Explanation of Civil Districts created in 1836

In 1836, the State of Tennessee required each county to partition itself into civil districts, doing away with the partition of counties by militia districts and doing away with the Surveyor's Districts in the state. The task was assigned to the county surveyor.

The following 1836 district descriptions are found in Settlements and Bonds Book C, beginning on page 524.  These districts were used beginning with the 1836 tax list, but were not used in Stewart County censuses until 1860.

Note that these district boundaries changed in 1871 when the southern part of Stewart County was carved off to form part of Houston County.  The southern boundary of the county was to be no closer than 11 miles to Dover, and was to leave the county with at least 500 square miles.  This explains the arc along the present southern boundary of the county. See Settlements and Bonds Book K, page 246.


District No 1 To commence at the mouth of North Cross Creek running up said Creek with its meanders to the Indian Mount including Joshua Hamblet and Mark Milam, thence along the Ridge dividing main Cross Creek from Dicks Fork of North Cross Creek Continuing on the top of said Ridge till it strikes the Montgomery County Line thence with the County Line to Cumberland River thence down the River with its meanders to the beginning.

District No 2 Commensing at the mouth of North Cross Creek on the lower side of said Creek running thence down Cumberland River with its meanders to the mouth of Dyers Creek on the upper side thereof, thence up Dyers creek with its meanders to where the road leading from Dover to Hopkinsville crosses the same the first time, thence with said road including Meredith Cook, Charles B Wilcox, Solomon K Volentine, Richard Cooley and John Lee, Esquire to the forks of the road near Thomas French. Where the Red River Iron Works Road leaves the same, thence with the Red River Iron Works road to the Montgomery County Line, thence with the County Line to the top of the dividing Ridge between North Cross Creek and Dicks fork of North Cross Creek, thence with the top of said Ridge pursuing the line of District No 1 to the beginning.

District 3 Commensing where the Hopkinsville Road and the Cadiz Roads separate running thence with the Cadiz Road to where it crosses the Salean Creek including John Morgan, Hyman Legget and Edward W Smith, thence up said Creek to the State Line thence with the state and county line to the Iron Works road thence with said road to the beginning.

District 4 Commensing at the mouth of Dyers Creek, on the lower side thereof, running down the River with its meanders to the State Line, thence with said line to where the Salean Creek and Kentucky line intersect, thence with the Salean Creek to the Cadiz Road thence with the Cadiz Road to the forks of the Cadiz and Hopkinsville Roads thence with the Dover and Hopkinsville Road and Dyers Creek to the beginning.

District 5 Commensing at the mouth of Wells Creek running thence up the River to the Montgomery County Line thence with said line to the Dickson County Line thence with the Dickson County line to the Humphreys County Line thence with the Humphreys County Line thence with the Humphreys County Line to the Tennessee Ridge thence with the said Ridge to the head of the Middle West Fork of Wells Creek thence with the Ridge dividing the North fork and the Middle West Fork of Wells Creek to the main Wells Creek thence with said Creek to the Beginning.

District 6 Commensing at the mouth of Wells Creek running thence down the River to a point opposite the point of the Ridge North of the Bear Spring Furnace, the dividing Ridge between South Cross and Long Creeks, thence with said dividing Ridge to the Tennessee Ridge, thence with the Tennessee Ridge, to the head of the Middle West Fork of Wells Creek, thence with the Ridge dividing the North Fork and Middle West Fork of Wells Creek to the main Wells Creek thence with said Creek to the Beginning.

District 7 Commensing at a point opposite the point of the Ridge North of the Bear Spring Furnace running thence down the River to Phillip B Nolin's Ferry on Cumberland River thence with the Road leading from Nolin's ferry to the Road leading [from] Dover to Brandon's Ferry on Tennessee River at William Brutons thence with said Road to the mouth of Bee Branch thence with the Ridge dividing the Bee Branch and Bear Creek to James Barrow's thence with said Ridge to the line of District No 6. Thence with the line of said District No 6 to the beginning.

District 8 Commensing at Phillip B Nolin's ferry running thence down Cumberland River to the State Line thence with the state line to Tennessee River thence up Tennessee River to the mouth of Panther Creek thence up Panther Creek to the Road leading from Nolin's Ferry to Brightwell's Ferry thence with said Road to William Bruton's thence continuing the road to the beginning.

District 9 Commensing at the mouth of Panther Creek on Tennessee River running thence up the River to the Mouth of Short Creek thence up Short Creek to Leatherwood Road in the Ridge between Leatherwood and Standing Rock Creeks Continuing said Ridge to Tennessee Ridge thence with said Ridge to James Barrow's thence with the line of District No 7 to William Bruton's thence with the Road from Nolin's to Brightwell's Ferry to Panther Creek thence down Panther Creek on the Southside where of the beginning.

District 10 Commensing at the mouth of Short Creek running thence up Tennessee River to Crosswell's Ferry thence with the dividing ridge between White Oak and Cane Creek, crossing Cane Creek at Stephen Mizzle's, Continuing over to Hurricain Creek Meeting House Continuing to the Tennessee Ridge and from thence to the beginning at the mouth of Short Creek.

District 11 Commensing at Crosswell's Ferry running thence up the River to the County Line thence with the County Line to the road leading from Dover to Reynoldsburgh thence with said road to the Ridge dividing Lewis' Branch from Cane Creek thence with said Ridge to Tennessee Ridge at the Head of the Middle West Fork of Wells' Creek thence with said Ridge to the Line of District No 10 thence with the Line of No 10 to the beginning.

District 12 Commensing at the County Line on the Road leading from Dover to Reynoldsburgh running thence East with said line to the Tennessee Ridge thence with the Tennessee Ridge to the head of the Middle West Fork of Wells' Creek thence with the line of District No 11 to the beginning.

District 1 elections at the house of Anthony Lee

District 2 elections at the house of Nathan Parker

District 3 elections at the house of Oren Tucker

District 4 elections at the house of John Stancel

District 5 elections at the house of William Rye

District 6 elections at the house of James Lowry

District 7 elections at the courthouse in Dover

District 9 elections at Stephen English’s old place

District 8 elections at the house of Jethro Bass

District 10 elections at the house of Frederick Gross

District 11 elections at the house of Allen Barnes

District 12 elections at the house of Andrew Irwin