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Guide to '''Benton County, Tennessee ancestry, family history and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Benton 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 Information ==
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==== Description ===
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=== Description ===
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The County was named for David Benton (1779-1860), who was an early settler in the county and a member of the Third Regiment, Tennessee Militia in the Creek War. The County is located in the west area of the state.
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<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Benton, Tennessee" in ''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benton_County,_Tennessee'' accessed 11 Dec 2018 </ref>
  
The County was named for David Benton (1779–1860), who was an early settler in the county and a member of the Third Regiment, Tennessee Militia in the Creek War. The County is located in the west area of the state.
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=== County Courthouse ===
<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Benton, Tennessee" in ''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benton_County,_Tennessee'' accessed 11 Dec 2018 </ref>  
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{{TN Courthouse Intro|Benton}}
 
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'''Benton County Courthouse'''<br>1 Court Square 101 <br>Camden, TN 38320<br>Phone: 731-584-6053<br>[http://bentoncountytn.gov/ Benton County Courthouse]<br><br>
=== Benton County, Tennessee Record Dates===
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County Clerk has marriage records from 1836 and probate records from 1840. <br>Clerk of the Circuit Court has divorce and court records. <br>Register of Deeds has land records.<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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'''''County Pronunciation'''''<br>
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#[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TNBentonWeller.ogg Hear it spoken]<ref>Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).</ref> (female)
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#[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TNBenton.ogg Hear it spoken]<ref>Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).</ref> (male)
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=== Benton County, Tennessee Record Dates  ===
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{{TN Record Dates Intro|Benton}}
 
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benton County, Tennessee. Page 638-645 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref></center>
 
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.</center>
 
| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.</center>
 
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=== Record Loss ===
== Benton County Tennessee Courthouse  ==
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[[Image:{{TNBentoncourthouse}}]] [http://bentoncountytn.gov/ Benton County Courthouse]<br>1 E Court Square <br>Camden, TN 38320<br>Phone: 901-584-6053<br> <br>
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County Clerk has marriage records from 1836 and probate records from 1840. <br>Clerk of the Circuit Court has divorce and court records. <br>Register of Deeds has land records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002),  Benton County, Tennessee page 638, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
 
 
 
'''Hours:'''
 
 
 
Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.<br>Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
 
 
== Benton County Tennessee History  ==
 
 
 
The county is named after "Creek War veteran David Benton (1779–1860), an early settler in the county."<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies "List of counties in Tennessee,"] Wikipedia.</ref>
 
 
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
 
 
'''1835'''--Benton County was&nbsp;created 19 December 1835&nbsp;from [[Henry County, Tennessee|Henry]] and [[Humphreys County, Tennessee|Humphreys]] Counties. <br>'''County seat''': Camden <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 638. ({{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>
 
 
 
==== County Pronunciation  ====
 
 
 
#[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TNBentonWeller.ogg Hear it spoken]<ref>Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).</ref> (female)
 
#[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TNBenton.ogg Hear it spoken]<ref>Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).</ref> (male)
 
 
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
 
 
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  ====
 
 
 
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== Benton County Tennessee Places / Localities  ==
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=== Boundary Changes ===
==== Populated Places  ====
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{{TN Boundary Changes Intro|Benton}}
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*'''1835'''--Benton County was created 19 December 1835 from [[Henry County, Tennessee Genealogy|Henry]] and [[Humphreys County, Tennessee Genealogy|Humphreys]] Counties. <br>''
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*'''County seat:''' {{wpd|Camden,_Tennessee|Camden}}<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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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 at the MapofUS.org website.
  
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=== Populated Places ===
 
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://tennessee.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,005,c,benton.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Benton County, Tennessee," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benton_County,_Tennessee, accessed 6 November 2019.</ref>  
 
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://tennessee.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,005,c,benton.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Benton County, Tennessee," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benton_County,_Tennessee, accessed 6 November 2019.</ref>  
  
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{TN Historical Timeline Intro|Benton}}
  
== Benton County Tennessee Genealogy Resources  ==
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'''Additional Information'''<br>
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The county is named after "Creek War veteran David Benton (1779-1860), an early settler in the county."<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies "List of counties in Tennessee,"] Wikipedia.</ref>
  
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== Resources ==
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{{TN Resources Intro|Benton}}
  
==== Getting Started  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{TN Bible Intro|Benton}}
  
Use the free [http://www.mountainpress.com/ '''Search for Surnames'''] at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Benton County biography, cemetery, land, marriage, and probate records. To determine which books are being searched, or to search each publication's index individually, click [http://www.mountainpress.com/books/tn/a2c.html#benton 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.
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{TN Biographies Intro|Benton}}
  
==== Research Guides  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{TN Business Records Intro|Benton}}
  
*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/genealogical-fact-sheets-about-tennessee-counties-benton-county "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Benton 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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*Miller, Alan N. ''West Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1821 to 1889''. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2006. {{FHL|1369643|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2man}}. Includes Benton County.
*[http://genealogytrails.com/tenn/benton/ Welcome to Benton County Tennessee], web page has a history of the are and many links to cities and interests, such as biographies, births, census, military, newspaper articles, etc.
 
 
 
==== African American  ====
 
 
 
''[[African American Research|United States African Americans]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[African-American Resources for Tennessee|Tennessee African Americans]]''
 
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
Tennessee cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.
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{{TN Cemeteries Intro|Benton}}
  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|342932|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Tennessee/Benton-County?id=county_2427 Findagrave.com]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://tngenweb.org/benton/bccemeteries.html TNGenWeb]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+benton+tennessee&qt=results_page WorldCat]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery BillionGraves]
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/tn/benton/bencems.html TNGenWeb Archives]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Benton County, Tennessee''' online and in print</center>
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/benton-tn-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/benton.html Tombstone Project]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://tennesseegravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=3 Gravestones]
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
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* [http://tngenweb.org/benton/bccemeteries.html TNGenWeb]
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* [http://usgwarchives.net/tn/benton/bencems.html TNGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/benton.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://www.tngenweb.org/cemeteries/index.html#!co=benton TNGenWeb Cemeteries]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search# BillionGraves]
 
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' [[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |(Often more complete)]]</center>
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=12306&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=105&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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* {{FHL|342932|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+benton+tennessee&qt=results_page WorldCat]
 
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Tennessee/Benton-County?id=county_2427 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery BillionGraves]
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* [http://www.linkpendium.com/benton-tn-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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* [http://tennesseegravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=3 Gravestones]
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* [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=12306&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=105&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
 
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*Tennessee cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.
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=== Census Records ===
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{{TN Census Intro|Benton}}
  
==== Census  ====
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1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Benton 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.
 
 
1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Benton 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.  
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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#Benton Benton County, TN 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#Benton Benton County, TN census assignments], including links to transcribed files. [http://www.us-census.org/ The USGenWeb Census Project<sup>®</sup>]
  
[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3574 Tennessee, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index], 1810-1891 - Ancestry($)  
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[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3574 Tennessee, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index], 1810-1891 - Ancestry($)
  
'''1810 - 1891'''  
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'''1810-1891'''<br>
  
*[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 $
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3574 Tennessee, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1810-1891] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
  
'''1840'''  
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'''1840'''<br>
  
 
*Smith, Jonathan Kennon Thompson, ''An Abtract of the 1840 United States census for Benton County, Tennessee (S.I.: s.n.), 1977 (Memphis: R.H. Harris) {{FHL|239076|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.833 X28s}}''
 
*Smith, Jonathan Kennon Thompson, ''An Abtract of the 1840 United States census for Benton County, Tennessee (S.I.: s.n.), 1977 (Memphis: R.H. Harris) {{FHL|239076|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.833 X28s}}''
  
'''1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners'''  
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'''1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners'''<br>
  
*''[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, Western District, Benton County on page 158.
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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 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, Western District, Benton County on page 158.
  
