Washington County

Washington County

Washington County was formed in 1777
by Act of North Carolina

(Laws of North Carolina 1777, Chapter 31)

The county seat is Jonesborough.

There was a fire at the Washington County courthouse in 1839.

 


Selected Published County Histories
  • Early Settlers of Washington County, Tennessee (Jonesborough Genealogical Society, 2014)
  • History of the Philadelphia Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Limestone, Tennessee, 1847-1985 (Rowan & Reeser, 1985) [name index]
  • History of Washington County, Tennessee (Cox, 2001)* [name index]
  • History of Washington County, Tennessee, 1988 (Watauga Association of Genealogists--Upper East Tennessee, 1988)* [name index]
  • Johnson City (Haskins, 2005)
  • Johnson City, Tennessee [compiled in 1909] (Lewis, 1989)
  • Jonesborough: The First Century of Tennessee's First Town, 1776-1876 (Fink, 1989)
  • Some Historic Landmarks of Upper East Tennessee (Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities. Washington County Chapter, 1963)
  • Washington County Court, 1796-1836  (Finchum,  1959)
  • Washington County Historical Association Speeches, 1987-1988 (Kozsuch, 1993) [name index]

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

 

Published Local Records
  • 1880 Census, Washington County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1994)* [alphabetical]
  • Abstracts of Death and Obituary Notices Garnered from Herald-Tribune [vol. 1-2 1869-1875 & 1875-1896; vol. 3-4 1896-1902 & 1902-1907] (Burns, 1967-) [name index]
  • Carter Co., Tennessee, Greene Co., Tennessee, Hawkins Co., Tennessee, Johnson Co., Tennessee, Sullivan Co., Tennessee, Unicoi Co., Tennessee, Washington Co. [1891 enumeration of male voters] (Reed, 1992)
  • East Tennessee tax records index [vol. 1 1778-1821; vol. 2 1822-1839; vol. 3 1840-1850]( Rasmussen, 2005) [alphabetical]
  • Inventories of Estates, 1779-1843 [3 vols. 1779-1843] (WPA, 1938-39) [name index]
  • Marriage Record of Washington County, Tennessee, 1787-1840 (Grammer & Mullins, 1973)*[surname index]
  • Marriage Records, Volume no.1, 1838 to 1846 (WPA, 1937) [name index, bride & groom]
  • Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions... [11 vols. 1787-1799, 1802-1817, 1819-1837] (WPA, 1937-41) [name index]
  • Minutes of the Superior Court of Law & Equity of Washington County, 1791-1799 (WPA, 1941) [name index]
  • Superior Court Minutes, 1791-1815 [3 vols. 1791-1815] (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Tennesseans Before 1800: Washington County (Fischer, 1996)* [alphabetical]
  • Tennessee Land Entries: Washington County, 1778-1796 [3 vols.] (Pruitt, 1997)* [name index in vol. 3]
  • Tombstone Records (WPA, 19??)
  • Washington County Court, 1796-1836 (Finchum, 1959)
  • Washington County, Tennessee 1830 Federal Census (Heads of Family) (Streleski, 1968) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Court Minutes [2 vols. 1837-1847] (WPA, 1941) [name index in vol. 1]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Death Record Abstracts, 1908-1916 (Nikazy, 1994)* [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee Death Records, 1925-1936 (Houghland & Hylton, 2009)* [alphabetical]
  • Washington County, Tennessee Deeds [vol. 1 1775-1800; vol. 2 1779-1817] (Rae, 1991-) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, District Superior Court Minutes, 1793-95 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, General Index to Deeds and Mortgages, vol. 1, 1779-1866 (WPA, 1940) [alphabetical by grantor and by grantee]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1787-1859 (WPA, 1937) [name index, bride & groom]
  • Washington County, Tennessee Marriages, 1780-1870 (Burgner, 1985)* [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Marriages and Wills [1778-1820] (Stuart & Huffine, 1961) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Records [list of taxables, 1778-1801, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions 1778-1801] (McCown, 1964)*
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Settlements of Estates [vol. 1 1790-1841; vol. 2 1841-1860] (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee Settlements of Estates, 1790-1841 (Lucas & Sheffield, 1999)* [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Superior Court Docket, 1803-08, 1809 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Superior Court Minute Book, 1800-03, Superior Court Minute 1804-08 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Tax List, 1814-1819 (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee Tombstone Inscriptions, Plus Genealogical Notes  [3 vols.]  (Bennett,  1977-) [surname index in each vol.]
  • Washington County, Tennessee, Will Book, vol. 1, 1779-1858 (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Washington County, Tennessee Wills, 1777-1872 (Burgner, 1983) [name index]
  • Watauga Reservoir Cemeteries: TVA Grave Removal Records (Douthat, 1992) [name index]
  • Widows' Dowers of Washington County, Tennessee 1803-1899 (Toms & Gann, 2004)* [name index]

 

Local Records on Microfilm

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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1787
  • wills from 1779
  • deed index from 1783
  • chancery court minutes from 1836
  • county court minutes from 1778
  • circuit court minutes from 1809
  • tax books from 1778

 

