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Williamson County

Williamson County

Williamson County was formed in 1799
from Davidson County
(Acts of Tennessee 1799, Chapter 3).

The county seat is Franklin.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Back Home in Williamson County  (Pewitt,  1996) [name index]*
  • Beechville, Then, Now and In Between (Lee, 2006) [name index]
  • Brentwood I Remember : A History of the Brentwood Community from 1850 to 1950 (Oden, 2012) [name index]
  • Burwood  (1996?)
  • College Grove, Williamson County, Tennessee History & Families (2011) [name index]
  • Eagleville (McCord & Shelton, 201?) [name index]
  • Flat Creek, Its Land and Its People (Wallace, 1986) [surnames listed in table of contents]
  • Gently Flows the Harpeth (Little, 2009) [name index]*
  • Granny White and Her Pumpkins and Other Tales of Brentwood (Little, 1993)
  • Harpeth River : A Biography (Crutchfield, 1972) [name index]
  • Heritage of Grandeur (Crutchfield, 1981) [name index]*
  • Historic Brentwood (Lyttle, 1985) [name index]
  • Historic Places in Davidson, Williamson, Maury and Giles Counties (Tennessee Historical Commission, 1921)*
  • Historic Williamson County; Old Homes and Sites  (Bowman, 1971) [name index]*
  • Historical Markers of Williamson County, Tennessee : A Pictorial Guide (Warwick, 1999) [name index]*
  • Historical Markers of Williamson County, Tennessee Revised: A Pictorial Guide (Warwick, 2010) [name index]*
  • History of Brentwood United Methodist Church (Little, 1991)
  • History of Tennessee From the Earliest Time to the Present : Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson (Goodspeed, 1988)
  • Hold Us Not Boastful : A History of Thompson's Station, Tennessee and its People (Oden, 1996) [name index]*
  • Invitation to Enterprise. [The Story of Franklin, Tennessee in Williamson County] (Marshall Morgan Associates, 1952)
  • Leiper's Fork : Our Family Album (Warwick, 200?) [name index]
  • Leiper's Fork & Surrounding Communities  (Warwick, 1999) [name index]*
  • Memories That Lead to a Street Named Natchez : Former home of Claiborne Institute, Franklin Training School, [and] Natchez High School, Williamson County, Tennessee (Battle, 1998)
  • Murder on the Wilson Pike  (Little, 1996) [name index]
  • National Register Properties : Williamson County, Tennessee (Tennessee : Division of Historic Preservation, 1995) [name index]*
  • Native Americans in Williamson County, Tennessee Through the Date of the Last Permanent Village Settlement, Circa 1450 (McCullough, 2011) [name index]
  • Pictorial History of Williamson County  (2000)*
  • Portraits in Time: Williamson County Bicentennial, 1799-1999  (Williamson County Bicentennial Committee,  1999) [name index]*
  • Raining in the House and Leaking Outdoors : A Cultural and Chotographic Presentation [of] 100 Local African American Women Over the Age of 65 (Battle, 2011) [name index]
  • Tennessee Town [Franklin, TN] (Morgan, 1936)*
  • Triune : Two Centuries at the Crossroads (Warwick, 2004)*
  • Two Centuries at Meeting of the Waters (Wills, 199?)
  • Williamson Adventure : Settlement of Williamson County, Tennessee (Fulcher, 1999)
  • Williamson County  (Marshall,  1970)
  • Williamson County in Black & White (Warwick, 2000) [name index]*
  • Williamson County : A Pictorial History (Crutchfield, 1980) [name index]*
  • Williamson County : Out There in the First District (Warwick, 2001) [name index]*
  • Williamson County: The Civil War as Seen Through the Female Experience (Warwick, 2008) [name index]

