Williamson County

Williamson County

Williamson County was formed in 1799
from Davidson County

(Acts of Tennessee 1799, Chapter 3)

The county seat is Franklin.


Selected Published County Histories
  • Back Home in Williamson County  (Pewitt,  1996) [name index]*
  • Beechville, Then, Now and In Between (Lee, 2006) [name index]
  • Brentwood I Remember: A History of the Brentwood Community from 1850 to 1950 (Oden, 2012) [name index]
  • Brentwood, Tennessee: The Civil War Years  (Fulcher,  1993)  [name index]
  • Burwood  (1996?)
  • Carnton's Empty Porch: Errors in the Published History of Williamson County, Tennessee, report number one  (Fulcher, 2000)  [name index]
  • Civil War Battles & Skirmishes in Williamson County, Tennessee (Fulcher, 2000)
  • College Grove, Williamson County, Tennessee History & Families (2011) [name index]
  • Eagleville (McCord & Shelton, 201?) [name index]
  • Flat Creek, Its Land and Its People (Wallace, 1986) [surnames listed in table of contents]
  • Franklin: Tennessee's Handsomest Town; A Bicentennial History, 1799-1999  (Crutchfield & Holladay, 1999)  [name index] 
  • Gently Flows the Harpeth (Little, 2009) [name index]*
  • Granny White and Her Pumpkins and Other Tales of Brentwood (Little, 1993)
  • Harpeth River: A Biography (Crutchfield, 1972) [name index]
  • Heritage of Grandeur (Crutchfield, 1981) [name index]*
  • Historic Brentwood (Lyttle, 1985) [name index]
  • Historic Places in Davidson, Williamson, Maury and Giles Counties (Tennessee Historical Commission, 1921)*
  • Historic Williamson County; Old Homes and Sites  (Bowman, 1971) [name index]*
  • Historical Markers of Williamson County, Tennessee: A Pictorial Guide (Warwick, 1999) [name index]*
  • Historical Markers of Williamson County, Tennessee Revised: A Pictorial Guide (Warwick, 2010) [name index]*
  • History of Brentwood United Methodist Church (Little, 1991)
  • History of Tennessee From the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with a Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson (Goodspeed, 1988)
  • Hold Us Not Boastful: A History of Thompson's Station, Tennessee and its People (Oden, 1996) [name index]*
  • Invitation to Enterprise. [The Story of Franklin, Tennessee in Williamson County] (Marshall Morgan Associates, 1952)
  • Leiper's Fork: Our Family Album (Warwick, 200?) [name index]
  • Leiper's Fork & Surrounding Communities  (Warwick, 1999) [name index]*
  • Memories That Lead to a Street Named Natchez: Former home of Claiborne Institute, Franklin Training School, [and] Natchez High School, Williamson County, Tennessee (Battle, 1998)
  • Murder on the Wilson Pike  (Little, 1996) [name index]
  • National Register Properties: Williamson County, Tennessee (Tennessee: Division of Historic Preservation, 1995) [name index]*
  • Native Americans in Williamson County, Tennessee Through the Date of the Last Permanent Village Settlement, Circa 1450 (McCullough, 2011) [name index]
  • Nolensville [Images of America Series] (Lothers, 2019)
  • Pictorial History of Williamson County  (2000)*
  • Pictorial History of Williamson County II  (Tate, 2001)
  • Portraits in Time: Williamson County Bicentennial, 1799-1999  (Williamson County Bicentennial Committee,  1999) [name index]*
  • Raining in the House and Leaking Outdoors: A Cultural and Photographic Presentation [of] 100 Local African American Women Over the Age of 65 (Battle, 2011) [name index]
  • Tennessee Town [Franklin, TN] (Morgan, 1936)*
  • Triune: Two Centuries at the Crossroads (Warwick, 2004)*
  • Two Centuries at Meeting of the Waters (Wills, 199?)
  • Who's Who in Williamson County  [Vol. 1  A-K, Vol. 2  L-Z]  (Carlisle, 2015)  [name index]*
  • Williamson Adventure: Settlement of Williamson County, Tennessee (Fulcher, 1999)
  • Williamson County  (Marshall,  1970)
  • Williamson County in Black & White (Warwick, 2000) [name index]*
  • Williamson County: A Pictorial History (Crutchfield, 1980) [name index]*
  • Williamson County: Out There in the First District (Warwick, 2001) [name index]*
  • Williamson County: The Civil War as Seen Through the Female Experience (Warwick, 2008) [name index]
  • Williamson County: The Civil War Years Revealed Through Letters, Diaries & Memoires  (Warwick, 2006)  [name index]

