My name is
Jeff Kemp, and I am the coordinator for the Henry County TNGenWeb web site. This web site is part of a nationwide effort to get genealogical information online. For more information about the national project, go to the
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Named for Patrick
Henry, Henry County is located in Western Tennessee,
one of the state's three Grand Divisions. It is
bordered on the north by Calloway County, Kentucky;
on the west by Weakley County; on the south by
Carroll County; and on the east by Stewart and
The western part of Tennessee was occupied by and
belonged to the Chickasaw Indians, who ceded it to
Tennessee in 1818. An act of the General Assembly of
the state of Tennessee which was passed on November
7, 1821, created Henry county from the western part
of Stewart county. In 1819, James B. House and Adam
Rowe settled on the Obion River, then a part of
Stewart County. They were the first of many to come.
By 1830, the population of Henry County was 12,249.
A second act passed November 16, 1821, appointed
Sterling Brewer, James Fentress, and Abram Maury as
commissioners to locate and purchase at least 50
acres for the county seat. The court of pleas and
quarter sessions were to be held on the first
Mondays of December, March, June, and September.
Court was to be held at the house of Henry Wall
until a courthouse was built.