Compiled from Four Vintage Publications!

Jefferson County, Tennessee

New 68 Page Booklet

Early days in Jefferson County, TN -- including Jefferson City (formerly Mossy Creek), Dandridge, New Market, Strawberry Plains, White Pine, and Leadvale -- are recalled in this spiral bound booklet of excerpts compiled from four sources: the 1887 book: History of Tennessee, originally published by Goodspeed Publishing Co., Counties of Tennessee by Austin P. Foster (1923), Tennessee, a Guide to the State, compiled and written by the Federal Writer's Project of the WPA in 1939 and the program for the Jefferson City Bicentennial (1976). The 68-page booklet is printed on 8.5" X 11" 60# paper. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover.

Highlights include a description of the county, Col. George Doherty and other early pioneers, the formation of the county and the names of early magistrates and grand jurors, a speedy murder trial, the county bar, a good still influences the site of the county seat, early businesses and newspapers, first schools and churches, a stage stop called Tuckertown grows into New Market, the early days of Mossy Creek and Mossy Creek Baptist Missionary Seminary (now Carson Newman College), Strawberry Plains College, County officials between 1792 and 1886, Davy Crockett's wedding licenses, the Great New Market Train Wreck, Soldier's Monument and other historic sites, and a special section on Jefferson City's early days with pictures.

Besides the names mentioned in the first part of the booklet, there are biographies of many county residents of yesteryear. Most are fairly lengthy, and often include ancestors, previous residences, children, in-laws, affiliations, war records, and business activities. In the course of this they often shed light on the early businesses, professions and institutions in the county. The biographies include: J.M. Ashmore, Joseph C. Beeler, J.O. Bettis, Dr. James H. Biddle, John Fain Brazelton, Prof. W. S. Bryan, Elijah Bull, Dr. A.A. Caldwell, Dr. J.W. Carmichael, J.R.N. Carson, I.M. Cate, Dr. J.C. Cawood, John L. Chilton, John J. Coile, Dr. H.P. Coile, Dr. A. L. Courtney, F.B. Cowan, I.M. Cox, A.P. Dukes, James Duncan, C.E. Dunn, G.W. Fagala, George A. Fain, Samuel N. Fain, Andrew M. Felkner, William C. Fox, George Franklin, J.B. Franklin, Dr. T.W. Gallion, J.W. Godwin, Dr. James A. Harris, Mahlon Haworth, David Haworth, I.F. Hayworth, Philip Hawkins, William Haynes, James C. Henderson, George W. Hill, James P. Hill, Henry Hinkle, Henry H. Hubbard, Henry Hull, J.D. Hull, D.P. Hume, Dr. Edgar W. Hungate, Milton P. Jarnagin, N.C. Langford, George W. Long, John W. Loy, John L. McBee, George H. McGuire, D.H. Meek, John M. Meek, Alexander R. Meek, William A. Moore, Alexander Morgan, William A. Moser, J.N. Newman, J.F. Newman, Samuel I. Newman, W.F. Nichols, W.F. Park, C.C. Parker, M. H. Peck, H.S. Pless, Samuel E. Rankin, C.H. Rankin, Robert A. Rankin, George T. Rankin, M.A. Roberts, Jesse L. Rogers, W.T. Russell, S.G. Sanders, W.H. Smith, A.R. Swann, H.L.W. Taylor, Albert G. Taylor, Dr. W.H. Taylor, Dr. J.W. Thornburgh, Major R. Thornburgh, Samuel Watson Tindell, John Vance, John E. Walker, James T. Watkins, Wirt C. Watkins, Henry C. Whitaker, S.D. Williams, and Thomas N. Williams.

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