Ramsey's Annals of Tennessee to the End of the Eighteenth Century (1853)



same purport was received, through Mr. Gilliland, who had just returned from the nation.

April 12.—The people on the frontier generally collected in stations. At Craig’s, there were two hundred and eighty men, women and children, living in great discomfort in small huts.

At this moment, Governor Blount was informed, that General Logan was raising a party of Kentucky Volunteers, for the purpose of making war upon the Lower Cherokee towns.

On the 12th of April, Gov. Blount wrote to Gov. Shelby, suggesting to him the propriety of restraining Logan from the expedition he contemplated against the enemy.

The Governor ordained that Knox and Jefferson counties should constitute a Judicial District, to be known by the name of the District of Hamilton, in which two Superior Courts should be held, at Knoxville, in April and October of each year. Of this court, Col. F. A. Ramsey was, by the Governor, appointed clerk.

March 21.—It was ordained by the Governor, that courts should be in future held for Jefferson county, on the north side of French Broad, on the lands of Francis Dean, near the Rev. Mr. Henderson’s Lower Meeting House.

JULY 22.—JEFFERSON COUNTY COURT FIRST HELD.—It met at the house of Jeremiah Mathews, (now Reuben Zirkle’s, four and a half miles west of Dandridge, near the river.) The magistrates had been commissioned and qualified.

June 11.—The following gentlemen appeared and took their seats, viz: Alexander Outlaw, George Doherty, James Roddye, John Blackburn, James Lea, Josiah Wilson, Josiah Jackson, Andrew Henderson, Amos Balch and Wm. Cox.

Joseph Hamilton was commissioned Clerk.

Robert McFarland, Sheriff. James Roddye, Register.

Luke Bowyer, Wm. Cocke, John Rhea, Alexander Outlaw, James Reese, Archibald Roane and Hopkins Lacy, were admitted as Attornies.

John Morris, a Chickasaw warrior, being at Knoxville, and a guest of the Governor, was shot and killed by some one unknown. To soothe the feelings of the Indians, Morris was buried with the military honours due to a warrior of a friendly nation. In the procession, to the usual burial ground of the white people, Governor Blount and the brother

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