Project: Tennessee

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Tennessee is part of the United States Project.

Welcome to the Tennessee Project!

Tennessee State line in Memphis

"Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796 as the 16th state. What is now Tennessee was initially part of North Carolina, and later part of the Southwest Territory. Tennessee was the last state to leave the Union and join the Confederacy at the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War in 1861 and the first state to be readmitted to the Union at the end of the war. However, citizens fought on both sides of the war with many from Eastern Tennessee being pro-Union. In fact, the state's early Quakers were among the first in the nation who sought to abolish slavery. Today, Tennessee is the 36th most extensive and the 17th most populous of the 50 U.S. states. Its capital and second largest city is Nashville, and Memphis is the state's largest city." [1]



Our mission is to have a foundation for all things Tennessee. From cities, to citizens, to favorite tourist spots, to cemeteries, we aim to have it all here for you in one central location.

How to Join

It is not necessary that you be related to someone who lived in the state of Tennessee or live there yourself to join. Anyone with an interest is welcome! If you would like to participate, please do the following:

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Answer our United States G2G welcome post and you will be awarded the United States Project badge. Make sure to include the State (s) that you are interested in.

Add united_states and Tennessee to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed.

For a full list of participants in the United States Project, see the badge report.

Please see our list of goals and tasks below for ways you can help.

List of Tennessee Project Members


The template is {{United States|sub-project=Tennessee}} which will give you:

... ... ... is a part of Tennessee history.
Join: Tennessee Project
Discuss: Tennessee

This above template is for use only on profiles that are of importance to the project or need to be PPP'd and managed by the project.

It is not for every single person from Tennessee. The following sticker might be used in that circumstance:

Tennessee Sticker Directions
Deceased persons {{Tennessee Sticker}}
... ... ... was a Tennessean.
Living Persons {{Tennessee Sticker|living=y}}
... ... ... is a Tennessean.

Project Pages

Various Tennessee Project Pages
Tennessee History a comprehensive timeline of Tennessee history
Pictures and Images a place to house project- related images and pictures
Vaughns Gap, Tennessee One Place Study on the community of Vaughns Gap
in Davidson County, Tennessee. Coordinator: Elizabeth Gatlin
Tennessee Floods of 2010 (in development) a space to showcase the disastrous flooding
in Nashville, Tennessee that began on May 1, 2010.
Massacre at Cavett's Station (in development) A project dedicated to telling how the Cavett family was murdered
by Cherokee and Creek Native Americans; an event which led to the
abandonment of a greater plan to attack and destroy the city of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Nashville, Tennessee - 1833 Cholera Epidemic This page will pay tribute to the victims of the epidemic, particularly the 19 prisoners
incarcerated in the Tennessee State Penitentiary, who died during epidemic.
They were buried in the Nashville City Cemetery in unmarked graves.
In 2011, the Wooden Markers project began, and was completed in 2016.
Now, each of those 19 graves has a wooden marker.
The Great Smoky Mountains (in development) - A page to showcase the beauty and wonder
of the Smoky Mountains
The Bell Witch This tells the story of the Bell family of Robertson County, Tennessee,
and the entity nicknamed "The Bell Witch", which would become one of
America’s most famous ghost stories, and best-known poltergeist case.

Tennessee County Pages
Anderson Bedford Benton Bledsoe Blount Bradley Campbell Cannon
Carroll Carter Cheatham Chester Claiborne Clay Cocke Coffee
Crockett Cumberland Davidson Decatur DeKalb Dickson Dyer Fayette
Fentress Franklin Gibson Giles Grainger Greene Grundy Hamblen
Hamilton Hancock Hardeman Hardin Hawkins Haywood Henderson Henry
Hickman Houston Humphreys Jackson Jefferson Johnson Knox Lake
Lauderdale Lawrence Lewis Lincoln Loudon Macon Madison Marion
Marshall Maury McMinn McNairy Meigs Monroe Montgomery Moore
Morgan Obion Overton Perry Pickett Polk Putnam Rhea
Roane Robertson Rutherford Scott Sequatchie Sevier Shelby Smith
Stewart Sullivan Sumner Tipton Trousdale Unicoi Union Van Buren
Warren Washington Wayne Weakley White Williamson Wilson

Tennessee City Pages
Memphis, Tennessee Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee Chattanooga, Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Clarksville, Tennessee


  1. Add Tennessee-related profiles, checking for existing profiles to avoid duplication. If any duplicate profiles exist, request merges, starting with the oldest generation.
  2. If profiles were loaded by GEDCOM, use WikiTree Styles and Standards to clean up residue and broken links.
  3. Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources.
  4. Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies.
  5. Add the Tennessee template to the profiles along with any relevant categories.
  6. PPP status for those profiles that meet the criteria for project protection. This will protect them from an incorrect merge.
  7. Make sure profiles of all family members are correct and documented.
  8. Profiles need to be linked to the greater WikiTree. Try to find the connection.
  9. If you have any Tennessee state resources that you are willing to do lookups, please add them to the Tennessee Resources Page.
  10. If you live in Tennessee, please consider adding Catalog: Tennessee Research Assistance to your Wikitree profile page.

