Lewis County, Tennessee WPA Records

Compiled by WPA Workers *
66 Pages, 8.5" x 11", Full Name Index, Perfect Bound, TN-0544, $15.00

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A True Story

In the corner of an attic in Chattanooga, Tennessee, several hundreds of files lay gathering dust. Between the hunger of rats and insects, they were slowly being destroyed.

At first, the young man looking through the documents could not understand them. With the help of a friend, he slowly began to realize the worth of his discovery. Between the spider webs, dust, and mold there were records, lots of records ... church records, bible records, cemetery records, and miscellaneous records.

Finally the true nature of the documents was confirmed: they were the lost WPA Records *.

Here's a list of the 'lost' goodies found in this publication:

Bible Records

Bible Records For:

Bates, Beatty, Brown, Bundrant
Carroll, Coble, Cooper, Cothran
Daniel, Defoe, Downey, Duncan
Fain, Fite, Fuller
George, Goodman
Hensley, Himes, Hull, Humphrey
Lankford, Ledbetter, Leeper, Lipscomb, Loveless
McCann, McClain
Peeler, Peery, Perry, "Pollock" (Christian & Napier), Poore
Ricketts, Robertson, Rochell, Rosson
Sanford, Shaw, Skelton, Steagald, Stockard
Warren, White, Whitwell, Williams, Willis
Tombstone Inscriptions

Complete cemetery records for:

Banks Cemetery
Blackwell Family Graveyard
Brown Family Graveyard
Churchwell Graveyard
Dabbs Cemetery
Downey Graveyard
Edwards Cemetery
Fain Family Graveyard
Goodman Family Graveyard
Harder Family Plot
Lewis National Park Cemetery
McClain Graveyard
Napier Cemetery
Palestine Cemetery
Skelton Cemetery
Vinson Graveyard
Civil War Letters

Civil War Letters authored by Capt. Biffle, W.L. Bramly, Jessee Coble, L.B. Cooper, S.G. Cooper, and Capt. T. Plummer.

History of Meriwether Lewis' Death (1809)

A biography of Meriwether Lewis, founder of Lewis County, owned by his grand-daughter Katie Cooper in the 1930s.

Surnames Included In This Publication

Alison, Allison, Ammons, Amos, Anderson, Armstrong, Ashley, Ashton

Bailey, Baker, Banks, Barber, Bass, Bastian, Bastin, Bates, Beasley, Beatty, Bennett, Best, Biffle, Bingham, Bircham, Birdwell, Bishop, Bit, Black, Blackburn, Blackwell, Blair, Bland, Blankenship, Boyce, Boyes, Bramly, Branth, Breckinridge, Bresbois, Brewer, Bride, Briggs, Brooks, Brown, Bruce, Bullion, Bundrant, Burch, Burcham, Burns, Bush

Cabron, Cagle, Campbell, Carey, Carpenter, Carroll, Cathey, Chambers, Cheser, Chessor, Choat, Christian, Christon, Churchwell, Clark, Claud (Cloyd/Cloied), Clay, Clayton, Clement, Clymons, Coble, Cochron, Coffee, Cooper, Cortram, Cotham, Cothram, Cothran, Couch, Cox, Craig, Crain, Creamer, Crgia, Cunny

Dabbs, Daniel, Davis, Dean, DeFoe, Denton, Denver, DePriest, Dickey, Distric, Dixon, Dobbins, Dodson, Dollar, Dotson, Dowdy, Downey, Downing, Doyle, Duffle, Duke, Duncan, Dyer, Dyle

East, Edwards, Elerson, Elkins, Ellison, Evins

Fain, Farmer, Fields, Fite, Flanigan, Floid, Flowers, Floyd, Folks, Forrest, Foster, Freeman, Fuller

Galloway, Garner, Gason, Gasper, Gentry, George, Gibbs, Gibson, Goodman, Goper, Gray, Greecy, Green, Grimes, Grimmett, Grimmitt, Grinder, Griner, Grover, Gulley, Gullick, Guthrie

Halbrook, Hale, Haley, Ham Harbison, Harder, Hargrove, Harlow, Harrington, Harris, Harts, Hayes, Henderson, Hensley, Hensly, Higgins, Hill, Himes, Hines, Hinsley, Hinson, Holbrook, Hollbrook, Holme, Holmes, Holt, Horn, Hovey, Howel, Hudson, Hughes, Hull, Hulsey, Humphrey, Humphrey(s), Hurst, Hyden

Jackson, James, Johnson, Johnston, Jones

Kennedy, Kernelle, Kersa, Killpatrick, Kilpatrick, King, Kinzer, Kirk, Kirksey, Kistler

Lairmore, Lamore, Land, Lankford, Ledbetter, Lee, Leeper, Lewis, Linsey, Lipscomb, Locke, Lockridge, Lomax, Long, Loveless

Mabery, Mackey, Mantle, Mash, Mathis, Mearideth, Meece, Melton, Meredithy, Milliken, Mitchell, Monroe, Moody, Moore, Morgan, Murray

McAnnally, McCann, McClain, McClaran, McCollum, McKanon, McMilton, McNeeley

Napier, Neeley, Neely, Nichols, Nicholson, Nolen, Norman, Nutt

Odem, Ogg

Page, Parker, Patison, Patton, Payne, Peaveyhouse, Peeler, Peery, Pendergrass, Pennington, Pernia, Peters, Pickard, Plummer, Pogue, Pollock, Poore, Pope, Potts, Preste, Price, Priest(e), Prince, Priste, Pruitt


Ragsdale, Randel, Rasbury, Ray, Reaves, Reed, Reggs, Reid, Rhee, Richardson, Rickets, Ricketts, Riggs, Roach, Roberts, Robertson, Robnett, Rochell, Rodes, Rodgers, Rogers, Roggers, Rosson, Rowden, Runions, Rye

Sadler, Sanford, Satterfield, Scott, Sealy, Seiber, Serrell, Shan, Sharp, Shaw, Sheffield, Shiffield, Sims, Sisco, Siymmis, Skelton, Skipper, Smith, Smithson, Spann, Sprinkles, Spurgeon, Staggs, Steagald, Stockard, Stone, Styles, Sutton

Tait, Talley, Tarrant, Tate, Tatum, Tharp, Theodore, Tiller, Tolle, Toty, Turnbough, Turnbow, Twinbow


Vanleer, Vick, Voorhier, Voorhies

Walker, Wall, Ward, Warren, Weatherspoon, Weaver, Webb, Welch, Wheat, White, Whiteside, Whitewell, Whitlock, Whitwell, Wilburn, Willbanks, William, Williams, Willis, Wilson, Wisdom, Witherspoon, Wix, Wood, Woods, Woolard

Yaggie, Young


* WPA Workers
During the Great Depression in the early 1900s, many Americans were given a "job" by the United States Government to support their family. One such "job" was transcribing early court, family, Bible, and cemetery records as well as other local records. Original versions were typed on onion skin paper with "x" number of carbon copies. Although the State Archives owns the vast majority of 'first' or typed copy, carbons have circulated for years but are now scattered. Often the typing is not the best and is difficult to read but these valuable records still constitute one of the best sources of information for Tennessee Counties. In many cases, these are all that remain of the original as many county records have been lost. WPA records are generally full text transcription: much larger in scope than an abstraction or summary.

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