nbsp;through the Family History Library, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.&nbsp; Two sites that give information about churches in&nbsp;Bledsoe County are:
 
*If the records you need are not&nbsp;through the Family History Library, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.&nbsp; Two sites that give information about churches in&nbsp;Bledsoe County are:
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*In 1936, a helpful guide to early Bledsoe County church records was published by the Works Project Administration. <ref name="tenn church">WPA. ''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/guide-to-church-vital-statistics-in-tennessee/oclc/1829968&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results Guide to Church Vital Statistics in Tennessee.]'' Nashville: Tennessee State Planning Commission, 1942. {{FHL|976.8 K23w|book}}</ref>Use this guide to locate which church records exist and where they were housed in 1936. The Tennessee State Library and Archives has filmed some of these records. To locate which records are available at the TSLA, go to the appropriate [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/factcounty.htm#B "county fact sheet"] on the TSLA Web site and scroll down to "selected manuscript material". All filmed church records at the TSLA for&nbsp;Bledsoe county are listed.
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*In 1936, a helpful guide to early Bledsoe County church records was published by the Works Project Administration. <ref name="tenn church">WPA. ''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/guide-to-church-vital-statistics-in-tennessee/oclc/1829968referer=brief_results Guide to Church Vital Statistics in Tennessee.]'' Nashville: Tennessee State Planning Commission, 1942. {{FHL|976.8 K23w|book}}</ref>Use this guide to locate which church records exist and where they were housed in 1936. The Tennessee State Library and Archives has filmed some of these records. To locate which records are available at the TSLA, go to the appropriate [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/factcounty.htm#B "county fact sheet"] on the TSLA Web site and scroll down to "selected manuscript material". All filmed church records at the TSLA for&nbsp;Bledsoe county are listed.
  
 
'''Methodist'''  
 
'''Methodist'''  
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
The original Bledsoe Deed Books are held at the [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Bledsoe_County,_Tennessee#County_Courthouse County Courthouse]. In 1969, the&nbsp;[[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] microfilmed Deed Books A to R (1808 to 1885) and indexes. Copies of their microfilms are also available at the Family History&nbsp;Library: {{FHL|187278|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Films 593009-593015}}.  
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The original Bledsoe Deed Books are held at the [[Bledsoe County, Tennessee#County_Courthouse|County Courthouse]]. In 1969, the&nbsp;[[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] microfilmed Deed Books A to R (1808 to 1885) and indexes. Copies of their microfilms are also available at the Family History&nbsp;Library: {{FHL|187278|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Films 593009-593015}}.  
  
 
The organization [http://www.copies1918.com/index.html Strictly By Name] provides free online indexes to early Bledsoe County land records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Here are the indexes:  
 
The organization [http://www.copies1918.com/index.html Strictly By Name] provides free online indexes to early Bledsoe County land records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Here are the indexes:  
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==== Law and Legislation  ====
 
==== 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&nbsp;[[Tennessee State Library and Archives|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 [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/misc/actsintro.htm Click here]. The searchable index is available at the&nbsp;[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/misc/actsintro.htm#names TSLA]; another version is available at [http://worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=usa_tn_acts World Vital Records].
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*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&nbsp;[[Tennessee State Library and Archives|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 [http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/acts-tennessee-1796-1850-index-names Click here]. The searchable index is available at the&nbsp;[http://share.tn.gov/tsla/history/misc/actsintro.htm TSLA]; another version is available at [http://worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=usa_tn_acts World Vital Records].
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/tennessee/ Maps of Tennessee (1777-1985)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
'''Revolutionary War'''
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=====Revolutionary War=====
  
 
The following Bledsoe County Revolutionary War records are available online through TNGenWeb:  
 
The following Bledsoe County Revolutionary War records are available online through TNGenWeb:  
  
#[http://tngenweb.org/revwar/ 1835 Pension Roll]  
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*[http://tngenweb.org/revwar/ 1835 Pension Roll]  
#[http://tngenweb.org/revwar/ 1852 Rejected or Suspended Pensions]
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*[http://tngenweb.org/revwar/ 1852 Rejected or Suspended Pensions]
  
 
Additional resources include:  
 
Additional resources include:  
  
*''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2648500 A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. {{FHL|282860|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2pc 1840; FHL&nbsp;US/CAN Film 2321}}. 1841 edition digitized by the [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google books] ''et. al''. [See Tennessee, Eastern District, Bledsoe County on page 152.]
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*''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2648500 A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. {{FHL|282860|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2pc 1840; FHL&nbsp;US/CAN Film 2321}}. 1841 edition digitized by the [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google books] ''et. al''. See Tennessee, Eastern District, Bledsoe County on page 152.  
 
*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." Digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). Tennessee entries abstracted online at [http://tngenweb.org/revwar/ Tennesseans in the&nbsp;Revolutionary War] ([http://tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb]).  
 
*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." Digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). Tennessee entries abstracted online at [http://tngenweb.org/revwar/ Tennesseans in the&nbsp;Revolutionary War] ([http://tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb]).  
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/bledsoe/revwar.htm ''Bledsoe Countians and the Revolutionary War'' ]&nbsp;Revolutionary War Veterans who lived in Bledsoe County ([http://www.tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb]).
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/bledsoe/revwar.htm ''Bledsoe Countians and the Revolutionary War'' ]&nbsp;Revolutionary War Veterans who lived in Bledsoe County ([http://www.tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb]).
  
'''War of 1812'''
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=====War of 1812=====
  
*Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 7, No. 1 (Jan. 1960):13-16. {{FHL|44514|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960)}}; digital version at [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/pdf/1960-1.pdf journal website]. [Includes Bledsoe County pensioners (p. 14).]
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*Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 7, No. 1 (Jan. 1960):13-16. {{FHL|44514|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960)}}; digital version at [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/pdf/1960-1.pdf journal website]. Includes Bledsoe County pensioners (p. 14).  
 
*Regiments of TN Militia, 1808-15,&nbsp;''Searcher'', Vol. 1, No. 4 (Mar. 1990).
 
*Regiments of TN Militia, 1808-15,&nbsp;''Searcher'', Vol. 1, No. 4 (Mar. 1990).
  
'''Civil War'''
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=====Civil War=====
  
*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/military/cwrd/main.aspx Civl War Research Database] $  
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932378|Tennessee, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932422|Tennessee, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' -  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861 - 1865''' -  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1891 - 1965''' - {{RecordSearch|1874474|Tennessee, Confederate Pension Applications, Soldiers and Widows, 1891-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/military/cwrd/main.aspx Civl War Research Database] '''$'''
 
*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.cfm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
 
*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.cfm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
  
Civil War service men from Bledsoe 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;Bledsoe County.
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'''''Regiments.''''' Civil War service men from Bledsoe 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 Bledsoe County:
  
 
<u>Confederate Soldiers</u>  
 
<u>Confederate Soldiers</u>  
  
 
*[[1st Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Carter's) (Confederate)|1st Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Carter's)]] - CSA - Company D.  
 
*[[1st Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Carter's) (Confederate)|1st Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Carter's)]] - CSA - Company D.  
*[[2nd Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Ashby's) (Confederate)|2nd Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Ashby's)]] -&nbsp; CSA - Company F.  
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*[[2nd Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Ashby's) (Confederate)|2nd Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Ashby's)]] - CSA - Company F.  
 
*[[4th Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry (Branner's) (Confederate)|4th Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry (Branner's)]] - CSA - Company F.  
 
*[[4th Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry (Branner's) (Confederate)|4th Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry (Branner's)]] - CSA - Company F.  
 
*[[22nd Battalion, Tennessee Infantry (Murray's)|22nd Battalion, Tennessee Infantry (Murray's)]] - CSA - Companies C, F and G.  
 
