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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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Founded: November 6, 1801
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Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Anthony Bledsoe (1739–1788), a soldier in the Revolutionary War and was an early settler of Sumner County. He was killed in an Indian attack at Bledsoe's Station. The County is located in the east area of the state. [1]

Bledsoe County, Tennessee Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1909 1908 1909 1836 1808 1908 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Bledsoe County Tennessee Courthouse[edit | edit source]

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.[3]


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

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

Bledsoe County Tennessee History[edit | edit source]

Sequatchie Valley

The county is named after early Sumner County, Tennessee settler and Revolutionary War veteran Anthony Bledsoe.[4]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1807--Bledsoe County was created 30 November 1807 from Roane County.
County seat: Pikeville [5]

County Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

  1. Hear it spoken[6] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[7] (another female)

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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

Record Loss[edit | edit source]


1882, 1895, and 1908 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.[8]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

Populated Places [edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[9]

Unincorporated communities

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Bledsoe County Tennessee Genealogy Resources[edit | edit source]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Tennessee African Americans

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
TNGenWeb WorldCat BillionGraves
TNGenWeb Archives Linkpendium
Tombstone Project Gravestones
TNGenWeb Cemeteries Epodunk
BillionGraves Interment
See Tennessee Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

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 ($)



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[10]

Census and Census Substitutes Index

1810 - 1891 Tennessee, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1810-1891 at — 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.



1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


  • 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.



  • 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[edit | edit source]

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. [11]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.


Court[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

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

Immigration[edit | edit source]

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding 2 British aliens living in Bledsoe County.[12]

Land[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

Cumberland CountyRhea CountyHamilton CountySequatchie CountyVan Buren CountyTN BLEDSOE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

*Maps of Tennessee (1777-1985)

Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

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

Additional resources include:

War of 1812[edit | edit source]
  • 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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

  • 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 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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

The following Bledsoe County tax records have been indexed:[13]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

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:

Birth[edit | edit source]
Divorce[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

For deaths of Methodists in Bledsoe County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:

Substitutes[edit | edit source]

Family Bibles contain birth, marriage, and death information:

Bledsoe County Tennessee Genealogy Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Bledsoe County Public Library
478 Cumberland Ave/
P.O. Box 465
Pikeville, TN 37367
Phone: 1-423-447-2817
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
[edit | edit source]

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.

Bledsoe County Tennessee Genealogy Websites[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Bledsoe County, Tennessee

Bledsoe County Tennessee Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Bledsoe, Tennessee" in,_Tennessee accessed 11 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bledsoe County, Tennessee. Page 638-645 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 637-640.
  3. 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.
  4. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 638. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  6. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  7. Voice of Louise Lynch, Archivist, Williamson County, Tennessee Archives (2010).
  8. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State (accessed 13 March 2016).
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Bledsoe County, Tennessee," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Tennessee, accessed 7 November 2019.
  10. 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].
  11. WPA. Guide to Church Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville: Tennessee State Planning Commission, 1942. FHL 976.8 K23w
  12. 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 ($).
  13. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.

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