Davidson County, Tennessee

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"Davidson County is the oldest county in the 41-county region of Middle Tennessee. It dates to 1783, when the North Carolina legislature created the county and named it in honor of William Lee Davidson, a North Carolina general who was killed opposing General Cornwallis and the British Army's crossing of the Catawba River on February 1, 1781. The county seat, Nashville, is the oldest permanent European (white) settlement in Middle Tennessee, founded by James Robertson and John Donelson during the winter of 1779-80. The first white settlers established the Cumberland Compact in order to establish a basic rule of law and to protect their land titles. Through much of the early 1780s, the settlers also faced a hostile response from Native American tribes who resented their encroaching on their territory and competing for resources. As the county's many known archaeological sites attest, Native American cultures had occupied areas of Davidson County for thousands of years. The first whites to enter the area were fur traders. Long hunters came next, having learned about the large salt lick, known as French Lick, where they hunted game and traded with Native Americans." [1]

In 1765, Timothy Demonbreun, a French-Canadian fur-trader and former Governor of Illinois (under the French), lived in a small cave on the Cumberland River near present-day downtown Nashville. He became known as the first white citizen of Nashville, his children the first white children to be born in middle Tennessee.


Adjacent counties

Davidson County/Nashville in relation to others nearby

Protected Areas

Rock Spring, on Natchez Trace

Registered Historic Sites

The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson

Historical Events

Nashville Tornado of 2008

Tennessee Flood of 2010

Flooding on Rosa Parks Blvd.

Battle of Nashville

Artist depiction of Battle of Nashville

Nashville Wharf, Cumberland River, just after the Civil War

Government Offices




Community Common Places

Popular Attractions

County Records

Census Records

Estate/Probate Records

Land Records from 1778 to 1805

Court Records from 1784 to 1816

Church records

Tennessee Bible Records Project


Voter/Citizenship Records

Tax Lists

Military Service Records

Davidson County, TN, Military Records;

County Resources

Related Categories


  1. Davidson County, Tennessee. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Davidson County, Tennessee
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Wikipedia
  4. North Carolina Land Grants

See also

Registered One Place Study

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Please remove the Tennessee Place Studies category from this page as it isn't a One Place Study, but a county information page.

Thanks, Azure Rae

posted by Azure Robinson
Could you please delete the link to Category: Davidson County, Tennessee, Religious Institutions on this page. The category has been set for deletion.

Thanks for your help, regards, Margaret, Categorization project volunteer.

Our family historian was able to find excellent primary sources at the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, could a link to it be added under "Church Records"?


posted by E. Compton
Very nice Summer!
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett