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Rutherford County

Rutherford County

Rutherford County was formed in 1802 from
Davidson, Williamson and White counties
(Private Acts of Tennessee 1803, Chapter 70).

The county seat is Murfreesboro.

There was a tornado at the Rutherford County
courthouse in 1832.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • African Americans in Rutherford County [Images of America] (Butler, 2009) *
  • Annals of Rutherford County [vol. 1 1799-1828; vol. 2 1829-1870] (Spence, 1991) [name index in each volume]
  • Arbors to Bricks : A Hundred Years of African American Education in Rutherford County, Tennessee, 1865 to 1965 (Jarmon, 1994) [name index]*
  • Brawley Creek : Sketching a History of the Early and Latter Times (Bush, 1997)
  • Duck River Valley in Tennessee and Its Pioneers (Jacobs, 1968) [name index]
  • Exploring Rutherford County (1979)
  • Families of the 1950's (and Earlier) in Rutherford County, Tennessee : The First District and the Fifth District, Those Who Lived on the Lamar-Jefferson Springs Road; Including Family Anecdotes, Earlier Families of the 1800's, a First District history, and a Fifth District History (the Northeast Section only) (Russell, 2012) [name index]
  • From Mink Slide to Main Street (Arnette, 1991) [name index]
  • Glimpse of News Past : The Courier, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 1830-1832 (Lynch, 1999) [name index]
  • Griffith! : A Bicentennial Publication : Rutherford County, Tennessee (Pittard, 1976)*
  • Heart of Tennessee : The Story & Images of Historic Rutherford County (Weeks, 1992)
  • History of Medicine in Rutherford County, Tennessee, Part II : A Collection of Biographies of Physicians who practised in the Area During the Nineteeth Century (Ransom, 1987) [name index]
  • History of Rutherford County (Middle Tennessee State College, 1939)
  • History of Rutherford County (Sims, 1947)*
  • History of Rutherford County in Pictures (Pittard, 1990)
  • History of Rutherford County's African American Community (Hughes, 1996)
  • History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present : Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson (Goodspeed, 1988)
  • Images of 19th Century Rutherford County, It's Homes and People (Lamb, 2007) [name index]*
  • Lascassas Our Heritage (Rhodes, 1981)
  • Murfreesboro (Shacklett & Lodl, 2012)
  • Murfreesboro in the Civil War (Bradley & Jones, 2012)
  • Pictures and the Stories They Tell : An Assorted Blend of Photographs and Stories of Rutherford County, Tennessee (Caperton & Daniel, 2009) [name index]*
  • Remembering Rutherford (Tucker, 2010)*
  • Rutherford ... For Real (Tucker, 2011)
  • Rutherford County (Pittard, 1985) [name index]
  • Rutherford County Illustrated : Leaders in Progress (Lamb, 2009) [name index]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, History & Families (Rutherford County Historical Society, 2002) [surname index]*
  • Rutherford County's Civil War (Lamb, 2011) [name index]*
  • Rutherford Ramblings (Tucker, 2014)
  • Rutherford Rifles and the Struggle for Southern Independence (Lamb, 2012) [name index]*