'''1880'''  
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'''1880'''<br>
  
 
*Sistler, Byron and Barbara ''1880 census Benton County, Tennessee'' (Nashville, Tennessee: B. Sistler and Associates, 1990) {{FHL|712430|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.833 X2}}
 
*Sistler, Byron and Barbara ''1880 census Benton County, Tennessee'' (Nashville, Tennessee: B. Sistler and Associates, 1990) {{FHL|712430|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.833 X2}}
  
'''1890''' - Lost, but substitutes are available:  
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'''1890''' Lost, but substitutes are available:
  
 
*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|461479|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 2 1891}}. Benton County is included in Vol. 2.
 
*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|461479|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 2 1891}}. Benton County is included in Vol. 2.
 
*Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. ''1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee.'' Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. {{FHL|114935|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890}}
 
*Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. ''1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee.'' Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. {{FHL|114935|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890}}
  
'''1891'''  
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'''1891'''<br>
  
 
*''Benton County 1891 Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of 21 years of Age and Up.'' Henry County Tennessee Archives. [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available!]
 
*''Benton County 1891 Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of 21 years of Age and Up.'' Henry County Tennessee Archives. [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available!]
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*1891 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2884 Tennessee Enumeration of Male Voters 1891] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
  
*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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'''1900'''<br>
 
 
'''1900'''  
 
  
 
*Dunlap, Linda and Denham, Laura ''1900 every-name census index, Benton County, Tennessee'' (Paris, Tennessee: W.G. Rhea Public Library, 2003?) {{FHL|1141997|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.833 X22}}
 
*Dunlap, Linda and Denham, Laura ''1900 every-name census index, Benton County, Tennessee'' (Paris, Tennessee: W.G. Rhea Public Library, 2003?) {{FHL|1141997|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.833 X22}}
  
'''1910'''  
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'''1910'''<br>
  
 
*Dunlap, Linda and Denham, Laura ''1910 every-name census index, Benton County, Tennessee'' (Paris, Tennessee: W.G. Rhea Public Library, 2003?) {{FHL|1141998|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.833 X22}}
 
*Dunlap, Linda and Denham, Laura ''1910 every-name census index, Benton County, Tennessee'' (Paris, Tennessee: W.G. Rhea Public Library, 2003?) {{FHL|1141998|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.833 X22}}
  
'''1920'''  
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'''1920'''<br>
  
 
*Dunlap, Linda and Denham, Laura ''1920 every-name census index, Benton County, Tennessee'' (Paris, Tennessee: W.G. Rhea Public Library, 2003?) {{FHL|1141999|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.833 X22}}
 
*Dunlap, Linda and Denham, Laura ''1920 every-name census index, Benton County, Tennessee'' (Paris, Tennessee: W.G. Rhea Public Library, 2003?) {{FHL|1141999|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.833 X22}}
  
==== Church ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{TN Church Intro|Benton}}
  
Church records include baptisms, marriages and burials, as well as information about family members and clues about family migration.&nbsp; For additional information about church records, religions, and religious archives&nbsp;in Tennessee, see [[Tennessee Church Records|Tennessee Church Records]].<br>  
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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|Tennessee Church Records]].<br>
  
 
*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.
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:- FamilySearch Catalog - {{FHL|481988|subject-id|disp=Benton County Church History}}
 
:- FamilySearch Catalog - {{FHL|481988|subject-id|disp=Benton County Church History}}
  
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*If the records you need are not available through the Family History Library, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.Two sites that give information about churches in Benton County are:<br>
 
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*:- [http://www.yellowbook.com/yellow-pages/?what=churches&where=benton+county%2C+tn&showads=true List of Benton County churches] with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)<br>
*If the records you need are not&nbsp;available 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;Benton County are:<br>  
 
*:- [http://www.yellowbook.com/yellow-pages/?what=churches&where=benton+county%2C+tn&showads=true List of Benton County churches] with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)<br>  
 
 
*:- [http://tennessee.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,church,scfips,47005.cfm List of Benton County churches] (TN HomeTownLocator)
 
*:- [http://tennessee.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,church,scfips,47005.cfm List of Benton County churches] (TN HomeTownLocator)
  
The churches with the largest membership in&nbsp;Benton County are the '''Southern Baptist Convention''' and the '''United Methodist Church'''. For more information about religions in&nbsp;the county, see the charts showing [http://www.thearda.com/mapsReports/reports/counties/47005_2000.asp membership by faith]&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1281715241214_340"></span><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1281715241214_275"></span>created by the&nbsp;Association of Religion Data Archives.  
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The churches with the largest membership in Benton County are the '''Southern Baptist Convention''' and the '''United Methodist Church'''. For more information about religions in the county, see the charts showing [http://www.thearda.com/mapsReports/reports/counties/47005_2000.asp membership by faith] <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1281715241214_340"></span><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1281715241214_275"></span>created by the Association of Religion Data Archives.
  
 
*In 1936, a helpful guide to early Benton 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 the county are listed.
 
*In 1936, a helpful guide to early Benton 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 the county are listed.
  
==== Court ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{TN Court Intro|Benton}}
  
'''County Court'''  
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'''County Court'''<br>
  
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/court/index.htm Minutes of the County Court of Benton County, Book No. 2, 1842-1854, Part 1 and&nbsp;2], available online through [https://mailinglists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/listindexes/search/DanvilleCrossing Danville Crossing Archives.]  
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*[http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/court/index.htm Minutes of the County Court of Benton County, Book No. 2, 1842-1854, Part 1 and 2], available online through [https://mailinglists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/listindexes/search/DanvilleCrossing Danville Crossing Archives.]
 
*''Benton County, TN. Records 1836-1855: Includes administrations, guardians, clerk, trustees, probate of deeds, record of wills and the scholastic population'' WPA [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available!]
 
*''Benton County, TN. Records 1836-1855: Includes administrations, guardians, clerk, trustees, probate of deeds, record of wills and the scholastic population'' WPA [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available!]
  
==== Genealogy ====
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'''''Law and Legislation'''''<br>
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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 [[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 [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].
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=== Directories ===
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{{TN Directories Intro|Benton}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{TN Emigration Intro|Benton}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{TN Ethnic Groups Intro|Benton}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{TN Funeral Homes Intro|Benton}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{TN Genealogies Intro|Benton}}
  
 
More than 65 genealogies have been published about Benton County, Tennessee families. For more information visit [[Benton County, Tennessee Compiled Genealogies]].
 
More than 65 genealogies have been published about Benton County, Tennessee families. For more information visit [[Benton County, Tennessee Compiled Genealogies]].
  
==== Land ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{TN Guardianship Intro|Benton}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{TN Land Intro|Benton}}
  
The Benton County Register of Deeds&nbsp;is located at the&nbsp;Courthouse, E. Court Square, Rm. 101, Camden, TN 38320-0008; Telephone: (901) 584-6053. It has has land records beginning with the county's organization in 1836. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.  
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The Benton County Register of Deeds is located at the Courthouse, E. Court Square, Rm. 101, Camden, TN 38320-0008; Telephone: (901) 584-6053. It has has land records beginning with the county's organization in 1836. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.
  
