Bedford County,



Indices to Chancery Court Minutes

Indices to County Court Minutes

Indices to Circuit Court Minutes

Other online transcriptions

Published Court Records Resources

Court Houses were built in 1810, 1821, 1830, 1873, and 1935. Court Houses were destroyed in 1830 by a tornado, in 1836 by fire, in 1934 by fire. Most records were lost in an 1837 fire and some were lost in 1863. Court Records are available as follows:







Chancery Court


Circuit Court


County Court

















1812, 1836-43, 1865

Trust Deed




Copies of available microfilmed court records may be obtained from the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Please click here for information. The most commonly used early court records are also available on CD-ROM in the series of GSC Associates Historical Records Publications.

Also, it is most helpful to know in which court a case may have been tried. An excellent article is available here on Courts Where TN Court Cases Were Tried.

For information on the Tennessee County records click here.

Court records in the USGenWeb Archives

The County and Chancery Court Records

These contain a wealth of information, including the following (thanks to Steve Carson for this information).

County Court Records:

Chancery Court Records:

The resources listed below on Bedford County Court Records are available for purchase or in libraries. Check library catalogs for availability and interlibrary loan. Some may also be available on microfilm from the LDS Library so that you may order it into your nearest LDS Family History Center

Earliest Court Records of Bedford County, TN by Helen and Timothy Marsh.

Chancery Court Records of Bedford County, Tennessee by Timothy R. and Helen C. Marsh.

The two above books are available for purchase from Sistler and Associates.

Tennessee, records of Bedford County : chancery court records, 1837-1845, 1937.

Tennessee, records of Bedford County : chancery court minute book 2, 1846-1854, 1938

Tennessee, records of Bedford County : county court minutes, 1852-1855, 1937.

Tennessee, records of Bedford County : county court minute book, 1848-1852, 1936.

Some of the above four record sets are available on CD-ROM from GSC Associates Historical Records Publications, for $14.95 each plus $2.50 s/h. See their web site for further information.

Record Collection from Judy Henley Phillips and Linda Shanklin Jackson

These records were in a private collection, over 5500 documents involving Bedford County people from 1808 to 1900. Phillips and Jackson have abstracted and indexed the records--there are thousands of names. They are the collection of two specific Bedford Co. families, but these families were involved in many of the affairs around Bedford County.

One owner of the records was Garrett Phillips, an early Bedford Co. sheriff. His warrants are in this collection, and there are many of them--one example:

ADCOCK, Jesse VS Wm. B. HARRISON - Summons for Wm. B. HARRISON, John SUTTON, J.P. 25 Dec. 1834. Receipt $5 William B. HARRISON to Jesse ADCOCK promise for A. RICE bargain in a trade. Henry EVANS witness for the Plaintiff. Judgment for Defdt. for cost of suit. Nathan H. SCHOOLER, J.P.

The records of Garrett's father are also included; he was a Justice of the Peace. These men were active in the El Bethel Church with records of people from other states coming in and others being dismissed: Slaves, list of letters left in the Post Office, ads, Sheriff sales, estates, early newspapers, Civil War times, tax records, many promissory notes, depositions, etc.

A limited number of books have been printed, and it should become a collector's item for those interested in Bedford County history. Although this book deals predominately with Bedford County, it gives genealogical clues to Wilson Co. and other counties and states. The full name indexed book has 207 pages, softcover. It can be ordered for $25 from Judy Henley Phillips, P.O. Box 853, Tullahoma, TN 37388 or Linda Shanklin Jackson, 206 Kaywood Avenue, Tullahoma, TN 37388.

The following court records transcriptions are available on line.

Thomas Lipscomb Petition to Sell Slaves

Archibald Yell & Jonathan Webster vs. Jane Meddows

Chancery Court Records Naming Children of Hardy and Evaline Jane Gambill Pope

John G. Russell Power of Attorney, 1848

Ephraim Hunter vs William Sharp & Martin & Samuel Hancock

George W. Fogleman vs William Sharp, Martin Hancock & Samuel Hancock

Thomas Eakin vs William Sharp & Martin & Saml. Hancock

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