Marion County

Marion County

Marion County was formed in 1817 from Indian lands

(Acts of Tennessee 1817, Chapter 10)

The county seat is Jasper.

There was a fire at the Marion County courthouse in 1922.


Selected Published County Histories
  • Aaron Russell's Personal Ledger, 1861-1878: Marion County, Tennessee; Dade County, Georgia (Rushing, 1997) [partial name index]
  • Along the River (Harris, 1997)* [name index]
  • Ancient Owners of Marion Farms; & Early History of Owen Methodist Church (Lasater, 1985) [surname index]
  • Digging for your Roots in Marion County, Tennessee (Marion County Genealogical Group, 199?)
  • Exploring the Oldest Historical Map of Marion County, Tennessee (Webb, 1999) [name index]
  • Hale's Bar Lock & Dam; Guild, Marion County, Tennessee History: Its Past, its People and its Events (Webb, 1991?) [surname index]
  • Hale's Bar School, 1920-1941 (Webb, 1996-1998) [name index]
  • Keepsake Memories, Vol. II, Cherokees and First Settlers Early Records Compiled, Marion County, Tennessee (Webb, 2002)* [name index]
  • Marion County in Vintage Postcards (Morrison, 2005)*
  • Marion County, Tennessee: History & Keepsake Memories (Webb, 1996)* [surname index]
  • Memoirs of Marion County, Tennessee 1893-1946 (Cameron, 1946)*
  • Memories of Hicks Chapel (Harris, 19??)
  • Murder, Mayhem and More (Harris, 1991?) [surname index]
  • Old Miners & Mining in Marion, 1800's, Marion County, Tennessee (Webb, 1993)* [surname index]
  • Sequachee Valley News, Marion County, Tennessee, Gossip Columns [vol. 1 1895-1896; vol. 2 1897-1898 ] (Harris, 199?) [surname index in each volume]
  • Sequachee, Victoria, Tennessee Tidbits (Harris, 1997)
  • Story of Ketner's Mill, Located Near the Community of Oak Grove in Whitwell, Marion Co., Tennessee, 1824-1991 [2 vols.] (Webb, 1991)
  • Story of Marion County: Its People and Places (Marion County Historical Society, 1990)* [surname index]
  • Sulphur Springs, Tennessee, Tidbits (Harris, 199?)*
  • Upon the Mountain (Harris, 1997) [name index]
  • Whitwell High School's Whitwell, Tennessee, 1923 to 1977 (Turner, Webb & Layne, 1990) [surname index]
  • Whitwell Scrapbook (Harris, 19??)*
  • Ye Olde Court House at Jasper Towne (Harris, 1991?)

