Tennessee State Penitentiary 1831-1850
The Tennessee State Penitentiary opened in 1831. Prior to that offenders were held in county jails. Surviving records of the Penitentiary are housed at the State Library and Archives as Record Group 25. The following list of inmates is found in ledger volume 43 of those records. The ledger also includes the date received in the Penitentiary, the prisoner's state of birth, and the date discharged.
Source: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Volume 43, Record Group 25, State Library and Archives