Fentress County, Tennessee Genealogy Guide

Fentress County, Tennessee (Map It) was created on November 28, 1823 from Morgan County, Overton County and White County. This Fentress County was named in honor of Tennessee state legislator James Fentress.Learn More About State of Tennessee History

Fentress County is bordered by  Pickett County (north), Scott County (east), Morgan County (southeast), Cumberland County (south), Overton County (west) and Putnam County (southwest) .

Fentress County Cities and Towns include Allardt, Armathwaite, Clarkrange, Grimsley, Jamestown, Mount Helen, Pall Mall, Shirley, Wilder . A Map of Fentress County, Tennessee contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Fentress County, Tennessee Courthouse Records

Fentress County, Tennessee Courthouse
Fentress County, TN Courthouse

The Fentress County Courthouse is located in Jamestown, Tennessee. Learn More About State of Tennessee Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Fentress county or in the Tennessee State Library & Archives. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered. There was a fire at the Fentress County courthouse in 1905, some records were destroyed.

  • Fentress County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1905 and Probate Records from 1905 . The 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.
  • Fentress County Register of Deeds has Land & Deed Records from 1820. The 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.
  • Fentress County Clerk of Circuit Court has Chancery Court Minutes from 1854, Circuit Court Minutes from 1854 and County  Court Minutes None before 1894 . The 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.
  • Fentress County Property Assessor has Tax Records from 1833, 1897-1900 and are located at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The 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.
  • Fentress County Health Department 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).

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Fentress County, Tennessee Vital Records

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