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


Published Local Records
  • 1850 Census of Williamson County, Tennessee (Williamson County Historical Society, 1970) [surname index]*
  • 1860 Census of Williamson County, Tennessee (Williamson County Archives, 2003?) [surname index]*
  • 1870 Census of Williamson County, Tennessee (Williamson County Archives, 2003?) [surname index]*
  • 1880 Census, Williamson County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1999) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • Bible Records, Williamson County, Tennessee [2 vols.] (Lynch, 1970) [surname index in each volumes]
  • Birth Records of Williamson County, Tennessee, 1881-1882 and 1909-1912 ( Hollingsworth, 1997) [name index]
  • Cemeteries in the Sixteenth District of Williamson County (Vance, 1967)
  • Cemetery Records of Williamson County, Tennessee (Lynch & Hays, 1969) [name index]*
  • Civil War Veterans at Rest Haven Cemetery, Franklin, Tennessee (Sam Davis Camp 1293, Sons of Confederate Veterans, 2012) [alphabetical]
  • Confederate Soldiers of Williamson County, Tennessee: Final Resting Places: Dedicated to Honoring the Memory of the Confederate Soldiers of Williamson County, TN (Lampley, 2004) [alphabetical]
  • County Court of Williamson County, Tennessee, Lawsuits, 1821-1872: Books 2 Through 8 (Lynch, 1974) [name index]*
  • Death Notices and Other Gleanings from the Western Weekly Review, Franklin, Tennessee, 1831-1840 (Smith, 2004) [surname index]
  • Death Notices From the Western Weekly Review, Franklin, Tennessee, 1841-1851 (Smith, 2004) [surname index]
  • Death Notices From the Western Weekly Review, Franklin, Tennessee, 1852-1858 (Smith, 2004) [surname index]
  • Death Records of Williamson County, Tennessee (Lynch, 1983) [surname index]*
  • Deaths of Williamson County, Tennessee, 1881-1882 and 1909-1912 (Hollingsworth, 1997) [name index]
  • Directory, Williamson County, Tennessee: Burials [3 vols.] (Williamson County Historical Society, 1973) [surname index in each volume]*
  • Early Families of Northeastern Williamson County (Vance, 1996) [name index]*
  • Early Obituaries of Williamson County, Tennessee (Lynch, 1977) [surname index]*
  • Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891 [Williamson County] (Reed, 1992) [name index by county]
  • Family Records (Daughters of the American Revolution, 1925)
  • Freedom and Work in the Reconstruction Era: The Freedmen's Bureau Labor Contracts of Williamson County, Tennessee (Warwick, 2006) [name index]
  • Guardian Records of Williamson County, Tennessee [vol. 1 1799-1832; vol. 2 1833-1844; vol. 3 1845-1865; vol. 4 1859-1929] (Johnson, 2000) [name index in each volume]*
  • Historic Nolensville Cemetery (Little, 1998) [name index]
  • Index to Maury and Williamson Counties: Goodspeed's History of Tennessee, 1886 (Lightburne, 1964)
  • "Marriage Bonds" From County Court Records, Williamson County, Tennessee, 1804-1820 (Daughters of the American Revolution, 1927?) [groom index and bride index]
  • Marriage Records of Williamson County, Tennessee, 1804-1850 (Hamilton & Cook, 1979) [alphabetical by groom with bride index]
  • Marriages of Williamson County, Tennessee, 1804-1850 (Whitley, 1982) [alphabetical by groom with name index]
  • McGavock Confederate Cemetery: Minute Book of the Original Trustees (McGavock Confederate Cemetery Corporation, 2014)
  • Minute Book, 1800-1817 [Williamson County] [vol. 1  1800-1812 (in 2 parts);   vol. 2  1812-1815;   vol. 3  1816-1817] (WPA, 1937) [name index in vol. 1 pt. 1 and vol. 2]
  • Miscellaneous Records, Williamson County, Tennessee  [7 volumes]  (Lynch, 1973) [name index in each volume]
  • Name Index to History of Tennessee ...: Together with ... Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford and Marshall Counties (Marsh, 1971)
  • Newspaper Excerpts, 1822-1835, Williamson County, Tennessee (Lynch, 1985) [name index]*
  • Our Valiant Men: Soldiers and Patriots of the Revolutionary War who Lived in Williamson County, Tennessee (Lynch, 1976) [name index]*
  • Record Book, Letters of Administration no. I, 1838-1855 (Lynch, 1971) [name index]*
  • Survey and Entry Book, Williamson County, Tennessee, 1824-1902 (Lynch, 1985) [name index]
  • Tax Book I, Williamson County, Tennessee, 1800-1813 (Lynch, 1971) [name index]*
  • Who's Who in Williamson County [vol. 1 A-E; vol. 2 F-K; vol. 3 L-R; vol. 4 R-Z] (Owen, 2003-) [name index in each volume]*
  • Williamson 101 [family info from census, marriage and cemetery records] (Little, 1970) [name index]*
  • Williamson County Civil War Veterans: Their Reunions and Photographs (Warwick, 2007) [name index]*
  • Williamson County Confederates (Cotten, 1996) [alphabetical by unit, with surname index]
  • Williamson County State Cases, 1800-1899 (Williamson County Archives, 2003?) [surname index]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee 1830 US Census (Ehresman, 1994) [name index]
  • Williamson County, Tennessee, 1840 Census (Lynch, 1980) [surname index]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee: A Genealogical Abstract of the County Court Minutes, 1800-1804 (Wells, 198?) [name index]
  • Williamson County, Tennessee: A Genealogical Abstract of the County Court Minutes, 1804-1806 (Wells, 1988) [name index]
  • Williamson County, Tennessee, Bible, Family, and Tombstone Records (WPA, 1938)
  • Williamson County, Tennessee, County Court Minutes, May 1806-April 1812 (Wells, 1994) [name index]
  • Williamson County, Tennessee, Deed Abstracts, 1799-1811: Abstracts of Deed Books, Volume A, no. 1, Volume A-2 and Volume B (Murray, 1991) [name index]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee, Deed Books [vol. 1 1800-1811; vol. 2 1811-1820] Lynch, 1992) [name index in each volume]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee County Court Minutes, July 1812-October 1815 (Wells, 1994) [name index]
  • Williamson County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1800-1850 (Bejach & Gardiner, 1957) [alphabetical by broom with bride index]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1851-1879 (Lynch, 1979) [alphabetical by groom with bride index]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee Population Schedules of the United States of 1820 (Presley, 1970?) [surname index]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee Will Book [vols. 3-5, 1819-Oct. 1834) (Hays & Duke, 1949) [name index in each volume]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee, Wills and Administrations, 1800 to 1861: An Index (Sistler, 1989) [name index]*
  • Williamson County, Tennessee, Wills and Inventories [Book I & II,  1800-1818] (Lynch, 1992)
  • Wills and Inventories of Williamson County, Tennessee [vol.1  1800-1812;   vol. 2  1811-1818;   vol. 3  1819-1825 (in 3 parts);  vol. 4  1825-1830 (in 2 parts)] (Lynch, 1969) [name index in vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3 pt. 1 and vol. 4 pt. 1]*
  • Wills and Inventories of Williamson County, Tennessee [July 1800 - April 1813] (Lynch, 1971] [name index]
  • Wills and Inventories of Williamson County, Tennessee [October 1812 - October 1818] (Lynch, 1971] [surname index]
  • World War I Draft Registration Cards, Williamson County, Tennessee (Hollingsworth, 2006) [alphabetical with name index]


