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Blount County, Tennessee Genealogy

Guide to Blount County, Tennessee ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Maryville
Organized: July 11, 1795
Parent County(s): Knox[1]
Neighboring Counties
Graham (NC)  • Knox  • Loudon  • Monroe  • Sevier  • Swain (NC)
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County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The County was named for the governor of the Southwest Territory, William Blount. The County is located in the east central area of the state. [2]

County CourthouseEdit

Blount County Courthouse
345 Court Street
Maryville, TN 37804
Phone: 865-273-5800
Blount County Courthouse

Blount County Clerk of Circuit Court
926E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37804
Phone: 865-273-5400
Blount Clerk of Circuit Court

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1795.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[4] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[5] (also female)

Blount County, Tennessee Record DatesEdit

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[6]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1881 1881 1881 1795 1795 1795 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record LossEdit

1879 and 1906 Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.[7]

  • Lost censuses: 1810, 1820

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1795--Blount County was created 11 July 1795 from Knox.
  • A very small portion of Blount county was originally in Jefferson County.See the research and maps of René Jordan in the East Tennessee Historical Society's Tennessee Ancestors for details.
  • County seat: Maryville[8]

For animated maps illustrating Tennessee county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[9]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Alnwick
  • Armona
  • Binfield
  • Clover Hill
  • Cold Springs
  • Disco
  • Dry Valley
Census-designated places
Historic communities


Neighboring CountiesEdit

History TimelineEdit

Additional Information
Blount County is named after Tennessee Senator William Blount (1749-1800) who played an instrumental role in the formation of the state.[10]

North Carolina first organized the land that would eventually become Blount County as part of Washington District in 1776, then as part of Washington County in 1777, and then as part of Greene County in 1783.

In the 1780s, this county's land fell within the bounds of the State of Franklin

In August 1784 delegates of three western North Carolina counties, Washington, Sullivan, and Greene (all now in Tennessee), declared their Independence from North Carolina because of perceived neglect, and misuse by North Carolina’s legislature. By May 1785 they had petitioned to be admitted to the United States as the new State of Franklin. The Franklin statehood request was denied.[11]

In June of 1785 "John Sevier, governor of the State of Franklin, negotiated the Treaty of Dumplin Creek through which the land south of French Broad and Holston was purchased from the Indians."[12] All of Blount county is in the district South of the French Broad Holston. (map)

The Treaty of Dumplin "extinguished the Indian claims on this land. This 'opening of new lands' caused a great influx of new settlers. (p.369, Ramsey, Annals)"[13] In 1786 the Franklin legislature created several new counties including Blount (all in present-day Tennessee).[14] By 1789 Franklin's hopes of statehood had faded and so the land office which was opened by the State of Franklin in 1787, which had taken entries, may never have issued a grant.[15]

In 1789 North Carolina ratified the Constitution, was admitted the union, and ceded her westernmost counties to the United States. The United States used them to form the Southwest Territory. The new counties created by the Franklin government were not recognized by North Carolina, the Southwest Territory, or by Tennessee. When they were reconstituted, no mention was made of their Franklin predecessor county governments. The Southwest Territory reconstituted Blount County, albeit with significantly redrawn borders, in 1795 from part of its Knox County.[16]

In 1796 the Southwest Territory, and the land of all these counties became part of the new State of Tennessee. In 1806 Tennessee was finally able open her own land office and create her surveyor districts.

Sen. William Blount (1749-1800)

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

  • Miller, Alan N. East Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2m. Digital version at World Vital Records ($). Purchase at Genealogical.com. Includes Blount County.

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Blount County, Tennessee online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Tennessee Cemeteries for more information.

 

Census RecordsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 5,587
1810 8,839 58.2%
1820 11,258 27.4%
1830 11,028 −2.0%
1840 11,745 6.5%
1850 12,424 5.8%
1860 13,270 6.8%
1870 14,237 7.3%
1880 15,985 12.3%
1890 17,589 10.0%
1900 19,206 9.2%
1910 20,809 8.3%
1920 28,800 38.4%
1930 33,989 18.0%
1940 41,116 21.0%
1950 54,691 33.0%
1960 57,525 5.2%
1970 63,744 10.8%
1980 77,770 22.0%
1990 85,969 10.5%
2000 105,823 23.1%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Blount County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Tennessee Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than nationwide online indexes.

