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Cannon County lies almost exactly in the center of Tennessee, approximately half way between Chattanooga and Nashville. It contains an area of some 270 square miles and was created on January 31, 1836, from parts of Rutherford, Smith, and Warren Counties. The original bill (as drafted) named the County, “Marshall”, after Chief Justice John Marshall, but before its passage, the word “Marshall” was penned out and the word “Cannon” was inserted, for Newton Cannon, the governor of Tennessee.

In 1837, a portion of Northeastern Cannon Co. was used in the forming of the new Dekalb Co., and in 1838 a portion of Wilson County containing the area around Auburntown was added to Cannon. The County is bounded on the west by Rutherford County, the north by Wilson and DeKalb Counties, on the east by Warren County, and on the south by Coffee County.

A section of H.S. Tanner’s 1834 Map of Tennessee, showing
the area that became Cannon and Coffee Counties, in 1836.

~ Cannon County Resources ~

Cannon County Chamber of Commerce
Cannon County Network
Cannon County Gazetteer
Genealogical and Historical Societies
National Register of Historic Places – Cannon County
News From WBRY Radio in Cannon County
Arts Center of Cannon County

~ Cannon County Webpages ~

FamilySearch Wiki for Cannon County
Cannon County, TN Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
Cannon County, TN Genealogy Forum (GenForum)
The Cannon County, Tennessee Genealogy Project (The American Local History Network)
Cannon County, TN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy (MyTennesseeGenealogy)
Family History Library Catalog (FamilySearch)
Rootwalker: Genealogy Pages for Northern Middle TN Free genealogy resources for the region
Mailing List: TN-ROOTWALKER-L (North Central Tennessee Genealogy List) (RootsWeb)
Mailing List: TN-UPPER-CUMBERLAND-L (Upper Cumberland Tennessee Region Genealogy List) (RootsWeb)

~ Other Resources ~

Free Adobe Reader Download 
ALHN Tennessee Resource Page
Cyndi’s List – Cannon County, Tennessee
Family Tree DNA
Genealogy Lookups
Social Security Death Index at Rootsweb
Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture
Tennessee GenWeb Project
Tennessee State Library & Archives – Genealo

 

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