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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]  [[Tennessee|Tennessee ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]  [[State_of_Franklin|State of Franklin]]''  
  
 
=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
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In August 1784 delegates of three western [[North Carolina|North Carolina]] counties, [[Washington County, Tennessee|Washington]], [[Sullivan County, Tennessee|Sullivan]], and [[Greene County, Tennessee|Greene]] (all now in [[Tennessee|Tennessee]]), declared their Independence from North Carolina because of perceived neglect, and misuse by North Carolina’s legislature. By May 1785 they had petitioned to be admitted to the [[United States|United States]] as the new '''State of Franklin'''. The Franklin statehood request was denied.<ref>“State of Franklin” in North Carolina History Project at http://www.northcarolinahistory.org/encyclopedia/99/entry (accessed 27 June 2010).</ref>  
 
In August 1784 delegates of three western [[North Carolina|North Carolina]] counties, [[Washington County, Tennessee|Washington]], [[Sullivan County, Tennessee|Sullivan]], and [[Greene County, Tennessee|Greene]] (all now in [[Tennessee|Tennessee]]), declared their Independence from North Carolina because of perceived neglect, and misuse by North Carolina’s legislature. By May 1785 they had petitioned to be admitted to the [[United States|United States]] as the new '''State of Franklin'''. The Franklin statehood request was denied.<ref>“State of Franklin” in North Carolina History Project at http://www.northcarolinahistory.org/encyclopedia/99/entry (accessed 27 June 2010).</ref>  
  
In March 1786 the Franklin legislature created four new counties: [[Wayne (old) County, Tennessee|Wayne (old)]], [[Spencer County, Tennessee|Spencer]], [[Caswell County, Tennessee|Caswell]], and [[Sevier County, Tennessee|Sevier]] (all in present-day Tennessee).<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> In a later session [[Blount County, Tennessee|Blount]] County was also created by Franklin before its statehood effort collapsed in 1789.<ref>Iamvered (Wikipedia User), The Eight Counties of the State of Franklin, circa 1786 at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:8FranklinCounties.png (accessed 27 June 2010).</ref><ref>Robert M. McBride, "Lost Counties of Tennessee," ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1137265 East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications]'' 38 (1966): 4 (footnote 3)</ref> Until 1792 the lands of [[Alleghany County, North Carolina|Alleghany]], [[Ashe County, North Carolina|Ashe]],and [[Watauga County, North Carolina|Watauga]] counties, now in North Carolina, were part of Washington County, and were also considered part of the abortive, short-lived State of Franklin.<ref>Arthur L. Fletcher, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3533402 Ashe County: A History]'' (Jefferson, N.C.: Ashe County Research Assoc., 1963), 33-34.</ref>  
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In March 1786 the Franklin legislature created four new counties: [[Wayne (old) County, Tennessee|Wayne (old)]], [[Spencer County, Tennessee|Spencer]], [[Caswell County, Tennessee|Caswell]], and [[Sevier County, Tennessee|Sevier]] (all in present-day Tennessee).<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> In a later session [[Blount County, Tennessee|Blount]] County was also created by Franklin before its statehood effort collapsed in 1789.<ref>Iamvered (Wikipedia User), The Eight Counties of the State of Franklin, circa 1786 at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:8FranklinCounties.png (accessed 27 June 2010).</ref><ref>Robert M. McBride, "Lost Counties of Tennessee," ''East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications'' 38 (1966): 4 (footnote 3) [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1137265 WorldCat entry].</ref> Until 1792 the lands of [[Alleghany County, North Carolina|Alleghany]], [[Ashe County, North Carolina|Ashe]],and [[Watauga County, North Carolina|Watauga]] counties, now in North Carolina, were part of Washington County, and were also considered part of the abortive, short-lived State of Franklin.<ref>Arthur L. Fletcher, ''Ashe County: A History'' (Jefferson, N.C.: Ashe County Research Assoc., 1963), 33-34. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3533402 WorldCat entry].</ref>  
  
