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Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee

Because of courthouse fires and other disasters, some Tennessee records filed at the county level are lost forever. Records filed at the county level include marriages; wills and other probate records; records of county, circuit and chancery courts; deeds; and tax records. You can consult Earliest County Records at the Tennessee State Library and Archives to see the effect of a courthouse fire or fires on the records of the county in which you are interested.

The following list shows when courthouse fires and other disasters occurred in Tennessee.


COUNTY YEAR DISASTER
Bedford 1830
1863 & 1934
tornado
fires
Bledsoe 1908 fire
Blount 1879 & 1906 fires
Campbell 1883 & 1926 fires
Cannon 1934 fire
Carroll 1931 fire
Carter 1933 fire
Chester 1910 fire
Claiborne 1863 & 1931 fires
Cocke 1876 fire
Coffee 1870 fire
Cumberland 1905 fire
Davidson 1856 fire
Decatur 1869 & 1927 fires
Dickson 1830 tornado
Dyer 1864 fire
Fayette 1925 fire
Fentress 1905 fire
Gibson 1941 fire
Giles 1813, 1857 & 1907 fires
Grainger 1946 fire
Grundy 1853 & 1990 fires
COUNTY YEAR DISASTER
Hamilton 1910 fire
Hancock 1885 & 1930 fires
Hardeman 1864 fire
Hardin 1859, 1864 & 1949 fire
Hawkins 1863 fire
Henderson 1896 fire
Hickman 1864 fire
Humphreys 1876 & 1898 fires
Jackson 1872 & 1926 fires
Lauderdale 1869 fire
McMinn 1964 fire
McNairy 1881 fire
Macon 1860 & 1901 & 1932 fires
Marion 1922 fire
Marshall 1872 & 1927 fires
Meigs 1904 & 1964 fire
Monroe 1820s
1860
fire
razed / Civil War
Montgomery 1878 & 1900
1999
fires
tornado
Morgan 1826 & 1870 & 1904 fires
Obion 1842 earthquake
Overton 1865 fire
Perry 1863 & 1928 fires
Pickett 1934 fire
Polk 1895 & 1935??? fires
Putnam 1860s
1898
burned / Civil War
fires
Rhea 1869 & 1927 fires
Rutherford 1832 tornado
Scott 1946 fire
Sevier 1856 fire
Stewart 1862 fire (Federal troops)
Sullivan 1863 fire (Civil War -
Battle of Blountville)
Trousdale 1900 & 1904 fires
Union 1870s & 1969 fires
Warren 1852? fire?
Washington 1839 fire
Wayne 1973 fire
Weakley 1948 fire
Wilson 1881 fire

 

Updated March 20, 2008

 

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