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Bedford County, Tennessee

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  • John Ashley, of Coffee County (1752 - 1852)
    Confused with John Ashley, of Laurens County (DAR records conflated--- two men of same name) A daughter of Thomas Garrett and Ann Owsley, Elizabeth was born on 20 Oct 1760 in Fairfax, Virginia. O...
  • William Franklin Ivie (1826 - 1880)
    Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel 1847–1868 Brigham Young Company (1848) Age at departure: 20 Find a Grave Birth: Dec. 18, 1826 Shelbyville Bedford County Tennessee, USADeath: May 4, 1880 Scipio Millard...
  • William Carroll McClellan (1828 - 1916)
    Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Mormon Battalion Sick Detachments (1847) Age 19 Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 William Snow/Joseph Young Company (1850) Age 22 Find a Grave
  • William C. Crosslin, Jr. (1828 - 1900)
    William Crossland, Jr Deed Recording, 1871, Coffee County6 Contributed by: Steve Carson Book N, Pages 462-463, 1 May 1871 Abstract: In December 1860 for $800 William Crossland Jr sold to Joseph and...
  • Moses Archibald Yell (1747 - 1817)
    Patriot of the Revolutionary War Service Maryland, rank Patriotic service Ancestor # A203663 Service Source: ARCH OF MD, VOL 12, PP. 151-156 Service Description: 1) SUFFERED AT THE HANDS OF THE ENEMYFr...

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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.

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



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