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''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] &nbsp;[[Tennessee|Tennessee&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] &nbsp;[[Spencer_County,_Tennessee|Spencer County]]'' {{Adoption TNGenWeb}} '''Spencer County''' was created as part of the abortive, short-lived [[State of Franklin|State of Franklin]] in March 1786.<ref>“State of Franklin” in The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture at http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/imagegallery.php?EntryID=F061 (accessed 27 June 2010).</ref> It was created out of parts of Greene and Sullivan counties, and seems to have included at least the present area of Hawkins County. It was probably named after Samuel Spencer, a judge in North Carolina.<ref name="McBride">Robert M. McBride, "Lost Counties of Tennessee," ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1137265 East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications]'' 38 (1966): 4-6. </ref>The Franklin statehood effort collapsed by 1789. This county existed only briefly, its legality is questionable, and little trace remains. <br>
  
'''Spencer County, Tennessee''' was created as part of the failed [[State of Franklin|State of Franklin]] in 1786. The land on which Spencer was located is now part of [[Hawkins County, Tennessee]].  
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In 1786 the North Carolina legislature reconstituted a parallel-county of Franklin's Spencer County and called it Hawkins County. It was known by both county names while Frankln's statehood efforts lasted.<ref name="McBride" /> Now the land on which the lost county of Spencer County was located is known as [[Hawkins County, Tennessee]]. By the 1790 census of the Southwest Territory (proto-Tennessee) the County of Hawkins also included parts of modern Clayborne, Hancock, Union, Grainger, Hamblen, Anderson, Knox, Jeffeerson, Roane, and Loudon counties.<ref>William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/16509993 Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920]'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1987), 314.</ref><br>
  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
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[http://www.mapofus.org/tennessee/ "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps"] (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website. They rely on [http://www.goldbug.com/store/animap3.html AniMap 3.0] software.
  
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In 1796 the land of former Spencer County, then Hawkins County became part of the new State of Tennessee.<br>
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Spencer County was created as part of the abortive, short-lived State of Franklin in March 1786.[1] It was created out of parts of Greene and Sullivan counties, and seems to have included at least the present area of Hawkins County. It was probably named after Samuel Spencer, a judge in North Carolina.[2]The Franklin statehood effort collapsed by 1789. This county existed only briefly, its legality is questionable, and little trace remains.

In 1786 the North Carolina legislature reconstituted a parallel-county of Franklin's Spencer County and called it Hawkins County. It was known by both county names while Frankln's statehood efforts lasted.[2] Now the land on which the lost county of Spencer County was located is known as Hawkins County, Tennessee. By the 1790 census of the Southwest Territory (proto-Tennessee) the County of Hawkins also included parts of modern Clayborne, Hancock, Union, Grainger, Hamblen, Anderson, Knox, Jeffeerson, Roane, and Loudon counties.[3]

Boundary Changes

"Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website. They rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

In 1796 the land of former Spencer County, then Hawkins County became part of the new State of Tennessee.

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Sources

  1. “State of Franklin” in The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture at http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/imagegallery.php?EntryID=F061 (accessed 27 June 2010).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Robert M. McBride, "Lost Counties of Tennessee," East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications 38 (1966): 4-6.
  3. William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1987), 314.

 

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