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Humphreys County

Humphreys County

Humphreys County was formed in 1809 from Stewart County
(Acts of Tennessee 1809, Chapter 31).

The county seat is Waverly.

There were fires at the Humphreys County
courthouse in 1876 and 1898.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Denver, Tennessee Remembered (1986)
  • History of Humphreys County, Tennessee (Garrett, 1963) [name index]*
  • History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present : Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Montgomery, Robertson, Humphreys, Stewart  (Goodspeed, 1979)*
  • History of Tumbling Creek, Humphreys County, Tennessee (Ethridge, 1985)*
  • Houston County Area : Excerpts from the Goodspeed Histories of Montgomery, Robertson, Humphreys, Stewart, Dickson, Cheatham and Houston Counties of Tennessee (Friends of the Houston County Library, 19??) [surname index]
  • Humphreys County Heritage : A Collection of Historical Sketches and Family Histories [2 vols.] (Whitfield, 1979 & 1983)
  • Humphreys County : History of Tennessee (Goodspeed, 1988)
  • Humphreys County, Tennessee : A Pictorial History (Humphreys County Historical Society, 1995)*
  • Pie Suppers and Cake Walks : A History of Liberty School Located on Little Blue Creek, McEwen, Tennessee (Bullington, 1994)

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1860 Census, Humphreys County, Tennessee (Johnson, 1976) [surname index]
  • 1870 Census of Humphreys County, Tennessee (Clifton, 1979) [surname index]
  • 1880 Census, Humphreys County, Tennessee (Fischer & Burns, 1987) [name index]
  • Bakerville Review : Abstracts (Humphreys County, Tennessee) [vol. 1 1896-1897; *vol. 2 1897-1898; *vol. 3 1898-1899] (Fischer, 1978-) [name indexes]
  • Bible, Family, and Tombstone Records Index (WPA, 1938)
  • Cheatham County, Tennessee, Dickson County, Tennessee, Hickman County, Tennessee, Humphreys County, Tennessee, Lawrence County, Tennessee [1891 enumeration of male voters] (Reed, 1992)
  • Histories of the Churches of Humphreys County (Humphreys County Historical Society, 19??)
  • History of Humphreys County, Tennessee, Surname Index : and a Complete Listing of All Family Histories, to be Used in Conjunction with Volumes I & II, Humphrey (Savage, 1984) [name index]
  • Humphreys County, Tennessee, 1850 Census : and Additional Notes (Garrett, 1962) [name index]
  • Humphreys County, Tennessee, Cemetery Records [2 vols. bound together] (Anderson & Garrett, 1966) [name index for vol. 1 on pg. 187 of vol. 1; name index for vol. 2 on page 317]
  • Humphreys County Tennessee Court Minutes vol. 1, 1842-1850 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Humphreys County Tennessee Deed Book A, 1810-16 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Humphreys County Tennessee Marriage Records, 1861-1888 (Fischer & Burns, 1984) [name index]*
  • Humphreys County Tennessee Marriage Records, vol. A, 1864-1868 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Humphreys County Tennessee Records [Tax Lists, 1837-1843; Marriages, 1888-1900] (Fischer & Burns, 1987) [marriages - alphabetical by groom, with bride index; tax lists alphabetical]*
  • Humphreys County Tennessee Wills and Inventories, 1838-1844 [2 vol.] (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Humphreys County, TN deeds [vol. 1. Books A-D, July, 1810-June, 1832] (Hutchings, 2003) [name index]*
  • Humphreys County [Tennessee] Burials, 1969-1975 (Anderson, 1976) [name index]
  • Minutes of Sycamore Landing Church of Christ, 1917-1937 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Name Index to History of Tennessee From the Earliest Time to the Present : Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Montgomery [Humphryes County] (Marsh, 1972)
  • Private Acts of Humphreys County, Tennessee (McIntyre, 1994) [name index]
  • Supplement to 1880 Census, Humphreys County, Tennessee (Fischer & Burns, 1988) [name index]
  • Tennessee Humphreys County Bible, Family, and Tombstone Records [includes Church Minutes Waverly M.E. Church South, History of the Shannon Family, and Minutes of Church of Christ, Bakerville](WPA, 1938) [separate name index]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1862
  • wills from 1837
  • deed index from 1810
  • chancery court minutes from 1898
  • county court minutes from 1842
  • circuit court minutes from 1898
  • tax books from 1877

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1816-1907 (#12, 1 reel)*
  • Wills & Inventories -- 1837-1843; 1889-1904 (#8, 1 reel)*
  • Wills & Inventories -- 1847-1852 (#10, 1 reel)*
  • Wills & Inventories -- 1852-1857; 1868-1878 (#9, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Humphreys County (Record Group #107, Roll 38, 1 reel). Roll includes Deed Book A (1810-1816), Wills & Inventories, pt. 1 (1838-1844), County Court Minute Book 1 (1842-1850), Marriage Records Book A (1864-1868), Minutes of Sycamore Landing Church of Christ (1917-1937), History of the Shannon Family (1822), Minutes of the Church of Christ, Bakersville (undated) and Bible, Family & Tombstone Records (undated).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Bakersville, McEwen and Waverly. Scattered early issues are available from 1875, and a complete run begins in 1957. 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 Humphreys County:  1820-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1820-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Humphreys County census records in book form:  1850, 1860, 1870, 1880

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR HUMPHREYS COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated December 21, 2012

 

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