Other records available include:  
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Other records available include:
  
*''Benton County Deed Books Vol. 2-May 1843-Jan 1849'' ([Mayfield, KY?]:[http://stores.homestead.com/SimmonsHistoricalBook/StoreFront.bok Simmons Historical Publications],s.d.). Digital version available at [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=simmons_bentoncotndeeds_vol2 World Vital Records] ($). Available for purchase at [http://stores.homestead.com/SimmonsHistoricalBook/StoreFront.bok Simmons Historical Publications].  
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*''Benton County Deed Books Vol. 2-May 1843-Jan 1849'' ([Mayfield, KY?]:[http://stores.homestead.com/SimmonsHistoricalBook/StoreFront.bok Simmons Historical Publications],s.d.). Digital version available at [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=simmons_bentoncotndeeds_vol2 World Vital Records] ($). Available for purchase at [http://stores.homestead.com/SimmonsHistoricalBook/StoreFront.bok Simmons Historical Publications].
*''Benton County Deed Books Vol. 3-Feb 1849-Nov 1852,'' ([Mayfield, KY?]:Simmons Historical Publications,s.d.). Digital version available at [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=simmons_bentoncotndeeds_vol3 World Vital Records] ($).  
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*''Benton County Deed Books Vol. 3-Feb 1849-Nov 1852,'' ([Mayfield, KY?]:Simmons Historical Publications,s.d.). Digital version available at [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=simmons_bentoncotndeeds_vol3 World Vital Records] ($).
*The Family History Library has microfiled records from the Register of Deeds Office of Deed Books 1836-1885 and Trust Books 1874-1882. It also has some published land records.  
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*The Family History Library has microfiled records from the Register of Deeds Office of Deed Books 1836-1885 and Trust Books 1874-1882. It also has some published land records.
 
*Wills, Laura ''Benton County, Tennessee, Deeds Volume 1 (June 1830 - April 1843)'' [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available!]
 
*Wills, Laura ''Benton County, Tennessee, Deeds Volume 1 (June 1830 - April 1843)'' [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available!]
  
==== Law and Legislation  ====
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=== Local Histories ===
 
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{{TN Histories Intro|Benton}}
*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  ====
 
  
*Perry, Larry T. ''A Pictorial History of the Old 23rd District.'' L.T. Perry, 198? [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available!]  
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*Perry, Larry T. ''A Pictorial History of the Old 23rd District.'' L.T. Perry, 198? [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available!]
*Smith, Jonathan Kennon Thompson ''Historic Benton&nbsp;: a people's history of Benton County, Tenn. Memphis, Tennessee:Richard H. Harris, 1976&nbsp; {{FHL|224469|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.833 H2sk}}. [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available!]''
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*Smith, Jonathan Kennon Thompson ''Historic Benton a people's history of Benton County, Tenn. Memphis, Tennessee:Richard H. Harris, 1976{{FHL|224469|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.833 H2sk}}. [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available!]''
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{TN Maps Intro|Benton}}
  
 
{{TN Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{TN Benton County}}}}
 
{{TN Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{TN Benton County}}}}
  
<p style="clear:both">*[http://www.mapofus.org/tennessee/ Maps of Tennessee (1777-1985)]</p>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/tennessee/ Maps of Tennessee (1777-1985)]
 
 
==== Military  ====
 
  
===== Revolutionary War  =====
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=== Migration ===
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{{TN Migration Intro|Benton}}
  
*''[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, Western District, Benton County on page 158.
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=== Military Records ===
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{{TN Military Intro|Benton}}
  
===== War of 1812  =====
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'''''Revolutionary War'''''<br>
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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 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, Western District, Benton County on page 158.
  
*Armstrong, Zella ''Twenty-four hundred Tennessee pensioners:revolution - War of 1812'' Baltimore, Maryland&nbsp;: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1987.&nbsp;{{FHL|626287|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.8 M2az 1987}}. [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available]!
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'''''War of 1812'''''<br>
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*Armstrong, Zella ''Twenty-four hundred Tennessee pensioners:revolution - War of 1812'' Baltimore, Maryland Genealogical Pub. Co., 1987. {{FHL|626287|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.8 M2az 1987}}. [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available]!
  
===== Civil War =====
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'''''Civil War'''''<br>
  
'''''Online Records'''''
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'''''Online Records'''''<br>
*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932378|Tennessee, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932378|Tennessee, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932422|Tennessee, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.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://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
*'''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=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry]
*'''1861 - 1865''' -  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.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://search.ancestry.com Ancestry]
*'''1891 - 1965''' - {{RecordSearch|1874474|Tennessee, Confederate Pension Applications, Soldiers and Widows, 1891-1965}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1891-1965''' - {{RecordSearch|1874474|Tennessee, Confederate Pension Applications, Soldiers and Widows, 1891-1965}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/military/cwrd/main.aspx Civl War Research Database] $
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*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/military/cwrd/main.aspx Civl War Research Database]  
 
*[https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htmsoldiers.cfm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
 
*[https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htmsoldiers.cfm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
  
'''''Regiments.''''' Civil War service men from&nbsp;Benton 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 Benton County:
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{{TN Civil War Regiments|Benton}}<br>
  
<u>Confederate Soldiers</u>  
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Confederate Soldiers<br>
*[[5th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Confederate)|5th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Companies E and M.  
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*[[5th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Confederate)|5th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Companies E and M.
*[[27th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|27th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company A.  
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*[[27th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|27th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company A.
*[[49th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|49th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company I.  
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*[[49th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|49th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company I.
 
*[[55th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Brown's)|55th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Brown's)]] - CSA - Companies A and B.
 
*[[55th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Brown's)|55th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Brown's)]] - CSA - Companies A and B.
  
<u>Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Benton County:</u>  
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Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Benton County:<br>
*''Tennesseans in the Civil War (Parts One and Two)'' Civil War Centennial Commission, Nashville, TN 1964. {{FHL|229787|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.8 M2t}}.  [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available!]  
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*''Tennesseans in the Civil War (Parts One and Two)'' Civil War Centennial Commission, Nashville, TN 1964. {{FHL|229787|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.8 M2t}}.  [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available!]
*''Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant (Volumes 1 and 11)'' Charles L. Webster and Company, New York, 1886 printed by J.J. Little and Co., NY. {{FHL|82525|title-id|disp=Family History Library holdings}}: Volume 1: FHL US/CAN film 962513 item 1. Volume 2: FHL US/CAN film 1697318 item 2 and FHL US/CAN book 921.73 G767gu. [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available]!  
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*''Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant (Volumes 1 and 11)'' Charles L. Webster and Company, New York, 1886 printed by J.J. Little and Co., NY. {{FHL|82525|title-id|disp=Family History Library holdings}}: Volume 1: FHL US/CAN film 962513 item 1. Volume 2: FHL US/CAN film 1697318 item 2 and FHL US/CAN book 921.73 G767gu. [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available]!
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/49coi.html 49th Tennessee Infantry History]. Brief history, roster of Company I.  
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*[http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/49coi.html 49th Tennessee Infantry History]. Brief history, roster of Company I.
*TNGenWeb, [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/civilwar.html Benton County in the Civil War]. Includes links to units, soldiers, etc., both Union and Confederate.  
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*TNGenWeb, [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/civilwar.html Benton County in the Civil War]. Includes links to units, soldiers, etc., both Union and Confederate.
*Tennessee State Library and Archives, [http://share.tn.gov/tsla/history/military/pension103.htm Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications: Benton County]. Includes soldier's name, county, pension #, unit or widow.  
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*Tennessee State Library and Archives, [http://share.tn.gov/tsla/history/military/pension103.htm Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications: Benton County]. 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). Online at Internet Archive.Benton County, page 317.  
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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.Benton County, page 317.
*CWSAC Battle Summaries, [http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp/battles/tn032.htm Johnsonville]. Location: Benton County.  
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*CWSAC Battle Summaries, [http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp/battles/tn032.htm Johnsonville]. Location: Benton County.
 
