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Lewis County

Lewis County

Lewis County was formed in 1843 from
Hickman, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne counties
(Acts of Tennessee 1843-44, Chapter 38).

The county seat is Hohenwald.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Early Days in Lewis County (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • History & Families, Lewis County, Tennessee (Lewis County Historical Society, 1995) [surname index]*
  • History of Lewis County, Class of 1957 (Lewis County High School, 2009) [alphabetical] *
  • History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present : Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman and Lewis (Goodspeed, 1979)
  • Land of Strangers : Cane Creek Tennessee's Mormon Massacre and its Tragic Effects on the People who Lived There (Crow, 2013) [name index]
  • Lewis County Pictorial History (Lewis County Sesquicentennial Committee, 1993)*
  • Mormon Massacre 1884 (WPA, 1938) [name index]

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1880 Census, Lewis County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1998) [alphabetical by surname]*
  • 1880 Lewis Couny, Tenn. Federal Census (Graves & Glenn, 19??) [surname index]
  • Columbia & Surrounding Counties, Tennessee Polk City Directory (2003-2013)
  • Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-One Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891 (Reed, 1992)
  • First Fifty Years of Lewis County Marriage Records, 1844-1894 (Graves, 1978?) [surname index]*
  • Lewis County, Tennessee Cemetery Records (Graves, 1979) [surname index]
  • Lewis County, Tennessee Cemetery Records, Volume II (Graves, 2003) [name index]
  • Lewis County Tennessee Court Minutes 1846-1870 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Lewis County Tennessee Guardian Bonds 1846-1874 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Lewis County, Tennessee, WPA Records (Douthat, 1991) [name index]
  • McDonald Funeral Home, Hohenwald, Tennessee, Lewis County [vol. 1 July 1948-Dec. 1969; vol. 2 Jan. 1974-Dec. 1987; vol. 3 Jan. 1988-Dec. 1993; vol. 4 Jan. 1994-June 9, 1997] (Coleman, 1997) [name index]
  • Maury County Neighbors; Records of Giles, Lewis, and Marshall Counties, Tennessee (Lightfoot & Shackelford, 1967) [name index]
  • Name Index to History of Tennessee ... : Together with ... Sketch of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman, and Lewis counties (Marsh, 1972)
  • Private Acts of Lewis County, Tennessee (McIntyre, 1994)
  • Union Church of Christ 1871-1884 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • West Central Tennessee Regional Polk City Directory : Including Giles, Lawrence, Lewis and Maury Counties (1999)

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1847
  • wills from 1846
  • deed index from 1844
  • chancery court minutes from 1871
  • county court minutes from 1848
  • circuit court minutes from 1846
  • tax books from 1887

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1844-1926 (#10, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories -- 1846-1874 (#6, 1 reel)*
  • Land Entries -- 1827-1845 (#15, 1 reel)*
  • Land Sold for Taxes -- 1847-1877 (#A471, 1 reel)*
  • Land Surveys -- 1827-1883 (#15, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Records -- 1847-1909 (#5, 1 reel)*
  • Trust Deeds -- 1895-1905 (#15, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1842-1856; 1932-1967 (#A468, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1846-1936 (#6, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Lewis County (Record Group #107, Roll 50, 1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minutes (1846-1870), Guardian Bonds (1846-1874), Union Church of Christ (1871-1884), The Mormon Massacre (1884) and Early Days in Lewis County (undated).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Hohenwald.  Scattered early issues are available from 1898, and a complete run begins in 1950.  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 Lewis County:  1850-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1850-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Lewis County census records in book form:  1880*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR LEWIS COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated May 7, 2014

 

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