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Among the states in the Union, Tennessee figures most prominently in the
ancestry of Texans. In 1796, TN was the 15th state to enter the Union, but
settlers had lived there since Colonial times.
TN has no 1790, 1800 or 1810 census records, so it is difficult to find who
lived in TN or in what county a family resided. Because of a complex legal
situation, the state of NC continued to own all of the vacant lands in TN
until 1806, so genealogits must look to an entirley different jurisdiction
to locate the relevant records for ancestors in TN.
Finding your TN ancestors has become easier with the release of NC's index
to TN land warrants. It is an alphabetical index containing names of
individual who had initiated the process to acquire lands in what is now TN.
NC issued land warrants to individuals who had earned land as their bounty
by fighting in the Continental Line during the Revolutionary War. The state
also issued land warrants to individuals who purchased the right to lands in
This new index includes both classes of landowners. A land warrant is an
intermediate step in the land-granting process. You can expect to find the
names of many individuals in the index who will never appear in the land
grant index. Sometimes a person sold his warrant to another. Sometimes he
died, and the grant was issued in the name of the his heir. Sometimes he
abandoned the property because of prospects of economic despair. The index
gives the name of warrantee, the reel and frame numbers on the microfilm
where the record may be found and the count where the land lay at the time
of the grant. It is contained on microfiche.
Since TN was under the control of NC during the Revolutionary War, the
records of the 'over the mountain men' from east TN who routed the imperial
British forces at the Battle of King's Mountain would be listed in NC
soliers. The Tar Heel State has 10 rolls of Revolutionary Army Accounts.
Unfortunately, the records have no predictable arrangement. They are not
alphabetical, or by county or chronological. The series is being
transcribed, with nine volumes finished, but it is far from completion.
Fortunately, the NC Archives has prepared an every-name microfiche index to
the entire set. Many of these Revolutionary veterans appear in no other
record. Because NC militia records no longer survive, the army accounts are
even more valuable.
The General Levi Casey Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
has presented both the these magnificent set to the Genealogy Section of the
Dallas Public Library.