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
Genealogical and Historical Society
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)
The Cannon County, Tennessee Genealogy Project (The American Local History Network)

~ Other Resources ~

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Cyndi’s List – Cannon County, Tennessee
Social Security Death Index at FamilySearch
Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture
Tennessee State Library & Archives – History & Genealogy

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Image header credits – Woodbury sign by J. Stephen Conn; Curlee Cemetery by Kim; Fuston’s Store by Brent Moore