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Henderson County

Henderson County

Henderson County was formed in 1821 from Indian lands
(Public Acts of Tennessee 1821, Chapter 32).

The county seat is Lexington.

There was a fire at the Henderson County courthouse in 1896.



  • Henderson County (Stewart, 1979) [name index]*
  • Henderson County Historical Calendar, 1821-1996 (Fiddler, 1995)
  • Henderson County, Tennessee : A Pictorial History [3 vols.] (Fiddler, 2012) [name index for series in volume 3]
  • Henderson County, Tennessee : A Pictorial History (Fiddler & Davis, 1996) [name index]*
  • Henderson County, Tennessee Connections: A Pictorial History (Fiddler, 2005) [name index]
  • Henderson County's History (Bolen, 1922)
  • History of Henderson County (Powers, 1930)
  • History of Tennessee From the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Henderson, Chester, McNairy (Goodspeed, 1978)

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



  • 1836 Henderson County, Tennessee Tax Listing and Civil Districts (Douthat, 2012) [name index]
  • 1880 Census Henderson County, Tennessee (Sistler, 2001) [alphabetical by surname]*
  • Crossing the Dark River : Henderson County, Tennessee, Obituaries, 1827-1950 (Fiddler, 1999) [name index]
  • Dr. Charles Elsworth Bolen Birth Record Book Wildersville, Tennessee May 14, 1899-May 9, 1944 : Includes Marriage Dates, Death Dates and Burial Sites  (Story, 2015)  [section 1 alphabetical; section 2 arranged by surname of mother]
  • Genealogical Miscellany, Henderson County, Tennessee [7 vols.] (Smith, 1997) [surname index in each volume]
  • Henderson County, Tennessee, Cemetery Inscriptions [3 vols.] (Harris, 1976) [surname index in vol. 3]*
  • Henderson County, Tennessee, Court Minutes, 1860-66 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Henderson County, Tennessee, Will Book no. 3, 1895-1932 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Lexington Cemetery (Henderson County, Tennessee) (Donahue, 2001) [alphabetical]*
  • Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, Henderson County Tennessee (Green, 1983?) [surname index]
  • Promise of Good Things : Longfield Baptist Church, 1831-1981 (Hutton, 1982)
  • Seventh Census of the United States, 1850: Henderson County, Tennessee (Carpenter, 1971) [surname index]*
  • Tennessee, Records of Henderson County, Bible Records & Tombstone Inscriptions (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Tombstone Inscriptions From Black Cemeteries in Henderson County, Tennessee (Smith, 1995) [surname index]*



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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1893
  • wills from 1895
  • deed index from 1856
  • chancery court minutes from 1880
  • county court minutes from 1860
  • circuit court minutes from 1895
  • tax books from 1895


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

  • Deed Index -- 1856-1935 [gaps in years] (#13, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Henderson County (Record Group #107, Roll 34, 1 reel). Roll includes Will Book 3 (1895-1932), County Court Minute Book (1860-1866) and Bible Records & Tombstone Inscriptions (undated).*



Newspapers were published in Lexington, Sardis and Scotts Hill.  Scattered early issues are available from 1858, and a complete run begins in 1932.  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 Henderson County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Henderson County census records in book form:  1850*, 1870, 1880*




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