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

  • Deed Index -- 1783-1900  (#174, 1 reel)*
  • Estate Settlements -- 1796-1871  (#156, 1 reel)*
  • Insolvent Estates & Estate Inventories -- 1852-1867  (#113, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories of estates -- 1856-1888  (#114, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage records -- 1787-1891  (#123, 1 reel)*
  • McCown's WPA misc. record book -- 1778-1900  (#128, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1779-1889  (#169, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Washington County  (Record Group #107, Roll 85,  1 reel). Roll includes Superior Court Minutes Book (1793-1795), Superior Court Minutes Book, Book A & B (1791-1804),  Superior Court Minutes Book, vol. 3 (1804-1815),  Superior Court Minutes Book (1800-1803), Superior Court Minutes Book (1804-1808), Superior Court Docket (1803-1809), Minutes of the Superior Court of Law & Equity (1791-1799), Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Minutes, vol. 1 (1778-1785),  Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Minutes (1798-1799) and Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Minutes (1802-1817).*

 

Newspapers on Microfilm 

Newspapers were published in Johnson City, Jonesborough, Limestone and Washington College.  Scattered early issues are available from 1819, and a complete run begins in 1943.  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
  • Antioch Baptist Church (Washington County) Records, 1919-2008 (Microfilm Manuscript #2003, 1 reel)
  • Boone's Creek Academy Records. Washington County, 1854-1881  (Microfilm Manuscript #169, 1 reel)*
  • Boone's Creek Church of Christ Records. Washington County, 1834-1892  (Microfilm Manuscript #48, 1 reel)*
  • Records of Cumberland District, Davidson and Washington Counties, 1779-1806  (Microfilm Manuscript #224, 1 reels)*
  • Washington Bogart Cooper Account Book, 1837-1846  (Microfilm Manuscript #100, 1 reels)*

Search for Manuscripts Material in our Catalog 

 

Census Records
  • Census on microfilm for Washington County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Washington County census records in book form:  1830,  1880

 

Additional Research Aids for Washington County

 

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

 

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Washington County Formation Act

LAWS OF NORTH CAROLINA 1777, CHAPTER 31:

"An Act for erecting the district of Washington into a county, by the name of Washington County."

BE IN ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF NORTH-CAROLINA, AND IT IS HEREBY ENACTED BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE SAME,  That the late district of Washington, and all that part of this state comprehended with in the following lines, shall be erected into a new and distinct county, by the name of Washington County, viz.  Beginning at the most north-westerly part of the county of Wilkes on the Virginia line;  thence running with the line of Wilkes County, to a point thirty-six miles south of the Virginia line;  thence due west, to the ridge of the great Iron Mountain which henceforth divided the Hunting Grounds of the Overhill Cherokee, from those of the Middle Settlements, and Valley;  thence running a south-westerly course, along the said ridge, to the Unacoy Mountain, where the trading path crosses the same from the Valley to the Overhills;  thence south with the line of the state, adjoining the state of South-Carolina;  thence due west, to the great River Mississippi;  thence up the same river the counties thereof, to a point due west from the beginning;  thence due east with the line of this state, to the beginning:  And it is hereby declared, that all that part of this State comprehended within the lines aforesaid, shall from henceforth be and remain the county of Washington, and shall be, and is hereby declared to be part of the district of Salisbury.

AND LET IT FURTHER ENACTED BY THE AUTHORITY AFORESAID, AND IS HEREBY DECLARED,  That all that parrot of this state lying west of Rowan County, and south of the county of Washington, shall be, and is hereby declared to be part of the county of Burke.

 

 

[The Remainder unnecessary to be inserted.]

