Sumner County

Sumner County was formed in 1786 from Davidson County

(Laws of North Carolina 1786, Chapter 32)

The county seat is Gallatin.


Selected Published County Histories
  • African-American Life in Sumner County (Brinkley & Malone, 1998)*
  • Around Gallatin and Sumner County [2 vols.] ( Lester & Thomson, 1998) [surname index in each volume]*
  • Brief Study of the History of Sumner County  (Yokley,  194?)
  • Early History of the South-West (Hall, 1968)*
  • Generations: A Pictorial Journey into the Lives of African Americans in Sumner County, Tennessee 1796-1996  (Brinkley & Malone, 1996)
  • Great Leap Westward; A History of Sumner County, Tennessee From its Beginnings to 1805  (Durham,  1969) [name index]*
  • Historic Haunts of Sumner County, Tennessee (Hartley, 2022)
  • Historic Sumner County, Tennessee: With Genealogies of the Bledsoe, Gage and Douglass Families, and Genealogical Notes of Other Sumner County Families  (Cisco,  2002)*
  • History of Tennessee From the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with a Historical and a Biographical Sketch of the Counties of Sumner, Smith, Macon  (Goodspeed,  1979)*
  • Old Sumner: A History of Sumner County, Tennessee From 1805-1861  (Durham,  1972) [name index]*
  • One Step Further: A History of the Thirteenth District of Sumner County  (Kilgore & Scruggs,  1986)
  • Pictorial History of Sumner County, Tennessee, 1786-1986  (Durham & Thomas,  1986) [name index]*
  • Rebellion Revisited: A History of Sumner County, Tennessee From 1861 to 1870  (Durham,  1982) [name index]
  • Some Early Settlers of Upper Sumner County, Tennessee: the Hobdy, Cotton, Durham, Gillespie, Perdue, Absher, Mattox, Cochran and Mayes Families  (Absher,  1966)
  • Short History of Sumner County, 1786-1957  (Hendrickson,  1957)*
  • Sumner County (Guill, 1968)*
  • Sumner County in the Great War: Let Us Remember (Morgan, 2016)
  • Sumner County Sesquicentennial, 1787-1937. Souvenir Book (Todd, 1937)*
  • Sumner County, Tennessee in the Civil War  (Ferguson,  1972)
  • Study of Two Early-Nineteenth-Century Houses in Sumner County, Tennessee: Cragfont and Wynnewood  (Thompson,  1977)
  • Sumner County  (Spivey, 1968)
  • Sumner County, Tennessee in the Civil War  (Ferguson,  1972)*
  • Wynnewood: Bledsoe's Lick, Castalian Springs, Tennessee (Durham, 1994) [name index]

