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Guide to Rhea 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: Dayton
Organized: November 30, 1807
Parent County(s): Roane[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bledsoe  • Cumberland  • Hamilton  • Meigs  • Roane
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Courthouse
Rhea County Courthouse.JPG
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 the Tennessee politician and Revolutionary War veteran John Rhea. The County is located in the east-central area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Rhea County Courthouse
1475 Market Street
Dayton, TN 37321
Rhea County Courthouse Phone: 423-775-7808
Rhea County Clerk Phone: 423-775-7808
Rhea County Register of Deeds Phone: 423-775-7841
County Clerk has marriage records from 1808.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[4] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[5] (female)

Rhea 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[6]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1908 1808 1908 1815 1808 1825 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1869 and 1927 Fires damaged courthouse records.[7]

  • Lost censuses: 1810, 1820
  • Lost probate records: 1808 to 1825

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


Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1807--Rhea County was established 30 November 1807 from part of Roane County. Early records may be found under Roane County.
  • County seat: Dayton[8]

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]

Bonham Evensville Liberty Hill Pennine
Bonneville (hist.) Five Points Lorraine Rhea Springs
Bryan Hill Grandview Montague Roddy
College Hill Graysville Morgan Springs Saint Clair
Concord Ideal Valley Morgantown Spring City
Cranmore Cove Iron Hill (hist.) Mountain View Taylor Hill
Cumberland Spring Kemmer Hill Ogden Wolf Creek
Dayton Lakeside Old Washington
Edgewood Hills Laurel Brook Paine Spring

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Additional Information
East Tennessee county.

The county is named after U.S. Congressman John Rhea (1753-1832) from Tennessee.[9]

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 Rhea County.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Rhea 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.

 

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

1810-1891

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]

1820 Manufactures

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

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

  • National Archives. Indexes to Manufactures Census of 1820. 1920; reprint, Knightstown, Ind.: Bookmark, 1977. FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2m 1820; digital version at Lineages. Covers this county.
  • 1820 Census of Manufactures: Rhea County, East Tennessee Roots, Vol. 6, No. 1 ():37. For availability, see Rhea.

1830

1840

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

1850 Agricultural Census

  • Broyles, Bettye J. Rhea County: 1850, 1870, and 1880 Agricultural Production Census. n.p.: Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1999. FHL US/CAN Book 976.883 X2b.
  • Green, Linda L. Tennessee 1850 Agricultural Census. 2 vols. Woodbridge, Va.: L.L. Green, 2000. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2g v. 1 ff. Rhea County is included in Vol. 1.

1860

1870

1870 Agricultural Census

  • Broyles, Bettye J. Rhea County: 1850, 1870, and 1880 Agricultural Production Census. n.p.: Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1999. FHL US/CAN Book 976.883 X2b.

1880

1880 Agricultural Census

  • Broyles, Bettye J. Rhea County: 1850, 1870, and 1880 Agricultural Production Census. n.p.: Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1999. FHL US/CAN Book 976.883 X2b.

1891 Male Voters

1900

1920

  • Tallent, Seth, Henrietta Tallent and Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society. Rhea County, Tennessee, 1920 Census. Spring City, Tenn.: Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1995. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8834 X2t.

Church Records[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.

  • Rhea County Church Records
- FamilySearch Catalog - Rhea 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 - Rhea 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 Rhea County are:
- List of Rhea County churches with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)
- List of Rhea County churches (TN HomeTownLocator)

Baptist

  • 1807-1937 - Salem Baptist Church Records. Dayton, 1807-1937. Manuscript. TSLA Reel #465.
  • 1807-1900 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. vol. 2 FHL 976.8 K29s Index to original Salem Baptist Church Records. Dayton, 1807-1937.

Methodist

  • Historical Records Project. Quarterly Conference of the Washington Circuit of the Holston Conference Methodist Church South, Rhea County, Tennessee. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1940. Manuscript. FHL 24790 Item 3

Episcopal

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 6 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Rhea County.

  • 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 ($)

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

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

General

Bibliography

  • Edmonds - Yadon, Laurence J. The Newton J. Edmonds Family of Rhea County, Tennessee and Greene, Laclede and Webster Counties, Missouri. Tulsa, Oklahoma: L.J. Yadon II, 1980. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Ed58y.
  • Shultz - Reagan, Donald B. Smoky Mountain Clans. 3 vols. Knoxville, Tenn.: D.B. Reagan, 1978-1983. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273R22b 1978. The Shultz family is discussed in Vol. 2.
  • Smith - Mayes, C. Vale. A Genealogy and History of Smith Family of Rhea Co. Tn. and Barry Co. Mo. with Their Related Families, 1772-1982. n.p.: C.V. Mayes, 198?. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Sm61m.
  • Walker - Bowman, G. Ralph. Some Descendants of Captain George Walker, 1745-1833: of Fauquier, Virginia; Burke County, North Carolina; Knox, Rhea & Bledsoe Counties, Tenn. n.p.: G.R. Bowman, 1978, 2004. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W152bg. Digital version available at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Wasson - Murray, J.L. Ancestry of James S. Murray of Campbell County, Tennessee and the Wasson Family of Rhea County, Tennessee. MSS., microfilmed in 1983. FHL US/CAN Film 1033940 Item 6.
  • Young - Stein, Carl F. Some Descendents of James Pickens Young 1815: of Polk, Rhea, Hamilton, Blount, & Knox Counties, Tenn., Cherokee, & Gaston Counties, North Carolina. Family Group Sheets. FHL US/CAN Film 2055385 Item 2.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

In 1969, TSLA microfilmed original Rhea County Deed Books A to M (1808-1879). FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 589479-589483.