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

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Washington 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 e-mail the Library and Archives to 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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Washington County in General
  • Association for the Preservation of TN Antiquities. Washington County Chapter. Some historical landmarks of upper east TN.
  • Barkley, Anna M. Local history stories for third grade, Washington & Sullivan counties, TN. ETSU thesis, 1952. 83 pp.
  • Biographical directory, TN General Assembly, 1796-1969 (Washington County, Preliminary # 38-A). Nashville, TSLA, 1973. 76 pp.
  • Blaustein, Richard. "The old time country radio reunion: a different kind of folk festival." TN Folklore Soc. Bull 46 (1980), pp. 105-118.
  • Blaustein, Richard & Anthony P. Cavender. "The lunatic asylum: folksongs as healing process." TN Folklore Soc. Bull 45 (1979), pp. 1-11.
  • Boyd, Donna C. & Clifford Boyd, Jr. "An early nineteenth century log structure [the Boyd House] in Washington County, TN." TN Anthrop. 10 (1985), pp. 123-127.
  • Bradshaw, Grace B. Some phases of the social & economic history of Washington County, TN, 1865-1917. UT thesis, 1942. 97 pp.
  • Brookmar, Rosemary. "Folk veterinary medicine in upper east TN." TN Folklore Soc. Bull 43 (1977), pp. 140-148.
  • Browning, Howard M. Washington County court: the government of a TN frontier community. Vanderbilt U. thesis, 1938. 100 pp.
  • Browning, Howard M. "The Washington County Court, 1778-1789: a study in frontier administration." THQ 1 (1942), pp. 328-343.
  • Brumit, Robert F. History of Boone's Creek School, 1851-1958. ETSU thesis, 1958. 73 pp.
  • Chamber of Commerce, Johnson City, Jonesboro, Washington County, TN. Focus 2015. Presented by the Chamber of Commerce representing Johnson City, Jonesboro, Washington County, TN. Johnson City, Chamber of Commerce, 1993. 36 pp.
  • Churches & institutions of Washington County. Milligan College, Milligan College, 1994. 277 pp. (Restoration Movement term papers by Milligan College students enrolled in "Reformation of the Nineteenth Century," taught by Dr. Henry E. Webb)
  • Down around Bowmantown: then & now. Johnson City, Now & Then, 1989. Recording, 1 sound disc. ("a portrait of a musical community in northeast TN." Jam sessions recorded in the early 1940s through the early 1950s & in 1987 in Washington County, TN)
  • Emergency operations plan, Washington County-Johnson City, TN. Nashville, TEMA, 1987. 1 v.
  • Finchum, George A. Washington County court, 1796-1836. ETSU thesis, 1959. 152 pp.
  • Fink, Miriam L. "Judicial activities in early east TN." ETHSP 7 (1935), pp. 38- 49.
  • Fink, Paul M. "Fifty years of freemasonry, 1823-1872: Rhea Lodge no. 47, Jonesboro, TN." ETHSP 19 (1947), pp. 25-47.
  • Fink, Paul M. "Russell Bean, TN's first native son." ETHSP 37 (1965), pp. 31-48.
  • First TN-VA Development District. Water & sewer plan, Washington County, TN. N.p., 1970. 53 pp.
  • Flood insurance study: Washington County, TN, unincorporated areas. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1982. 29 pp.
  • Frye, Garland V. Job opportunities for high school graduates in the manufacturing industries in Washington County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1969. 76 pp.
  • Golden, Charles E. A study of underlying factors which influence school district reorganization & the development of a proposed plan of unification in the city of Sparta & in White County, TN. American University thesis (Ed.D), 1968. 172 pp.
  • Goodspeed's history of TN (Washington County, pp. 891-904, 1262-1286). Goodspeed, 1887.
  • Gump, Lucy K. Possessions & patterns of living in Washington County: the 20 years before statehood, 1777-1796. ETSU thesis, 1989. 304 pp.
  • Hamilton, Allana R. An inventory of the vascular species of Buffalo Mountain Park, Washington County, TN & quantitative description of representative forest communities. ETSU thesis, 1991. 34 pp.
  • Hamlett, James C. Long-lots in Washington County with reference to past & present landholding shapes. ETSU thesis, 1962. 70 pp.
  • Harris, Nathaniel E. Autobiography: the story of an old man's life, with reminiscences of seventy-five years. Macon, GA, J.W. Burke, 1925. 550 pp.
  • Health profile: Washington County, TN. Johnson City, ARCHA Health Systems Agency, Inc., 1986. 22 pp.
  • Holston Association of Baptists. One hundred and first anniversary with New Salem Church, Washington County, TN: 1876-1886. Bristol, J.L. King, 1886. 24 pp.
  • Horton, Samuel R. An analysis of sulfate concentrations in Johnson City & rural Washington County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1975. 49 pp.
  • Hoss, E.E. "Elihu Embree, abolitionist." AHM 2 (1897), pp. 113-138.
  • Jackson, Stevan. "Tradition, tourism & the National Association for the Preservation & Perpetuation of Storytelling: what a story!" TN Anthrop. 17 (1992), pp. 179-190.
  • Johnson, Don. Watauga drawdown. Johnson City, Overmountain Press, 1990. 66 pp.
  • Kincer, Cynthia J. Effect of a habitat disturbance on tardigrade populations from Brush Creek tributary, Washington County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1989. 61 pp.
  • McNeil, Thomas S. The avifauna of Buffalo Mountain Park, Washington County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1995. 119 pp.
  • Manning, Ambrose. "Railroad worksongs." TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 32 (1966), pp. 41-47.
  • Masters, Fred N. Farm machinery in Jonesboro area, Washington County, TN, 1943.
  • Moonsammy, Albert G. A study of selected economic limitations to resource recovery from municipal solid wastes in Washington County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1981. 105 pp.
  • Ng, Paul T. Evaluation & ranking of environmental qualities of potential public housing sites in Sullivan County & Washington County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1979. 59 pp.
  • Report on Boone & South Holston Reservoirs: Washington, Sullivan & Carter counties, TN & Washington County, VA, EPA region IV. Corvallis Environmental Research Laboratory, 1976. 76 pp.
  • Rines, Gregory K. A sequential study of accelerated soil erosional features found in Washington County, TN: their identification & distribution for 1953 & 1983. ETSU thesis, 1988. 129 pp.
  • Rodgers, John. Geology & mineral deposits of Bumpass Cove, Unicoi & Washington counties, TN. Nashville, TN Div. Geol., 1948. 82 pp. (its Bulletin # 54)
  • Scruton, Stephen B. A solid waste collection system for Washington County, TN.
  • Shelton, Tom. Trends & needs of the Washington County, TN schools, 1948- 1966. ETSU thesis, 1954. 87 pp.
  • Shepherd, George S. An investigation of land uses on dairy farms in Washington County, TN: a study of the Thunen model. ETSU thesis, 1976. 98 pp.
  • Smith, Ross. Reminiscences of an old-timer by Captain Ross Smith. Privately printed, 1930. 86 pp.
  • Soil survey, Washington County, TN. Washington, DC, GPO, 1948, 1958.
  • Taylor, Edwin D. Washington County, TN: a model for court reform.
  • TN Dept. Education. Washington County; schools survey report, Jan., 1964. Nashville, n.p., 1964. 1 v.
  • TN Dept. Emp. Sec. The labor market in tri-cities area.
  • TN Taxpayers Assn. A report of the survey of the finances & management of the government of Washington County, TN.
  • TN Valley Authority. Ind. Div. Agricultural-industrial survey of Washington County, TN.
  • Twiggs, Joan E. More than a land of moss-hanging trees. Mount Holyoke College, 1975. 134 pp. (honors paper -- American studies)
  • US Geol. Survey [topographic maps] issued periodically. Quadrangles: Lovelace, Sullivan Gardens, Boone Dam, Bluff City, Leesburg, Jearoldstown, Jonesboro, Johnson City, Chuckey, Telford, Erwin, Unicoi, Flag Pond. Washington County Historical Association speeches, 1987-1988.Ed. by Mildred S. Kozsuch. Jonesboro, the assn., 1993. 158 pp.
  • Watauga Association of Genealogists. History of Washington County, TN. Watauga Association of Genealogists -- Upper East TN, 1988. 618 pp.
  • White, Hugh L. Flood hazards: an assessment of attitudes & perceptions of residents along the Nolichucky River, Washington County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1985. 134 pp.
  • Williams, Jerry P. An ecological study of some small mammals of Horse Cove, Washington County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1963. 37 pp.
  • Williams, Samuel C. "The first territorial division named for Washington." THM, (2d ser.), 2 (1931-1932), pp. 153-164.
  • Williams, Samuel C. "Journal of events, 1825-1873, of David A Deaderick." ETHSP 8 (1936), pp. 121-137; 9 (1937), pp. 93-110.
  • Williams, Samuel C. "Washington County bar -- the first bar west of the Alleghenies." TN Bar Assn. Proc. 16 (1897), pp. 95-111.
 
