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Cocke County

Cocke County

Cocke County was formed in 1810 from Jefferson County
(Acts of Tennessee 1797, Chapter 8).

The county seat is Newport.

There was a fire at the Cocke County courthouse in 1876.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Cocke County : A Thumbnail Sketch  (Walker,  1976)*
  • Cocke County family tree : the old 12th Civil District [census records] (Price, 2005?) [surname index]
  • Cocke County family tree : the old 13th Civil District [census records] (Price, 2005?) [surname index]
  • Cocke County, Tennessee, and Its People (Cocke County Heritage Book Committee, 1992) [surname index]
  • Cocke County, Tennessee : Pages from the Past  (Walker,  2007)*
  • Goodspeed's Cocke County History (1990) [name index]
  • Historic Sites in Blount, Cocke, Monroe and Sevier Counties (Carberry, 1973)
  • History of First United Methodist Church : Newport, Tennessee (1983)
  • Over the Misty Blue Hills : The Story of Cocke County, Tennessee (O'Dell, 1951) [name index published separately]*
  • Tales from the Civil War (Walker, 1983) [surname index]

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1840 Population Schedule of the United States Census, Cocke County, Tennessee (Templin, 1981) [name index]*
  • 1880 Census, Cocke County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1996) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • Abstracts from Cocke County Deeds [10 vols.] (Price, 2004-) [name index]*
  • Abstracts from Cocke County Surveys, 1856-1900 (Price, 2007) [name index]
  • Cocke County Chancery Court Records [vol.1 Feb. 1877-Feb. 1900)] (Price, 2002) [name index]*
  • Cocke County Circuit Court Civil Minutes [vol. 1 Mar. 1883-Sept. 1916] (Price, 2003) [name index]
  • Cocke County Circuit Court Records, Genealogical Abstracts [vol. 1 Mar. 1877-Nov. 1899] (Price, 2003) [name index]*
  • Cocke County Marriage Register 1881-1883 (Price, 2001) [name index]*
  • Cocke County Marriages [vol.1 Feb 1877-Jan 1901; vol. 2 Jan 1901-July 1912; vol. 3 July 1912-Dec 1920; vol. 4 Dec 1920-May 1928] (Price, 2000) [alphabetical by bride and groom]*
  • Cocke County, Tennessee 1836 Tennessee Civil Districts and Tax Lists (Douthat, 1993)*
  • Cocke County, Tennessee Consolidated Index (court records) [vol. 1 1877-1900 court records] (Price, 2007) [name index]*
  • Cocke County, Tennessee Consolidated Index (deeds) [vol. 2 1877-1900 (Price, 2007) [name index]*
  • Cocke County, Tennessee Early Lists, 1839 Tax List, 1830-1840 Federal Censuses (Fox, 2009) [name index]
  • Cocke County, Tennessee, Entry Book E, 1856-1871 & Surveys, 1856-1860 (WPA, 193?) [name index]
  • Cocke County, Tennessee Land Grants : Abstractsw from East Tennessee Land Grants, vols 1-34 (Price, 2013) [name index]
  • Cocke County, Tennessee Land Grants in East Tennessee Land Grants Books 1-10 (Price, 200?)*
  • Cocke County, Tennessee, Minutes of Slate Creek Baptist Church, 1812-1876 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Cocke County, Tennessee, Minutes of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 1838-1860 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Cocke County, Tennessee, Minutes of the East Tennessee Association of Baptists, 1841-72 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Cocke County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1914 through 1925 (Wiefering, 1993) [name index]*
  • Genealogical Gleanings from Cocke County Clerk Minutes (Price, 2003) [name index]*
  • New and Improved Census 1930 Cocke County, Tennessee (Price, 2002) [name index]*
  • Over the Misty Blue Hills  [index]  (Walker, 1969) [name index]
  • Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 for Cocke County, Tennessee (Templin & Henderson, 1983) [surname index]*
  • Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1860 for Cocke County, Tennessee (Templin & Henderson, 1983) [surname index]*
  • Sacred to the Memory : Cocke County, Tennessee, Cemetery Records [3 vols.] (O'Neil, 1972) [surname index]*

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1877
  • wills from 1876
  • deed index from 1865
  • chancery court minutes from 1877
  • county court minutes from 1877
  • circuit court minutes from 1877
  • tax books from 1876

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • WPA Records, Cocke County (Record Group #107, Roll 13, 1 reel). Roll includes Minutes, Slate Creek Baptist Church (1812-1876),  Minutes, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church (1838-1860),  Minutes, East Tennessee Association of Baptists (1841-1872),  Entry Book E (1856-1871) and Surveys (1856-1860).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Newport.  Scattered early issues are available from 1886, and a complete run begins in 1944.  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 Cocke County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Cocke County census records in book form:  1840*, 1850*,  1860*,  1880*, *1930*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR COCKE COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated May 7, 2014

 

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