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Guide to Wayne 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: Waynesboro
Organized: November 24, 1817
Parent County(s): Hickman, Humphreys[1]
Neighboring Counties
Decatur  • Hardin  • Lauderdale (AL)  • Lawrence  • Lewis  • Perry
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for General "Mad Anthony" Wayne. The County is located in the south-central area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Wayne County Courthouse
200 Court Square
Waynesboro, TN 38485
Wayne County Courthouse Phone: 931-722-5517
Wayne County Clerk
Marriage and probate records
100 Court Circle
P.O. Box 367
Waynesboro, TN 38485
Wayne County Clerk Phone: 931-722-5544
Wayne County Register of Deeds Phone: 931-722-5518
County Clerk has marriage records from 1857 and probate records from 1848.
Register of Deeds has land records.[3]

County Pronunciation

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

Wayne 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
1881 1857 1881 1837 1820 1848 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1973 Fire damaged courthouse records.[7]

  • Lost marriage records: 1817 to 1856
  • Lost probate records: 1817 to 1847


Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1817--Wayne County was established 24 November 1817 from Hickman and Humphreys Counties. Early records may be found under Hickman and Humphreys Counties.
  • County seat: Waynesboro[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]

Ashland Fairview Lutts Star (hist.)
Bird (hist.) Geneva Martins Mills Starkey (hist.)
Browntown (hist.) Gower (hist.) McGlamery Stand Topsy
Carrollville (hist.) Green River (hist.) Moccasin Upper Holly Creek
Clifton Hardwick (hist.) Moon (hist.) Victory (hist.)
Clifton Junction Highland Mooney Waynesboro
Collinwood Holly Creek Mount Hope Weatherford (hist.)
Corning (hist.) Houston Pleasant Valley (hist.) Whittens Stand (hist.)
Cromwell Crossroads Leatherwood Ransom Stand Woodlawn
Crossroads Light (hist.) Sage (hist.) Yates (hist.)
Cyclone (hist.) Lovie (hist.) Shawnette
Cypress Inn Lower Holly Creek Sorby (hist.)

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796)


Additional Information
Middle Tennessee county.

The county is named after Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796).

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

  • Family Bible Records - Wayne County, Tennessee. Paducah, Ky.:Turner's Publishing Co. Purchase at Google Books website.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

  • Miller, Alan N. Middle Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1784 to 1902. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2004. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2ma. Purchase at Genealogical.com. Includes Wayne County.
  • Moore, Gerald K. Business Licenses, 1879-1890, Wayne County, Tennessee [S.I.]:G.K. Moore, (200-?). FHL book 976.839 U3. Digital version available at FamilySearch Digital Library

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Wayne 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]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 2,459
1830 6,013 144.5%
1840 7,705 28.1%
1850 8,170 6.0%
1860 9,115 11.6%
1870 10,209 12.0%
1880 11,301 10.7%
1890 11,471 1.5%
1900 12,936 12.8%
1910 12,062 −6.8%
1920 12,877 6.8%
1930 12,134 −5.8%
1940 13,638 12.4%
1950 13,864 1.7%
1960 11,908 −14.1%
1970 12,365 3.8%
1980 13,946 12.8%
1990 13,935 −0.1%
2000 16,842 20.9%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Wayne County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Tennessee Census. 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 Wayne County, Tennessee census assignments, including links to transcribed files. The USGenWeb Census Project®.

1810-1891

1820

  • Bentley, Elizabeth P. Index to the 1820 Census of Tennessee. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1981. FHL 976.8 X22b 1820
  • Byler, Edgar D. Wayne County, Tennessee, Census Records. Collinwood, Tennessee: Byler Press, 1975 FHL 976.839 X2p Vol. 1.
  • Lauderdale County Library. Vertical files, Census records. Salt Lake City, Utah Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978. FHL 1034009 Item 2.

1830

  • Byler, Edgar D. Wayne County, Tennessee, Census Records. Collinwood, Tennessee: Byler Press, 1975. FHL 976.839 X2p Vol. 1.

1840

  • Byler, Edgar D. Wayne County, Tennessee, Census Records. Collinwood, Tennessee: Byler Press, 1975. FHL 976.839 X2p Vol. 1.

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

  • Byler, Edgar D. Wayne County, Tennessee, Census Records. Collinwood, Tennessee: Byler Press, 1975. FHL 976.839 X2p Vol. 2.
  • Porch, Deane. Wayne County, Tennessee 1850 Census. Franklin, Tennessee: Louise G. Lynch, 19--?. FHL 976.839 X2p 1850

1860

1870

  • Byler, Edgar D. Wayne County, Tennessee, Census Records. Collinwood, Tennessee: Byler Press, 1975. FHL 976.839 X2p Vol. 3.

