The original marriage books of Hamilton County were kept in Harrison, the county seat, until 1870. Eighteen volumes of the Hamilton County Register, along with other county books, were seized by Federal troops during the Civil War, at the home of Anthony Moore, where they had been taken for safe keeping and were taken to military headquarters in Chattanooga to await orders for disposal. With the exception of Book I, which has never been found, they were eventually returned to the county. All records prior to 1857 were lost either during the Civil War or disappeared during one of the seven moves and two fires. The marriage licenses from February 24, 1857, to September 9, 1863 are recorded in what is now Book I of the Hamilton County marriage books. The records break off abruptly September 4, 1863 and do not resume until April 4, 1864. Chattanooga was under military occupation from September 1863, and there were no civil officials in the city. Charles W. Vinson, reportedly the only county official serving, filled all county offices vacated by other county officials who had entered the Confederate Army.
These marriage records have been transcribed from microfilm copies of the original marriage books of Hamilton County Tennessee. The microfilm records are now kept at the Hamilton County Courthouse and the Chattanooga Public Library. The original books give the name of the bride and groom, the date the license was issued, the person who performed the ceremony, and the date the marriage took place. This transcription contains the names of the bride and groom, the date the marriage was performed and the book and page number of the original record.