News & Events


            One of the most unique aspects of our county’s history was the role it played in the attempt to form the first state west of the Appalachians, the state of Franklin. This effort began in 1784 and continued into 1788. Though it ultimately failed, the legend that was Franklin continues. An important part of that history can be traced through the county records that have been uncovered in the archives.

          Some of these documents were created by the Washington County government operating under Franklin’s auspices, while other documents were issued by the rival county government that chose to remain loyal to the mother state of North Carolina. This resulting civil war caused many documents to be lost. Those documents that survived have now been scanned and digitized and are viewable to researchers on our digital collections page (url:

          Documents include bonds, depositions, warrants, and other court documents, and a will. A deposition recorded in 1803 by Judge Andrew Jackson in the case Ingram Heirs vs. William Cocke relates to events during the Franklin era. This landmark court case determined that actions taken by the Franklin government would be honored by the successor state of Tennessee. For a complete list of the documents, see the guide to the County Clerk Records (url:


Archived News Articles

October 1, 2018          Marriage Records now Available for Research

August 29, 2018          Margaret Sherfey Holley – 29 Aug 2018 

August 28, 2019          Sanborn Fire Maps

July 3, 2018                 George Washington Comes to Jonesborough – 3 Jul 2018

June 20, 2018              Early Tax Lists Are Now Digital – 20 Jun 2018

June 4, 2018                 2018 Friends of the Archives – Annual Meeting 4 Jun

May 23, 2018               Dower Records Now Available for Research 

May 9, 2018                 Mildred Kozsuch Recognized in Naming of Reading Room 

April 26, 2018             Property Assessor Records Are Now Available

April 16, 2018             First Anniversary of County Archives

March 23, 2018           Guide to the Wills Now Available Online    

March 13, 2018           Archives Website Celebrates First Anniversary

February 27, 2018      Archive Annex Renovation Approved

February 15, 2018      Chancery Court Case Files Added

January 26, 2018        Major Gift Memorializes Kozsuch

2017 News & Events Archive