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Benton County

Benton County

Benton County was formed in 1835 from Humphreys County
(Private Acts of Tennessee 1835-36, Chapter 30).

The county seat is Camden.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Benton County (Smith, 1979) [name index]*
  • Cowell's Chapel in Benton County, Tennessee and its Pioneer Families (Smith, 1978) [surname index]*
  • Goodspeed's Benton County History (1990) [name index]
  • Historic Benton : A People's History of Benton County, Tenn. (Smith, 1975) [partial name and surname index]
  • History of Benton County, Tennessee, to 1900 (Smith, 1970) [partial name index]
  • History of Tennessee From the Earliest Time to the Present : Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Carroll, Henry and Benton Counties (Goodspeed, 1978)

Additional county and community histories can be found at the Bibliography of Tennessee Local History Sources:  Benton County.   The items in the bibliography may not all be available at TSLA.  

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1850 U.S. Census of Benton County, Tennessee (Brown, 1978)*
  • 1880 Census Benton County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1990)*
  • 1880 U.S. Census of Benton County, Tennessee (Brown, 1978)*
  • Abstract of the 1840 United States Census for Benton County, Tennessee (Smith, 1977)*
  • Benton Co., Tennessee, Carroll Co., Tennessee, Henry Co., Tennessee, Houston Co., Tennessee, Stewart Co., Tennessee : Enumeration of Male Inhabitants [1891 enumeration of male voters] (Reed, 1989) [name listing by county]
  • Benton County, Tenn. Deeds [June 1830-April 1843] (Willis, 1999) [name index]
  • Benton County, Tennessee, 1860 and 1870 Census (Brown, 1977)*
  • Benton County, Tennessee : Administration, Guardian, Clerk, Trustees, Probate of Deeds, Records of Wills, Scholastic Population, 1836-1855 (James, 1991?) [name index]*
  • Benton County, Tennessee, Cemetery Records (Daughters of the American Revolution. Tennessee. Glover's Trace Chapter, 1979)
  • Benton County, Tennessee, Heritage Notes (Smith, 1975) [surname index]*
  • Benton County, Tennessee Marriage Book #1, 1846-1850 (Douthat, 1981) [name index]
  • Benton County, Tennessee, Marriage Record Book [1846-1851] (WPA, 1937?) [name index]
  • Benton County, Tennessee Marriages, 1832-1957 (Hillis, 1962)
  • Cemetery Listings of Benton County, Tennessee (Benton County Genealogical Society, 1997) [surname index]*
  • Death Notices from Benton County, Tennessee Newspapers [vol. 1 1876-1891; vol. 2 1892-1900] (Benton County Genealogical Society, 2010) [name index]*
  • Families and Histories, Benton County, Tennessee [vol. 1 1836-1986; vol. 2 1836-1992] (Benton County Genealogical Society, 1987-) [name index]*
  • Family Bible Records of Benton County, Tennessee (Smith, 1976) [surname index]*
  • Genealogical Gleanings in Benton County, Tennessee (Smith, 1974) [surname index]
  • Higgins Funeral Home Records, 1928-1987, Benton, Tennessee (Blankenship, 1993) [name index]
  • Index of Volume 1 and Volume 2 of Miscellaneous Records of Benton County, Tennessee, 1836-1855 (Taylor, 1980) [alphabetical listing (index only)]
  • Minutes of the County Court of Benton County : Book no. 2, 1842-1854 [2 vols.] (WPA, 1941)
  • Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 (Seventh Census) for Benton County, Tennessee (Embry, 1961) [alphabetical listing]
  • Tombstone Inscriptions from Black Cemeteries in Benton County, Tennessee (Smith, 1995) [surname index]
  • United States Direct Tax Commission, District of Tennessee, Benton County, 1865-1866 (Smith, 1992) [surname index]
  • Wills of Benton County, Tennessee, 1836-1910 (Benton County Genealogical Society, 2009) [name index] *

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

An inventory of microfilmed Benton County records is available on our web site.  Individual reels of microfilm may also be purchased.    

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1838
  • wills from 1836
  • deed index from 1836
  • chancery court minutes from 1854
  • county court minutes from 1842
  • circuit court minutes from 1836
  • tax books from 1836

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • County Court Clerk - Misc. V.1 & V.2 -- May 1836 - Sept. 1855 (#59, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1836-1950 (#183, 1 reel)*
  • Insolvent Estates -- Jul. 1852 - Dec. 1943 (#37, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Records -- Dec. 1838 - Dec. 1873 (#38, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1855-1968 (#64, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Benton County (Record Group #107, Roll 3, 1 reel) Roll includes Marriage Records, vol. 1 (1846-1851) and County Court Minutes, Book 2, Pts. 1 & 2 (1842-1854).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Camden.  Scattered early issues are available from 1876, and a complete run begins in 1915.  Microfilms are loaned to Tennessee libraries.  Individual reels may also be purchased.  An Inventory of Newspapers on Microfilm at TSLA is available on our web site.  

 

SELECTED MANUSCRIPTS MATERIAL

 

CENSUS RECORDS

  • Census on microfilm for Benton County: 1840-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index: 1840-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm (Soundex): 1880, 1900-1930
  • Benton County census records in book form: 1840*, 1850*, 1860*, 1870*, 1880*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR BENTON COUNTY

 

* Indicates this title may be borrowed on Interlibrary Loan from TSLA.

 

 

Updated April 10, 2013

 

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