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


Published Local Records
  • 1836 Marion County, Tennessee Tax List (Harris, 19??) [name index]
  • 1840 Census, Sequatchie Valley, Bledsoe-Marion Counties (Douthat, 1982) [surname index]
  • 1850 Marion Co., Tenn., Census (Douthat, 1982) [surname index]
  • 1862 Tax list, Marion County, Tennessee (Tate, 1996)* [name index]
  • 1880 Census, Marion County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1995) [alphabetical by head of household]
  • Abstracts of Marion County, Tennessee, Death Certificates [vol. 1 1908-1919; vol. 2 1920-1925] (Tate, 199?) [name index in each volume]
  • Ancestor Charts, Marion County, Tennessee [2 vols.] (Harris, 1996) [name index in each volume]
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages Extracted from the Sequachee Valley News 1891-1910 (Harris, 1985) [surname index]
  • Christ Church Episcopal, South Pittsburg Tennessee, Parish Register, volume 1, 1878-1905 (Judge David Cambell Chapter [DAR], 2004) [name index]
  • Civil War Tidbits of Marion County, Tennessee (Harris, 199?) [name index]
  • Early Land Records, Marion County, Tennessee [1824-1830] (Harris, 1996)* [name index]
  • Ebenezer Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Minutes of Session and Church Register, 1889-1918 [includes Family Record of the Hall's, 1794-1933] (WPA, 1939)
  • First Baptist Church of Whitwell: 100 Years of Ministry, 1893-1993 (Harris, 1993?)
  • Index to the Wills of Marion County, Tennessee [1875-1900, 1925-1968] (Harris, 19??) [name index]
  • Marion County, Tennessee Cemetery Records (Harris, 1987)* [alphabetical by cemetery with surname index]
  • Marion County, Tennessee, Deed Book C, Abstract, 1831-1836 (Hobbs & Goins, 1993?)* [name index]
  • Marion County, Tennessee, Marriages [vol. 1 1881-1910; vol. 2 1911-1925] (Harris, 199?) [name index in each volume]
  • Marion County Tennessee Population Schedule of the Sixth Census of the United States, 1840 (Broyles, 1983) [surname index]
  • Marion County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1914 Through 1925 (Wiefering, 1995)* [name index]
  • Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church book, 1888-1916: Church Located in the New Hope Community, Marion County, Tennessee (Blevins, 1988) [surname index]
  • Obituaries of Marion County, Tennessee [vol. 1 1895-1920; vol. 2 1920-1989, A-G; vol. 3 1920-1989, H-L; vol. 4 1920-1989, M-R; vol. 5 1920-1989, S-Z] (Harris, 1993?) [surname index in vol. 1; alphabetical in vols. 2 - 5]
  • Ocoee Land District Maps (Douthat, 2013) [name index]
  • Seventh Census of the United States, 1850: Marion County, Tennessee, Free Population Schedules (Carpenter, 1971) [surname index]
  • Teague Cemetery Records Marion County, Tennessee (Judge David Campbell Chapter, NSDAR , 2010) [name index]
  • Tennessee Records of Marion County, 1819-1830 [deeds - 2 vols., 1819-1830] (19??)* [name index in each volume]
  • Union Primitive Baptist Church Book, 1821-1868 (Blevins, 1987) [name index]
  • United States Census, Marion County, Tennessee, 1850 (Hobbs & Goins, 1986)* [name index of head of household]
  • United States Census, Marion County, Tennessee, 1860 (Hobbs & Goins, 1987?)* [surname index]
  • United States Census, Marion County, Tennessee, 1870 (Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 1990)* [surname index]
  • United States Census, Marion County, Tennessee, 1880 (Hobbs & Goins, 1989?)* [surname index]
  • United States Census, Marion County, Tennessee, 1900 (Hobbs & Goins, 198?)* [surname index]
  • United States Census, Marion County, Tennessee, 1910 (Hobbs & Goins, 19??)* [surname index]
  • United States Census, Marion County, Tennessee, 1920 (Hobbs & Goins, 1994)* [name index of head of household]


Local Records on Microfilm

An inventory of microfilmed Marion County records is available on our website.  Individual reels of microfilm may also be purchased.

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1881
  • wills from 1875
  • deed index from 1819
  • chancery court minutes from 1922
  • county court minutes from 1842
  • circuit court minutes from 1922
  • tax books from 1875


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

  • Deed Index -- 1819-1921  (#42, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Marion County (Record Group #107, Roll 57, 1 reel). Roll includes Deed Book A of A & B (1819-1830), Deed Book B of A & B (1819-1830), Ebenezer Cumberland Presbyterian Register (1889-1918), Register of Sulphur Spring M.E. Church, South (1887-1928) and A Family Record of the Halls (1794-1933).*


Newspapers on Microfilm

Newspapers were published in Jasper, Sequatchie and South Pittsburg.  Scattered early issues are available from 1873, and a complete run begins in 1922.  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 website.


Selected Manuscripts Material
  • Donaldson Family Papers, 1819-2005  (Microfilm Manuscript #2011,  1 reel)
  • Jackson Pryor Papers, 1830-1897
  • Mamie Frances (Moser) Dyche Scrapbooks, 1870-1966   (Microfilm Manuscript #246, 2 reels)*
  • McKenzie and Son, Surveyors Maps. Chattanooga, 1880-1916   (Microfilm Manuscript #1477, 1 reel)*

Search for Manuscripts Material in our Catalog 


Census Records
  • Census on microfilm for Madison County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Madison County census records in book form:  1840, 1850*, 1860*, 1870*, 1880*, 1900*, 1910*, 1920*


Additional Research Aids for Marion County

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


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Marion County Formation Act



"An Act to establish a new county south west of Bledsoe and south of Warren and Franklin counties."