See Tennessee Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

See Blount County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. The USGenWeb Census Project®

Tennessee, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1810-1891 - Ancestry ($)

Lost
1800 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation.

1810 Lost, but a substitute is available:

  • Sherrill, Charles A. The Reconstructed 1810 Census of Tennessee: 33,000 Long-lost Records from Tax Lists, Court Minutes, Church Records, Wills, Deeds and Other Sources. Mt. Juliet, Tenn.: C.A. Sherrill, 2001. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1810.

1820 Lost[17]

1890 Lost, but substitutes are available:

  • Reed, Sue S. Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891, as Provided for by an Act of General Assembly of Tennessee, Passed January 15, 1891, and Approved January 22, 1891. 8 vols. Houston, Texas: S.S. Reed, 1989. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 1 1891. Blount County is included in Vol. 1.
  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee. Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890.

1820 Manufactures
The original manufactures schedules for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee are kept at NARA, Washington, D.C. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 1024517-1024518.

These records have also been abstracted:

1830

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

  • Robinstein, Joyce. "Blount, TN 1850 Federal Census," (includes every-name index) available at online through USGenWeb Archives.

1860

  • Templin, David H. and Cherel Bolin Henderson. 1860 Population Schedule of the United States Census, Blount County, Tennessee. Maryville, Tenn.: n.p., 1981. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8885 X2t.

1870

  • Brown, Kenneth A. and Mary Ruth H. Brown. United States Census of 1870 for Blount County, Tennessee. Maryville, Tenn.: Printers, Inc., [198-?]. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8885 X2br.

1880

  • Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. 1880 Census - Tennessee: Transcription for Blount County. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 198-?. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8885 X2s 1980.

Voters

Church RecordsEdit

Baptist

Six Mile Baptist Church, 1813-1836 Name index. Available at TSLA.

Methodist

Holston Conference Office
P.O. Box 850
Alcoa, TN 37701
Telephone: 866-690-4080
Fax:865-690-3162

Presbyterian

History of New Providence Presbyterian Church, Maryville, Tenn., 1786-1921. Available at TSLA.

Court RecordsEdit

County Court

  • Record of Blount County, Tennessee, County Court Records (vol. 1 1795-1804; vol. 2 1804-1807; vol. 3 1808-1811) Name . Available at TSLA.
  • Blount County, Tennessee, Court Minutes, Book no. 2, 1814-1817. Name . Available at TSLA.
  • Minutes of the County Court of Blount County, Book no. 3, 1818. Name . Available at TSLA.

Chancery Court

  • Blount County, Tennessee Chancery Court Records (vol. 1 1852-1865; vol. 2 1866-1869). Name . Available at TSLA.

Circuit Court

  • Minutes from 1852

Law and Legislation

  • Tennessee State Library and Archives, Acts of Tennessee 1796-1850: Index to Names. January 25, 2005. In addition to creating new laws, legislative acts were often required to obtain a divorce, grant legitimacy to a child, or for appointments to or grant payments for public service. The TSLA has created an index to names that appear in these acts covering the years 1796 to 1850. To read more about this valuable resource Click here. The searchable index is available at the TSLA; another version is available at World Vital Records.

DirectoriesEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Early settlers came down the Indian war path, primarily from Virginia.[20]

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 19 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Blount County.[21]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit

GenealogiesEdit

More than 85 genealogies have been published about Blount County, Tennessee families. For more information visit Blount County, Tennessee Compiled Genealogies.

The Will E. Parham papers are kept at the Blount County Library Reference Section. Parham was a professional genealogist in the late 1800s and early 1900s. There is a card file by last name. Loose leaf by family name. There are also family files from other people who have added information.

