Welcome to the Obion County, TNGenWeb site. You will find many resources to assist you with your family history research on this site. We have vital records, burial records, and much more. Of course, we always welcome contributions!


Obion County is in the NW corner of Tennessee in the western grand division of the state, and was created in 1823 from Indian lands. It is named for the Obion River, chief watercourse of the area; the origin of the name is obscure — possibly an Indian word meaning “many prongs” or the name of a French-Irish explorer.

The present county seat is Union City. The first county seat was Troy. Communities and cities in Obion County include: Hornbeak, Kenton, Obion, Rives, Samberg, Troy, TrimbleUnion City, and Woodland Mills.

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Header Photo Credit: Early 1900’s picture of the store front of J.W. Buchanan’s. There are two men and two boys standing in front of the store.  I know that one of  the boys was called Cherry.  He was my grandmother’s boyfriend at the time —– Gwen McCaffrey McReynolds.