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1810 Census [Rutherford County] (Houston, 19??) [name index]
  • 1840 Census of Rutherford County, Tennessee (Rutherford County Historical Society, 1974) [surname index]*
  • 1860 Census, Rutherford County, Tennessee (Phillips, 1970) [surname index]
  • 1880 Census, Rutherford County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1998)*
  • Bible and Family Records, Tombstone Inscriptions, Miscellaneous Records (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Cemeteries and Graveyards of Rutherford County, Tennessee (Daniel, 2005) [name index]*
  • Census Records of Rutherford County, Tennessee, 1870-1920 [5 vols.] (Walkup, 2000) [surname index in each volume]
  • Civil War in Middle Tennessee (Rutherford County Historical Society, 1998) [alphabetical]
  • County Court Minutes, 1804-1830 [15 vols.] (WPA, 1936-1941) [name index in each volume 1-13, 1804-1827]
  • Death Certificates of Rutherford County, Tennessee, 1914-1925 (Mendez, 2003) [alphabetical]
  • Deed Abstracts on Stones River : From Deed Books A, B, C, D, E, F, of Davidson County, Tennessee 1784-1806 (Jones, 2000) [name index]*
  • Fellowship Baptist Church, Rutherford County, Tennessee, Minutes [vol. 1 1827-1900; vol. 2 1901-1977] (Partlow, 1983) [name index in both volumes]
  • First Quarter Century of Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and it's [sic] Extended Ministry in Lebanon, Robert O. Neff, Jr. (Neff, 1982)*
  • Hearthstones : The Story of Rutherford County Homes (Hughes, 1993) [name index]*
  • Historical Sketch, Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 1858-1918 (WPA, 1938)
  • Index to Rutherford County, Tennessee Wills & Administrations, 1804 to 1861 (Sistler, 1990) [alphabetical]*
  • J. Percy Priest Reservoir Project : Cemetery Relocation, Davidson, Wilson and Rutherford Counties, Tennessee (United States. Army. Corps of Engineers, 1966)
  • Land Deed Genealogy of Rutherford County, Tennessee: 1804-1813 Earliest Land Grants on Stones, Duck & Elk Rivers [vol. 1 1804-1813; vol. 2 1814-1819; vol. 3 1819-1823] (Marsh, 2001) [name index in each volume]*
  • Marriage Record, 1804-1845 [vol. 1 1804-37; vol. 2 1838-45] (WPA, 1937-1938) [vol.1 groom index and bride index; vol. 2 combined groom & bride index]
  • Marriages of Rutherford County, Tennessee, 1804-1872 (Whitley, 1981) [grouped into years, then alphabetical by groom; name index to bride & groom]*
  • Marriages [sic] Licenses of Rutherford County, Tennessee, 1873-May 10, 1889 [vol. 1 1873 - May 10, 1889; vol. 2 May 13, 1889 - January 27, 1907] (Mendez, 2002) [both volumes alphabetical by groom, alphabetical by bride]
  • Murfreesboro, Smyrna, La Vergne, TN Polk City Directory : including Rutherford County (R.L. Polk & Co., 1999-2003, 2005-2014)
  • Name Index to History of Tennessee ... : Together with ... Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford and Marshall Counties (Marsh, 1971)
  • North Carolina Revolutionary War Land Grants for Rutherford County, Tennessee (Johns, 200-?) [name index]*
  • Obituaries and Death Notices, People Born Before 1900, Rutherford County, Tennessee (Daniel, 2010) [name index]*
  • Pioneers of Rutherford County, Tennessee : Abstract of County Court Minutes 1804 - 1810 (Wells, 1989) [name index]*
  • Private Acts of Rutherford County, Tennessee (McIntyre, 1995)
  • Roll of Honor : Names of Soldiers who Died in Defence of the American Union, Interred in the National Cemeteries at Chattanooga, Stone's River, and Knoxville [vol. 3] (United States. Quartermaster's Dept., 1866) [name index in separate volume]
  • Rutherford County, Tenn. Cemeteries [vol. 1 Northwest third of county; vol. 2 Eastern third of county; vol. 3 Southwest third of county] (Rutherford County Historical Society, 1975)*
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee 1810 Census... and 1809, 1813 Tax Record Combined [tax lists for 1809-1813 ] (Rutherford County Historical Society, 2006) [census listing alphabetical; each tax year alphabetical]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, 1850 Census (Porch, 1967) [surname index]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, Abstracts of Record Books 1-7, 1803-1829 (Daniel, 19??) [surname index]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, Chancery Court Minutes, 1845-1867 (Partlow, 1999) [name index]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, County Court Minutes, 1811-1815 (Wells, 1994) [name index]*
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee Deaths & Estate Settlements [vol. 1 1804-1849; vol. 2 1850-1861; vol. 3 1861-1870) (Detwiler, 2008) [name index in each volume]*
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, Deed Abstracts [1804-1810] (Wray, 19??) [name index]*
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, Deeds [v.1 1804-1808; vol. 2 1811-1812] (Simmons & Willis, 1996) [surname index in vol. 1; name index in vol. 2]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, General Index to Deeds, Book 1, 1804-1842 (WPA, 1939) [grouped together alphabetically by first letter of surname, grantor then grantee]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, History, Minutes, and Register of the Smyrna Presbyterian Church, 1820-1935 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Rutherford County Tennessee Land Grants (Johns, 200-?) [name index]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1851-1872 (Daughters of the American Revolution, 1975?) [alphabetical by groom with bride index]
  • Rutherford County Tennessee Pioneers Born Before 1800 (Daniel, 2003) [alphabetical]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, Population Schedules of the United States Census, 1820 (Presley, 1970?) [surname index]*
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, Record Book A, no. 1, 1804-1814 (WPA, 1938)
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee Record Book A, no. 1, 1804-1814 (Lynch, 1980) [name index]*
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee : Tax Lists 1809 - 1813 (2012) [each year grouped by first letter of surname]
  • Salem Methodist Church, Rutherford County, Tennessee, 1812-1975 (Muse, 1976)
  • Some Rutherford County, Tennessee, Cemetery Records (Garrett & McClain, 1971) [name index]*
  • Smyrna/La Vergne, Tennessee, City Directory (R.L. Polk & Co., 1994-97)
  • Tax Lists [vol. 1 1809-1813; vol. 2 1849] (WPA, 1938-1939) [both volumes grouped by first letter of surname]
  • Tombstone Inscriptions of Evergreen Cemetery, Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Porch, 1965) [surname index]
  • Wills and Inventories of Rutherford County, Tennessee [vol. 1 1804-1828; vol. 2 1828-1840] (Marsh, 1998) [name indexes in both volumes]*
  • Wills, Inventories, Settlements, etc., 1804-1832 [vol. 2-3 1804-1816; vol. 4 1816-1820; vol. 5 1820-1823; vol. 6 1824-1827; vol. 7 1827-1830; vol. 8 1830-1832] (WPA, 1936-1938) [name index in each volume]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