SECTION 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, That the territory south west of Bledsoe, and south of Warren and Franklin counties, shall constitute a county by the name of Marion.

SECTION 2. BE IT ENACTED, That said county of Marion shall be bounded as follows, to wit: Beginning on the North West mountain, at the fork of Brush creek, where the road leading from Bledsoe county to Warren county crosses the same; thence down the said creek to the mouth; thence up Sequachee [sic] River to the mouth of Prigmor's Powder Mill Creek; thence up the said creek to the top of Walden's Ridge; thence down the top of said ridge, to the bluff on Tennessee River; thence south to the southern boundary line of this state; thence west to the top of the ridge that divides the waters of Crow Creek and Mud Creek; thence up the said ridge to the top of the mountain that divides the waters of Tennessee from Elk River, and the Caney Fork of Cumberland River to the beginning.

SECTION 3. BE IT ENACTED, That for the due administration of justice, the courts of pleas and quarter sessions, and the circuit court in said county, shall be holden at the house of John Shropshire, until otherwise provided for, under the same regulations and restrictions, and shall exercise and possess the same powers and jurisdiction, as is possessed by said courts in other counties in this state.

SECTION 4. BE IT ENACTED, That the sheriff of Marion county, shall hold an election at the place of holding courts in said county, on the first Thursday and Friday in April next, for the purpose of electing field officers for said county of Marion, under the same rules and regulations as are prescribed by law in similar cases; and the militia of said county of Marion shall constitute the ___ regiment, and shall be attached to, and become a part of the seventh brigade.

SECTION 5. BE IT ENACTED, That elections for company officers for the county of Marion, shall be at such places as the commandant of militia in said county may appoint, which said elections shall be held on the first Thursday in June next, under the same rules, regulations and restrictions as are prescribed in like cases.

SECTION 6. BE IT ENACTED, That said county of Marion, shall be a part of the district for electing a Governor, representatives to congress, electors to elect a president and vice president of the United States, and members to the General Assembly, to which the county of Bledsoe now belongs, and that elections be held at the place of holding courts in said county, at the time, and in the manner by law directed; and the sheriff or returning officer of said county, shall make return of the polls of said elections, to the sheriff or returning officer of said county shall make return of the polls of said elections, to the sheriff of Bledsoe County, in the town of Pikeville, on the day next succeeding each election, and upon comparing the votes, they shall declare the candidate for the representative of said county of Bledsoe and Marion, who may have the highest number of votes, duly elected, and give certificate accordingly; and it shall be the duty of the sheriff of Bledsoe county, to make the return of votes in said counties of Marion and Bledsoe, for senator of said district, members of Congress, Governor, &c: as heretofore directed by law.

SECTION 7. BE IT ENACTED, That it shall and may be lawful for any justice of the peace for Bledsoe County, to attend at the place appointed by law for holding court in Marion County, at the first court of pleas and quarter sessions, appointed to be holden for said county, for the purpose of administering to the justices of said county, the necessary oaths.

SECTION 8. BE IT ENACTED, That so soon as the treaty lately made with the Cherokee Indians, shall be ratified by the government of the United States, this act shall take effect and be in force, and until that period the inhabitants therein shall still be attached to, and considered a part of Bledsoe County.


Passed on November 20, 1817

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Marion County Bibliography

PLEASE NOTE that the Tennessee State Library and Archives does not hold copies of all of the items listed in this bibliography. Please check the Tennessee State Library and Archives Online Catalog or visit the Ask Us a Question! web page to contact the Library and Archives and verify we have an item in our collection. We will respond to e-mail requests promptly; response time may vary, depending on the amount of research required to answer your question and the unique nature of your request. If you need immediate assistance you may call the reference desk at (615) 741-2764 or visit us in person.