*Ezell, Norman L., [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/tragedyatduckhill.html Tragedy at Duck Hill Station, Collision of the James Brown &amp; The A. M. West]. This page gives a brief description of the battle, a roster of those killed and an incomplete list of those soldiers wounded.<br>
 
*Ezell, Norman L., [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/tragedyatduckhill.html Tragedy at Duck Hill Station, Collision of the James Brown &amp; The A. M. West]. This page gives a brief description of the battle, a roster of those killed and an incomplete list of those soldiers wounded.<br>
  
====== Civil War Battle ======
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'''''Civil War Battle'''''<br>
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The following Civil War battle was fought in Benton County:
  
The following Civil War battle was fought in Benton County:
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*November 4-5, 1864 - [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/tn032.htm Johnsonville<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/tn032.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 22 August 2012)</ref>]
 
 
*November 4-5, 1864 - [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/tn032.htm Johnsonville<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/tn032.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State]</ref>]
 
  
 
::[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/TNmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Tennessee
 
::[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/TNmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Tennessee
  
===== Spanish American War =====
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'''''Spanish American War'''''<br>
 
 
 
*Hale, Will T.''[http://www.archive.org/details/firsttennesseere00hale The First Tennessee Regiment, United States Volunteers].'' Nashville, 1899. Free digital copy.
 
*Hale, Will T.''[http://www.archive.org/details/firsttennesseere00hale The First Tennessee Regiment, United States Volunteers].'' Nashville, 1899. Free digital copy.
  
===== World War I and II =====
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'''''World War I and II'''''<br>
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*''Service Record - World War I and II Camden and Community.'' American Legion circa 1947 [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available!]
  
*''Service Record - World War I and II Camden and Community.'' American Legion circa 1947 [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available!]
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{TN Naturalization Intro|Benton}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{TN Newspapers Intro|Benton}}
  
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 Benton 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 Benton County click on the following city:
  
 
:*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/newspapers-microfilm-tennessee-state-library-and-archives-c#Camden Camden]
 
:*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/newspapers-microfilm-tennessee-state-library-and-archives-c#Camden Camden]
  
This newspaper has been partially abstracted:  
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This newspaper has been partially abstracted:
  
*Smith, Jonathan Kennon Thompson. ''Selective Gleanings from Camden, Tennessee Newspapers, 1882-1932''. Memphis, Tenn.: J.K.T. Smith, 1977.&nbsp;{{FHL|224494|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.833/C1 V2s}}. [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available!]
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*Smith, Jonathan Kennon Thompson. ''Selective Gleanings from Camden, Tennessee Newspapers, 1882-1932''. Memphis, Tenn.: J.K.T. Smith, 1977. {{FHL|224494|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN book 976.833/C1 V2s}}. [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available!]
  
==== Occupations  ====
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The following publications are based on early newspapers:
  
*Miller, Alan N. ''West Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1821 to 1889''. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2006. {{FHL|1369643|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN 976.8 U2man}}. Includes Benton County.
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*'''1625-1966''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=tennessee%2ctn Tennessee, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast]
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*'''1794-1851''' - Lucas, Silas Emmett. ''Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851''. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. {{FHL|976.8 V2L|Book}}.
  
==== Periodicals  ====
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For deaths of Methodists in Benton County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:
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:*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|976.855/N1 V48s|Book}} ff. 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.
  
{{TNper}}  
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{TN Obituaries Intro|Benton}}
  
{{TNAns}}  
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=== Other Records ===
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{{TN Other Records Intro|Benton}}
  
:'''Benton County Genealogical Society Quarterly'''
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===== Prisons =====
:Family History Library has volume 3, no. 1 (Jan - Mar 1991) - 21, no. 4 (Dec 2009) with some issues missing.<br>{{FHL|599646|title-id|disp=FHL 976.833 D25b}}. [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available for 1989 - 1997 Quarterly.] <br>
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*'''1831-1850''' [http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/inmates-tennessee-state-penitentiary-1831-1850 Inmates of the Tennessee State Penitentiary 1831-1850] at [https://sos.tn.gov/tsla Tennessee State Library and Archives]
:BYU Family History Archives has [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1303285 BCGS quarterly volume 17] and [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1459318 volume 19]
 
:'''Family Findings'''
 
:Genealogical articles with abstracts of Benton County, Tennessee records have been published in ''Family Findings'', the quarterly of the [https://mwtgs.wordpress.com/ Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society]&nbsp;(42+ vols.). The Family History Library has most issues of this quarterly {{FHL|40026|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 B2f}}.
 
:Tables of contents for some volumes are available online through [http://www.tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb&nbsp;Project]:
 
::*[http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/records/ff-tc1.htm Volumes 1-10 (1969-1978)]
 
::*[http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/records/ff-tc2.htm Volumes 11-20 (1979-1988)]  
 
::*[http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/records/ff-tc3.htm Volumes 21-24 (1989-1992)]
 
::*[http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/records/ff-tc4.htm Volumes 32-35 (2000-2003)]
 
:Many articles from this publication have been reproduced on the TNGenWeb Project website, try this [http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Awww.tngenweb.org+%22Family+Findings%22+%22Benton+County%22&hl=en&rls=com.microsoft%3Aen-us&sa=2 specialized Google search].
 
:'''West Tennessee Historical Society Papers'''
 
:Family History Library has Volumes 1 - 16 and 30 {{FHL|233239|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.81 B5w}}. The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers are indexed in [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)]]<br>To view Table of Contents and complete articles from 1947 - 2005 see [http://register.shelby.tn.us/wths/ Shelby County Register of Deeds]
 
  
==== Prisons ====
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*'''1851-1870''' [http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/inmates-tennessee-state-penitentiary-1851-1870 Inmates of the Tennessee State Penitentiary 1851-1870] at [https://sos.tn.gov/tsla Tennessee State Library and Archives]
  
{{TNp}}  
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{TN Periodicals Intro|Benton}}
  
==== Probate Records  ====
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*''Ansearchin' News'': Quarterly magazine of the [http://www.tngs.org/ Tennessee Genealogical Society]. For a keyword search, go to the [http://www.tngs.org/Ansearchn-News county index]. Read previous issues on their [http://www.tngs.org/Ansearchn-News website]; {{FHL|44514|item|disp=FHL Book 976.8 B2a.}}
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*'''Benton County Genealogical Society Quarterly''': Family History Library has volume 3, no. 1 (Jan - Mar 1991) - 21, no. 4 (Dec 2009) with some issues missing.<br>{{FHL|599646|title-id|disp=FHL 976.833 D25b}}. [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html Free lookups available for 1989-1997 Quarterly.]
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*'''Family Findings''': Quarterly of the [https://mwtgs.wordpress.com/ Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society]. [https://www.tngenweb.org/family-findings-newsletters.php Back issues online and table of contents for newer issues]; {{FHL|40026|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 B2f}}.
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*'''West Tennessee Historical Society Papers''': {{FHL|233239|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.81 B5w}}. Indexed in [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)]]
  
