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Davidson County was created in 1783 by an Act of the North Carolina legislature; named in honor of William Lee Davidson (ca. 1746-1781), colonial soldier, Revolutionary War officer in the North Carolina Third, Fourth and Fifth Regiments who was killed in action at the Battle of Cowans Ford on the Catawba River in North Carolina.
Davidson County is located in Middle Tennessee, one of the state's three "grand divisions." Davidson County was formed in 1783 from Washington County.
The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society schedule of topics can be found here. The meetings of the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society are held at 2004 at the Edmondson Pike Public Library, 5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville.
COMPLETE 1860 Census of Davidson County
Generously transcribed and submitted by Julia Johnson
New book may reveal Your Ancestors in the State Penitentiary!
Announcing the publication of the second volume of Tennessee Convicts: Early Records of the State Penitentiary. This volume covers records from 1850 through 1870, including more than 2,200 prisoners and their family members who are named in the original ledger volumes.
During this period abolitionists, Confederate bushwhackers and Union army soldiers convicted by courts martial were among those who crowded the State Penitentiary. In addition, the regular complement of counterfeiters, horse thieves and murderers from across the state are also represented.
For more information on this book please see this web page: www.angelfire.com/tn3/sherrill
You may also contact the author, Chuck Sherrill, by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
(The originial volume, listing prisoners 1830-1850, is temporarily out of print.)
Other New Links -
Will of Lewis Joslin ~ Submitted by Dave Ogle
Cemeteries of Nashville and Davidson County
Indian Land Cessions in the United States
PLEASE NOTE: The following records are being made available for a fee. This site is NOT affiliated with the TNGenWeb Project. For details, visit Strictly By Name.
Vol. 1: 1784-1794: Davidson County Clerk Records
Vol. 2: 1794-1804: Davidson County Clerk Records
Vol. 3: 1794-1804: Davidson County Clerk Records
Vol. : 1794-1804: Davidson County Clerk Records
Davidson County, Tennessee, Register of Deeds, VOLUME A 1784-1787
Davidson County, Tennessee, Register of Deeds, VOLUME B 1787-1791
Davidson County, Tennessee, Register of Deeds, VOLUME C 1791-1796
Davidson County, Tennessee, Register of Deeds, VOLUME D 1796-1798
Davidson County, Tennessee, Register of Deeds, VOLUME E 1798-1802
Davidson County, Tennessee, Register of Deeds, VOLUME F 1803-1805
(If you would like to order copies of the above deed records, click here and follow the instructions. NOTE: This site is NOT affiliated with the TNGenWeb Project.)
Tennessee Department of Health website (TDH - TN Office of Vital Records), which enables you to order birth, marriage, death and divorce records on line.
Tennessee in 1834 (956k)
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USGenWeb's Tennessee Archives Table of Contents
County Table of Contents
Queries for Davidson County
Submit your ~ ~
Davidson County Queries
(Earlier queries that were posted since 1996 will be found by following the 'Queries' link further down on this page).
Online Records and Resources
Gleaves Family Graveyard
Mill Creek Baptist Church Graveyard
Nashville City Cemetery Association, Metro Historical Commission, 209 10th Ave. S., Suite 414, Nashville, TN, 37203
Photos taken at the Nashville Cemetery & The Hermitage
Various Davidson County cemeteries
18th TN Infantry ~ (Includes men who served from Sumner and Davidson Counties)
Map of the Nashville Battlefield ~ December, 1864
Roster of Co. A, First Tennessee Artillery
Tennessee Colored Pension Applications for CSA Service
Courtesy of the TN State Library & Archives
Acts of Tennessee 1796-1830: Index to names
Pre - 1860 records available on microfilm
Regimental Histories of Tennessee Units during the War of 1812 -- Very interesting with map.
Historical and Genealogical Information ~ Genealogical Services Provided by Mail: STATE RECORDS
Early Militia Records
1812 Enumeration of
Free Men and Militia of
Roster of the Harrison Guards, First Tennessee Inf. (Col. W.B. Campbell), 1846
Roster of the Nashville Blues, First Tennessee Inf. (Col. W.B. Campbell), 1846
Roster of Co. H, 3rd Regiment Tennessee Volunteers, 1846
1786 Sketch of Early Plantations
1804 Map of Nashville
1880 Map of Davidson County
1895 Map of the State of Tennessee
Early Map of Davidson County - (Date unknown)
Colonel John Donelson's Party of Early Settlers
Cumberland Compact --- (includes all 246 signers)
Davidson County Ancestors ~ ~ An Index of Personal Web Sites
Davidson County Courthouse
Davidson County Tax List for 1787 ~ ~ Courtesy of the Friends of Metropolitan Archives of Nashville and Davidson County
Gen. James Robertson of TN: History & Genealogy
George Michael Deaderick - Biography
Going to research in person? Here's a map of available Downtown Parking.
Lineages ~ Davidson County
Mt. Olivet Cemetery Virtual Tour
Nashville History - A brief account
North Carolina Land Grants issued on Tennessee lands, 1784 (includes some grantees from Davidson County area)
Other Davidson Links of Interest
Pensioners of Davidson County in 1840
Post Offices in Davidson County, 1857 (and their Postmasters)
Prominent Individuals in Nashville History
Queries (Note: NO further queries will be posted to this area).