*[[22nd Battalion, Tennessee Infantry (Murray's)|22nd Battalion, Tennessee Infantry (Murray's)]] - CSA - Companies C, F and G.  
 
*[[35th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (5th Infantry) (1st Mountain Rifle Regiment)|35th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (5th Infantry) (1st Mountain Rifle Regiment)]] - CSA - Company I.  
 
*[[35th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (5th Infantry) (1st Mountain Rifle Regiment)|35th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (5th Infantry) (1st Mountain Rifle Regiment)]] - CSA - Company I.  
*[[43rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Gillespie's) (5th East Tennessee Volunteers)|43rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Gillespie's) (5th East Tennesse Volunteers)]] - CSA - Company C.
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*[[43rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Gillespie's) (5th East Tennessee Volunteers)|43rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Gillespie's) (5th East Tennessee Volunteers)]] - CSA - Company C.
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<u>Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Bledsoe County:</u>  
  
<u>Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from&nbsp;Bledsoe County:</u>
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*Blevins, Jerry. ''Sequatchie Valley Soldiers in the Civil War: Bledsoe, Grundy, Marion and Sequatchie Counties in Tennessee and Jackson County in Alabama''. Huntsville, Ala.: J. Blevins, 1990. {{FHL|7083|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN Book 976.87 M2b}}.  
 
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*TNGenWeb, [http://www.tngenweb.org/bledsoe/history.htm Bledsoe in the&nbsp;Civil War]. Includes links to The United States 1890 Schedules Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Bledsoe County, Tennessee and a partial list of Civil War Soldiers.  
*Blevins, Jerry. ''Sequatchie Valley Soldiers in the Civil War: Bledsoe, Grundy, Marion and Sequatchie Counties in Tennessee and Jackson County in Alabama''. Huntsville, Ala.: J. Blevins, 1990. {{FHL|7083|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.87 M2b}}.  
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*USGenWeb Archives, [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tn/bledsoe/blemil.html Bledsoe County Tennessee Archives]. Civil War Pensions.  
*TNGenWeb, [http://www.tngenweb.org/bledsoe/history.htm Bledsoe in the&nbsp;Civil War],&nbsp;(accessed 30 Jan 2012).&nbsp; Includes links to&nbsp;The United States 1890 Schedules Enumerating&nbsp;Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Bledsoe County, Tennessee and a partial list of Civil War Soliders.  
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*Tennessee State Library and Archives, [http://tennessee.gov/tsla/history/military/pension104.htm Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications: Bledsoe County]. Includes soldier's name, county, pension #, unit or widow.  
*USGenWeb Archives, [http://www.usgwarchives.org/tn/bledsoe/blemil.html Bledsoe County Tennessee Archives], (accessed 30 Jan 2012).&nbsp; Civil War Pensions.  
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*United States Pension Bureau, [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n334/mode/1up List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883: Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for ...] (Washington Printing Office; 1883). Online at Internet Archive. Bledsoe County, page 317 and 318.
*Tennessee State Library and Archives, [http://tennessee.gov/tsla/history/military/pension104.htm Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications&nbsp;: Bledsoe County], (accessed 30 Jan 2012).&nbsp; Includes soldier's name, county, pension #, unit or widow.  
 
*United States Pension Bureau, [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n334/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. Bledsoe County, page 317 and 318.
 
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at the [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/newspapers/tn-paper.htm 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 [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/mailill.htm#newspapers here]. For a list of newspapers available at the archives for Bledsoe County click on the following city:  
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Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at the [http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/newspapers-microfilm-tennessee-state-library-and-archives 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 [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/mailill.htm#newspapers here]. For a list of newspapers available at the archives for Bledsoe County click on the following city:  
  
*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/newspapers/paper-p.htm#Pikeville Pikeville]
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*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/newspapers-microfilm-tennessee-state-library-and-archives-p#Pikeville Pikeville]
  