Ongoing List of Things to Do

  1. Adopt a county and build a space page for it
  2. Continuous improvement of current Tennessee categories - adding as needed. Please see Summer if you need help creating a category for Tennessee.
  3. Work on Tennessee's unconnected, unsourced, and Unknown TN Locations profiles.
  4. Create new profiles for people of Tennessee who are documented in a family member's profile, but might not have their own profiles yet. See Needs Profiles Created
  5. Work on Suggestions for profiles from Tennessee, as reported by the Data Doctors Project.
  6. Collaboration with the Military & War Project to ensure creation and protection of notable figures in Tennessee's war history - see TN People in the Civil War
  7. Collaboration with the Notables Project for creation and protection of Tennessee Historical persons/Notables not already on WikiTree -Excellent resource People from Tennessee
  8. Work with the Tennessee Cemeteries Project to ensure Tennessee Cemeteries are photographed, indexed, and listed.
  9. Add profiles for those who obtained land grants and homesteaded in Tennessee. See the Homesteaders Project -and Land Grants by State
  10. Add military categories/templates to profiles of the Tennessee men and women who served in and/or died in the various wars and conflicts.
  11. Collaboration with the Native American Project to ensure the preservation of Tennessee's strong Native American heritage; ensure profiles are linked to TN. - see also 1851 Chapman Rolls and TN Cherokee by Blood
  12. Add profiles for the men who died in World War I, serving from Tennessee in the Great War project and for the Roll of Honor project.

Profiles To-Create

Editing Pre-1700 and Project Protected Profiles

There is a lot of unproven, speculative, and just plain wrong information out there in the genealogy world. In the 19th century, standards of genealogical proof were more relaxed than today, and dubious links to specific families and locations in England were often based on nothing more than a similar-sounding name. Please don't take it personally if we ask for verification, or point you to an article where a cherished family claim was disproved!

  • Please see: Project Participation and Certain Profiles.
  • If you have encountered a pre-1700 profile that is related to or protected by the Tennessee Project, and you wish to make any significant changes to a profile, the project coordinator should be contacted prior to editing.
  • For minor edits and corrections on the profile, we do ask you to collaborate with us on your proposed changes by contacting the profile manager first. We will be happy to work with you!
  • In particular, we are interested in making sure profiles are consistent with our project guidelines, and WikiTree guidelines. To edit these profiles, we will ask you to complete the Pre-1700 Quiz.

State Resources


Geography and Maps

Records and General Genealogical Resources

History and Genealogy Organizations

Special Interest Resources

Related Tennessee Categories on WikiTree

Related Projects and Pages on WikiTree

WikiTree Resources

Remember a lot of questions can be answered by referring to the help pages link at the top right on all pages.

The Great Smoky Mountains

Project Members

Please add yourself here, with a comment about what you are working on. Please feel free to share any Tennessee profiles you have created or manage

  • Summer Orman - Native of Nashville, Tennessee - Project manager- all of my immediate family (through my 2nd great grandparents) were either born in or settled in Tennessee. Profiles I'm proud of: Jacqués Timothé Boucher, Sieur de Montbrun, a French-Canadian fur trader, was the first citizen of Nashville, and my 6th great grandfather. Samuel Claybrook Locke, my 2x great uncle, a constable for Williamson County; was gunned down in the line of duty. John Crockett Hudson, my 3rd great-grandfather, a Civil War Confederate veteran, my favorite ancestor!
  • Phillip Thompson - adopted by J. M. Thompson and Reba (Sexton) Thompson - I think everyone in Scott County and surrounding counties (including near-by Kentucky counties) are relatives of one form or another. As I have said the people of E. Tennessee and Kentucky often wander back and forth across the border, except in football/basketball season. I am busy putting as many on my tree as fast as I can.
  • Yvonne McCowan Gammell - My grandmother's family has lived in Warren County/McMinnville since about 1800. She and her sister moved away during WWII, but just about everyone else still lives there. I have a bunch of Shellsford Baptist and Smyrna Cemetaries headstones since that is where most of my ancestors in this line are buried. Last names common to this line are Curtis, McGee, McGregor, Hennessee, Higginbotham, Dodson, and Stiles.
  • Linda Barnett -I think everyone in Washington County and Rhea County and surrounding counties are relatives of one form or another. A lot of them in those counties are all of my immediate family either born in or settled in Tennessee.
  • William Thompson - I am a fifth-generation Cumberland Countian from Pleasant Hill, Cumberland, Tennessee. The county was formed in 1855. I can trace my ancestry through much of the Upper Cumberland area in Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Overton, Putnam, Roane, Scott, and White counties. Profiles I'm proud of: My 2nd great-grandfather James Thompson of Roane, Tennessee fought in the Mexican-American War and as a Union Captain in the American Civil War. My 2nd great-grandparents Amos Wightman and Helen Graham were instrumental in founding Pleasant Hill Academy in Pleasant Hill, Cumberland, Tennessee which led to the present day elementary school, Pleasant Hill Community Church, and a doctor and eventual hospital for the remote area. A 4th great-grandfather Capt. Dennis Trammell also fought for the Union in the Civil War. His grandfather, Capt. Dennis Trammell fought in the American Revolutionary War before settling in what is now Scott, Tennessee. My 5th great grandfather was Col. Stephen Copeland who served in the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 and was the first white settler in Overton, Tennessee. His son Joseph Copeland also known as Big Joe married the daughter of local Cherokee Indian chief. I am excitedly digging into my past for my children.
  • Greta Moody - Most of my ancestors were born in, lived in, moved to, or moved from Tennessee. The majority being from East Tennessee. A lot of them served in various Wars. I plan on adding more Tennessee Cemeteries and creating free space profiles for counties, and other Tennessee things.

Page References

  1. Wikipedia: TN History

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