Crockett County, Tennessee Genealogy

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Crockett County, Tennessee genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Crockett County (established 1871) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


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Founded: 1871
County Seat Alamo
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Crockett County Tennessee Quick Dates[edit | edit source]

Crockett County's civil records start the following years:[1]

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1909 1872  1925  1880 1870 1872 

Crockett County Tennessee Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Crockett County Courthouse
 1 S Bells Street
Alamo, TN 38001
Phone: 731.696.5452 

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court 
and  land records from 1872, birth and death records
from 1925.[2]



Crockett County Courthouse, Alamo, Tenn. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.]]

Crockett County Courthouse
1 South Bell St.
Alamo, TN 38001
Phone: 1-731-696-5452

Crockett County Clerk has marriage, probate, court and land records from 1872;
birth and death records from 1925.

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sat. 8 a.m.-noon

Crockett County Tennessee History[edit | edit source]

Davy Crockett (1786-1836)

The county is named after Davy Crockett (1786-1836), frontiersman, Congressman, and Alamo defender.[3]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1871--Crockett County was created in 1871 from Haywood, Madison, Gibson, and Dyer Counties.
County seat: Alamo [4]

County Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

  1. Hear it spoken[5] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[6] (male)

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

For a list of record loss in Tennessee counties see: Tennessee Counties with Burned Courthouses

Crockett County Tennessee Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Cities and Towns:

Brims Corner
Chestnut Bluff
Crockett Mills
Dog Hill
Frog Jump
Gum Flat
Johnsons Grove
Mason Grove
Maury City
Maury Junction
Walnut Hill

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Crockett County Tennessee Genealogy Resources[edit | edit source]


Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Crockett County biography records. To determine which books are being searched, or to search each publication's index individually, click here. You are now equipped with a checklist of books to pull off the shelves at a genealogy library, or a wish list for your personal book collection.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Tennessee African Americans

Tombstones from several African American local cemeteries have been transcribed and published online, see Crockett County, TN Cemeteries, courtesy: TNGenWeb.

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Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tennessee cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

The best place to start searches in Crockett County cemetery records is:

  • Crockett County, TN Cemeteries website, by Natalie Huntley, available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb Project. The site includes: inventories (transcripts) to more than 150 local cemeteries, 1000s of tombstone photographs, a name search engine, surname index, maps, and cemetery photographs!

Additional Crockett County cemetery resources include:

  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried. Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone. May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.

Census[edit | edit source]

1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population censuses of Crockett 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 Crockett County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. [The USGenWeb Census Project®]


  • Sistler, Byron H. and Samuel D. 1880 Census, Crockett County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler and Associates, 1992. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8225 X2

Church[edit | edit source]

Church records include baptisms, marriages and burials, as well as information about family members and clues about family migration.  For additional information about church records, religions, and religious archives in Tennessee, see Tennessee Church Records.

  • If the records you need are not through the Family History Library, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.  Two sites that give information about churches in Crockett County are:
- List of Crockett County churches with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)
- List of Crockett County churches (TN HomeTownLocator)

In 1936, a helpful guide to early Crockett County church records was published by the Works Project Administration. [7]Use this guide to locate which church records exist and where they were housed in 1936. The Tennessee State Library and Archives has filmed some of these records. To locate which records are available at the TSLA, go to the appropriate "county fact sheet" on the TSLA Web site and scroll down to "selected manuscript material". All filmed church records at the TSLA for Crockett county are listed.

Church of Christ[edit | edit source]

Court[edit | edit source]

Family Histories[edit | edit source]

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Crockett, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 10,000 entries.