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1850 Census of Williamson County, Tennessee (Williamson County Historical Society, 1970) [surname index]*
  • 1860 Census of Williamson County, Tennessee (Williamson County Archives, 2003?) [surname index]*
  • 1870 Census of Williamson County, Tennessee (Williamson County Archives, 2003?) [surname index]*
  • 1880 Census, Williamson County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1999) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • Bible Records, Williamson County, Tennessee [2 vols.] (Lynch, 1970) [surname index in each volumes]
  • Birth Records of Williamson County, Tennessee, 1881-1882 and 1909-1912 ( Hollingsworth, 1997) [name index]
  • Cemeteries in the Sixteenth District of Williamson County (Vance, 1967)
  • Cemetery Records of Williamson County, Tennessee (Lynch & Hays, 1969) [name index]*
  • Civil War Veterans at Rest Haven Cemetery, Franklin, Tennessee (Sam Davis Camp 1293, Sons of Confederate Veterans, 2012) [alphabetical]
  • Confederate Soldiers of Williamson County, Tennessee : Final Resting Places : Dedicated to Honoring the Memory of the Confederate Soldiers of Williamson County, TN (Lampley, 2004) [alphabetical]
  • County Court of Williamson County, Tennessee, Lawsuits, 1821-1872 : Books 2 Through 8 (Lynch, 1974) [name index]*
  • Death Notices and Other Gleanings from the Western Weekly Review, Franklin, Tennessee, 1831-1840 (Smith, 2004) [surname index]
  • Death Notices From the Western Weekly Review, Franklin, Tennessee, 1841-1851 (Smith, 2004) [surname index]
  • Death Notices From the Western Weekly Review, Franklin, Tennessee, 1852-1858 (Smith, 2004) [surname index]
  • Death Records of Williamson County, Tennessee (Lynch, 1983) [surname index]*
  • Deaths of Williamson County, Tennessee, 1881-1882 and 1909-1912 (Hollingsworth, 1997) [name index]
  • Directory, Williamson County, Tennessee: Burials [3 vols.] (Williamson County Historical Society, 1973) [surname index in each volume]*
  • Early Families of Northeastern Williamson County (Vance, 1996) [name index]*
  • Early Obituaries of Williamson County, Tennessee (Lynch, 1977) [surname index]*
  • Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891 [Williamson County] (Reed, 1992) [name index by county]
  • Family Records (Daughters of the American Revolution, 1925)
  • Freedom and Work in the Reconstruction Era : The Freedmen's Bureau Labor Contracts of Williamson County, Tennessee (Warwick, 2006) [name index]
  • Guardian Records of Williamson County, Tennessee [vol. 1 1799-1832; vol. 2 1833-1844; vol. 3 1845-1865; vol. 4 1859-1929] (Johnson, 2000) [name index in each volume]*
  • Historic Nolensville Cemetery (Little, 1998) [name index]
  • Index to Maury and Williamson Counties : Goodspeed's History of Tennessee, 1886 (Lightburne, 1964)
  • "Marriage Bonds" From County Court Records, Williamson County, Tennessee, 1804-1820 (Daughters of the American Revolution, 1927?) [groom index and bride index]
  • Marriage Records of Williamson County, Tennessee, 1804-1850 (Hamilton & Cook, 1979) [alphabetical by groom with bride index]
  • Marriages of Williamson County, Tennessee, 1804-1850 (Whitley, 1982) [alphabetical by groom with name index]
  • Minute Book, 1800-1817 [Williamson County] [vol. 1  1800-1812 (in 2 parts);   vol. 2  1812-1815;   vol. 3  1816-1817] (WPA, 1937) [name index in vol. 1 pt. 1 and vol. 2]
  • Miscellaneous Records, Williamson County, Tennessee  [7 volumes]  (Lynch, 1973) [name index in each volume]
  • Name Index to History of Tennessee ... : Together with ... Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford and Marshall Counties (Marsh, 1971)
  • Newspaper Excerpts, 1822-1835, Williamson County, Tennessee (Lynch, 1985) [name index]*
  • Our Valiant Men : Soldiers and Patriots of the Revolutionary War who Lived in Williamson County, Tennessee (Lynch, 1976) [name index]*
  • Record Book, Letters of Administration no. I, 1838-1855 (Lynch, 1971) [name index]*
  • Survey and Entry Book, Williamson County, Tennessee, 1824-1902 (Lynch, 1985) [name index]
  • Tax Book I, Williamson County, Tennessee, 1800-1813 (Lynch, 1971) [name index]*
  • Who's Who in Williamson County [vol. 1 A-E; vol. 2 F-K; vol. 3 L-R; vol. 4 R-Z] (Owen, 2003-) [name index in each volume]*
  • Williamson 101 [family info from census, marriage and cemetery records] (Little, 1970) [name index]*
  • Williamson County Civil War Veterans: Their Reunions and Photographs (Warwick, 2007) [name index]*
  • Williamson County Confederates (Cotten, 1996) [alphabetical by unit, with surname index]