Book Abstracts and Indexes

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Cumberland CountyRoane CountyMeigs CountyHamilton CountyBledsoe CountyTN RHEA.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War
The following Rhea 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. 8, No. 2 (Apr. 1961):49-52. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. Includes Rhea County pensioners (p. 50).

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Rhea 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 Rhea County:

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Rhea County:

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 Rhea County click on the following cities or towns:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

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]

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

The following Rhea County probate records have been abstracted and/or indexed:

  • 1808 - 1851 - Bell, Annie W.B. Rhea County, Tennessee, Wills, 1808-1851. Typescript, pre-1935. FHL US/CAN 940062 Item 4.
  • 1810 - 1881 - Broyles, Bettye J. Rhea County, Tennessee Wills, Inventories, Estate Settlements and Guardian Reports 1810-1881. n.p.: Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1989. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8834 P2rFree Lookups Available!
  • 1825 - 1860 - Historical Records Project (W.P.A.). Will Books, 1825-1860, Rhea County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA. Microfilmed in 1940. FHL US/CAN Films 24791, 24788. Includes inventories and administrations for certain years.
  • 1825 - 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!
  • 1825 - 1840, 1852 - 1881 - Strictly By Name (see above).

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

In 1969, the TSLA microfilmed the original Rhea County Tax Lists 1832-1834. FHL copy: Minute Book C, FHL US/CAN Film 1012164.

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1808-1809 - Tax List, 1808-9, Rhea Notes, Vol. 1, No. 3 (May 1987).
  • 1808, 1819 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 1808 and 1819 tax lists.
  • 1808, 1819 Mary Barnett Curtis, Early East Tennessee Tax Lists (Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing Company, 1964), FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4c. Includes 1808 and 1819 tax lists.
  • 1808-1850 - Broyles, Bettie J. A Compendium of Rhea and Meigs Counties, Tennessee, 1808 through 1850. 1980. FHL US/CAN Book 976.883 V2b; online: free surname index and purchase details.
  • 1808-1809 - Tax List, 1808-9, Rhea Notes, Vol. 1, No. 3 (May 1987).
  • 1808 - "1808 Tax Lists of Rhea County," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • 1809 Tax List, 1809, Rhea Notes, Vol. 9, Nos. 3-4 (May 1995).
  • 1810 Tax List, 1810, Rhea Notes, Vol. 1, No. 4 (Jul. 1987).
  • 1810 Tax List, 1810, Rhea Notes, Vol. 9, Nos. 5-6 (Sep. 1995).
  • 1811 Tax List, 1811, Rhea Notes, Vol. 1, No. 5 (Sep. 1987); Vol. 1, No. 6 (Nov. 1987).
  • 1814 Tax List, 1814, Rhea Notes, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Mar. 1988).
  • 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 Rhea. Includes Rhea County.
  • 1815 Tax List, 1815, Rhea Notes, Vol. 2, No. 3 (May 1988).
  • 1816-1817 - Tax List, 1816, 1817, Rhea Notes, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Jul. 1988).
  • 1818 Tax List, 1818, Rhea Notes, Vol. 2, No. 5 (Sep. 1988).
  • 1819-1829 - Broyles, Bettie J. Rhea County Tax Lists, 1819 through 1829. Chattanooga, Tenn.: B.J. Broyles, 199-?. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8834 R4bb.
  • 1823 - Thornton, Mabel H. "Rhea County, Tennessee, Tax List-1823," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Jan. 1964):9-20. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Rhea.
  • 1832-1834 - Wells, Carol. Rhea County, Tennessee: Tax Lists, 1832-1834 and County Court Minutes, Colume D: 1829-1834. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1996. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8834 P2w.
  • 1832-1834 - Wells, Carol. Tennessee. CD-ROM. FHL Computer US/CAN Desktop CD-ROM no. 680 v. 2. Includes 1832-1834 tax lists.
  • 1833 - Vincent, Don. Missouri Heartlands, Family Records. 2 vols. 1991-1993. FHL US/CAN Book 977.8 D2vd. Includes Rhea County 1833 tax list.
  • 1836 "Rhea County, Tennessee 1836 Plat Map and Civil District Descriptions," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • 1837 Broyles, Bettie J. Rhea County: Taxable Property and Polls for 1837. n.p.: Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1992. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8834 R4b; online: free surname index and purchase details.
  • 1850-1900 - Broyles, Bettie J. Rhea County, Tennessee, Census, Marriage, and Tax Records, 1850 through 1900. 1982. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8834 X2b; online: free surname index and purchase details. Free Lookups Available!
  • 1866 - Broyles, Bettie J. Rhea County, Tennessee 1866 Tax List. Spring City, Tennessee: Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1996. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8834 R4bbj; online: free surname 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]

  • W.P.A. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1941. FamilySearch Books Online

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]

Clyde W. Roddy Library
371 First Ave.
Dayton, Tennessee 37321
Phone: 423-775-8406
E-mail: info@clyderoddy.org
Facebook
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Rhea County Historical & Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 31
Dayton, TN 37321
E-mail:info@rheahistory.com
Website

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

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, "Rhea, Tennessee" in wikipedia accessed 03 Jan 2019
  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 Wilma Adkins, FamilySearch employee, descendant of Rhea Countians. Uncertain of accent.
  5. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  9. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  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. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at Media:Igitennesseel.pdf.