Administrative Hearings | Business Services | Charitable Fundraising | Elections | Library & Archives | Publications
Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties

Rhea County

Rhea County

Rhea County was formed in 1807 from Roane County
(Acts of Tennessee 1807, Chapter 9).

The county seat is Dayton.

There were fires at the Rhea County
courthouse in 1869 and 1927.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • History of Rhea County, Tennessee (Broyles, 1991)* [name index]
  • Morgan Springs, Tennessee : Past, Present, and Future (Morgan, 1986?)
  • Personal Look at the Civil War in Rhea and Meigs Countiews, Tennessee (Broyles, 1999)
  • Records of Rhea ; A Condensed County History (Campbell, 1940)*
  • Rhea and Meigs Counties (Tennessee) in the Confederate War (Allen, 1908)*
  • Rhea County History : As Recorded by William G. Allen (Broyles, 2003)* [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee. Its Agricultural and Horticultural Possibilities, Mineral and Timber Resources, Opportunities Offered the Homeseeker and Investor (Crawford, 1921?)*

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1850 Rhea County, Tennessee [census] (Hutcherson & Creekmore, 1983) [surname index]
  • 1880 Census, Rhea County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1990)* [alphabetical by head of household]
  • Chickamauga Reservoir Cemeteries (Douthat, 1986)* [surname index]
  • Churches and Schools of Rhea County, Tennessee (Broyles, 1992)* [name index]
  • Circuit Court of Rhea County Execution Docket, July Term 1866-March Term 1870 (Gray, 1992)* [name index]
  • Compendium of Rhea and Meigs Counties Tennessee 1808 Through 1850 (Broyles, 1980)* [arranged by surnames]
  • Election Returns and Voter Lists, Rhea County, Tennessee, 1845-1860 (Broyles, 1992)* [surname index]
  • Fourth Survey Distr[i]ct of Tennessee, 1808-1810 : John McClellan-Surveyor Anderson, Bledsoe, Campbell, Knox, Overton, Rhea, Roane Counties, TN (Douthat, 1988)* [name index]
  • Historical Records of East Tennessee [Series 2 - Rhea County] [abstracts of wills 1825-1840 and marriages 1808-1816] (McGhee, 1954) [name index]
  • Hiwassee District, Rhea County Portion [land as of 1821] (Broyles, 1983) [alphabetical]
  • Index to Rhea County Loose Court Papers (Broyles, 1992) [name index]
  • Index to the 1910 Census, Rhea County, Tennessee (Tallent, 1990?) [alphabetical]
  • Marriages of Rhea County, Tennessee, 1808-1859 (Whitley, 1983) [name index]
  • Population Schedule of the United States Census for 1830 and 1840, Rhea County, Tennessee (Hutcherson, 1965) [surname index]
  • Private Acts of Rhea County, Tennessee (McIntyre, 1986)
  • Rhea and Meigs Counties Eleventh Census of the United States : Surviving Soldiers and Widows, 1890: Posts of the Grand Army of the Republic (Broyles, 1999)* [name index]
  • Rhea County 1850, 1870 and 1880 Agricultural Production Census (Broyles, 1999)* [name index]
  • Rhea County in Old Newspapers, 1809-1834 (Broyles, 1998)* [name index]
  • Rhea County Miscellany (Broyles, 198?)
  • Rhea County Tax Lists : 1819 Through 1829 (Broyles, 1983) [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, 1866 Tax List (Broyles, 1996)* [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, 1920 Census (Tallent, 1995)* [surname index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Administrations and Wills, 1841-1852 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Cemetery Records [*vol. 1 Northern three-fourths of county; vol. 2 Southern one-fourth of county] (Broyles, 1998) [name index in each volume]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Census, Marriage, and Tax Records 1850 Through 1900 (Broyles, 1982)* [grouped by surname]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Circuit Court Jurors, 1815-1860 (Broyles, 1992)* [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Circuit Court Minutes, September 1815-March 1836 (Wells, 1996)* [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, County Court Minute Book, April 1, 1876 - August 1881 (Broyles, 1997)* [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Court Minutes [vol. 2 1829-1834; vol. 3 1834-1840; vol. 4 1840-1844 -- index to court minute book A] (WPA, 1937-1938) [name index in each volume]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (County Court) [9 vols. in 10 pts., 1810-1815, May 1823 - April 1876] (Broyles, 1992-)* [name index in each volume]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Deed Book F (Broyles, 1995)* [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee Deed Books A, B, C, D, E (Broyles, 1987)* [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Deed Records [1808-1809] (WPA, 1938)* [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee Land Entry Book (Surveyor's Book no. 1) : 1824-1889 and 1902-1929 (Broyles, 1992)* [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee : Marriage Record of Colored Persons 1866-1879 (Broyles, 1995)*
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1808-1890 (WPA, 1937)* [name index of groom, bride and minister]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Minute Docket, 1823-29 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Scholastic Populations, 1838-1851 (Broyles, 1995)* [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee Tax Lists, 1819 Through 1829 (Broyles, 1989)* [surname index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee : Tax Lists 1832-1834, and County Court Minutes, Volume D, 1829-1834 (Wells, 1996)* [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Taxable Property and Polls for 1837 (Broyles, 1992)* [surname index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Tombstone Inscriptions (Gannaway & Poole, 1998)*
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Tombstone Records (WPA, 1938)* [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1914 Through 1925 (Wiefering, 1993)* [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1926 Through 1930 (Wiefering, 1997)* [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1931 Through 1935 (Wiefering, 1999)* [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1936 Through 1941 (Wiefering, 1999)* [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1942 Through 1946 (Wiefering, 1999)* [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Wills and Inventories, 1825-1840 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Wills and Settlements, 1850-1860 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Rhea County, Tennessee, Wills, Inventories, Estate Settlements, and Guardian Reports, 1810-1881 (Broyles, 1989) [name index]
  • Rhea County Vital Statistics, Record of Births, 1908-1912 (Broyles, 1997)* [alphabetical]
  • Rhea County Vital Statistics, Record of Births, 1924-1939 (Broyles, 1997)* [alphabetical with index of mothers]
  • Rhea County Vital Statistics : Record of Deaths, 1925-1939 (Broyles, 1997)* [alphabetical]
  • Tennessee Fourth Surveyor's District Land Surveys 1814-1824 : Anderson, Bledsoe, Campbell, Morgan, Overton, Rhea and Roane Counties, Tenn. (Bailey, 1996) [name index]
  • Tennessee, Records of Rhea County : Minutes of the Hiwassee Association of Missionary Baptists, 1891-1895 (WPA, 1938) [name index for each year]
  • Tennessee, Records of Rhea County : Minutes of the Quarterly Conference of the Washington Circuit of the Holston Conference, Methodist Church South, 1870-1879 (WPA, 1938) [name index]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1808
  • wills from 1825
  • deed index from 1808
  • chancery court minutes from 1823
  • county court minutes from 1823
  • circuit court minutes from 1815
  • tax books from 1875

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Dayton, Rhea Springs and Spring City.  Scattered early issues are available from 1885, and a complete run begins in 1941.  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 Rhea County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Rhea County census records published in book form:  1830, 1840, 1850*, 1860*, 1870*, 1880, 1910*, and 1920*.

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR RHEA COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated February 17, 2012

 

!--New Footer-->