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AMERICA'S FIRST WESTERN FRONTIER

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This is a narrative of the first “Old West”—the land just beyond the crest of the Appalachian Mountains—and the many “firsts” that occurred there. Gathering data from the works of other authors, with additional facts gleaned from early maps, magazines, newspapers and pamphlets, the author has put together in one volume a history of those early years. The recital of events is concentrated primarily within the period covering 1600 to 1839—an epoch which vividly presents the westward sweep of the pioneers along buffalo and Indian trails, as they moved across the eastern mountain barrier into the heart of the Cherokee country. This is the fascinating true story of how an ambitious and venturesome people acquired, settled, and then defended the land and how a courageous and intelligent race, already established there, fought that settlement and struggled for their own survival. The excellent text is further enhanced with numerous maps, photographs, and illustrations.

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BRISTOL TN/VA - A HISTORY 1852-1900

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Covering Bristol’s formative years, this is the story of people and events surrounding the rise of this city between two states—the town Joseph R. Anderson, its founder, wanted to call “Paradise.” The author has endeavored to “tell it like it was” without fear or favor, showing no undue regard for long cherished but undocumented historical traditions that have grown up over the years. On these pages you will meet a cross section of Bristol’s ancestry, ranging from the noble and well-known to the humble and obscure. Containing a myriad of facts that will be of wide local interest, the narrative offers more than a little insight into the human condition as it existed during the last century. Enhanced with numerous old photographs, this carefully researched and well-written volume is destined to be the standard reference on Bristol for years to come.

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CIVIL & POLITICAL HISTORY OF TN

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Haywood describes in detail the important events, places, and individuals who have shaped and molded Tennessee from its early history to 1796 with its incorporation into the Union.

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DROPPED STITCHES IN TN. HISTORY

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In addition to the area’s early history learned from his mother, much of Allison’s information was obtained by visiting and conversing with older residents in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Having possession of the very earliest court records made in Jonesboro (1778 to 1800), he made original investigation of the facts and the men who constituted the court. He quotes extensively from these old records kept in Washington County, noting that it was the first county established and organized in the state and included for quite a time all of the early settlements in what has been commonly known as “upper East Tennessee.” Along with stories about Jackson and others well known in Tennessee’s early history, numerous other names (like Hump Gibson and the Widow Dyckes) are found in the old court records. First and foremost concerned with accuracy, Judge Allison gave us an easy-to-read volume of interesting information, including an Appendix with Dr. R.L.C. White’s classic “A Centennial Dream.”

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FRANKLIN THE STILLBORN STATE

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During the 1780s, the pioneers of Western North Carolina wanted to set up a new state called Franklin in the area known today as East Tennessee, but their efforts to convince the Continental Congress failed. A militia battle near Johnson City settled the matter. Two strong-willed men, John Sevier and John Tipton, led the pro and con factions, the details of which are chronicled in this book. "Foster has put together a fascinating account of this rivalry and of the disposition of the State of Franklin." Tom Hodge, Johnson City Press

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JONESBOROUGH

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A lifelong resident of Jonesborough, the author was official historian of Washington County and a prime mover in the Historic Jonesborough restoration program. Beginning this volume with a chapter entitled “Prehistory,” he goes on to chronicle the Indian troubles and other hardships suffered by those settling the frontier, their early government, development of trade and commerce, travel and the coming of the railroad, growth of churches and religion, as well as education and publications, finally recording several pages of leftover bits of information under “Miscellany.” His history of the oldest town in Tennessee was written in 1972, with financial aid through a Federal grant, and covers approximately the same period then under study for Jonesborough’s preservation and restoration plans. In this Second Edition the original text remains intact, but more than one hundred photographs have been added along with a complete index. A strong supporter and willing advocate of Jonesborough’s unique place in history, Mr. Fink hoped to give the reader a greater understanding of the daily lives of early inhabitants and the forces that motivated their actions.

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KINGSPORT TN: A PLANNED AMERICAN CITY

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Kingsport, Tennessee, was the first thoroughly diversified, professionally planned, and privately financed city in twentieth-century America. The advent of this so-called model city, a glittering new industrial jewel in the green mountains, offered area residents an alternative to rural life and staid small-town existence as the new century dawned. Neither an Appalachian hamlet nor a company town, Kingsport developed as a self-proclaimed "All-American City." This first full-length biography of Kingsport challenges interpretations of regional history that promote the colonial and poverty models. Margaret Ripley Wolfe brings to it the advantage of an insider's perspective. In considering the special roles of capital, labor, industry, and government over seven decades, she neither patronizes Appalachian workers nor treats developers and industrialists as villains. Her book will interest scholars of urbanization, city planning, landscape architecture, and industrialization, as well as local history enthusiasts.

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LIFE OF GENERAL JOHN SEVIER

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Early in the author’s Preface remarks (concerning books he had read about this hero), we are told “the fact that the youthful period in Sevier’s life had been neglected led me to write this little volume.” He then begins this biography in the 16th Century in the town of Xavier in the French Pyrenees. Explaining that some of the family of St. Francis (Xavier) had embraced the Protestant religion, he makes note that one of them, fleeing the Huguenot persecution, had settled in London. There the family name of Xavier was gradually changed to Sevier. In the 18th Century a son ran away from this home in England and came to the New World, where he (Valentine Sevier) found a home in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He met and married Joanna Goade, and when their first child was born on September 23, 1745, they named him John. Having quickly moved through two centuries — from France to England to America — in giving some heritage details attending the birth of John Sevier, the author proceeds to describes his early life. He attended school in Virginia, and in addition to helping on the farm, he worked in his father’s store. Reference is made to fights with the Indians in his youth, and according to a son, his first military service and experience was on the Virginia frontiers. In 1761, while still in his teens, he married Sarah Hawkins. It was a happy union, and though Sevier prospered as a farmer, innkeeper, and merchant, he began to yearn for a new field of activity. Beginning to travel and explore in 1770, he soon turned his attention toward the wilderness of the great Southwest and the region known today as East Tennessee. After visiting the area a number of times, Sevier moved not only his wife and children but his parents, his brothers and sister and their families, arriving on Christmas Day, 1773. He was fully involved thereafter, a respected leader through forty-three years of incredible history. Having served as governor of the ill-fated State of Franklin, he was elected the first governor of Tennessee, serving a total of six terms. He then served in Congress until his death in 1815.

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THE CONNECTION IN EAST TN

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This long out-of-print genealogical reference has become much sought after by residents of East Tennessee.

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