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Weakley County

Weakley County

Weakley County was formed in 1823 from Indian lands
(Acts of Tennessee 1823, Chapter 112).

The county seat is Dresden.

There was a fire at the Weakley County courthouse in 1948.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Cary Lawn : A Special Place  (Vaughan,  1991)
  • Historical Address Delivered by Col. John A. Gardner, on the Early Times in Weakley County (Gardner & Bolling, 1876)
  • History of Tennessee from the Earliest times to the Present : Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley and Lake Counties (Goodspeed, 1978)
  • Life and Times of Greenfield, Tennessee with Sketches of Weakley County (Prins, 1965)*
  • Weakley County (Vaughan, 1983)*
  • Weakley County Bank : Since 1887 (Freeman, 1987)
  • Weakley County, Tennessee : History & Families, 1823-1998 (Weakley County Genealogical Society, 1999) [surname index]

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1880 Census of Weakley County, Tennessee [2 vols] (Weakley County Genealogical Society, 1982) [surname index in each volume]*
  • Family Bible Records, Weakley County, Tennessee Families [name index]
  • Guide to the Weakley County Court Records : Held by the University of Tennessee at Martin, Special Collections Department (Weakley County Genealogical Society, 1999) [name index]*
  • Minutes of the County Court of Weakley County, 1827-1846, 1853-1857 [3 vols. in 7 pts.] (WPA, 1941-1942) [name index in vol. 1, pt. 1 and vol. 3, pt. 1]
  • Neighbors in Weakley County, Tennessee : A Land ownership Map, 1827-1833 (Vowell, 1986) [name index]*
  • Private Acts of Weakley County, Tennessee (McIntyre, 1994)
  • They Served the Flag : The Second World War Veterans of Weakley County, Tennessee (Saunders & Downing, 2001) [name index]*
  • Weakley County Obituaries [1967-2011 -- each volume covers one year] [combined index for 1965-2009] (Weakley County Genealogical Society) [name index in each volume]
  • Weakley County, Tenn. Census of 1860 (Willis & Sellers, 1999) [surname index]
  • Weakley County, Tenn. Tax Lists, 1828-29-30-31-32 (Simmons & Willis, 1996) [arranged by year, then by first letter of surname]
  • Weakley County, Tenn., Wills & Administrations [vol 1. 1828-1853; vol. 2 1851-1875; vol. 3 1875-1889; vol. 4 1889-1900] (Willis, 1996- ) [surname index in vols. 1 & 2; name index in vols. 3 & 4]*
  • Weakley County, Tennessee: 1850 Census (Porch, 1973?) [surname index]*
  • Weakley County, Tennessee, 1880 Census (Sistler, 2001) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • Weakley County, Tennessee Cemetery Listings [2 vols.] (Daughters of the American Revolution. James Buckley Chapter, 1980) [surname index in each volume]*
  • Weakley County, Tennesse Deed Book [1822-1833] (Crumpton, 2003) [name index]*
  • Weakley County, Tennessee, Grant Book, 1794-1844 (WPA, 1941) [name index]
  • Weakley County, Tennessee, Marriage Book, no. 1, 1843-53, no. 2, 1846-54 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Weakley County, Tennessee, Marriage Records [vol. 1 1843-1854; vol. 2 1854-1865; vol. 3 1866-1873; vol. 4 1873-1880] (Martin & Willis, 1996-) [v. 1 name index for grooms; v. 2 surname index for bride & groom; v. 3 surname index for groom; v. 4 surname index for groom, surname index for bride]
  • Weakley County, Tennessee, Marriage Records [vol. 1 1843-Sept. 4, 1863; vol. 2 Sept. 4, 1863-1878] (Weakley County Genealogical Society, 1980) [both volumes alphabetical by groom with bride index]*
  • Weakley County, Tennessee, Marriage Records [vol. 4 1873-1880;   vol. 5 1880-1886*] (Willis & Griffith, 1997-) [name index for groom, name index for bride]
  • Weakley County, Tennessee Marriages : July 9, 1878-November 20, 1886 (Smith, 1998) [alphabetical by groom, alphabetical by bride]*
  • Weakley County, Tennessee Miscellaneous Records [includes James Harrell's Civil War diary, history of Weakley County, cemetery records, muster roll of 2nd Regiment of TN Cavalry, Companies H & I](Hays, 1996) [name index]
  • Weakley County Tennessee Record and Will Book B, 1840-1861 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Weakley County, Tennessee, Record of Occupant Entry, 1827-1833 (WPA, 1941) [name index]
  • Weakley County, Tennessee, Register Survey Books, 1784-1857 [2 vols.] (Willis, 1995-) [surname index in each volume]*
  • Weakley County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1908-1912 (Willis, 1997) [surname index]
  • Weakley Remembered (Weakley County, Tennessee) [4 vols. : vol. 1 grants 1794-1844, tax list 1828, 1843, will books 1828-1861, Guardian Book A; vol. 2 Bible & family records; vol. 3 County Court minutes 1827-1835 & 1853-1857, occupant entry books 1827-33, partial land entry claims 1838-1885, and 1850 mortality schedules; vol. 4 Bible & family records] (Baker, 1981)*
  • Will & Record book, 1828-1842 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Wills from Weakley County Will and Record Book, 1828-42 (Daughters of the American Colonists. Isaac Dawson Chapter, 1979) [name index]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1843
  • wills from 1828
  • deed index from 1822
  • chancery court minutes from 1827
  • county court minutes from 1828
  • circuit court minutes from 1844
  • tax books from 1842

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1825-1876 (#56, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories -- 1852-1858 (#30, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories -- 1858-1881 (#31, 1 reel)*
  • Marriages -- 1843-1866 (#34, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1828-1842; 1834-1861 (#53, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Weakley County  (Record Group #107, Roll 88,  1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minutes, vol. 1, pts. 1-3 (1827-1835),  County Court Minutes, pts. 1 & 2 (1835-1846 & 1853-1857), Marriage License Records No. 1 (1843-1853), Marriage License Records Book 2 (1846-1854), Grant Book (1794-1844), Wills & Records, Book A (1828-1842), Wills & Records, Book B (1840-1861) and Record of Occupant Entry (1827-1833).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Dresden, Greenfield, Martin and Sharon.  Scattered early issues are available from 1840, and a complete run begins in 1935.  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 Weakley County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Weakley County census records in book form:  1850,  1860*,  1880*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR WEAKLEY COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated December 21, 2012

 

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