 

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ETSU
  • Burleson, David S. History of the ETS College. Johnson City, n.p., 1947. 102 pp.
  • ETSU. Bulletin of ETSU. 1911-. (vols. for 1963- issued by ETSU (called 1911- 1962 East TN State Normal School; East TN State Teacher's College; East TN State College).
  • ETSU today. 1978- . (frequency varies; numbering irregular)
  • Explorations: the research magazine of ETSU. (annual)
  • Field, Frank, ed. Who's who in East TN State College. Johnson City, the college, 1949. 266 pp.
  • Hipple, F. Steb. The economic impact of ETSU on the tri-cities metropolitan area, 1986. Johnson City, ETSU Bureau of Bus. & Ec. Res., 1988. 39 pp.
  • Kessler, Chip. Buccaneer basketball: eighty years of basketball history at ETSU. Johnson City, Overmountain Press, 1990. 198 pp.
  • Statistical profiles of ETSU. 1973-. (annual; other title: Fact book)
  • Student essays to celebrate ETSU's 75th anniversary. Johnson City, ETSU Press, 1986. 16 pp.
  • Turning toward 2011: a report by the Commission on the Future of ETSU.
  • Williams, Frank. A university's study, 1911-1980: ETSU. Johnson City, ETSU Press, 1991. 352 pp.
  • Williams, Frank. "ETSU: the beginning." THQ 49 (Winter, 1990), pp. 218-229.
 
 

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Embreeville
  • Fink, Paul M. "The Bumpas Cove mines & Embreeville." ETHSP 16 (1944), pp. 48-64.
 

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State of Franklin
  • Alden, George H. "The State of Franklin." Am Hist. Rev. 8 (1902-1903), pp. 271-289.
  • Black, Henry C. "Some forgotten constitutions: Franklin." Const. Rev. 10 (1926), pp. 115-119.
  • Cannon, Walter F. "Four interpretations of the history of the State of Franklin." ETHSP 22 (1950), pp. 3-18.
  • Clemens, Will M. "Lost State of Franklin." NE Mag. (Feb. 1903), pp. 772-774.
  • A declaration of rights, also the constitution, or form of government, agreed to, & resolved upon, by the representatives of the freemen of the State of Franklin, elected & chosen for that particular purpose, in convention assembled, at Greeneville, the 14th of Nov. 1785. Philadelphia, PA, Francis Bailey, 1786. 23 pp. (reprinted AHM 1 (1896), pp. 50-63.)
  • DeWitt, John H. "History of the Lost State of Franklin." THM 8 (1924), pp. 167-170.
  • Driver, Carl S. John Sevier: pioneer of the old Southwest. Chapel Hill, NC, UNC Press, 1932. 240 pp. (reprinted 1973 by Elder)
  • Faris, John T. Nolichucky Jack. Philadelphia, PA, Lippincott, 1927. 288 pp.
  • Fink, Paul M. "Some phases of the history of the State of Franklin." THQ 16 (1957), pp. 195-213.
  • Fitch, William E. The origin, rise & downfall of the State of Franklin under her first & only governor, John Sevier. NY, Soc. of Order of Founders & Patriots of Am., 1910. 24 pp.
  • Foster, Dave. Franklin: the stillborn state and the Sevier/Tipton political feud. Pigeon Forge, TN., Top Ten Press, 1994. 26 pp.
  • Garrett, William R. "The provisional constitution of Frankland." AHM 1 (1896), pp. 48-63.
  • Gerson, Noel B. The Cumberland rifles. Garden City, NY, Doubleday, 1952. 314 pp. (fiction)
  • Gerson, Noel B. Franklin: America's "lost state". NY, Crowell-Collier Press, 1968. 167 pp.
  • Goodpasture, Albert V., ed. "Constitution of the State of Franklin." AHM 9 (1904), pp. 399-408. (reprinted in TN old & new, vol. 1, pp. 13-26)
  • Hagy, James W. & Stanley J. Folmsbee. "Arthur Campbell & the separate state movements in VA & NC." ETHSP 42 (1970), pp. 20-46.
  • Hagy, James W. & Stanley J. Folmsbee. "Democracy defeated: the Frankland constitution of 1785." THQ 40 (1981), pp. 239-256.
  • Lacy, Eric R. "The persistent state of Franklin." THQ 23 (1964), p. 321-332.
  • McGill, J.T. "Franklin & Frankland: names & boundaries." THM 8 (1924), pp. 248-257.
  • Miller, Helen T. The sound of chariots: a novel of John Sevier & the State of Franklin. Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1947. 288 pp.
  • Quarles, Robert T., Jr. State of Franklin. N.p., 1917. 208 pp. (consists of data published in the Colonial records of North Carolina)
  • Swint, Henry L. "Ezekiel Birdseye & the free state of Frankland." THQ 3 (1944), pp. 226-236.
  • Williams, Samuel C. History of the lost state of Franklin. Johnson City, Watauga, 1924. 371 pp. (rev. ed. NY, Press of the Pioneers, 1933, 378 pp.)
 
