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Madison County

Madison County

Madison County was formed in 1821 from Indian lands
(Public Acts of Tennessee 1821, Chapter 32).

The county seat is Jackson.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Ezekial Brownlee Mason : His Contribution to Early Madison County, Tennessee, History (Smith, 1993)
  • Gold is the Key : Murder, Robbery and the Gold Rush in Jackson, Tennessee (Aud, 2012)
  • Goodspeed Histories of Madison County, Tennessee (Goodspeed, 1972)
  • Historic Madison : The Story of Jackson and Madison County, Tennessee, from the Prehistoric Moundbuilders to 1917 (Williams, 1986) [name index]*
  • History of Tennessee : From the Earliest Time to the Present : Together with an Historical and Biographical Sketch of the City of Jackson and the County of Madison (Goodspeed, 1979)
  • Madison County (Higgins & Parish, 2009)*
  • Mt. Pinson, Madison County, Tennessee : A Study (Smith, 2000) [surname index]
  • Our Claybrook Heritage (Smith, 1993) [name index]
  • Tales of Madison : Historical Sketches on Jackson & Madison County (Alexander, 2002) [name index]*

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1880 Census, Madison County, Tennessee (Sistler, 2001) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • Abstracts of Last Wills and Testaments, Madison County, Tennessee, 1927-1937 (Smith, 2000) [surname index]
  • Annotated Gleanings, Circuit Court Minutes, Madison County, Tennessee, 1869-1885 (Smith, 2000) [surname index]
  • Antebellum Militia, Justices and some Early Taxpayers, Madison County, Tennessee (Smith, 1998) [surname index]
  • Cemetery Records of Madison County, Tennessee [*vol. 1 - southern half of the county; vol. 2 - northern half of the county] (Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society, 1995) [surname index in each volume]
  • Deaths Mentioned in the Madison County, Tennessee Quarterly Court Minute Books, 1881-1907 (Smith, 2000) [surname index]
  • Deed Book ... Madison County, Tennessee [vol. 1 1803-1828; vol. 2 1828-1833] (Crumpton, 2000) [surname index in each volume]
  • Directory of Jackson, Tennessee (WPA, 19??) [alphabetical]
  • Federally Approved Southern Claims for Tennessee, 1873-1889 : and, Marriage Announcements, Jackson, Tennessee, Newspapers, 1824-1833 (Smith, 1996) [surname index]
  • Freedmen's Labor Contracts, Madison County, Tennessee, 1866-1867 (Smith, 1996) [surname index]
  • Genealogical Abstracts from Antebellum Circuit Court Records, Madison County, Tennessee (Smith, 1997)
  • Genealogical Abstracts from Madison County, Tennessee [will books: vol. 1 1862-1894; vol. 2 1894-1914; vol. 3 1914-1927] (Smith, 1994-) [surname index in each volume]
  • Genealogical Abstracts from Madison County, Tennessee Deed Books 31-40, 1873-1883 (Smith, 1999) [surname index]
  • Genealogical Gleanings from ... Madison County, Tennessee [deeds -- vol. 1 1822-1845; vol. 2 1845-1857; vol. 3 1857-1870] (Smith, 1995-) [surname index in each volume]
  • Genealogical Miscellany, Madison County, Tennessee [4 vols.] (Smith, 1996)
  • Historic Denmark Baptist Campground and Church, Madison County, Tenn. (Smith, 1993) [surname index]
  • Historical Configurations of the Magisterial Districts of Madison County, Tennessee : A Study (Smith, 1992)
  • Index to Madison County Tombstone Inscriptions (Maszaros, 2002) [name index]*
  • Jackson, Tennessee, Polk City Directory (1998-1999, 2000-2007, 2009-2014)
  • Last Will and Testament Abstracts, Madison County, Tennessee, 1821-1854 (Smith, 1995) [surname index]*
  • Madison County, Tennessee, 1870 Census (Wiggins, 1992) [surname index]*
  • Madison County, Tennessee, Chancery Court Minute Book, no.1, 1846-54 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Madison County, Tennessee, Circuit Court Minute Book, no.1, 1821-28 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Madison County, Tennessee, Circuit Court Minutes, no.2, 1828-1836 [in 2 pts.] (WPA, 1942)
  • Madison County, Tennessee County Court Minutes [1821-1853; 6 vols. in 10 pts.] (WPA, 19??) [name index in each volume]
  • Madison County, Tennessee, Guardian Renewal Bonds, 1868-79 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Madison County, Tennessee, Loose Marriage Bonds, 1823-1832 : Taken from the W.P.A. Records (Stovall, 1991) [name index]*
  • Madison County, Tennessee, Loose Marriage Bonds, 1846-66 and Deed Record vol.1, 1822-28 (WPA, 1939) [marriage -- name index; deeds -- grouped by first letter of surname]
  • Madison County, Tennessee, Marriage License Book, vol.2, 1838-1847 (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Madison County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1823-1950 : An Inventory of Loose Records in the Madison County Courthouse (Genealogical Society of Utah, 1997) [alphabetical]
  • Madison County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1866-68 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Madison County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1868-71 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Madison County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, Colored, 1868-71 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Madison County, Tennessee Marriages, 1838-1871 (Sistler, 1983) [alphabetical]*
  • Madison County, Tennessee, Tax Book, 1822-1832 (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Madison County, Tennessee, Tombstone Inscriptions (WPA, 1937) [index in separate volume]
  • Magisterial Resolutions of Respect and Other Records, Madison County, Tennessee [includes deeds & deaths in newspapers] (Smith, 1996) [surname index]
  • Mt. Pinson, Madison County, Tennessee : A Study (Smith, 2000) [surname index]
  • My Old Salem Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions Scrapbook (Smith, 2000) [surname index]*
  • Persons Appearing on the Federal Direct Tax, Madison County, Tennessee, 1865-1866 (Smith, 1996) [surname index]
  • Public Marriage Records of Black Persons in Madison County, Tennessee, 1868-1888 (Smith, 1998) [surname index]
  • Reported Deaths in Nineteenth Century Jackson, Tennessee, Newspapers (Smith, 1996) [surname index]
  • Seventh Census of the United States, 1850: Madison County, Tennessee, Free Population Schedules (Carpenter, 1971) [surname index]*
  • Several Genealogical Vignettes of Madison County, Tennessee (Smith, 1993) [surname index]
  • Tennessee Negro Cemetery Records and Marriage Records : Counties of Campbell, Dickson, Madison, McMinn, Monroe, Roane, Sevier (WPA, 1938)
  • Tombstone Inscriptions from Black Cemeteries in Madison County, Tennessee [2 vols.] (Smith, 2000) [surname index in each volume]
  • Tombstone Inscriptions in Historic Riverside Cemetery in Jackson, Tennessee (Smith, 1998)
  • Will Book ... Madison County, Tennessee [1825-1835] (Crumpton, 2000 [name index]*
  • Wills and Inventories, no.2, 1835-1839 [in 2 pts.] (WPA, 19??)
  • Wills and Inventories, vol.1, 1822-1835 [in 2 pts.] (WPA, 1938) [name index in pt. 1]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1838
  • wills from 1825
  • deed index from 1821
  • chancery court minutes from 1846
  • county court minutes from 1821
  • circuit court minutes from 1821
  • tax books from 1897

