Overton County History
Tennessee became a state in 1796. Overton County TN was formed
in 1806 from Jackson Co. TN. Jackson County having been formed
in 1801 from Smith County and Smith County was formed in 1799.
Other Counties were then formed later form Overton County. In
1823 Fentress County TN was formed in part from Overton County.
In 1842 Putman County was formed in part from Overton County.
In 1870 Clay County was formed in part from Overton County. In
1879 Pickett County was formed from Overton and Fentress County.
During the Civil War the courthouse in Overton County was burned.
Many of the early county documents were destroyed. The deed books
were not in the courthouse and did not burn. Some early court
minutes survived also. Wills, marriages, and other important documents
are scattered throughout these early deed books. All books can
be seen in the Courthouse Annex on University Street or on microfilm
at the Overton County Library, just off East Main Street in Livingston,
Looking for information before 1806, before running off to
Jackson Co. TN to look for older records you should know that
Jackson County Courthouse burned in 1872 along with all their
local records, except for some court minutes. Jackson Co. TN deed
records date back to 1872. For deeds before 1801 you might try
looking in Smith County as Jackson was formed from Smith in 1801.
Before 1799 when Smith County was formed, look in Sumner Co. records.
Depending on the time period and the location of the property,
you might even possibly find records in Kentucky records due to
the Walker Line dispute. Please note that not all of Jackson County
records burned in 1872. Chancery Court, circuit court and county
court records exist from 1839. There are miscellaneous records
from 1810, petition from 1806, tax for 1802-3, and 1836. If property
was obtained through a land grant, you may be able to verify that
through land grant records. You will need to contact the Jackson
County TN for the Jackson County information.
OVERTON COUNTY TENNESSEE FORMATION
(The four above Counties were
formed from Overton County)
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