 

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Johnson City
  • Archer, Cordelia P. History of the schools of Johnson City, TN, 1868-1950.
  • Bailey, William P. Jr. History of the First United Methodist Church of Johnson City, TN, 1865-1990. Johnson City, Overmountain Press, 1990. 287 pp.
  • Branch soldiers' home, at or near Johnson City, TN: Mr. Brownlow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, submitted the following report (to accompany H.R. 7094). Washington, D.C., US GPO, 1900. 6 pp.
  • Daniels, Ophelia C. Formative years of Johnson City, TN, 1885-1890. TN A&I thesis, 1947. 87 pp.
  • First Presbyterian Church, Johnson City, 100th anniversary: history & directory, 1869-1969. St. Louis, MO, Pictorial Church Directories of America, 1970. unp.
  • Fry, James W. Mayne Williams, the history of a library; photographs by George W. Fredericks, III. Johnson City, the author, 1966. 35 pp.
  • Hill Associates. Johnson City, TN, population & economic base study. 2 vols. in 1. Atlanta, GA, Johnson City Regional Planning Comm., 1964-65. 89 pp.
  • Humphrey, Richard A. History of Cherokee United Methodist Church of Johnson City District, Holston Conference. N.p., 1984. 71 pp.
  • John Sevier Center fire, Johnson City, TN, December 24, 1989. Nashville, TN State Fire Marshall's Office, 1990. 26 pp.
  • Johnson City Fire Department, 1891-1991. Johnson City, the department, 1991. 79 pp.
  • Johnson City Foundry & Machine Works, Inc. Brief history, 1883-1969.
  • Johnson City Junior High School. Edited by members of the graduating class, Dept. of Civics. Johnson City, 1934. 11 pp. (reproduced from typewritten copy)
  • Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol MSA, 1980-1987: an economic analysis.
  • Johnson City, TN. Compiled in 1909 by J.O. Lewis. Johnson City, Overmountain Press, 1989. 63 pp. (reprint)
  • Lay, Elery A. An industrial & commercial history of the Tri-cities in TN. George Peabody College thesis, 1960. 284 pp. (reprinted 1982, Lay Pubs.)
  • Maclay, Robert W. Geology & ground-water resources of the Elizabethton- Johnson City areas, TN. Washington, D.C., US GPO, 1962. 436 pp.
  • McCowan, Mary H. Brief chronological history of Johnson City, TN & three suggested historical tours of the Johnson City area. Johnson City, Chamber of Commerce, 1963. 22 pp. (reprinted 1969, centennial edition.)
  • McCowan, Mary H. 100th anniversary history & directory, 1871-1971, First Christian Church, Johnson City, TN. Johnson City, n.p., 1971. 160 pp.
  • Maher, James A. "Johnson City, TN." (In East TN Hist. & Biog., pp. 441-451)
  • Price, Charles E. I'd rather have a talking frog: tales from Johnson City. Johnson City, Overmountain Press, 1993. 86 pp.
  • Six decades of progress: Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, 1915-1975. includes facsimile reproduction of : Illustrated Johnson City, TN, the first book published by the Chamber; Johnson City, C.E. Weaver, 1915)
  • Southern Railway Company. Freight Traffic Dept. The Southern Railway mercantile & industrial review of Johnson City, TN. Knoxville, Gant-Ogden Co., 1909. 32 pp.
  • Stahl, Ray. Greater Johnson City: a pictorial history. Norfolk, VA, Donning Co., 1983. 224 pp. (reprinted 1986, 231 pp.)
  • Taber, Betty J. The sergeant has four legs. Johnson City, Overmountain Press, 1993. 98 pp. (history of city police dept.)
  • Tedesco, Marie. "Appalachia becomes mainstream: from down-home baseball to the rookie league in Johnson City, TN." J. East TN Hist. 64 (1992), pp. 20-40.
  • TN Taxpayers Assn. A report upon a survey of the administrative methods & finances of the government of the city of Johnson City, TN, conducted...in October, November, & December, 1938.
  • Thirty-six old picture postcards of Elizabethton, Johnson City, & Jonesboro, ready to mail. Edited by Mildred Kozsuch. N.p., 1982. 12 pp.
  • Verghese, Abraham. My own country: a doctor's story of a town & its people in the age of AIDS. NY, Simon & Schuster, 1995. 416 pp.
  • Weaver, Clarence E. Illustrated Johnson City, TN. Johnson City, Chamber of Commerce, 1915. 23 pp.
  • Who's who in Johnson City / Washington County business. Johnson City, JC/WCACC, 1990-.
  • Williams, Samuel C. History of Johnson City & its environs. Johnson City, Watauga Press, 1940. 31 pp. (first published in Johnson City Press Chronicle, March 24, 1940; reprinted 1954)
 