 
==== Occupations  ====
 
==== Occupations  ====
  
*Miller, Alan N. ''East Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911''. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000. {{FHL|965670|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2m}}. Digital version at [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=gpc_easttennesseesforgottenchildren World Vital Records] ($). Purchase at [http://www.genealogical.com/products/East%20Tennessees%20Forgotten%20Children/9259.html Genealogical.com]. [Includes Bledsoe County.]
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*Miller, Alan N. ''East Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911''. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000. {{FHL|965670|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2m}}. Digital version at [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=gpc_easttennesseesforgottenchildren World Vital Records] ($). Purchase at [http://www.genealogical.com/products/East%20Tennessees%20Forgotten%20Children/9259.html Genealogical.com]. Includes Bledsoe County.  
 
*Tennesse Bureau of Agriculture, Statistics and Mines. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/coalminestenn00tennrich Coal Mines and Mining--Tennessee]. ''Nashville, Tennessee: A.B. Travel, 1883. Free digital copy.
 
*Tennesse Bureau of Agriculture, Statistics and Mines. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/coalminestenn00tennrich Coal Mines and Mining--Tennessee]. ''Nashville, Tennessee: A.B. Travel, 1883. Free digital copy.
  
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{{TNp}}  
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
  
Most of the original Bledsoe County Will Books were destroyed. Those that survive are held at the [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Bledsoe_County,_Tennessee#County_Courthouse County Courthouse]. In 1969, the&nbsp;[[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] microfilmed extant wills and inventories covering the years 1884 to 1931. A copy of their microfilm is also available at the Family History Library: {{FHL|187271|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Film 593008}}.  
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1779 – 2008''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9176 Tennessee Wills and Probate Records 1779-2008] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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<br> Most of the original Bledsoe County Will Books were destroyed. Those that survived are held at the [[Bledsoe County, Tennessee#County_Courthouse|County Courthouse]]. In 1969, the&nbsp;[[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] microfilmed extant wills and inventories covering the years 1884 to 1931. A copy of their microfilm is also available at the Family History Library: {{FHL|187271|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 593008}}.  
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
[[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] microfilmed Bledsoe County Tax Books 1888-1889 ([http://www.tn.gov/tsla/preservation/countymicro/bled.pdf TSLA&nbsp;Roll 104]).  
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[[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] microfilmed Bledsoe County Tax Books 1888-1889 ([http://www.tn.gov/tsla/preservation/countymicro/bled.pdf TSLA Roll 104]).  
  
 
The following Bledsoe County tax records have been indexed:<ref>The Heritage Quest Online version of [http://heritagequestonline.com PERSI] aided in the compilation of this list.</ref>  
 
The following Bledsoe County tax records have been indexed:<ref>The Heritage Quest Online version of [http://heritagequestonline.com PERSI] aided in the compilation of this list.</ref>  
  