An inventory of microfilmed Rutherford County records is available on our web site. Individual reels of microfilm are also available for purchase.    

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1804
  • wills from 1804
  • deed index from 1804
  • chancery court minutes from 1845
  • county court minutes from 1804
  • circuit court minutes from 1849
  • tax books from 1809

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Deed Index -- 1804-1890 (#103, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage records -- 1804-1881 (#243, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Rutherford County (Record Group #107, Roll 71, 1 reel). Roll includes Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Minutes, Vol. A-K (1804-1817), County Court Minutes, Vols. L-S (1817-1824).*
  • WPA Records, Rutherford County (Record Group #107, Roll 72, 1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minutes, Vols. T-W (1824-1830), Marriage Records, Vol. 1 (1804-1842), Marriage Records, Vol. 2 (1838-1845), General Index to Deed Book I (1804-1842), Tax Lists (1809-1813, 1849) and Wills, Inventories, Settlements, Vols. II-IV (1804-1820).*
  • WPA Records, Rutherford County (Record Group #107, Roll 73, 1 reel). Roll includes Wills, Inventories, Settlements, Vols. V-VIII (1804-1820), Record Book A (1804-1814), History, Minutes & Register of the Smyrna Presbyterian Church (1887-1912), Church Records (undated) and Bible, Family & Tombstone Records, Misc. Records (undated).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Murfreesboro and Smyrna.  Scattered early issues are available from 1820, and a complete run begins in 1931. 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 Rutherford County:  1810-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Rutherford County census records in book form:  1810, 1820*, 1840*, 1850*, 1860*, 1870, 1880*, 1900, 1910, 1920

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR RUTHERFORD COUNTY

 

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

 

Updated August 27, 2014

 

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