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80 Years Ago

Archives 08-13-2003

70 Years Ago


August 5, 1933 to August 11, 1933
70 Years Ago In Overton County
(from the files of the Overton County Library)

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On August 10, 1933, Livingston celebrated its one hundredth anniversary. R.G. Drapier submitted the following story of Livingston and surrounding country to honor the event:

In the counties of Overton and Clay are some of the most historic points in Tennessee. I refer particularly to the place where Robert Crockett was killed in 1769. Crockett was the first white man killed in Tennessee, according to my information. He was one of the "Long Hunters" who made the first explorations in the Upper Cumberland section.

According to a land grant made by the state of North Carolina on August 9, 1784, "640 acres on Roaring River where Crockett was killed, including a hunter's camp with a spring for Phenix Cox."

The camp of Crockett, Drake, and Mansker was established about 250 yards from where Isaac Cooper lived in 1879, close to the margin of Matthews Creek and near Buzzard Creek where Crockett was killed, which is near Mrs. C.P. Gardenshire's farm. It should be comparatively easy to locate this point from this record, and it is hoped that some citizens of Overton County will do so.

The same course of action should be taken to locate and mark the site of the home of John Sevier's widow, at the Dales' in Clay County, and the Fiske Academy near Hilham in Overton County, the first woman's college established in the south. Permit me to mention some of the men of Overton County to whom credit and honor should be given:

Major Jonathan Tipton, a commander of the American forces of the Battle of King's Mountain. He lived in Overton County during the declining years of his life and died here in about 1814. A diligent effort should be made to locate and appropriately mark the grave of this hero.

The same is true of Moses Fiske, whose grave I take it has been located as he has descendants living in Clay County.

Captain John Crawford is another person whose grave should be located and marked. He served with honor in the Revolutionary War, and is a direct ancestor of our present Federal Judge, John C. Gore, and is probably buried near Crawford's Mill on Roaring River, within the boundaries of Overton County.

Another man to whom great credit should be given for his work in carving a section of the state out of the wilderness is Captain Sampson Williams, whose grave is located at Fort Blount in Jackson County. He assisted Moses Fiske in founding the female college at Hilham, endowing it with a boundary of 1,000 acres of land. At one time, he owned all of what is now known as Little Putnam County. He established his residence as the Commander at Fort Blount in about 1793.

Another man to whom Overton County is indebted is Judge E.L. Gardenshine, who is buried, I believe, in Tinsley's Bottom in Clay County, near the Overton Line.



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