1880

  • Brown, Delores R. Wayne County, Tennessee, Census Records. Collinwood, Tennessee: Byler Press, 1975. FHL 976.839 X2p Vol. 4.
  • Sistler, Barbara and Byron Sistler. 1880 Census Wayne County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee B. Sistler & Associates, 1999. FHL 976.839 X2s 1880

1890 Lost Substitutes are available:

The 1891 registration has been published and indexed twice:

  • Bridges, Alec F. Special, 1891, Tennessee Census, Wayne County: Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward. Columbia, Tenn.: A.F. Bridges, 1994. FHL US/CAN Book 976.839 X2b.
  • Reed, Sue S. Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891, as Provided for by an Act of General Assembly of Tennessee, Passed January 15, 1891, and Approved January 22, 1891. 8 vols. Houston, Texas: S.S. Reed, 1989. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 8 1891. Wayne County is included in Vol. 8.

1891 Male Voters

There is also the 1890 Census of Civil War Veterans:

1910

  • Brown, Doris R. Wayne County, Tennessee, Census 1910. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: X-Press Graphics, 1992. FHL 976.839 X2b 1910

1920

  • Brown, Doris R. Wayne County, Tennessee, Census 1920. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: X-Press Graphics, 1992. FHL 976.839 X2b 1920

1930

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.] 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 TSLA; another version is available at World Vital Records.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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

African Americans
Census takers found no free African Americans living in Wayne County, Tennessee in 1820.[9]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

DNA

  • DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Wayne County residents. Attempts have not been made to verify the lineages of those tested.
  • Brown - Descendant of John Franklin Brown, b. abt 1830, d. aft 1920 of Wayne County, Tennessee. Y-DNA 37 Marker Test, FTDNA (Kits 79837). Genetic signature available online (labeled Group No. 3), genealogical description available online, courtesy: Brown/Browne/Braun DNA Study. Matches have been found.

General

  • Wayne County Historical Society. Wayne County, Tennessee History and Families. 2 vols. Paducah, Ky.: Turner Pub. Co., 1995. FHL Book 976.839 H2t v. 1 ff.

Bibliography

  • Cook - See Grimes
  • Creacy - Holt, Stacey E. The Creacy/Creecy Family of Wayne County, Tennessee. Collinwood, Tenn.: S.E. Holt, 1993. FHL Book 929.273 A1 no. 8024.
  • Creacy - Daily-Geary, Jessica L. and James P. Geary. The Compiled Book of Creecy: Addendum 2001.Provo, Utah Geary Genealogical Services, 2001. FHL 929.273 C861d supp. Free digitized copy.
  • Grimes - Grimes, Jay Cook. Grimes, Cook and Related Families of Wayne County, Tennessee: A Genealogy. Related Families, Johnson, Morris, Montague, 1800-1960. Auburn, Alabama: J.C. Grimes, 1960. Available at FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 G883gc and FHL US/CAN Film 1321218 Item 4; digital versions available at Ancestry ($); Heritage Quest Online ($); and World Vital Records ($).
  • Haddock - Koontz, Dewie Lucas. The Haddock Family of Cypress Inn, Wayne Co., Tn.: and Descendants. Arlington, Texas: D. Koontz, 1989. FHL Book 929.273 H117kd.
  • Hasty - Hasty, Warren H. William Jordan Hasty and descendants Minneapolis, Minnesota:W.H. Hasty,2004. FHL book 929.273 H279w. Digital version available at FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Horton - Lancaster, Beverly. Some Shipman and Horton Families of Wayne County, Tennessee and Searcy County, Arkansas. Orchard Lake, Mich.: Beverly M. Lancaster, 1986. FHL Book 929.273 H789L.
  • Johnson - See also Grimes
  • Johnson - Massat, Theresa Fickling. History and Genealogy of John Johnson of Wayne County, Tennessee, and His Descendants, 1777-1990. n.p.: T.F. Massat, 1990?. FHL Book 929.273 J633m.
  • Kyle - Raymond, Edith Madeline Replogle and German Burnett Kyle. German Burnett (G.B.) Kyle of Logan County, Arkansas and His Wayne County, Tennessee Ancestors: Duckworth, Kyle, Nesbitt, Staggs, Wilson and Their Descendants and Allied Families. Pullman, Washington: E.M.R. Raymond, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 K984r.
  • Lackey - Nelson, Mary Lee Lackey. The Lackey Lines of Northern Arkansas: Their Descendants and Related Families. Independence, Missouri: M.L.L. Nelson, 1984. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 L118n.
  • Moore - Culver, Lillye Moore and C.W. Moore. The Moore's of Wayne County, Tennessee. n.p.: L.M. Culver, 1969?. FHL Book 929.273 M781cL.
  • Morris - See Grimes
  • Montague - See Grimes
  • Rose - Rose, Christine. Ancestors and Descendants of Frederick Rose: of Sussex County, Virginia, Orange County, North Carolina, and Wayne and Hardin Counties, Tennessee. San Jose, Calif.: C.C. Rose, 1980. FHL Book 929.273 R72rch.
  • Shipman - Lancaster, Beverly. Some Shipman and Horton Families of Wayne County, Tennessee and Searcy County, Arkansas. Orchard Lake, Mich.: Beverly M. Lancaster, 1986. FHL Book 929.273 H789L.
  • Simmons - Jenkins, Jack S. William Simmons of Wayne County, Tennessee and Descendants. San Antonio, Texas: J.S. Jenkins, 1987. FHL Book 929.273 Si47j.
  • Sinclair - Sinclair, Thomas Graham. The Samuel Sinclair and Hettie Jane Roach Family of Wayne County, Tennessee. Palm Desert, Calif.: T.G. Sinclair, 1996. FHL Book 929.273 Si62st.
  • Whitten - Byler, Edgar D. and Rolla Whitten. The Whitten Family of Wayne County, Tennessee. Microfilmed in 1980. FHL US/CAN Film 1293983 Item 16.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

