Shelby County, Tennessee WPA Records

186 Pages, 8.5"x11", Full Name Index, Softcover, TN-0764, $30.00

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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 miscellanous records.

Finally the true nature of the documents was confirmed: they were the lost Shelby County, Tennessee WPA Records.

With a full-name index of 5,552 names (over 90% mentioned only once), this 8.5"x11" oversized, hefty publication is a vital resource for any Shelby County researcher or historian. Included is a wealth of information: family sketches, Bible Records, letters, births, deaths, marriages, wills, hospital registers, obituaries, previously unpublished Civil War Records, +++++ more.

Here's a sampling of the lost records, found in an attic in Chattanooga, in 1991:

Examples of Records

MITCHIE FAMILY: MICHIES IN SCOTLAND: What is know as to the origin of the Michies was collected by Charles Michie of Edinburgh in his little pamphlet entitled "Michies Abroad." Charles Michie was a contemporary of my father with whom he corresponded, collecting information about the American branch of the family .... THE SURNAME: Some authorities assert that the surname Michie is a debased Lowland form of MacEachan or MacIan. In either case, therefore, the Sept would belong to the Clan MacDonald. A less interesting but perhaps more probable suggestion is that Michie is a diminutive of the once favorite Scottish Christian name, Michael, Mickie being easily converted into Michie ... Continues for 7 pages.


The brave Chickasaws who were always friendly to the Americans, had seen to it that no part of their ancient territory should be appropriated by the white man until their own title had been legally extinguished by a purchase negotiated with them by the United States (Proceeds with negotiations)...


Minnie Moore, Biggs, daughter of J.T. & S.R. Biggs, Born Feb. 15, 1867

Copies of Newspaper Obits

Died: At his residence, near Collierville, Shelby County, TN, on the 23rd October, 1859, Mr. John Randolph, aged 40 years.

Mr. Randolph was born in Madison County, Alabama, on 23rd day of October, 1819, and was therefore just 40 years of age, having died upon the anniversity (sic) of his birthday.

He emigrated while a young man to Monroe County, Mississippi, where he married Mrs. Slatera Willis, and lived for several years (there). He then removed to Shelby County, TN, where he lived beloved by all who knew him until his death. He was a most worthy and enterprising citizen ... (goes on for 5 more paragraphs).

Bible Records

Names in Isaac Shelby Connection
Page 17: Inscription: "General Evan Shelby
Died Dec. 4, 1974, Aged 74
His will is dated 21st day of February, 1778. It was proved in Washington County, Virginia, October 16, 1798. The date of probate in Tennessee, which was, of course, much earlier, is now unknown, since the records of Sullivan County were burned during the Civil War.

* 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.

Surnames Contained in this Publication
(* After name indicates six or more first names listed under surname.)

Adair, Adam, Adams, Ahles, Aitken, Akers, Alexander*, Allanach, Allbright, Allen*, Alston*, Alston, Amason, Amror, Anderson, Andres, Andrews, App, Apperson, Appleman, Arceneaux, Archer, Archibald, Aristide, Arkell, Armour, Armstrong, Arnaud, Arnold, Ashley, Askew, Atkins, Audler, Ausley, Austin, Avery, Aydult, Ayres

Babbs, Badger, Bahan, Baker, Ball*, Balla, Ballory, Bankhead, Banks, Barber, Barclay, Barhan, Barker, Barksdale, Barlow, Barnes, Barnett, Barrett, Barrow*, Barrow, Barry, Barth, Bartholomex, Bartlett, Bartley, Basemore, Bate*, Baugh*, Beasley, Beattie, Beauchamp, Beauregard, Bedinger, Beele, Behrendt, Belcher, Bell, Benham, Berkeley, Berry, Bickford, Biddick, Bienvenn, Biggs*, Bird, Birkhead, Birse, Bixler, Black, Blackburn, Blackwell, Blair, Blanchard, Blankenship, Bledsoe, Blick, Blundle, Blunt, Bohannon, Boisblanc, Bolin, Bolton, Bonaparte, Bond, Bonner, Boom, Boone, Borland, Bostick, Boston, Boswell, Bowen, Bowles, Bowman*, Bowmar, Boyd, Boyle, Bradford, Bradley, Bradshaw, Brandle, Brenham, Brannon*, Bridge, Bridges, Briggs, Brigham, Brimage, Bringle, Brinkley*, Brinkly, Brittain, Broach, Brock, Broom, Brown*, Brownell, Browning, Bruce, Brucher, Brummett, Brummitt, Bryson, Buch, Buchanan, Buck, Buckley, Bulger, Bullit, Bullock, Bunker, Buntyns, Burgett*, Burk, Burke, Burks, Burnett, Burns, Burton, Busby, Busey, Bush, Butcher, Butler, Byrd

Cabell, Cain, Caldwell, Calhoun, Callahan, Callery, Calloway, Campbell*, Canada, Cannon, Caradina, Caradine, Carey, Carlisle, Carman, Carr, Carroll, Carter, Caruthers, Cassiday, Cassidy, Cathey, Catlett, Caton, Causby, Causey, Cavanagh, Caven, Chadwick, Chalmer, Chapman, Chaunault, Chester, Chew, Chips, Choate, Chrisman, Christopher, Church, Clark, Clarke*, Clay, Clayton, Clements, Cleveland, Clifford, Clopton, Coats, Cobb, Coburn, Cochran*, Cocke, Coffee, Cohea, Coiron, Colden, Cole*, Coleman*, Coles, Colgan, Colhoun, Collier*, Collin, Colline, Collins, Colloway, Colmore, Colthurst, Conner, Conning, Cook, Coppedge, Corks, Corley, Corlock, Cossitt, Cothy, Coutts, Cowan, Cox, Craft, Craig*, Craighead, Crandall, Crandell, Crawford, Creed, Cremer, Crenshaw, Cromwell, Croner, Cross, Crouch, Crues, Cruse*, Cubbins, Cullen, Culp, Culpepper, Cummings, Cunningham, Currant, Curtin, Curtis

Dabney, Dakin, Dale, Daley, Dalton, Daly, Dandridge, Daniel, Dashiell, Davenport, David, Davidson, Daviny, Davis*, Davison, Dawson, Day, DeSlonde, DeWorthington, Deaderick, Deane, Dear, Dearing, Dearman, Deason, DeJarnette, DeLaHaussay, Delhomme, DeLlonde, DeMahey, Dempsey, DeVaynes, Dickinson, Dickson, Diffey, Diggs, Dill, Dillon, Dinwiddie, Dixon, Doherty, Donaldson, Donnahoo, Donohue, Douglass, Downey, Downing, Downs, Doyle, Droomgoole, Dubois, DuBose, Dudley, Duffey, Duke, Duncan, Dunn, Dunnica, Durall, Durand, Dwyer

Earle, Early, Eason, Eatem, Echols, Eckford, Edgcomb, Edmonds, Edmondson, Edmundson, Edwards, Egleston, Ego, Elder, Elliott, Ellis, Elmore, Elms, Ely, Enander, Englant, Enneau, Ensley, Eoss, Eps, Erwin, Evans*, Eveleth, Evelith, Ewing, Eyre, Ezell, Ezzell*

Fadley, Fairhair, Faley, Falls, Farrington, Feaster, Fellows, Felton, Fenner, Ferguson, Ferriott, Fewks, Fhill, Fischer, Fishback, Fishburne, Fitz, Fitzgerald, Flaherty, Fletcher, Flinn, Flood, Flournoy, Fogleman, Foley, Forbes, Ford, Forestier, Forrest, Forstall, Foster, Fowinkle*, Fowler, Franklin, Frazier, Frech, Freeland, Freeman, Fuller, Funk, Furlow

Gager, Gailland, Gailor, Gaines, Gallann, Gallery, Galloway, Gantrell, Garber*, Garnett, Garvey, Gates, Gatewood, George, Gepler, Gibbs, Gibson*, Gilbert, Gill, Gillam, Gillen, Gillifoi, Gilmer, Gilmore, Gilstripe, Given, Glass, Glauber, Glenn, Goforth, Goldsby, Goodlett, Goodloe, Goodson, Goodwin, Goodwyn, Gordon, Gottschalk, Graham, Granberry, Gravatt, Graves*, Gray*, Green, Greene, Greenlaw, Gregoire, Gregory, Grey, Grider*, Griffiths, Grifford, Grisby, Grimes, Grisham, Grogan, Gross, Gullbeaux, Gum, Gutaffell, Guy, Gwinn, Gynn

