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Montgomery County

Montgomery County

Montgomery County was formed in 1796 from Tennessee County
(Acts of Tennessee 1796 [1st Session], Chapter 30).

The county seat is Clarksville.

There were fires at the Montgomery County
courthouse in 1878 & 1900, and a tornado in 1999.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Along the Warioto: or A History of Montgomery County, Tennessee (Beach, 1964)* [name index]
  • Child's History of Clarksville and Montgomery County, Tennessee (Williams, 1986)
  • Clarksville and Montgomery County in Tennessee (Chamber of Commerce of Clarksville and Montgomery County, Tennessee, 19??)
  • Clarksville Montgomery County Schools : Pictorial & Historical Collection (Stacey, Davis & Angus, 1999)*
  • Coalfield, Memories & Scenes from Home and Surrounding Areas (Justice, 2008?)
  • Faces of Valor : Memories of Service & Sacrifice (Kiwanis Club of Clarksville, 2006?) [alphabetical]
  • Historic Clarksville : The Bicentennial Story, 1784-1984 (Waters, 1983) [name index]
  • Historical Sketches of Adams, Robertson County, Tennessee and Port Royal, Montgomery County, Tennessee, from 1779 to 1968 (Winters, 1978) [surname index]
  • History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present : Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Montgomery, Robertson, Humphreys, Stewart  (Goodspeed, 1979)*
  • Montgomery County (Beach, 1988)
  • Montgomery County; Its Agricultural & Mineral Wealth; Its Topography and Geology; Its Healthfulness and Desirableness (Killebrew, 1870)
  • Montgomery County, Tennessee : History & Biographies (Goodspeed, 2002) [name index]
  • Occupied : The Story of Clarksville, Tennessee, During the Civil War (Ferrell, 2012) [name index]
  • "Southern Half" : Montgomery County, Tennessee (Davidson, 1998) [surname index]
  • Southside : Then to Now (Davidson, 1998)