*'''[1815]''' Curtis, Mary Barnett. ''Early East Tennessee Tax Lists.'' Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing Company, 1964. {{FHL|222479|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4c}}. [Includes two 1815 petitions.]  
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*'''1815''' - Curtis, Mary Barnett. ''Early East Tennessee Tax Lists.'' Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing Company, 1964. {{FHL|222479|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4c}}. [Includes two 1815 petitions.]  
*'''[1815]''' Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists.'' Evanston, Ill.: B. &amp; B. Sistler, 1977. {{FHL|222484|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4s.}} [Includes 1815 tax list.]  
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*'''1815''' - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists.'' Evanston, Ill.: B. and B. Sistler, 1977. {{FHL|222484|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4s.}} [Includes 1815 tax list.]  
*'''[1815]''' Robnett, Elizabeth Parham. "Bledsoe County, TN&nbsp;1815 Tax List Alphabetically Arranged," 1989. Available [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tn/bledsoe/taxlists/1815/1815tax.txt online] at USGenWeb Archives.  
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*'''1815''' - Robnett, Elizabeth Parham. "Bledsoe County, TN 1815 Tax List Alphabetically Arranged," 1989. Available [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tn/bledsoe/taxlists/1815/1815tax.txt online] at USGenWeb Archives.  
*'''[1836]''' Douthat, James L. ''Bledsoe County, Tennessee 1836 Tennessee Civil Districts and Tax Lists''. Spring Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1993. {{FHL|649286|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.876 R4d 1836}}; online: [http://www.mountainpress.com/books/tn/details/1836_Bledsoe_Tax.html free surname index and publication details].  
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*'''1836''' - Douthat, James L. ''Bledsoe County, Tennessee 1836 Tennessee Civil Districts and Tax Lists''. Spring Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1993. {{FHL|649286|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.876 R4d 1836}}; online: [http://www.mountainpress.com/books/tn/details/1836_Bledsoe_Tax.html free surname index and publication details].  
*'''[1862]''' Tarriff of Fees, 1862,&nbsp;''Tennessee Genealogy and History''. Signal Mountain TN: Apr 1999. Vol. 3 Iss. 1.
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*'''1862''' - Tarriff of Fees, 1862,&nbsp;''Tennessee Genealogy and History''. Signal Mountain TN: Apr 1999. Vol. 3 Iss. 1.
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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Bledsoe County's early marriage records were lost in courthouse fires. The following publication, based on early newspapers that survived such disasters, may serve as a substitute:  
 
Bledsoe County's early marriage records were lost in courthouse fires. The following publication, based on early newspapers that survived such disasters, may serve as a substitute:  
  
*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}}.
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*'''1794 - 1851''' - 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}}.
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*'''1780 - 2002''' - {{RecordSearch|1936414|Tennessee State Marriage Index 1780-2002}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]— index
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*'''1790 - 1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1619127|Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1796 - 1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1681022|Tennessee Marriages 1796-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1838 - 1888''' - {{RecordSearch|2559093|Tennessee Civil Marriages, 1838-1888}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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===== '''Birth'''  =====
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*'''1869 - 1909''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2282 Tennessee Delayed Birth Records 1869-1909 ] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1828 - 1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1681012|Tennessee Births and Christenings 1828-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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===== '''Divorce'''  =====
 
===== '''Divorce'''  =====
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For deaths of Methodists in Bledsoe County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:  
 
For deaths of Methodists in Bledsoe 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. {{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.]
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*'''1847 - 1851''' - 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.
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*'''1874 - 1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1681020|Tennessee Deaths and Burials 1874-1955}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1908 - 1958''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2376 Tennessee Death Records 1908 - 1958 ] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1914 - 1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1417505|Tennessee Death Records 1914-1955}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
  
 
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*Douthat, James L. ''Sequatchie Valley Bible Records''. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1985. {{FHL|474324|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 A1 no. 103}}.
 
*Douthat, James L. ''Sequatchie Valley Bible Records''. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1985. {{FHL|474324|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 A1 no. 103}}.
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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[http://www.tngenweb.org/bledsoe/bchgs.htm '''Bledsoe County Historical &amp; Genealogical Society''']<br>P.O. Box 465<br>Pikeville, TN 37367<br>Phone: 1-423-447-2817  
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[http://www.tngenweb.org/bledsoe/bchgs.htm '''Bledsoe County Historical &amp;; Genealogical Society''']<br>P.O. Box 465<br>Pikeville, TN 37367<br>Phone: 1-423-447-2817  
  
 
[http://www.wrlibrary.org/Libraries/unpage.html '''East Tennessee Historical Society''']<br>601 S. Gay St.<br>P.O. Box 1629<br>Knoxville, TN 37901-1629<br>Phone: 1-865-215-8824<br>E-mail: eths@east-tennessee-history.org  
 
[http://www.wrlibrary.org/Libraries/unpage.html '''East Tennessee Historical Society''']<br>601 S. Gay St.<br>P.O. Box 1629<br>Knoxville, TN 37901-1629<br>Phone: 1-865-215-8824<br>E-mail: eths@east-tennessee-history.org  
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*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.bledsoe/mb.ashx Bledsoe County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
 
