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Morgan County

Morgan County

Morgan County was formed in 1840 from
Anderson and Roane counties
(Acts of Tennessee 1817, Chapter 38).

The county seat is Wartburg.

There were fires at the Morgan County
courthouse in 1826, 1870 and 1904.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Coalfield Remembered (Coalfield Genealogical & Historical Society, 2009?)
  • Coming Home to Coalfield (Coalfield Genealogical & Historical Society, 2007)
  • Heritage of Morgan County, Tennessee, 1817-1999  (1999) [surname index]
  • History of Morgan County, Tennessee  (Freytag & Ott,  1971 & 1982) [name index]*
  • Morgan County  (Dickinson,  1987) [name index]*
  • Morgan County, Tennessee, Rugby, Tennessee, an Attempted Utopia  (Stott,  1939)
  • Pictorial History of Morgan County, Tennessee  (1976?)
  • Rugby, Morgan county, Tennessee : Settlement Founded October 5th, 1880  (1880)

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1880 Census, Morgan County, Tennessee  (Sistler,  1996) [alphabetical by surname]*
  • Cumberland Co., Tennessee, Fentress Co., Tennessee, Jackson Co., Tennessee, Loudon Co., Tennessee, Morgan Co., Tennessee, Overton Co.  [1891 enumeration of male voters]  (Reed,  1990)
  • Funeral Home Records from Schubert Funeral Home, Morgan County, Wartburg, TN [Book I, 1943-1957; Book II, 1958-1966] (Cromwell, 2000) [name index]
  • Morgan County, Tennessee 1850 Census  (Cross,  1985) [surname index]*
  • Morgan County, Tennessee, 1850 Census (Porch, 1973) [surname index]
  • Morgan County Tennessee Cemetery Inscriptions  (Cross,  1986) [alphabetical]
  • Morgan County, Tennessee Deeds (1818-1846)  (Bailey,  2000) [name index]
  • Morgan County, Tennessee, Land Survey Books, A & B, 1824-1836  (Bailey,  1997) [name index]
  • Morgan County, Tennessee Marriages, 1862-1901  (Gammell,  1986) [name index]
  • Morgan County, Tennessee Marriages, 1865-1886  (Douthat,  1986) [name index]*
  • Morgan County, Tennessee Newspaper Abstracts, 1819-1890 : (Obituaries, Marriages, and Other Items of Genealogical Interest)  (Bailey,  2000) [name index]
  • Morgan County, Tennessee Newspaper Obituaries [vol. 1 1916-1934; vol. 2 1935-1940] (Cromwell, 2000-2001) [name index]
  • Morgan County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1914 Through 1925  (Wiefering,  1994) [name index]*
  • Tennessee, Records of Morgan County : County Court Minutes, 1824-1827  (WPA,  1939) [name index]
  • Tennessee, Records of Morgan County, Marriage Records, 1862-1887  (WPA,  1939) [name index]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1862
  • wills from 1868
  • probate records from 1866
  • deed index from 1818
  • chancery court minutes from 1865
  • county court minutes from 1848
  • circuit court minutes from 1840
  • tax books from 1881

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1818-1914  Direct  (#17,  1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1888-1914  Reverse  (#18,  1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Morgan County  (Record Group #107, Roll 63,  1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minutes (1824-1827),  Marriage Records (1862-1887),  and Rugby, Tennessee: An Attempted Utopia by Kathleen Brock Scott (undated).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Oakdale, Rugby, Sunbright and Wartburg.  Scattered early issues are available from 1895, and a complete run begins in 1960. 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 Morgan County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1350-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Morgan County census records in book form:  1830,  1850*, 1870,  1880*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR MORGAN COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated December 17, 2009

 

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