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


Published Local Records
  • 1770-1790 Census of the Cumberland Settlements: Davidson, Sumner, and Tennessee Counties (in What is Now Tennessee)  (Fulcher,  1987) [alphabetical for each county]*
  • 1840 Census, Sumner County, Tennessee (Sistler) [alphabetical]
  • 1850 U.S. Census, Sumner County, Tennessee (Sumner County Archives, 1997) [name index]*
  • 1860 U.S. Census, Sumner County, Tennessee (Sumner County Archives, 1996) [name index]*
  • 1870 U.S. Census, Sumner County, Tennessee (Sumner County Archives, 1995) [name index]*
  • 1880 Census, Sumner County, Tennessee  (Sistler, 1991) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • 1891 Enumeration of Voters for Sumner County, TN  (Denning, 2015)  [surname index]
  • 1908-1912 & 1914-1915 Sumner County, TN death certificates (Denning, 2007) [surname index]
  • 1916-1920 Sumner County, TN death certificates (Denning, 2007) [surname index]
  • 1921-1925 Sumner County, TN death certificates (Denning, 2007) [surname index]
  • 1926-1930 Sumner County, TN death certificates (Denning, 2007) [surname index]
  • 1931-1935 Sumner County, TN death certificates (Denning, 2007) [surname index]
  • 1936-1940 Sumner County, TN death certificates (Denning, 2007) [surname index]
  • 1941-1945 Sumner County, TN death certificates (Denning, 2007) [surname index]
  • 1946-1950 Sumner County, TN death certificates (Denning, 2007) [surname index]
  • 1951-1955 Sumner County, TN death certificates (Denning, 2007) [surname index]
  • Beech Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery Directory (Robinson, 1999) [alphabetical, with section listings]
  • County Court Minutes, 1787-1805  [vol .1-2  1787-1791 & 1791-1796;  vol. 3  1796-1802;  vol. 4-5  1801-1804 & 1804-1805] (WPA,  1937) [name index in vol. 4-5]
  • First Land Grants of Sumner County, Tennessee 1786-1833 (Marsh, 2003) [name index]*
  • Index to Original Records Collection, Deeds, 1786 to 1914 (Patton, 1997) [alphabetical]*
  • Land, Slaves, and Other Courthouse Transactions, 1808-1863: Abstracts of Sumner County, Tennessee (Patton, 2005) [name index; name index for slaves with seller's name]*
  • Maple Hill Cemetery: An Indexed Guide to the Location of Graves by Section Including a Short History of the Cemetery  (1995) [name index]
  • Marriages of Sumner County, Tennessee, 1787-1838  (Whitley,  1981) [name index]
  • Red River Settlers: Records of the Settlers of Northern Montgomery, Robertson, and Sumner Counties, Tennessee  (Whitley,  1980) [name index]
  • Shiloh Presbyterian Church, 1793-1847 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Sumner County Miscellaneous Records  [church, marriages 1787-1838, cemeteries] (Bowen,  1997) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee: Abstracts of Will Books 1 and 2 (1788-1842)  (Whitley,  1999) [surname index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee: Index to the Loose Records, 1786 to 1930  (Wilson,  1988) [multiple indexes --- index to wills, index to estates, index to lawsuits, and index to miscellaneous]*
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, 1850 Census  (Porch,  1972) [surname index]*
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Bible Records  (Bowen,  1997) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Bible, Family & Tombstone Records by the Works Progress Administration 1936 (Sistler, 2004) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Bible, Family, and Tombstone Records  (WPA,  1936)
  • Sumner County, Tennessee Bond Book, 1787-1835  (Wilson,  1994) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Cemetery Records  (Snider & Yorgason,  1981) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Court Minutes, 1787-1805 and 1808-1810  (Wells,  1995) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Deed Abstracts, 1793-1805  (Murray,  1988) [name and place index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Deed Abstracts, 1806-1817  (Murray,  1989) [name and place index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Deed Books 37-40, May 1885-January 1891 (Denning, 2016) [surname index] 
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Deed Books 41-44, January 1891-March 1897 (Denning, 2016) [surname index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Deed Books 45-48, March 1897-February 1901 (Denning, 2017) [surname index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Deed Books 49-52, March 1901-January 1904 (Denning, 2017) [surname index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Deed Books 57-60, October 1906-May 1909 (Denning, 2019) [surname index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Deed Grant Book #25, February 1842-July 1853 (Denning,  2015) [surname index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Inventories, Settlements, and Guardian Accounts, Volume A, March 1808-February 1821  (Bamman & Spero,  1984) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1787-1838  (Porch,  197?) [alphabetical by groom with bride surname index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Marriages, 1839-1875  (Stinson & Spurlock,  1985) [alphabetical by groom with bride surname index]*
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Minutes of Beech Cumberland Presbyterian Church, vol. 2, 1869-1899 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Miscellaneous Church Records [church, cemetery & marriages]  (WPA,  1938) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee Newspapers, Vol. 1, 1820-1907 (Shrum, 2004) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee Newspapers, Vol. 2, 1860-1917 (Shrum, 2006) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Population Schedules of the United States Census of 1820  (Presley,  1970?) [surname index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Probate Data 1787-1808  (Bamman & Spero,  1984) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Tax List, 1787-1794 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Sumner County, Tennessee, Will Abstracts, 1788-1882 (Wilson, 1987) [name index]
  • Sumner County, TN African American Death Certificates [1914-1955] (Denning, 2008-) [surname index]*
  • Sumner County, TN Deed Books [vol.1 Books 8-12, May 1818-Oct 1831; vol. 2 Books 13-16, Oct 1831-Oct 1839; vol. 3 Books 17-20, April 1840-July 1851;  vol. 4  Books 21-24, July 1848-April 1860;  vol. 5  Books 25-28, April 1860 - September 1872;  vol. 6  Books 29-32,  September 1872 - November 1879;  vol. 7  Books 29-32, September 1872-November 1879] (Denning, 2007-) [surname index in each volume]
  • Sumner County, TN, Polk City Directory [2006 - 2019]
  • Tennessee, Sumner County, Marriage Records, 1787-1838 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Veterans of the American Revolutionary War of Sumner County, Tennessee (Wilson, 1962) [alphabetical]
  • Will Book, 1789-1842 [Vol. 1 1789-1822; Vol. 2 1823-1842] (WPA, 1936) [name index in both volumes]


