What is the Ministers and Officials Index?
One of the most commonly used research resources is the marriage record. In Montgomery County, except for a short period of time in the 1880s, the marriage bond, license, and return list only the groom, bride, bondsman or security, and the official, until well after 1900. The person performing the marriage ceremony becomes a person of interest since the couple most likely married close to home. If the official was a justice of the peace, it would be worthwhile to locate the district he represented and the time frame. If the official was associated with a religious group, it is important to identify that church, the location, and, possibly, the time the person served a particular church or congregation.
This index is to the ministers and officials that appear in the marriage records and can be searched using the following categories:
- Given name
- Church affiliation, if stated
- Record date stated as year-month-day. The date given is the earliest entry found for the Individual in the Montgomery County marriage books by year. Ministers from adjacent counties sometimes performed a ceremony in Montgomery County. The 1850 census which usually states a person’s occupation was also searched for individuals identified as a minister or clergyman. This list includes those so listed in the surrounding Tennessee counties of Stewart, Robertson, and Dickson, also Trigg, Christian, and Todd Counties, Kentucky
- Reference indicated the book and page number of the Montgomery County record. In the case of information from the census, the year of the census is stated and the appropriate page number.
Abbreviations used include:
|JP||Justice of the Peace|
|MG||Minister of the Gospel|
|L. Elder or L.E.||Lay Elder|
|DI||Dickson Co, TN|
|RB||Robertson Co, TN|
|ST||Stewart Co, TN|
|TR||Trigg Co, KY|
|CH||Christian Co, KY|
|TO||Todd Co, KY|
The Archives Department is located at 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 101-D, Clarksville, in the Montgomery County Veterans Plaza.
What is the Probate or Will Book Index?
Montgomery County’s early probate books include many records in addition to wills and administrations. Included in the first probate book are bills of sale, ferry bonds, bonds of county officials, sales regarding judgments, apprenticeships, emancipations, and bastardy bonds, to name only a few. This index is NOT an every name index at this time. This index is based on the main “cast of characters” in each document; it does not include the names of witnesses, purchasers at estate sales, debtors of estates, etc.
Generally speaking, probate records are those that have to do with the disposition of property after the owner’s death. “Testate” indicates that a person died leaving a will. Usually an executor or executrix was appointed in the will to settle estate. The will was admitted to probate upon proof of the witnesses, and entered in the Probate or Will Books. Many records were created as the estate was closed – various bonds, inventories and accounts of sales, and settlements.
A person who died “intestate” did not leave a will. If the deceased left real or personal property or had debts to be settled, the court appointed an administrator, usually a relative. Once again, various records were generated as the estate was closed.
The Probate or Will Books have been microfilmed and can be used at the Montgomery County Archives. Copies may be obtained from the Archives. Please read the Special Research section before requesting records.
What is the Obituaries Collection?
Our Obituary Collection spans from 1995 to 2009 with some dates earlier and not all dates included. These are copies from various newspapers. Our index lists name, * if there is a picture, birth date, death date, city of residence, cemetery and the source of the obituary.
Some abbreviations used in the index are Cem-cemetery, Ch-church, UMC-United Methodist Church, Natl-National, Co-County, VA-Veterans Administration, VSO-Veteran’s Service Organization, LC-Leaf Chronicle, TN-The Tennessean Newspaper, NB-Nashville Banner, CS-Clarksville Star, DCH- Dickson County Herald, CDTL-Clarksville Daily Tobacco Leaf, TL-Clarksville Tobacco Leaf and SWTL-Semi Weekly Tobacco Leaf.
If you would like to purchase a copy of an obituary, please write to us requesting a copy. Please include the person’s full name with all the information listed in the index. Copies are one dollar ($1.00) per obituary and enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request. An envelope MUST be enclosed or we will not be able to return your request. Please include your email address so that we may be able to contact you if we have further articles with information. We will send a copy of the obituary with the most information available.
What is the Montgomery County Marriage Index?
Montgomery County was formed from old Tennessee County in 1796 when Tennessee became a state. Beginning in 1838, county clerks were required to keep the marriage records in bound books. In Montgomery County there is only one marriage record surviving prior to 1838.
This is an every name index to marriages in Montgomery County beginning with Book 1 (1838-1845). Although “under construction,” this list now includes the official marriages from Book 1, the bride and groom index through 1929 (Book 52), and also entries from four other sources; when completed this index will include marriages through 1953.
- “Early Marriage Records Compiled from Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee Newspapers” by Richard and Bristol Gannaway found in their book Obituaries Compiled From Clarksville Newspapers, Volume 1.
- Mrs. Louise D. Townley’s listing of Montgomery County Loose Marriages and donated by Mrs. Ursula S. Beach, former county historian.
- “Early Montgomery County Marriages” contributed by Mrs. Edythe Rucker Whitley which appeared in the Montgomery County Genealogical Journal, Volume IV, #1, September 1974.
