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Putnam County

Putnam County

Putnam County was formed in 1854 from
Fentress, Jackson, Overton, Smith and White counties
(Acts of Tennessee 1842, Chapter 169; Acts of Tennessee
1854, Chapter 320
re-established Putnam County).

The county seat is Cookeville.

There were fires at the Putnam County
courthouse in the 1860s and in 1898.



  • Algood Story, 1857-1935 (Algood Extension Homemaker Club History Committee, 1986)
  • Brassell Hangings of Putnam County, Tennessee  (Spurlock, 1981) [name index]*
  • Cookeville and Putnam County (Friends of the Cookeville History Museum, 2008)
  • Heritage of Putnam County, Tennessee (Putnam County Heritage Book Committee, 2008) [name index]*
  • History of Putnam County, Tennessee (McClain, 1925)*
  • Putnam County, Tennessee, 1850-1970 (DeLozier, 1979) [name index]
  • Railroading in Putnam County (Cookeville Depot Museum, 1987)*
  • Siftings from Putnam County, Tennessee : Towns Communities People (Hopson, 1991) [name index]*
  • Social Survey of Putnam County, Tennessee (Thompson, 1920)
  • Stray Leaves From Putnam County History : Pioneer Families, Sights and Sounds From the Past, Old School Groups, Civil War Soldiers (Hopson, 1993) [name index]

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



  • 1862 Tax List, Putnam County, Tennessee (Tate, 1996) [name index]*
  • 1870 United States Census of Putnam County, Tennessee (McGee, 1989) [name index]*
  • 1880 Census Putnam County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1990) [alphabetical by head of household]
  • 1880 United States Census of Putnam County, Tennessee (McGee, 1989) [name index]
  • 1900 Putnam County Census (Wilkerson, 1994) [name index]
  • 1930 Census, Putnam County, Tennessee (Gann, 2005) [name index]*
  • Cookeville-Crossville, Tennessee, Polk City Directory : Including: Putnam and Cumberland Counties (1997)
  • Cookeville-Sparta Tennessee Polk City Directory : Including the following communities : Baxter, Bloomington Springs, Buffalo Valley, Cookeville (2002, 2003,  2015 - 2019)
  • Cumberland Co., Tennessee, Fentress Co., Tennessee, Jackson Co., Tennessee, Loudon Co., Tennessee, Morgan Co., Tennessee, Overton Co., Putnam Co., [1891 enumeration of male voters] (Reed, 1990) [name index for each county]
  • First Families of Putnam County, Tennessee : Family Group Sheets of Putnam County Pioneers and Early Settlers  (First Families of Putnam County, TN, 2014)  [name index]
  • Marriage Records of Putnam County, Tennessee, 1878-1882 (Smith, 1996) [name index]
  • Obituaries from the Putnam County Herald, 1903-1915 (Freeman, 2014) [alphabetical with name index]
  • Polk's Cookeville (Putnam County, Tenn.) City Directory Including Algood (1961)
  • Private Acts of Putnam County, Tennessee (McIntyre, 1984)
  • Putnam County GPS Gazetteer  (Barnes, 2014)
  • Putnam County Marriages [1879-1895] (Parsley & Gilbert, 1998) [alphabetical by groom; bride index]
  • Putnam County, Tennessee, 1910 Census (Wilkerson, 1992) [name index]
  • Putnam County, Tennessee Cemeteries (Patton & Gilbert, 1995) [name index]
  • Putnam County, Tennessee, Circuit Court Minutes, 1842-1856 (WPA, 1941) [name index]
  • Putnam County, Tennessee Death Records : 1914-1925 (Goolsby & Freeman, 200?) [name index]
  • Putnam County, Tennessee Death Records, 1926-1935 (Freeman, 2003) [name index]
  • Putnam County, Tennessee Death Records, 1936-1945 (Freeman, 2004?) [name index]
  • Putnam County, Tennessee, Miscellaneous Records [diaries, letters, wills, inventories] (Garrett & Porter, 1998)*
  • Putnam County, Tennessee, Tax Book, 1854-55 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Tennessee, Records of Putnam County : Family Records Including Carlen, Jared, Huddleston, Hargis, Maddux and Richmond Families (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Tennessee, Records of Putnam County : Miscellaneous Records (Diaries, Letters, Wills, Indentures, Etc.) (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Tennessee, Records of Putnam County : Richard F. Cooke's Survey or Plat Book, 1825-1839 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • US Census Putnam County, Tennessee, 1860 (McComb, 1989) [surname index]*



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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1879
  • wills from 1876
  • deed index from 1854
  • chancery court minutes from 1895
  • county court minutes from 1894
  • circuit court minutes from 1842
  • tax books from 1893


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

  • Deed Index -- 1854-1911 (#7, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Putnam County  (Record Group #107, Roll 65, 1 reel). Roll includes Circuit Court Minutes (1842-1856),  Tax Book (1854-1855),  Family Records (undated),  Miscellaneous Records (undated) and Richard F. Cooke's Survey of Plat Book (1825-1839).*



Newspapers were published in Cookeville.  Scattered early issues are available from 1858, and a complete run begins in 1899.  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 Putnam County:  1860-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1860-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Putnam County census records in book form:  1860*,  1870*,  1880,  1900,  1910, 1930*





* Indicates this title may be borrowed on Interlibrary Loan from the Library and Archives.