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Marion County in General
  • Arnold, David H. Distinctness of forest communities within land types in the Prentice Cooper State Forest, Marion County, TN. UT thesis, 1990. 130 pp.
  • Ball, Donald B. "The Long Island mounds", Marion County, TN & Jackson County, AL." TN Anthrop. 1 (1976), pp. 13-47.
  • Beimfohr, Oliver W. Battle Creek coal, Marion County, TN. Vanderbilt U. thesis, 1941. 69 pp.
  • Biographical directory, TN General Assembly, 1796-1969 (Marion County, Preliminary #26). Nashville, TSLA, 1971. 51 pp.
  • Blevins, Jerry. Union Primitive Baptist Church book, 1821-1868. Huntsville, AL, the author, 1987. 125 pp.
  • Cameron, Walter M. Memoirs of Marion County, TN, 1893-1946. Jasper, Jasper Journal, 1946. 48 pp.
  • Chattanooga MSA, 1980-1987: an economic analysis. Nashville, TN Dept. Emp. Sec., 1988. 25 pp.
  • Davies, Gareth J. Geology & chronology of two caves in the Cumberland Plateau, Marion County, TN. U. Southern MS thesis, 1987. 164 pp.
  • Faulkner, Charles H. Westmoreland-Barber site (40MI11), Nickajack Reservoir, season II. Knoxville, UT Dept. Anthrop., 1966. 150 pp.
  • Flood insurance study: Marion County, TN, unincorporated areas. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1979. 31 pp.
  • Floods on TN River & Sequatchie River & tributaries in Marion County, TN. Knoxville, TVA, 1962. 55 pp.
  • Garner, Isaac L. A study of certain phases of the educational & economic conditions of Marion County, TN. UT thesis, 1930. 76 pp.
  • Gremillion, Kristen J. & Richard A. Yarnell. "Plant remains from the Westmoreland-Barber & Pittman-Alder sites, Marion County, TN." TN Anthrop. 11 (1986), pp. 1-20.
  • Hack, John T. Interpretation of Cumberland escarpment & highland rim, south central TN & northeast AL. Washington, D.C., US GPO, 1966. 16 pp.
  • Hackworth, Elizabeth R. Quality in the common. Memphis, Castle Books, 1993. 114 pp.
  • Hall, William. Management practices of soybean producers in Marion County, TN: a research summary of a graduate study. Knoxville, UT Ag. Ext. Service, 1971. 19 pp.
  • Harris, Euline. Civil War 1861-1865 tidbits. Whitwell, the author, 1990. 184 pp.
  • Harris, Euline. Murder, mayhem & more. Whitwell, the author, 1991. 1 vol. (extractions from various Marion County newspapers of murders, accidents, disasters, oddities, court cases, etc., 1895-1929)
  • Harris, Euline. Sequachee Valley News, Marion County, TN, gossip columns. Whitwell, the author, 1990. 1 vol. (articles from the Sequachee Valley News)
  • Hiatt, Ellen O. Sequatchie Valley: a historical sketch. Photographs by Marguerite Hiatt. Nashville, Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1916. 32 pp.
  • Lasater, Lee. Ancient owners of Marion farms, & early history of Owen Methodist Church. N.p., M.S. Harris, 1985. 56 pp. (originally published in the Sequachee Valley News in 1946 & 1947)
  • Link, Gertrude B. A history of Marion County, TN. Murfreesboro, 1953. 113 pp.
  • Marion County Planning Comm. Population & economic analysis, Marion County, TN. Chattanooga, n.p., 1969. 74 pp.
  • Marion County Planning Comm. The Marion County plan, Marion County, TN. Chattanooga, n.p., 1969. 158 pp.
  • Melear, Nathan D. The clay mineralogy of the Raccoon Mountain formation in its type area, Scratch Ankle Hollow, Marion County, TN. U. GA thesis, 1986. 17 pp.
  • Soil survey, Marion County, TN. Washington, D.C., US GPO, 1958. 88 pp.
  • Solis, Carlos. Cultural resource investigations in the Guntersville Reservoir area, Marshall & Jackson counties, AL, & Marion County, TN. Tuscaloosa, AL, U. AL Office of Arch. Research, 1987. 121 pp.
  • The story of Marion County: its people & places. Compiled by Marion County Hist. Soc. Dallas, TX, Curtis Media Corp., 1990. 583 pp.
  • TN Dept. Transportation [county maps] issued periodically.
  • TN Div. Forestry. A preliminary management plan for the horseshoe properties forest management demonstration in Marion, Hamilton, & Sequatchie counties, TN. Nashville, the division, 1946. 18 pp.
  • TN Valley Authority. Ind. Div. Agricultural-industrial survey of Marion County, TN. 2 vols. Knoxville, TVA, 1934. var. pp.
  • TN Valley Authority. Social & Ec. Div. Research Sec. Effect of proposed national forest purchases on county finance in the Cumberland plateau of TN. Knoxville, TVA, 1937. 65 pp.
  • TN Valley Authority. Social & Ec. Div. Research Sec. The effects upon local finance of real property purchases by the TVA, survey #8: Guntersville Reservoir counties. Knoxville, TVA, 1939. 50 pp.
  • US Geol. Survey [topographic maps] issued periodically. Quadrangles: Tracy City, Palmer, Daus, Sewanee, Monteagle, White City, Whitwell, Ketner Gap, Sinking Cove, Orme, South Pittsburg, Sequatchie, Wauhatchie, Chattanooga, Eureka, Doran Cove, Bridgeport, Shellmound, Hooker.
  • Webb, Nonie H. Marion County, TN: the county with a future. Jasper, the author, 1987. 104 pp.
  • Webb, Nonie H. The story of Ketner's Mill. Jasper, the author, 1987. 179 pp.