Rachel Donelson Jackson, 1767-1828
Early Street Names
Want Ads for Lost Relatives 1865 - 1867 Abstractions from The Colored Tennessean Davidson County, Tennessee
Davidson County Courthouse
Nashville, TN 37201 (615) 862-6790
Land Records: 1784 to present
Contact: Bill Garrett, County Register Room 103
Marriage Records: 1789 to present
Probate Records: 1783 to present
Divorce & Civil Court Records in Clerk of Circuit Court Office
The Public Library of Nashville and Davidson County
The Ben West Library
225 Polk Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 862-5783
Mary Glenn Hearn, Nashville Room Manager
Hours: Mon. -Sat. 8:00-5:00
Sun. (Oct-May) 2:00 - 5:00
Davidson County/Metropolitan Government Archives
The Public Library of Nashville and Davidson County
1113 Elm Hill Pike
Nashville, TN 37210
Phone: (615) 862-5880
Fax: (615) 862-5724
C. Kenneth Fieth, Director
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
(Nashville/Davidson County Archives, Congressional Papers)
Among their holdings are the orignal deed, marriage and probate records for Davidson County. Most of these records are no longer in the courthouse.
The Friends of Metropolitan Archives of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee Website
Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville - Davidson County
701 Broadway, B-20
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 259-5027
Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
PO Box 330948
Nashville, TN 37203-7507
Phone: (615) 297-3085 (Editor)
Publication: Middle Tennessee Genealogy
Website URL: http://www.rootsweb.com/~tntgs/
(Includes: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Davidson, Dekalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Sequatchie, Smith, Stewart, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, White, Williamson and Wilson Cos.)
The Tennessee Historical Society
The Tennessee Historical Society is located at:
War Memorial Building
Nashville, TN 37243-0084
Executive Director is Ann Toplovich
Email for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership in the Society is $35 annually. Benefits include regularly scheduled meetings, plus the TENNESSEE HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY.
For more details visit The Tennessee Historical Society Web Page at http://members.aol.com/genny1/tennhist.html
Jewish Federation Archives, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville, TN, 37205 ~ Phone (615) 356-3242
A new newsletter, the Nashville Historical Newsletter, will publish genealogical information and queries, especially those related to the genealogies of historic Nashvillians. The NHN is constantly searching for short historical essays related to Nashville. Genealogical essays, especially those related to historically prominent Nashvillians, would be very welcome. In addition, a limited number of genealogical queries can be published in our modest newsletter. There is no charge to subscribe. Write to:
Mike Slate, Editor
2707 Lakeland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
Other Tennessee Sites of Interest ~ ~
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Tennessee Archaeology -- (enlightening information concerning the "dig" at his homeplace) and also in conjunction with "Old Hickory" is the Genealogical History of the Slaves of President Andrew Jackson of Hermitage, Tennessee (1840-1877) site.
Cherokee By Blood ~ ~ Native American Research for Tennessee
Introduction to Tennessee Land History
Tennessee Law: the Early Days
Tennessee Pension Agents, 1834
Researching in TN Courthouses
Tennessee Civil War Map of Battles
Tennessee Vital Records
Transportation in Early Middle Tennessee
Other Online Resources ~ ~
Genealogical CDs Specialized (this site only!) Free Lookups
(NOTE: This site is NOT affiliated with the TNGenWeb Project. Be sure to follow the instructions on the page.)
Wiles and Karsch Funeral Home Records, Feb. 4 - Sept. 17, 1904
1860 TN Census ~ Statewide
Index to Interments in the Nashville City Cemetery, 1846 - 1962
Obituaries from Tennesse Newspapers ~ Mostly 19th century
St. Mary's Catholic Church -- Baptisms & Marriages, 1838 - Present, Confirmation books from the 1870's - Present, and Death records, 1900 - Present
Email: John Owen, RoJoRed@aol.com
Now Available!! Free Lookups!!
Index to Davidson Co., TN Original Wills is on line ~ ~ "Aaron- Zuillitt" 1784-1920
MARRIAGES: Marriage Indexes cover: 1789-1905.
Details can be found on the Metropolitan Archives web page!
Davidson County Records - - - If you have any materials relating to Davidson County that you would like to see placed online, send email to me at this address --
Newspaper items courtesy of Mary Bob McClain.
1927 - James A. Clough,
James A. Gardner, Bettie
Hackett, Lizzie Majors,
Mary Stevson, Helen
Turner obit &
1929 - Callie
John B. Barnes, Ben
1928 - B. J. Cocke, Betty J. Cooper, Julia H. Dewey, Mary J. Dodson, Emily Duckworth, Della Hornberger, John W. Kelsoe, Maria C. Kimbro, John C. Lovelace, Jr., Thomas F. McGlynnan, George Martin, Ida Morris, George Washington Morton, Lucy A. Redmond, Robert T. Saunders, Louis Steimle
R. T. Cooper, 1861
Alexander Cooper, 1861
~ Newspaper notices
Buchanan Memoir contributed by Harlow Chandler.
Grizzard Wills contributed by Sandra Beaver.
James Menees Will contributed by Linda Katherine Jenkins-Wensel.
Turney Document contributed by Mary Elizabeth Turney Miller.
Will of Ann Hay contributed by Linda Hawkins.
Wray Land Grant for Davidson County, TN contributed by Linda Katherine Jenkins-Wensel.
Will of Benjamin Barnes contributed by Julia Johnson.
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Factoids ... did you know that ...
Nashville's population in:
1860 - 16,988
1870 - 25,865
1900 - 80,865
Davidson County, TN'S Population in 1990 was 510,784 ?
Mayor's salary in 1900 was ~ ~ $3,000?
1901 - Longest street in Nashville is Cherry Street?
It's geographic location is at 36.1689 N, 86.7846 W ?
There are approximately 300,000 visitors to the Hermitage each year?
... And now you know!
Created: 13 September 1996 at 17:32 CDT.
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