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Franklin County

Franklin County

Franklin County was formed in 1807 from
Rutherford County and Indian lands
(Acts of Tennessee 1807, Chapter 72).

The county seat is Winchester.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Brief History of Franklin County, Tennessee (Rhoton, 1966)
  • Chuwalee : Chronicles of Franklin County, Tennessee (MacKellar, 1973) [name index]*
  • Confederate Action in Franklin County, Tennessee (Hannah, 1963) [name index]*
  • Crow Creek Scene (Garner, 1986)
  • Focus on Franklin County (Rogers, 1966)*
  • Franklin County, Tennessee and Settlers in the Early 1800s (Taylor, 1991?) [surname index]
  • Goodspeed's Franklin County History (2002) [name index]
  • History of the Black People of Franklin County, Tennessee (Hill, 1985)

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 120th anniversary, First United Church U.C.C., Belvidere, Tennessee, 1873 - 1993 : Church History & Cemetery Records (1993) [alphabetical listing of cemetery]
  • 1870 Franklin County, Tennessee Census (Phillips, 1986) [name index]
  • 1880 Census, Franklin County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1994) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • 1900 Franklin County, Tennessee, Census : Index Only (Powers, 1990) [surname index]*
  • Abstracts of Franklin County, Tennessee, Wills, 1808-1875 (Ingmire, 1984) [name index]*
  • Abstracts of Franklin County, Tennessee, Wills, 1876-1891 (Ingmire, 1985) [name index]*
  • Abstracts of Franklin County, Tennessee Wills, 1808-1875 (Swenson, 1984) [name index]*
  • Cemetery Records of Franklin County, Tennessee (Franklin County Historical Society, 1986) [name index]*
  • Coffee & Franklin Counties, TN, Regional Polk City Directory (1998) [alphabetical listing]
  • Coffee, Franklin & Bedford Counties, TN, Polk City Directory [2004-2007, 2009-2014] [alphabetical listing]
  • Early Episcopal Church Records, Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths : Otey Memorial Parish, Sewanee, Tennessee (Makris, 1999) [alphabetical listings]*
  • *Family Histories, Franklin County, Tennessee, 1807-1996 (Franklin County Historical Society, 1996) [name index]
  • Franklin County Marriages, 1884-1903 (Conn, 1991) [name index]*
  • Franklin County, Tennessee 1860 Census with Head of Household Marriages (Swenson, 1981) [surname index]
  • Franklin County, Tennessee, 1890 Tax List (Bigger, 1984) [name index]
  • Franklin County, Tennessee : Wills, 1808-1876 & Deeds, 1801-1840 (Partlow, 1991) [name index]
  • Franklin County, Tennessee, Court Minutes, vol. 2 [pt. 1. 1832-1834; pt. 2. 1832-1837] (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Franklin County, Tennessee in the Year 1840 : Featuring the 1840 Census with Abstracts of the 1840 Court Minutes and Deeds (Phillips, 1985) [name index]*
  • Franklin County, Tennessee, Record Book A, 1808-1818 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Franklin County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1914 Through 1925 (Wiefering, 1995) [name index]*
  • Franklin County, Tennessee, Will Book, vol. 1-2, 1808-76 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Franklin County, Tennessee, Wills & Deeds, 1800-1876 (Partlow, 1989) [name index]
  • Franklin County, TN Marriages, 1838-1874 (Sistler, 1985) [alphabetical by bride and groom]*
  • George W. Powers and Gum Creek cemetaries [sic], Franklin County, Tennessee (Powers, 2010) [name index]
  • Index to Biographical Section of the Franklin County Family History Book : in Two Sections (Franklin County Historical Society, 19??) [name index]
  • Index to Franklin County, Tennessee Court Loose Records, 1900-1915 (Smith, 2012?) [alphabetical]
  • Index to Franklin County, Tennessee Loose Court Records, 1800-1869 (Brewer, 1996) [name index]*
  • Index to Franklin County, Tennessee Loose Court Records, 1870-1879 (Brewer, 2003) [name index]*
  • Indexes to Franklin County Records (Project Preservation, 1997) [name index]
  • Let Them Work : The Freedmen's Bureau Labor Contracts of Franklin County, Tennessee (Powers, 2010) [name index]
  • Name Index to History of Tennessee ... Together with ... Sketch of Giles, Lincoln, Franklin, and Moore Counties (Marsh, 1971) [name index]
  • Private Acts of Franklin County, Tennessee (McIntyre, 1987)
  • Revolutionary War pension Applications from Franklin County, Tennessee (Sherrill, 1982) [name index]
  • Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, Franklin County, Tennessee (Carpenter, 1970) [surname index]*
  • Tennessee, Records of Franklin County, Marriages, 1838-1875 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Tennessee, Records of Franklin County, Settlement Book, vol. 1, 1835-1843 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Winchester Herald-Chronicle Obituaries Name Index [2 vols., 1975-1980] (McBee, 1980-) [name index separate volume]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1838
  • wills from 1808
  • deed index from 1808
  • chancery court minutes from 1834
  • county court minutes from 1832
  • circuit court minutes from 1832
  • tax books from 1852

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Adminstrators', Executors',&Guardians' Settlements -- 1835-1854   (#47, 1 reel)*
  • Adminstrators', Executors',&Guardians' Settlements -- 1857-1865   (#48, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1807-1899  (A-Z) Reverse   (#100, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1899-1936  (A-Z) Reverse   (#101, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Records -- 1838-1883   (#60, 1 reel)*
  • Will Books -- 1808-1847   (#97, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Franklin County (Record Group #107, Roll 20, 1 reel). Roll includes Record Book A (1808-1818),  Will Book (1808-1832, 1837),  Settlement Book, Vol. 1,  Pts. I & II (1837-1843),  and Marriages (1838-1875).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Cowan and Winchester.  Scattered early issues are available from 1875, and a complete run begins in 1967.  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 Franklin County:  1820-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1820-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Franklin County census records in book form:  1840*, 1850*, 1860, 1870, 1880*, 1900*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated April 1, 2014

 

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