Haley, Hall*, Haller, Hamilton*, Hamlin, Hamlton, Hammbersly, Hammiltoun, Hammond, Hamner, Hampton, Hanly, Hanson, Hard, Hardcastle, Hare, Hargis, Harkleroads, Harkliroads, Harman, Harmon, Harper, Harrell*, Harris*, Harrison*, Harry, Harshaw, Hart*, Harvey, Hatch, Hatchett*, Hawes, Hawkins, Hawley, Hayden*, Hayward, Healy, Hebrard, Heisfield, Helms, Hench, Henderson*, Henghold, Henkle, Hennesey, Henry, Herman, Herron, Hewitt, Hewson, Heyward, Hicks, Higgins, Hilderbrandt, Hildreth, Hill, Hilton, Hine, Hines, Hinshaw, Hives, Hoden, Hodges, Hogan, Holiday, Holland, Holloway, Holmes, Holsenback, Holsomback, Horne, Horsby, Horton, Houghan, House, Houston*, Howard, Howell, Hoxton, Hubert, Hudgens, Hughes*, Humbert, Hunder, Hunt*, Hunter, Hutchison, Hyde

Ingram, Irvin, Irvine, Irving

Jackson*, Jamerson, James, Jameson, Jamison, Jenkins, Jennings, Jett*, Jobe, Johns, Johnson*, Jones*, Jorda, Jordan, Jouett, Jourdan, Judice

Karr, Keck, Keefe, Keegan, Kellar, Keller, Kelly, Kennedy, Kerr, Kersey, Ketcherside, Ketchum, Key, Kidd, Kilman, Kilpatrick, King, Kinkead, Kirby, Kirk, Knox, Kraft

Labatut, Lacefield, Lackey, LaCoste, LaFonta, Lake, Lamberton, Lameull*, Lancaster, Langford, Latane, Laurence, Lawrence*, Leake, Leary, Leath, Lee*, Leech*, Lefebre, Leftwich, Leggett*, Lenow, Leonard, Letlow, Lettor, Lwis*, Lindsey, Lindstedt, Lionberger, Littell, Little, Lloyd, Lock, Lofland, Logwood, Londrigan, Looney, Lorance, Lotspeich, Loudon, Love, Lowe, Lowe, Lowery, Loyall, Lucas, Ludgate, Ludlow, Luther, Lynn, Lyon, Lyons

Mabry, Mac Arthur, Mac Donald, Machner, Macon, Madigan, Mahan, Mahoney, Mallely, Mallory, Malloy, Malone, Maness, Mangum, Manual, Manuel, Mardhre, Margenim, Marin, Markley, Marshall*, Martin*, Mason, Mastin, Matier, May, Mayson, Mead, Meade*, Means, Meddoe, Merahan, Meriweather*, Meriwether, Merrill*, Merrin, Merriwether, Metcalf, Meulemang, Mhoon, Michie*, Micie, Middleton, Mihie, Milan, Miller*, Mills, Minary, Minninger, Minor, Misskelly, Mitchell*, Mitchie, Mitchum*, Mobley, Monroe, Monsanat, Montgomery, Moody, Moon, Moore*, Morahan, Moreland, Morgan*, Morland, Morris*, Morrison*, Morton, Mosby*, Moseley, Moss, Muir, Mulchy, Mullen, Mumford, Munford, Munn, Munson, Murphy, Murriel

Mc Auley, Mc Cain, Mc Cartan, Mc Carter, Mc Carthy, Mc Cluskey, Mc Comb, Mc Connell, Mc Crab, Mc Crory, Mc Cue, Mc Cullough, Mc Davit, Mc Davitt, Mc Donald, Mc Dowell*, Mc Farland, Mc Gairy, Mc Gaughey, Mc Gehee, Mc Ginnis, Mc Gowan, Mc Grath, Mc Gruder, Mc Hardy, Mc Intyre, Mc Kee, Mc Kellar, Mc Kinney*, Mc Lean, Mc Lemore, Mc Lendon, Mc Mahan, Mc Millan, Mc Minn, Mc Mullen, Mc Nairy, Mc Neill*, Mc Neily, Mc Reynolds*, Mc Reyunolds, Mc Spadden, Mc Whirter

Nabers, Nance, Nase, Nations, Naughten, Naughton, Neal, Neblett, Needham, Neely*, Neil, Neily, Nelson*, Netherland, Newby, Newman, Newnum, Nicholas, Noble, Noe, Hoekart, Norris, Nuckols, Nudgate, Nutt

O'Banion, O'Brien, O'Dell, Odlum, O'Grill, O'Hara, O'Kelly, Orgill, Overton, Owen

