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Johnson County

Johnson County

Johnson County was formed in 1836 from Carter County
(Private Acts of Tennessee 1835-1836, Chapter 31).

The county seat is Mountain City.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • From This Valley  (Cook,  2003)
  • History of Johnson County, 1986 (Johnson County Historical Society, 1986) [name index]

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

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1880 Census, Johnson County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1994) [alphabetical by surname]
  • Abstracts of Death Records for Johnson County, Tennes[s]ee, 1908 to 1941 (Nikazy, 1992) [name index]
  • Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891 [Johnson County] (Reed, 1992)
  • Johnson County, Tennessee 1836 Tennessee Civil Districts and Tax Lists (Douthat, 1993) [name index]*
  • Johnson County, Tennessee, 1860 Census (Wilson, 1979) [name index]
  • Johnson County, Tennessee, 1870 Census (Gentry, 1982) [name index]
  • Johnson County, Tennessee, 1880 Census (Gentry, 1982) [name index]*
  • Johnson County, Tennessee, 1900 Census (Gentry, 1995) [name index]*
  • Johnson County, Tennessee, 1910 Census (Gentry, 1995) [name index]
  • Johnson County, Tennessee, 1920 Census (Gentry, 199?) [name index]*
  • Johnson County, Tennessee Bible & Tombstone Records (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Johnson County, Tennessee Census Records, 1840-50 (Wilson, 1974) [name index]
  • Johnson County, Tennessee, Court Minutes vol.1, 1836-54 (WPA, 1936)
  • Johnson County, Tennessee Marriage Book 1, 1838-1857 (Douthat, 1982) [name index]
  • Johnson County, Tennessee, Marriage Records vol.1 & 2, 1838-57, 1857-60 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Johnson County, Tennessee, Tax List, 1836-1839 (Douthat, 1998) [name index]*
  • Johnson County, Tennessee Tax List vol.1, 1836-39 (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Johnson County Tennessee Will Book #1, 1827-1860 (Douthat, 1982)
  • Marriage Records of Johnson County, Tennessee, 1796-1880 [2 vols.] (Johnson & Hawkins, 1979) [alphabetical listings]
  • Upon a Lonely Hill : The Cemeteries of Johnson County, Tennessee (Carrier, 1985) [name index]
  • Watauga Reservoir Cemeteries : TVA Grave Removal Records (Douthat, 1992)
  • Wills and Letters of Administration, vol.1, book 1, 1827-1867 (WPA, 1936)

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

An inventory of microfilmed Johnson 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 1836
  • chancery court minutes from 1856
  • county court minutes from 1836
  • circuit court minutes from 1836
  • tax books from 1836

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Administrator's Settlements -- 1848-1874  (#10,  1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1836-1910  (#19,  1 reel)*
  • Marriage Records -- 1838-1902  (#11,  1 reel)*
  • Settlements -- 1837-1884 [gaps]  (#18,  1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1836-1932 [gaps]  (#18,  1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Johnson County  (Record Group #107, Roll 42,  1 reel). Roll includes Wills & Letters of Administration (1827-1867), Tax List (1836-1839), County Court Minutes Book 1 (1830-1854), Marriage Record Book 1 (1838-1857), Marriage Records (1857-1860) and Bible & Tombstone Records (undated).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Mountain City.  Scattered early issues are available from 1882, and a complete run begins in 1954.  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 Johnson County:  1840-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1840-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Johnson County census records in book form:  1840*,  1850*,  1860,  1870,  1880*,  1900*,  1910,  1920*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR JOHNSON COUNTY

 

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

 

 

Updated December 12, 2009

 

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