*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.bledsoe/mb.ashx Bledsoe County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/TN/Bledsoe/ Bledsoe County, TN Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/TN/Bledsoe/ Bledsoe County, TN Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
*[http://genforum.com/tn/bledsoe/ Bledsoe County, TN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)
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*[http://www.tngenweb.org/bledsoe/ Bledsoe County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb) - county website, transcriptions and other information on the local level.
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/bledsoe/ Bledsoe County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb)  
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*{{FHL|Tennessee Bledsoe|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} (FamilySearch) — The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications)  This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
*[http://www.mytennesseegenealogy.com/tn-county-bledsoe.html Bledsoe County, TN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (MyTennesseeGenealogy)
 
*{{FHL|Tennessee%2C+Bledsoe|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} (FamilySearch)  
 
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/bledsoe.html Mailing List: TNBLEDSO-L (Bledsoe County, Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/bledsoe.html Mailing List: TNBLEDSO-L (Bledsoe County, Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html Mailing List: ETN-L (East Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html Mailing List: ETN-L (East Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
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*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#SE-TN Mailing List: SE-TN-L (Southeast Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#SE-TN Mailing List: SE-TN-L (Southeast Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)
  
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Guide to Bledsoe County, Tennessee ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1908 1908 1830 1808 1883

Bledsoe County Tennessee Courthouse

Bledsoe County Courthouse
PO Box 149
116 Main St
Pikeville, TN 37367-0212
Phone: 423-447-2137

Courthouse burned in 1908.
County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1908.
Register of Deeds has land records.[2]

Bledsoe County Courthouse, Pikeville, Tenn.


Bledsoe County Clerk
P.O. Box 212
116 Main St.
Pikeville, TN 37367
Phone: 1-423-447-2137
Marriage and probate records from 1908

Bledsoe County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 385
116 Main St.
Pikeville, TN 37367
Phone: 1-423-447-2020
Land records

Hours:
Mon.-Fri.: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.(Closed Thurs.)
Sat.: 8 a.m. - noon

Bledsoe County Tennessee History

The county is situated in the Sequatchie Valley

The county is named after early Sumner County, Tennessee settler and Revolutionary War veteran Anthony Bledsoe.[3]

Parent County

1807--Bledsoe County was created 30 November 1807 from Roane County.
County seat: Pikeville [4]

County Pronunciation

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

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.

Record Loss

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1882, 1895, and 1908 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.[7]

  • Deeds and court records escaped the fires
  • The earliest deed books are lost
  • Pre-1884 wills are lost
  • Marriages recorded between 1807 and 1907 are lost

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


Bledsoe County Tennessee Places / Localities

Populated Places 

For a list of locations in this county and information about each location online, through some helpful websites, please click on Populated Places Table for Bledsoe County

Neighboring Counties

Bledsoe County Tennessee Genealogy 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 Bledsoe County Bible, biography, census, church, court, genealogy, 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 American

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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.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1810 3,259
1820 4,005 22.9%
1830 4,648 16.1%
1840 5,676 22.1%
1850 5,959 5.0%
1860 4,459 −25.2%
1870 4,870 9.2%
1880 5,617 15.3%
1890 6,134 9.2%
1900 6,626 8.0%
1910 6,329 −4.5%
1920 7,218 14.0%
1930 7,128 −1.2%
1940 8,358 17.3%
1950 8,561 2.4%
1960 7,811 −8.8%
1970 7,643 −2.2%
1980 9,478 24.0%
1990 9,669 2.0%
2000 12,367 27.9%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Bledsoe 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 Bledsoe County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. The USGenWeb Census Project®

Tennessee, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1810-1891 - Ancestry ($)

Voters

Lost

1810 - Lost, but a substitute is available:

  • Sherrill, Charles A. The Reconstructed 1810 Census of Tennessee: 33,000 Long-lost Records from Tax Lists, Court Minutes, Church Records, Wills, Deeds and Other Sources. Mt. Juliet, Tenn.: C.A. Sherrill, 2001. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1810.

