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Claiborne County

Claiborne County

Claiborne County was formed in 1801
from Grainger and Hawkins counties
(Acts of Tennessee 1801, Chapter 46).

The county seat is Tazewell.

There was a fire at the Claiborne County courthouse in 1932.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Claiborne County (Holt, 1981) [name index]*
  • Claiborne County : (Its Cities, Towns and Points of Interest) as of 1940 - Updated 1986  (Page,  1986)*
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee Pictorial History 1081-2001 (Claiborne County Historical Society, 2000) [surname index]*
  • Clearfork and More : (History and Memories)  (Page,  1986) [surname index]*
  • Goodspeed's Claiborne County History (1990) [name index]
  • Harrogate and Cumberland Gap (Sweet, 2014)
  • History of Claiborne County, Tennessee, 1801-1988 (Claiborne County Historical Society, 1988) [name index]*
  • Old Time Tazewell (Hansard, 1979) [surname index]*
  • People's History of Claiborne County, Tennessee [vol. 1 1801-1988; vol. 2 1801-2005] (Claiborne County Historical Society, 1988-) [name index]*
  • Speedwell (Through 200 Years) (Page, 1985) [surname index]
  • Valley of Visions : History of Shawanee and More (Robinson, 2002)

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1870 Census, Tennessee, Transcription for Claiborne County (Bishop, 1983) [name index]
  • 1880 Census, Claiborne County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1992) [alphabetical listing]*
  • Abstract of Pensions of the Revolution, War of 1812 and all Wars Prior to 1883 of Clairborne County, Tennessee (Burns, 1952) [name index]
  • All Our Churches of Claiborne County, Tennessee (Noah, 1986) [surname index]
  • Cemeteries of Claiborne County, Tennessee (Johnson, 1982) [partial index; no names, only cemeteries]
  • Cemetery Records of Claiborne County, Tennessee (WPA, 19??)
  • Claiborne County Marriage Index, 1966-1983 [A-L] (Treadway, 2010) [alphabetical]
  • Claiborne County Obituaries [vol. 1 1889-1939; vol. 2 1940-1949; vol. 3 1950-1954; vol. 4 1955-1959; vol. 5 1960-1964; vol. 6 1965-1967; vol. 7 1968-1970; vol. 8 1971-1973; vol. 9 1974-1975; vol. 10 1976-1977; vol. 11 1978-1979] (Treadway, 1988-) [name indexes]*
  • Claiborne County, Tenn., Deed Index Grantor to Grantee, 1801 to 1865; and, Claiborne County, Tenn., Deed Book A Index, 1801 to 1808 (Treadway, 199?) [name index]
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee 1836 Tennessee Civil Districts and Tax Lists (Douthat, 1983) [name index]*
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, 1860 Census (Treadway, 1987) [surname index]*
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, 1870 Census (Treadway, 1987) [surname index]*
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, 1880 Census (Treadway, 1987) [surname index]*
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, 1890 Civil War pension (Treadway, 1994)*
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, 1900 Census (Treadway, 1990) [surname index]*
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, 1910 Census (Treadway, 1990) [surname index]*
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, 1920 Census (Treadway, 1992) [surname index]*
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, Court Minutes [vol. 1 1806-1808; vol. 2 1812-1814] (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, Court Minutes of Pleas & Quarter Sessions [vol. 1 1818-1819; vol. 2 1819-1821; vol. 3 1821-1824] (WPA, 1938-) [name index]
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, Deed Index, 1801-1865, Grantee to Grantor (Treadway, 1994) [name index]*
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, Deeds [vol. 1  1802-1806*; vol. 3  1803-1808] (Willis & Sellers, 1997-) [name index]
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, General Index to Deeds (Gilbert & Chadwell, 1998) [alphabetical by grantor and grantee]*
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, General Index to Deeds [vol. 1 1801-1865, Grantor; vol. 2 1801-1865, Grantee] (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, Index to Quarterly Court Minutes, 1826-1829 (WPA, 19??) [name index]
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, Marriage Records [vol. 2 1838-1850; vol. 3 1850-1868] (WPA, 1936-1937) [name index]
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee Marriages, 1838-1868 (Sistler, 1983) [alphabetical by bride and groom]*
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, Marriages, 1838 to 1935 [vol. 1  A-M;    vol. 2  N-Z] (Treadway, 1995) [indexed by surname and groom name]*
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1914 through 1925 (Wiefering, 1993) [name index]*
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, Will book [vol. 1 1837-1846; vol. 2 1844-1850] (WPA, 1938-1939) [name index]
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, Will book "A," 1837-1846  [index]  (Andrews, 1989?) [alphabetical listings]*
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee, Will book "A," 1837-1846 (Claiborne County Historical Society, 1992) [name index]
  • Claiborne County, TN Marriages, 1868-91 (Sistler, 1984) [alphabetical by bride and groom]*
  • Families of Norris Reservoir Area (Wilson, 1986) [name index]
  • Index to the First Deed Books of Claiborne County, Tennessee : Grantor and Grantee [1801-1865] (Fletcher, 1996-) [alphabetical by grantor and grantee]*
  • Index to the Probate Court Records, Claiborne County, Tennessee, 1844-1865 : Estate Settlements, Wills, Inventories, Sales, Guardian Reports (Fletcher, 1993) [name and surname index]
  • Marriages of Claiborne County, Tennessee, 1838-1850 & Campbell County, Tennessee, 1838-1853 (Whitley, 1983) [name index]
  • Minutes of Big Barren Primitive Baptist Church : Claiborne County, Tennessee, 1838-1949 (2005)
  • Minutes of Davis Creek Church [Speedwell, Tenn.], 1797-1907 (Edwards, 1968) [name index]
  • More Speedwell Families (Davis, 1988) [name index]
  • Old Speedwell Families (Edwards, 1980) [name index] *
  • Records of Claiborne County, Tennessee, Court Minutes [vol. 1 1801-1803; vol. 2 1803-1806] (WPA, 1936-1937) [name index]
  • Tennessee, Records of Claiborne County : Deed Book A, 1801-1808 (WPA, 19??) [name index]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1838
  • wills from 1839
  • deed index from 1801
  • chancery court minutes from 1934
  • county court minutes from 1801
  • circuit court minutes from 1837 (Criminal April 1837 to Sept 1842; Civil Nov. 1921 - )
  • tax books from 1850

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1801-1910 (#17, 1 reel)*v
  • Estate Inventories -- 1848-1865 (#1, 1 reel)*
  • Estate Inventories, Settlements & Wills -- 1839-1892 (#1, 1 reel)*
  • Estate Inventories, Settlements & Wills -- 1839-1892 (#5, 1 reel)*
  • Marriages -- 1838-1868 (#6, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Claiborne County (Record Group #107, Roll 12, 1 reel) Roll includes General Index to Deeds (1801-1805),  Minute Book, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions (1801-1803 & 1803-1806),  Minute Docket, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions (1806-1808 & 1812-1814),  County Court Minutes (1815-1817),  Minutes, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions (1818-1819, 1819-1821 & 1821-1824),  Index to Quarterly Court Records (1826-1829),  Will Book A & B (1837-1846 & 1844-1850),  Marriage Records (1838-1868),  Deed Book A (1801-1808) and Cemetery Records (undated).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Cumberland Gap, New Tazewell and Tazewell.  Scattered early issues are available from 1872, and a complete run begins in 1933.  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 Claiborne County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Claiborne County census records in book form:  1860*,  1870*,  1880*,  1900*,  1910*,  1920*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR CLAIBORNE COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated September 25, 2014

 

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