 

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Jonesborough
  • Centennial of Holston Presbytery celebrated in the Jonesboro Presbyterian Church, Jonesboro, TN, Oct. 18-19, 1926. Greeneville, John R. Self, 1927. 43 pp.
  • Crutcher, Charlotte. "Asiatic cholera in Jonesboro, 1873." THQ 31 (1972), pp. 74-79.
  • Dulaney, Miriam F. Humor, rumor & romance in old Jonesborough. Johnson City, Overmountain Press, 1991. 53 pp.
  • Eberling, May D. "History in towns: Jonesboro, TN's oldest town." Antiques (Sept. 1971), pp. 420-424.
  • Embree, Elihu. The emancipator. Jonesboro, n.p., 1820. 112 pp. (reprinted by Robert H. White, 1932).
  • Fink, Miriam L. Some phases of the social & economic history of Jonesboro, TN, prior to the Civil War. UT thesis, 1934. 103 pp.
  • Fink, Paul M. "The early press of Jonesboro." ETHSP 10 (1938), pp. 57-70.
  • Fink, Paul M. Jonesboro: the first century of TN's first town, 1776-1876.
  • Fink, Paul M. "Jonesboro's Chester Inn." ETHSP 27 (1955), pp. 19-38.
  • Fink, Paul M. "Methodism in Jonesboro, TN." ETHSP 22 (1950), pp. 45-59.
  • Fink, Paul M. "The railroad comes to Jonesboro." THQ 36 (1977), pp. 161-179.
  • Fink, Paul M. "The rebirth of Jonesboro." THQ 31 (1972), pp. 223-239.
  • Flood insurance study: town of Jonesboro, TN, Washington County. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1982. 20 pp.
  • Goodheart, Lawrence B. "TN's antislavery movement reconsidered: the example of Elihu Embree." THQ 41 (1982), pp. 224-238.
  • Hash, Judith H. History of the First Presbyterian Church, Jonesboro, TN. ETSU thesis, 1965. 333 pp.
  • Historic Jonesborough days, 1976: a national bicentennial event. Johnson City, Washington County American Revolution Bicentennial Committee, 1976. 76 pp.
  • Jacksonian. (yearbook) Jonesboro High School, 19-. (title varies: the Pioneer)
  • Johnson-Schmidt, Elise. Historic structure report, Chester Inn, Jonesboro, TN.
  • Jonesboro, TN, Second Presbyterian Church. Historic sketch & directory of the Second Presbyterian Church, Jonesboro, TN. Jonesboro, Herald & Tribune Print., 1895. 13 pp.
  • The pioneer. (yearbook) Jonesboro High School, 19-. (title varies: the Jacksonian)
  • Robinson, Blackwell P. "Willie Jones of Halifax." NC Hist. Rev. 18 (1941), pp. 1-26, 133-170. (Jonesboro was named for Willie Jones)
  • Sims, Becky P. Feelings of Jonesborough. Photographs by William E. Kennedy. Jonesboro, Southeastern Color Graphics, Inc., 1986. 50 pp.
  • Sobol, Joseph D. Jonesborough days: the national storytelling festival & the contemporary storytelling revival movement in America. Northwestern U. dissertation, 1994. 2 vols.
  • TN Valley Authority. Div. Water Control Plan. Floods on Little Limestone Creek in vicinity of Jonesboro, TN: special report. Knoxville, 1970. 10 pp.
  • Thirty-six old picture postcards of Elizabethton, Johnson City & Jonesboro, ready to mail. Edited by Mildred Kozsuch. N.p., 1982. 12 pp.
  • Thomas, James F. The history of the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, TN.
  • A visitor's guide to historic Jonesborough, TN's oldest town: close encounters with history on the old great stage road. Jonesboro, Stage Road Interiors, 1986. 16 pp.
  • Williams, Samuel C. "Founder of TN's first town: Major Jessee Walton." ETHSP 2 (1930), pp. 70-80.

