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Smith County

Smith County

Smith County was formed in 1799 from
Sumner County and Indian lands
(Acts of Tennessee 1799, Chapter 2).

The county seat is Carthage.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • County of Smith  (1903)
  • History of Smith County, Tennessee (Maggart & Sutton, 1987)* [surname index]
  • History of Carthage United Methodist Church, Carthage, Tennessee (Maggart, 1998)* [name index]
  • History of Tennessee From the Earliest Time to the Present : Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of the Counties of Sumner, Smith (Goodspeed, 1979)*
  • Lost Town of Bledsoesborough, Tennessee : Its Beginning, Its End (Roddy, 1984)* [name index]
  • Promise of Good Things : Longfield Baptist Church, 1831-1981 (Hutton, 1982) [name index in separate volume]
  • Smith County History : Some Account of the People of Smith From the First Organization of the County  (Bowen,  19??)

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1850 Census, Smith County, Tennessee, and Index (McKinney, 1976) [surname index for northern and southern division of county]
  • 1880 Census Smith County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1993)* [alphabetical by head of household]
  • Campbell County, Tennessee (Commissioner Certificates Only), Clay County, Tennessee, Hancock County, Tennessee, Macon County, Tennessee, Pickett [Smith County - 1891 enumeration of male voters] (Reed, 1990) [name index for each county]
  • Cemetery Records of Smith County, Tennessee (Lynch, 1978)* [surname index]
  • Carthage-Smith County, TN Newspapers [vol. 1- 1809-1913; vol. 2. 1808-1817 & 1913-June 8, 1916] (Scott, 2004-)* [name index in each volume]
  • Deeds, Smith County, Tennessee  [1800-1807] (Crumpton, 1987-)* [name index]
  • Family Records of Smith County, Carthage, Tennessee as Given the United States Census Taker 1850 (Burns, 1952)* [surname index]
  • Family Records of Smith County, Carthage, Tennessee as Given the United States Census Taker 1850 (Burns, 1952) [surname index]
  • Family Records of Smith County, Tennessee (Carthage, Tennessee, County Seat) as Given the United States Census Taker in 1820 and 1830 (Burns, 1954?)
  • Family Records of Smith County, Tennessee as Given the United States Census Taker in 1840 (Burns, 1954?) [name index of head of household]
  • Family Records of Smith County, Tennessee : United States Census of 1880 (Smith, 198?) [surname index]
  • Index of Loose Records, Chancery Court, Smith County, Tennessee [4 vols.] (19??) [alphabetical]
  • Index to Smith County, Tennessee, Marriage Schedules, Part 1, Part 2, 5 Feb. 1838-15 March 1854 (McKinney, 1976) [name index for each part]
  • [Index to] Smith County Wills [Will Books 3-8, 1828-1895] (Key, 1965) [name index]
  • Minute Book [vol. 3 1808-1811; vol. 5 1813-1815; vol. 6 1815-1817; vol. 8 1819-1820; vol. 9 1820-1822; vol. 10 1822-1824 ] (WPA, 1938-1941) [name index in each volume]
  • Name Index to History of Tennessee ... Together with ... Sketch of the Counties of Sumner, Smith, Macon and Trousdale (Marsh, 1971)
  • Private Acts of Smith County, Tennessee (McIntyre, 1994)
  • Smith County Death Certificates 1908-1925 (Denning, 2004) [surname index]
  • Smith County Marriages 1838 and 1845 to 1854 (Embry, 1962) [name index for groom, name index for brides]
  • Smith County, Tenn. Census of 1830  (Willis,  1999) [surname index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Bible and Tombstone Records (WPA, 1938)
  • Smith County, Tennessee Birth Records, 1881-1882 : Compiled from the Records of Smith County, Tennessee (McKinney, 1972)* [surname index]
  • Smith County Tennessee Cemeteries North of the Cumberland River (Daughters of the American Revolution. Caney Fork Chapter, 1981)
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Cemeteries, North of the Cumberland River (Smith County Historical and Genealogical Society & Daughters of the American Revolution. Tennessee Society. Caney Fork Chapter, 1983) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Cemeteries South of the Cumberland River (Key, Maggart & Turner, 1984)* [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Census of 1850 (Partlow, 1988) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Census of 1860 (Partlow, 1994) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Census of 1870 (Partlow, 1994) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Census of 1900 (Partlow, 1994) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Census of 1910 (Partlow, 1995) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Census of 1920 (Partlow, 1995) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Census of 1930 (Partlow, 2003) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Census of 1940, Districts 1-23 (Partlow, 2013) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee Chancery Court Records, 1824-1871 (Partlow, 2000) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Chancery Court Records, 1824-1871 (Partlow, 2001) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Deaths, 1881-1882 (McKinney, 1972)* [surname index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Deed Books [1801-1811] (Douthat, 1991) [grantee by first letter of surname, grantor by first letter of surname]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Deed Books [5 vols. 1860-1912] (Douthat, 1994-) [name index in each volume]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Deed Books  [Book C : 1807-1811]  (Douthat,  1991) [grantor by first letter of surname; grantee by first letter of surname]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Deed Books [vol. 1 B-M, 1800-1835;  vol. 2 N-U, 1835-1852*; vol. 3 V-Z, 1852-1860] (Partlow, 1986-) [name index in each volume]
  • Smith County, Tennessee Deed Books [vols. 3-5, 1852-1884] (Partlow, 2006-) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee Deeds v.1 June 1880 - Aug 1804; v. 2 Nov. 1804 - Apr 1807] (Willis & Sellers, 1997)* [surname index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Dixon Creek Baptist Church Minutes [vol. 1 1807-1811; vol. 2 1812-1818 (WPA, 1938) [name index in each volume]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Dixon's Creek Baptist Church Minutes, 1799-1853 (WPA, 1938)
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Federal Census of 1880 (Partlow, 1993) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Lists by Years, 1799-1805  [court minutes]  (McKinney, 19??) [sections in alphabetical order]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Marriage Books 1838, 1845-1854 (19??) [groom index, bride index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1838-1881  (DAR, Caney Fork Chapter, 1980)* [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Minute Book, 1799-1804, and 1835 (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Minutes, United Baptists Section, 1838-1850 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee Slave Schedule of 1850 (Partlow, 1996) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee Slave Schedule of 1860 (Partlow, 1996) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Will Book no. 4, 1816-20 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Will Book no. 4, 1820-1823 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Will Book no. 5, 1805-1809 (WPA, 19??) [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Wills, 1803-1896 (Key, Maggart & Turner, 1985)* [name index]
  • Smith County, Tennessee Wills and Administration [vol. 2  Dec 1808 - Feb 1815; *Vol. 4  Aug 1816 - May 1818] (Willis & Seller, 1997-) [name index in each volume]
  • Smith County, Tennessee, Wills and Inventories [vol. 1 1812-1814; vol. 2 1814-1816] (WPA, 1936)
  • Smith County, TN Death Certificates [vol. 1 1908-1912; vol. 2 1914-1925; vol. 3 - 1908-1912 & 1914-1925; vol. 4 1926-1930; vol. 5 1931-1935] (Denning, 2004-) [surname index in each volume]
  • Some Abstracts From and Persons Mentioned in Will Book B, Smith County, Tennessee [3 parts in one vol.] (McKinney, 1976-) [name index for each part]
  • Some Persons Mentioned as Deceased in Smith County, Tennessee, Records, 1800-1855 (McKinney, 1976)