The County Court Clerk has responsibility for the probate records of Benton County. Some probate records are kept at the [http://www.bcpl-tn.org/ArchivesT.html Benton County Archives].<br>
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{TN Probate Intro|Benton}}
  
'''''Online Records'''''
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The County Court Clerk has responsibility for the probate records of Benton County. Some probate records are kept at the [http://www.bcpl-tn.org/ArchivesT.html Benton County Archives]($).<br>
  
*'''1779 - 2008''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9176 Tennessee Wills and Probate Records 1779-2008] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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''Online Records''<br>
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*'''1779-2008''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9176 Tennessee Wills and Probate Records 1779-2008] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]($)
  
{{Tennpro}}  
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*'''1855-1968''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=M6QS-BP8%3A179637701%3Fcc%3D1909088 Benton County] portion of {{RecordSearch|1909088|Tennessee, Probate Court Books, 1795-1927}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - images only; handwritten indexes may be found at the front or back of some volumes.
  
*Settlements, Wills, 1855-1968
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''Book Abstracts and Indexes''<br>
*Accounts, Settlements, 1860-1928
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*'''1836-1910''' - Benton County Genealogical Society. ''Wills of Benton County 1836-1910.'' Camden, Tennessee: The Benton County Genealogical Society, 2009.
*Bonds, Letters, 1874-1968
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*'''1837-1861''' - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Index to Tennessee Wills &amp; Administrations 1779-1861''. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler Associates, Inc., 1990. {{FHL|615022|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22s}}. Includes an index to this county's probate records.
*Claims against estates, 1867-1943
 
*Index to Administrations and Guardianships, 1858-1868
 
*Insolvent estate records, 1852-1916
 
*Settlements, 1860-1930
 
  
The following Benton County probate records have been abstracted, indexed, or both:
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=== School Records ===
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{{TN Schools Intro|Benton}}
  
*'''1836 - 1910''' - Benton County Genealogical Society. ''Wills of Benton County 1836-1910.'' Camden, Tennessee: The Benton County Genealogical Society, 2009.
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=== Tax Records ===
*'''1837 - 1861''' - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Index to Tennessee Wills &amp; Administrations 1779-1861''. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler Associates, Inc., 1990. {{FHL|615022|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22s}}. Includes an index to this county's probate records.
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{{TN Tax Intro|Benton}}
  
==== Taxation ====
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The original Benton County Tax Books 1836-1909 were microfilmed by [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] in 1968. FHL copies: {{FHL|201699|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Films 944046, 557667}}.<br><br>
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''Book Abstracts and Indexes''<br>
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*'''1836''' "1836 Land and Poll Tax List," Transcript, Benton County Public Library, Camden, Tenn. Digital version, by Brian Nichols, available [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/databas2.htm#Research online] at TNGenWeb.
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*'''1836''' "1835 Map of Civil Districts, Benton County, Tennessee" and "Benton County, Tennessee 1836 Tax List," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 41, No. 2 (Summer 1994):56-61. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see [[Benton County, Tennessee Genealogy|Benton]].
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*'''1836''' Tax List, 1836, ''Benton County Genealogical Society Quarterly''. Camden TN: Jul 1997. Vol. 9 Iss. 3.
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*'''1836''' Poll Tax Payers, 1836, ''Benton County Genealogical Society Quarterly''
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*'''1837''' - Cleveland, Harry Milton. "Benton County, Tennessee 1837 Tax List," ''Ansearchin' News,'' Vol. 41, No. 3 (Fall 1994):107-110. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see [[Benton County, Tennessee Genealogy|Benton]].
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*'''1844''' Land Tax List, 1844, ''Benton County Genealogical Society Quarterly''. Camden TN: Dec 2005. Vol. 17 Iss. 4.
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*'''1865-1866'''- Smith, Jonathan K.T. ''United States Direct Tax Commission, District of Tennessee, Benton County, 1865-1866''. Jackson, Tenn.: n.p., 1992. {{FHL|620558|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.833 R4s}}.
  
The original Benton County Tax Books 1836-1909 were microfilmed by [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] in 1968. FHL copies: {{FHL|201699|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Films 944046, 557667}}.
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{TN Vital Intro|Benton}}
  
The following Benton County tax lists have been abstracted:<ref>The Heritage Quest Online version of [http://heritagequestonline.com PERSI] aided in the compilation of this list.</ref>  
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==== Birth ====
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{{TN Birth Intro|Benton}}
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''Online Records''<br>
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*'''1828-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1681012|Tennessee Births and Christenings 1828-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1869-1909''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2282 Tennessee Delayed Birth Records 1869-1909 ] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] $
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*'''1908-1912''' - {{RecordSearch|2515873|Tennessee, Birth Records (ER Series), 1908-1912}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1925-1939''' - Benton County Birth Index 1925-1939. Batch {{IGI|C000285}} at FamilySearch<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igitennesseea.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf]].</ref>
  
*'''1836''' - "1836 Land and Poll Tax List," Transcript, Benton County Public Library, Camden, Tenn. Digital version, by Brian Nichols, available [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/databas2.htm#Research online] at TNGenWeb.  
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==== Marriage ====
*'''1836''' - "1835 Map of Civil Districts, Benton County, Tennessee" and "Benton County, Tennessee 1836 Tax List," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 41, No. 2 (Summer 1994):56-61. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see [[Benton County, Tennessee#Periodicals|Periodicals]].  
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'''''Online Indexes and Records'''''<br>
*'''1836''' - Tax List, 1836,&nbsp;''Benton County Genealogical Society Quarterly''. Camden TN: Jul 1997. Vol. 9 Iss. 3.  
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*'''1780-2002''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002] - [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($), Incomplete
*'''1836''' - Poll Tax Payers, 1836,&nbsp;''Benton County Genealogical Society Quarterly''  
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*'''1790-1962''' - {{RecordSearch|1619127|Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950}} - at [https://www.FamilySearch.org/search FamilySearch]. index and images. Covers all counties in Tennessee.
*'''1837''' - Cleveland, Harry Milton. "Benton County, Tennessee 1837 Tax List," ''Ansearchin' News,'' Vol. 41, No. 3 (Fall 1994):107-110. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see [[Benton County, Tennessee#Periodicals|Periodicals]].
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*'''1796-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1681022|Tennessee Marriages 1796-1950}} (Indexes only) at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch ]
*'''1844''' - Land Tax List, 1844,&nbsp;''Benton County Genealogical Society Quarterly''. Camden TN: Dec 2005. Vol. 17 Iss. 4.  
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*'''1832-1957''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/595924-redirection ''Benton County, Tennessee Marriages 1832-1957''] at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] Digital Book
*'''1865 - 1866'''- Smith, Jonathan K.T. ''United States Direct Tax Commission, District of Tennessee, Benton County, 1865-1866''. Jackson, Tenn.: n.p., 1992. {{FHL|620558|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.833 R4s}}.
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*'''1838-1888''' - {{RecordSearch|2559093|Tennessee Civil Marriages, 1838-1888}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1846-1850''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1793439?availability=Family%20History%20Library ''Benton County, Tennessee Marriage Book #1''] at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] Digital Book
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*'''1851-1900''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4125 Tennessee Marriages 1851-1900] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
  
