Trousdale County, Tennessee

established in 1870 from

Macon, Smith, Sumner, and Wilson counties

        Trousdale County, established September 5, 1870, is named in honor of Governor William Trousdale, 1790 - 1872, who served from 1849 until 1851.  He served with Andrew Jackson at Pensacola and New Orleans.  He commanded the 14th U.S. Infantry in the Mexican War and was promoted to the rank of brigadier general for gallantry.  He also served as U.S. minister to Brazil.  He died in Gallatin, Tennessee.
           A good history of Trousdale's establishment is found in  Goodspeed .
          The history of Trousdale County prior to its establishment, September 5, 1870 comes from the four adjoining counties,  Sumner, Smith, Wilson and Macon counties.  Sumner County was formed in 1786 from Davidson County which was established before Tennessee became the 16th state in 1796.  Smith County,   established in 1799 from Sumner County and Indian Lands, is another source for Trousdale County history.  Also, in 1799, Wilson County  came into existance from Sumner County.   Lastly, Macon County,  established in 1842 from Sumner and Smith counties, holds some Trousdale County history.
Nestled in the northern portion of Middle Tennessee, this rural county has a current population just under 7000 scattered over its beautiful hills and lush valleys.  Farming, largely tobacco, was the economic base that formed this county, and it is still prevalent today.  Many area families came to this fertile land from Virginia and North Carolina when their tobacco-growing families could not subdivide their lands any further.  Tennessee was a new state looking for settlers, and this area of the Highland Rim was an ideal location to build a homestead. 

The county seat is located in Hartsville, and other communities include Barthelia, Beech Grove, Cato, Halltown, Providence, Templow, Walnut Grove, and Willard.*
*These two paragraphs compliments of Karen Steinkerchner  Oldham.


1895 Map, compliments of Pam Rietch.

HART for Justice of the Peace petition
with names of fifty-four (54) early settlers here.
The History of Hartsvilleby Walter T. Durham Old Sumner
A History of Sumner County, Tennessee, from 1805 to 1861

can be found here

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