 
However, in 1789 North Carolina ratified the Constitution, was admitted the union, and ceded her westernmost counties to the United States. The United States used them to create the Southwest Territory. The five new counties erected by the Franklin government were not recognized by North Carolina, the Southwest Territory, or by Tennessee. Three of the five counties were renamed at the time they were reconstituted. No mention was made of their Franklin predecessor county governments. In 1786 North Carolina created [[Hawkins County, Tennessee|Hawkins]] County as a parallel to Franklin's Spencer County, so Spencer is now known as Hawkins County. In 1792 North Carolina annexed the land of Alleghany, Ashe, and Watauga counties back from the Southwest Territory, and the Southwest Territory created [[Jefferson County, Tennessee|Jefferson]] County out of land that was once part of Franklin's Caswell County. The Southwest Territory reconstituted [[Sevier County, Tennessee|Sevier]] County in 1794, and [[Blount County, Tennessee|Blount]] County in 1795, but Blount's borders were significantly redrawn. And in 1796 the new State of Tennessee erected the new [[Carter County, Tennessee|Carter]] County out of land once part of Wayne (old) County.<ref>McBride, 6.</ref>  
 
However, in 1789 North Carolina ratified the Constitution, was admitted the union, and ceded her westernmost counties to the United States. The United States used them to create the Southwest Territory. The five new counties erected by the Franklin government were not recognized by North Carolina, the Southwest Territory, or by Tennessee. Three of the five counties were renamed at the time they were reconstituted. No mention was made of their Franklin predecessor county governments. In 1786 North Carolina created [[Hawkins County, Tennessee|Hawkins]] County as a parallel to Franklin's Spencer County, so Spencer is now known as Hawkins County. In 1792 North Carolina annexed the land of Alleghany, Ashe, and Watauga counties back from the Southwest Territory, and the Southwest Territory created [[Jefferson County, Tennessee|Jefferson]] County out of land that was once part of Franklin's Caswell County. The Southwest Territory reconstituted [[Sevier County, Tennessee|Sevier]] County in 1794, and [[Blount County, Tennessee|Blount]] County in 1795, but Blount's borders were significantly redrawn. And in 1796 the new State of Tennessee erected the new [[Carter County, Tennessee|Carter]] County out of land once part of Wayne (old) County.<ref>McBride, 6.</ref>  
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In 1796 the land of all these counties (except Alleghany/Ashe/Watauga) became part of the new State of Tennessee.  
 
In 1796 the land of all these counties (except Alleghany/Ashe/Watauga) became part of the new State of Tennessee.  
  
Since then, in 1797 [[Cocke County, Tennessee|Cocke]] County was created from the southeast part of Jefferson (former Greene/Caswell) County. [[Johnson County, Tennessee|Johnson]] County was formed out of northeast Carter (former Wayne (old)) County land in 1836. In 1870 the southern part of [[Hamblen County, Tennessee|Hamblen]] County was formed from Jefferson (former Caswell) land and the rest from parts of Hawkins (former Spencer), and&nbsp;Grainger County. [[Unicoi County, Tennessee|Unicoi]] County was created from the southwest part of Washington County in 1875.<ref>Alice Eichholz, ed. ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/55947869 Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed.]'' (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 637-39.</ref>  
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Since then, in 1797 [[Cocke County, Tennessee|Cocke]] County was created from the southeast part of Jefferson (former Greene/Caswell) County. [[Johnson County, Tennessee|Johnson]] County was formed out of northeast Carter (former Wayne (old)) County land in 1836. In 1870 the southern part of [[Hamblen County, Tennessee|Hamblen]] County was formed from Jefferson (former Caswell) land and the rest from parts of Hawkins (former Spencer), and&nbsp;Grainger County. [[Unicoi County, Tennessee|Unicoi]] County was created from the southwest part of Washington County in 1875.<ref>Alice Eichholz, ed. ''Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed.'' (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 637-39. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/55947869 WorldCat entry].</ref>  
  
*Foster, Dave. ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33356640 Franklin: The Stillborn State and the Sevier/Tipton Political Feud]''. Johnson City, Tenn.: Overmountain Press, 2003. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1468544 FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 H2fd].  
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*Foster, Dave. ''Franklin: The Stillborn State and the Sevier/Tipton Political Feud''. Johnson City, Tenn.: Overmountain Press, 2003. ({{FHL|976.8 H2fd}}). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33356640 WorldCat entry].  
*Williams, Samuel Cole. ''History of the Lost State of Franklin''. 1924. Reprint. New York, New York: Press of the Pioneers, 1933. FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 H2w.&nbsp;Indexed.
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*Williams, Samuel Cole. ''History of the Lost State of Franklin''. 1924. Reprint. New York, New York: Press of the Pioneers, 1933. {{FHL|976.8 H2w}}. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/749836 WorldCat entry]. Indexed.
  
