Hancock County was formed in 1844
from Claiborne and Hawkins counties
(Acts of Tennessee 1843-44, Chapter 71).
The county seat is Sneedville.
There were fires at the Hancock County
courthouse in 1885 and 1930.
SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES
- Hancock County, Tennessee Pictorial History (Hancock County Historical and Genealogical Society, 2001) [surname index]*
- Hancock County, Tennessee, and Its People [vol. 1 1844-1989; vol. 2 1844-1994; vol. 3 1844-2003] (Hancock County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1990-1995) [name index]
- Lest We Forget-- : The Melungeon Colony of Newman's Ridge (Callahan, 2000)
- My Melungeon Heritage : A Story of Life on Newman's Ridge (Johnson, 1997)
- Windows on the Past : The Cultural Heritage of Vardy, Hancock County, Tennessee (overbay, 2005) [name index]
Additional county and community histories can be found at the Bibliography of Tennessee Local History Sources: Hancock County. The items in the bibliography may not all be available at TSLA.
PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS
- 1870 Census of Hancock County, Tennessee (Andrews & Hansen, 1989) [surname index]*
- 1880 Census, Hancock County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1996) [alphabetical by head of household]*
- Abstracts of Obituaries Published in the Mulberry Gap Association of Missionary Baptists (Cook & Williams) and, Abstracts of Obituaries from the Holston Valley Baptist Association Minutes (Cook, 2006) [name index]
- Blue and Gray from Hawkins County (includes Hancock County) Tennessee, 1861-1865 [3 vols.] (Johnston, 1995) [name index]*
- Campbell County, Tennessee (commissioner certificates only), Clay County, Tennessee, Hancock County, Tennessee [1891 enumeration of male voters] (Reed, 1990) [name index]
- Hancock County, Tennessee 1850 Census (Treadway, 1989) [surname index]*
- Hancock County, Tennessee, 1860 Census (Treadway, 1991) [surname index]*
- Hancock County, Tennessee, 1870 Census (Treadway, 1991) [surname index]*
- Hancock County, Tennessee, 1880 Census (Treadway, 1992) [surname index]*
- Hancock County, Tennessee, 1900 Census (Treadway, 1994) [surname index]*
- Hancock County, Tennessee, 1910 Census (Treadway, 1994) [surname index]*
- Hancock County, Tennessee, 1920 Census (Treadway, 1995) [surname index]*
- Hancock County, Tennessee 1930 Federeal Census (Collins, 200?) [surname index]*
- Hancock County, Tennessee, Marriage Records : As Recorded in the papers of William Paul Grohse (Grohse & Rather, 1998) [alphabetical by bride and groom]*
- Hancock County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1914 through 1925 (Wiefering, 1993) [name index]*
LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM
An inventory of microfilmed Hancock County records is available on our web site. Individual reels of microfilm may also be purchased.
Earliest records include:
- marriages from 1930
- wills from 1924
- deed index from 1879
- chancery court minutes from 1870
- county court minutes from 1930
- circuit court minutes from 1936
- tax books from 1930
NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM
Newspapers were published in Sneedville. Scattered early issues are available from 1896. 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.
- Chris Davis Livesay, 1761-1973 (Microfilm Manuscript #500, 1 reel)*
- Confederate Veterans Association of Upper East Tennessee Records, 1861-ca. 1895 (Microfilm Manuscript #167, 1 reel)*
- Eastern District Association of Primitive Baptists Records, 1904-1913 (Microfilm Manuscript #702, 1 reel)*
- Mulberry Gap Association of Missionary Baptists Records, 1865-1898 and 1951-1975 (Microfilm Manuscript #701, 1 reel)*
- Mulberry Gap Association of the Baptist Church, Records, 1880-1954; 1974-1980 (Microfilm Manuscript #712, 2 reels)*
- Providence Baptist Church Records. Hancock County, 1845-1897 (Microfilm Manuscript #823, 1 reel)*
- William Paul Grohse Papers, 1610-1974 (Microfilm Manuscript #501, 4 reels)*
- Census on microfilm for Hancock County: 1850-1880, 1900-1930
- State-wide census index: 1850-1880
- State-wide census index on microfilm (Soundex): 1880, 1900-1930
- Hancock County census records in book form: 1850*, 1860*, 1870*, 1880*, 1900*, 1910*, 1920*, 1930*
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR HANCOCK COUNTY
* Indicates this title may be borrowed on Interlibrary Loan from TSLA.
Updated March 2, 2011