History of Roane County, Tennessee, 1801-1870


History of Roane County, Tennessee, 1801-1870 - Emma Middleton Wells. The records show that many of the men who came into this area before the county was organized were Revolutionary soldiers and that their wives in many cases were daughters of soldiers of that war. Many were given land grants for service rendered their country. Some brought their slaves from as far east as Massachusetts. Their wills show that besides land, slaves and stock, they possessed furniture of the best make. They were mostly people of education, as their letters and signatures testify. This book is divided into five parts.

Part I, "Kingston and the County," contains tax lists from 1802 and 1808, the first licensed merchants and hotels, a list of voters and summons for jury in 1809, members of militia companies in 1855, and justices in 1819.

Part II, "Military Record," lists Revolutionary soldiers and graves, soldiers of the War of 1812, Mexican War, War between the States, World War records, Gold Star list and Distinguished Service Crosses.

Part III, "Churches, Academy and Lodge," describes Bethel Church, Rittenhouse Academy, Kingston Grave Yard and the Masonic Lodge.

Part IV contains marriage records. Beginning in 1804, the records are arranged chronologically and give the names of the bride, groom, bondsmen and sometimes the official who performed the service.

Part V, "Records of Early Families," comprises nearly two-thirds of the book. Arranged alphabetically, these records typically give the early settler's place of origin, military service, occupation, spouse's name(s) and children. In some cases, several generations are recorded. Dates are given wherever known. A new surname index allows the reader to identify families and to find "buried" surnames among the records.

(1927, 1999), 2010, 5½x8½, paper, index, 350 pp.

101-W1225 ISBN: 0788412256