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  • Jerry T. Limbaugh
    4623 Lynchburg Rd., Winchester, TN 37398
    Phone: (931) 962-4208; E-Mail:
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  • Franklin County Library
    Street Address: 105 S. Porter St., Winchester, TN 37398
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 130, Winchester, TN 37398
    Phone: (931) 962-1476, Franklin County Historical Society
    Virginia Ellington, Librarian, P.O. Box 130, Winchester, TN 37398.
    Fax: (931) 962-1477 (Main Library) Voice 931-967-3706
    Head Librarian: E-mail: Diane KrauthPlease do not mail genealogy requests to this e-mail.

    Hours:The library is open from 9-5 Mon., Wed., Thurs., 9-8 on Tues. and Fri., closed on Sundays. The History Room is open during the same hours. The History Librarian will be there 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Central Time). The history room librarian does not do e-mail. Please do not mail the main library for requests to the history room. See FCHS page.

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    LDS Family History Centers

  • The Tullahoma Family History Center also serves the Franklin County area.

    Director: Judy Henley Phillips
    Street Address:Old Shelbyville Hwy, Tullahoma, TN 37388
    Directions to the FHC: The library is located on the Old Shelbyville Hwy. 130. The Church is on the right just off Wilson Ave. Entrance is at the rear.
    Phones: Church (931) 455-5230; FHC Director (
    Hours: Wednesday 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month, 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Central Time)

    Everything we have at the library can be found at:
    If you find a film you want to order, find it in the Family History Library Catalog. Copy the film number and bring it into the library to order the film. The film is $5.50 to be viewed in the library.

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    The University of the South, an institution founded by the Episcopal Church, was chartered in 1858. The college is located at Sewanee on the Cumberland Mountain. The duPont Library has a nice collection of genealogy books. The address is: University of the South, University Ave., Sewanee, TN 37375. DuPont Library, information (931) 598-1364.

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  • Chancery Court Clerk, (931) 967-2843
  • Circuit Court Clerk, (931) 967-2923
  • County Court Clerk, (931) 967-2541
    To order a marriage record from the book is $.25. A certified copy is $3.00. Don't forget to send a SASE.
  • Register of Deeds, (931) 967-2840
  • Trustee, (931) 967-2962
  • Address: No. 1 Jefferson Street, Courthouse, Winchester, TN 37398
  • The minute books of the County Court prior to the year 1832 have been lost, or destroyed. There are no records of the Circuit Court prior to January 1824. During the Civil War, the Circuit Court closed its office from May, 1862 until July, 1865. There are no Pleas and Quarter Sessions extant. Only one session of the Chancery Court was held between 1861 and 1865. We have the deeds from 1807. The grants are indexed under "State of" in the Register of Deeds office. The records are regularly filmed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.


  • Contact Register of Deeds Office, Court House, Public Square, Winchester, TN 37398.
  • Loose Records Projects

  • Records Location and Project Status: "Project Preservation" is now located at: Franklin County Archives, 304 First Avenue, N.W., Winchester, TN 37398. These records are sparse in the 1830 to 1850 time period, but get progressively better. They were rescued from the boiler room in 1980.

    The records are organized and on microfilm. They are indexed by Plantiff and may be viewed at the Winchester Library during its regular hours.

    The original records may be seen Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Copies may be ordered from the Court House Annex (Project Preservation). Send at least a 6" x 9" envelope with $5 with each request to cover the search, up to 10 copied pages, plus postage. Additional pages will be billed at the rate of $.25 per page.
    The 1870 index to the loose records is now available. $15 if picked up, $18 if mailed. The old court books may be viewed Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 and 4:00.

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    Judy Henley Phillips,:

  • Franklin County, Tennessee In The Year 1840, Featuring the 1840 Census with Abstracts of the 1840 County Court Minutes and Deeds. Full name index, including a slave and place name index.
  • The 1870 Franklin County, Tennessee Census, with full name index.
  • The 1880 Moore Co., TN Census, with full name index. (Remember, Moore was formed from Bedford, Franklin and Lincoln Counties in 1871).
  • The Gipson Family of Franklin County, Tennessee, Their Ancestors and Descendants.This book traces the Gipson family from Laurens Co., S.C. to Franklin Co., TN and beyond. Some Major surnames included are: COKER, GARNER, HENLEY, HILL, LONG, with MORRIS, PARTIN, PERRY, RICHARDSON, ROSE, SHERRILL, etc.