 

 
 

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Kings Mountain
  • Adams, Randolph G. "Two documents on the Battle of King's Mountain." NC Hist. Rev. 8 (1931), pp. 348-352.
  • Alden, John R. The south in the Revolution, 1763-1789 (vol. 3 of History of the south). Baton Rouge, LA, LSU Press, 1957, 1962. 442 pp.
  • Alderman, Pat. One heroic hour at King's Mountain, October 7, 1780. Erwin, n.p., 1968. 64 pp. (2d ed. (index added), 1990 by Overmountain Press, 94 pp.)
  • Allison, John. Address delivered by John Allison on "Kings Mountain Day, Oct. 7," at the TN Centennial Exhibition in Nashville, May 1 to Oct. 31, 1897.
  • Armstrong, Zella. Some TN heroes of the Revolution, compiled from pension statements. Lookout, 1933. unp.
  • Bailey, James D. Commanders at Kings Mountain. Gaffney, SC, E.H. DeCampt, 1926. 431 pp.
  • Burnett, Swan M. The overmountain men: some passages from a page of neglected history. Washington, D.C., American Hist. Reg., 1895. 23 pp. (essay read before the Literary Society of Washington, Feb. 24, 1894)
  • Carpenter, Hugh. King's Mountain, an epic of revolution: with historical & biographical sketches, & illustrations. Knoxville, the author, 1936. 137 pp.
  • Celebration of the Battle of King's Mountain, October, 1855, & the address of the Hon. John S. Preston. Together with the proceedings of the meetings & the accompanying documents. Yorkville, SC, Miller & Melton, 1855. 108 pp.
  • Chandler, Helen D. A brief description of the Battle of King's Mountain, "the turning point of the American Revolution," fought in York County, SC, October 7, 1780. Together with brief accounts of previous celebrations, illustrations showing the battlefield & monuments & interesting data concerning 150th anniversary celebration to be held on the battleground October 7, 1930. Gastonia, NC, Publicity Comm. of the Sesquicentennial Celebration Comm., 1930. 47 pp.
  • Chapman, Maristan, pseud. Rogue's march. Philadelphia, PA, J.B. Lippincott, 1949. 384 pp. (fiction)
  • Claiborne, Nathaniel H. Notes on the war in the south, with biographical sketches of the lives of Montgomery, Jackson, Sevier, the late Gov. Claiborne, & others. Richmond, VA, William Ramsay, 1819. (reprinted by Arno, 1971. 112 pp.)
  • Draper, Lyman C. King's Mountain & its heroes: history of the Battle of King's Mountain, October 7, 1780, & the events which led to it. Cincinnati, OH, P.G. Thomson, 1881. (various reprints available)
  • Dugger, Shepherd M. The war trails of the Blue Ridge: containing an authentic description of the Battle of Kings Mountain, the incidents leading up to & the echoes of the aftermath of this epochal engagement, & other stories whose scenes are laid in the Blue Ridge. Banner Elk, NC, the author, 1932. 324 pp. (reprinted by Puddingstone Press, 1974, 334 pp.)
  • Dykeman, Wilma. With fire & sword: the Battle of Kings Mountain, 1780. Illustrated by Louis S. Glanzman. Washington, D.C., US Dept. Interior, 1978. 82 pp.
  • Flannagan, John W. General Campbell & his immortal four hundred: remarks of Hon. John W. Flannagan, Jr., of VA in the House of Representatives, Tuesday, June 6, 1939. Washington, D.C., US GPO, 1939. 22 pp.
  • Foster, Steven. "The Battle of King's Mountain." AHM 1 (1896), pp. 22-45.
  • Gilmore, James R., pseud. Edmund Kirke. The rear guard of the Revolution. NY, Appleton, 1986. 317 pp.
  • Goodrich, William. "Invincible Tennesseans." AHM 3 (1898), pp. 223-229.
  • Hall, Reid. Battle of King's Mountain, October 7, 1780. Compiled by "Teeny" Reid Hall, Jack F. Westmoreland. N.p., 1980. 22 pp.
  • Henderson, W.A. Kings Mountain & its campaign: an address on occasion of the unveiling of a monument to its heroes at Guilford Battleground, July 4th, 1903. Greensboro, NC, Guilford Battleground Co., 1903. 24 pp.
  • Henri, Florette. King's Mountain. Garden City, NY, Doubleday, 1950. 340 pp. (fiction)
  • Kelly, James C. & William C. Baker III. The sword of the Lord & Gideon: a catalogue of historical objects related to the Battle of King's Mountain. Boone, NC, Appalachian Consortium Press, 1980. 36 pp.
  • King's Mountain Centennial Assoc. Battle at King's Mountain October 7, 1780. Proposed centennial celebration October 7, 1880. Yorkville, SC, printed at the office of the Enquirer, 1880. 48 pp.
  • King's Mountain, turning point of the south [videorecording].
  • King's Mountain [videorecording] Washington, D.C., National Geographic Soc., 1975. 1 videorecording, 28 min., & teacher's guide. (Decades of Decision series)
  • Lay, Elery A. Trek to King's Mountain. N.p., 1976. 195 pp.
  • McCown, Mary H., ed. "A King's Mountain diary." ETHSP 14 (1942), pp. 102- 105.
  • Mackenzie, George C. Kings Mountain National Military Park, SC. N.p., US Dept. Interior, 1955. 46 pp.
  • Mason, Francis V. Wild horizons. Garden City, NY, Doubleday, 1966. 390 pp. (fiction)
  • Messick, Hank. King's Mountain: the epic of the Blue Ridge "mountain men" in the American Revolution. Boston, MA, Little, Brown, 1976. 194 pp.
  • Moss, Bobby G. The patriots at King's Mountain.
  • Mullinax, Otto B. Sam Adams' freedom fighters: a novel of the American Revolution. By Idion II; edited by Ronnie Dugger. Austin, TX, Futura Press, 1991. 242 pp. (fiction)
  • Page, G.G. Battle of King's Mountain fought October 7, 1780, & other important data. Kings Mountain, NC, the Herald Pub. House, 1926. 32 pp.
  • Putnam, Albigence W., ed. "'Another account of the Battle of Kings Mountain' by Robert Campbell & 'A letter relative to the Battle of Kings Mountain.'" AHM 1 (1896), pp. 40-47.
  • Ramsey, James G.M. Tales of the Revolution, by a young gentleman of TN. Nashville, Hunt, Tardiff, 1833. 179 pp.
  • Shelby, Isaac. Battle of Kings Mountain: to the public. Lexington, KY, printed by Thomas Smith at the Reporter office, 1823. 24 pp.
  • Stone, Maggie H. "Joseph Greer, 'Kings Mountain messenger': a tradition of the Greer family." THM 2 (1916), pp. 40-42.
  • Tayleure, Clifton W. Horseshoe Robinson, or, the Battle of Kings Mountain: a legendary patriotic drama in three acts. To which are added a description of the costume, cast of the characters, as performed at the American theaters. NY, French, n.d. 40 pp.
  • Tyson, Lawrence D. TN's part in the Revolution: address at Valley Forge, at the presentation of the TN state flag & inauguration of TN, Sunday, April 24, 1927. Valley Forge, PA, TN Soc. Colonial Dames, 1927. 14 pp.
  • US Army War College, Washington, D.C. Historical statements concerning the Battle of Kings Mountain & the Battle of the Cowpens, SC. Washington, D.C., US GPO, 1928. 77 pp.
  • Vance, David & Robert Henry. Kings Mountain expedition. (In Historical papers of the Trinity College Hist. Soc. Durham, NC, 1899, ser. III, pp. 24-35, 78-89)
  • Wellman, Manly W. Battle for Kings Mountain. N.p., 1962. (fiction)
  • White, Katherine K. The King's Mountain men: the story of the battle, with sketches of the American soldiers who took part. Dayton, VA, Joseph K. Ruebush, 1924. 271 pp. (reprinted 1966, 1970 by Gen. Pub. Co.)
  • Williams, Samuel C. "The Battle of King's Mountain: as seen by the British officers." THM 7 (1921), pp. 51-66, 104-110.
  • Williams, Samuel C. "The first volunteers from the 'Volunteer State'." THM 8 (1924), pp. 132-139. (reprinted in TN old & new, vol. 1, pp. 201-212)
  • Williams, Samuel C. "The first territorial division named for Washington." THM (ser. 2), 2 (1931-1932), pp. 153-164. (reprinted in TN old & new, vol. 1, pp. 201-212)
  • Williams, Samuel C. TN during the Revolutionary War. Nashville, THC, 1944. 294 pp. (reprinted 1974 by UT Press)
  • Williams, Samuel C. "Colonel Elijah Clarke in the TN country." GA Hist. Q. 25 (1941), pp. 151-158.
  • Young, Carol F. "A study of some developing interpretations of the history of revolutionary TN." ETHSP 25 (1953), pp. 24-36.
  • Young, Rogers W. Rifles & riflemen at the Battle of Kings Mountain.
 

