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Carroll County Trial Docket Book

Identifier: MS-1268

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This handwritten trial docket book records cases from September 1822 to March 1830 in Carroll County, Tennessee. Included for each docket is its docket number, names of any attorneys, names of the parties, and the action taken. Among parties listed are Tennessee frontiersman David "Davy" Crockett and Tennessee politician William Carroll.


  • 1822 September-1830 March


The material in this collection is in English.

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0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


This handwritten trial docket book records cases from September 1822 to March 1830 in Carroll County, TN.

Biographical/Historical Note

David "Davy" Crockett was born to John and Rebecca (Hawkins) Crockett in Limestown, Tennessee on August 17, 1786. He was married twice, first to Polly Finlay (1788-1815) and second to Elizabeth Patton (1788-1860). He had six children with his two wives: John Wesley (1807-1852), William Finley (1809-1849), Margaret Finley (Crockett) Flowers (1812-), Robert Patton Crockett (1816-1889), Rebecca E. (Crockett) Halford (1818-1897), and Matilda (Crockett) Fields (1821-1890). Crockett served under Andrew Jackson in the Creek War (1813-1814) and operated as a frontiersman in Western Tennessee before serving in the Tennessee Legislature (1821-1823) and representing Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives (1827-1831, 1833-1835). He later moved to Texas where he served in the Texas Army during the Texas War of Independence. He may also have written several of the books published under his name, including A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett (1834), An Account of Col. Crockett’s Tour to the North and Down East (1834), and Col. Crockett’s Exploits and Adventures in Texas (1836). Davy Crockett was killed at the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.

William Carroll was born on March 2, 1788 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Thomas and Mary (Montgomery) Carroll. He moved to Nashville in 1810 and opened a mercantile business. In 1813 he married Cecelia Bradford and served as Brigade Inspector under Andrew Jackson, succeeding him as Major General of the State Militia in 1814. When his business went bankrupt in 1819, he turned to politics. He was elected governor of Tennessee in 1821 and served through 1835 except for a constitutionally required break from 1827 to 1829. Carroll died on March 22, 1844 in Nashville, Tennessee. Carroll County, Tennessee is named for him.


This collection consists of one folder.

Acquisition Note

This material was purchased by Special Collections in 1986.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA