George D. Barnes Collection on Rhea County
This collection contains marriage bonds, land deeds, and other legal documents of Rhea County, Tennessee dating from 1785 to 1893.The marriage bonds and licenses are arranged alphabetically. Court papers and ledgers in the collection are arranged chronologically. The court papers contain the signatures of many prominent Tennesseans and North Carolinians, including governors.
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23 Linear Feet
This collection contains marriage bonds, land deeds, and other legal documents of Rhea County, Tennessee, dating from 1785 to 1893.
George D. Barnes, the collector of this material, was born March 12th, 1879 in Pennsylvania. His father collected Native American artifacts, and Barnes began accompanying him on his expeditions at a young age. Through these adventures, Barnes discovered his own love of collecting. He quickly became a notable collector in his own right, and sold a number of highly regarded collections to private collectors and to such prestigious institutions as the Smithsonian. He also maintained a private collection in Dayton, Tennessee, where he lived for many years. Barnes died on July 7th, 1949 and is buried in Hamilton County, Tennessee.
This collection consists of twenty seven boxes divided into four series:
- Series I: Rhea County Early Marriage Bonds and Licenses, 1808-1893, undated
- Series II: Rhea County Court Papers, 1785-1891, undated
- Series III: Rhea County Ledgers and Signatures, 1796-1862
- Series IV: Oversize Documents, 1787-1850, undated
Special Collections purchased this collection from George Barnes in 1937.
Existence and Location of Copies note
These records are also available on microfilm through the Tennessee State Library and Archives.