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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LIVINGSTON CELEBRATES 100TH ANNIVERSARY
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
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
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.
Overton County News
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