at the Tennessee State Library & Archives


Marion County was formed in 1817 from Indian lands.

The county seat is Jasper.

Census Records: Microfilm records for the years 1820-1920 include Marion County. They are indexed in statewide census indexes for 1820-1870 and microfilm indexes for 1880 and 1900-1920. Records for 1840, *1850, *1860, *1870, *1880, *1900, *1910 and 1920 are also in book form.

Selected County Histories: History of Marion County (Marion County Historical Society, 1983); Memoirs of Marion 1893-1946 (Cameron, 1946); Marion County 1817-1930 (Webb); Civil War tidbits of Marion County (Harris); *Along the river (Harris); Upon the mountain (Harris); Hales Bar School 1920-1941 (Webb, 1998); Whitwell High School 1923-1977 (1990); *Old mining & miners in Marion 1800's (Webb, 1993); Sequachee, Victoria, Tennessee tidbits (Harris); Story of Ketner's Mill (Webb, 1998); *Marion County: history & keepsake memories (Webb, 1996).

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

Published Local Records: *Cemetery records (Harris ); Deed books 1819-1830 (WPA); *Deed book C abstract 1831-1836 (Hobbs); Newspaper abstracts of births,deaths, marriages 1891-1910 (Harris); Marriages 1881-1910 (Harris); Marriages 1910-1925 (Harris); Obituaries 1895-1985 (Harris); *Death records 1914-1925 (Wiefering); Aaron Russell's personal ledger, 1861-1878 (Rushing and Russell); Abstracts of death certificates 1908-1925 (Tate); 1862 Tax list (Tate); Early land records 1824-1830 (Harris, 1996); Marion County ancestor charts (Harris); Index to wills (Harris). *WPA typescripts include: Deeds 1819-1830.

Local Records Microfilm: An inventory of microfilmed county records is available for purchase. Individual reels may also be purchased. Earliest records include: marriages from 1881; county court minutes from 1842; wills from 1875; and deeds from 1819. Tax lists prior to 1850 are dated 1836. The following is available on interlibrary loan: deed index 1819-1921.

Newspapers: Newspapers were published in Jasper, Sequatchie and South Pittsburg. Scattered early issues are available from 1873, and a complete run begins in 1922 . Microfilms are provided to Tennessee libraries on interlibrary loan. Individual reels of microfilm may also be purchased.

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Your Marion County Coordinator is

Betty McBee

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Updated: May 18, 2003