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QuickFacts About Grainger County

By , May 19, 2011

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The Migrations Project

By , May 19, 2011

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Grainger County is in the northeastern part of Tennessee (surrounded by present day Union, Claiborne, Hancock, Hawkins, Hamblen, Jefferson, and Knox counties). After its creation in 1796, Grainger County became a frequent destination, both permanent and temporary, for pioneers heading west into other parts of frontier America.

Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Trail (now U. S. 25E) and the Knoxville-Abingdon Stage Road (now U. S. 11W) pass through the county. Two major rivers, Holston and Clinch, brought hundreds of travellers from Virginia into East Tennessee on their way to every state west of the Mississippi River.

The Migrations Project, created by Patrick Hays, aims to provide information about migrations from place to place to assist genealogical researchers. If your ancestors ever came through Grainger County, you may find them in local records. If you don’t find them here, but you know that they migrated to, from, or through Grainger County, you are invited to add the details to the Migrations Project using the Submit your Data button below.

When you are searching, remember that much of the area now in Union and Claiborne Counties was historically part of Grainger.

For more information about the Migrations Project and how it works, including detailed information about how to submit your data and search the database, see the FAQ for Using Migrations. For links to some other pages useful in migrations research see the Project’s Links Page.

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Grainger County Given Names

By , May 18, 2011

In researching, your Webmistress has often wondered about many of the given names that seem to have made their way through many Grainger County families.  They don’t appear to be biblical or to be married-in surnames.  Most of them don’t appear to have descended through generations of forebears before showing up in Grainger County.

Do you know the source for any of these names?  Do you have names you’ve wondered about in Grainger County families?

  • Corum/Coram
  • Creed
  • Fielden
  • Leander
  • Prior/Pryor
  • Tandy
  • Torrance
  • Xen

Primary Sources

By , May 17, 2011

This handout was developed for school teachers by the TN State Library & Archives, but it is equally excellent for everyday use by family and local historians.

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TN State Library & Archives Digital Collections

By , May 16, 2011

Morristown & Cumberland Gap Railroad

By , May 14, 2011

Today marks a new era in the history of Grainger county. Dirt was broken for the Morristown and Cumberland Gap railroad which starts at Morristown and intersects with the Knoxville and Cumberland Gap and Louisville railroad at Luttrell.

Early this morning all the people of Grainger county gave up the plane and harvest field for one day, and with wives, children, old men and young, all came to Rutledge to spend a day in celebrating the event of so much importance to this county. There was by estimate at least five thousand people present from Grainger and surrounding counties.

After the lapse of about forty years, this country realizes her mistake in refusing to aid public enterprises. A proposition was submitted to Grainger county to take stock in the East Tennessee and Virginia railroad, now the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia railroad. The opposition to the subscription told the people that the road must go up the Bean Station valley and the result was the road was not built up this beautiful valley.

It was too late after they discovered their mistake. They resolved that if another opportunity presented itself they would not let it pass. The people of this county have seen with counties grow and prosper and they have seen towns flourish and hence the great demonstration of today…

The vast crowd moved to a place about one fourth of a mile east of Rutledge to a beautiful grove where a stand had been erected and the ladies of Rutledge had in a beautiful manner decorated it with flowers. After music by the band, Mr. Lon Shields, in a few appropriate remarks introduced W S Dickson, the handsome young mayor of Morristown, who came to congratulate the people on securing a road and who was not jealous of the prosperity of his mother county.

General J G Martin, president of the road was next introduced and he made a splendid speech. He said he had asked the people of Grainger county in good faith for its subscription and the same had been given and he now on his part was going in good faith, build the road, just as fast as men and money could, from Morristown on to Luttrell and other points….

After speaking was over the vast crowd repaired to  spot in a field a sort distance away where the ground was to be broken. There was drawn in the line three of the oldest citizens of Grainger county, Absalom Miller, 89, Jimmy James, 85 and Absolom Manley, 80. They had been chosen to break the dirt. Promptly at 3 o’clock, with pick raised, Jimmy James, said this was the proudest day of his life, he had been raised in Grainger county and to be called on in his old days to break dirt for a railroad company, was reaping of the desire of his life and he had but one other desire and that was to ride on the railroad.

At the end of Mr. James’ remarks, with breathless silence, these three old veterans drove their picks into the earth and there went up a tremendous shout from the crowd. After the dirt was broken the picks were handed over to J L Mitchell, J P Grant and J F Biddle, who were forty years old and they dug the earth. After them came three young men, twenty-one years old, who represented the bone and sinew of the county. Then came three young boys, ten years old, who represented the rising generation.