Local Records on Microfilm

An inventory of microfilmed Williamson County records is available on our website.  Individual reels of microfilm may also be purchased.  Some loose records of the county have also been microfilmed.

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1800
  • wills from 1800
  • deed index from 1799
  • chancery court minutes from 1837
  • county court minutes from 1803
  • circuit court minutes from 1810
  • tax books from 1800


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

  • Marriage Records -- 1800-1866 (#70, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1800-1825  (#87, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1825-1834  (#88, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1835-1842  (#89, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1843-1851  (#90, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1851-1855  (#91, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1855-1864  (#92, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Williamson County (Record Group #107, Roll 91,  1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minutes Vols. 1-2 (1800-1815),  Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions (1816-1817),  Will Books (1800-1830),  Tax Book No. 1 (1800-1813),  and Bible Family & Tombstone Records (undated).*


Newspapers on Microfilm

Newspapers were published in Fairview and Franklin.  Scattered early issues are available from 1839, and a complete run begins in 1921. 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
  • Annie E. Cody Papers, 1927-1957 (Microfilm Manuscript #798, 2 reels)*
  • Belleview Cumberland Presbyterian Church Records. Williamson County, 1852-1908 (Microfilm Manuscript #429, 1 reel)*
  • Bethesda United Methodist Church Records, 1823-2007 (Microfilm Manuscript #1900, 1 reel)*
  • Big Harpeth Primitive Baptist Church Records. Williamson County, 1886-1909 (Microfilm Manuscript #937, 1 reel)*
  • Charles Allen Collection. Williamson County, 1783-1842 (Microfilm Manuscript #852, 1 reel)*
  • Church of Christ Records. Boston, 1855-1888 (Microfilm Manuscript #43, 1 reel)*
  • Claybrooke Collection - Claybrooke and Overton Papers, 1747-1894 (Microfilm Manuscript #812, 10 reels)*
  • Cool Springs Primitive Baptist Church Records. Peytonsville, 1829-1934 (Microfilm Manuscript #131, 1 reel)*
  • Crockett Collection, 1827-1947 (Microfilm Manuscript #1290, 6 reels)*
  • Edwards Grove Methodist Church Records. Williamson County, 1873-1977 (Microfilm Manuscript #689, 1 reel)*
  • First United Methodist Church Records. Franklin, 1812-1943 (Microfilm Manuscript #1455, 1 reel)*
  • Flat Creek Baptist Church of Christ Records (Williamson County) 1830-1848; Spring Creek Baptist Church Records (Bedford County) 1819-1830 (Microfilm Manuscript #915, 1 reel)*
  • Hayes Family Papers, 1837-1882 (Microfilm Manuscript #75, 1 reel)*
  • Holt Family Papers, 1800-1916 (Microfilm Manuscript #1079, 4 reels)*
  • Hunt Family Papers, 1837-1853 (Microfilm Manuscript #853, 1 reel)
  • James Harrison Campbell Papers, 1924-1951 (Microfilm Manuscript #1724, 60 reels)*
  • Jesse Cox Diary and Memoirs, 1834-1863 (Microfilm Manuscript #86, 1 reel)*
  • John Leland Jordan Papers, 1789-1869 (Microfilm Manuscript #110, 1 reel)*
  • John Reid Papers, 1784-1816  (Microfilm Manuscript #113,  1 reel)*
  • John Reid Papers, 1791-1802  (Microfilm Manuscript #155,  1 reel)*
  • Little Harpeth Presbyterian Church (Williamson County, Tenn.), 1837-1914 *
  • Mary Nichols Britt Collection, 1807-1954 (Microfilm Manuscript #1322, 6 reels)*
  • McCutchen Family Papers, 1818-1958
  • McGavock-Hayes Family Papers, Addition, 1796-2000 (Microfilm Manuscript #1677, 11 reels)*
  • Owen Chapel Church of Christ Records. Williamson County, 1859-1912 (Microfilm Manuscript #957, 1 reel)*
  • Owen Chapel Church of Christ Record Books, Addition, Williamson County, 1949-1996 (Microfilm Manuscript #1765, 1 reel)*
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records. Franklin, 1827-1954 (Microfilm Manuscript #22, 1 reel)*
  • Samuel Henderson Diary, 1834-1876 (Microfilm Manuscript #148, 1 reel)*
  • Samuel Lancelotte Richardson, Sr. Farm Ledger, 1936-1955 (Microfilm Manuscript #1766, 1 reel)*
  • Sneed Family Papers, 1796-1956 (Microfilm Manuscript #945, 2 reels)*
  • Susie Gentry Papers, 1870-1934 --Addition (Microfilm Manuscript #1193, 2 reels)*
  • Truman Hudson Alexander Papers, 1817-1975 (Microfilm Manuscript #517, 2 reels)*
  • Walter Wagner Faw Papers  (Microfilm Manuscript #998, 53 reels)*
  • William Wirt Courtney Papers, 1861-1928 (Microfilm Manuscript #1557, 1 reel)*
  • Williamson County (Tenn.) Records, 1794-1942 (Microfilm Manuscript 1832, 11 reels)*
  • Wilson Creek Primitive Baptist Church Records. Williamson County, 1804-1945 (Microfilm Manuscript #90, 1 reel)*

