Edythe Rucker Whitley
Grainger County was taken from Hawkins and Knox counties in 1796. Grainger's marriage records were recorded in a register for the first time by the Works Projects Administration. This present work is an adaptation of that register. As far as is known, no other compiled record of the marriages was ever made, for the county clerk apparently did not record the returns of either bonds or licenses. In the time that has elapsed since the register was compiled, many original bonds and licenses have been lost. The WPA register is therefore the most complete record of Grainger County marriages available. Arranged chronologically, the records given in the work include the names of the bride and groom, the date of the marriage bond and/or license, and the names of the bondsmen. The index contains references to some 6,000 persons.
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