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McMinn County

McMinn County

McMinn County was formed in 1819 from Indian lands
(Acts of Tennessee 1819, Chapter 7).

The county seat is Athens.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Etowah (Tullock, 2013)
  • Hard Times Remembered : A Study of the Depression in McMinn County (Wiggins, 1983) [name index]*
  • Hidden History of McMinn County : Tales from Eastern Tennessee (Guy, 2007)*
  • McMinn County (Byrum, 1984) [name index]*
  • McMinn County (Guy, 2010) *
  • McMinn County, Tennessee and Its People, 1819-1997 (McMinn County Heritage Book Committee, 1997) [surname index]*
  • "Over Here" and After: McMinn County, Tennessee, During World War I and the Twenties (Wiggins & Akins, 1986) [name index]*

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1880 Census, McMinn County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1995) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • Bordwine Funeral Home Death Index 1969-December 31, 2004 (McMinn County Historical Society, 2005) [alphabetical]
  • Chancery Court Records of McMinn County, Tennessee (Boyer, 1980) [name index]*
  • Chickamauga Reservoir Cemeteries (Douthat, 1986) [surname index]
  • Dender Funeral Home Death Index, 1929-1971 (McMinn County Historical Society, 2004) [alphabetical]
  • Index to McMinn County, Tennessee Tax Lists, 1829-1832, 1836 & Detail from 1836 Tax List (Reksten & Boyer, 1996) [name index]
  • Jerry E. Smith Funeral Home Death Index, 1964-December 31, 2004 (McMinn County Historical Society, 2005) [alphabetical]
  • Legacy of New Hopewell Baptist Church, Co. Rd. 121, McMinn Co., Athens, TN, Eighteen Hundred Twenty-Four to Nineteen Hundred Ninety-Eight (Boylston, 1999) [name index]
  • McMinn County, Ninth Federal Population Census, 1870 (Broyles, 1983) [surname index]*
  • McMinn County, Tennessee Cemeteries (Templin, 2000?) [surname index]
  • McMinn County, Tennessee, Court Proceedings, 1819-1829 [2 vols.] (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • McMinn County, Tennessee, Deeds and Other Data, 1820-1880 (Boyer, 1986) [name index]
  • McMinn County, Tennessee, Eastern Cherokee Claims, 1797-1909 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • McMinn County, Tennessee, Loose Marriage Records, 1821-38 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • McMinn County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1838-1848 (WPA, 1936) [name index for grooms]
  • McMinn County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, Vol. D & E, 1848-59, 1859-64 (WPA, 1936) [name index for grooms]
  • McMinn County, Tennessee Marriages [sic] records, March 1871 thru December 1885 (Wilson, 2004) [alphabetical by bride & groom]
  • McMinn County, Tennessee, Records : W.P.A. Transcript (Douthat, 1991) [name index]*
  • McMinn County, Tennessee, Tombstone Inscriptions, vol. 1 (WPA, 1940) [name index]
  • McMinn County, Tennessee, Tombstone Inscriptions, vol. 2 [2 pts.] (WPA, 1940) [name index in pt. 1]
  • McMinn County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1914 Through 1925 (Wiefering, 1993) [name index]*
  • McMinn County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1926 Through 1930 (Wiefering, 1997) [name index]*
  • McMinn County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1931 Through 1935 (Wiefering, 1998) [name index]*
  • McMinn County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1936 Through 1941 (Wiefering, 1999) [name index]*
  • McMinn County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1942 Through 1946 (Wiefering, 1999) [name index]*
  • McMinn County, Tennessee, Wills and Inventories, Vol. 2, 1828-1834 (WPA, 19??) [name index]
  • McMinn County, TN Death Certificates [sic] records [vol. 1 1914-1921] (Templin, 2005) [alphabetical by year]
  • McMinn County, TN Death Certificates [sic] records, 1922-1929 (Templin, 2005) [alphabetical by year]
  • McMinn County, TN Polk City Directory (2003)
  • Marriage License Records of McMinn County, 1838-1880 (Wilson, 2005) [alphabetical by groom & bride]
  • Marriage Records of McMinn County, Tennessee, 1820-1870 (Boyer, 1964) [alphabetical]
  • Marriages of McMinn County, Tennessee, 1821-1864 (Whitley, 1983) [name index]*
  • Murphy Funeral Home Death Index, 1957-1970 (McMinn County Historical Society, 2004) [alphabetical]
  • Population Schedule of United States Census of 1850 for McMinn County, Tennessee (East Tennessee Historical Society, 1961) [surname index]*
  • Private Acts of McMinn County, Tennessee (McIntyre, 1994)
  • Quisenberry Funeral Home Death Index, 1931-1954 (McMinn County Historical Society, 2005) [alphabetical]
  • Quisenberry-Laycock-Hobbs, 521 N. Jackson Street, Athens, Tennessee Death Index, 1955-December 31, 2004 (McMinn County Historical Society, 2005) [alphabetical]
  • Tennessee Negro Cemetery Records and Marriage Records : counties of Campbell, Dickson, Madison, McMinn, Monroe, Roane, Sevier (WPA, 1938)
  • Wills and Estate Records of McMinn County, Tennessee, 1820-1870 (Boyer, 1966) [name index]*
  • Wills and Inventories, 1838-1848 [vol. 1 1838-41; vol. 2 (2 pts.) 1841-48] (WPA, 1936-37) [name index in vol. 1; name index in pt. 1 of vol. 2]
  • Ziegler Funeral Home Death Index, 1958-December 31, 2004 (McMinn County Historical Society, 2005) [alphabetical]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1838
  • wills from 1819
  • deed index from 1893 (deeds from 1820)
  • chancery court minutes from 1844
  • county court minutes from 1819
  • circuit court minutes from 1860
  • tax books from 1829

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Marriage Records -- 1838-1879  (#68, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1819-1848  (#104, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1849-1862  (#105, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, McMinn County (Record Group #107, Roll 52, 1 reel). Roll includes Court Proceedings, pts. 1 & 2 (1819-1829), Eastern Cherokee Claims (1797-1909), Wills & Inventories, Vol. 2 (1828-1834), Wills & Inventories, Vol. C (1838-1841), Will Book D, pts. 1 & 2 (1841-1848), Loose Marriage Bonds (1821-1838), Marriage Records (1838-1864), Tombstone Inscriptions, Vol. 1 (undated) and Tombstone Inscriptions, Vol. 2, pts. 1 & 2 (undated).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Athens, Calhoun, Englewood and Etowah.  Scattered early issues are available from 1827, and a complete run begins in 1924.  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 McMinn County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • McMinn County census records in book form:  1850*, 1870*, 1880*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR MCMINN COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated January 10, 2014

 

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