BLEDSOE COUNTY TODAY

Located 50 miles north of Chattanooga in the southeast part of Tennessee, Bledsoe is a small rural community of 404 square miles. It is bordered by Cumberland County on the North, Rhea and Hamilton Counties on the East, Sequatchie County on the South and by Van Buren County on the West. Pikeville, the county seat, is located in the central part of the county on the Sequatchie River and has a population of about 2500. For more information about modern day Bledsoe County, see FAQs.




ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where are all those Bledsoe County records?
The second Court house burned in 1909. Probate and marriage records are not available. Many of the existing records of Bledsoe County are listed in this document. Often additional information on family composition and dates of death can be gleaned from the old land and court records.

I found it, now how do I read it?
Check out a wonderful award winning tutorial on old handwriting.

Where is the Pumpkin Capitol of the World?
Bledsoe County of course!

I am planning a research trip to Bledsoe County, what accommodations, attractions, (other than the search itself) are available?
Accommodations and eating places are listed below. For more information on the Sequatchie Valley Tourism Area, contact the Bledsoe County Chamber of Commerce at 423-447-2791 or visit this informational site.

Have a wonderful trip!


Places to Stay:

Fall Creek State Park
Rt. 3, Hwy. 284, Pikeville TN 37367
423-881-5241, 423-881-5297
72 rental units and lots of extras

Colonial Bed & Breakfast in Pikeville
303 S. Main, Pikeville, TN 37367
423-447-7183

Fall Creek Falls Bed & Breakfast
Off Hwy. 30, Rt. 3, Box 298B,
Pikeville, TN 37367
423-881-5494


Eating places:

Campbell Restaurant (homestyle meals)
Genesis Pizza (wonderful food)
Stagecoach Restaurant (homestyle meals)
Sapp's Country Store (sandwiches and ice cream)
Hardee's




BLEDSOE COUNTY HISTORIC SITES OF INTEREST

Bledsoe County is located in the Sequatchie Valley Tourism are which features historic Southern homes showcased against a backdrop of natural scenic beauty.

Pikeville, the county seat, contains many stately homes which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For information on the restoration of the Dr. James A. Ross House, see the Bledsoe County Historical and Genealogical Society Page.


RECORDS AT THE TENNESSEE STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES

Available Records:


For more information, take a stroll through the Tennessee State Archives.

Another resource: view a complete bibliography of books about Bledsoe County at the Tennessee State Library And Archives.

Tennessee World War I Veterans: Bledsoe County.


BOOKSELLERS AND MAP SOURCES

Booksellers

MOUNTAIN PRESS
P.O. Box 400
Signal Mountain, TN 37377
1-423-886-6369
1-800-856-4713 - Orders Only

BYRON SISTLER & ASSOCIATES
P.O. Box 120934
Nashville, TN 37212
1-615-297-3085

WILLOW BEND BOOKS
39475 Tollhouse Road
Lovetsville, VA 20180-9703
http://www.mediasoft.net/ScottC

NATIONAL HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY
P.O. Box 539
Waynesboro, TN 38485
1-615-722-5706

You can also use the TNGenWeb BOOK FINDER to locate other publishers of books about Tennessee History and Genealogy.

Map Sources

DELORME MAPPING
P.O. Box 298
Freeport, Maine 04032
1-207-865-4171
1-800-452-5931

Publishers of those great Atlases and Gazetteers with quadrangle topographical maps.

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Map Sales Office
Suite 300, James K. Polk Building
Nashville, TN 37243-0345




BLEDSOE COUNTY PLACE NAMES

Bellview, Brayton, Brockdell, Cold Spring, Cooper Mill, Dill,Emery Mill, Friendship, Gerren Heights, *Glade Creek, Grapevine, Griffith, Hart, Hendon, Herbert Domain, Hickory Grove, Hitchcock, Lee's Station, Litton, Luminary, Lusk, Melvine, Milo, Mount Crest, New Harmony, Nine Mile, Old Cumberland, Pailo, *Pearson, Pikeville, *Rainey, Sampson, Saratoga Springs, *Schoolfield, *Seals, Sequatchie College, *Skiles, Smithton, Summer City,*Tanbark, Tiptop, West End, Winesap.

* places of historical interest

If you didn't find what you were looking for in the list above, you could search the 515 features listed in Bledsoe County on the GNIS server.


BLEDSOE COUNTY REFERENCE BOOKS


I have access to most printed records of the county and a growing file of research on the families of Bledsoe, feel free to drop me a line, post a query, list your surname and homepages and contribute to the marriage reconstruction project.

Nancy

Phyllis Blickensderfer has received permission from James Mohon to provide volunteer lookups from his copyrighted book: 'Lamb and Allied Families of the Sequatchie Valley.

Primary surnames are: Lamb, Anderson, Carmack, Boyd, Rains, Standifer. (LC CC # 95-81617)




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