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Campbell County, Tennessee

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The purpose of this sub-project is to have a foundation for all things relating to Campbell County, Tennessee. From cities, to citizens, to favorite tourist spots, to cemeteries, we aim to have it all here for you in one central location.

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  1. Contributing to the main project page as needed
  2. Church records of christenings, marriages and burials
  3. Voter or citizenship rolls
  4. Records of wills and deceased estates
  5. Land tenure records
  6. Tax lists
  7. Muster lists for militia service
  8. Census records, indexed and uploaded

Campbell County History

"Campbell County was formed in 1806 from parts of Anderson and Claiborne counties. It was named in honor of Colonel Arthur Campbell (1743–1811), a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses and an officer during the American Revolutionary War." [1]

"New Mammoth Cave, located in Elk Valley, just west of Jellico, was mined for saltpeter (the main ingredient of gunpowder) during the War of 1812. It is possible that this cave was also mined during the Civil War. In 1921 the cave was developed as a tourist attraction and was open to the public until at least 1928. Today, New Mammoth Cave is securely gated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is a sanctuary for bats, including the federally endangered Indiana bat." [1] "During the Civil War, the county's sympathies were predominantly with the Union. On June 8, 1861, Campbell Countians rejected Tennessee's Ordinance of Secession by a vote of 1,094 to 60.[6] On August 1, 1861, Campbell County became the first Tennessee county to form a Union Army unit for the Civil War, organizing Company B of the 1st Tennessee Infantry at Jacksboro." [1]


"According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 498 square miles (1,290 km2), of which 480 square miles (1,200 km2) is land and 18 square miles (47 km2) (3.6%) is water. " [1]

"Campbell County is situated amidst a geological border region between the Cumberland Plateau in the northwest and the Appalachian Ridge-and-Valley Range in the southeast. This border area is characterized by several large, elongate ridges, namely Cross Mountain in the west and Cumberland Mountain, Walnut Mountain, and Pine Mountain to the north. Elevations vary widely across the county, ranging from 3,534 feet (1,077 m) at Cross Mountain to slightly less than 1,000 feet (300 m) a few miles away at Norris Lake. Norris Lake— an artificial reservoir created by the Tennessee Valley Authority in the 1930s— is the main body of water in the region. It is fed by the Clinch and Powell rivers as well as several large creeks, most notably Davis Creek, Big Creek, and Cove Creek. Cove Creek also feeds the much smaller Cove Lake— a recreational lake built by TVA in the 1930s as part of the Norris project— which is located near Caryville." [1]

"View across Cumberland Mountain from the Cumberland Trail Most of the county's residents live in the southern half of the county, where La Follette, Jacksboro, and Caryville are located. Jellico, located along the Tennessee-Kentucky border, is the most notable populated area in the county's plateau section." [1]

"Portions of the county north of Walnut Mountain are part of the Cumberland River watershed. Portions of the county south of Walnut Mountain are part of the Tennessee River watershed. In the northwestern part of the county a large valley, known as Elk Valley, runs from southwest to northeast, from Pioneer to Jellico." [1]

Adjacent counties

  1. Whitley County, Kentucky (north)
  2. Claiborne County (east)
  3. Union County (southeast)
  4. Anderson County (south)
  5. Scott County (west)
  6. McCreary County, Kentucky (northwest)

State protected areas

  1. Chuck Swan State Forest (part)
  2. Cove Creek Wildlife Management Area
  3. Cove Lake State Park
  4. Cumberland Trail (part)
  5. Indian Mountain State Park
  6. Norris Dam State Park (part)
  7. North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area (part)

Government Offices

  1. Campbell County, TN official site


"As of the census[15] of 2000, there were 39,854 people, 16,125 households, and 11,577 families residing in the county. The population density was 83 people per square mile (32/km²). There were 18,527 housing units at an average density of 39 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.13% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race." [1]

"There were 16,125 households out of which 29.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.30% were married couples living together, 12.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.91."[1]

"In the county, the population was spread out with 22.90% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 25.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.90 males." [1]

"The median income for a household in the county was $25,285, and the median income for a family was $30,197. Males had a median income of $26,762 versus $19,138 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,301. About 18.40% of families and 22.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.00% of those under age 18 and 17.70% of those age 65 or over." [1]



  1. Jellico
  2. LaFollette
  3. Rocky Top


  1. Caryville
  2. Jacksboro (County seat)

Unincorporated Communities

  1. Alder Springs
  2. Anthras
  3. Block
  4. Clinchmore
  5. Coolidge
  6. Cotula
  7. Duff
  8. Elk Valley
  9. Habersham
  10. Morley
  11. Newcomb
  12. Pinecrest
  13. Pioneer
  14. Stinking Creek
  15. Stony Fork
  16. Vasper
  17. Westbourne
  18. White Oak
  19. Wooldridge
  20. Wynn

Community Common Places

  1. Campbell County Cemeteries
  2. Campbell County Religious Institutions
  3. Campbell County Schools

Things to do/see

County Resources

  1. Campbell County, TN Genweb
  2. Census quick facts
  3. Archives
  4. Campbell County on WikiPedia
  5. Official website
  6. Goodspeed's History of Tennessee: Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties, (1927). Reprinted from Goodspeed's History of Tennessee, 1887. Nashville: Charles and Randy Elder Booksellers. FamilySearch.org. eBook.

County Records

Church records

Voter/Citizenship Records

Estate/Probate Records

Land/Homestead Records

Tax Lists

Military Service Records

Census Records


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Campbell County on WikiPedia

See also

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Hi Michelle,

I removed the Tennessee project category, as this page already falls under the Tennessee Counties category, which is under the project. I'm trying to keep the main project category organized a certain way. :D


posted by Summer (Binkley) Orman
Did that work right?
posted by M (McQueen) M
Ready for my next trick?? Here's how to format a link to show only what you want to show, instead of the whole link. Paste your link: http://www.wikitree.com/

Then, put [ and ] around it, which gives you this: [1]. Say what?

So, THEN, put a space at the end of the link, and then type a name for the link. If the [ and ] are in place, it will show up like this:


posted by Summer (Binkley) Orman
Awesome!! Glad I could help.  :D
posted by Summer (Binkley) Orman
Yay! It worked! and I learned something new :)
posted by M (McQueen) M
Hi Michelle,

If you want to add inline citations, whenever you edit, use the C above the biography box. It formats it for you and automatically puts it in the references section!! Give it a try here. Cut out the citation text, then click that C, then paste the text into the place it shows you. And be sure to remove the {{ }} from around it - those create templates. Hope this helps!

posted by Summer (Binkley) Orman
Sorry Im not good with inline citations. They turned red :(
posted by M (McQueen) M
Hi Michelle,

I made a couple of changes. I had already linked the categories for cemeteries, schools, and religious institutions, so I removed the hyperlink you placed. Also, I inserted a reference indicator in several places - need to know where that info came from to avoid plagiarism. If it is copy and paste, please also designate each part with quotations, in addition to adding the references.

Thanks!! Summer

posted by Summer (Binkley) Orman
Here's another good WikiTree area to check for resources. You can link them directly on this page! Great job so far, thank you!

Campbell County Category Page

posted by Summer (Binkley) Orman
Thanks to Michelle for taking charge of this county page! :D
posted by Summer (Binkley) Orman