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Sullivan County

Sullivan County

Sullivan County was formed in 1779 from Washington County
(Acts of North Carolina 1779, Chapter 29).

The county seat is Blountville.

There was a fire at the Sullivan County courthouse in 1863.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Adventure II, Flatboats 'Round the Bend, and Journey II, Footsteps of the Past  (Aiken,  1979) [name index]
  • Between the States : Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia During the Civil War (Phillips, 1997) [name index]
  • Bristol (Stone & Haskins, 2005)
  • Downtown Kingsport (Wright, 2011)
  • Early Years on Bays Mountains in Sullivan County, Tennessee (Spoden, 1975)* [name index]
  • Entering a New Century : Sullivan County, Tennessee, 1895-1905 (Groseclose & Marshall, 1986)* [name index]
  • Families and History of Sullivan County, Tennessee [Vol. 1 1779-1992; Vol. 2. 1779-2006 ] (Holston Territory Genealogical Society, 1992) [surname index]
  • Foundations of Faith in Sullivan, 1777-1935 (Sullivan County Historical Society, 1986)
  • Historic Sites of Sullivan County (Sullivan County Historical Commission and Associates, 1977) [surname index]*
  • Historic Sullivan : A History of Sullivan County, Tennessee, With Brief Biographies of the Makers of History (Taylor, 1988)* [name index]
  • Kingsport Heritage : The Early Years 1700-1900 (Spoden, 1991) [name index]*
  • Kingsport, Tennessee : A Planned American City (Wolfe, 1987) [name index]
  • Memoirs of Homer H. Smith (Smith, 1992)
  • Scenes From the Bluffs : A Bicentennial Picture History of Bluff City and Piney Flats, Tennessee (Bluff City United Methodist Church, 1976)
  • Sullivan County (Tennis, 2008)
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee (Porter, 2003)*
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee : Pictorial History (Sullivan County Genealogical Society, 1998) [surname index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee Veterans History (2001) [alphabetical sections with surname index]

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1830 and 1840 Sullivan County, Tennessee Censuses (Hunt, 1997) [name index]
  • 1850 Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee (Hunt, 1997) [surname index]
  • 1860 Sullivan County, Tennessee Census (Hunt, 1997) [surname index]
  • 1870 United States Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee (Holston Territory Genealogical Society, 1994)* [surname index]
  • 1880 Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1992)* [alphabetical]
  • Carter County, Tennessee, Greene County, Tennessee, Hawkins County, Tennessee, Johnson County, Tennessee, Sullivan County, Tennessee, [1891 enumeration of male voters] (Reed, 1992)
  • Cemetery Records of Sullivan County, Tennessee [2 vols.] (Burow, 2007) [surname index in vol. 1]
  • Church Minutes [New Bethel Presbyterian Church] (WPA, 19??)
  • First Land Owners of Sullivan County, Tennessee (Vineyard, 1974) [name index]
  • Kingsport, TN Polk City Directory [2007-2014]
  • Marriage Records of Sullivan County, Blountville, Tennessee, Unbound Records, 1861-1870 (WPA, 1937) [bride index & groom index]
  • New Bethel Sesquicentennial, 1782-1932; Comprising an Account of the Sequicentennial of the New Bethel Presbyterian Church, Sullivan County (New Bethel Presbyterian Church, 1932)
  • Rhea Papers from the Collection of Mrs. Charles R. Hyde of Chattanooga, Tenn. [court records] (WPA, 1939)
  • Sullivan County, Tenn., Deeds [vol. 1 1775-1789; vol. 2 1787-1793; vol. 3 1793-1795] (Willis & Sellers, 1998-)* [name index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee Administrators' Bonds and Letters, March 1875 - July 1904 (Hunt, 1997)* [name index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee Cemeteries (Sherman, 1991)* [surname index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Death Records [vol. 1 1908-1918; vol. 2 1919-1925] (Nikazy, 1994-)* [name index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Deed Book [vols. 1-2 1775-1790 & 1784-1796;  vols. 3 & 4 1795-1802 & 1802-1807;  vol. 5 1807-1808, 1834-1838; vol. 6 1809-1815] (WPA, 1936-1938)* [name index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Deed Book 1-2, 1775-1795 : abstracted from the original records (Edwards, 1994) [name index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Deed Book 8, 1819-1820; 1837-1840 (Hayes, 1995) [name index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee Deed Book 10, 1824-1835 (Hayes, 1995) [name index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Marriage Bonds, 1880-1899 (Hunt, 1997)* [alphabetical]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1863-1893 (Hunt, 1997)* [alphabetical]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Marriage Volume 1, 1899-1906 (Hunt, 1999)* [alphabetical]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, New Bethel Presbyterian Church Records (WPA, 19??)
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Tombstone Records (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Will Book, no. 1, 1830-1870 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Tennessee Historical Records from Indian & Revolutionary Times up to 1883, Consisting of History of Indians, Revolutionary soldiers, War of 1812  [2 vols.] (McGhee, 1956?) [name index]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1863
  • wills from 1838
  • deed index from 1781
  • chancery court minutes from 1852
  • county court minutes from 1861
  • circuit court minutes from 1879
  • tax books from 1877

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1781-1930 (A-E)  (#28, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1781-1930 (F-Mc)  (#29, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1781-1930 (M-S)  (#30, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1781-1930 (T-Z)  (#31, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1838-1915  (#27, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Sullivan County  (Record Group #107, Roll 80,  1 reel). Roll includes Deed Books  (1775-1815 & 1834-1838),  Will Book #1 (1830-1870),  Marriage Records [unbound] (1861-1870),  New Bethal Church Minutes (undated),  New Bethal Presbyterian Church Records (undated),  Tombstone Records (undated), and Rhea Papers from the Collection of Mrs. Charles R. Hyde of Chattanooga, TN (undated).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Blountville,  Bluff City,  Bristol,  Kingsport and Union.  Scattered early issues are available from 1857, and a complete run begins in 1944.  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 Sullivan County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Sullivan County census records in book form:  1830,  1840,  1850,  1860,  *1870,  *1880

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR SULLIVAN COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated April 1, 2014

 

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