==== Vital Records  ====
 
  
===== Birth  =====
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'''''Book Abstracts and Indexes'''''<br>
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*'''1832-1869''' - ''Early West Tennessee Marriages''. 2 vols. {{FHL|976.8 V2sb|Book}}ff
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*'''1837-1900''' - ''Benton County, Tennessee marriage records, 1837-1900'' {{FHL|976.833 V2b|Book}}
  
*'''1828 - 1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1681012|Tennessee Births and Christenings 1828-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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==== Death ====
*'''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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{{TN Death Intro|Benton}}
*'''1908 - 1912''' - {{RecordSearch|2515873|Tennessee, Birth Records (ER Series), 1908-1912}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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''Online Records''<br>
*'''1925 - 1939''' - Benton County Birth Index 1925-1939. Batch {{IGI|C000285}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igitennesseea.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1874-1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1681020|Tennessee Deaths and Burials 1874-1955}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1908-1958''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2376 Tennessee Death Records 1908 - 1958 ] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] $
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*'''1914-1966''' - {{RecordSearch|1417505|Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1925-1939''' - Benton County Death Index 1925-1939. Batch {{IGI|B000160}} at FamilySearch<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igitennesseea.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf]].</ref>
  
===== Marriage  =====
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==== Divorce ====
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{{TN Divorce Intro|Benton}}
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*W.P.A. ''Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee''. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1941. [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/110760-guide-to-public-vital-statistics-in-tennessee?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library]; {{FHL|230329|title=id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 A3gp}} - Inventory stating where divorce records are housed.
  
Marriages were not officially recorded in Benton County during the first few years of its existence.In 1838, a law was passed mandating the practice.<ref>Gale Williams Bamman, C.G., "Research in Tennessee," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly,'' Vol. 81, No. 2 (June 1993):105. {{FHL|973 B2ng v. 81|Book}}</ref> The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{TN Research Facilities Intro|Benton}}
  
*'''1625-1966''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=tennessee%2ctn Tennessee, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
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=== Archives ===
*'''1794 - 1851''' - Lucas, Silas Emmett. ''Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851''. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. {{FHL|976.8 V2L|Book}}.
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{{TN Archives Intro|Benton}}
  
The following Benton County Courthouse marriage records have been abstracted and/or indexed:
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
*'''1780 - 2002''' - Many county marriage records;are indexed with images at Ancestry's [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002] ($). Be aware that this index is not complete for all counties.
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*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]]
*'''1790 - 1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1619127|Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950}} - index and images. Covers all counties in Tennessee.
 
*'''1796 - 1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1681022|Tennessee Marriages 1796-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
*'''1832 - 1869''' - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Early West Tennessee Marriages''. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler &amp; Associates, 1989. {{FHL|976.8 V2sb v. 1|Book}}ff. Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.
 
*'''1838 - 1968''' - Benton County (Tennessee) County Clerk ''Marriage records, 1838-1968'' Salt Lake City, Utah&nbsp;: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1968. {{FHL|557642|Film}}
 
*'''1838 - 1888''' - {{RecordSearch|2559093|Tennessee Civil Marriages, 1838-1888}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1832 - 1957''' - Hillis, Florence Elliott of the Lydia Russell Bean Chapter DAR (compiled and edited) ''Benton County, Tennessee Marriages 1832 - 1957'' [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/103514-benton-county-tennessee-marriages-1832-1957?offset=2 FamilySearch Digital Library]
 
*'''1838 - 1937''' - Benton County Marriage Index 1838-1937 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.</ref>
 
*'''1846 - 1850''' - Historical Records Project ''Marriage records, 1846-1850, Benton County, Tennessee'' Salt Lake City, Utah&nbsp;: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1939. {{FHL|24590|Film}}
 
*'''1851 - 1900''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4125 Tennessee Marriages 1851-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com]— index and images $
 
  
<br> The following books are available through the Family History Library and also have [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/lookups.html free lookups]:
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'''Paris Tennessee Family History Center'''<br>1921 Lone Oak Rd<br>Paris, TN  38242<br>Phone: 731-642-2285<br>[https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Paris_Tennessee_Family_History_Center Website]<br>  
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::[http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/databas4.htm Online catalog]
  
*'''1837 - 1900''' - Brewer, William Hulon ''Benton County, Tennessee marriage records, 1837-1900'' Camden, Tennessee&nbsp;: Glover's Trace Chapter, Daughter of the American Revolution, 1985. {{FHL|976.833 V2b|Book}} The publisher feels that this book contains the most complete information on marriages in Benton County in existance (sic) as of this date."--Pref.
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=== Libraries ===
*'''1846 - 1850''' - Douthat, James L. ''Benton County, Tennessee marriage book #1&nbsp;: 1846-1850'' Signal Mountain, Tenn.: J.L. Douthat, 1981. {{FHL|976.833 V2d|Book}}
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{{TN Libraries Intro|Benton}}
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'''Big Sandy Branch Library'''<br>12 Front St. <br>Big Sandy, TN 38221 <br>Phone: 731-593-0225 <br>E-mail: [mailto:sandylib@bellsouth.net sandylib@bellsouth.net] <br>[http://bentoncountypubliclibrary.org/ Website]<br>
  
===== Divorce  =====
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'''Benton County Library'''<br>121 S Forrest Ave <br>Camden, TN 38320 <br>Phone: 731-584-4772 <br>E-mail: [mailto:bentoncolibrary@bellsouth.net bentoncolibrary@bellsouth.net] <br>[http://bentoncountypubliclibrary.org/ Website]<br>
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::Note: The County Archives is located in the basement of the main facility of the Benton County Public Library <br>
  
In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Benton County divorce papers in diverse manuscript collections, see:
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'''West Tennessee Heritage Study Center'''<br>'''Paul Meek Library''' <br>[http://www.utm.edu/ University of Tennessee at Martin] <br>Phone: 731-881-7060 <br>[http://www.utm.edu/departments/special_collections/wthsc.php/ Website] <br>[http://www.utm.edu/library.php/ Paul Meek Website]<br>
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::The Heritage Study Center holds a variety of genealogical resources including materials relating to the following counties in Tennessee: [[Benton County, Tennessee Genealogy|Benton]], [[Carroll County, Tennessee Genealogy|Carroll]], [[Chester County, Tennessee Genealogy|Chester]], [[Crockett County, Tennessee Genealogy|Crockett]], [[Decatur County, Tennessee Genealogy|Decatur]], [[Dyer County, Tennessee Genealogy|Dyer]], [[Fayette County, Tennessee Genealogy|Fayette]], [[Gibson County, Tennessee Genealogy|Gibson]], [[Hardin County, Tennessee Genealogy|Hardin]], [[Haywood County, Tennessee Genealogy|Haywood]], [[Henderson County, Tennessee Genealogy|Henderson]], [[Henry County, Tennessee Genealogy|Henry]], [[Houston County, Tennessee Genealogy|Houston]], [[Humphreys County, Tennessee Genealogy|Humphreys]], [[Lake County, Tennessee Genealogy|Lake]], [[Lauderdale County, Tennessee Genealogy|Lauderdale]], [[Madison County, Tennessee Genealogy|Madison]], [[McNairy County, Tennessee Genealogy|McNairy]], [[Obion County, Tennessee Genealogy|Obion]], [[Perry County, Tennessee Genealogy|Perry]], [[Shelby County, Tennessee Genealogy|Shelby]], [[Stewart County, Tennessee Genealogy|Stewart]], [[Tipton County, Tennessee Genealogy|Tipton]], [[Wayne County, Tennessee Genealogy|Wayne]], [[Weakley County, Tennessee Genealogy|Weakley]] and [[Carlisle County, Kentucky Genealogy|Carlisle (KY)]], [[Fulton County, Kentucky Genealogy|Fulton (KY)]], and [[Hickman County, Kentucky Genealogy|Hickman (KY)]] counties in Kentucky.
  
