Tennessee. Division of Archives, Land Office, and Museum. Early Tennessee/North Carolina Land Records, 1783–1927, Record Group 50. Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tenn.
The area we now know as the state of Tennessee was at one time the western part of North Carolina. In 1784, North Carolina ceded those lands back to the United States, setting aside a military reserve to be given as land grants to North Carolina Revolutionary War veterans and other individuals who had been involved in surveying the area.
In 1790, Tennessee became part of the “Territory South of the River Ohio.” With increased settlement in the area, in 1796 the population reached the threshold required to become the sixteenth state.
This collection includes land records relating to the settlement of the areas of Tennessee outside of the Military Reserve.
Learn More about North Carolina and Tennessee Land Grants
For a detailed history of land grants in early North Carolina/Tennessee, see the Tennessee State Library and Archives guide.