Search for Manuscripts Material in our Catalog


Census Records
  • Census on microfilm for Williamson County:  1820-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1820-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Williamson County census records in book form:  1820*,  1830,  1840*,  1850*,  1860*,  1870*,  1880*


Additional Research Aids for Williamson County


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


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Williamson County Formation Act


"An Act to divide the county of Davidson into two distinct counties."

SECTION 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, That the county of Davidson be divided by a line as follows, viz.   Beginning at a point forty poles due north of the dwelling house of Thomas McCrory, on the waters of Little Harpeth, running thence east two miles and one hundred and four poles, thence south seventy degrees east sixteen miles and two hundred and seventy poles, thence due south to the Indian boundary line, thence with said line westwardly to the Robertson County line, thence with said Robertson County line, north to a point due west from the mouth of Little Harpeth, thence a direct line to a point on South Harpeth, southwest from the mouth of said Little Harpeth, thence northeast to the mouth of said Little Harpeth, thence a direct line to the beginning; and that county, so laid off on the south be known and distinguished by the name of Williamson.

SECTION 2. BE IT ENACTED, That John Johnson, senior, Daniel Perkins, James Buford, William Edmondson, and Captain James Scurlock be commissioners; and they, or a majority of them, are hereby authorized to fix on a place the most central and convenient in said county of Williamson, for the purpose of erecting a courthouse, prison, and stocks.

SECTION 3. BE IT ENACTED, That the aforesaid commissioners are hereby authorized and required as soon as may be after agreeing on the place on which the courthouse, prison and stocks are to be erected in said county of Williamson, to agree and contract with suitable workmen for erecting and building the same for the benefit of said county.

SECTION 4. BE IT ENACTED, That the court of said county, shall have power to lay a tax not exceeding twelve and a half cents on each hundred acres of land, nor twenty-five cents on each town lot or slave between the age of twelve and fifty years, nor twelve and a half cents on each free poll between the age of twenty-one and fifty years, nor one dollar on each stud horse kept for covering mares, to be collected in said county of Williamson for two years by the sheriff or collector of the same, to be accounted for and paid to the said commissioners, at the same time, in the same manner and under the like penalties and restrictions, as are or may be directed for collecting, accounting for and paying public taxes, which said monies hence arising, are to be appropriated for carrying this act into effect.

SECTION 5. BE IT ENACTED, That before the commissioners shall take into their hands any of the monies which may be collected in pursuance of this act, they shall each of them jointly enter into bond in the sum of two thousand dollars, payable to the Governor or Commander in Chief for the time being, and his successors in office, conditioned for the faithful discharge of the trust reposed in them.

SECTION 6. BE IT ENACTED, For the due administration of justice, that the court of said county of Williamson shall be held by the Justices of said county on the first Monday in February, May, August, and November; and the Justices of said county are hereby authorized and empowered to hold the first court for the same at the town of Franklin; and all subsequent courts for said county on the days above mentioned for holding therein, at any place to which the said Justices shall from court to court adjourn, until a courthouse shall be built for said county of Williamson, and then all causes, matters and things depending in said court, and all manner of process returnable to the same, shall be adjourned to such courthouse.  And all courts held in and for said county shall be held by commission to said 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 the courts for the several counties in the state.

SECTION 7. BE IT ENACTED, That the said county of Williamson be, and it is hereby declared a part of the district of Mero, in the same manner, and for all purposes civil and military as it did previous to a division: PROVIDED, that nothing herein contained, shall be so construed as to prevent the sheriff or collector of the taxes of Davidson County from collecting the same within the limits of the said county of Williamson, which are at this time due, in the same manner as if this act had not been passed.

SECTION 8. BE IT ENACTED, That Henry Rutherford and John Davis, be commissioners, and they are hereby authorized to run the dividing line between the aforesaid counties, where they are already run or particularly pointed out by natural boundaries, for which services each of the commissioners shall be allowed the sum of two dollars per day, and the chain carriers and markers, each one dollar per day, which expenses are to be equally paid by both counties.