Thus it was the pick, was handed from old age to young hands. As the young boys took the picks the band struck up a beautiful piece of music and the air was rent with cheers. Mothers waved their handkerchiefs and strong men their hats. The boys turned the picks over to the contractors, who went to moving dirt in earnest.

The contract for the road is let and under construction from here to Morristown and will be completed just as soon as it can. The heaviest work is on the Morristown end. The grade from here to Luttrell is easy. The work for this end of the road is not yet let, but will be in a short time. It is expected that within twelve months from now the trains will be running on the road.

Knoxville Daily Journal — Thursday, July 10, 1890

Transcribed by Robert McGinnis and used by permission.

State Penitentiary Inmates, 1831-1850

By , May 13, 2011

The following table contains the 21 residents of Grainger county who were incarcerated in the Tennessee State Penitentiary during the period 1831 (its opening) and 1850. The roster is part of Record Group 25 at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

If you have corrections for this list, please contact the Webmistress.

Surname Given Name(s) Crime Age
Alford Riley felony 58
Atkins George larceny 40
Baker John felony 28
Bevil Elvis horse stealing 24
Boatman George incest 70
Brewer Mehala petit larceny 18
Bunch William petit larceny 16
Davis Edmund grand larceny 42
Everill Parker malicious stabbing 46
Fergeson William keeping & passing counterfeit money 43
Lemon Narcissa petit larceny 17
Mobley Aaron murder 27
Moore Alex N. grand larceny 24
Owen William larceny 27
Pennington James arson 25
Rice James S. bigamy 42
Shropshire Joel burglary 37
Shropshire John petit larceny 23
Vaughn Isaac forgery 25
Whitlow Solomon burglary 29
Willis Richard burglary 33

Grainger County Post Offices, 1803-1971

By , May 13, 2011

The following table contains all post offices known to exist in present-day Grainger, Claiborne, and Union counties through 1971. Grainger County’s list contains 90, some appearing more than once under similar names. Claiborne County’s list contains 104, and Union County’s 68.

The list was compiled by Mike St. Clair. He relied on two sources:

  1. The first was the source for most of the entries. That is a list of post offices for all counties of the state at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, with the original source being records at National Archives of postmaster appointments between 1832 to 1971 (microfilms # M1131 and M841). These entries say “TSLA” in the source column. You can access that much larger list of over 6,000 post office names at the TSLA Web site.
  2. The second source is the United States Geologic Survey’s on-line GNIS system, and it accounted for 12 entries that are missing from the TSLA list. Those entries say “USGS” in the Source column. The USGS entries do not include any dates.
Post Office Name County Year Opened Year Closed Info Source
Agreeable Grainger 1887 1901 TSLA
Ambro (historical) Grainger USGS
Austin’s Ferry Grainger 1840 1854 TSLA
Bald Point (historical) Grainger Is this Ball Point? USGS
Ball Point Grainger 1875 1902 TSLA
Bean Station Grainger 1929 TSLA
Bean’s Station Grainger 1807 1901 TSLA
Been’s Station Grainger see Bean’s Station TSLA
Blackwell Grainger 1893 1901 TSLA
Blaine Grainger 1891 TSLA
Blaine’s Cross Roads Grainger 1826 1883 TSLA
Blain’s Grainger 1820 1822 TSLA
Blainveville Grainger 1917 1923 TSLA
Bowen Grainger 1881 1903 TSLA
Buffalo Hide Grainger 1838 1845 TSLA
Bull Run Grainger 1837 1856 TSLA
Cabbage Grainger 1898 1900 TSLA
Cedar Cliff Grainger 1856 1859 TSLA
Cedar Ford Grainger 1849 1856 TSLA
Cheek’s Cross Road Grainger 1846 1846 TSLA
Cheek’s Store Grainger 1838 1843 TSLA
Clear Spring Grainger 1849 1895 TSLA
Clearspring Grainger 1895 1898 TSLA
Combs Grainger 1898 1899 TSLA
Condry Grainger 1892 1903 TSLA
Daisy Dell Grainger 1880 1891 TSLA
Daisydell (historical) Grainger See Daisy Dell USGS
Doyal Grainger 1881 1901 TSLA
Dutch Grainger 1890 1907 TSLA
Dyers Grainger 1890 1901 TSLA
Hammer Grainger 1897 1903 TSLA
Hargus Grainger 1884 1892 TSLA
Haynes Grainger 1828 1865 TSLA
Heltonville Grainger 1888 1900 TSLA
Highland Spring Grainger 1897 1902 TSLA
Holston Grainger 1895 1903 TSLA
Holston Depot Grainger 1892 1895 TSLA
Horner’s Store Grainger 1858 1867 TSLA
Idol Grainger 1898 1932 TSLA
Indian Ridge Grainger 1876 1901 TSLA
Industry Grainger 1854 1856 TSLA
Jarmine Grainger 1885 1901 TSLA
Joppa Grainger 1933 1950 TSLA
Knights Store Grainger 1826 1826 TSLA
Lamdin Grainger 1900 1900 TSLA
Larkeyton Grainger 1884 1891 TSLA
Lea Springs Grainger 1936 1939 TSLA
Leas Springs Grainger 1883 1936 TSLA
Liberty Hill Grainger 1878 1967 TSLA
Libertyhill Grainger 1895 1924 TSLA
Lithia Grainger 1897 1903 TSLA
Lulaville Grainger 1886 1900 TSLA
Manley Grainger 1897 1901 TSLA
Maples Grainger 1884 1905 TSLA
Marshall’s Ferry Grainger 1829 1892 TSLA
Massengill Grainger 1900 1917 TSLA
Massengill’s Mills Grainger 1848 1848 TSLA
May Spring (historical) Grainger USGS
Midstay Grainger 1854 1854 TSLA
Mineral Hill Spring Grainger 1883 1883 TSLA
Morristown Grainger 1847 1870 TSLA
Needham Grainger 1899 1901 TSLA
Nich Grainger 1899 1901 TSLA
Noe’s Ferry Grainger 1855 1860 TSLA
Noeton Grainger 1888 1941 TSLA
Olcott Grainger 1881 1893 TSLA
Powder Spring Gap Grainger 1849 1895 TSLA
Powder Springs Grainger 1898 TSLA
Puncheon Grainger 1890 1890 TSLA
Puncheon Camp Grainger 1848 1849 TSLA
Red Hill Grainger 1833 1903 TSLA
Red House Grainger 1892 1895 TSLA
Redhouse Grainger 1895 1903 TSLA
Redwood Grainger 1850 1853 TSLA
Reetha Grainger 1892 1901 TSLA
Richland Grainger 1877 1902 TSLA
Richlandville Grainger 1898 1899 TSLA
Rocky Spring Grainger 1822 1866 TSLA
Rutledge Grainger 1803 TSLA
Simcoe Grainger Unknown 1880 TSLA
Spring House Grainger 1845 1893 TSLA
Statia Grainger 1891 1902 TSLA
Tampico Grainger 1848 1901 TSLA
Tate Grainger 1910 1929 TSLA
Tate Springs Grainger 1873 1910 TSLA
Thorn Hill Grainger 1836 TSLA
Thornhill Grainger 1895 1903 TSLA
Turleys Mill (historical) Grainger Is this Turley’s Mills? USGS
Turley’s Mills Grainger 1876 1910 TSLA
Washburn Grainger 1898 TSLA
Westerville Grainger 1887 1900 TSLA
Y.Z. Grainger 1883 1895 TSLA
Allendale Claiborne 1889 1903 TSLA
Alonzo Claiborne 1898 1903 TSLA
Arthur Claiborne 1890 TSLA
Ausmus Claiborne 1900 Unknown TSLA
Bacchus Claiborne 1883 1901 TSLA
Big Barren Claiborne 1833 1903 TSLA
Big Barren Forge Claiborne 1858 1866 TSLA
Bryson Claiborne 1911 1934 TSLA
Butcher Springs Claiborne 1876 1890 TSLA
Capp’s Ford Claiborne 1875 1903 TSLA
Cawood Claiborne 1901 1901 TSLA
Cedar Fork Claiborne 1869 1894 TSLA
Clairfield Claiborne 1858 TSLA
Clouds Claiborne 1913 1954 TSLA
Coda Claiborne 1900 1900 TSLA
Combs Claiborne 1907 1925 TSLA
Compensation Claiborne 1876 1905 TSLA
Cumberland Gap Claiborne 1803 TSLA
Duo Claiborne 1883 1901 TSLA
Eagan Claiborne 1908 TSLA
East Cumberland Gap Claiborne 1891 1894 TSLA
Edmondson Claiborne 1893 1904 TSLA
Ellison Claiborne 1892 1901 TSLA
Faith Claiborne 1902 1903 TSLA
