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Monroe County

Monroe County

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

The county seat is Madisonville.

There were fires at the Monroe County
courthouse in the 1820s and 1960.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Coker Creek: Crossroads to History (Brown, 1991) [name index]
  • Early Days in Monroe County, Tennessee. [With] "In the Long Long Ago" by Vastine Stickley (Ray, 1943)
  • Fort Loudoun in Tennessee, 1756-1760 : History, Archaeology, Replications, Exhibits and Interpretation (Kuttruff, 2009)*
  • Fort Loudoun on the Little Tennessee (Hamer, 1925)*
  • Historic Sites in Blount, Cocke, Monroe and Sevier Counties (Carberry, 1973)
  • History of Monroe County, Tennessee : From the Western Frontier Days to the Space Age [3 vols. in 4 pts.] (Sands, 1980-89)* [name index in each part]
  • Historic Fort Loudoun (Kelley, 1958)*
  • History of Sweetwater Valley, Tennessee (Lenoir, 1976)* [name index]
  • I Grew Up with Sweetwater (Abernathy, 1982)*
  • Indian Summer : The Siege and Fall of Fort Loudoun (Guy, 2001)
  • Monroe County, Tennessee, Heritage, 1819-1997 (Monroe County Heritage Book Committee, 1997)* [surname index]

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1840 Monroe County, Tennessee, Census (McConkey, 1986)* [name index]
  • 1880 Census, Monroe County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1991) [alphabetical by head of household]
  • 1880 Monroe County Census (McConkey, 1992)* [name index of head of household]
  • Abstracts of Ocoee District Early Land Records-Entries (McClure, 1990) [alphabetical]
  • Blount County, Tennessee Cemetery Records : Including Blount Section of Loudon and Monroe Counties, Tennessee (Little, 1980) [surname index]
  • Index to the Ocoee District Early Land Records (McClure, 1990) [alphabetical]
  • Kyker Funeral Home Death Index, 1914-December 31, 2004 [vol. 1 1914-1947; vol. 2 1948-2004; vol. 3 1977-2004] (McMinn County Historical Society, 2005) [alphabetical]
  • Kyker Funeral Home of Madisonville, 523 North College Street, Madisonville, Tennessee Death Index, 1922-2000 (McMinn County Historical Society, 2005) [alphabetical]
  • Marriage Record Book, 1838-1868 [vol. 1 1838-1843; vol. 2 1843-1845; vol. 3 1847-1852; vol. 4 1856-1868] (WPA, 1938) [name index in each volume]
  • Marriage Records of Monroe County, Tennessee, 1838 Through 1890 (McConkey, 1995)* [alphabetical]
  • Marriages, Monroe County, Tennessee, 1868-1880 (McConkey, 1983) [alphabetical]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee, Cemetery Records (Steed, 199?)* [alphabetical by cemetery]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee, Chancery Court Minutes, 1832-42 (WPA, 1940) [name index]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee, Chancery Court Records, 1832-1887 (Boyer, 1988) [name index]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee, Christianburg Baptist Church Minutes [vol. 1 1828-1872; vol. 2 1872-1892; vol. 3 1892-1901; vol. 4 1901-1908; vol. 5 1909-1917] (WPA, 1938) [5 vols. bound together; name index for each section]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee, Circuit Court Minute Book, 1827-32 [2 vols.] (WPA, 1940) [name index in vol. 1]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee, County Court Records [vol. 1 1858-1874; vol. 2 1875-1888] (McConkey, 1993)* [alphabetical by year]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-1925 (McConkey, 1992)* [alphabetical with addendum]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee, Deed Abstracts from Deed Registration Books [1819 - Dec. 4, 1837] (McConkey, 1994)* [alphabetical by grantor with grantee index]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee, Deed Books [vol. 1 A-D, 1820-1834; vol. 2 E-H, 1834-1836] (Hayes, 1995)* [name index in each volume]
  • Monroe County Tennessee Population Schedule of the Sixth Census of the United States, 1840 (Broyles, 1983)* [surname index]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee; Records, 1820-1870 [deeds 1820-1870 & marriages 1830-1870] (Boyer, 1969-70)* [name index]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee Vital Statistics, 1908-1912, 1914-1925 (McConkey, 1995)* [alphabetical with name index for father and name index for mother]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1914 through 1925 (Wiefering, 1994)* [name index]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1926 through 1930 (Wiefering, 1997)* [name index]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1931 through 1935 (Wiefering, 1998)* [name index]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1936 through 1941 (Wiefering, 1999)* [name index]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1942 through 1946 (Wiefering, 1999)* [name index]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee, Will Book A, 1825-69 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Monroe County, Tennessee Wills 1824-1945 (McConkey, 19??)* [alphabetical]
  • Ocoee Land District Maps (Douthat, 2013) [name index]
  • Tax Lists, 1899 and 1912, Monroe County, Tennessee (McConkey, 1991) [alphabetical by district]
  • Tennessee Negro Cemetery Records and Marriage Records : Counties of Campbell, Dickson, Madison, McMinn, Monroe, Roane, Sevier (WPA, 1938)

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1838
  • wills from 1836
  • deed index from 1820
  • chancery court minutes from 1832
  • county court minutes from 1858
  • circuit court minutes from 1827
  • tax books from 1868

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1820-1910 (#38, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories -- 1853-1902 (#20, 1 reel)*
  • Marriages -- 1838-1845;1847-1852; 1856-1883 (#29, 1 reel)*
  • Marriages -- 1856-1885 (#30, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1833-1922 (#37, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Monroe County (Record Group #107, Roll 60, 1 reel). Roll includes Chancery Court Minute Book (1832-1842), Circuit Court Minute Book, pts. 1 & 2 (1827-1834), Will Book A (1825-1869), Marriage Records Books I-IV (1838-1845, 1847-1852, 1856-1868) and Christianburg Baptist Church Minutes, Vols. I-V (1828-1917).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Madisonville and Sweetwater.  Scattered early issues are available from 1839, and a complete run begins in 1946. 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 Monroe County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Monroe County census records in book form:  1840*, 1880*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR MONROE COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated May 7, 2014

 

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