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

County Facts
County seat: Dunlap
Organized: December 9, 1857
Parent County(s): Hamilton[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bledsoe  • Grundy  • Hamilton  • Marion  • Van Buren  • Warren
See County Maps
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Location Map
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County InformationEdit


The County was named for the Sequatchie Valley, which in turn had been named for a Cherokee chief. The County is located in the south-central area of the state. [2]

County CourthouseEdit

Sequatchie County Courthouse
308 Cherry Street
Dunlap, TN 37327
Phone: 423.949.2522

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death and probate records from 1858.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.
Register of Deeds has land records.[3]

Sequatchie Valley

Sequatchie County Courthouse
307 Cherry St.
Dunlap, TN 37327
Phone: 423-949-3670

Sequatchie County Clerk
Birth, death,marriage and probate records
22 Cherry St.
P.O. Box 248
Dunlap, TN 37327
Phone: 423-949-2522

Sequatchie County Register of Deeds
22 Cherry St.
P.O. Box 174
Dunlap, TN 37327
Phone: 423-949-2512

Sequatchie County Clerk Master
Court records
22 Cherry St.
P.O. Box 1651
Dunlap, TN 37327
Phone: 423-949-3670

Mon.-Wed. and Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Closed Thursdays

County Pronunciation

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

Sequatchie County, Tennessee Record DatesEdit

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
1858 1858 1858 1858 1858 1858 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record LossEdit

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

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1857--Sequatchie County was created 9 December 1857 from Hamilton County. Early records may be found under Hamilton County.
  • County seat: Dunlap[7]

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

Populated PlacesEdit

Brush Creek Center Point Dunlap Lone Oak
Cagle Daus Fredonia Maint Airy
Cartwright Delphi (hist.) Liberty

History TimelineEdit

Additional Information
East Tennessee county in the Sequatchie Valley.

The county is named after a "Cherokee word believed to mean opossum, he grins or runs."[8]


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

  • Miller, Alan N. East Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2m. Digital version at World Vital Records ($). Purchase at Includes Sequatchie County.
  • Tennessee Bureau of Agriculture, Statistics and Mines. Coal Mines and Mining--Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: A.B. Travel, 1883. Free digital copy.


Cemeteries of Sequatchie County, Tennessee online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Tennessee Cemeteries for more information.


Additional Cemetery Resources

Census RecordsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 2,120
1870 2,335 10.1%
1880 2,565 9.9%
1890 3,027 18.0%
1900 3,326 9.9%
1910 4,202 26.3%
1920 3,632 −13.6%
1930 4,047 11.4%
1940 5,038 24.5%
1950 5,685 12.8%
1960 5,915 4.0%
1970 6,331 7.0%
1980 8,605 35.9%
1990 8,863 3.0%
2000 11,370 28.3%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Sequatchie 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 Sequatchie County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files and scanned images of census microfilm. The USGenWeb Census Project®.



  • Douthat, James L. 1860 Sequatchie County, Tennessee Census. Signal Mountain, Tennessee James L. Douthat, 1983. FHL 976.877 X2d
  • Goins, Sarah A. and Norma Jean Hobbs. 1860 Census, Sequatchie County, Tennessee. S.l.: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 198-?. FHL 976.877 X2g 1860


  • Goins, Sarah A. and Norma Jean Hobbs. United States Census, Sequatchie County, Tennessee 1870. S.l.: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 198-?. FHL 976.877 X2h


  • Hobbs Norma Jean and Sarah A. Goins. United States Census, Sequatchie County, Tennessee 1880. Dunlap, Tennessee N. Hobbs & S. Goins, 1986. FHL 976.877 X2h 1880
  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1880 Census Sequatchie County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: B. Sistler and Associates, 1994. FHL 976.877 X2s 1880

1891 Male Voters


  • Goins, Sarah A. and Norma Jean Hobbs. Sequatchie County, Tennessee, 1910 Census. S.l.: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 1986. FHL 976.877 X2g 1910


  • Goins, Sarah A. and Norma Jean Hobbs. 1920 Census, Sequatchie County, Tennessee. Dunlap, Tennessee Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 198-? . FHL 976.877 X2g 1920

Church RecordsEdit

Court RecordsEdit


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit



As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Sequatchie, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 5,000 entries.

  • Compendium of Local Biography Sequatchie County, Tn. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1997?. FHL US/CAN Book 976.877 D3c.
  • Douthat, James L. Sequatchie Families: Biographical Sketches of the Earlier Settlers of the Sequeatchie Valley of Tennessee. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: J.L. Douthat, 1983. FHL US/CAN Book 976.87 D3d.



Land and Property RecordsEdit

Local HistoriesEdit

  • Raulston, J. Leonard and James Weston Livingood. Sequatchie: A Story of the Southern Cumberlands. Knoxville, Tenn.: University of Tennessee Press, 1974. FHL US/CAN Book 976.87 H2r.

Maps and GazetteersEdit

Van Buren CountyGrundy CountyWarren CountyBledsoe CountyHamilton CountyMarion CountyTN SEQUATCHIE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military RecordsEdit

Revolutionary War

  • Douthat, James L. Sequatchie Valley Revolutionary War Soldiers. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1999. FHL US/CAN Book 976.877 M2d.

War of 1812

  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Apr. 1961):49-52. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. Includes Sequatchie County pensioners (p. 52).

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Sequatchie 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 Sequatchie County:

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Sequatchie County:

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit


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


Other RecordsEdit



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

Probate RecordsEdit

The Sequatchie County Court and County Clerk have responsibility for probate records.

Online Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

The original Sequatchie County Tax Books (1861-1891) are held at the County Courthouse. GSU microfilmed these records in 1969: FHL US/CAN Film 1012196.

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1861 Goins, Sara and Paula Carle Bosch. "1861 Sequatchie County, Tennessee Tax List," courtesy TNGenWeb

Vital RecordsEdit



The original Sequatchie County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. The following Sequatchie County marriage records are microfilmed:

  • 1858-1967 - Available at the Family History Library. Some volumes are indexed.FHL 583153
  • 1859-1922 - Available at the TSLA. The first film of this series is available for interlibrary loan.

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1858-1895 - Sequatchie County Marriage Index 1858-1895 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch
  • 1858-1881 - Douthat, James L. Sequatchie County, Tennessee Marriages, 1854-1881 (i.e., 1858-1881). Signal Mountain, Tennessee: J.L. Douthat, 1982. FHL 976.877 V2d
  • 1858-1922 - Goins, Sara A. Marriages of Sequatchie County, Tennessee, 1858-1922. Dunlap, Tennessee: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 1986. FHL 976.877 V2g
  • 1858-1874 - Marriage Records, 1858-1874, Sequatchie County, Tennessee. Nashville: TSLA, Historical Records Project, 1940. Typescript. FHL 24815 Item 5
  • 1858-1881 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early Middle Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler & Associates, 1988. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2sb v. 2 ff. Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.
  • 1858-1922 - Marriage Records. [10]



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

Research FacilitiesEdit


Family History CentersEdit

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.


Sequatchie County Public Library
227 Cherry St.
Dunlap, TN 37327
Phone: 423-949-2357
Fax: 423-949-6619

The genealogy room will generally be available for research on Wednesdays, but call the library before going to be sure it is open.



East Tennessee Historical Society
601 S. Gay St.
P.O. Box 1629
Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
Phone: 865-215-8824


Research GuidesEdit


  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, "Sequatchie, Tennessee" in,_Tennessee accessed 03 Jan 2019
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  5. Voice of Louise Lynch, Archivist, Williamson County, Tennessee Archives (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. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  10. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1994. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 2.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.