  • Crockett County, Tennessee Genealogies, 1700's-1900's. Typescript, 1976. FHL US/CAN Films 1008529-1008530. [Includes: Families of Koonce, Acor, Acred, Adams, Adcox, Agee, Alpha, Andrews, Antwine, Archer, Archibald, Arnold, Aslin, Austin, Avery, Bacigalupo, Badgett, Baker, Baldridge, Ball, Ballentine, Banks, Ballinger, Barker, Pollard, Farrow, Harpole, Moore -- Cox church records, 1877-1900 -- Business ledgers -- Families of Bell, Best and Cherry; Families of Green, Hamlett, James, Nunn, Mason, Winburn, Wood -- Histories of towns in Crockett Co., Tenn. -- Bells, Belleville, Johnson Grove, Lanefield, Mason Grove -- Board of Commissioners, minutes of meetings, 1871-1876 -- Cox Chapel, Church of Christ, Coxville, membership, 1905-1907 -- Families of Benson, Porter and Harris.]


  • [Moore] Fritz, Marcine Moore William Moore and his descendants Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993. Available at the Family History Library] FHL film 1750756 item 12 with a digitized version through FamilySearch Digital Library
  • [Sims] Sims, Almon James. The Paris (Pariss-Parish) Henry Sims Branch of the Sims Family of Scotland, England, Ireland and America. [Knoxville, Tenn.?: Unknown, 1948. Digital version available at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Sims] Sims, Almon James. The Pariss Sims Family and Related Families, 1765-1965. Knoxville, TN: [A. J. Sims], 1965. Available at FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Si58sa and FHL US/CAN Film 1321309 Item 1.

Land[edit | edit source]

Crockett County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1872 and is located at the  Courthouse, 1 S. Bells St., Suite 1, Alamo, TN 38001-1796; Telephone: (731) 696-5452 Land and property records usually include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.

The Family History Library has Crockett county deed records 1770-1909.

Law and Legislation[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

War of 1812

Civil War

Civil War service men from Crockett County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Crockett County.

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Crockett County:

"The effort to record Civil War veterans' experiences, during the conflict and before and after it, started in 1914. Dr. Gus Dyer, Tennessee State Archivist, developed a questionnaire and contacted all known living Tennessee Civil War veterans, asking them to return the questionnaires to Nashville.
In 1920 the project was continued by John Trotwood Moore of the Tennessee Historical Commission and also State Librarian and Archivist. The 1,650 completed forms were returned by 1922 and were made available for historical research. They are on file in the TSLA and have been microfilmed for security and ease of use (Microfilm #484).
The responses are rich in detail about pre- and post-war life, as well as military experiences. They include personal and family information; opinions about class and race distinctions; and details of agricultural, business and educational opportunities for the young in nineteenth century Tennessee."

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at the 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. For a list of newspapers available at the archives for Crockett County click on the following cities or towns:

Hays,Tony; Janice S. Jackson, indexer. Gibson - Crockett: A Joint Heritage. [N.p.]: Kitchen Table Press, 1986. This indexed book includes articles from Crockett County newspapers, 1870-1916. (FHL book 976.8 P2h.)

Occupations[edit | edit source]

  • Miller, Alan N. West Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1821 to 1889. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2006. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2man. Purchase at [Includes Crockett County.]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers who are new to their area would not likely discover. This type of material may be found in local, regional, or statewide genealogical society journals. The following periodicals cover this county:

Ansearchin' News
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Crockett County, Tennessee Genealogy records have been published in Ansearchin' News, the quarterly magazine of the Tennessee Genealogical Society. To view a list of these articles, visit their county index. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their archive or conduct a surname search. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the Ansearchin' News quarterly FHL Book 976.8 B2a.

Paper Trails
Family History Library has Volume 1 - 5 (1993 - 1997) FHL US/CAN Book 976.8225 B2p. Indexed in the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).
Family Findings
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Crockett County, Tennessee records have been published in Family Findings, the quarterly of the Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society (42+ vols.). The Family History Library has most issues of this quarterly FHL US/CAN 976.8 B2f.
Tables of contents for some volumes are available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb Project:
Many articles from this publication have been reproduced on the TNGenWeb Project website, try this specialized Google search.
West Tennessee Historical Society Papers
Family History Library has Volumes 1 - 16 and 30 FHL US/CAN Book 976.81 B5w. The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers are indexed in PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).
To view Table of Contents and complete articles from 1947 - 2005 see Shelby County Register of Deeds

Probate[edit | edit source]

The County Court has responsibility for the probate records of Crockett County.