  • Williamson County State Cases, 1800-1899 (Williamson County Archives, 2003?) [surname index]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee 1830 US Census (Ehresman, 1994) [name index]
  • Williamson County, Tennessee, 1840 Census (Lynch, 1980) [surname index]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee : A Genealogical Abstract of the County Court Minutes, 1800-1804 (Wells, 198?) [name index]
  • Williamson County, Tennessee : A Genealogical Abstract of the County Court Minutes, 1804-1806 (Wells, 1988) [name index]
  • Williamson County, Tennessee, Bible, Family, and Tombstone Records (WPA, 1938)
  • Williamson County, Tennessee, County Court Minutes, May 1806-April 1812 (Wells, 1994) [name index]
  • Williamson County, Tennessee, Deed Abstracts, 1799-1811 : Abstracts of Deed Books, Volume A, no. 1, Volume A-2 and Volume B (Murray, 1991) [name index]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee, Deed Books [vol. 1 1800-1811; vol. 2 1811-1820] Lynch, 1992) [name index in each volume]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee County Court Minutes, July 1812-October 1815 (Wells, 1994) [name index]
  • Williamson County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1800-1850 (Bejach & Gardiner, 1957) [alphabetical by broom with bride index]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1851-1879 (Lynch, 1979) [alphabetical by groom with bride index]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee Population Schedules of the United States of 1820 (Presley, 1970?) [surname index]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee Will Book [vols. 3-5, 1819-Oct. 1834) (Hays & Duke, 1949) [name index in each volume]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee, Wills and Administrations, 1800 to 1861 : An Index (Sistler, 1989) [name index]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee, Wills and Inventories [Book I & II,  1800-1818] (Lynch, 1992)
  • Wills and Inventories of Williamson County, Tennessee [vol.1  1800-1812;   vol. 2  1811-1818;   vol. 3  1819-1825 (in 3 parts);  vol. 4  1825-1830 (in 2 parts)] (Lynch, 1969) [name index in vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3 pt. 1 and vol. 4 pt. 1]*
  • Wills and Inventories of Williamson County, Tennessee [July 1800 - April 1813] (Lynch, 1971] [name index]
  • Wills and Inventories of Williamson County, Tennessee [October 1812 - October 1818] (Lynch, 1971] [surname index]
  • World War I Draft Registration Cards, Williamson County, Tennessee (Hollingsworth, 2006) [alphabetical with name index]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

An inventory of microfilmed Williamson County records is available on our web site.  Individual reels of microfilm may also be purchased.  Some loose records of the county have also been microfilmed.   

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1800
  • wills from 1800
  • deed index from 1799
  • chancery court minutes from 1837
  • county court minutes from 1803
  • circuit court minutes from 1810
  • tax books from 1800

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Marriage Records -- 1800-1866 (#70, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1800-1825  (#87, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1825-1834  (#88, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1835-1842  (#89, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1843-1851  (#90, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1851-1855  (#91, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1855-1864  (#92, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Williamson County (Record Group #107, Roll 91,  1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minutes Vols. 1-2 (1800-1815),  Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions (1816-1817),  Will Books (1800-1830),  Tax Book No. 1 (1800-1813),  and Bible Family & Tombstone Records (undated).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Fairview and Franklin.  Scattered early issues are available from 1839, and a complete run begins in 1921. 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 Williamson County:  1820-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1820-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Williamson County census records in book form:  1820*,  1830,  1840*,  1850*,  1860*,  1870*,  1880*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR WILLIAMSON COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated January 10, 2014

 

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