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'''Spencer County''' 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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'''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," ''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>
  
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The records of Spencer County are now found at&nbsp;???{{cn}}<br>
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In 1786 the North Carolina legislature reconstituted a shadow-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]].The North Carolina Hawkins County seems to have also included parts of modern Clayborne, Hancock, Union, Grainger, Hamblen, Anderson, Knox, Jeffeerson, Roane, and Loudon counties.<ref>William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1987), 314.</ref><br>
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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.

The records of Spencer County are now found at ???[citation needed]

In 1786 the North Carolina legislature reconstituted a shadow-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.The North Carolina Hawkins County seems to have also included parts of modern Clayborne, Hancock, Union, Grainger, Hamblen, Anderson, Knox, Jeffeerson, Roane, and Loudon counties.[3]

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.