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Rhea County, Tennessee

Rhea County was founded on December 3, 1807 from Roane County This county was named in honor of U.S. Representative John Rhea (1753–1832).

The Rhea County Seat is located in Dayton also, the county government website is .

Areas bordering to Rhea County are Cumberland County (north), Roane County (northeast), Meigs County (east), Hamilton County (south) and Bledsoe County (west) .

Cities and towns located in Rhea County include Dayton, Graysville, Spring City .

Rhea 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 Rhea 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.

Rhea County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Rhea Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Rhea Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Rhea 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.

Rhea County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Rhea County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

  • Rhea County Historical & Genealogical Society, 4211 Wolf Creek Road, Po Box 31 , Dayton, Tennessee 37321-0031
  • Audrey Pack Memorial Library, 169 W. Rhea Ave., PO Box 382, Spring City, TN 37381 423-365-9757
  • Bryan College, Library, 585 Bryan Drive, PO Box 7000, Dayton, TN 37321 423-775-7196
  • Clyde W. Roddy Public Library, 371 First Ave., Dayton, TN 37321 423-755-8406
  • W.G. Rhea Public Library, 400 West Washington Street, Paris, TN 38242 731-642-1702
  • RAOGK Volunteers for Tennessee (
  • Tennessee Genealogy Community (
  • Tennessee State Genealogy Network (
  • Rhea County Tennessee Archives (
  • Rhea County, Tennessee Message Boards ( read and post messages about your ancestors in Rhea County
  • Rhea County, Tennessee Genealogy Forum ( read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Rhea County
  • Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Rhea County ( The purpose of these fact sheets is to help determine what sources are available for genealogical research about the people and places in Rhea County. Although this is by no means an exhaustive list of all the possible places one might search, it does cover the major publications and microfilms available at TSLA on the Rhea County.

Rhea County Courthouse and Government Records

Rhea County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently overlook the value of County court, probate, and land files as a useful resource of genealogical details. Buried away in Tennessee courthouses and archives everywhere could be the dreams and worries of many Tennessee residents.

The chances are great that your particular ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least quite a few factors of their lives in the County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, consider all of the other procedures which often can have lead to her or him appearing in court records.

The following information and facts indicates whatever birth, death, marriage, land, wills, and courtroom records will be in Rhea 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 Rhea County courthouse in 1869 and 1927.

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.
  • Rhea 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: 375 Church St., Suite 101, Dayton, TN 37321
    • Phone: (423) 775-7808
    • Marriage Records: 1808
    • Probate Records: 1825
  • Rhea 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: 375 Church Street Suite 106, Dayton, TN 37321
    • Phone: (423) 775-7841
    • Land & Deed Records: 1808
  • Rhea 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: 1475 Market Street, Suite 104, Dayton, TN 37321
    • Phone: 423-775-7805
    • Chancery Court Minutes: 1823
    • Circuit Court Minutes: 1815
    • County  Court Minutes: 1823
  • Rhea 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: 375 Church Street, Suite 100, Dayton, TN 37321
    • Phone: (423) 775-7840
  • Tax Records: 1808, 1819, 1825, 1826, 1833, 1837, 1875, 1895-1898 (located at the Tennessee State Library and Archives)
  • Rhea County Health Department, P. O. Box 440, 344 Eagle Lane, Evensville, TN 37332; (423) 775-7819 , 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).

Rhea County Links

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

Rhea Co. TN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Rhea Co. TN Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Rhea Co. TN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Rhea Co. TN Census Records

Rhea Co. TN Cemeteries & Graveyards

Rhea Co. TN Church & Bible Records

Rhea Co. TN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Rhea Co. TN General and History Websites

Rhea Co. TN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Rhea Co. TN Military Records

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