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Carter Johnson Sullivan and Unicoi Counties

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Early days in Carter, Johnson, Sullivan and Unicoi Counties, in the northeastern corner of Tennessee, are recalled in this spiral bound booklet compiled from excerpts from the 1887 book: History of Tennessee, originally published by Goodspeed Publishing Co., and other sources. The 83-page booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper with the print enlarged for easier reading. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. The county seats are: Erwin in Unicoi County, Elizabethton in Carter County, Blountville in Sullivan County and Mountain City in Johnson County. Other principal communities in the area include Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City. The first part of the booklet concerns the history of: Unicoi County --Geography (Greasy Cove, Lime Stone Cove and Nolachucky); Early settlers -- James Acton, Jonathan Webb, Robert Hampton, George Martin, Richard Deakins, Baxter Davis, Enoch Job, Jesse Brown Peleg and William Tilson, William Lewis, Richard C. Garland, Edward Banks, Richard Colyer, John Chambers, Henry Grindstaff, etc.; Early Churches, the County Court, and Organization and early officials of the county; Carter County -- Watauga River, where the first permanent Tennessee settlement was made; Early settlers --Andrew Greer, Julius C. Dugger, James Robertson, Valentine Sevier Sr., Col. John Carter, Simeon Bundy, Matthew Talbott, Michael Hyder, James Edens, Thomas Gourley, William Boyd, Joseph Hyder, Col. John Tipton, the Taylor family, etc.; Attack on Watauga Fort and other forts; Organization of the county; Early Courts; Early county officials; Prominent attorneys; the beginning of Elizabethton; Churches and schools, including Milligan College; and Newspapers; Sullivan -- Geography -- on the Virginia border, west of Holston Mountain; Early Settlers -- Edmund Pendleton, Gen. George Rutledge, Gen. Evan Shelby, George Maxwell, the Looneys, McKinleys, McCorkles, Scotts, Hodges, Greggs, Torbetts, Dinsmores, Hughes, Kings, Hogans, Sharps and Grosses, Bledsoes, and Beelers, Col. William Christie, Richard Netherland, etc. ; Churches; County organization and early officials; Blountville, Kingsport, Paperville, Bluff City, and Bristol; Johnson County --Geography; Early settlers -- Honeycut, Joseph Hoskins, George and Samuel Heatherby, the Ashers, the Wilson, the Grimes, Joseph Gentry, the Hoskins and John Higgins, the Perkins, George Brown, George Crosswhite, Ed Polly, Joseph Timpkins, David Stout, Leonard Shown, John Barry, John Vaught, David Wagner, the Slimps, James Keys, Charles Anderson and the Wills etc.; Early churches, schools, lawyers and businesses; Early officials; etc. 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: Unicoi County -- J.F. Toney, James M. Anderson (with picture), Peter L. Barry, G.E. Swadley, Madison T. Peebles, W.R. Fagan, F.H. Hannum and W.E. Tilson; Carter County -- Dr. J.H. Alexander, G.A. Anderson, Capt. James I.R. Boyd, C.N. Brown, William Blount Carter, J.D. Carriger, W.L. Carriger, Nicholas Carriger, J.N. Carriger, Albert Hughes, John Hughes, Dr. E.E. Hunter, Dr. L.F. Hyder, Dr. Nathaniel E. Hyder, S.W. Huder, Dr. A. Jobe, Robert T. Johnson, J.J. McCorkle, D.S. Nave, Andrew J. Peebles, J.P. Scott, Judge J.P. Smith, John C. Smith, C.C. Taylor, and J.P. Van Huss; Sullivan County -- Joseph R. Anderson, Eli Anderson, Nathan D. Bachman, F.M. and P.J. Boy, Rev. Abel J. Brown, Dr. M.M. Butler, J.S. Carmack, William H. Cloud, L.H. Copenhaver, William T. Delaney, Dr. J.A. Dickey, Dr. Nathaniel T. Dulaney, A.W. Edwards, Dr. J.J. Ensor, Thomas Fain, John Fain, W. P. Hamilton, H.C. Hicks, Dr. W.E. Jones, Joseph H. Ketron, C.T. Longmire, J.T. and B.F. Masengill, William McClellan, Jonathan M. Morton, Dr. J.A. Murphy, James A. Neil, S.A. Newland, Samuel Pearce, John Pearce, N.H. Reeve, Will Roller, John W. Sells, George W. Sells, W.A. Sparger, Judge C.J. St. John, N.M. Taylor, J.T. Thomas, and James W. Thomas; Johnson County -- Robert E. Berry, James Brown, S.J. Brown, James Henry Church, Dr. James D. Donnelly, Capt. Alfred T. Donnelly, H.C. Donnelly, H.T. Grant, James S. Mitchell, Emanuel Hoser Mock, Kemp Murphey, Thomas S. Smythe, J.A. Sutherland, D.W. Wills, Norman R. Wills, James N. Wills and H.B. Wills. Brief excerpts from Counties of Tennessee by Austin P. Foster, and Tennessee, a Guide to the State, compiled and written by the Federal Writer's Project of the WPA in 1939, are included. The WPA tours are filled with historical trivia, such as the story of two brothers, Robert and Alfred Taylor, who ran against each other for governor. Tour stops include Bristol, King College, Rocky Mount, Blountville, the site of Fort Robinson and Fort Patrick Henry, Rotherwood, Mountain City, Hampton, Elizabethton, the Landon Carter Mansion, Sycamore Shoals Monument, Johnson City, and Erwin. The WPA section also includes about six pages on Kingsport, including Points of Interest, such as the Kingsport Press, the Netherland Inn (with picture) and the Long Island of the Holston.

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Cover of Carter Johnson Sullivan and Unicoi Counties History

Sources: History of Tennessee / History of Carter County Tennessee / History of Johnson County Tennessee / History of Unicoi County TN / History of Sullivan County TN
Authors: Washington Davis
Original Publication Year: 1887
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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