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Decatur County, Tennessee

Decatur County, Tennessee Facts

When was Decatur County, TN Created?

Decatur County was founded on November 1845 from Perry County (gained from Hardin County in 1849). This county was named in honor of U.S. naval officer and War of 1812 hero Stephen Decatur (1779–1820). .

What is the County Seat of Decatur County, TN?

The County Seat of government is located in Decaturville also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Decatur County, TN?

Bordering counties are Benton County (north), Perry County (east), Wayne County (southeast), Hardin County (south), Henderson County (west) and Carroll County (northwest) .

What cities and towns are in Decatur County, TN?

Cities and towns located in the county include Decaturville, Parsons, Scotts Hill .

Decatur County Courthouse and Government Records

What genealogical records can I find in the Decatur County Courthouse?

Decatur County Courthouse

The following information and facts indicates whatever birth, death, marriage, land, wills, and courtroom records will be in Decatur County or in the Tennessee State Library & Archives. The dates indicated below could be the first widely known documents for this county. There were fires at the Decatur County courthouse in 1869 and 1927, most records were destroyed in the 1869 fire.

Please get in touch with the clerk's office to affirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are accessible to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A lot of workers will guide individuals in obtaining the resources, however it's up to the individual to complete the basic research.
  • Decatur County Clerk maintains Marriage & Divorce records. It also has jurisdiction over probate cases. Wills, administrations, and all other records pertaining to probate are recorded in the respective county clerk's office. If the will or administration was contested, the records of these actions may be filed in the circuit court or chancery court.
    • Address: PO Box 488, Decaturville, TN 38329
    • Phone: 731-852-3417
    • Marriage Records: 1869 
    • Probate Records: 1869
  • Decatur County Register of Deeds has land records beginning with county organization, land records are available from the register of deeds at the Sevier county courthouse. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.
    • Address: P.O. Box 488, Decaturville, TN 38329
    • Phone: (731) 852-3712
    • Land & Deed Records: 1846
  • Decatur County Clerk of Circuit Court has jurisdiction over property disputes, and circuit courts oversee criminal cases, divorces, and adoptions. Early courts included courts of common pleas and quarter sessions.
    • Address: P.O. Box 488, Decaturville, TN 38329-0488
    • Phone: 731-852-3125
    • Chancery Court Minutes: 1860
    • Circuit Court Minutes: 1892
    • County  Court Minutes: 1869
  • Decatur County Property Assessor is responsible for the evaluation of all real property, the cadastral mapping of the county, valuation of all business personal property and maintaining ownership records. The property assessor prepares the tax rolls for the trustee and all the municipalities. Tax lists can be used to locate families, document historic properties and study community history. Early tax lists generally include all white males over 21 and indicate whether they owned land or slaves.
    • Address: P.O. Box 488, Decaturville, TN 38329
    • Phone: (731) 852-3117
    • Tax Records: ? (located at the Tennessee State Library and Archives)
    • Decatur County Health Department, 155 North Pleasant St. , P.O. Box 178, Decaturville, TN 38329; (731) 852-2461 , issues birth certificates and death certificates (deaths which occurred in that county within the past three years, and a few county health departments keep death records for longer periods of time).

Where can find Decatur County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?

Decatur County vital records can be found at the Tennessee Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies for copies of birth certificates, marriage licenses and divorce decrees. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Tennessee for current fees and application process.

Marriage license records are available from the county clerk who issued the marriage license. Court divorce orders may be obtained from the clerk of the court that granted the divorce.

You can search online for Decatur County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Tennessee Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificates to mail.

What Decatur County, TN census records are available?

Federal Population Schedules for Decatur County can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Decatur Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Decatur Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Decatur Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Decatur County, TN?

  • Decatur County Historical Society, P.O. Box 700, Decaturville, TN 38329
  • Decatur County Public Library, 20 West Market Street, PO Box 396, Decaturville, TN 38329 731-852-3325
  • Parsons Public Library, 105 Kentucky Avenue South, Parsons, TN 38363 731-847-6988

Decatur County Genealogy Resources

Where can I connect with other Decatur County, TN Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Decatur County, TN?

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Decatur County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a payment. This is merely a collection which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to suggest your own most popular Decatur County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Decatur Co. TN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Decatur Co. TN Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Decatur Co. TN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Decatur Co. TN Census Records

Decatur Co. TN Cemeteries & Church Records

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Decatur Co. TN General and History Websites

Decatur Co. TN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

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