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Cheatham County

Cheatham County

Cheatham County was formed in 1856 from Davidson,
Dickson, Montgomery and Robertson counties
(Acts of Tennessee 1855-56, Chapter 122).

The county seat is Ashland City.


  • Cheatham County, Tennessee History and Families (Cheatham County Historical and Genealogical Association, 2001) [surname index]
  • Goodspeed Histories of Montgomery, Robertson, Humphreys, Stewart, Dickson, Cheatham, Houston Counties of Tennessee (Goodspeed, 1972) [name index]*
  • Goodspeed's History of Cheatham County, Tennessee (Poole, 1996)
  • Pleasant View and Environs : Cheatham and Robertson County Tennessee, 1787-1981 (Walker, 1982)

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



  • 1870 census, Tennessee, Transcription for Cheatham County (Bishop, 1983) [name index]
  • 1880 census, Tennessee, Transcription for Cheatham County (Sistler, 1978?) [name index]
  • Cemetery Records of Cheatham County, Tennessee (Dalton and Hogan, 1986) [name index]*
  • Cheatham County, Tennessee, Bible and Tombstone Records (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Cheatham County, Tennessee, Census of 1860 (Dalton, 1986) [name index]*
  • Cheatham County, Tennessee, Death Records, 1817 To 1950 (Poole, 1999) [name index]*
  • Cheatham County, Tennessee Marriage Records 1856-1897 [name index]*
  • Cheatham County, Tn Marriages, 1856-1881 (Sistler, 1988) [alphabetical by bride and groom]
  • Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-One Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891 [Cheatham County] (Reed, 1992) [name index]
  • 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) [name index]
  • Narrows of the Harpeth and Montgomery Bell (Brehm & Curtis, 1981)
  • Tennessee Records of Cheatham County Wills & Inventories, Vol. A, 1856-1871 (WPA, 19??) [name index]
  • Tombstone Records of Cheatham County, Tennessee (Haile & Garrett, 1987) [name index]*
  • Works Progress Administration Cemetery and Bible Records, Cheatham County, Tennessee (Whitworth, 1987) [name index]*



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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1856
  • wills from 1856
  • deed index from 1856
  • chancery court minutes from 1857
  • county court minutes from 1856
  • circuit court minutes from 1877
  • tax books from 1856


The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1856-1921 (#47, 1 reel)*
  • Insolvent Estates, Accounts of -- 1859-1951 (#47, 1 reel)*
  • Marriages -- 1856-1938 (#47, 1 reel)*
  • Wills, Inventories, and Estate Settlements -- 1856-1908 (#47, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Cheatham County (Record Group #107, Roll 11,  1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minutes (1856-1860),  Marriage Licenses 1856-1897),  Wills & Inventories (1856-1871) and Bible & Tombstone Records (undated).*



Newspapers were published in Ashland City and Pleasant View.  Scattered early issues are available from 1880, and a complete run begins in 1931.  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.  





  • Census on microfilm for Cheatham County:  1860-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1860-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Cheatham County census records in book form:  1860*, 1870, 1880




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



Updated October 23, 2009


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