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Davidson County (Tenn.) Deed Book

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1578

This is a deed book from Davidson County, TN in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The book contains the names of people who own deeds of land in the county at that time. The names are accompanied by a description of the land indentures that act as receipts of their ownership. Dates of entries range from 1785-1831. Inscribed on the spine of the book is the name "John McNairy," a judge in the Superior Court of Law and Equity in Davidson County. Additionally, inside the book is a newspaper clipping from the January 13, 1930 edition of the Nashville Banner newspaper. The clipping concerns a letter that tells of Daniel Webster's Great Speech on the Compromise Measures of 1850.

Dates

  • 1785-1831, 1930
  • Majority of material found within 1785-1831

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of a deed book from Davidson County, Tennessee in the late 1700s and early 1800s containing a list of people who owned deeds of land along with descriptions of the land indentures to act as receipts of ownership. Additionally, inside the book is a newspaper clipping from the January 13, 1930 issue of the Nashville Banner newspaper.

Biographical/Historical Note

John McNairy was born March 30, 1762 to Francis and Mary Boyd McNairy. He studied law under Spruce Macay, where he met fellow student and lifelong friend Andrew Jackson, and entered the bar in 1788. He opened a private law practice in Jonesborough, TN and then served as a judge in the Superior Court of Law and Equity for Davidson County, TN. In 1797, President George Washington nominated McNairy to be the first judge of the United States District Court for the District of Tennessee, a position he held until resigning in 1833. McNairy married Mary Bell Hunt Robertson around 1788. He died in Nashville on November 12, 1837. McNairy County, TN is named after him.

Acquisition Note

This material was purchased by Special Collections in 1988.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480