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McMINN County
Tennessee, USA


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      McMinn County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of 2000, the population was 49,015. Its county seat is Athens.        The Tennessee General Assembly established McMinn County, located in southeast Tennessee, in 1819. McMinn County was created in 1819 from Indian lands ceded by the Cherokees in the Hiwassee Purchase. The new county was named in honor of Joseph McMinn (1758-1824). Joseph McMinn was a militia commander during the Revolutionary War, a member of the territorial legislature, speaker of the state senate, and eventually governor of the state of Tennessee. McMinn died October 17, 1824, and is buried at Shiloh Presbyterian Cemetery, Calhoun, Tennessee.

       Calhoun, the first town and county seat, was established in 1820 across the Hiwassee River from the Cherokee Indian Agency. The need for a more centrally located seat of government led to the county seat's removal in 1823 to Athens, fifteen miles north. Athens was chartered in 1822. By 1830 McMinn County had a population of over 14,000, including 1,250 slaves.  Like most East Tennesseans, McMinn Countians experienced divided loyalties during the Civil War. Although Tennessee joined the Confederacy in 1861, the county furnished troops to both Confederate and Union armies. While no major battles were fought within the county, thousands of troops passed through, and the area suffered severe economic hardships.

      Counties that lie adjacent to McMinn are: Roane County (north); Loudon County (northeast); Monroe County (east); Polk County (southeast); Bradley County (southwest); and Meigs County (west).  Part of the Cherokee National Forest a National protected area also borders McMinn County.


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·        McMinn County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1820 and Probate Records from 1820 and is located at Courthouse, 6 W Madison Ave., Athens, TN 37303, Telephone: (423) 745-1281.

·         McMinn County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1820 and is located at Courthouse, 6 W Madison Ave., Athens, TN 37303, Telephone: (423) 745-1281.

·        McMinn County Clerk of Circuit Court has Court Records from 1819 and is located at Courthouse, 6 W Madison Ave., Athens, TN 37303, Telephone: (423) 745-1923.

·         There are a few online databases for Court, Land and Probate Records which include: Index to Tennessee Death Records 1908-1912, Tennessee Marriage and Bible Records, Tennessee Marriages to 1825; Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 and Tennessee Marriages, 1851-1900.  



·        McMinn County Archives, 6 East Madison Ave., Athens , TN 37303; Phone: (423) 745-7634, Email:

·        McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, 522 West Madison Ave., PO Box 889, Athens, TN 37371 423-745-0329

·        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

·        McMinn County Historical Society,  McMinn County Courthouse,  6 East Madison Ave,  Athens, TN  37303 



·        Tennessee State Library and Archives, 403 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243-0312; Phone: (615) 741-2764 , Fax (615) 741-6471

·        McMinn County, TN. E. G. Fisher Public Library. ( Athens, TN United States) Display all the libraries participating in: Fort Loudoun Regional Library System[online catalog]

·        Tennessee State Library & Archives. Fort Loudoun Regional Library Center. ( Athens, TN United States) [web site ]  [online catalog]

·        Tennessee Wesleyan College. Merner Pfeiffer Library. ( Athens, TN United States) Display all the libraries participating in: Appalachian College Association[web site ]  [online catalog]



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McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Barker;   Bates;   Bishop;   Carlock;   Cass;   Collier;   Douglass;   Eades;   Moreland;   Rhodes;   Robertson;   Rucker;   Russell

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families


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     Our 5th great grandparents Robert Douglass and his wife Elizabeth Robertson settled in McMinn County, Tennessee around 1822. The Douglass family had come from the Virginia frontier, moving down mountain valleys into this new region as the Indians moved out - - perhaps at times before. They doubtless knew what they were about, and thought only of making their homes and a livelihood in such a land, with all the fearlessness and steadfastness of purpose that characterized these Scotch-Irish frontiersmen.  The Douglass homestead was near the site of the ancient Cherokee town of Conasaga, said to have been visited by DeSoto and his expedition, June 1, 1540.  Robert passed away at the age of 79 years.  He and his wife are buried in the Salem Baptist Churchyard, near Coghill.  Their son John Douglass (our 4th great-grandfather), became successful as a farmer and stock grower in McMinn County.  John also owned a grist Mill and a saw Mill on Conasauga Creek. The saw mill had a sack saw.   Mr. Douglass's son-in-law William Cass later owned the mill.    John Douglass died in 1863, at the age of 70.    John and his wife Nancy Bishop lie side by side in Salem Baptist churchyard, with the graves of his father and mother nearby.

      Our 4th Great-grandfather, George Moreland bought property in McMinn County from the State of Tennessee on February 1, 1825.  The lands of McMinn County fell to the state as a result of a treaty with the Cherokee Indians. The state made the land available to buyers, requiring a down payment, with terms spread over a number of years. He acquired 160 acres as an occupant enterer. The entry taker, Nat. Smith, noted that he received of George Moreland $160.00 in Tennessee bank notes, presumably as a down payment.  George held this tract for eight years.  On August 13, 1833, he assigned his interest in the property to Joseph Smith for an unspecified amount. George was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in McMinn Co., Tennessee, as well as on the county property "tax list" for 1829-32.



Old Salem Church and Cemetery;    Old Grist and Saw Mill

Old Salem Church and Cemetery


35.274N;  -84.579W

Country: United States;  State: Tennessee; County: McMinn; 

Place: Cog Hill


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DESCRIPTION:   Old  Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, 2909 Highway 163
Delano, TN 37325, 423-263-2698

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:   Graves of, Elizabeth Robertson Douglass 1761 –1838, Robert Douglass 3-10-1758 / 7-10-1837.Nancy B. Douglass and John Douglass are located here.

INTERNET WEB LINK(s):  Profile for Old Salem Cemetery, Tennessee, TN;  Profile for Delano, Tennessee, TN;  Delano, TN Community Profile

Old Grist and Saw Mill


 35.17.145N;   84.32.236W

Country: United States;  State: Tennessee; County: McMinn; 

Place: Cog Hill


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DESCRIPTION:  Site of former grist and saw mill on Conasauga Creek at and County Road 854. The picture at the right may be of a later structure.

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:   John Douglass owned and probably built a Grist Mill and a Saw Mill on Conasauga Creek.  After his death in 1863

his son-in-law William Cass took ownership of the mill.







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