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Hickman County

Hickman County

Hickman County was formed in 1807 from Dickson County
(Acts of Tennessee 1807, Chapter 44).

The county seat is Centerville.

There was a fire at the Hickman County courthouse in 1864.



  • Account of Negro Sunday Time at Mount Aetna Furnace, 1854-1863 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Brief History of the Twelfth Civil District of Hickman County (Dotson, 1999) [name index]
  • Glimpses of Hickman County History (Columbia State Community College, 1975)
  • Hickman County Sesquicentennial Commemorating 150 Years of Progress (Hickman County (Tenn.) Sesquicentennial Corporation, 1957)
  • Hickman County, Tennessee : A Pictorial History (Hickman County Historical Society, 1999) [name index]*
  • Hickman County, Tennessee History (Dotson, 1993)*
  • Historical Events of Hickman County, Tennessee [v.1 1900-1950; v. 2 1951-2000] (Mayberry, Sawyer & Armistead, 2007) [name index]
  • Historical Sketches of Hickman County, Tennessee (Garrett, 1978) [name index]
  • History of Hickman County, Tennessee (Spence, 1981) [name index]*
  • History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present : Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman and Lewis (Goodspeed, 1979)
  • Patchwork History of Hickman County : Hickman County, 1807-1984 (Dye, 1984)
  • Primm Springs : Where Time Stands Still (198?)*
  • Short History of the Third Civil District of Hickman County (Dotson, 2001) [name index]

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



  • 1820 Census of Hickman County, Tennessee (Pierce, 1987) [alphabetical]*
  • 1836 Tax List of Hickman County, Tennessee (Linn-Shell Publishing Co., 1987)
  • 1850 Census of Hickman County, Tennessee (Garrett & Gilliam, 1967) [surname index]*
  • 1878-1893 Obituaries, Hickman Pioneer (Sawyer, 200?) [name index]
  • 1880 Census Hickman County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1999) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • 1910 Census Hickman County, Tennessee (Tatum, 1984) [surname index]
  • Census of Hickman County, Tennessee, 1820 (1987) [alphabetical by head of household]
  • Cheatham County, Tennessee, Dickson County, Tennessee, Hickman County, Tennessee, Humphreys County, Tennessee, Lawrence County, Tennessee [1891 enumeration of male voters] (Reed, 1982)
  • Columbia & Surrounding Counties, Tennessee Polk City Directory [1990, 1991, 1992, 2003-2016] (R.L. Polk & Co.)
  • Confederate Soldiers of Hickman County, Tennessee and Their Family Lines (Hickman County Historical Society, 2005) [alphabetical]
  • Court Records of Hickman County, Tennessee, 1833-1856 (Leeper, 1968) [surname index]
  • Death Records of Hickman County, Tennessee (Lynch, 1986) [surname index]
  • Deed Books A, B, C, 1808-1817, Hickman County, Tennessee (Crumpton, 2000) [name index]*
  • Excerpts from Quarterly and Monthly Minutes of Hickman County, Tennessee, 1881-1932 (Dotson, 2001) [name index]*
  • Family and Military Records from Spence's History of Hickman County, Tennessee (Leeper, 1965) [surname index]
  • Hickman County, Tennessee, 1850 Census (Linn-Shell Publishing Co., 199?) [surname index]*
  • Hickman County, Tennessee, Cemetery Records (Garrett & McClain, 1982) [name index]*
  • Hickman County, Tennessee Cemetery Records, Part II (Garrett & Lynn, 1976) [name index]
  • Hickman County, Tennessee, Cemetery Records. Part II (United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1989) [name index]*
  • Hickman County, Tennessee Court Records 1814-1829 Land Grants, Deeds, Plats, Bills of Sale (Dotson, 1982) [name index]
  • Hickman County, Tennessee Death Records [vol. 1 1947-1951] (Hickman County, Tennessee Historical Society, 2004-) [name index]*
  • Hickman County Tennessee Deed Book B, 1811-1813 (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Hickman County, Tennessee Deeds [December 1807 - March 1835] (Hutchings, 2002) [name index]
  • Hickman County Tennessee Deeds, Volume A, 1808-1811 (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Hickman County Tennessee Guardian & Administrative Settlements, 1844-1852 [vol. 1 1844-1846; vol. 2 1847-1852] (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Hickman County Tennessee Minute Book, 1844-55 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Hickman County, Tennessee, Quarterly and Monthly Minutes, 1867-1878 (Dotson, 1984) [name index]*
  • Hickman County, Tennessee United States Census, 1860 (United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1982) [surname index]
  • Hickman County Tennessee Wills 1866-1982 (Dotson, 19??) [name index]
  • Marriage Records of Hickman County, Tennessee, 1907-1912; Death Records of Hickman County, Tennessee, 1912,1914,1915 ; Establishments of Business 1900-1920 City of Centreville [sic] Tennessee (Mayberry, 2003)*
  • Name Index to History of Tennessee ... : Together With ... Sketch of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman, and Lewis Counties (Marsh, 1972)
  • Old Centerville Cemetery of Hickman County, Tennessee (Sawyer, 2004) [name index]
  • Old Marriage Records of Hickman County, Tennessee [2 vols.] (Daughters of the American Revolution, 1979) [alphabetical by groom, with bride index]
  • Private Acts of Hickman County, Tennessee (McIntyre, 1985)
  • Rainey-Moss Cemetery, Hickman County, TN (Rainey, 1996)
  • Sacred to the Memory : Hickman County, Tennessee, Cemetery Records, Part I (Garrett & McClain, 1966) [name index]
  • Surname Index to A History of Hickman County, Tennessee (Gilliam, 1965) [surname index]
  • Tennessee Hickman County Bible, Family and Tombstone Records (WPA, 1938)



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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1868
  • wills from 1866
  • deed index from 1884
  • chancery court minutes from 1854
  • county court minutes from 1866
  • circuit court minutes from 1847
  • tax books from 1867


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

  • Administrators Settlements -- 1842-1923 (#A-260, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Hickman County (Record Group #107, Roll 37, 1 reel). Roll includes Deed Book A & B (1808-1813), Guardian & Administration Settlements (1844-1846), Guardian & Administration Settlements, Book D (1844-1855), Account of Negro Sunday Time at Aetna Furnace (1854-1863) and Bible, Family & Tombstone Records (undated).*



Newspapers were published in Centerville.  Scattered early issues are available from 1878, and a complete run begins in 1949.  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 Hickman County:  1820-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1820-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Hickman County census records in book form:  1820*, 1850, 1860, 1880*




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