  • Joy Gallagher, 183 Brown Road West, Winchester, TN 37398 (931) 967-3758:

  • Glimpses Into the Lives and Times of the Confederate Soldiers Known to be Buried in City Cemetery, Winchester, Tennessee, Researched and compiled by Joy Gallagher 1998. Surname index to the 303 paged hard bound book. Limited amount printed.

  • The Ancestors and Descendants of William Shasteen (circa 1786-1841) of Franklin County, Tennessee. Published in 1998, 431 pages, full name index, 2,265 family members for 10 generations.

  • Charles A. Sherrill, 1023 Waters Edge Circle, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122:

    See the Franklin County Historical Society page.

  • See the Franklin County Historical Society page on this site for a listing of books.

  • Joe and Jewel Casey, P.O. Box 511, Tullahoma, TN, and O.B. and Joyce Wilkinson, 314 Layne St., Tullahoma, TN 37388:

  • J.C. Moore and Sons Funeral Home 1931-1966.

  • Patricia Short Makris, 3262 Hunters Way, Belleville, IL 62221-3433, (618) 236-9548

  • Sewanee History She has researched much about Sewanee, TN area history:
  • A Journey Through History With The Short And Barnes Families (1992), a family history of her father’s side of the family tracing his family back to England in 1600s.
  • Passons’ Family Connections (1995), her mother’s family history to include O’Sullivan/Sullivan and Passons (Parsons) families to the 1700s.
  • The Other Side of Sewanee (1997),spotlights the town of Sewanee, Tennessee, and its people. Much has been written about the University of the South, but hardly anything was known about its people, and adjacent communities. This book helps fill in that gap. It includes the 1870 thru 1920 Sewanee census.
  • Early Episcopal Church Records, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths (1999) is a compilation of Sewanee Episcopal church records to include Baptism Records 1872-1942; Marriage Records 1877-1949; and Burial Records 1875-1944.
  • Sewanee-Echoes Of Its Past (1999), includes stories from descendants of early settlers including their family’s history as described by the families of early Cumberland Plateau builders and settlers. It includes the O’Dear/St. Mary’s Cemetery list.
  • SEWANEE – PEOPLE, PLACES AND TIMES (2006), provides many firsthand diary entries from soldiers that were in the Sewanee, Tennessee area around 1863, during the Civil War. This book includes the 1916 Sewanee Leaseholders, 1930 census and 1932 telephone directory.

  • Larry Stephens, 654 Star Point Rd., Carrollton, GA 30116:

  • Not Enough Whiskers to Line a Bird's Nest, The story of General B.J. Hill and the 28th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment in the Closing Days of the Civil War.

  • Franklin Co., Tenn. Vital Statistics 1908-1912

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    Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, Inc.Watson-Gamble Funeral Home
    300 1st. Ave. NW405 Sharp Springs Rd.
    Winchester, TN 37388Winchester, TN 37398
    Phone: (931)-967-2222Phone: (931) 967-2345

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    VOLUNTEERS WHO WILL DO LOOK-UPS. Please note that they are **NOT** offering to do your research for you. Do not ask for surname searches of the records. Be specific. Include names, dates, places and any other pertinent information.

  • Carol Holt will look in the Franklin Co. Cemetery Book. Also, marriage book (1838-1875 and 1884-1903).
  • Georgia Bristol will search the 1838- 1875 marriage book.
  • Billy G. Mitchellwill search the 1838-1874 marriages and 1850 census.
  • Alice Street will search as she has time.
  • Carolwill search Goodspeed Tenn. History & Biographies for Franklin County. Put "Goodspeed" in your subject line.

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    This page last updated 12 September 2007.