Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties > Hamblen County

Hamblen County

Hamblen County

Hamblen County was formed in 1870 from
Grainger, Hawkins and Jefferson counties
(Acts of Tennessee 1870 [Second Session], Chapter 6).

The county seat is Morristown.



  • Captain Thomas Jarnagin, 1746-1802 : The Story of one of Tennessee's Early Pioneers and his Wife, Mary Witt Jarnagin, 1753-1829 (Powers, 1978)
  • Contributions of Blacks to Hamblen County, 1796 to 1996 (Osborne, 1995) [name index]
  • Hamblen County, Tennessee : A Pictorial History (Claborn & Henderson, 1995) [name index]
  • Historic Hamblen, 1870-1970 (1970?)*
  • History of Morristown 1787-1936 (WPA, 1940) [name index]
  • Morristown [Images of America] (Hobby, 2012)

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



  • 1880 Census, Hamblen County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1993) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • Bent Creek Cemetery Inscriptions (Lane, 1970) [alphabetical listings]*
  • Bethesda Cemetery (1985) [alphabetical listings]
  • Cemeteries of Hamblen County, Tennessee [3 vols.] (Hamblen County Genealogical Society, 1989-) [name index]*
  • Cheek's Cross Roads, Tennessee, Store Journal 1802-1807 (Blomquist, 2001) [name index]
  • Cherokee Reservoir Grave Removals by T.V.A. (Douthat, 2003) [name index]
  • Hamblen County, Tennessee Marriage Books 1-5, 1870-1888 (Douthat, 1984) [surname index]*
  • Hamblen County Tennessee Marriage Records vol. I 1870-1873 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Hamblen County Tennessee Marriage Records vol. 2 1873-1876 [and vol. 3 1877-1882] (WPA, 193?) [name index]
  • Hamblen County Tennessee Tombstone Records (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Hamblen County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1914 Through 1925 (Wiefering, 1993) [name index]*
  • Minutes of Cincinnati, Cumberland Gap & Charleston Railroad, 1854-1860 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Records of Hamblen County Tennessee : Record Books A, B, & C Westminister & St. Paul's Presbyterian Churches 1818-1875 (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Tennessee Records of Hamblen County : Bent Creek Church Minutes, 1785-1844 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Tennessee, Records of Hamblen County : Bible & Family Records (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Tennessee Records of Hamblen County : Diary of Kate Livingston, 1859-1868 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Tombstone Inscriptions from Bent Creek Cemetery (established 1810) Whitesburg (Hamblen County) Tennessee (Lane, 1960) [alphabetical listing]



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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1872
  • wills from 1872
  • deed index from 1870
  • chancery court minutes from 1870
  • county court minutes from 1871
  • circuit court minutes from 1870
  • tax books from 1877


The following reel is available on interlibrary loan from the Library and Archives:

  • WPA Records, Hamblen County (Record Group #107, Roll 27, 1 reel) Roll includes Marriage Records, Vols. 1-3 (1870-1882), Bent Creek Church Minutes (1785-1844), History of Morristown (1787-1936), Westminster & St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Record Books A-C (1818-1875), Minutes of the Cincinnati, Cumberland Gap & Charlestown Railroad (1854-1860), Diary of Kate Livingston (1859-1868), Bible & Family Records (undated), Tombstone Records (undated) and History of the King Family (undated).*



Newspapers were published in Morristown and Whitesburg.  Scattered early issues are available from 1881, and a complete run begins in 1966. 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 Hamblen County:  1870-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1850-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Hamblen County census records in book form:  *1880




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