*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.
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=== Museums ===
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{{TN Museums Intro|Benton}}
  
===== Death  =====
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== Societies ==
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{{TN Societies Intro|Benton}}
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'''Benton County Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 775 <br>Camden, TN 38320 <br>[http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/gensoc.html/ Website]<br>
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::Website lists current leadership and publications for sale. The members receive the Benton County Genealogical Society which is published in March, June, September, and December.<br><br>
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'''West Tennessee Historical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 111046<br>Memphis, TN 38111<br>Phone: 1-901-475-6608<br>E-mail: efrank@memphis.edu
  
*'''1874 - 1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1681020|Tennessee Deaths and Burials 1874-1955}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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== Websites ==
*'''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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{{TN Websites Intro|Benton}}
*'''1914 - 1966''' - {{RecordSearch|1417505|Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1925 - 1939''' - Benton County Death Index 1925-1939. Batch {{IGI|B000160}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igitennesseea.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf]].</ref>
 
  
For deaths of Methodists in Benton County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:  
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*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.benton/mb.ashx Benton County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/TN/Benton/ Benton County, TN Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/ Benton County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb) - county site, transcriptions and other resources helpful on the county level.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|194757|Tennessee|Benton}} – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.
  
*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|976.855/N1 V48s|Book}} ff. 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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== Research Guides ==
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{{TN Research Guides Intro|Benton}}
  
== Benton County Tennessee Family History Center  ==
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'''''Research Guides'''''<br>
 
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*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/genealogical-fact-sheets-about-tennessee-counties-benton-county "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Benton County] at [http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/ TSLA]. (Identifies published county histories, published local records, census records, newspapers and local records on microfilm, and select manuscripts.)
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/tenn/benton/ Welcome to Benton County Tennessee], web page has a history of the are and many links to cities and interests, such as biographies, births, census, military, newspaper articles, etc.
 
 
*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]]
 
*'''[[Paris Tennessee Family History Center]]<br>'''
 
 
 
1921 Lone Oak Rd<br>Paris, TN<br>Phone: 1-731-642-2285<br>Hours: Wed. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Thurs. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; All other times by appt. [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/databas4.htm Online catalog]
 
 
 
These are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.
 
 
 
== Benton County Tennessee Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
 
 
 
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/tennessee/tn-society-archive/ List of Tennessee Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
 
 
 
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| width="35%" valign="top" | [http://bentoncountypubliclibrary.org/about/contact-branch-library/ '''Big Sandy Branch Library'''] <br>12 Front St. <br>Big Sandy, TN 38221 <br>Phone: 1-731-593-0225 <br>E-mail: [mailto:sandylib@bellsouth.net sandylib@bellsouth.net] <br>'''Hours:''' <br>Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
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| width="35%" valign="top" | [http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/gensoc.html '''Benton County Genealogical Society'''] <br>P.O. Box 775 <br>Camden, TN 38320 <br>
 
| valign="top" | Website lists current leadership and publications for sale. The members receive the Benton County Genealogical Society which is published in March, June, September, and December.
 
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| width="35%" valign="top" | [http://bentoncountypubliclibrary.org/ '''Benton County Library'''] <br>121 S Forrest Ave <br>Camden, TN 38320 <br>Phone: 1-731-584-4772 <br>[mailto:bentoncolibrary@bellsouth.net bentoncolibrary@bellsouth.net] <br>'''Hours:''' <br>Mon., Wed., Fri. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. <br>Tues. and Thurs. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. <br>Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
| valign="top" | Note: The County Archives is located in the basement of the main facility of the Benton County Public Library <br>
 
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| width="35%" valign="top" | [http://www.utm.edu/departments/special_collections/wthsc.php '''West Tennessee Heritage Study Center'''] <br>[http://www.utm.edu/library.php Paul Meek Library] <br>[http://www.utm.edu/ University of Tennessee at Martin] <br>Phone: 1-731-881-7060 <br>Hours vary by semester
 
| valign="top" | The Heritage Study Center holds a variety of genealogical resources including materials relating to the following counties in Tennessee: [[Benton County, Tennessee|Benton]], [[Carroll County, Tennessee|Carroll]], [[Chester County, Tennessee|Chester]], [[Crockett County, Tennessee|Crockett]], [[Decatur County, Tennessee|Decatur]], [[Dyer County, Tennessee|Dyer]], [[Fayette County, Tennessee|Fayette]], [[Gibson County, Tennessee|Gibson]], [[Hardin County, Tennessee|Hardin]], [[Haywood County, Tennessee|Haywood]], [[Henderson County, Tennessee|Henderson]], [[Henry County, Tennessee|Henry]], [[Houston County, Tennessee|Houston]], [[Humphreys County, Tennessee|Humphreys]], [[Lake County, Tennessee|Lake]], [[Lauderdale County, Tennessee|Lauderdale]], [[Madison County, Tennessee|Madison]], [[McNairy County, Tennessee|McNairy]], [[Obion County, Tennessee|Obion]], [[Perry County, Tennessee|Perry]], [[Shelby County, Tennessee|Shelby]], [[Stewart County, Tennessee|Stewart]], [[Tipton County, Tennessee|Tipton]], [[Wayne County, Tennessee|Wayne]], [[Weakley County, Tennessee|Weakley]] and [[Carlisle County, Kentucky Genealogy|Carlisle]], [[Fulton County, Kentucky Genealogy|Fulton]], and [[Hickman County, Kentucky Genealogy|Hickman]] counties in Kentucky.
 
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| width="35%" valign="top" | [https://wths-tn.org/'''West Tennessee Historical Society''']'''<br>'''P.O. Box 111046<br>Memphis, TN 38111<br>Phone: 1-901-475-6608<br>E-mail: efrank@memphis.edu <br>
 
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== Benton County Tennessee Genealogy Websites  ==
 
 
 
{{Wikipedia|Benton County, Tennessee}}
 
 
 
*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.benton/mb.ashx Benton County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/TN/Benton/ Benton County, TN Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/benton/ Benton County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb) - county site, transcriptions and other resources helpful on the county level.
 
*{{FHL|Tennessee Benton|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.
 
*[https://mailinglists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/listindexes/search?query=TNBENTON-L Mailing List: TNBENTON-L (Benton County, Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)
 
*[https://mailinglists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/listindexes/search/DanvilleCrossing Mailing List: DanvilleCrossing-L (Tennessee River County Genealogy and History List)] 
 
*[https://mailinglists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/listindexes/search/DanvilleQueries Mailing List: DanvilleQueries-L (Tennessee River County Genealogy and History List)] (RootsWeb)
 
*[https://mailinglists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/listindexes/search/WEST-TNCHAT Mailing List: WEST-TNCHAT-L (West Tennessee Chat List)] (RootsWeb)
 
 
 
== Benton County Tennessee Genealogy References  ==
 
  
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Guide to Benton 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: Camden
Organized: December 19, 1835
Parent County(s): Henry, Humphreys[1]
Neighboring Counties
Carroll  • Decatur  • Henry  • Houston  • Humphreys  • Perry  • Stewart
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for David Benton (1779-1860), who was an early settler in the county and a member of the Third Regiment, Tennessee Militia in the Creek War. The County is located in the west area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Benton County Courthouse
1 Court Square 101
Camden, TN 38320
Phone: 731-584-6053
Benton County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage records from 1836 and probate records from 1840.
Clerk of the Circuit Court has divorce and court records.
Register of Deeds has land records.[3]

County Pronunciation

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

Benton 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 1836 1881 1836 1820 1836 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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]

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:[8]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Additional Information
The county is named after "Creek War veteran David Benton (1779-1860), an early settler in the county."[9]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

  • Miller, Alan N. West Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1821 to 1889. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2006. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2man. Includes Benton County.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Benton 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.