Local Records on Microfilm 

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1787
  • wills from 1789
  • inventories of estates from 1786
  • deed index from 1787
  • chancery court minutes from 1826
  • county court minutes from 1787
  • circuit court minutes from 1810
  • tax books from 1795


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

  • Administrator's & Executor's Settlements -- 1852-1857; 1870-1928 (#42, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1787-1947 (A-D)   Direct (#96, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1787-1947 (A-D)   Reverse (#97, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1787-1947 (E-K)   Direct (#98, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1787-1947 (E-K)   Reverse (#99, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1787-1947 (L-R)    Direct (#100, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1787-1947 (L-R)    Reverse (#101, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1787-1947 (S-Z)    Direct (#102, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1787-1947 (S-Z)   Reverse (#103, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories and Settlements -- 1836-1861 (#69, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories and Settlements -- 1847-1852; 1879-1887 (#330, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Records -- 1845-1882 (#72, 1 reel)*
  • Misc. Census Records, 1833 - (#339, 1 reel)*
  • Misc. Court of Pleas, 1790 – 1800  (#338, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1789-1904 (#91, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Sumner County  (Record Group #107, Roll 81,  1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minutes (vols.1-5),  Tax Records (1787-1794),  Marriage Records (1787-1838),  Will Book 1 & 2 (1789-1842),  and Miscellaneous Church Records.*


Newspapers on Microfilm 

Newspapers were published in Gallatin.  Scattered early issues are available from 1827, and a complete run begins in 1950.   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
  • Andrew Jackson papers, 1780-1905. Stanley Horn Collection *
  • Bell Family Papers, 1833-1946 (Microfilm Manuscript #1875, 1 reel)*
  • Butler Family Papers, 1834-1949 (Microfilm Manuscript #1947, 1 reel)*
  • Castle Hall Rowena Lodge No. 21, Knights of Pythias and Howard Lodge No. 13, International Order of Odd Fellows Records. Sumner County, 1900-1909 (Microfilm Manuscript #664,  1 reel)*
  • Daniel Montgomery Papers, 1788-1964 (Microfilm Manuscript #763,  1 reel)*
  • Eli Odom Papers, 1863-1869 (Microfilm Manuscript #762, 1 reel)*
  • First Presbyterian Church Records. Gallatin, 1852-1990  (Microfilm Manuscript #1129,  1 reel)*
  • First Presbyterian Church Records. Gallatin, 1969-1976  (Microfilm Manuscript #580,  1 reel)*
  • First Presbyterian Church Records. Gallatin, Sumner County, 1977-1985 (Microfilm Manuscript #894,  1 reel)*
  • James Winchester and William Cage Account Book, 1811  (Microfilm Manuscript #180,  1 reel)*
  • John Allen Journal. Gallatin, Sumner County, 1806-1807  (Microfilm Manuscript #984,  1 reel)*
  • Peyton Family Papers, 1790-1999 (Microfilm Manuscript #1836, 1 reel)*
  • Samuel H. Bailey Papers, 1828-1935 *
  • Spring Creek Primitive Baptist Church Records,  Robertson County, 1830-1920 (Microfilm Manuscript #504,  2 reels)*
  • Sumner County Bank and Trust Company Records. Gallatin, 1904-1917 (Microfilm Manuscript #582,  1 reel)*
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy Records. Sumner County, 1900-1915 (Microfilm Manuscript #583,  1 reel)*
  • William Trousdale Papers, 1828-1940 (Microfilm Manuscript #806,  3 reels)*
  • Wynne Family Papers, 1801-1972 (Microfilm Manuscript #813,  7 reels)*

Search for Manuscripts Material in our Catalog 


Census Records
  • Census on microfilm for Sumner County:  1820-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1820-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Sumner County census records in book form:  1820,  1850,  1860,  1870*,  1880*


Additional Research Aids for Sumner County


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


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Sumner County Formation Act


"An Act for dividing the county of Davidson."

