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Wilson County

Wilson County

Wilson County was formed in 1799 from Sumner County
(Acts of Tennessee 1799, Chapter 2).

The county seat is Lebanon.

There was a fire at the Wilson County courthouse in 1881.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Historical Sketch of Wilson County, Tenn. : From Its First Settlement to the Present Time (Drake, 1976)
  • History of Wilson County, Tennessee, Its Land and Its Life (Burns, 1961)*
  • History of Wilson County, Tennessee, Its Places, Its People, Its Progress, After a Decade 1980-1998 / Volume Two  (Burns,  1998)* [name index]
  • In Their Own Voices : An Account of the Presence of African Americans in Wilson County (Lockett & McHollin, 1999)*
  • Mount Juliet (Conger, 2014)
  • Remembering Wilson County (Wilson Bank & Trust, 199?)*
  • West Wilson County Neighbors (Hailey, 1986) [name index]
  • Wilson County (Burns, 1983)* [name index]

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1850 Census Wilson County, Tennessee (Carpenter, 1967?)* [surname index]
  • Annotated Cemetery Records of West Wilson County Area of Tennessee (Mt. Juliet-West Wilson County Historical Society, 197?) [name index]
  • Early Families of Wilson County, Tennessee (Partlow, 1975) [name index]
  • Executions of the County Court, Wilson County, Tennessee, 1802-1822 (Partlow, 1975) [name index]
  • Federal Census of 1840, Wilson County, Tennessee (Partlow, 19??) [name index]
  • Federal Census of 1860, Wilson County, Tennessee [2 vols.] (Partlow, 19??) [name index in vol. 2]
  • Federal Census of 1870, Wilson County, Tennessee, Civil Districts 1-25 [2 vols.] (Partlow, 19??) [surname index in vol. 2]
  • Funeral Records of Jonas Newton Carver, 1902-1907, Tennessee, Wilson County (Mt. Juliet-West Wilson Historical Society, 1986) [name index]
  • In Their Own Voices : Index  (Partlow,  1999)* [surname index]
  • Index of Persons in the History of Wilson County, Tennessee (Mace, 19??) [name index]
  • Index to Wilson County, Tennessee Wills & Administrations, 1802 to 1861 (Sistler, 1990)* [alphabetical]
  • Lebanon & Wilson County, TN Newspapers [Feb. 1839 - May 1916] (Slott, 2005)
  • Marriages of Wilson County, Tennessee, 1802-1850 (Whitley, 1981)* [name index]
  • People of Wilson County, Tennessee, 1800-1899 [includes wills & inventories 1866-1878, County Court minutes 1802-1875, and Quarterly Court minutes 1816-19, 1822-24, 1826-28 and 1846-18] (Partlow, 1983)* [name index]
  • Revolutionary War Soldiers in Wilson County, Tennessee (Partlow, 1982) [name index]
  • Selected Cemeteries in Wilson County, Tennessee  [4 vols.] (Partlow, 1980) [name index in each volume]
  • Tax Lists of Wilson County, Tennessee, 1803-1807 : With Names in Court Records, 1802-1822 (Partlow, 1981)* [name index]
  • Two Dozen Families of Wilson County, Tennessee (Partlow, 1976)* [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee : Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 (Carpenter, 1969)*
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, 1880 Census (Sistler, 1992)* [alphabetical by head of household]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, African American Records, 1827-1900 (Partlow, 1996) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Bible, Family, & Tombstone Records (WPA, 1938)
  • [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee Census of 1850 (Partlow, 2007) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee Census of 1870 (Partlow, 2006) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee Census of 1900, Districts 1-25 (Partlow, 2006)* [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee Census of 1900, Districts 1-25 [2 vols.]  (Partlow, 19??)* [surname index in vol. 2]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Census of 1910 (Partlow, 2006) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Census of 1910  [2 vols.]  (Partlow, 1983) [surname index in vol. 2]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Census of 1920  [2 vols.]  (Partlow, 1992) [surname index in vol. 2]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Census of 1930  [2 vols.]  (Partlow, 2002) [surname index in vol. 2]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Census of 1940  [3 vols.]  (Partlow, 2012) [name index in vol. 3]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Chancery Court Minutes, 1873-1905 (Partlow, 1996) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Chancery Court Minutes, Books U-Z, 1905-1924 (Partlow, 2000) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Chancery Court Records, 1842-1892 (Partlow, 1995)* [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Chancery Minutes Books, 1837-1853 (Partlow, 2005) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Church Deeds (Burchett & Dowling, 1980) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee Circuit Court Records, 1810-1855 (Partlow, 1988) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Circuit Court Records, 1821-1875 (Partlow, 2011) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Circuit Court Records, 1858-1875 (Partlow, 1995) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Circuit Court Records, 1875-1892 (Partow, 1998) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Circuit Court Records, 1892-1902 (Partlow, 1998) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Court Minutes [vol. 1 1803-1807] (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Court Minutes, 1809-1819 (WPA, 1941) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Court Minutes, 1816-1819 (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Court Minutes, 1822-1824 (WPA, 1941) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Court Records, 1840-1905 (Partlow, 2001) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Cumberland Presbyterian Church Minutes (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Deed Book 52-57, 1893-1900 (Partlow, 1991) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Deed Books 58-63, 1901-1907 (Partlow, 1998) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Deed Books 64-67, 1907-1909 (Partlow, 1999) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Deed Books 68-7 1909-1914 (Partlow, 1999) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Deed Books 74-75, 1912-1916 (Partlow, 2000) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Deed Books 76-81, 1916-1920 (Partlow, 2001) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Deed Books 82-90, 1920-1925 (Partlow, 2004) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Deed Books C-M  1793-1829  (Partlow, 1984) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Deed Books A#2-K#2, 1853-1875  [2 vols.]  (Partlow, 1985) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Deed Books C-M, 1793-1829 (Partlow, 1983)* [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Deed Books L#2-Z#2, 1875-1893  [2 vols.]  (Partlow, 1985) [name index in vol. 2]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Deed Books N-Z, 1829-1853 (Partlow, 1984)* [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Deeds, 1853-1875 [2 vols] (Partlow, 2006) [name index in vol. 2]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Deeds, Marriages, and Wills, 1800-1902 (Partlow, 1983) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee Federal Census of 1880 [2 vols.] (Partlow, 197?) [name index in each volume]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Genealogical Resource Material, 1827-1869 [includesx Fall Creek Baptist Church minutes, Circut Court minutes 1851-1860, Chancery Court minutes 1834-1839, and tax lists 1827-1829] (Partlow, 1995) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee Grand Jury Records 1900-1907 (Partlow, 2011) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Grant Book C, 1807-1809 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Lebanon City Hall Minutes [1809-1843; 1879-1911; 1915-1929] (Partlow, 1997)
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Marriages 1802-1840, Abstracted (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Marriages, 1841-1850 (Partlow, 19??) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee Marriages, 1851-1865 (Partlow, 1980) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Marriages, 1866-1875 (Partlow, 1981) [name index] (corrected index in separate volume)
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Marriages, 1885-1899 (Partlow, 1988) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Marriages, 1906-1913 (Partlow, 2001) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee Minutes Books, 1836-1865 (Partlow, 2010) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Miscellaneous Records, 1800-1875 [includes Guardian Books 1836-1875, Minute Books 1814-1829, Wills & Inventories 1853-1866, church records (2), cemetery records (2)] (Partlow, 1982) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee Polk City Directory [2009 - 2015]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Probate of Deeds, 1840-1867 (Partlow, 1996) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Quarterly Court Minutes Books, 1803-1836 (Partlow, 2009) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Slave Schedule of 1850 (Partlow, 1996) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Slave schedule of 1860 (Partlow, 1996) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Surveyor's plat book, 1824-1874 ; land entry book, 1824-1845 (Partlow, 1997) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Tax Lists, 1803-1807 (Partlow, 1974) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Tax Lists, 1830-1832  (Partlow, 1995)* [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Trust Deed Book FF, 1836-1838 (Partlow, 1996) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Trust Deed Book KK & Grand Jury Evidence, 1846-1888 (Partlow, 2000)* [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Trust Deed Books [vol. 1. 1868-1894;  vol. 2 1894-1903] (Partlow, 1996) [name index in each volume]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Trust Deed Books EE-NN, 1828-1868 (Partlow, 1996) [name index]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Voter Registration List and Oaths of Loyalty, 1864-1866 (Partlow, 1974) [voter lists alphabetical; name index for oaths]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Wills & Inventories [vol.1 1803-1814;  vol. 2 1814-1819] (WPA, 1936) [name index in each volume]
  • Wilson County, Tennessee, Wills, Books 1-13, 1802-1850 (Partlow, 1981)* [name index]
  • Wilson County, TN : Polk City Directory [2010]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1802
  • wills from 1802
  • deed index from 1793
  • chancery court minutes from 1837
  • county court minutes from 1803
  • circuit court minutes from 1810
  • tax books from 1821

