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     Knox County is a county in the U.S. state of Tennessee. Its county seat is Knoxville, as it has been since the creation of the county. The county is at the geographical center of the Great Valley of East Tennessee. Near the heart of the county is the origin of the Tennessee River at the union of the Holston and French Broad Rivers.

     Knox County was created on June 11, 1792 by Governor William Blount from parts of Greene and Hawkins counties, and has the distinction of being one of only eight counties created during territorial administration. It is one of nine United States counties named for Revolutionary War general and first United States Secretary of War Henry Knox. Parts of Knox County later became Blount (1795), Anderson (1801), Roane (1801), and Union (1850) counties.

     The following counties lie adjacent to Knox County: Union County (north);  Grainger County (northeast);  Jefferson County (east);  Sevier County (southeast);  Blount County (south); Loudon County (southwest);  Roane County (west);  and Anderson County (northwest).



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Knox County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1792 and Probate Records from 1792 and is located at Courthouse, 400 Main St., Knoxville, TN 37902; Telephone: (865) 215-2555.

Knox County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1791 and is located at Courthouse, 400 Main St., Knoxville, TN 37902; Telephone: (865) 215-2000.

Knox County Clerk of Circuit Court has Court Records from 1792 and is located at Courthouse, 400 Main St., Knoxville, TN 37902; Telephone: (865) 215-2400.

Knox County Court Records      (Source: USGenWeb Tennessee Archives)

Knox County Wills      (Source: USGenWeb Tennessee Archives)

Knox County Deeds      (Source: USGenWeb Tennessee Archives)


Historical & Genealogical Societies

*       Tennessee Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 3343, 9114 Davies Plantation Rd, Brunswick, TN 38014, (901) 381-1447; [EMAIL]

*       Tennessee Historical Society, 300 Capital Boulevard, Nashville 37243

*       The Andrew Bogle Chapter  Knoxville     (Source: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution)

*       Captain Thomas Carter Chapter, Knoxville  National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century

*       Daughters at University of Tennessee Chapter  Knoxville (Source: National Soc. Daughters of the American Revolution)

*       East Tennessee Historical Society 

*       General Henry Knox Chapter  Knoxville     (Source: United States Daughters of 1812)

*       The Isaac Anderson Society of Knoxville, Tennessee  (Children of the American Revolution)

*       Knox Heritage 

*       Knoxville Civil War Roudntable 

*       Longstreet-Zollicoffer Camp 87, Knoxville      (Source: Sons of Confederate Veterans)


Libraries, Museums & Archives

*      Knox County Archives, 500 W. Church Ave., Knoxville , TN 37902, Phone: (865) 215-8804

*      Knox County Health Department, 140 Dameron Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917-6413; (423) 215-5100, [EMAIL]

*      University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Frank H. McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Dr., Knoxville, TN 37996 865-974-2144

*      Johnson Bible College, Glass Memorial Library, 7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37998 865-251-2277

*      Tennessee State Library and Archives, 403 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243-0312; Phone: (615) 741-2764,

*      Fax (615) 741-6471

*      Libraries, Museums, Archives In Knox County, Tennessee


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McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Hart;   Lineberry;   Rhodes

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


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LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: Tennessee;   County: Knox;  

Place:Knoxville; Coordinates/Map: 35° 58′ 22″ N, 83° 56′ 32″ W

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DESCRIPTION:   Founded in 1786, Knoxville is the third-largest city in the U.S. state of Tennessee, behind Memphis and Nashville, and is the county seat of Knox County.  It is also the largest city in East Tennessee.

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  William C. Rhodes was born March, 1820 in Knox County.

INTERNET WEB LINK(s):  Knoxville, Tennessee - Wikipedia


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