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Houston County

Houston County

Houston County was formed in 1871 from
Dickson, Humphreys and Montgomery counties
(Acts of Tennessee 1870-71, Chapter 46).

The county seat is Erin.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Arlington, Cumberland City, Erin, Tennessee, and the Wells Creek Valley (Lovelady, 1989) [name index]
  • Early Newspapers in Houston County [Vol. 1  Houston County Review  and Erin Review 1878-1882] (Finley, 1996)*
  • Early Newspapers in Houston County [Vol. 2  Houston County Review  and Erin Review 1882-1887] (Finley, 1996) [surname index]*
  • Early Newspapers in Houston County [Vol. 3  The News  and Houston County News  1888-1890-1891,  1918-1923] (Finley, 1996) [surname index]*
  • Erin Area of Houston County, Pre-1880 (Finley, 2004) [surname index]*
  • History of Houston County (McClain, 1966) [name index]*
  • History of Houston County, Tennessee, 1871-1996 : History and Families (1995)
  • History of Tennessee From the Earliest Time to the Present : Together With an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Montgomery, Robertson, Humphreys, Stewart, Dickson, Cheatham, Houston [counties]  (Goodspeed,  1979)*
  • Houston County Area: Excerpts from the Goodspeed Histories of Montgomery, Robertson, Humphreys, Stewart, Dickson, Cheatham and Houston Counties of Tennessee (Friends of the Houston County Library, 19??) [surname index]
  • In the Beginning : An Early History of Wells and Guices Creek (Finley, 19??)
  • In the Beginning : An Early History of White Oak, Cane & Hurricane Creeks (Finley, 19??)*
  • Magnolia (Hinson, 2001)
  • Reflections From Our Past : A Pictorial History of Houston County, Tennessee (Houston County Historical Society, 2001) [surname index]
  • Roads of Houston County, 1871 to 1899 (Finley, 1996) [name index]
  • Speech in Erin, August 25, 1874 by Jo. C. Guild, from Old Times in Tennessee, Published 1878 : and, Excerpts from Clarksville, TN Newspapers (1818-1870) (Friends of the Houston County Library, 19??)
  • Tennessee Ridge : How Tennessee Ridge and the Scandinavians Built the City of Tennessee Ridge (Finley, 2010) [surname index]

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1850 Census of Houston County Area (Finley, 1996) [surname index]
  • 1860 Census of Houston County Area (Finley, 1996) [surname index]
  • 1870 Census of Houston County Area (Finley, 1996) [surname index]
  • 1880 Agricultural Census, Houston County, Tennessee (Finley, 1996)
  • 1880 Census of Houston County (Finley, 1996) [surname index]
  • 1880 Census, Houston County, Tennessee (Sistler, 2000) [alphabetical by head of household]
  • 1900 Census of Houston County (Finley, 1996) [surname index]
  • Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age ... [Houston County] (Reed, 1989)
  • Houston County Marriages [vol.1 1871-1896; vol. 2 1897-1910] (Finley, 1996) [surname index]*
  • Houston County Tax Rolls [vol. 1 1873-1881; vol. 2 1882-1889; vol. 3 1890-1895; vol. 4 1896-1900] (Finley, 19??) [vol. 1 alphabetical by year; vol. 2 - 4 surname indexes]*
  • Houston County, Tenn. Newspaper Abstracts [Houston County Review 10/19/1878 - 12/7/1888] (Willis, 2001) [surname index]
  • Houston County Wills and Inventory [vol. 1 1871-1881; vol. 2 1881-1910] (Finley, 1997?)
  • In the Beginning : An Early History of Yellow Creek (deeds prior to 1871) (Finley, 199?)
  • In the Beginning : Yellow Creek (Pre-1870) : Roads [sic] Orders, Wills, Marriages, Slave Index, Agricultural Census (Finley, 199?)
  • Newspaper Clipping Collection From the Attic of Mr. and Mrs. James T. Brigham (Finley, 1996) [surname index]
  • Primal families of the Yellow Creek Valley : A Chronicle of the Pioneer Families of the Regions of Dickson, Houston, and Montgomery Counties in Middle Tenn (Nesbitt, 1985) [name index]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1871
  • wills from 1869
  • deed index from 1871
  • chancery court minutes from 1871
  • county court minutes from 1871
  • circuit court minutes from 1871
  • tax books from 1873

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Erin.  Scattered early issues are available from 1878.  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 Houston County:  1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Houston County census records in book form:  1850,  1860,  1870,  1880,  1900

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR HOUSTON COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated February 10, 2012

 

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