1820 - Lost[8]

Census and Census Substitutes Index

1810 - 1891 Tennessee, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1810-1891 at Ancestry.com — index $

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.

1830

1840

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

  • Hutcherson, Willis. Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 for Bledsoe County, Tennessee. Knoxville, Tenn.: Clinchdale Press, 1963. FHL US/CAN Book 976.876 X2h 1850.
  • Ries, Nancy. "Bledsoe County, TN - 1850 U.S. Census," (9 parts) available online through USGenWeb Archives.

1860

  • Hobbs, Norma Dennis and Sara Agee Goins. United States Census Bledsoe County, Tennessee, 1860. Dunlap, Tenn.: N. Hobbs and S. Goins, 1986. FHL US/CAN Book 976.876 X2h 1860.

1870

The 1870 population schedules of Bledsoe County have been abstracted and/or indexed multiple times:

1880

  • Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. 1880 Census - Tennessee: Transcription for Bledsoe County. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 198-?. FHL US/CAN Book 976.876 X2s 1880.

1910

1920

  • Goins, Sara Agee and Norma Dennis Hobbs. United States Census, Bledsoe County, Tennessee, 1920. Dunlap, Tenn.: Goins and Hobbs Geneal. Service, 1994. FHL US/CAN Book 976.876 X2g 1920.

Male Voters 1891

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.

  • Bledsoe County Church Records
- FamilySearch Catalog - Bledsoe County Church Records
  • Church histories tell when a church started in the area, who the early members were, give data about church leaders, etc.
- FamilySearch Catalog - Bledsoe County Church History
  • 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 Bledsoe County are:
- List of Bledsoe County churches with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)
- List of Bledsoe County churches (TN HomeTownLocator)


  • In 1936, a helpful guide to early Bledsoe County church records was published by the Works Project Administration. [9]Use this guide to locate which church records exist and where they were housed in 1936. The Tennessee State Library and Archives has filmed some of these records. To locate which records are available at the TSLA, go to the appropriate "county fact sheet" on the TSLA Web site and scroll down to "selected manuscript material". All filmed church records at the TSLA for Bledsoe county are listed.

Methodist

Court

Genealogy

More than 15 genealogies have been published about Bledsoe County, Tennessee Genealogy families. To view a list, visit Bledsoe County, Tennessee Genealogy.


Immigration

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding 2 British aliens living in Bledsoe County.[10]

Land

The original Bledsoe Deed Books are held at the County Courthouse. In 1969, the TSLA microfilmed Deed Books A to R (1808 to 1885) and indexes. Copies of their microfilms are also available at the Family History Library: FHL US/CAN Films 593009-593015.

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

  1. Deeds Vol. A: 1808-1811
  2. Deeds Vol. B: 1812-1817
  3. Deeds Vol. C: 1817-1821
  4. Deeds Vol. D: 1821-1826

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

  • Bledsoe County Historical and Genealogical Society. Bledsoe County, Tennessee: A Pictorial History. Humboldt, Tenn.: Rose Pub., 1998. FHL US/CAN Book 976.876 H2b.
  • Raulston, J. Leonard and James Weston Livingood. Sequatchie: A Story of the Southern Cumberlands. Knoxville, Tenn.: University of Tennessee Press, 1974. FHL US/CAN Book 976.87 H2r.

