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Shelby County TN Genealogy and History


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Shelby County TN, in southwest Tennessee,  is part of the state's three "grand divisions" and was created when John Overton, James Winchester, and Andrew Jackson founded the city of Memphis on May 22, 1819.  Memphis was incorporated as the county seat in December 19, 1826.

In 1827 the county seat was moved to Raleigh, TN and Memphis didn't regain the county seat until after the Civil War in 1867.    See this page for more interesting facts about Memphis, Tennessee.

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