Cumberland (old) County, Tennessee
Cumberland (old) County, the ancestor of Cheatham County, started to get organized in 1837 from parts of Davidson, Robertson, Montgomery, and Dickson counties, but failed. Again in 1844 the another attempt at a county was made, but failed. A third try in 1856 finally succeeded in erecting Cumberland (old) County.
But this act of creation was repealed, the boudaries were changed, and in 1857 the reconstituted entity was renamed Cheatham County because the Cumberland County name had been claimed later in 1856 by a new county on the Cumberland Plateau with its seat at Crossville.
- Robert M. McBride, "Lost Counties of Tennessee," East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications 38 (1966): 6-7.