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Fayette County

Fayette County

Fayette County was formed in 1824 from Indian lands
(Acts of Tennessee 1824, Chapter 36).

The county seat is Somerville.

There was a fire at the Fayette County courthouse in 1925.



  • 150 Years in Fayette County, Tennessee, 1824-1974 (Fayette County Sesquicentennial, Inc., 1974)
  • Fayette County (Morton, 1989) [name index]*
  • Fayette County : History of Tennessee (Goodspeed, 1990)
  • Fayette County, Tennessee: Tragedy and Confrontation (Walls, 1969)
  • History of Fayette County, Tennessee, 1986 (Fayette County Historical Society, 1986) [surname index]
  • History of Tennessee From the Earliest Time to the Present : Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Fayette and Hardeman Counties (Goodspeed, 1979) [name index]
  • Nineteenth Century Homes of Fayette County (Morton, 1974)*
  • Our Portion of Hell, Fayette County, Tennessee : An Oral History of the Struggle for Civil Rights (Hamberger, 1973)

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



  • 1880 Census, Fayette County, Tennessee (Sistler, 2003?) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • Cemetery Records from Fayette County, Tennessee (Morton, 1974) [surname index]
  • Fayette County, Tennessee, County Court Minute Book B, 1840-1844 (West, 1983) [name index]*
  • Fayette County Cousins : Fayette County, Tennessee, Some Early Settlers & Their Descendants [2 vols.] (Morris, 2012)
  • Fayette County, Tennessee Deed Books [vol. 1 April 1825-February 1835;   vol. 2 February 1835-July 1837] (Hutchings, 2001-) [name index]*
  • Fayette County, Tennessee, History of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Somerville, Tennessee (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Fayette County, Tennessee, Immanuel Episcopal Church Record, 1848-1854 (WPA, 19??) [name index]
  • Fayette County, Tennessee, Marriage Record Book A, 1838-1857 (WPA, 1936) [name index]*
  • Fayette County, Tennessee Marriages 1838-1857 (Swenson & Ingmire, 1981) [surname index]
  • Fayette County, Tennessee, Marriages, 1838-1871 (Sistler, 1989) [alphabetical by bride and groom]
  • Fayette County, Tennessee, Minute Book A, 1824-29 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Private Acts of Fayette County, Tennessee (McIntyre, 1994)
  • Seventh Census of the United States, 1850 : Fayette County, Tennessee, Free Population Schedules (Carpenter, 1979) [surname index]
  • Transcription of the Historical Record of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Gallaway, Tennessee, 1879 (Rosser & Cargill, 1992) [name index]



An inventory of microfilmed Fayette 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 1825
  • chancery court minutes from 1924
  • county court minutes from 1833
  • circuit court minutes from 1829
  • tax books from 1919


The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from the Library and Archives:

  • Estate Settlements -- 1858-1860   (#33, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories -- 1854-1856   (#33, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Records -- 1838-1871   (#13, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1836-1905   (#34, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Fayette County (Record Group #107, Roll 18, 1 reel). Roll includes Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Minute Book A (1824-1829),  Marriage Records (1838-1857),  Church Minutes of Immanuel Episcopal church, LaGrange, TN (1848-1854) and History of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Sommerville TN (undated).*



Newspapers were published in Somerville.  Scattered early issues are available from 1840, and a complete run begins in 1957.  Microfilms are loaned to Tennessee libraries.  Individual reels may also be purchased.  An Inventory of Newspapers on Microfilm at the Library and Archives is available on our web site.





  • Census on microfilm for Fayette County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Fayette County census records in book form:  1850,  1880*




*   Indicates this title may be borrowed on interlibrary loan from the Library and Archives.