WHEREAS from the extent of the county of Davidson, it renders it very inconvenient and troublesome to many of the inhabitants thereof to attend the courts, general elections, and other public meetings appointed therein:

I.  BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF NORTH-CAROLINA, AND IT IS HEREBY ENACTED BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE SAME  That from and after the passing of this act, the said county of Davidson, be divided by a line beginning where the county line crosses the west fork of Stone’s River, down the same to the junction with the main Stone’s River, thence a direct line to the mouth of Drake’s  Lick Creek, thence down Cumberland River to the mouth of Kaspus Creek, thence up the said creek to the head of the War-Trace Fork, thence a northwardly course to the Virginia line, at a point that will leave Red River, old station, one mile to the east; and all that part of Davidson that lies to the west of said line shall continue and remain the county of Davidson; and all that part of the said county of Davidson that lies east of the said dividing line, shall thenceforth be erected into a new and distinct county by the name of Sumner.

II.  AND, for the due administration of justice:   BE IT ENACTED BY THE AUTHORITY AFORESAID,  That the Court for the said county of Sumner, shall be held constantly by the Justices thereof on the second Mondays of January, April, July, and October in every year; and the Justices for the said county of Sumner are hereby authorized and empowered to hold the first court in the same at the house of John Hamilton, all subsequent court for the said county on the days above appointed for holding the courts therein, at any place to which the said Justices shall from court to court adjourn themselves, until a court-house shall be built for the said county of Sumner, and then all causes, matters, and things depending in the said court, and all manner of process returnable to the same, shall be adjourned to such court-house; and all courts held in and for the said county of Sumner, shall be held by commission to the justices in the same manner, and under the same rules and restrictions, and shall have and exercise the same power and jurisdiction, as are or shall be prescribed for other courts held for the several counties in this state.

[The Remainder unnecessary to be inserted.]

Taken from The First Laws of the State of North Carolina (Cushing, 1984)

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Sumner 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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Sumner County in General
  • Alcorn, Janis B. The vascular flora of Sumner County, TN. Vanderbilt U. thesis, 1976. 87 pp.
  • Allen, Valeria E. "Early times in Sumner County. " Am. Mo. Mag. 10 (1897), pp. 254-259.
  • Anderson, James D. The historic Blue Grass Line: a review of the history of Davidson & Sumner counties. Nashville, Nashville-Gallatin Interurban Railway, 1913. 93 pp.
  • Anderson, James D. Making the American thoroughbred, especially in TN, 1800-1845. Norwood, MA, Plimpton Press, 1916. 300 pp.
  • Baird, Reed A. "Opie Read: an American traveler. " THQ 33 (1974), pp. 410- 428.
  • Biographical directory, TN General Assembly, 1796-1969 (Sumner County, Preliminary # 32). Nashville, TSLA, 1972. 100 pp.
  • Bonial, John G., Jr. "The Walton Road. " THQ 30 (1971), pp. 402-412.
  • Bowyer, John W. & Claude H. Thurman, eds. The annals of Elder Horn: early life in the southwest. NY, Richard R. Smith, 1930. 225 pp. (Horn was a Sumner County minister & teacher in the late 19th century)
  • A brief study of the history of Sumner County. N.p., 1940. 43 pp. (note says: "the outcome of the work of the social studies group of teachers of Sumner County, with Mrs. Paul Yokley as chairman of the white group; the colored teachers of the county contributed the chapter on the Negro.")
  • Carr, John. Early times in middle TN. Nashville, E. Stevenson & F.A. Owen, 1857. 248 pp. (reprinted 1958 by Parthenon Press)
  • Cisco, Jay G. Historic Sumner County, TN, with genealogies of the Bledsoe, Cage & Douglas families. Nashville, Folk-Keelin, 1909. 319 pp. (various reprints available)
  • Citizens' Task Force on Public Schools (Sumner County, TN). Report of the Citizens' Task Force on Public Schools. N.p., 1991. var. pp.
  • Clark, Isaac. Clark's miscellany, in prose & verse by Isaac Clark of Sumner County, TN. Nashville, T.G. Bradford, 1812. 120 pp. (known as the first book of a literary character published in Nashville or middle TN)
  • Corkran, W.D. The Sumner County educator. Edited & published in the interest of the free schools, by W.D. Corkran, superintendent. Gallatin, n.p., 1879. 16 pp.
  • Cresap, Dorothy. "Sumner County, TN historical & genealogical resources. " TN Ancestors 11 (1995), pp.
  • Curtis, Priscilla M. Employment opportunities in ornamental horticulture in Sumner County, TN. TSU thesis, 1985. 39 pp.
  • Durham, Walter T. , James W. Thomas & John F. Creasy. A celebration of houses built before 1900 in Sumner County, TN. Gallatin, Sumner County Hist. Soc. in cooperation with the Sumner County Archives, 1995. 52 pp.
  • Durham, Walter T. Daniel Smith, frontier statesman. Gallatin, Sumner County Library Board, 1976. 318 pp.
  • Durham, Walter T. The great leap westward: a history of Sumner County, TN from its beginning to 1805. Gallatin, Sumner County Public Library Board, 1969. 225 pp. (2d ed., 1993)
  • Durham, Walter T. Old Sumner: a history of Sumner County, TN. Gallatin, Sumner County Public Library Board, 1972. 530 pp. (sequel to The great leap westward )
  • Durham, Walter T. Rebellion revisited: a history of Sumner County, TN from 1861-1870. Gallatin, Sumner County Museum Assoc., 1982. 362 pp.
  • Durham, Walter T. & James W. Thomas. A pictorial history of Sumner County, TN, 1786-1986. Gallatin, Sumner County Hist. Soc., 1986. 152 pp. (reprinted 1987, 1991)
  • Ferguson, Edwin L. Sumner County, TN in the Civil War. Privately printed by the author, 1972. 399 pp.
  • Flood insurance study: Sumner County, TN, unincorporated areas. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1984. 29 pp.
  • Freedle, Martha. "Children's games & amusements in Sumner County in 'the good ol' days.' " TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 27 (1961), pp. 23-31.
  • Goodspeed's history of TN (Sumner County, pp. 797-821, 848-929). Goodspeed, 1887.
  • Guild, George B. A brief narrative of the fourth TN cavalry regiment, Wheeler's Corps, Army of TN.  Nashville, n.p., 1913. 268 pp.
  • Guild, George B. "Reconstruction times in Sumner County. " AHM 8 (1903), pp. 355-368.
  • Guild, Josephus C. The fashions & other kindred subjects: the lecture of Hon. Jo. C. Guild, delivered at Gallatin, TN, Friday evening, April 7, 1876. Gallatin, A.A. Lewis & Son, 1876. 10 pp.
