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Macon County, Tennessee

Macon County, Tennessee Facts

When was Macon County, TN Created?

Macon County was founded on January 18, 1842 from Smith County and Sumner County. This county was named in honor of U.S. Senator Nathaniel Macon (1758–1837).

What is the County Seat of Macon County, TN?

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

What counties are adjacent to Macon County, TN?

Bordering counties are Monroe County, Kentucky (northeast), Clay County (east), Jackson County (southeast), Smith County (south), Trousdale County (southwest), Sumner County (west) and Allen County, Kentucky (northwest) .

What cities and towns are in Macon County, TN?

Cities and towns located in the county include Lafayette, Red Boiling Springs .

Macon County Courthouse and Government Records

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

Macon County Courthouse

The following information and facts indicates whatever birth, death, marriage, land, wills, and courtroom records will be in Macon 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 Macon County courthouse in 1860, 1901 and 1932 All records destroyed in 1901.

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.
  • Macon 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: 104 Courthouse, Lafayette, TN 37083
    • Phone: 615-666-6515
    • Marriage Records: 1901 
    • Probate Records: 1940
  • Macon 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: Macon County Courthouse Room 102, Lafayette, TN 37083
    • Phone: (615) 666-2353
    • Land & Deed Records: 1901
  • Macon 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: Macon County Justice Center 904 Hwy. 52 Bypass East, Lafayette, TN 37083
    • Phone: 615-666-2354
    • Chancery Court Minutes: 1844
    • Circuit Court Minutes: 1901
    • County  Court Minutes: 1905
  • Macon 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: 103 County Courthouse, Lafayette, TN 37083
    • Phone: (615) 666-3688
    • Tax Records: ? (located at the Tennessee State Library and Archives)
    • Macon County Health Department, 601 Hwy. 52 By-Pass East, Lafayette, TN 37083-0026; (615) 666-2142 , 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 Macon County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?

Macon 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 Macon 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 Macon County, TN census records are available?

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

Macon Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Macon Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Macon 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 Macon County, TN?

  • Macon County Archives, 204 Macon County Courthouse , Public Square, Lafayette , TN 37083; Phone: (615) 666-6030; (615) 666-6912
  • Macon County Historical Society, 311 Church Street, Lafayette, TN 37083 615-666-4340

Macon County Genealogy Resources

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

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

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Macon 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 Macon County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Macon Co. TN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Macon Co. TN Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Macon Co. TN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Macon Co. TN Census Records

Macon Co. TN Cemeteries & Church Records

Macon Co. TN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Macon Co. TN General and History Websites

Macon Co. TN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Macon Co. TN Military Records

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