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1821-1899 Direct (#A, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1821-1899 Reverse (#B, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Records -- 1838-1871 (#516, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1825-1839 (#532, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1839-1854 (#533, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1854-1862 (#534, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Madison County (Record Group #107, Roll 54, 1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minute Book 1 (1821-1825), County Court Minute Book 2 (1825-1828), County Court Minute Book 3, pts. 1 & 2 (1828-1833), County Court Minute Book 4, pts. 1 & 2 (1833-1840) and County Court Minute Book 5, pts. 1 & 2 (1840-1848).*
  • WPA Records, Madison County (Record Group #107, Roll 55, 1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minute Book 6, pts. 1 & 2 (1849-1853), Circuit Court Minute Book 1 (1821-1828), Circuit Court Minute Book, pts. 1 & 2 (1828-1836), Chancery Court Minute Book 1 (1846-1854), Tax Book (1822-1832) and Marriage License Book 2 (1838-1847).*
  • WPA Records, Madison County (Record Group #107, Roll 56, 1 reel). Roll includes Marriage License Book 3 (1846-1866), Marriage License (1866-1868, 1868-1871), Marriage License [Colored] (1868-1871), Loose Marriage Bonds (1846-1866), Deed Records, Vol. 1 (1822-1828), Wills & Inventories, Vol. 1, pts. 1 & 2 (1822-1835), Wills & Inventories, pts. I-IV (1835-1839), Guardian Renewal Bonds (1868-1879), Tombstone Inscriptions (undated) and Directory - Jackson, TN (undated).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Jackson.  Scattered early issues are available from 1824, and a complete run begins in 1936.  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.  

 

 

CENSUS RECORDS

  • Census on microfilm for Madison County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Madison County census records in book form:  1850*, 1870*, 1880*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR MADISON COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated October 25, 2013

 

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