Deeds Search, 1788-1797

What is the Deeds Index?

Tennessee County, North Carolina was created in 1788 from Davidson County. Included in this new county were parts or all of present day Robertson, Dickson, Stewart, Houston, Hickman, Humphreys, and Cheatham Counties.

In 1790 Tennessee County became a county in the newly created Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio. This area had been ceded by North Carolina to the Federal Government and covered the area of present day state of Tennessee.

In 1796, Tennessee County ceased to exist and the name became the new state’s name. Acts of 1796 (1st Session), Chapter 30, Section 1:

“That the county of Tennessee be divided by a line as follows, viz. Beginning at the upper end of the first bluff above James McFarlin’s on Red River, near Allin’s Cabbins, running from thence a direct course to the Sulphor Fork, one quarter of a mile below Elias Fort’s, thence up the creek, as it meanders, to the mouth of Brush Creek, thence up the same, as it meanders, to the head, thence a direct course to the Davidson county line, at the mouth of Sycamore Creek, thence up said Sycamore Creek, with the Davidson county line, to the Sumner county line, thence with the extreme height of the dividing ridge, eastwardly to the Kentucky road, leading from Nashville, thence northwardly, with said road, to the Kentucky state line, thence west with said line, to such place as a south east course, leaving Joseph French in the lower county, will strike the beginning; And all that part contained in the said boundary henceforth be erected into a new and distinct county, by the name of Robertson; and the other part thereof be and remain a separate and distinct county, by the name of Montgomery.”
- Acts of 1796 (1st Session), Chapter 30, Section 1

Montgomery County’s deeds are our oldest records, beginning in 1787. This every name index includes the surname of the individual; given name of the individual; title (if stated); role of the individual; year of the instrument; book and page numbers; and any explanatory comments.

Although we have tried to be as accurate as possible, there may be errors in transcriptions. If you can identify someone we have misnamed, please let us know.

The deed Books have been microfilmed and can be used at the Montgomery County Archives. Copies may be obtained from the Archives. Please read the Special Research section before requesting records.