Wilson County, Tennessee Tax Lists, 1830-1832.
By: Thomas Partlow, Pub. 2008, 180 pages, soft cover, Index, ISBN #0-89308-837-4.
Wilson County is a pivotal county in the early settlement of Tennessee and in the subsequent migration of people westward. It is surrounded by the counties of: Cannon, DeKalb, Rutherford, Smith and Sumner. Some of the least know records for the state of Tennessee are the Land Tax Lists. Within these land tax lists, you will discover not only the owner’s name and acreage but with a little effort you will be able to follow a family through its land holdings. You can see when a person dies, when he sells out and leaves the county, when he passes his land down to his children. Of special interest, after the owners name sometimes a set of initials will appear. These can mean one of several things: they can be the initials of the person he purchased the land from, or they can mean the location of the land such as a creeks name or geographical feature. These tax lists can be extremely important because sometimes when there was not a will or a deed, the transaction appears in these lists and nowhere else.