  • Guill, Mrs. Donald, comp. Sumner County. Edited by Louie E. Spivey. Gallatin, n.p., 1968. 24 pp.
  • Hall, William. Early history of the southwest, by Gen. William Hall: pioneer, Indian fighter, governor of TN & US congressman. Nashville, Parthenon, 1968. 45 pp.
  • Harper, Denise. "Rural hamlets of upper Sumner County. " Western KY U. paper, 1985. pp.
  • Henderson, Deborah K. History of Walnut Grove Church. N.p., the author, 1982. 54 pp.
  • Hendrickson, Mrs. T.J. A short history of Sumner County, 1786-1957. Gallatin, Sumner County Public Library Board, 1958. 46 pp.
  • History of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church (Sumner County, TN). N.p., 1984. 12 pp.
  • Holladay, Alvis M., Robert B. Holladay & Wendell G. Holladay. "Spencer's companion, who was he? " THQ39 (1980), pp. 282-291.
  • Howell, Isabel. "John Armfield of Beersheba Springs. " THQ 3 (1944), pp. 46- 64, 156-167.
  • Howell, Isabel. "John Armfield, slave trader. " THQ 2 (1943), pp. 3-29.
  • Jenkins, William T. History of Sumner County, TN. Vanderbilt U. thesis, 1949. 113 pp.
  • Kilgore, Krista & Don Scruggs. One step further: a history of the thirteenth district of Sumner County, TN. N.p., the authors, 1986. 55 pp.
  • Kilgore, Sherry J. "A brief survey of frontier architectural characteristics in Robertson & Sumner counties. " TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 44 (1978), pp. 116-126.
  • Kilgore, Sherry J. The William Bowen house. N.p., 1978. 39 pp.
  • Law, Harry L. The strawberry industry in Sumner County, TN. George Peabody College thesis, 1930. pp.
  • Marshall, Park. A life of William B. Bate, citizen, soldier & statesman. Nashville, Cumberland Press, 1908. 363 pp.
  • Mather, Kirtley F. Oil & gas resources of the northeastern part of Sumner County, TN. Nashville, Williams Print. Co., 1920. 89 pp. (TN Div. Geol. Bulletin #24)
  • Nashville MSA, 1980-1987: an economic analysis. Nashville, TN Dept. Emp. Sec., 1988. 55 pp.
  • Nimmo, A.L. The people & events in the history of Pleasant Grove & Garretts Creek communities.  N.p., the author, 1985. 18 pp.
  • Norris, Walter C., Jr. "Remedies & cures from south Allen & north Sumner. " 1973. Unp. mss, 269 pp. (Western KY U., Folklore, Folklife & Oral History Archives)
  • Odum, Anna K. "Some Negro folk songs from TN. " J. Am. Folklore 27 (1914), pp. 255-265.
  • One hundred years celebration, 1875-1975: East Fork Missionary Baptist Association. Nashville, J & H Printing Service, 1975. pp.
  • Read, Opie. I remember. NY, Richard R. Smith, Inc., 1930. 335 pp.
  • Rogers, E.G. "Switching for water. " TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 21 (1955), pp. 108- 111.
  • Speech of Mr. Guild of Sumner, in the House of representatives, Oct. 19, 1833 on the Indian Bill.  Nashville, the Republican & Gazette, 1833. pp.
  • Sumner County Solid Waste Energy Recovery Facility. Final report, Aug., 1985. Palo Alto, CA, EPRI, 1985. var. pp.
  • Sumner County, TN. Gallatin, Sumner County Chambers of Commerce, 1927. 11 pp.
  • Sumner County, TN fact book. Gallatin, the News-Examiner, 1982. (annual)
  • Sumner County, TN fire safety survey project. N.p., 1980. 1 vol.
  • Teng, Yuan C. "Reverend Issachar Jacox Roberts & the Tai Ping rebellion. " J. Asian Studies (Nov. 1963), pp.
  • TN Dept. Transportation [county maps ] issued periodically.
  • TN Taxpayers Assoc. A report on the financial survey of the government of Sumner County, TN.  Prepared for the Sumner County Taxpayers' League & for the county court of Sumner County. Nashville, the association, 1933. 75 pp. (its Research report #3)
  • Todd, Pauline M. Sumner County sesquicentennial, 1787-1937: souvenir book, October 10-14. Nashville, Marshall-Bruce, 1937. 64 pp.
  • Trousdale, Julius A. "A history of the life of General William Trousdale. " THM 2 (1916), pp.
  • Trousdale, Julius A. "The reign of terror in TN. " So. Bivouac 1 (April 1886), pp. 665-670.
  • US Geol. Survey [topographic maps ] issued periodically. Quadrangles: Prices Mill, Franklin, Hickory Flat, Adolphus, Petroleum, Orlinda, Portland, Fountain Head, Turners Station, Westmoreland, White House, Cottontown, Gallatin, Bethpage, Hartsville, Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, Laguardo, Hunters Point, Nashville East, Hermitage.

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  • Barnes, Dovie, et al. A brief history of Cairo community. Gallatin, Cairo Community Club, 1964. 12 pp.

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Castalian Springs/Wynnewood
  • Breitburg, Emanual. "An Analysis of faunal remains from the Wynnewood State Historic Site, Sumner County, TN, & its implications to TN plantation site archaeology in the Central Basin. " TN Anthrop. 8 (1983), pp. 182-199.
  • Durham, Walter T. A historical research report on the Castalian Springs, located at Castalian Springs, Sumner County, TN. Nashville, THC, 1975. 72 pp.
  • Durham, Walter T. "Wynnewood. " THQ 33 (1974), pp. 127-156, 297-321, 389- 409.
  • Durham, Walter T. Wynnewood: Bledsoe's Lick, Castalian Springs, TN. Castalian Springs, Bledsoe's Lick Hist. Assoc., 1994. 96 pp.
  • Franklin, James. A master plan for the preservation & development of Castalian Springs.  Chattanooga, James Franklin, Architects/Planners, 197- . 36 pp.
  • Log preservation analysis: "Wynnewood," Castalian Springs, TN. For the Bledsoe's Lick Hist. Assoc. & the THC by Building Conservation Technology. Washington, D.C., Building Conservation Technology, 1976. 49 pp.
  • Smith, Samuel D. Archaeological explorations at the Castalian Springs, TN, historic site. Including a report on tree ring research at Castalian Springs National Historic Landmark by Lynne J. Bowers & Dinah L. Grashot. Nashville, TN Div. Arch., 1975. 113 pp.
  • Smith, Samuel D. "Excavation of a mid-nineteenth century trash pit, Wynnewood State Historic Site, Sumner County, TN. " TN Anthrop. 8 1983), pp. 133-181.
  • Thompson, Linda A. A study of two early nineteenth century houses in Sumner County, TN: Cragfont & Wynnewood. Vanderbilt U. thesis, 1977. 128 pp.

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  • Allen, Ward. "Cragfont: grandeur on the TN frontier. " THQ 23 (1964), pp. 103-120.
  • DeWitt, John. "General James Winchester. " THM 1 (1915), pp. 79-105.
  • Durham, Walter T. James Winchester, TN pioneer. Gallatin, Sumner County Library Board, 1979. 281 pp.
  • Harrell, David E. "James Winchester, patriot. " THQ 17 (1958), pp. 301-317.
  • Thompson, Linda A. A study of two early nineteenth-century houses in Sumner County, TN: Cragfont & Wynnewood. Vanderbilt U. thesis, 1977. 128 pp.

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Gallatin/Fairvue Plantation
  • A compilation of the laws & ordinances of the Corporation of Gallatin. Comp. by J.J. Turner, Esq., City Attorney. Gallatin, Examiner Job Room, 1875. 57 pp.
  • Connor, Thomas K. "Living with antiques: Fairvue, the TN home of Mr. & Mrs. William Wemyss.  "Antiques (Oct. 1971), pp. 606-610.
  • Laws & ordinances of the corporation of Gallatin. Comp. & rev. by J.T. Baskerville, city attorney. Nashville, Cullom & Ghertner, 1911. pp.
  • Laws & ordinances of the corporation of Gallatin: to which is prefixed the original charter with subsequent amendments. Comp. & rev. by Edward T. Seay. Gallatin, Gallatin Examiner, 1899. 175 pp.
  • Moffatt, Charles. 125th anniversary booklet, First Presbyterian Church, Gallatin, TN. N.p., 1953. pp.
  • Stephenson, Wendell H. Isaac Franklin: slave trader & planter of the old south, with plantation records. Baton Rough, LA, LSU Press, 1938. 368 pp. (reprinted 1971 by P. Smith)
  • Warden, Margaret. The saga of Fairvue, 1832-1977. Nashville, the author, 1977. 40 pp.

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  • Benthall, Joseph L. The Moss-Wright Park archaeological project: excavation of site 40SU20, Goodlettsville, TN. With contributions by Carl Kuttruff. Nashville, TN Dept. Conservation, 1987. 92 pp.
  • Flood insurance study: city of Goodlettsville, TN, Davidson & Sumner counties. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1980. 18 pp.
  • Henderson, Deborah K. & John C. Garrett, Sr. "It is a goodly land"; a history of the Mansker's Station, Goodlettsville area. With photography by Cary R. Henderson. (1st ed.) Goodlettsville, J.C. Garrett, 1982. 352 pp.
  • Hodgson, Julia. A comparison of three TN urban centers: Goodlettsville, Franklin & Clarksville.  George Peabody College thesis, 1939. 372 pp.
  • Hutchings, Janice & Terry Hutchings. The history of the Goodlettsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1843-1986. Goodlettsville, the church, 1986. 75 pp.
  • Petty, Millard F. The Goodlettsville outrage, in verse & other poems. Nashville, Davie Print. Co., 1892. 32 pp. (includes an account of the "outrage" as told by Mrs. Abeline Bruce to Jas. A. Pilkinton, & a poem entitled "Nashville's great fire, Jan. 2, 1892 ")
  • Recipes of today with yesterday's history. Presented by the Womans Club of Goodlettsville. Goodlettsville, the club, 1980. 99 pp.
  • Sowell, Anne C. The journey & sojourn of the William Bowen family of Mansker's Creek.  Hendersonville, the author, 1989. 45 pp.
  • Vanderpool, Herbert C. History of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 1794-1976. Nashville, Parthenon Press, 1976. 114 pp.

