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Meigs County

Meigs County

Meigs County was formed in 1836 from Rhea County
(Private Acts of Tennessee 1835-36, Chapter 34).

The county seat is Decatur.

There were fires at the Meigs County
courthouse in 1904 and 1964.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • History of the Thomas N. Turner Farm in Meigs County, Tennessee (Reno, 2007) [name index]
  • Meigs County, Tennessee : A Documented Account of its European Settlement and Growth (Lillard, 1975) [name index]*
  • Rhea and Meigs Counties (Tennessee) in the Confederate War (Allen, 1908)*

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1840 United States Census, Meigs County, Tennessee (Broyles, 1983) [name index]*
  • 1850 Meigs Co. Tn. Census (Broyles & Snell, 1985) [surname index]
  • 1870 Meigs County, Tennessee [census] (Maccus, 19??) [surname index]
  • 1880 Census, Meigs County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1991) [alphabetical by surname]*
  • Chickamauga Reservoir Cemeteries (Douthat, 1986)*
  • Compendium of Rhea and Meigs Counties Tennessee 1808 Through 1850 (Broyles, 1980) [alphabetical by surname]
  • Marriage Records, 1838-1902 [vol. 1& 2 1838-46, 1846-57; vol. 3 1857-81; vol. 4 1881-95; vol. 5 1895-1902] (WPA, 1937-38) [name index]
  • Meigs County, Tennessee, 1870 Census (Maddux, 19??)
  • Meigs County, Tennessee, Cemetery Records (Meigs County Historical Society, 1996) [name index]*
  • Meigs County, Tennessee Census and Marriage Records : 1850 Through 1900 (Broyles, 1983) [surname index]*
  • Meigs County, Tennessee, County Commissioners, 1836-1840 (WPA, 1936)
  • Meigs County, Tennessee, County Court Minute Book [county court minutes 1836-1841; town of Decatur commission minutes 1836-1840; turstee's book of claims 1836-1845; strays taken up by ranger 18366-1845] (Broyles, 1992-) [name index]*
  • Meigs County, Tennessee Marriages, 1851-1865 (Sistler, 1988) [alphabetical]*
  • Meigs County, Tennessee Records, 1836-1881 (Boyer, 1984) [name index]*
  • Meigs County, Tennessee, School Book, vol. 1, 1838-1848 (WPA, 1941) [name index]
  • Meigs County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1914 through 1925 (Wiefering, 1993) [name index]*
  • Meigs County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1926 through 1930 (Wiefering, 1997) [name index]*
  • Meigs County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1931 through 1935 (Wiefering, 1998) [name index]*
  • Meigs County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1936 through 1941 (Wiefering, 1999) [name index]*
  • Meigs County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1942 through 1946 (Wiefering, 1999) [name index]*
  • Meigs County, Tennessee, Wills, Inventories, and Sales, Vol. 1, 1836-50 (WPA, 1937)
  • Minutes of the County Court of Meigs County ... [vol. 1 1836-1841; vol. 2 1841-1846] (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Tennessee Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 Meigs County (Maddux, 1966) [name index]
  • Watts Bar Resevoir [sic] Cemeteries (Douthat, 1986) [surname index]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1838
  • wills from 1836
  • deed index from 1902 (deeds from 1879)
  • chancery court minutes from 1854
  • county court minutes from 1836
  • circuit court minutes from 1844
  • tax books from 1839

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Marriages -- 1838-1916 (#16, 1 reel)*
  • Wills, Inventories, & Settlements -- 1836-1881 (#34, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Meigs County (Record Group #107, Roll 59, 1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minutes, Vols. 1 & 2 (1836-1841, 1841-1846), School Book, Vol. 1 (1838-1848), Wills, Inventories, Sales, Vol. 1 (1836-1850), Marriage Records, Vols. 1-5 (1838-1902) and County Commissioners (1836-1840).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Decatur.  Scattered early issues are available from 1898.  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 Meigs County:  1840-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1840-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Meigs County census records in book form:  1840*, 1850*, 1860*, 1870*, 1880*, 1900*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR MEIGS COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated December 17, 2009

 

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