 

  • Tennessee cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

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

1810-1891

1840

  • Smith, Jonathan Kennon Thompson, An Abtract of the 1840 United States census for Benton County, Tennessee (S.I.: s.n.), 1977 (Memphis: R.H. Harris) FHL US/CAN Book 976.833 X28s

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1880

  • Sistler, Byron and Barbara 1880 census Benton County, Tennessee (Nashville, Tennessee: B. Sistler and Associates, 1990) FHL US/CAN Book 976.833 X2

1890 Lost, but substitutes are available:

  • 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. 2 1891. Benton County is included in Vol. 2.
  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee. Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890

1891

1900

  • Dunlap, Linda and Denham, Laura 1900 every-name census index, Benton County, Tennessee (Paris, Tennessee: W.G. Rhea Public Library, 2003?) FHL US/CAN book 976.833 X22

1910

  • Dunlap, Linda and Denham, Laura 1910 every-name census index, Benton County, Tennessee (Paris, Tennessee: W.G. Rhea Public Library, 2003?) FHL US/CAN book 976.833 X22

1920

  • Dunlap, Linda and Denham, Laura 1920 every-name census index, Benton County, Tennessee (Paris, Tennessee: W.G. Rhea Public Library, 2003?) FHL US/CAN book 976.833 X22

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.

  • Church histories tell when a church started in the area, who the early members were, give data about church leaders, etc.
- FamilySearch Catalog - Benton County Church History
  • If the records you need are not available through the Family History Library, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.Two sites that give information about churches in Benton County are:
    - List of Benton County churches with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)
    - List of Benton County churches (TN HomeTownLocator)

The churches with the largest membership in Benton County are the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church. For more information about religions in the county, see the charts showing membership by faith created by the Association of Religion Data Archives.

  • In 1936, a helpful guide to early Benton County church records was published by the Works Project Administration. [10]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 the county are listed.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

County Court

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]

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

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

More than 65 genealogies have been published about Benton County, Tennessee families. For more information visit Benton County, Tennessee Compiled Genealogies.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

The Benton County Register of Deeds is located at the Courthouse, E. Court Square, Rm. 101, Camden, TN 38320-0008; Telephone: (901) 584-6053. It has has land records beginning with the county's organization in 1836. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.

Other records available include:

  • Benton County Deed Books Vol. 2-May 1843-Jan 1849 ([Mayfield, KY?]:Simmons Historical Publications,s.d.). Digital version available at World Vital Records ($). Available for purchase at Simmons Historical Publications.
  • Benton County Deed Books Vol. 3-Feb 1849-Nov 1852, ([Mayfield, KY?]:Simmons Historical Publications,s.d.). Digital version available at World Vital Records ($).
  • The Family History Library has microfiled records from the Register of Deeds Office of Deed Books 1836-1885 and Trust Books 1874-1882. It also has some published land records.
  • Wills, Laura Benton County, Tennessee, Deeds Volume 1 (June 1830 - April 1843) Free lookups available!

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Stewart CountyHouston CountyHumphreys CountyPerry CountyDecatur CountyHenderson CountyCarroll CountyHenry CountyTN BENTON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

War of 1812

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Benton 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 Benton County:

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Benton County:

Civil War Battle
The following Civil War battle was fought in Benton County:

Map showing Civil War battles in Tennessee

Spanish American War

World War I and II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

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 Benton County click on the following city:

This newspaper has been partially abstracted:

The following publications are based on early newspapers:

For deaths of Methodists in Benton 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 976.855/N1 V48s ff. Digital versions at David Donahue Memorial: Tennessee Records Repository. Website expands upon the publications and includes deaths from the 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s.

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 County Court Clerk has responsibility for the probate records of Benton County. Some probate records are kept at the Benton County Archives($).

Online Records

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1836-1910 - Benton County Genealogical Society. Wills of Benton County 1836-1910. Camden, Tennessee: The Benton County Genealogical Society, 2009.
  • 1837-1861 - 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]

The original Benton County Tax Books 1836-1909 were microfilmed by TSLA in 1968. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 944046, 557667.

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1836 "1836 Land and Poll Tax List," Transcript, Benton County Public Library, Camden, Tenn. Digital version, by Brian Nichols, available online at TNGenWeb.
  • 1836 "1835 Map of Civil Districts, Benton County, Tennessee" and "Benton County, Tennessee 1836 Tax List," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 41, No. 2 (Summer 1994):56-61. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Benton.
  • 1836 Tax List, 1836, Benton County Genealogical Society Quarterly. Camden TN: Jul 1997. Vol. 9 Iss. 3.
  • 1836 Poll Tax Payers, 1836, Benton County Genealogical Society Quarterly
  • 1837 - Cleveland, Harry Milton. "Benton County, Tennessee 1837 Tax List," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 41, No. 3 (Fall 1994):107-110. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Benton.
  • 1844 Land Tax List, 1844, Benton County Genealogical Society Quarterly. Camden TN: Dec 2005. Vol. 17 Iss. 4.
  • 1865-1866- Smith, Jonathan K.T. United States Direct Tax Commission, District of Tennessee, Benton County, 1865-1866. Jackson, Tenn.: n.p., 1992. FHL US/CAN Book 976.833 R4s.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes and Records


Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1832-1869 - Early West Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. FHL 976.8 V2sbff
  • 1837-1900 - Benton County, Tennessee marriage records, 1837-1900 FHL 976.833 V2b

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Records

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.

Paris Tennessee Family History Center
1921 Lone Oak Rd
Paris, TN 38242
Phone: 731-642-2285
Website

Online catalog

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Big Sandy Branch Library
12 Front St.
Big Sandy, TN 38221
Phone: 731-593-0225
E-mail: sandylib@bellsouth.net
Website

Benton County Library
121 S Forrest Ave
Camden, TN 38320
Phone: 731-584-4772
E-mail: bentoncolibrary@bellsouth.net
Website

Note: The County Archives is located in the basement of the main facility of the Benton County Public Library

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

Benton County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 775
Camden, TN 38320
Website

Website lists current leadership and publications for sale. The members receive the Benton County Genealogical Society which is published in March, June, September, and December.

West Tennessee Historical Society
P.O. Box 111046
Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: 1-901-475-6608
E-mail: efrank@memphis.edu

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

Research Guides

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, "Benton, Tennessee" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benton_County,_Tennessee accessed 11 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. 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. 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Benton County, Tennessee," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benton_County,_Tennessee, accessed 6 November 2019.
  9. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  10. WPA. Guide to Church Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville: Tennessee State Planning Commission, 1942. FHL 976.8 K23w
  11. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 22 August 2012)
  12. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.
  13. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.