SECTION 9. BE IT ENACTED, That the said county of Williamson be a part of the district for electing a governor, representative or representatives to congress, and senators and representatives in the General Assembly, to which it has heretofore belonged, and the elections be held at the place of holding courts in said county, at the time and in the manner by law directed, and that the sheriff or returning officer make a return of the polls at the courthouse in Nashville, on the day next succeeding each election, to the sheriff or proper returning officer for the county of Davidson.

SECTION 10. And whereas there are debts remaining due from the county of Davidson, BE IT ENACTED, That nothing herein contained, shall so operate as to exonerate said county of Williamson from payment of part of said debts, to be apportioned between the two counties, agreeably to the amount of taxable property and polls in each, which shall remain liable in the same manner as if this act had not been passed.

SECTION 11. And in order to have all accounts liquidated, and prevent future disputes between said counties:  BE IT ENACTED, That the second courts which shall hereafter sit in each county, shall each appoint a commissioner, which said commissioners shall be vested with full power, and it shall be their duty, to settle said accounts and apportion them between said counties; and that all claims against said county of Davidson be presented properly authenticated, to said commissioners, on or before the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and one, or the payment thereof be ever after barred; and for the services herein mentioned, said commissioners shall be allowed two dollars per day, to be paid out of the monies belonging to said counties.

SECTION 12. BE IT ENACTED, That the Justices of said county of Williamson are hereby authorized and empowered, at the second court to be held for said county, in each and every year, to lay a tax on the taxable property and polls within said county, for the purpose of carrying into effect the true intent and meaning of the tenth and eleventh sections of this Act.



Passed on October 26, 1799

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Williamson County Bibliography

