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.
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.
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:
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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