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  • Bank of Hendersonville. Fifty years in Hendersonville. Edited & published by 50th Anniversary Comm. Hendersonville, the committee, 1956. 28 pp.
  • Flood insurance study: city of Hendersonville, TN, Sumner County. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1981. 25 pp.
  • Matlock, J.W.L. History of the Methodist Church at Hendersonville, TN. Hendersonville, First Methodist Church, 1960. 90 pp.
  • Portrait of Hendersonville. Hendersonville, Chamber of Commerce, n.d. Stamper, Powell. A century plus five years: a history of the First Presbyterian Church of Hendersonville, TN, from its beginning to 1974. Nashville, Carney Print. Co., 1975. 113 pp.
  • Takacs, Timothy L. The city by the lake: a history of Hendersonville, TN, 1780-1969. Baltimore, MD, Gateway Press, 1992. 504 pp.

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Howard Female Institute
  • Fowler, Jo. Smith. An examination of a scurrilous pamphlet under the vaunting title "Conclusive proof that Jo. Smith Fowler is an infidel." Gallatin, Gray & Boyers, 1857. 44 pp.
  • Harrison, W.A. Conclusive proof that Mr. Jo. Smith Fowler, principal of Gallatin Female Institute, is an infidel. Nashville, printed by E. Vallette, 1856. 31 pp.
  • Howard Female Institute, Gallatin, TN. Announcement of the Howard Female Institute, Gallatin, Sumner County, TN. Nashville, A.A. Stitt, 1856. 15 pp.

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  • Flood insurance study: city of Millersville, TN, Sumner County. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1983. 14 pp.
  • Smith, Nancy B. & Roger L. Smith. TN Homecoming '86, Millersville. N.p., 1986. 162 pp.

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  • Absher, Lee A., comp. Some early settlers of upper Sumner County, TN, including a reprint of The settlement of Portland, TN, by William T. McGlothlin. Published in the Portland Herald, 1909-1910. Knoxville, n.p., 1966. 72 pp.
  • History of the First Baptist Church, Portland TN: the first seventy-five years, 1890-1965: diamond anniversary celebration. Portland, the church, 1965. 34 pp.

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  • Ferguson, Edwin L. Richland from birth to death. Portland, the author, 1976. pp.

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Rock Castle
  • Delaney, Joseph D. A historical study of Rock Castle. Nashville, THC, 1969. 47 pp.
  • Dickson, D. Bruce. Excavations at Rock Castle, Sumner County, TN, Aug., 1972. Nashville, THC, 1972. 9 pp.
  • Ellis, Willie M. Historic Rock Castle: a history of Hendersonville, TN, & surrounding areas.  Hendersonville, n.p., 1973. 157 pp.
  • Garrett, W.R., ed. "Rock Castle. " AHM 5 (1900), pp. 291-294.

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Tyree Springs
  • Durham, Anna T. "Tyree Springs. " THQ 28 (1969), pp. 156-165.
  • Moore, Gilbertine. Tyree Springs, a memory. N.p., 1972. 16 pp.

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Volunteer State Community College
  • Durham, Walter T. A college for this community: a history of the local colleges antecedent to Volunteer State Community College. Gallatin, Sumner County Library Board, 1974. 108 pp.
  • Number one. Vol. 1, 1973-. (annual) Volunteer State Community College (college prose & verse)
  • Pioneer trails. Vol. 1, 1972-. (annual). Volunteer State Community College. (suspended 1977-1987)
  • Volunteer State Community College. General catalog. Vol. 1, 1971-. (annual). Volunteer State Community College. Volunteer State Community College enrollment analysis, fall, 1971- fall, 1975. Prepared by the Office of Admissions & Records. Gallatin, the college, 1975. 26 pp.

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