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Administrator's and Executors Settlements -- 1839-1868 [gaps]  (#216,  1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1793-1895  (#1,  1 reel)*
  • Land Entry Book  (#347,  1 reel)*
  • Marriages 1802-1815  (#176, 1 reel)*
  • Marriages 1816-1818  (#177,  1 reel)*
  • Marriages 1819-1821  (#178,  1 reel)*
  • Marriages 1822-1824  (#179,  1 reel)*
  • Marriages 1825-1826  (#180,  1 reel)*
  • Marriages 1827-1829  (#181,  1 reel)*
  • Marriages 1830-1832  (#182,  1 reel)*
  • Marriages 1833-1835  (#183,  1 reel)*
  • Marriages 1836-1837  (#184,  1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Wilson County (Record Group #107, Roll 92,  1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minutes (1803-1807,  1809-1819,  1822-1824),  Wills & Inventories (1803-1819),  Marriages (1802-1840),  Bible, Family & Tombstone Records (undated),  Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church (1880-1895) and Cumberland Presbyterian Church Minutes [Lebabon, TN] (1845-1867).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Lebanon, Mount Juliet, and Watertown. Scattered early issues are available from 1843, and a complete run begins in 1943.   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 Wilson County:  1820-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1820-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Wilson County census records in book form:  1840,  1850*,  1860,  1870,  1880*,  1900*,  1910,  1920,  1930

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR WILSON COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated November 21, 2014

 

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