- “Proof of Early Montgomery County, Tennessee Marriages Prior to 1838” compiled by the Montgomery County Archives from various records.
Entries from these four lists are indicated in the comments column.
This index includes the surname and given name of the individual, title, race, role, record date, book and page number and any explanatory comments. The record date is the date of the marriage as stated by the official. If there was ‘no return’ of the record, it is so stated in the comments. This does not necessarily mean the couple did not marry, only that the license was not returned to the clerk. The date given will be the date of the bond.
Abbreviations used include:
|JP||Justice of the Peace|
|L. Elder or L.E.||Lay Elder|
|MG||Minister of the Gospel|
|VDM||Verbi Dei Minister (Latin, Minister of the Word of God)|
Although we have tried to be as accurate as possible, there may be errors in reading the various clerks’ handwriting. If you can identify someone we have misnamed, please let us know.
Marriages from both the bound marriage books and loose records have been microfilmed. There are no loose records for marriages prior to 1866. Copies are available from the Montgomery County Archives. Please read the Research & Records Requests section before requesting records.
1891 Voter List
The 1890 census for Tennessee has not survived. However, by act of the General Assembly of Tennessee, passed 15 January 1891 and approved 22 January 1891, there was authorized the “enumeration of male inhabitants of twenty-one years of age and upward, citizens of Tennessee” on 1 January 1891. The list of males in Montgomery County who were eligible to vote on 1 January 1891 was certified by County Court Clerk C. D. Bailey on 23 March 1891.
This listing is for the 21 Civil Districts existing in 1891. This list includes the name of the individual, civil district, age (in Districts 1, 7, 10, 13, 16, & 17), and race, designated by white or colored. There is no other personal or family information given.
Following is a listing of communities in the various civil districts of Montgomery County:
- District 1 – Hampton Station, Kirkwood
- District 2 – Peacher’s Mill, Oakland
- District 3 – Ringgold
- District 4 – Jordan Springs, Rose Hill
- District 5 – Port Royal
- District 6 – St. Bethlehem
- District 7 – New Providence
- District 8 – Woodlawn
- District 9 – Oakwood
- District 10 – Oak Plains, Mt. Carmel
- District 11 – Richview, Sango
- District 12 – Clarksville
- District 13 – Cumberland Heights
- District 14 – Henrietta
- District 15 – Fredonia, Hickory Point
- District 16 – Southside, McAlister’s Crossroads
- District 17 – Antioch
- District 18 – Marion, Louise, Hackberry
- District 19 – Palmyra, Corbandale
- District 20 – Shiloh
- District 21 - Dotsonville
Although we have tried to be as accurate as possible, there may be errors. If you can identify someone we have misnamed, please let us know. This list has been microfilmed and is available at the Montgomery County Archives. Originally filmed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives as part of Record Group 87: Election Returns, it is also available at TSLA.
What is the Deeds Index?
Tennessee County, North Carolina was created in 1788 from Davidson County. Included in this new county were parts or all of present day Robertson, Dickson, Stewart, Houston, Hickman, Humphreys, and Cheatham Counties.
In 1790 Tennessee County became a county in the newly created Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio. This area had been ceded by North Carolina to the Federal Government and covered the area of present day state of Tennessee.
In 1796, Tennessee County ceased to exist and the name became the new state’s name. Acts of 1796 (1st Session), Chapter 30, Section 1:
“That the county of Tennessee be divided by a line as follows, viz. Beginning at the upper end of the first bluff above James McFarlin’s on Red River, near Allin’s Cabbins, running from thence a direct course to the Sulphor Fork, one quarter of a mile below Elias Fort’s, thence up the creek, as it meanders, to the mouth of Brush Creek, thence up the same, as it meanders, to the head, thence a direct course to the Davidson county line, at the mouth of Sycamore Creek, thence up said Sycamore Creek, with the Davidson county line, to the Sumner county line, thence with the extreme height of the dividing ridge, eastwardly to the Kentucky road, leading from Nashville, thence northwardly, with said road, to the Kentucky state line, thence west with said line, to such place as a south east course, leaving Joseph French in the lower county, will strike the beginning; And all that part contained in the said boundary henceforth be erected into a new and distinct county, by the name of Robertson; and the other part thereof be and remain a separate and distinct county, by the name of Montgomery.”
Montgomery County’s deeds are our oldest records, beginning in 1787. This every name index includes the surname of the individual; given name of the individual; title (if stated); role of the individual; year of the instrument; book and page numbers; and any explanatory comments.
Although we have tried to be as accurate as possible, there may be errors in transcriptions. If you can identify someone we have misnamed, please let us know.
The deed Books have been microfilmed and can be used at the Montgomery County Archives. Copies may be obtained from the Archives. Please read the Special Research section before requesting records.