Gordon Aronhime (1911-1983) collected information on hundreds of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee pioneers. His note cards, which reference more than 4,000 early settlers of the Holston-Clinch River area and East Tennessee (1770s-1790s), are held at the Library of Virginia. The cards have been digitized and made available online.[22]

GuardianshipEdit

Land and Property RecordsEdit

Grants

  • Intro - Blount county part of the French Broad River Area
  • Blount County Land Grants Sevier County Genealogy and History, Genealogy Trails History Group. Note that this helpful index, although labeled an index to grants, is really an index to ENTRYS.
  • Fox, George and Juanita.Surveyor Entry Book, District South of French Broad Holston, State of Tennessee 1807, Blount, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, Sevier Counties. (S.I. G. J. Fox, c2004). FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R2fg. This is a definitive source - it abstracts and indexes all enterees, adjacent land owners, etc. ISBN 097540444X
  • Blount County, Tennessee, Entry Taker's Book, 1824-1826. Name . Available at TSLA.

Deeds

Online Records

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • Thomas, Jane Kizer. Blount County, Tennessee Deeds(Maryville, Tenn. Blount County Genealogical & Historical Society, 1990). Two volumes: Vol 1 1795-1819 and Vol 2 1819-1833. The indexes in these books include the names of witnessess and adjoining land owners. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8885 R2t v. 1 & 2. Also at TSLA. Books also available on FHL film.

Microfilm Originals

Local HistoriesEdit

US GenWeb offers a "Times Past" page which has photos and histories of Blount County.

Maps and GazetteersEdit

Knox CountySevier CountySwain CountyGraham CountyMonroe CountyLoudon CountyTN BLOUNT.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources
  • 1777-1985 - Maps of Tennessee (1777-1985)
  • 1795 Creekmore, Pollyanna. Early East Tennessee Taxpayers. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1980. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4cp and Silas Emmett Lucas's Revised Index FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4cp index. [Includes 1795 map of Blount County and East Tennessee.]
  • 1795 Reeves, Charles A. Blount County [Tennessee] - Created July 11, 1795 from Knox County. Published 2000. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • 1926 U.S. Geological Survey. Proposed Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Originally published 1926. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • 1934 U.S. Park Service. Preliminary Base Map, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Originally published 1934. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.

MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

Revolutionary War
The following Blount County Revolutionary War records are available online through TNGenWeb:

Additional resources include:

War of 1812

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Blount County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (part of a large regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Blount County:

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Blount County:

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at TSLA. Most of these newspapers may be accessed by interlibrary loan to libraries within Tennessee, although there are some newspapers which are not available in or outside of Tennessee. For further information regarding interlibrary loan policies and newspapers not available for interlibrary loan click here.

  • Click Maryville for a list of newspapers available at the archives for Blount County.

For deaths of Methodists in Blount County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:

ObituariesEdit

Other RecordsEdit

PrisonsEdit

PeriodicalsEdit

Genealogical periodicals can contain unique sources and can be local, regional, or statewide. The following periodicals cover this county:

  • The Pellissippian: Published by the Anderson County Historical Society (formerly called, Pellissippi Genealogical and Historical Society). The table of contents for some issues are available on their website. FHL Book 976.8 D25p.

Probate RecordsEdit

The County Clerk has the responsibility for the administration, settlement, and distribution of the estates of deceased person. The County Clerk has all the probate records and the will books and some of the newer wills. Blount County Records Management and Archives has all the older wills.[23]

Most of the early original Blount County Will Books were destroyed. In 1869, all known records not lost in a fire were transcribed. In 1971, TSLA microfilmed the 1869 transcript and the records that were left. FHL copies: FHL Films 888877-888878.

Online Records

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1795-1861 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22s. Includes an index to this county's wills. Free Lookups Available!

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

The original Blount County Tax Books are held at the Blount. TSLA microfilmed Tax Books 1800, 1801, 1803-1805, 1837-1839 (Reel 1--available for interlibrary loan), 1845-1856 (Roll 482), and 1864-1900 (Rolls 482-488). FHL has copies of 1845-1846 and 1864-1867: FHL US/CAN Film 888892.