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Limestone
  • Davy Crockett Birthplace Comm. Historical program of dedication of the Davy Crockett Birthplace Park, August 17, 1958. Limestone, the commission, 1958. 68 pp.
  • Rowan, Frances D. History of the Philadelphia Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Limestone, TN, 1847-1985. Bishop, CA, the author, 1985. 71 pp.
  • Second annual celebration at the Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park: celebrating Davy's 173rd birthday. Limestone, Limestone Ruritan Club, 1959. 64 pp.
 
 

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Sulphur Springs
  • A history of Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church & Sulphur Springs Historic Camp Meeting Grounds, 1820-1984. Sulphur Springs, the church, n.d. 96 pp.
  • Sulphur Springs Home Demonstration Club. History of Sulphur Springs community: a TN Homecoming '86 project. Sulphur Springs, the club, 1986. var. pp.
 

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Tipton / Haynes place
  • Baratte, John J. "The Tipton-Haynes place II: the later years." THQ 29 (1970), pp. 125-129.
  • Lawson, Dennis T. "The Tipton Haynes place I: a landmark of east TN." THQ 29 (1970), pp. 105-124.
 

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Washington College
  • Calhoun, William G. Samuel Doak, 1749-1830, his life, his children & Washington College. Washington College, Pioneer, 1966. 51 pp.
  • Carr, Howard E. Washington College: a study of an attempt to provide higher education in eastern TN. Knoxville, S.B. Newman, 1935. 282 pp.
  • Foot, Joseph I. An address prepared by Rev. Joseph I. Foot: for his inauguration as president of Washington College, East TN. Knoxville, Jas. C. Moses & Co., 1840. 12 pp. (Rev. Foot died before delivering this address.)
  • Foster, Isabella. "Washington College & the Washington College Academy." THQ 30 (1971), pp. 241-258.
  • Pridgen, Esther P. The influence of Doctor Samuel Doak upon education in early east TN. ETS College thesis, 1952. 46 pp.
  • Washington College Academy. Fall convocation honoring the 200th session of Washington College Academy. N.p., Washington College Academy, 1979. 12 pp.

 

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