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

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County Facts
County seat: Rutledge
Organized: April 22, 1796
Parent County(s): Knox, Hawkins[1]
Neighboring Counties
Claiborne  • Hamblen  • Hancock  • Hawkins  • Jefferson  • Knox  • Union
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Mary Grainger Blount, wife of William Blount. The County is located in the northeast area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Grainger County Courthouse
PO Box 116
Highway 11 West
Rutledge, TN 37861
Grainger County Courthouse
Phone: 865-828-3511

Grainger County Clerk Phone: 865-828-3511
Grainger Registrar of Deeds Phone: 865-828-3523
Grainger Circuit Court Clerk Phone: 865-828-3605

County Clerk has marriage records from 1796
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken (Voice of Grainger County Mayor Mark Hipsher, 2010)
  2. Hear it spoken[4] (female)

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

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1908 1796 1908 1796 1796 1796 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1946 Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.[6]

  • Lost censuses: 1800, 1810, 1820. A partial 1810 census was compiled by Pollyanna Creekmore and available at the McClung Historical Collection in Knoxville.
  • Lost probate records: 1796 to 1832

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


Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1796--Grainger County was created 22 April 1796 from Knox and Hawkins Counties.
  • County seat: Rutledge[7]

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

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Agreeable (hist.) Dotson Mary Chapel Rutledge
Ambro (hist.) Elm Springs Massengill Mill Shiloh
Ashby (hist.) Fairview May Springs (hist.) Stithsville (hist.)
Avondale Hammer Store Meadow Branch Sunset
Avondale Springs Helton New Corinth Sycamore Spring
Bald Point Highland Springs Noeton (hist.) Tampico
Bean Station Highlands (hist.) Oakland Tate Springs
Beans Holston (hist.) Oakman (hist.) Thorn Hill
Beech Grove Hopper Bluff Perrin Hollow Wa-Ni Village
Beeler Mill Idol Powder Springs Washburn
Blaine Joppa Puncheon Camp Williams Springs
Boggs Lea Springs Richland Wyatt Village
Bowen Liberty Hill Riverview
Buffalo Springs Lulaville Rock Haven
Cherokee Maples (hist.) Rocky Summit (hist.)

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and 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 Genealogical.com. Includes Grainger County.
  • Miller, Allen N. Grainger County, Tennessee Apprenticeship Records, 1797-1873. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1997. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8932 U2m.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Grainger County, Tennessee online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Tennessee Cemeteries for more information.
  • Charles A. Reeves Jr. has drawn a detailed map showing the locations of Grainger County cemeteries. It may be purchased for a small fee through his Cemetery Maps Catalog$

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

1800 Lost, but a substitute is available, see Grainger.

1810

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

1810-1891

1820 Lost[8]

1820 Manufactures

The original manufactures schedules for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee are kept at the National Archives, Washington, D.C. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 1024517-1024518.

The following book is a useful aid for finding the original records. Aonline index, provided by Lineages, which cites the original document numbers, will help researchers determine if this resource can be of assistance:

1830

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

1860

1870

1880

1891 Male Voters

1900

1910

1920

1930

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Baptist

  • DeBord, George Mitchell, Linda DeBord Bishop and Hallie Garner. Personal Records of a Minister: Rev. George Mitchell DeBoard, Grainger County, Tennessee; Includes Many People from Hancock, Hawkins and Hamblen Counties, Tennessee. Dallas, Texas: H. P. Garner, (2001?). FHL US/CAN Book 976.8932 K2d.
  • 1843-1998 - Locust Grove Baptist Church Records, Washburn, 1843-1998. 5 vols. TSLA Microfilm Only Collection. Mf. 1570.
  • 1865-1898 - Mulberry Gap Association of Missionary Baptists Records, 1865-1898 and 1951-1975. 25 vols. TSLA Microfilm Only Collection. Mf. 701. Mulberry Gap Association included Claiborne, Grainger, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, and Jefferson counties.[9]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 9 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Grainger County. Ancestry. ($) [10]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

DNA

  • Doss - Multiple descendants of Thomas Doss, b. abt 1794 Virginia, resident of Grainger County, Tennessee and Lincoln County, Kentucky. Y-DNA 37 Marker Tests, FTDNA (Kits 42138, 68698). Genetic signatures available online (labeled T-1, T-2), genealogical description available online, courtesy: The Doss DNA Project, World Families. Matches have been found.

Genealogy

General

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Grainger, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 58,000 entries.

