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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.

Some Campbell 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 here.

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 Records, 1880-1900.

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 list.

The LDS Family History Centers have several types of Probate records. To see what is availables take the following steps.

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Click: Tennessee, 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.

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