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Sumner County

Sumner County

Sumner County was formed in 1786 from Davidson County
(Laws of North Carolina 1786, Chapter 32).

The county seat is Gallatin.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • African-American Life in Sumner County (Brinkley & Malone, 1998)*
  • Around Gallatin and Sumner County [2 vols.] ( Lester & Thomson, 1998) [surname index in each volume]*
  • Brief Study of the History of Sumner County  (Yokley,  194?)
  • Early History of the South-West (Hall, 1968)*
  • Great Leap Westward; A History of Sumner County, Tennessee From its Beginnings to 1805  (Durham,  1969) [name index]*
  • Historic Sumner County, Tennessee : With Genealogies of the Bledsoe, Gage and Douglass Families, and Genealogical Notes of Other Sumner County Families  (Cisco,  2002)*
  • History of Tennessee From the Earliest Time to the Present : Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of the Counties of Sumner, Smith, Macon  (Goodspeed,  1979)*
  • Old Sumner: A History of Sumner County, Tennessee From 1805-1861  (Durham,  1972) [name index]*
  • One Step Further : A History of the Thirteenth District of Sumner County  (Kilgore & Scruggs,  1986)
  • Pictorial History of Sumner County, Tennessee, 1786-1986  (Durham & Thomas,  1986) [name index]*
  • Rebellion Revisited : A History of Sumner County, Tennessee From 1861 to 1870  (Durham,  1982) [name index]
  • Some Early Settlers of Upper Sumner County, Tennessee: the Hobdy, Cotton, Durham, Gillespie, Perdue, Absher, Mattox, Cochran and Mayes Families  (Absher,  1966)
  • Short History of Sumner County, 1786-1957  (Hendrickson,  1957)*
  • Sumner County (Guill, 1968)*
  • Sumner County Sesqui-centennial, 1787-1937. Souvenir Book (Todd, 1937)*
  • Sumner County, Tennessee in the Civil War  (Ferguson,  1972)
  • Study of Two Early-Nineteenth-Century Houses in Sumner County, Tennessee: Cragfont and Wynnewood  (Thompson,  1977)
  • Sumner County  (Spivey, 1968)
  • Sumner County, Tennessee in the Civil War  (Ferguson,  1972)*
  • Wynnewood : Bledsoe's Lick, Castalian Springs, Tennessee (Durham, 1994) [name index]