Packer, Page*, Parham, Park, Parker, Parks, Passino, Patrick, Patten, Patterson, Paul, Paulette, Payne, Payton, Peck, Pennington, Percy, Perin, Perkins*, Permenter, Perry, Persons, Peters, Petter, Pettit, Petty, Peyton, Phillips, Picard, Piccirilli, Pickett, Pierce, Piggott, Pile, Pillow*, Pindell*, Pitot, Pittman, Pitts, Pledger, Plummer, Poindexter, Poitevent, Polk*, Pollock, Ponder, Pope, Porter*, Poston, Powell, Prendergast, Pretiss, Prescott, Presley, Preston, Price, Prichard, Pride, Prince, Proctor, Provine, Pryor, Pulliam, Purifoy, Pyron

Quarles*, Quattlebaum, Quintard, Quisn

Railey, Rainey, Ramsay, Ramsey, Randolph, Raney, Ransom, Rauscher, Rawleston, Rawlings, Ray*, Read, Readit, Reagon, Reames, Reams, Reardon, Rector, Reddick, Redman, Redus, Reeves, Reid, Rembert, Renfro, Rentfree, Reynolds, Reyster, Rhodes, Rice, Rich, Richardson, Ricks, Risk, Roark, Roberts, Robertson*, Robinett, Robinson*, Robson, Roemer, Rogers, Romain, Roolfolk, Rose, Ross, Rowland, Rowsey, Royster, Rudolph, Ruffier, Ruffin, Rusts, Rutledge, Ryan, Rynn

Sadler, Safarans, Saffaran, Saffarans*, St. Clair, Sale, Sallee, Samuel, Sanders, Sappington, Sarrizin, Saunders*, Savalier, Saxby, Scret, Scheine, Schneider, Schooler, Schooster, Scott, Scruggs, Scudder, Sebastian, Sedgwick, Seesall, Semmes, Shackleford, Shadle, Shanks, Shannon, Shaw, Shea, Sheffey, Shelby*, Shelton*, Shephard, Shepherd, Sheppard, Shepperd, Sherretz, Sherwood, Shinault, Shirley, Shirly, Shivers, Shrum, Shuford, Simmons, Simon, Simons, Simpson, Sims, Sinclair, Slattery, Slaughter, Sloan, Small, Smith*, Smythe, Sneed, Snowden*, Sossaman, South, Sparke*, Spear, Speed, Spottiswoode, Spratt, Standfield, Stanfield, Stanford, Stangier, Stanley, Stanton, Starr, Statum, Steele*, Steeles, Steger, Steiner, Sterling, Stevens, Steward, Stewart*, Stitt*, Stockard, Stockley, Stockton, Stone*, Stout, Strain, Strawn, Stringer, Strong, Stroud, Stuart*, Stucky, Sullivan, Sumner, Swain, Swan*, Sweeney, Sweeny, Swift, Swindle

Talbot*, Tanner, Tapp*, Tapps, Tarlton, Tate, Taylor*, Templeton, Terry, Theboveaux, Thomas, Thompson*, Thornton, Threat, Thrift, Thurman, Til, Timberlake, Timmins, Tipton, Titus, Todd, Tolleson, Tolton, Tomkins, Tomnlinson, Toole, Toombs, Towar, Trafton, Trammel, Trezevant*, Trezvant*, Trigg*, Trout, Troy, Truename, Truss, Tryggvason, Tryon, Tucker*, Turley, Turner*, Tyer, Tyler, Tyson


Vaccaro, Vail, Van Dyke, Vanewort, Van Hooce, Venable, Vernon, Vessels, Vest, Via, Vinson, Volentine, Vollintine

Waddy, Waggener, Wagster, Waits, Walden, Walker*, Wall, Wallace, Wallis, Walls, Walt, Walter, Ward, Wardwick, Warner, Warren, Washington, Wasson*, Watkins, Watson*, Wayne, Weakley, Weathered, Weatherill, Weaver, Webb, Webber, Weier, Wells, Welsh, Wesson, West*, Westcott, Wetmore, Wharton, White*, Whitely, Whitmel, Whitsett, Whyers, Wickham, Wicks*, Wilcox, Wilkerson*, Wilkinson, Williams*, Williamson*, Williford, Willis, Williston, Wilson*, Winchester, Winston, Winton, Withington, Witter, Wood*, Woods*, Woodward*, Woody, Wooldridge, Woolfolk*, Worthington*, Wright*, Wurzback, Wyan, Wyatt, Wylie

Yost, Young

Zennis, Zuber

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