Book Abstracts and Indexes

Due to the limited tax years that survived, an alternative resource to consider is "Tennessee Legislative Petitions".

Vital RecordsEdit

BirthEdit

Online Index

MarriageEdit

Online Indexes and Records


Book Abstracts and Indexes

DeathEdit

Online Records

DivorceEdit

Research FacilitiesEdit

ArchivesEdit

Family History CentersEdit

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Maryville Tennessee Family History Center
706 Amerine Road
Maryville TN 37802
Phone: 865-982-9080
Maryville Tennessee Family History Center

LibrariesEdit

Blount County Public Library
508 N. Cusick St.
Maryville, TN 37804
Phone: 865-977-1142
Website

The Genealogy and Local History section has an 800+ volume collection containing "books on genealogy and local history to be used within the Library. Microfilm of local newspapers, court records and census schedules are available for photocopying. Records on CD-ROM from the Latter Day Saints are also available for use." (per website)

Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library
120 Tiger Drive
Townsend, TN 37882
Phone: 865-448-1441
Fax: 865-448-1875
E-mail: metmlib@yahoo.com
Website

Contains the Townsend collection which includes local interest items and genealogical sources. (per website)

MuseumsEdit

SocietiesEdit

Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society
PO Box 4986
Maryville, TN 37802-4986
Website

East Tennessee Historical Society
601 S. Gay St.
P.O. Box 1629
Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
1-865-215-8824
E-mail: eths@east-tennessee-history.org
Website

WebsitesEdit

Research GuidesEdit

Research Guides

ReferencesEdit

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Blount, Tennessee" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blount_County,_Tennessee accessed 11 Dec 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  5. Voice of Louise Lynch, Archivist, Williamson County, Tennessee Archives (2010).
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State (accessed 13 March 2016).
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Blount County, Tennessee," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blount_County,_Tennessee#Communities, accessed 7 November 2019.
  10. "William Blount," Wikipedia.
  11. “State of Franklin” in North Carolina History Project at http://www.northcarolinahistory.org/encyclopedia/99/entry (accessed 27 June 2010).
  12. George and Juanita Fox, 'Surveyor Entry Book, District South of French Broad Holston, State of Tennessee 1807, Blount, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, Sevier Counties. (S.I. : G. J. Fox, c2004). Page v. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R2fg.
  13. George and Juanita Fox, 'Surveyor Entry Book, District South of French Broad Holston, State of Tennessee 1807, Blount, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, Sevier Counties. (S.I. : G. J. Fox, c2004). Page v. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R2fg.
  14. “State of Franklin” in The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture at http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/imagegallery.php?EntryID=F061 (accessed 27 June 2010).
  15. George and Juanita Fox, 'Surveyor Entry Book, District South of French Broad Holston, State of Tennessee 1807, Blount, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, Sevier Counties. (S.I. : G. J. Fox, c2004). Page v. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R2fg.
  16. Robert M. McBride, "Lost Counties of Tennessee," East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications 38 (1966): 6.
  17. Mary Barnett Curtis, Early East Tennessee Tax Lists: a compiled list of residents of the area covered in 22 east Tennessee counties for which there is (sic) no census records prior to 1830 (Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing, 1964)[[FHL Book 976.8 R4c]].
  18. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.
  19. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.
  20. George and Juanita Fox, Surveyor Entry Book, District South of French Broad Holston, State of Tennessee 1807, Blount, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, Sevier Counties.p. v. (S.I. : G. J. Fox, c2004). FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R2fg.
  21. Kenneth Scott. British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979, 372-378 (see East Tennessee). FHL US/CAN 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  22. "Original Virginia Records Imaged and Indexed Online," Arlene Eakle's Virginia Genealogy Blog, 12 October 2008.
  23. Jackie Glenn, Records Manager and County Archivist, "Blount County Records Management and Archives", Blount County Goverment (http://www.blounttn.org/records.asp#Probate : accessed 4 Aug 2012)