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1798 Property Tax List and 1820 Census of Montgomery County, Tennessee (Beach & Alley, 1969) [surname index]
  • 1840 Census, Tennessee, Montgomery County (Sistler, 1986) [alphabetical by head of household]
  • 1850 Federal Census of Montgomery County, Tennessee (Beach & Alley, 1971)* [name index]
  • 1880 Census, Montgomery County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1998)* [alphabetical by head of household]
  • Abstracts of Wills and Records : Recorded in Books A & B, Montgomery County, Tennessee, 1796-1818 (Darnell, 1976)* [surname index]
  • Bible and Family Records, Tombstone Inscriptions [bound with Minutes of the Board of Stewards of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Clarksville, 1893-1925] (WPA, 1938)
  • Cemetery Records of Montgomery County, Tennessee [2 vols.] (Darnell, Jones & Alley, 1965-)* [surname index in each volume]
  • Clarksville, TN, Polk City Directory : Including Montgomery County (1998, 2002-2008, 2010-2015)
  • County Court Minutes, 1805-1825 [vol. 1 17805-1808; vol. 2 1808-1810; vol. 3 1810-1811; vol. 4 1811-1813; vol. 5 1813-1815; vol. 6 1815-1816; vol. 7 1816-1817; vol. 8 1817-1818; vol. 9 1818-1819; vol. 10 1820-1821; vol. 11 1821-1822; vol. 12 1823-1824; vol. 13 1824-1825] (WPA, 1937-1941) [name index in each volume]
  • Index to Montgomery County, Tennessee, Wills & Administrations, 1795 to 1861 (Sistler, 1990)* [alphabetical]
  • Minutes of the Board of Stewards of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Clarksville, 1893-1925 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Montgomery County, Tennessee 1798 Tax List (Douthat, 199?) [name index]
  • Montgomery County, Tennessee County Court Minutes [Dec. 1805 - Dec. 1807] (Willis & Dublin, 1998)* [surname index]
  • Montgomery County, Tennessee County Court Minutes [1823-1824] (1993?) [case name index]
  • Montgomery County, Tennessee, Family History Book 2000 (Montgomery County Historical Society, 2000)* [surname index]
  • Montgomery County, Tennessee Loose Marriages 1799, 1802, 1808, 1813, 1814, 1818, 1836, 1837, 1841 (Townley, 1965)
  • Montgomery County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, vol. 1-2, 1838-1854 (WPA, 1937) [two volumes bound together; name index for each section]
  • Montgomery County, Tennessee Wills and Administrations [vol. 1 1796-1804; vol. 2 1805-1814; vol. 3 1799-1814; vol. 4 1814-1817; vol. 5 1817-1819; vol. 6 1819-1821; vol. 7 Oct 1821 - Jan 1823; vol. 8 Jan 1823 - Oct 1823; vol. 9 Oct 1823 - Oct 1824; vol. 10 Oct 1824 - Jan 1826] (Willis, 1995-)* [vols. 1-6 surname index in each volume; vols. 7 - 10 name index in each volume]
  • Montgomery County, TN, Deeds [vol. 1 1796-1800; vol. 2 1797-1804; vol. 3 1802-1807; vol. 4 1805-1809; vol. 5 1808-1812] (Willis & Simmons, 1996-) [surname index in each volume]
  • Montgomery County, TN Marriages, 1838-1867 (Sistler, 1986)* [alphabetical by groom; alphabetical by bride]
  • Name Index to History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present : Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Montgomery (Marsh, 1972)*
  • Obituaries Compiled from Clarksville Newspapers, Montgomery County, Tennessee [vol. 1 1869-1810; vol. 2 1883-1870; vol. 3 1893-1884; vol. 4 1903-1894; vol. 5 1913-1904; vol. 6 1914-1921; vol. 7 1922-1926; vol. 8 1927-1930; vol. 9 1931-1934; vol. 10 1935-1938; vol. 11 1939-1948 (Index); vol. 12 1949-1958 (Index)] (Gannaway, 1989-) [vol. 1 alphabetical; vols. 2 - 12 alphabetical by year]
  • Primal Families of the Yellow Creek Valley : A Chronicle of the Pioneer Families of the Regions of Dickson, Houston, and Montgomery Counties in Middle Tenn (Nesbitt, 1985) [name index]
  • Private Acts of Montgomery County, Tennessee (McIntyre, 1994)
  • Red River Settlers : Records of the Settlers of Northern Montgomery, Robertson, and Sumner Counties, Tennessee (Whitley, 1980)* [name index]
  • T E McReynolds and Sons, Funeral Directors, Clarksville, Tenn., Funeral Records, 1897-1923 (Weakley, 1986)
  • Tennessee County, North Carolina, Early Deeds [vol.1 1784-1793; vol. 2 1794-1797] (Willis, 1994)* [surname index in each volume]
  • Wills & Inventories, Guardian and Bond Books, 1797-1818 [vol. 1 1797-1810; vol. 2 1811-1818] (WPA, 1936) [name index in each volume]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1838
  • wills from 1796
  • deed index from 1789
  • chancery court minutes from 1840
  • county court minutes from 1805
  • circuit court minutes from 1896
  • tax books from 1949

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1789-1870 (#107, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage records -- 1838-1874 (#65, 1 reel)*
  • Will Books -- 1796-1821 (#91, 1 reel)*
  • Will Books -- 1818-1834 (#92, 1 reel)*
  • Will Books -- 1829-1840 (#93, 1 reel)*
  • Will Books -- 1840-1848 (#94, 1 reel)*
  • Will Books -- 1845-1850 (#95, 1 reel)*
  • Will Books -- 1853-1858 (#96, 1 reel)*
  • Will Books -- 1858-1869 (#97, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Montgomery County (Record Group #107, Roll 61, 1 reel). Roll includes Wills & Inventories, Guardian Bond Book A & B (1797-1810, 1811-1818), Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Minute Books 1-9 (1805-1819).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Clarksville.  Scattered early issues are available from 1834, and a complete run begins in 1904.  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 Montgomery County:  1820-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1820-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Montgomery County census records in book form:  1820, 1850*, 1880*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated November 21, 2014

 

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