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War

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

Additional resources include:

War of 1812
  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Jan. 1960):13-16. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960); digital version at journal website. Includes Bledsoe County pensioners (p. 14).
  • Regiments of TN Militia, 1808-15, Searcher, Vol. 1, No. 4 (Mar. 1990).
Civil War

Online Records


Regiments. Civil War service men from Bledsoe 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 Bledsoe County:

Confederate Soldiers


Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Bledsoe 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 Bledsoe County click on the following city:

Occupations

  • Miller, Alan N. East Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2m. Digital version at World Vital Records ($). Purchase at Genealogical.com. Includes Bledsoe County.
  • Tennesse Bureau of Agriculture, Statistics and Mines. Coal Mines and Mining--Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: A.B. Travel, 1883. Free digital copy.

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 records of Bledsoe County, Tennessee have been published in Ansearchin' News, the quarterly magazine of the Tennessee Genealogical Society. To view a list of these articles, visit their county index. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their archive or conduct a surname search. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the Ansearchin' News quarterly FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a.

Prisons

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


Probate Records

Online Records


Most of the original Bledsoe County Will Books were destroyed. Those that survived are held at the County Courthouse. In 1969, the TSLA microfilmed extant wills and inventories covering the years 1884 to 1931. A copy of their microfilm is also available at the Family History Library: FHL US/CAN Film 593008.

Taxation

TSLA microfilmed Bledsoe County Tax Books 1888-1889 (TSLA Roll 104).

The following Bledsoe County tax records have been indexed:[11]

  • 1815 - Curtis, Mary Barnett. Early East Tennessee Tax Lists. Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing Company, 1964. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4c. [Includes two 1815 petitions.]
  • 1815 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists. Evanston, Ill.: B. and B. Sistler, 1977. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4s. [Includes 1815 tax list.]
  • 1815 - Robnett, Elizabeth Parham. "Bledsoe County, TN 1815 Tax List Alphabetically Arranged," 1989. Available online at USGenWeb Archives.
  • 1836 - Douthat, James L. Bledsoe County, Tennessee 1836 Tennessee Civil Districts and Tax Lists. Spring Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1993. FHL US/CAN Book 976.876 R4d 1836; online: free surname index and publication details.
  • 1862 - Tarriff of Fees, 1862, Tennessee Genealogy and History. Signal Mountain TN: Apr 1999. Vol. 3 Iss. 1.

Vital Records

Marriage

Bledsoe County's early marriage records were lost in courthouse fires. The following publication, based on early newspapers that survived such disasters, may serve as a substitute:

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


Divorce

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

Substitutes

Family Bibles contain birth, marriage, and death information:

Bledsoe County Tennessee Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Bledsoe County Historical &; Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 465
Pikeville, TN 37367
Phone: 1-423-447-2817

East Tennessee Historical Society
601 S. Gay St.
P.O. Box 1629
Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
Phone: 1-865-215-8824
E-mail: eths@east-tennessee-history.org

Bledsoe County Public Library
478 Cumberland Ave/
P.O. Box 465
Pikeville, TN 37367
Phone: 1-423-447-2817
Hours:
Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thurs. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
"The Bledsoe County Public Library is recognized by the TSLA as the Bledsoe County Archives and Historical Records Repository." Genealogical resources include family histories, the Cherokee and Melungeon books and files, the Soldiers’ Pension Lists of 1792-1795, 1812, 1820 and 1890 as well as research materials for the Sequatchie Valley and adjoining counties.(per website) To see the library collection, see the genealogy page of the Bledsoe County Library website. 

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.


Bledsoe County Tennessee Genealogy Websites

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

Bledsoe County Tennessee Genealogy 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), Bledsoe 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 Louise Lynch, Archivist, Williamson County, Tennessee Archives (2010).
  7. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State (accessed 13 March 2016).
  8. Mary Barnett Curtis, Early East Tennessee Tax Lists: a compiled list of residents of the area covered in 22 east Tennessee counties for which there is (sic) no census records prior to 1830 (Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing, 1964) [FHL 976.8 R4c].
  9. WPA. Guide to Church Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville: Tennessee State Planning Commission, 1942. FHL 976.8 K23w
  10. Kenneth Scott. British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979, 372-378 (see East Tennessee). FHL US/CAN 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  11. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.