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Bedford County, Tennessee

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  • Joel Bratcher McMahan (c.1804 - 1888)
  • Matila C. White (Bickle) (1839 - 1919)
    Matilda's mother is not Nannie Hicks according to our family records and a book by Everett Turner my GGG's mother was a woman named Rhoda. Little is known of her. Sources included. Stand Watie Woodal...
  • Anthony Clark, Sr. (1739 - 1827)
    Anthony Clark came to the Colonies from Ireland as a child. He married Mary E. Oates 3 Nov 1774 in Mercersburg, Cumberland, NFC, PA. They had nine children: Susan Elizabeth (McClure),John, Robert, Ja...
  • Mary Vance Sanders (1838 - 1920)
    Mary Vance “Polly” Harris Sanders Photo added by Joe Blanton Mary Vance “Polly” Harris Sanders BIRTH Sep 1838 Bedford County, Tennessee, USA DEATH 24 Mar 1920 (aged 81) Franklin County, Tennessee...
  • William R. Webb, U.S. Senator, (CSA) (1842 - 1926)
    William Robert Webb (November 11, 1842 – December 19, 1926) also known as Sawney Webb, was an educator who founded the Webb School and served briefly as a Democratic United States Senator from Tennesse...

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The county was created in 1807 when the citizens of Rutherford County living south of the Duck River and the Stones River successfully petitioned the governor to split Rutherford County in two. The new county was named after American Revolutionary War officer and large landowner in the area, Thomas Bedford.

Once the state's largest and most populous county, Bedford County's size (in terms of area) has been steadily reduced since 1809 to form Coffee County, Moore County, Lincoln County, and Marshall County.

The county was pro-Confederate during the Civil War, but Shelbyville was mostly loyal to the Union.

Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest was born in 1821 in Chapel Hill (now in Marshall County) and has no connection to naming of Bedford County. It was named after the Revolutionary War officer Thomas Bedford.

Texas pioneer William Whitaker Reed was born in Bedford County in 1816.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Communities

  • Bell Buckle
  • Branchville
  • Center Grove
  • Cortner's Station
  • Fairfield
  • Fall Creek
  • Flat Creek
  • Haley's Station
  • Hawthorne
  • Mount Hammond
  • Normandy
  • Palmetto
  • Pleasant Grove
  • Poplin's Crossroads
  • Richmond
  • Roseville
  • Rover
  • Shelbyville (County Seat)
  • Unionville
  • Wartrace



The Old Bedford County Jail

Genealogy Trails

The Gov. Prentice Cooper House

The Winston Evans House

The Erwin J. Frierson House

Grassland Farm

Jenkins Lutheran Church & Cemetery

The Absalom Lowe Landis House

River Side Farmhouse

The Walking Horse Hotel