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

Additional resources include:

War of 1812

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Wayne 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 Wayne County:

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Wayne County:

Korean War

  • Wayne County Historical Society (Waynesboro, Tenn.). Korean War Veterans: Wayne County, Tennessee. Paducah, Ky.: Turner Pub. Co., 2004. FHL Book 976.839 M2k.

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 Wayne County click on the following cities:

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 Wayne County Court has responsibility for the probate records.

Online Records


For free lookups of Wayne County, Tennessee wills and administrations 1848-1920 click here.

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1848-1920 - Berry, Nell J. and June L. Scott. Wayne County, Tennessee Wills & Letters of Administration 1848-1920. Waynesboro, Tennessee: Wayne County Historical Society, 1990.
  • 1848-1861 - 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.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1836 Tax List, 1836, Wayne County Historian, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Jun. 1992); Vol. 5, No. 3 (Sep. 1992); Vol. 5, No. 4 (Dec. 1992); Vol. 6, No. 1 (Mar. 1993).
  • 1836 Murphy, Jerry W. "1836 Wayne County Tennessee Tax List," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb. [Includes 1836 Civil District Map, and 1836 Commissioner's Report.]
  • 1838 Tax List, 1838, Wayne County Historian, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Sep. 1993).
  • 1838 Murphy, Jerry W. "1838 Wayne County Tennessee Tax List," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • 1866 - Byler, Edgar D. "Registered Voters in the 10th & 11th Civil Districts-1866, Wayne County, Tennessee," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • 1866 Byler, Edgar D. "1866 Commissioners' Report to Redistrict Wayne County, Tennessee," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • 1877 Moore, Gerald K. "1877 Land Owners Wayne County, Tennessee," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • 1886 Moore, Gerald K. "1886 Land Owners Wayne County, Tennessee," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • 1890 Moore, Gerald K. "1890 Tax List Wayne County, Tennessee," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • 1890 Moore, Gerald K. 1890 Taxpayers in Wayne County, Tennessee. S.l. G.K. Moore, 200-?. FHL 976.839 R4m Free online digital copy.
  • 1891 Higdon, Barbara. "1891 Voter's List Wayne County, Tennessee," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • 1895 Moore, Gerald K. "1895 Land Owners Wayne County, Tennessee," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • 1905 Moore, Gerald K. "1905 Land Owners Wayne County, Tennessee," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • 1915 Moore, Gerald K. "1915 Land Owners Wayne County, Tennessee," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • 1925 Moore, Gerald K. "1925 Land Owners Wayne County, Tennessee," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • 1935 Moore, Gerald K. "1935 Land Owners Wayne County, Tennessee," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • 1945 Moore, Gerald K. "1945 Land Owners Wayne County, Tennessee," available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.

The following article, based on Wayne County's tax records, was published in 2007:

  • Tax and Assessment Statistics, 1877-1955, Wayne County Historian, Vol. 20, No. 3 (Sep. 2007).

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]

Wayne County Public Library
525A Old Hwy 64 East
Waynesboro, TN 38485
Phone: 931-722-5537
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Website

The Wayne County Public Library is affiliated with the library system that serves Wayne County, TN.


West Tennessee Heritage Study Center
Paul Meek Library
University of Tennessee at Martin
731-881-7060
Website

The Heritage Study Center holds a variety of genealogical resources including materials relating to the following counties in Tennessee: Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Perry, Shelby, Stewart, Tipton, Wayne, Weakley and Carlisle (KY), Fulton (KY), and Hickman (KY) counties in Kentucky.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Wayne County Historical Society
P.O. Box 866
Waynesboro, TN 38485-0866
Facebook
Website

Quarterly periodical: The Wayne County Historian.
The society was founded in 1970. It has programs designed around topics that relate to the history, genealogy, folklore and archaeology of the county

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
PO Box 330948
Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507
Website

The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which Wayne County is one. It publishes The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, a quarterly containing articles of genealogical and historical interest. Little-known Tennessee records are published and indexed, along with family genealogies, Bible records and material submitted by members. There is an alphabetical Index to articles in the Journal 1988-summer 2005

Websites[edit | edit source]

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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, "Wayne, Tennessee" in wikipedia accessed 09 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 Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  5. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, 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. *Waldrep, G.C. "'Free Colored' Heads of Household in the 1820 Tennessee Census," available online, courtesy: Free African Americans website.
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at Media:Igitennessees.pdf.
  11. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/64/Igitennessees.pdf.