 
=== Migration  ===
 
=== Migration  ===
  
In his well researched article "The Tennessee Constitution of 1796: A Product of the Old West" (1943), John D. Barnhart concluded that because of better road access, the largest percentage of East Tennessee pioneers had come to the area from Virginia. This, he believes changed over time. To reach this conclusion, he did a statistical analysis of the origins of Tennessee Constitution delegates and places of enlistment for Revolutionary War pensioners.  
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In his well researched article "The Tennessee Constitution of 1796: A Product of the Old West" (1943), John D. Barnhart concluded that because of better road access, the largest percentage of East Tennessee pioneers had come to the area from Virginia. This, he believes changed over time. To reach this conclusion, he did a statistical analysis of the origins of Tennessee Constitution delegates and places of enlistment for Revolutionary War pensioners. {{Wikipedia|State of Franklin}} <br><br> ''Origins of Tennessee Constitution Delegates (1796)''  
 
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=== Records  ===
 
=== Records  ===
  
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Records of the State of Franklin are now found at various repositories in Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Records of early settlers were kept in [[Fincastle County, Virginia|Fincastle County, Virginia]]. Many are kept in [[Washington County, Tennessee]].<ref>Donna Cox Briggs, "Land Deeded in the State of Franklin," ''Bulletin of the Watauga Association of Genealogists,'' Vol. 41, No. 1 (2012):24-31.</ref><br>
  
 
Gordon Aronhime (1911-1983) collected information on hundreds of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee pioneers. His note cards, which reference more than 4,000 early settlers of the Holston-Clinch River area and East Tennessee (1770s-1790s), are held at the Library of Virginia. The cards have been digitized and made available [http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/aronhime/ online].<ref>[http://virginiagenealogyblog.com/2008/10/12/original-virginia-records-imaged-and-indexed-online/"Original Virginia Records Imaged and Indexed Online,"] ''Arlene Eakle's Virginia Genealogy Blog,'' 12 October 2008.</ref>  
 
Gordon Aronhime (1911-1983) collected information on hundreds of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee pioneers. His note cards, which reference more than 4,000 early settlers of the Holston-Clinch River area and East Tennessee (1770s-1790s), are held at the Library of Virginia. The cards have been digitized and made available [http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/aronhime/ online].<ref>[http://virginiagenealogyblog.com/2008/10/12/original-virginia-records-imaged-and-indexed-online/"Original Virginia Records Imaged and Indexed Online,"] ''Arlene Eakle's Virginia Genealogy Blog,'' 12 October 2008.</ref>  
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Some records of settlers in this area may be found in:  
 
Some records of settlers in this area may be found in:  
  
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*Cook, Michael L. and Bettie A. Cook. ''Fincastle &amp; Kentucky County, Va.-Ky.: Records and History''. Evansville, Ind.: Cook Pub., 1987. {{FHL|578341|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.9 H2cc}}.
 
*North Carolina State Records, Vol. 22  
 
*North Carolina State Records, Vol. 22  
 
*Territorial Papers of the United States, Vol. 4  
 
*Territorial Papers of the United States, Vol. 4  
*Cook, Michael L. and Bettie A. Cook. ''Fincastle &amp; Kentucky County, Va.-Ky.: Records and History''. Evansville, Ind.: Cook Pub., 1987. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=578341 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.9 H2cc].
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*Kroeger, Ms. Connee Lee (Brown) and McCants, Mrs. Sheran Ann (Cooper) , transcribers. [http://www.hgftx.org/Data-4afw4/Document-Library/-97378263.pdf "Petition Sundry Inhabitants South of French Broad North Carolina General Assembly Session Records Nov-Dec 1789, Box 4, Folder 81."] North Carolina State Archives.''Introduction states that "these men were living on Indian territory that had not been purchased by the United States. They were considered trespasssers. Most of them had lived under the State of Franklin."''<br>
  
 
Reconstructed censuses of the area help identify early settlers:  
 
Reconstructed censuses of the area help identify early settlers:  
  