FamilySearch has placed scans of the following records online in the Tennessee, Probate Court Books, 1795-1927 collection. These are browse-only collections. Handwritten indexes may be found at the front or back of some volumes:

  • Wills, 1872-1951
  • Accounts, 1872-1902 (2 vols.)
  • Bonds, Letters, 1872-1927 (3 vols.)
  • Insolvent estate records, 1873-1952 (2 vols.)
  • Inventories, 1872-1915 (3 vols.)
  • Letters, 1963-1980
  • Settlements, 1875-1915 (2 vols.)

Taxation[edit | edit source]

The following Crockett County tax records have been abstracted:[9]

  • [1872] Crockett County Tax Book One 1872, Family Findings, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Oct. 1981); Vol. 14, No. 2 (Apr. 1982); Vol. 14, No. 3 (July 1982); Vol. 15, No. 4 (Oct. 1983). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • [1872] Crockett County Historical Society. Crockett County Courthouse Centennial, 1874-1974. Digital version, provided by Natalie Huntley, is available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb. [Includes 1872 tax list.]
  • USGenWeb's Crockett County page has links to several transcribed wills.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Tennessee Vital Records or order electronically online.

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Marriages were not officially recorded in Crockett County until 1838, when a law was passed mandating the practice.[10] The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:

  • Lucas, Silas Emmett. Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2L.

The following Crockett County Courthouse marriage records have been indexed:

  • 1872-1895 - Crockett County Marriage Index 1872-1895 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.[8]
  • 1872-1888 - Historical Records Project Marriage records, 1872-1888, Crockett County, Tennessee Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1939. FHL US/CAN Film 24625
  • 1872-1899 - Huntley, Natalie. Crockett County TN Marriage Records July 1872 - Dec 1899. Available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • 1872-1962 - Crockett County (Tennessee) County Court ClerkNashville, Tennessee : Tennessee State Library and Archives, 1976-1988. FHL US/CAN Films 1007383-388, 2311145-148 and 1928654-657
  • 1900-1940 - Huntley, Natalie. Crockett County TN Marriage Records Jan 1900 - Dec 1940. Available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950 - covers all counties in Tennessee.
  • Many county marriage records are indexed with images at Ancestry's Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 ($).  Be aware that this index is not complete for all counties.
Divorce[edit | edit source]

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Crockett County divorce papers in diverse manuscript collections, see:

  • W.P.A. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1941. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 A3gp.
Death[edit | edit source]

For deaths of Methodists in Crockett County (or what later became Crockett County) between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:

Crockett County Tennessee Genealogy Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

See also a List of Tennessee Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Crockett County Library
285 E Church St
Alamo, TN 38001
Phone; 1-731-696-4220
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

West Tennessee Heritage Study Center
Paul Meek Library
University of Tennessee at Martin
Phone: 1-731-881-7060
Hours vary by semester
The Heritage Study Center holds a variety of genealogical resources including materials relating to the following counties in Tennessee: Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Perry, Shelby, Stewart, Tipton, Wayne, Weakley and Carlisle, Fulton, and Hickman counties in Kentucky.
West Tennessee Historical Society
P.O. Box 111046
Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: 1-901-475-6608

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Crockett County Tennessee Genealogy Websites[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Crockett County, Tennessee

Crockett County Tennessee Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey (W.P.A.), 1941; "Earliest County Records," Tennessee State Library and Archives.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Crockett County, Tennessee page 639, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. "Davy Crockett," Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 639. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  5. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  6. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
  7. WPA. Guide to Church Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville: Tennessee State Planning Commission, 1942. FHL 976.8 K23w
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  9. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.
  10. Gale Williams Bamman, C.G., "Research in Tennessee," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 81, No. 2 (June 1993):105. FHL US/CAN Book 973 B2ng v. 81 (1993)