  • East Tennessee Historical Society. First Families of Tennessee: A Register of Early Settlers and Their Present-day Descendants. Knoxville, Tenn.: East Tennessee Historical Society, 2000. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 H2ff. Identifies families that had settled in Tennessee before it achieved statehood in 1796.
  • Wilson, Marshall A. Families of Norris Reservoir Area. Clinton, Tennessee: Pellissippi Genealogical and Historical Society, 1986. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8935 D2w.
Norris Dam on the Clinch River in Eastern Tennessee was a project of the Tennessee Valley Authority in the 1930s. Nearly 3,000 families, totalling almost 14,000 persons, were required to vacate land that was to be inundated by the resulting reservoir. In connection with the removal of families and gravesites, Mr. Wilson, a TVA official, collected historical and genealogical information about Norris Valley residents; he presents information about 75 of those families, along with a brief chronology of the area. Each family record begins with the name of a father and the name of that man's father, con- tinuing through other ancestors of the direct male line back to the earliest one known. Families represented by ten or more male heads of household include Agee, Carden, Hatmaker, Irwin, Longmire, Miller, Rice, and Sharp.

Bibliography

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Deeds

The original Grainger County Deed Books are held at the County Courthouse. TSLA microfilmed Deed Books A through 23 (1796-1890) and Indexes (1796-1912) in 1974. They also microfilmed Trust Deed Books 1 through 6 (1868-1905). FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 968596-968610.

The organization Strictly By Name providesonline indexes to early Grainger County land records. They offer a research service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

  1. Deed Book A: 1796-1805
  2. Deed Books A1-B: 1805-1811

Local Land Entries Issued by North Carolina

The original Grainger County land entries issued by North Carolina are kept at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh. On their website, users can bring up a list of land entries issued in Grainger County, both before and after it became a part of the state of Tennessee. Years covered: 1783-1807.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Hancock CountyHawkins CountyHamblen CountyJefferson CountyUnion CountyClaiborne CountyKnox CountyTN GRAINGER.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

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

Additional resources include:

  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." Digital version at Ancestry ($). Tennessee entries abstracted online at Tennesseans in the Revolutionary War, courtesy: TNGenWeb. Includes veterans from this county; Tennessee section begins on page 381.

War of 1812

  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr. 1960):40-45; Vol. 7, No. 3 (Jul. 1960):65-68. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960); digital version at journal website. Includes Grainger County pensioners 7(2):45, 7(3):65.

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Grainger County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (part of a large regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Grainger County:

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Grainger County:

Civil War Battles
The following Civil War battle was fought in Grainger County:

Map showing Civil War battles in Tennessee.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

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

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Historic Residences[edit | edit source]
  • Roach, Thomas Edward. "Langley", Rutledge, Tennessee: A History of a Southern Mansion and Its Families. Rutledge, Tenn.: T.E. Roach, 1983. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8932/R1 H2r.
Private Papers[edit | edit source]
  • DeBord, George Mitchell, Linda DeBord Bishop and Hallie Garner. Personal Records of a Minister: Rev. George Mitchell DeBoard, Grainger County, Tennessee; Includes Many People from Hancock, Hawkins and Hamblen Counties, Tennessee. Dallas, Texas: H. P. Garner, (2001?). FHL US/CAN Book 976.8932 K2d.
Prisons[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Genealogical periodicals can contain unique sources and can be local, regional, or statewide. The following periodicals cover this county:

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In the 1960s, TSLA microfilmed the original Grainger County Wills and Settlements (1839-1852). FHL copies: FHL Films 464102-464103.

Online Records


Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1796-1861 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22s. Includes an index to this county's probate records. Free Lookups Available!

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

The original Grainger County Tax Lists 1797-1837 are held at the County Courthouse. TSLA microfilmed them in the 1960s. FHL copy: FHL US/CAN Film 464105 Item 1.

The original Grainger County Tax Duplicates Books (cover 1851-1859, 1875-1876, 1879-1882) are held at the County Courthouse. TSLA microfilmed them in 1974. FHL copy: FHL US/CAN Film 968613.