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  • Harris, Euline. Ye old court house at Jasper towne. Whitwell, the author, 1991. 1 vol.

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  • Flood insurance study: town of Kimball, TN, Marion County. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1987. 8 pp.

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New Hope
  • Blevins, Jerry. Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church book, 1888-1916: church located in the New Hope community, Marion County, TN. Huntsville, AL, the author, 1988. 71 pp.

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Nickajack Area
  • Bachman, Ernest A., Jr. "The Nickajack Dam sites." TN Arch. 22 (1966), pp. 6-12.
  • Chattanooga Area Regional Council of Governments. Nickajack Lake resort analysis. N.p., 1977. 31 pp.
  • Driskell, Boyce N. Cultural resource investigations in the Nickajack Reservoir area, Marion County, TN. Tuscaloosa, AL, the author, 1990. 119 pp.
  • Faulkner, Charles H. & J.B. Graham. "Excavations in the Nickajack Reservoir: season 1." Nashville, TN Arch. Soc., 1965. 92 pp. (its Miscellaneous paper #7)
  • Hensley-Schmidt, Inc. Master plan report: Nickajack Resort State Park, Marion County, TN. N.p., 1973. 46 pp.
  • Nickajack Reservoir. Nashville, TN Wildlife Resources Agency. Annual.
  • Nickajack Reservoir land management plan. Prepared by TVA, Resource Dev. Group, Reservoir Lands Planning. N.p., TVA, 1990. 67 pp.
  • TN Valley Authority. The Nickajack project: a report on the planning, design, construction, initial operations, & costs. Knoxville, TVA, 1972. 349 pp.
  • TN Valley Authority. Nickajack-Chattanooga area recreation study. Prepared by the TVA in cooperation with federal, state & local area agencies. Knoxville, TVA, 1973. 77 pp.
  • TN Valley Authority. Reservoir lands planning: final report, feasibility analysis for the Little Cedar Mountain area of Nickajack Reservoir. Submitted to TVA by Economics Research Associates. Norris, TVA, 1989. 1 vol.

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South Pittsburg
  • Annexation study for areas southeast & southwest of South Pittsburg, TN. Prepared by Local Planning Assistance Office for South Pittsburg Municipal Planning Comm. & South Pittsburg Board of Mayor & City Council. Chattanooga, the office, 1993. 1 vol.
  • Flood insurance study: city of South Pittsburg, TN, Marion County. (Rev. Oct. 16, 1992.) Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1992. 9 pp.
  • Kelly, Martelia C. A history of South Pittsburg, TN: the first one hundred years. South Pittsburg, Hustler, 1973. 124 pp.
  • South Pittsburg on the TN River, Marion County, TN. N.p., privately printed, 1887. 29 pp.

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  • Harris, Euline H. Whitwell scrapbook. Whitwell, the author, 1987. 300 pp.


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