Fork Ridge Claiborne 1905 1956 TSLA
Fortner Claiborne 1896 1903 TSLA
Francisco Claiborne 1896 1899 TSLA
Friar Claiborne 1892 1901 TSLA
Fugate Claiborne 1897 1903 TSLA
George Claiborne 1888 1890 TSLA
Goin Claiborne 1882 1965 TSLA
Goodbye Claiborne 1898 1903 TSLA
Griggs Claiborne 1898 1904 TSLA
Guitava Claiborne 1898 1903 TSLA
Hamilton Springs Claiborne 1891 1903 TSLA
Harrogate Claiborne 1891 TSLA
Hartranft (historical) Claiborne Is this Hartrouft? USGS
Hartrouft Claiborne 1891 1923 TSLA
Haynes Claiborne 1897 1902 TSLA
Head of Barren Claiborne 1847 1901 TSLA
Hoop Claiborne 1880 1927 TSLA
Howard’s Quarter Claiborne 1857 1866 TSLA
Hypatia Claiborne 1885 1913 TSLA
Ibex Claiborne 1880 1892 TSLA
James Claiborne 1900 1901 TSLA
Keck Claiborne 1894 1894 TSLA
Keck’s Chapel Claiborne 1876 1894 TSLA
Lawtonville Claiborne 1891 1891 TSLA
Little Barren Claiborne Is this the Union county PO? USGS
Lone Mountain Claiborne 1875 1983 TSLA
Manring Claiborne 1905 1932 TSLA
Marcum Claiborne 1936 1952 TSLA
Mayseville Claiborne 1893 1895 TSLA
McHenry’s Ferry Claiborne 1875 1875 TSLA
Mingo Claiborne 1900 1903 TSLA
Minkton Claiborne 1883 1902 TSLA
Mulberry Gap Claiborne 1829 1846 TSLA
Nevils Claiborne 1897 1899 TSLA
New Tazewell Claiborne 1891 TSLA
Nicholson Claiborne 1908 1911 TSLA
Odd Claiborne 1899 1903 TSLA
Old Town Claiborne 1823 1910 TSLA
Pierceville Claiborne 1899 1903 TSLA
Pleasant Claiborne 1852 1903 TSLA
Powell’s River Claiborne 1854 1860 TSLA
Pruden Claiborne 1906 TSLA
Putt Claiborne 1880 1891 TSLA
Quarter (historical) Claiborne USGS
Ralph Claiborne 1895 1903 TSLA
Redmon Claiborne 1898 1903 TSLA
Reece Claiborne 1898 1903 TSLA
Ritchie Claiborne 1887 1901 TSLA
Rob Camp Claiborne 1856 1876 TSLA
Roseburg Claiborne 1897 1903 TSLA
Sand Lick Claiborne 1886 1901 TSLA
Sandlick Claiborne See Sand Lick USGS
Shawanee Claiborne Is this Shawnee? USGS
Shawnee Claiborne 1894 TSLA
Sheltons Ford (historical) Claiborne USGS
Snakepoint Claiborne 1896 1908 TSLA
Speck Claiborne 1880 1911 TSLA
Speedwell Claiborne 1824 TSLA
Speedwell Iron Works Claiborne 1818 1824 TSLA
Spivey Claiborne 1883 1919 TSLA
Springdale Claiborne 1870 1903 TSLA
Sprowles Claiborne 1889 1903 TSLA
Sweet Gum Plains Claiborne 1873 1874 TSLA
Sycamore Claiborne 1837 1870 TSLA
Tackett Claiborne 1880 1905 TSLA
Tazewell Claiborne 1806 TSLA
Teller Claiborne 1897 1901 TSLA
Teressa Claiborne 1880 1888 TSLA
Tiprell Claiborne 1930 1960 TSLA
Treece Claiborne 1881 Unknown TSLA
Valley Creek Claiborne 1921 1955 TSLA
Wesley Claiborne 1880 1907 TSLA
Wilburn Claiborne 1899 1904 TSLA
Wilson Gap Claiborne 1892 1895 TSLA
Wilsongap Claiborne 1895 1903 TSLA
Woodson Cross Roads Claiborne 1854 1866 TSLA
Yellow Springs Claiborne 1830 1897 TSLA
Yoakum Claiborne 1900 1902 TSLA
Zeb Claiborne 1884 1891 TSLA
Zinate Claiborne 1891 1894 TSLA
Acuff Union 1883 1903 TSLA
Ailor Union 1894 1902 TSLA
Ashby Union 1894 1902 TSLA
Avey Union 1902 1903 TSLA
Bartheney Union 1883 1902 TSLA
Bayless Union 1876 1886 TSLA
Berryville Union 1899 1903 TSLA
Biddie Union 1899 1903 TSLA
Big Barren Union 1857 1857 TSLA
Cedar Flat Union 1898 1903 TSLA
Cedar Ford Union 1856 1867 TSLA
Clinch River Union 1866 1869 TSLA
Condon Union 1896 1903 TSLA
Coppock Union 1901 1904 TSLA
Duke Union 1888 1898 TSLA
Dula Union 1899 1902 TSLA
Effie Union 1881 1903 TSLA
Enon Union 1904 1911 TSLA
Esco Union 1887 1903 TSLA
Gabe Union 1889 1903 TSLA
Graveston Union 1866 1866 TSLA
Haynes Union 1865 1897 TSLA
Hermanville Union 1897 1901 TSLA
Hiltonville Union 1902 1903 TSLA
Hurricane Branch Union 1875 1903 TSLA
Jake Union 1888 Unknown TSLA
Jap Union 1898 1903 TSLA
Kate Union 1891 1903 TSLA
Kitt Union 1902 1902 TSLA
Linnie Union 1903 1903 TSLA
Little Barren Union 1876 1903 TSLA
Long Hollow Union 1877 1903 TSLA
Loo Union 1889 1903 TSLA
Lorenaton Union 1885 1894 TSLA
Lostcreek (historical) Union USGS
Loy’s Cross Roads Union 1866 1894 TSLA
Loyston Union 1894 1936 TSLA
Lutrell Union 1890 TSLA
Magnetic Union 1899 1905 TSLA
Mary Union 1899 1906 TSLA
Maynardville Union 1856 TSLA
Meltabarger Union 1882 1896 TSLA
Minnie Union 1901 1903 TSLA
Nave Hill Union 1870 1902 TSLA
Nelsonville Union 1895 1903 TSLA
New Flat Creek Union 1872 1894 TSLA
New Flatcreek Union 1894 1903 TSLA
New Prospect Union 1872 1903 TSLA
Nola Union 1901 1910 TSLA
Paulett Union 1889 1904 TSLA
Phebe Union 1883 1903 TSLA
Polly Union 1899 1903 TSLA
Price Union 1893 1898 TSLA
Racoon Valley Union 1866 1904 TSLA
Ray Union 1891 1910 TSLA
Rhodelia Union 1883 1903 TSLA
Rule Union 1880 1903 TSLA
Ryan Union 1903 1903 TSLA
Sharps Chapel Union 1869 TSLA
Sill Union 1888 1903 TSLA
Simcoe Union 1880 1902 TSLA
Stiner Union 1892 1907 TSLA
Walkerford Union 1898 1903 TSLA
Warwick Union 1891 1902 TSLA
Warwick’s Cross Roads Union 1866 1891 TSLA
Welch Union 1898 1903 TSLA
Woodbourne Union 1854 1866 TSLA
Woodburn Union 1894 1903 TSLA