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1797 County Inhabitants in Indian Boundary, 1797, East Tennessee Roots. Oak Ridge TN: Fall 2003. Vol. 9 Iss. 3. Or see List of Insolvents Living Within the Indian Boundary for the Year 1797, Which the County Court of Grainger Released the Sheriff from Collecting TNGenWeb Project
  • 1799 Creekmore, Pollyanna. Early East Tennessee Taxpayers. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1980. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4cp and Silas Emmett Lucas's Revised Index FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4cp index. Includes 1799 tax list.
  • 1799 Moore, Betty Givens and Betsy Foster West. "Grainger County 1799 Tax List for Gen'l Assembly," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Summer 1981):77-78. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Grainger.
  • 1799, 1803-1805, 1810, 1821 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists. Evanston, Ill.: B. & B. Sistler, 1977. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4s. Includes 1799, 1803-1805, 1810, 1821 tax list.
  • 1799, 1803, 1805, 1821 Curtis, Mary Barnett. Early East Tennessee Tax Lists. Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing Company, 1964. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4c. Includes 1799, 1805, and 1821 tax lists and 1803 petition.
  • 1799 Tax List, 1799, Hamblen Heritage. Morristown TN: Winter 2001. Vol. 16 Iss. 2.
  • 1804 - "Tennessee: Grainger County-1804 Tax List," The Mountain Empire Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring 1984):12-15. FHL US/CAN Book 975 D25m v. 3 (1984). Taken from a 1935 W.P.A. Project Book found in the McClung Historical Collection of the Lawson McGhee Library, Knoxville, Tenn. W.P.A. cites the original manuscript as its source.
  • 1805 West, Betsy. "List of Free Taxables, Grainger County, Tennessee 1805," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 19, No. 1 (January - March 1972):16-20. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Grainger.
  • 1805 Tax List, 1805, Warren County Genealogical Association Bulletin. McMinnville TN: Winter 1992. Vol. 1 Iss. 4.
  • 1809 Tax List, 1809, Tennessee Ancestors. Knoxville TN: Dec 1988. Vol. 4 Iss. 3.
  • 1809 Elder, Pat Spurlock. "1809 Grainger County, Tennessee Tax List," available online, courtesy: Free African Americans website.
  • 1810 Creekmore, Pollyanna. Grainger County, Tennessee, Federal Census of 1810, Population Schedule (Third Census) and County Tax Lists for 1810. Knoxville, Tenn.: Lawson McGhee Library, 1956. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8932 X2g.
  • 1810 Sherrill, Charles A. The Reconstructed 1810 Census of Tennessee: 33,000 Long-lost Records from Tax Lists, Court Minutes, Church Records, Wills, Deeds and Other Sources. Mt. Juliet, Tenn.: C.A. Sherrill, 2001. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1810. Cites WPA's Grainger County Tax List 1810 and Grainger County 1810 Tax List (fragment), Early Tax Lists microfilm reel #3; TSLA, Nashville.
  • 1810-1812 - Moore, Betty Givens and Betsy Foster West. "Grainger County Tax List - 1810, 1811, 1812," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Summer 1981):78. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Grainger.
  • 1810 Tax List, 1810, Hamblen Heritage. Morristown TN: Summer 1986. Vol. 1 Iss. 3; Fall 1986. Vol. 1 Iss. 4; Winter 1987. Vol. 2 Iss. 1; Spring 1987. Vol. 2 Iss. 2; Summer 1987. Vol. 2 Iss. 3; Fall 1987. Vol. 2 Iss. 4; Winter 1988. Vol. 3 Iss. 1; Spring 1988. Vol. 3 Iss. 2; Summer 1988. Vol. 3 Iss. 3.
  • 1810 Tax List, 1810, Tennessee Ancestors. Knoxville TN: Aug 1990. Vol. 6 Iss. 2.
  • 1814 - "Direct Federal Tax-Delinquent Property Owners Listed for 1814," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 3 (Fall 1996):115-120. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Grainger. Includes Grainger County.
  • 1814-1815 - Historical Records Project (Tennessee) W.P.A.. Tax List, 1814-1815, Grainger County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA, Nashville, Tenn. FHL US/CAN Film 24657 Item 4; online: index to James Douthat's reprint and purchase details.
  • 1815 Wayland, Ina Fields. Tax List of Grainger County, Tenn. in the Year 1815. James Taylor Adams Collection, Box 65, Cooke-Wyllie Library, Clinch Valley College, Wise, Va.; FHL US/CAN Film 1689778.
  • 1817 "U.S. Holds 1817 Public Sale of Federal Tax-Delinquent Properties in Tennessee," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 2 (Summer 1996):63-68. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Grainger. Includes Grainger County.
  • 1822 Tax List, 1822, Tennessee Ancestors. Knoxville TN: Apr 1985. Vol. 1 Iss. 1; Aug 1985. Vol. 1 Iss. 2.
  • 1822 Addendum to Tax List, 1822, Tennessee Ancestors. Knoxville TN: Aug 1985. Vol. 1 Iss. 2.
  • 1836 Douthat, James L. Grainger County, Tennessee, 1836 Tennessee Civil District and Tax Lists. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1993. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8932 R4d; online: index and purchase details.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes and Records


Book Abstracts and Indexes

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Rutledge Public Library
8030 Rutledge Pike
Rutledge, TN 37861
Phone: 1-865-828-4784
facebook
website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Grainger County Historical Society
PO Box 215
Rutledge, TN, 37861
Phone: 865-828-8345
E-mail: graingerhist@cs.com
facebook
website

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Grainger, Tennessee" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grainger_County,_Tennessee accessed 18 Dec 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State (accessed 31 March 2014).
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. Guide to Church Records in the Holdings of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, http://state.tn.us/tsla/history/misc/church.htm.
  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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012)