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Williamson County in General
  • Allred, Charles E. Business cycles & age of operators as factors in the progress of TN farmers. Knoxville, TN Ag. Exp. Sta., 1938. 30 pp. (its Rural research series monograph #87)
  • Allred, Charles E. Education of farmers' wives & children in four counties of TN. Knoxville, TN Ag. Exp. Sta., 1937. 43 pp. (its Monograph #27)
  • Allred, Charles E. Educational status of rural relief families in TN. Knoxville, TN Ag. Exp. Sta., 1936. 41 pp. (its Report #22)
  • Allred, Charles E. Inheritance as a factor in the progress of TN farmers. Knoxville, TN Ag. Exp. Sta., 1938. 38 pp. (its Rural research series monograph #88)
  • Allred, Charles E. Mobility of rural relief families in TN. Knoxville, TN Ag. Exp. Sta., 1936. 35 pp. (its Report #14)
  • Allred, Charles E. Relation of education to economic & social status of relief clients in TN. Knoxville, TN Ag. Exp. Sta., 1937. 36 pp. (its Report #24).
  • Allred, Charles E. Rural credit in TN, 1923. Knoxville, TN Ag. Exp. Sta., 1938. 48 pp. (its Rural research series, monograph #82).
  • Allred, Charles E. Rural relief & rehabilitation possibilities in Williamson County, TN. Knoxville, TN Ag. Exp. Sta., 1936. 48 pp. (its Report #13).
  • Allred, Charles E. Some problems of rural relief in TN. Knoxville, TN Ag. Exp. Sta., 1935. 17 pp. (its Report #1)
  • Allred, Charles E. Why farmers move or change tenure status. Knoxville, TN Ag. Exp. Sta., 1943. 40 pp. (its Rural research series monograph #159)
  • Atkinson, James R. Archeological investigations at the Floyd & Gray sites on the Natchez Trace Parkway, Williamson & Davidson counties, TN. Tallahassee, FL, Southeast Archaeological Center, National Park Service, 1989. 50 pp.
  • Beeler, Houston Y. Grade A milk producers in Williamson County, TN. Problem A: Characteristics of Williamson County Grade A milk producers & their farms; problem B: Management practices of Williamson County Grade A milk producers; problem C: Factors influencing dairy management practice adoption by Williamson County Grade A milk producers. (three related special problems in lieu of thesis, UT, 1966. 150 pp.)
  • Biographical directory, TN General Assembly, 1796-1969 (Williamson County,Preliminary # 25). Nashville, TSLA, 1971. 52 pp.
  • Bowman, Virginia. Historic Williamson County: old homes & sites. Nashville, Blue & Gray, 1971. 194 pp. (reprinted 1989 by Sovran Bank)
  • Brehm, H.C. Along the Harpeth. Nashville, Mini-Histories, 1993. 82 pp.
  • Brown, David. "Buying habits of the middle TN area between 1900 & 1920." TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 42 (1976), pp. 21-33.
  • Cotham, Perry C. A fellowship, a family, a forum: a brief history of the Owen Chapel Church of Christ. N.p., 1989. 36 pp.
  • Cotten, Michael. The Williamson County Cavalry: a history of Company F, Fourth TN Cavalry Regiment, CSA. Goodlettsville, D.M. Cotten, 1994. 226 pp.
  • Crutchfield, James A. The Harpeth River: a biography. Nashville, Blue & Gray Press, 1972. 120 pp.
  • Crutchfield, James A. A heritage of grandeur. Photos by Arthur R. Ezell. Franklin, Carnton Association, 1981. 113 pp.
  • Crutchfield, James A. Williamson County: a pictorial history. Virginia Beach, VA, Donning Co., 1980. 180 pp.
  • Crutchfield, James A. Williamson County trivia. Franklin, Williamson County Extension Homemakers Council, 1986. 23 pp.
  • Dowd, John T. The Anderson site: middle archaic adaption in TN's central basin. Knoxville, TN Anthrop. Assoc., 1989. 197 pp.
  • Estes, P.M. et al., comps. Historical places in Davidson, Williamson, Maury & Giles counties. Nashville, Nashville Auto Club, 1928. 29 pp.
  • Ferguson, Robert B. "The Arnold Village sites excavations of 1965-1966. " Mid Cumb. Culture 3 (1972), pp. 1-50.
  • Ferguson, Robert B., et al., eds.. The middle Cumberland culture. Nashville Vanderbilt U. Dept. Soc., 1972. 109 pp.
  • Flood insurance study: Williamson County, TN unincorporated areas. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1989. 36 pp. (revised Aug. 16, 1993. 39 pp.)
  • Goodpasture, Henry. Old Town. Nashville, n.p., 1950. 20 pp. (historical sites in Williamson County)
  • Goodspeed's history of TN (Williamson County, pp. 787-810, 865-1059). Goodspeed, 1886.
  • Harpeth gleanings. v.1, 1981-. (quarterly). Bellevue-Harpeth Historical Society.
  • Kelly, Lisa A. The vascular flora of Williamson County. Vanderbilt U. thesis, 1989. 117 pp.
  • Kinard, Frances M. "Frontier development of Williamson County. " THQ 8 (1949), pp. 3-33, 127-153.
  • Kinard, Frances M. Frontier development of Williamson County, TN. Vanderbilt U. thesis, 1948. 112 pp.
  • Lindstrom, Bruce. "40WM32: an archaic site in middle TN. " TN Arch. 35 (1979), pp. 15-42.
  • Linstrom, Bruce & Kenneth W. Stevenson. "Lithic artifacts from the Anderson site, 40WM9. " TN Anthrop. 11 (1987), pp. 1-50.
  • Lowe, Nathan J. A study of the production practices of burley tobacco growers in Williamson County. UT thesis, 1962. 92 pp.
  • McRaven, William H. Life & times of Edward Swanson, one of the original
  • pioneers who with General James Robertson founded Nashville, TN, 1779, first recorded settler of Williamson County, March, 1780. Nashville, n.p., 1937. 240 pp. ("Revolutionary soldiers buried in Williamson County" on front lining paper)
  • Marshall, Park. Williamson County. Franklin, C.H. Brown, 1970. 166 pp. (copies of articles contained in a scrapbook heretofore donated...to the State Library at Nashville)
  • Moore, Michael, et al. "The Anderson site revisited: results of recent investigations at 40WM9, Williamson County, TN. " TN Anthrop. 15 (1990), pp. 82-95.
  • Nashville MSA, 1980-1987: an economic analysis. Prepared by TN. Nashville, TN Dept. Emp. Sec., 1988. 55 pp.
  • Peach, William. The south side of Boston. Franklin, Providence House Publishers, 1995. 127 pp. (personal narratives of Williamson County)
  • Pioneers' days. Franklin, Old Glory Chapter, DAR, 1976. 40 pp.("bicentennial memorial 1776-1976")
  • Pond, Daniel K. The transformation of the economy & culture in antebellum Williamson County, TN. Memphis, Rhodes College, 1992. 72 pp. (honors paper -- Rhodes College)
  • Powell, John K. History of St. Paul's Church, with an account of the introduction of the Episcopal Church into TN. Chattanooga, Morgan, 1925. 106 pp.
  • Packett, Liz. "Stories from the tack room. " TN Soc. Folklore Bull. 46 (1980), pp. 45-83.
  • Smith, Kevin E. "Archaeology at Old Town (40WM21), a Mississippian mound-village center in Williamson County, TN. " TN Anthrop. 18 (1993), pp. 27-44.
  • Sprinkle, Craig L. A study of factors controlling the chemical quality of water in Cartwright Creek Basin, Williamson County, TN. Nashville, Vanderbilt U. Water Resources Center, 1973. 148 pp.
  • Starnes, H. Gerald. Forrest's forgotten horse brigadier. Bowie, MD, Heritage Books, 1995. 110 pp.
  • Sullivan, Lyn. Back home in Williamson County: a project of Homecoming '86. Franklin, the author, 1986. 179 pp.
  • US Geol. Survey [topographic maps ] issued periodically. Quadrangles: White Bluff, Kingston Springs, Bellevue, Oak Hill, Antioch, Craigfield, Fairview, Leipers Fork, Franklin, Nolensville, Smyrna, Primm Springs, Theta, Spring Hill, Bethesda, College Grove, Rockvale, Carters Creek, Rally Hill, Chapel Hill.
  • Watson, John M. A defense of Wilson's Creek Church: or, an address to the churches composing the Cumberland Association, & to the old order of Baptists generally, in regard to the difficulties existing between the aforesaid church & association. Nashville, E.G. Eastman, 1859. 34 pp.
  • Williamson County celebrates the written word: a publication of the Williamson County Arts Council. (2d ed.) Franklin, the council, 1994. 58 pp.
  • Williamson County cooks. Franklin, Franklin Jaycettes, 1980. 109 pp. (cookbook)
  • Williamson County Historical Society Publication. No. 1, 1970-. (irregular)

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Battles of Franklin / Spring Hill