*Jackson, Ronald Vern. ''Ohio, 1790, Volume Two''. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1986. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=531829 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 977.1 X2o 1790]. [Includes "Territory Southwest of the River Ohio," i.e. East Tennessee.<ref>Arlene Eakle, [http://tnblog.arleneeakle.com/2009/06/05/territory-southwest-of-the-river-ohio/ "Territory Southwest of the River Ohio,"] ''Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Genealogy Blog,'' 5 June 2009.</ref>]  
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*Jackson, Ronald Vern. ''Ohio, 1790, Volume Two''. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1986. ({{FHL|977.1 X2o 1790}}). [Includes "Territory Southwest of the River Ohio," i.e. East Tennessee.<ref>Arlene Eakle, [http://tnblog.arleneeakle.com/2009/06/05/territory-southwest-of-the-river-ohio/ "Territory Southwest of the River Ohio,"] ''Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Genealogy Blog,'' 5 June 2009.</ref>]  
*McGhee, Lucy Kate. ''Partial Census of 1787 to 1791 of Tennessee as Taken from the North Carolina Land Grants''. 3 Parts. Microfilmed in 1990. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=484757 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Films 1728882 Item 4 and 1683130 Item 3].
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*McGhee, Lucy Kate. ''Partial Census of 1787 to 1791 of Tennessee as Taken from the North Carolina Land Grants''. 3 Parts. Microfilmed in 1990. ({{FHL|1728882}} Item 4, and {{FHL|1683130}} Item 3).
  
 
Professional genealogist Arlene Eakle's [http://tnblog.arleneeakle.com/ Tennessee Genealogy Blog] discusses many sources and strategies for tracing early frontiersmen in what is now Tennessee:  
 
Professional genealogist Arlene Eakle's [http://tnblog.arleneeakle.com/ Tennessee Genealogy Blog] discusses many sources and strategies for tracing early frontiersmen in what is now Tennessee:  
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For early settlers, Fischer's book is a great place to start searches. She created a comprehensive index to pre-1800 Washington County court, land, marriage, probate, and tax records, see:  
 
For early settlers, Fischer's book is a great place to start searches. She created a comprehensive index to pre-1800 Washington County court, land, marriage, probate, and tax records, see:  
  
*Fischer, Marjorie Hood. ''Tennesseans before 1800: Washington County.'' Galveston, Texas: Frontier Press, 1996. FHL US/CAN Book 976.897 N22f.
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*Fischer, Marjorie Hood. ''Tennesseans before 1800: Washington County.'' Galveston, Texas: Frontier Press, 1996. ({{FHL|976.897 N22f}}).
  
 
=== Guides  ===
 
=== Guides  ===
  
*Price, Prentiss. "Research in Early Tennessee Records," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 14, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1967):5-11. Digital version at [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/index.html Ansearchin' News Archives]; another digital version at [http://sevier.tngenealogy.net/research-aids/66-research-guidance/133-research-in-early-tennessee-records-by-prentiss-price Sevier County, Tennessee, Genealogy&nbsp;&amp; History] website.
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*Price, Prentiss. "Research in Early Tennessee Records," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 14, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1967):5-11. Digital version at [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/index.html Ansearchin' News Archives]; another digital version at [http://sevier.tngenealogy.net/research-aids/66-research-guidance/133-research-in-early-tennessee-records-by-prentiss-price Sevier County, Tennessee, Genealogy and History] website.
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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*Reeves, Charles A. ''The Road to Statehood, County Formation in East Tennessee, 1779-1796.'' Published 2000. Purchase at [http://reevesmaps.com/map_catalog_original.htm ReevesMaps.com]; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
 
*Reeves, Charles A. ''The Road to Statehood, County Formation in East Tennessee, 1779-1796.'' Published 2000. Purchase at [http://reevesmaps.com/map_catalog_original.htm ReevesMaps.com]; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  
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History

In August 1784 delegates of three western North Carolina counties, Washington, Sullivan, and Greene (all now in Tennessee), declared their Independence from North Carolina because of perceived neglect, and misuse by North Carolina’s legislature. By May 1785 they had petitioned to be admitted to the United States as the new State of Franklin. The Franklin statehood request was denied.[1]

In March 1786 the Franklin legislature created four new counties: Wayne (old), Spencer, Caswell, and Sevier (all in present-day Tennessee).[2] In a later session Blount County was also created by Franklin before its statehood effort collapsed in 1789.[3][4] Until 1792 the lands of Alleghany, Ashe,and Watauga counties, now in North Carolina, were part of Washington County, and were also considered part of the abortive, short-lived State of Franklin.[5]

