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McNairy County

McNairy County

McNairy County was formed in 1823 from Hardin County
(Private Acts of Tennessee 1823, Chapter 96).

The county seat is Selmer.

There was a fire at the McNairy County courthouse in 1881.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • 150 Years of Growth and Progress in McNairy County; A Pictorial History of McNairy County, Tennessee    (Whitlow & Wright, 1973) [name index]*
  • 1890's : A Documentation of McNairy County, Tennessee (Kennedy, 1995) [surname index]
  • History of Adamsville, McNairy County, Tennessee (Scott, 2012)
  • History of Tennessee From the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Henderson, Chester, McNairy (Goodspeed, 1978)
  • McNairy County Blue Book for 1986 (Houston, 1986)
  • Old Purdy, the History of the First County Seat of McNairy County, Tennessee (Adams, 1952)
  • Purdy and Her People, 1825-1891 (Wagoner, 1986)
  • Reflections : A History of McNairy County, Tennessee, 1823 - 1996 (Reflections Committee, McNairy, Tenn., 1996) [surname index]
  • Reminiscences of the Early Settlement and Early Settlers of McNairy County, Tennessee (Wright, 1968) [name index]*
  • Reminiscences of the Early Settlement and Early Settlers of McNairy County Tennessee (Wright, 2012) [name index]

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1830 & 1840 Census Index, McNairy County, Tennessee (Brown, 1994) [alphabetical]*
  • 1835, 1840, & 1883 Pensioners Indexes, McNairy County, Tennessee (Brown, 1989) [alphabetical]*
  • 1880 Census, McNairy County, Tennessee (Sistler, 2002) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • 1890 Tax Record of McNairy County, Tennessee (Brown, 1994) [alphabetical]*
  • Cemeteries, McNairy County, Tennessee, 1824-1984 (Brown, 1993) [alphabetical]*
  • Funeral Records from McNairy County, Tenn. / Copied from the Funeral Records at the Shackelford Funeral Home, Selmer (Brown, 1993) [alphabetical]*
  • History of Liberty Church and School (Brown, 1993) [surname index]
  • Index to Deed Book "A" 1824-18381 (Brown, 1994) [alphabetical]
  • Index to McNairy Co. TN Guardians Settlements : Jul. 1866 - Jul. 1902 (Brown, 1994) [alphabetical]*
  • Index to the 1870 Census, McNairy County, Tennessee (Brown, 1994) [alphabetical]*
  • Land Grant, 1823-1851, McNairy County (Brown, 1992) [name index]*
  • McNairy Co., Tn., 1880 Census (Brown, 1993) [name index for head of household]
  • McNairy County, Tennessee, 1850 Census (Porch, 1975) [surname index]
  • McNairy County, Tennessee, 1860 Census (Brown, 1994) [name index for head of household]
  • McNairy County, Tennessee Administrators Record Index, Dec. 1865 - Sep. 1896 (Brown, 1994) [alphabetical]
  • McNairy County, Tennessee Deed Book [*vol. 1 1823-1838; vol. 2 1838-1845; *vol. 3 1845-1851] (Crumpton, 2003) [name index in each volume]
  • McNairy County, Tennessee, Deed Book A, 1823-1838 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • McNairy County, Tennessee, Deed Book "B", 1838-1845 (WPA, 1942)
  • McNairy County, Tennessee, Marriage Books B-D, 1861-1869 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • McNairy County, Tennessee, Minutes of Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian, 1869-99 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Marriages, McNairy Co., Tenn., 1861-1881 (Brown, 1993) [alphabetical by bride & groom]*
  • Mt. Zion Cemetery of Enville, Tennessee (Wade, 1984)
  • Sacred High Place : A History of Mount Carmel Cemetery & Meetinghouse, McNairy County, Tennessee (Talbott, 2013) [alphabetical listings in Chapter 4]
  • Tennessee DAR Genealogical Records Committee Report. Miscellaneous Tennessee records [O'Neal Cemetery records, v.2, pp. 31-40] (Daughters of the American Revolution, 1993) [alphabetical for section]
  • Voters in the 26 Jul 1890 Election, McNairy Co., Tennessee (Brown, 1988) [name index]*
  • Will Index, 1858-1967, from Court Minute Books & Will Books (Brown, 1993) [name index]
  • Willbook Abstracts of McNairy County, Tennessee (Kennedy, 1994) [name index]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1861
  • wills from 1872
  • deed index from 1824
  • chancery court minutes from 1866
  • county court minutes from 1858
  • circuit court minutes from 1856
  • tax books from 1867

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • *Deed Index -- 1835-1901  (#24, 1 reel)*
  • *WPA Records, McNairy County (Record Group #107, Roll 53, 1 reel). Roll includes Deed Books A & B (1823-1845), Marriage Books B-D (1861-1869), Church Minutes of Pleasant Ridge, TN, Mar 21, 1869 - Sept 15, 1899 (1869-1899).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Adamsville, Falcon, Purdy and Selmer. Scattered early issues are available from 1857, and a complete run begins in 1969.  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 McNairy County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • McNairy County census records in book form:  1830*, 1840*, 1850, 1860*, 1870*, 1880*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR MCNAIRY COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated January 10, 2014

 

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