  • Banks, Robert W. The Battle of Franklin, the bloodiest engagement of the war between the states. NY & Washington, Neale Pub. Co., 1908. 88 pp. (reprinted 1982 by Morningside Bookshop)
  • Bate, William B. Address delivered by General Wm. B. Bate, an occasion of dedicating the Battle-Ground Academy on the field of Franklin. Franklin, Saturday, October 5, 1889. Pub. by citizens of Franklin. Franklin, 1889. 15 pp.
  • The Battle of Franklin: 125th anniversary reenactment December 1-3, 1989. The official program, produced for the Battle of Franklin Reenactment Association, Inc., by Tom Jackson & Associates, Inc. Franklin, the association, 1989. 24 pp.
  • Battle of Franklin, TN, Nov. 30, 1864, with maps, sketches, portraits & photographic views. Cleveland, OH, O. Caxton, 1909. 67 pp. (bound with Levi T. Scofield's The retreat from Pulaski to Nashville, TN. Cincinnati, OH, H.C. Sherick, 1886. 28 pp.)
  • The Civil War [videorecording]. Classic Images Productions. Columbia, MD, Classic Images, 1986-1990. 10 videocassettes, 60 min. ea. (pt. 9: Franklin)
  • Copley, John M. A sketch of the Battle of Franklin, TN, with reminiscences of Camp Douglas. Austin, TX, Von Boeckmann, 1893. 206 pp.
  • Cox, Jacob D. The Battle of Franklin, TN, Nov. 30, 1864: a monograph. NY, Scribners, 1897. 35 pp. (reprinted 1983 by Morningside Bookshop)
  • Cox, Jacob D. The march to the sea: Franklin & Nashville. NY, Scribners, 1882. (reprinted 1989 by Broadfoot Pub. Co.)
  • Crabb, Alfred L. Home to TN: a tale of soldiers returning. Indianapolis, IN, Bobbs-Merrill, 1952. 299 pp. (fiction)
  • Crownover, Sims. "The Battle of Franklin. " THQ 14 (1952), pp. 291-322. (reprinted 1955 by THS)
  • Field, Henry M. Bright skies & dark shadows. NY, C. Scribner's Sons, 1890. 316 pp. ("The Battle of Franklin": pp. 209-256)
  • Franklin [videorecording] Columbia, Classic Images, 1990. 1 videocassette, 30 min. (subtitle: The death of Hood's army, 1864. Includes exclusive scenes from the 125th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Franklin, TN, held in 1989)
  • Gist, W.W. "The Battle of Franklin: the key to the last campaign in the west. " THQ 6 (1921), pp. 213-265.
  • Gotterchalk, Phil. In deadly earnest: the MO Brigade. Columbia, MO, MO River Press, 1991. 562 pp. ("Battle of Franklin" : pp. 457-492, 501, 502)
  • Greer, Nancy A., et al. Homespun tales: the Battle of Franklin. Franklin, Pioneer's Corner Assn., 1989. 200 pp.
  • Hay, Thomas R. "The Battle of Spring Hill. " THM 7 (1921), pp. 74-01.
  • Hay, Thomas R. "The cavalry at Spring Hill. " THM 8 (1924), pp. 7-23.
  • Hood's Nashville campaign: the full story of Franklin & Nashville, cavalry operations, human interest stories. From the editors of Civil War Times Illustrated. Gettysburg, PA, Historical Times, Inc., 1964. 50 pp.
  • Jewell, Carey C. Harvest of death: a detailed account of the Army of TN at the Battle of Franklin. Hicksville, NY, Exposition Press, 1976. 87 pp.
  • Kendall, Henry M. The Battles of Franklin & Nashville. Prepared by Companion Major Henry M. Kendall & read at the stated meeting of May 7, 1902. Washington, D.C., n.p., 1902. 22 pp.
  • Kinnard, Arthur H., Jr. Events leading to & consequences of the Battle of Franklin, TN. TN State A&I thesis, 1964. 64 pp.
  • Lee, Stephen D. Johnson's division in the Battle of Franklin. Oxford, MS, MS Hist. Soc., 1903.
  • Logsdon, David R. Eyewitnesses at the Battle of Franklin. Comp. & ed. by David R. Logsdon; cover layout & map by Linda Walters; ill. from Battles & leaders of the Civil War . Nashville, the author, 1988. 56 pp. (rev. & expanded 1991 by Kettle Mills Press)
  • McDonough, James L. "West Point classmates-- eleven years later: some observations on the Spring Hill-Franklin campaign. " THQ 28 (1969), pp. 182-196.
  • McDonough, James L. & Thomas L. Connelly. The Battle of Franklin. Knoxville, UT Press, 1983. 217 pp.
  • Morgan, Marshall. The Battle of Franklin. Franklin, Press of the News, 1931. 13 pp.
  • Robertson, James I., Jr. "The human Battle of Franklin. " THQ 24 (1965), pp. 20-30.
  • Scaife, William R. Hood's campaign for TN. Atlanta, GA, the author, 1986. 115 pp.
  • Scofield, Levi T. The retreat from Pulaski to Nashville, a paper read before the OH Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the US, Dec. 1, 1886. Cincinnati, OH, H.C. Sherick & Co., 1886. 28 pp.
  • Shellengerger, John K. The Battle of Franklin: paper read before MN Commandery of the Loyal Legion US, Dec. 9th, 1902. Minneapolis, MN, 1902.
  • Shellenberger, John K. The Battle of Franklin, Nov. 30, 1864, a statement of the erroneous claims made by General Schofield & an exposition of the blunder which opened the battle. Cleveland, OH, Arthur H. Clark, 1916. 42 pp.
  • Stone, Henry. The Battle of Franklin, TN, Nov. 30, 1864. Boston, MA, Military Hist. Soc. of MA, 1908. (its Papers, vol. 7, pp. 434-477)
  • Sword, Wiley. Embrace an angry wind: the Confederacy's last hurrah-- Spring Hill, Franklin, & Nashville. NY, Harper-Collins, 1991. 499 pp. (reprinted 1993 by U. Press of KS)
  • Tucker, Phillip T. "The First MO Brigade at the Battle of Franklin. " THQ 46 (1987), pp. 21-31.
  • Wade, James E. Hood's campaign of 1864 from the fall of Atlanta to the Battle of Franklin. Auburn U. thesis, 1965. 101 pp.
  • Young, Joan H. The tragedy of Franklin, TN, Nov. 30, 1864: a brief history of events leading to the Battle of Franklin; the battle & records of the McGavock Confederate Cemetery. Atlanta, GA, n.p., 1975. 45 pp.

