All of the records that
pertain to the disposition of an estate after it's owner's
death are referred to as probate records. If a person
died leaving a valid will, he is said to have died testate.
In this case, he generally named an executor/executrix
in his will to handle his affairs. To prove and admit a will,
i.e. probate a will, a relative took the will to court.
If the court approved the probate, the will was transcribed
into a Will Book.
If he died without leaving
a valid will, then he is said to have died intestate.
In this case, the court appointed an administrator to handle
the estate, if he left real or personal property.
Usually, the first record of this event occurred when a
relative came to court and requested permission to administer
an estate. These records are generally found in the Chancery
Court Records. Although these records are indexed, the case
is generally not listed under the name of the decease, but
rather under the name of the person requesting permission
to administer the estate.
Will and probate records
are available beginning in 1806. The first Estate Book for
Campbell County has been abstracted and put online.
County's wills have been transcribed and put online.
The Campbell County
Historical Society is offering for sale the book: Campbell
County, Tennessee, Will and Estate Book A, 1807-1841
by Paul W. Lemasters and Edited by Trulene H. Nash. The
book is 132 pages, has an every name index, and transcription
of the wills in Estate Book A. Ordering information is listed
Gertrude Nolan has published
the book: Campbell County, Tennessee, Wills, Bonds and
Inventories, v. 6. Will book, v. 6, 1806-1841.
Edith Wilson Hutton
has published the book: Campbell County, Tennessee, Public
WPA Records: Will,
bonds and inventories, 1807-1880, Campbell County, Tennessee.
Copies of wills may
be ordered from either the Tennessee
State Library and Archives or the Campbell County Court
House (195 Kentucky Street Jacksboro, TN 37757).
For a list of probate
records on microfilm, check out the TSLA's
The LDS Family History Centers have several
types of Probate records. To see what is availables take
the following steps.
to get the Catalog
Part of (optional):
Campbell - Probate records
If you have obtained
a copy of a will from Campbell County Will Book and would
like to have it put online, just transcribe the will and
send me a copy.