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1770-1790 Census of the Cumberland Settlements : Davidson, Sumner, and Tennessee Counties (in What is Now Tennessee)  (Fulcher,  1987) [alphabetical for each county]*
  • 1850 U.S. Census, Sumner County, Tennessee (Sumner County Archives, 1997) [name index]*
  • 1860 U.S. Census, Sumner County, Tennessee (Sumner County Archives, 1996) [name index]*
  • 1870 U.S. Census, Sumner County, Tennessee (Sumner County Archives, 1995) [name index]*
  • 1880 Census, Sumner County, Tennessee  (Sistler, 1991) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • 1916-1920 Sumner County, TN death certificates (Denning, 2007) [surname index]
  • 1921-1925 Sumner County, TN death certificates (Denning, 2007) [surname index]
  • 1926-1930 Sumner County, TN death certificates (Denning, 2007) [surname index]
  • 1931-1935 Sumner County, TN death certificates (Denning, 2007) [surname index]
  • 1936-1940 Sumner County, TN death certificates (Denning, 2007) [surname index]
  • 1941-1945 Sumner County, TN death certificates (Denning, 2007) [surname index]
  • 1946-1950 Sumner County, TN death certificates (Denning, 2007) [surname index]
  • 1951-1955 Sumner County, TN death certificates (Denning, 2007) [surname index]
  • Beech Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery Directory (Robinson, 1999) [alphabetical, with section listings]
  • County Court Minutes, 1787-1805  [vol .1-2  1787-1791 & 1791-1796;  vol. 3  1796-1802;  vol. 4-5  1801-1804 & 1804-1805] (WPA,  1937) [name index in vol. 4-5]
  • First Land Grants of Sumner County, Tennessee 1786-1833 (Marsh, 2003) [name index]*
  • Index to Original Records Collection, Deeds, 1786 to 1914 (Patton, 1997) [alphabetical]*
  • Land, Slaves, and Other Courthouse Transactions, 1808-1863 : Abstracts of Sumner County, Tennesse (Patton, 2005) [name index; name index for slaves with seller's name]*
  • Maple Hill Cemetery : An Indexed Guide to the Location of Graves by Section Including a Short History of the Cemetery  (1995) [name index]
  • Marriages of Sumner County, Tennessee, 1787-1838  (Whitley,  1981) [name index]
  • Red River Settlers : Records of the Settlers of Northern Montgomery, Robertson, and Sumner Counties, Tennessee  (Whitley,  1980) [name index]
  • Shiloh Presbyterian Church, 1793-1847 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Sumner County Miscellaneous Records  [church, marriages 1787-1838, cemeteries] (Bowen,  1997) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee : Abstracts of Will Books 1 and 2 (1788-1842)  (Whitley,  1999) [surname index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee : Index to the Loose Records, 1786 to 1930  (Wilson,  1988) [multiple indexes --- index to wills, index to estates, index to lawsuits, and index to miscellaneous]*
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, 1850 Census  (Porch,  1972) [surname index]*
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Bible Records  (Bowen,  1997) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Bible, Family & Tombstone records by the Works Progress Administration 1936 (Sistler, 2004) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Bible, Family, and Tombstone Records  (WPA,  1936)
  • Sumner County, Tennessee Bond Book, 1787-1835  (Wilson,  1994) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Cemetery Records  (Snider & Yorgason,  1981) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Court Minutes, 1787-1805 and 1808-1810  (Wells,  1995) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Deed Abstracts, 1793-1805  (Murray,  1988) [name and palce index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Deed Abstracts, 1806-1817  (Murray,  1989) [name and place index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Inventories, Settlements, and Guardian Accounts, Volume A, March 1808-February 1821  (Bamman & Spero,  1984) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1787-1838  (Porch,  197?) [alphabetical by groom with bride surname index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Marriages, 1839-1875  (Stinson & Spurlock,  1985) [alphabetical by groom with bride surname index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Minutes of Beech Cumberland Presbyterian Church, vol. 2, 1869-1899 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Miscellaneous Church Records [church, cemetery & marriages]  (WPA,  1938) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee Newspapers, Vol. 1, 1820-1907 (Shrum, 2004) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee Newspapers, Vol. 2, 1860-1917 (Shrum, 2006) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Population Schedules of the United States Census of 1820  (Presley,  1970?) [surname index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Probate Data 1787-1808  (Bamman & Spero,  1984) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Tax List, 1787-1794 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Will Abstracts, 1788-1882 (Wilson, 1987) [name index]
  • Sumner County, TN African American Death Certificates [1914-1955] (Denning, 2008-) [surname index]*
  • Sumner County, TN Deed Books [vol.1 Books 8-12, May 1818-Oct 1831; vol. 2 Books 13-16, Oct 1831-Oct 1839; vol. 3 Books 17-20, April 1840-July 1851] (Denning, 2007-) [surname index in each volume]
  • Sumner County, TN, Polk City Directory [2006 - 2014]
  • Tennessee, Sumner County, Marriage Records, 1787-1838 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Veterans of the American Revolutionary War of Sumner County, Tennessee (Wilson, 1962) [alphabetical]
  • Will Book, 1789-1842 [Vol. 1 1789-1822; Vol. 2 1823-1842] (WPA, 1936) [name index in both volumes]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1787
  • wills from 1789
  • inventories of estates from 1786
  • deed index from 1787
  • chancery court minutes from 1826
  • county court minutes from 1787
  • circuit court minutes from 1810
  • tax books from 1795

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Administrator's & Executor's Settlements -- 1852-1857; 1870-1928 (#42, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1787-1947 (A-D)   Direct (#96, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1787-1947 (A-D)   Reverse (#97, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1787-1947 (E-K)   Direct (#98, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1787-1947 (E-K)   Reverse (#99, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1787-1947 (L-R)    Direct (#100, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1787-1947 (L-R)    Reverse (#101, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1787-1947 (S-Z)    Direct (#102, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1787-1947 (S-Z)   Reverse (#103, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories and Settlements -- 1836-1861 (#69, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories and Settlements -- 1847-1852; 1879-1887 (#330, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Records -- 1845-1882 (#72, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1789-1904 (#91, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Sumner County  (Record Group #107, Roll 81,  1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minutes (vols.1-5),  Tax Records (1787-1794),  Marriage Records (1787-1838),  Will Book 1 & 2 (1789-1842),  and Miscellaneous Church Records.*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Gallatin.  Scattered early issues are available from 1827, and a complete run begins in 1950.   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 Sumner County:  1820-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1820-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Sumner County census records in book form:  1820,  1850,  1860,  1870*,  1880*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR SUMNER COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated April 11, 2014

 

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