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Flood insurance study: city of Brentwood, TN, Williamson County. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1981. 14 pp.

Fulcher, Richard C. Brentwood, TN: the Civil War years. (1st ed.) Brentwood, Fulcher Pub. Co., 1993. 104 pp.

Know Brentwood. Prepared by committee, W.S.C.H. Circle III, Brentwood United Methodist Church. N.p., 1971. 20 pp.

Little, T. Vance. Historic Brentwood. Photos by Doug Brachey. Brentwood, J.M. Publications, 1985. 157 pp. (reprinted 1991)

Little, T. Vance. Granny White & her pumpkins, & other tales of Brentwood. Brentwood, Historic Brentwood, 1993. 83 pp. (vignettes which appeared in the Brentwood Journal)


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Carter House
  • Carter, Rosalie. Captain Todd Carter: Confederate States Army: the story of the Carters & Franklin's famous Carter House. Franklin, the author, 1978. 50 pp.
  • Carter, Rosalie. Tragedy at Carter House at Franklin, TN. Franklin, the author, 1976. 11 pp.
  • Carter, Rosalie. A visit to the Carter House at Franklin, TN in photographs, poems & paragraphs. Nashville, Blue & Gray Press, 1972. 30 pp.
  • McGann, Will S. "The old Carter House at Franklin, TN. " THM (2d ser.) 3 (1932-1937), pp. 40-44.
  • Robison, Dan M. "The Carter House: focus of the Battle of Franklin. " THQ 22 (1963), pp. 3-21.
  • Unveiling of Gen. John Adam's bust at Carter House Museum, July 24, 1988. [videorecording] N.p., 1988. 1 videocassette.

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Devon Farm
  • Cornwell, Ilene J. "Devon Farm: Harpeth landmark. " THQ 34 (1975), pp. 113- 129.

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  • Anderson, Mary T. Landmarks: the restoration movement & the Franklin area. Nashville, Gospel Advocate, 1993. 247 pp.
  • Canaday, Bob & Jackie Canaday, comps. Franklin, a photographic recollection. Franklin, Franklin National Bank, 1989. 1 vol.
  • Carter House Association. Town of Franklin & Williamson County directory: a civic government handbook. Franklin, the association, 1963. 32 pp.
  • Crockett, Robert H. An abstract of the Battle Ground Park addition to the town of Franklin. Franklin, n.p., 1910. 52 pp.
  • Ewyn, Terah. Captain Phil & "Yaller" Phil: a story of the Civil War. Nashville, Brandon Print. Co., 1890. 103 pp. (fiction)
  • Flood insurance study: city of Franklin, TN, Williamson County. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1980. 17 pp. (rev., July 15, 1988. 21 pp.)
  • Franklin, TN. St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Woman's Auxiliary. Tried & true recipes. Compiled by the Woman's Auxiliary of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, town of Franklin, TN, 1954-1955. Franklin, the auxiliary, 1955. 32 pp.
  • Gower, Herschel & Jack Allen, eds. Pen & sword: the life & journals of Randal W. McGavock. Nashville, THC, 1959. 695 pp.
  • Greer, Nancy A. Legends of Franklin, TN. George Peabody College thesis, 1930. 281 pp.
  • Hodgson, Julia. A comparison of three TN urban centers: Goodlettsville, Franklin, & Clarksville. Abstract of George Peabody College dissertation, 1939. 15 pp.
  • Marshall Morgan Associates. Invitation to enterprise: the story of Franklin, TN, in Williamson County. Franklin, Marshall Morgan Associates, 1952. 16 pp.
  • Morgan, Marshall. TN town. Franklin, James A. Austin, 1936. 116 pp.
  • Morrow, Sarah S. "St. Paul's Church, Franklin. " THQ 34 (1975), pp. 3-18.
  • Scobey, James E., ed. Franklin College & its influences. Nashville, McQuiddy, 1906. 454 pp.

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Spring Hill
  • See Maury County bibliography & Battles of Franklin & Spring Hill (above)

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Thompson's Station
  • Anderson, William M. "The union side of Thompson's Station. " THQ 29 (1970), pp. 396-406.



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