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Chester County is located in West Tennessee, one of the state’s three “grand divisions.” The first settlers came from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, North Alabama, and, largely, Middle Tennessee. The first settlement in the area was Mifflin. Colonel J. Purdy migrated to the county from Pennsylvania; the town of Mifflin was named after a town in his home state.
Chester County was created in 1879 from Hardeman, Henderson, McNairy and Madison counties, and named in honor of Robert I. Chester (1793-1892). The county seat is located at Henderson. Area records prior to Chester County’s 1879 founding can be found at the parent counties (Hardeman, Henderson, McNairy and Madison).