Early days in Smith County, TN, are recalled in this spiral bound booklet primarily excerpted from the rare 1887 book: History of Tennessee, originally published by Goodspeed Publishing Co. The booklet is printed on 60# paper with the print enlarged for easier reading. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. The first 15 pages of the booklet are devoted to the history of the county, while most of the balance contains biographies of prominent residents, some of which include insights into local history. Among the many subjects included are: a physical features of the county, including the Cumberland River; William Walton, who settlered in the area in 1787, and other early settlers; Hanging Maw and his Indians; Revolutionary soldiers' land grants, Dr. F.H. Gordon and blue-grass; county establishment, names of many early county officials; Rates for tavern-keepers and ferry passage; taxes, including poll taxes; first grand jury and early court cases; War of 1812 and Civil War; Business establishments in Carthage; county buildings; Churches; a visit from Lorenzo Dow, a novel, but poetic, resignation, and other items of interest. Biographies include the following names: G.D. Alexander, J.D. Allen, Jackson Apple, W.A. Baird, J.A. Barrett, S.T. Clark, D.K. Conditt, W.B. Cundall, Dr. L.H. Davis, Thomas Dies, Dr. John Estes, J.J. Eastes, William Farley, T.J. Fisher Sr., C.S. Fisher, Col. John Fite, R.D. Flippen, G.C. Flippin, W.W. Ford, Col. A.E. Garrett, G.H. Glass, W.D. Gold, John Harrison Gordon, A.B. Hall, Henry Hart, B.A. James, Dr. J.L. Jones, W.T. Jones, James B. Jones, W.L. Kemp Jr., Dr. Abram King, Dr. R.W. King, Dr. Elijah Knight, Michael Lancaster, John Luster, Thomas J. Mabry, Thomas McCall, Mrs. Maria McClellan, S.S. McDonald, Ridley McDonald, John McDonald, Mrs. Julia McDonald, James Newbell, Henry Petty, S.M. Phelps, J.C. Prichard, Thomas Prowell, J.S. Prowell, William Robinson, Elijah Saulmon, Robert L. Scruggs, Dr. D.V. Seay, W.R. Shaver, J.F. Shaw, B.F.C. Smith, Dr. Frank Swope, J.P. Temple, George W. Thackston, Capt. R.R. West, D.H. Witt, W.C. Wright, and J.H. Young. The final part of the booklet contains an excerpt from Counties of Tennessee by Austin P. Foster, and a brief excerpt on Carthage and map of the area from Tennessee, a Guide to the State, compiled and written by the Federal Writer's Project of the WPA in 1939.