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Dyer County

Dyer County

Dyer County was formed in 1823 from Indian lands
(Private Acts of Tennessee 1823, Chapter 108).

The county seat is Dyersburg.

There was a fire at the Dyer County courthouse in 1864.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Dyer County  (Alexander,  1974) [partial index]*
  • Dyersburg (Koruvelas, 2011)
  • Goodspeed's Dyer County History (1990) [name index]
  • History of Dyer County [2 vols.]  (Hulme, 1982-85)* 
  • Official Souvenir Booklet Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Dyer County, Tennessee 1823-1973 (1973?)*
  • Tennessee, Dyer County : A Sketch of the Life and Imprisonment of Mary Neely (WPA, 1939) [name index]

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1836 Dyer County, Tennessee Civil Districts and Tax Listing (Douthat, 2003) [name index]*
  • 1880 Census, Dyer County, Tennessee (Sistler, 2000) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • Cemetery Inscriptions of Dyer County, Tennessee (Glass, 1977) [name index]*
  • Dyer Co., Tennessee, Gibson Co., Tennessee, Lake Co., Tennessee, Obion Co., Tennessee, Weakley Co., Tennessee : Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one [1891 enumeration of male voters] (Reed, 1990) [name index]
  • Dyer County and Newbern, Tennessee : Being a History of 39 of the Earliest Families of this County (Ridens, 1979) [name index]
  • Dyer County, Tennessee Deed Book[s] {vol. 1  1824-1831;   vol. 2  1831-1835]  (Crumpton, 2001) [name index]*
  • Dyer County, Tennessee, Entry Book no. 1, 1820-1855 (WPA, 1941) [name index]
  • Dyer County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1860-1880 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Dyer County, Tennessee Marriages, 1860-1879 (Sistler, 1989) [alphabetical by bride and groom]
  • Dyer County, Tennessee, Record Minute Book, County Court, 1852-1856 (WPA, 1942)
  • Dyer County, Tennessee, Will Book [1853-1893] (WPA, 1938)
  • Dyer County, Tennessee, Wills [1853-1893] (Lambert & Gilmore, 1998) [name index]*
  • Polk's Dyersburg (Dyer County, Tenn.) City Directory (1961, 1963-64, 1966-67, 1969-89, 1992-93, 1995-99, 2001-2014)
  • Private Acts of Dyer County, Tennessee (McIntyre, 1994)
  • Seventh Census of the United States, 1850 : Dyer County, Tennessee, Free Population Schedules (Carpenter, 1969) [surname index]*

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1860
  • wills from 1853
  • deed index from 1822
  • chancery court minutes from 1854
  • county court minutes from 1848
  • circuit court minutes from 1863
  • tax books from 1862

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1822-1878  (#108, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1853-1937  (#104, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Dyer County  (Record Group #107, Roll 19,  1 reel). Roll includes Will Book A (1853-1893),  Marriage Records (1860-1880),  Entry Book #1 (1820-1855),  Sketch of the Life & Imprisonment of Mary Neely (undated) and Minute Book, County Court, Part II (1852-1856).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Dyersburg and Newbern.  Scattered early issues are available from 1859, and a complete run begins in 1929.  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 Dyer County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Dyer County census records in book form:  1850*,  1880*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR DYER COUNTY

 

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

 

Updated June 3, 2014

 

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