Project: Tennessee

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Tennessee is part of the United States History Project.

Welcome to the Tennessee Project!

"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. It is not necessary that you live in Tennessee or be related to someone who lived in the state of Tennessee, in order to join. Anyone with an interest is welcome!

How to Join

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Project Pages

Tennessee County Space 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
Counties in red have an active project manager. All others need adoption!


  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 live in Tennessee, please consider adding your name to the Tennessee Research Assistance page.


Add the project template to any relevant Tennessee profiles. {{US History|sub-project=Tennessee}} gives you:

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

Ongoing To-Do List

  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 existing Tennessee unconnected, unsourced profiles, and Unknown TN Locations, categories added as necessary.
  4. 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
  5. Collaboration with the Notables Project for creation and protection of Tennessee Historical persons/Notables not already on WikiTree -Excellent resource People from Tennessee
  6. Work with the Tennessee Cemeteries Project to ensure Tennessee Cemeteries are photographed, indexed, and listed.
  7. Add profiles for those who obtained land grants and homesteaded in Tennessee. See the Homesteaders Project -and Land Grants by State
  8. Add military categories/templates to profiles of the Tennessee men and women who served in and/or died in the various wars and conflicts.
  9. 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

Profiles To-Create

  1. Check profiles of the individuals who petitioned the Southwest Territory for secession; create if not already on WikiTree.
  2. Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham ,plantation owner and business-woman

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!
  1. Please see: Project Participation and Certain Profiles.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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

Related WikiTree Projects/Categories

U.S. History Project
Tennessee on WikiTree
Native Americans Project
Tennessee Cemeteries Project
Tennessee Name Studies
Tennessee Place Studies

WikiTree Resources

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

Tons Tweaks Helpful code to improve a profile.
Styles and Standards Help with Styles and Standards.
Project Protecting and merging Help on PPP and Merging.
Help with Gedcoms Gedcom Help and answers.
Formatting Help with formatting on a profile.
Kitty's Library, has a little bit of everything you need.
State line welcome sign in Memphis, TN

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.

Page References

  1. Wikipedia: TN History

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