However, in 1789 North Carolina ratified the Constitution, was admitted the union, and ceded her westernmost counties to the United States. The United States used them to create the Southwest Territory. The five new counties erected by the Franklin government were not recognized by North Carolina, the Southwest Territory, or by Tennessee. Three of the five counties were renamed at the time they were reconstituted. No mention was made of their Franklin predecessor county governments. In 1786 North Carolina created Hawkins County as a parallel to Franklin's Spencer County, so Spencer is now known as Hawkins County. In 1792 North Carolina annexed the land of Alleghany, Ashe, and Watauga counties back from the Southwest Territory, and the Southwest Territory created Jefferson County out of land that was once part of Franklin's Caswell County. The Southwest Territory reconstituted Sevier County in 1794, and Blount County in 1795, but Blount's borders were significantly redrawn. And in 1796 the new State of Tennessee erected the new Carter County out of land once part of Wayne (old) County.[6]

In 1796 the land of all these counties (except Alleghany/Ashe/Watauga) became part of the new State of Tennessee.

Since then, in 1797 Cocke County was created from the southeast part of Jefferson (former Greene/Caswell) County. Johnson County was formed out of northeast Carter (former Wayne (old)) County land in 1836. In 1870 the southern part of Hamblen County was formed from Jefferson (former Caswell) land and the rest from parts of Hawkins (former Spencer), and Grainger County. Unicoi County was created from the southwest part of Washington County in 1875.[7]

  • Foster, Dave. Franklin: The Stillborn State and the Sevier/Tipton Political Feud. Johnson City, Tenn.: Overmountain Press, 2003. (FHL 976.8 H2fd). WorldCat entry.
  • Williams, Samuel Cole. History of the Lost State of Franklin. 1924. Reprint. New York, New York: Press of the Pioneers, 1933. FHL 976.8 H2w. WorldCat entry. Indexed.

Migration

In his well researched article "The Tennessee Constitution of 1796: A Product of the Old West" (1943), John D. Barnhart concluded that because of better road access, the largest percentage of East Tennessee pioneers had come to the area from Virginia. This, he believes changed over time. To reach this conclusion, he did a statistical analysis of the origins of Tennessee Constitution delegates and places of enlistment for Revolutionary War pensioners.
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Origins of Tennessee Constitution Delegates (1796)
Origin No.
Virginia 16
Unknown 12
Pennsylvania 8
North Carolina 7
South Carolina 4
Maryland 3
Ireland 3?
England 1

Revolutionary War Tennessee Pensioners (1818)

Place Enlisted %
Virginia 47
North Carolina 27

Revolutionary War Tennessee Pensioners (1832)

Place Enlisted %
Virginia 37
North Carolina 45

Barnhart concludes that these numbers reveal that the earliest settlers (there by 1818) had come principally from Virginia, while between 1818 and 1832, a larger influx of North Carolina migrants settled in Tennessee, once road access improved.[8]

Records

Records of the State of Franklin are now found at various repositories in Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Records of early settlers were kept in Fincastle County, Virginia. Many are kept in Washington County, Tennessee.[9]

Gordon Aronhime (1911-1983) collected information on hundreds of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee pioneers. His note cards, which reference more than 4,000 early settlers of the Holston-Clinch River area and East Tennessee (1770s-1790s), are held at the Library of Virginia. The cards have been digitized and made available online.[10]

Some records of settlers in this area may be found in:

Reconstructed censuses of the area help identify early settlers:

  • Jackson, Ronald Vern. Ohio, 1790, Volume Two. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1986. (FHL 977.1 X2o 1790). [Includes "Territory Southwest of the River Ohio," i.e. East Tennessee.[11]]
  • McGhee, Lucy Kate. Partial Census of 1787 to 1791 of Tennessee as Taken from the North Carolina Land Grants. 3 Parts. Microfilmed in 1990. (FHL 1728882 Item 4, and FHL 1683130 Item 3).

Professional genealogist Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Genealogy Blog discusses many sources and strategies for tracing early frontiersmen in what is now Tennessee:

For early settlers, Fischer's book is a great place to start searches. She created a comprehensive index to pre-1800 Washington County court, land, marriage, probate, and tax records, see:

  • Fischer, Marjorie Hood. Tennesseans before 1800: Washington County. Galveston, Texas: Frontier Press, 1996. (FHL 976.897 N22f).

Guides

Maps

  • Reeves, Charles A. The Counties of the State of Franklin. Published 2000. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • Reeves, Charles A. The Road to Statehood, County Formation in East Tennessee, 1779-1796. Published 2000. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.

References

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