Law Enforcement: Sheriff

By , May 8, 2011

The office of sheriff is one of the county offices established by article VII, section 1 of the Constitution of Tennessee, and it is regulated by the general statutes found in title 8, chapter 8 of Tennessee Code Annotated.

The qualifications for the office of sheriff are more stringent than for most county offices. These qualifications are detailed in T.C.A. §8-8-102. Many of the duties of the sheriff are specified in T.C.A. §8-8-201. The sheriff’s salary is determined in accordance with T.C.A. §8-24-102.

The statutes authorizing the sheriff to petition the court with criminal jurisdiction for the employment of deputies and assistants and the setting of salaries for deputies and assistants are found in T.C.A. §8-20-101 et seq. Also, the sheriff may appoint such personnel as may be provided for in the budget adopted for the sheriff’s department. T.C.A. § 8-20-120.

For additional statutes relating to the sheriff, refer to the combined general index of Tennessee Code Annotated, volumes 14, 15, and 16, under specific topics relating to law enforcement, county jails and workhouses.

The following acts have no current effect but are included here for reference purposes since they once applied to the Grainger County Sheriff’s Office.


  1. Private Acts of 1825, Chapter 269, fixed and regulated the compensation of the Grainger County Sheriff to $800 per annum.
  2. Private Acts of 1825, Chapter 290, authorized the sheriff of Grainger County to appoint an additional deputy.
  3. Private Acts of 1833, Chapter 246, authorized the sheriff of Grainger County to appoint an additional deputy.

Law Enforcement — Offenses

By , May 8, 2011

Some counties in Tennessee have made various activities illegal within their boundaries by the enactment of private legislation. Some of these were billiard playing, operating dance halls, shooting fireworks, and things of a similar nature.

The act briefly summarized below fell into this category in Grainger County. Also referenced below is an act which repealed prior law without providing new substantive provisions.

  1. Private Acts of 1947, Chapter 430, regulated the possession, storage, use, manufacture or sale of pyrotechnics in Grainger County. This act was repealed by Private Acts of 1959, Chapter 116.

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