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1838
  • wills from 1805
  • deed index from 1801
  • chancery court minutes from 1825
  • county court minutes from 1799
  • circuit court minutes from 1811
  • tax books from 1860

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1801-1828; 1858-1873  (#109a, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1868-1922  (#109, 1 reel)*
  • Estate Settlements -- 1846-1856  (#33, 1 reel)*
  • Estate Settlements -- 1857-1886  (#34, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories -- 1823-1827  (#79, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories -- 1827-1840  (#80, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories -- 1840-1846; 1848-1853  (#81, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories -- 1859-1878  (#82, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage licenses and bonds -- 1838-1881  (#88, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1805-1809; 1812-1833  (#104, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1828-1895  (#105, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Smith County  (Record Group #107, Roll 78,  1 reel). Roll includes Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Minute Book (1799-1800,  1808-1811),  County Court Minute Book (1799-1804,  1813-1817, 1819-1824 & 1835),  Will Book 4 & 5 (1805-1809,  1816-1823),  Wills & Inventories (1812-1816),  Bible & Tombstone Records (undated),  United Baptist Section Minutes (1838-1850),  and Dixon Creek Baptist Church, Minutes (1799-1853).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Carthage.  Scattered early issues are available from 1836, and a complete run begins in 1913.  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 Smith County:  1820-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1820-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Smith County census records in book form:  1820,  1830,  1840,  1850,  1860,  1870,  1880*,  1900,  1910,  1920,  1930

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR SMITH COUNTY

 

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

 

Updated September 4, 2013

 

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