Cannon Register & Clerk

Two newly reelected Cannon County officials were guest speakers at the Auburntown Historical Society on Aug. 19.

Debbie Morris, formerly of Auburntown, and County Register since 1986, joined Bobby Smith, County Court Clerk since 1978, to discuss the types and availability of historical books and records kept by their respective offices. 

"Each of them have been very helpful with our current research efforts,” said Bobby Dutton, vice-president of the Auburntown Historical Society. “We were honored for them to come and present such a program for us.”

Morris noted that although a devastating fire destroyed the Cannon County Courthouse in November of 1934, all the deed books for the county back to 1836 survived and remain available for public use. Smith pointed out that only one book (Marriages of 1929-1934) from the County Court Clerk’s office was lost during the fire as it had apparently been left laying out on a counter. Otherwise, his department also maintains county record books extending back to the founding of the county in 1836.

"With a total of 56 years of service and experience between these two county officials, we know their knowledge of public records will continue to be indispensable as we move forward with the history of Auburntown book project currently underway," said AHS member Danny Nichols. 

The Auburntown Historical Society meets monthly from January through October at the Fellowship Hall of the Auburntown Church of Christ. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these meetings.

Auburntown Community History

2010 saw the kick-off of the Auburntown Community History Book which is now underway and in the research phase. Should you have data, stories, photographs, copies of deeds, wills, advertising flyers or anything dealing with the history of our community that you would like to contribute, please do so now. 

Scanned copies can be e-mailed to or you may mail copies to Auburntown Historical Society, PO Box 114, Auburntown, TN. 37016.

Please insure copies of any materials scanned or copied are done so at a minimum of 600 dpi. Scanners have such adjustments built into their copy and scan programs. The default setting is usually set at 200 dpi, which does not provide a copy of the quality needed for reproducing in a publication of this type.

We welcome all who have ties with the Auburntown community to participate in this project. Our history now exceeds 200 years and will be difficult to cover in a general history. We are looking for information that is relative to the growth and development of the community and includes churches, schools, businesses, government, early settlers, social events, military activities, enlistments, veterans and other interesting aspects of our history.