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Peter Fine, Sr.

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Frederick, Virginia, USA
Death: August 11, 1826 (73)
Newport, Cocke, Tennessee, USA
Place of Burial: Newport, Cocke, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Fine, Sr. and Agnes Fine
Husband of Rebecca Holliday; Anne Fine and Elizabeth (Alexandra) Fine
Father of Lidgard F. Fine, Sr.; Aaron Fine; Jonathan Fine; Martha Kendrick; John Jolin Fine and 8 others
Brother of Philip Fine; Vinet Fine; John Fine; Euphemeas Fine; Cynthia Anne "Annie" Henry and 2 others

Occupation: Founder of Newport, Cocke County,Tennesee
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About Maj. Peter Fine

DAR Ancestor #: A040412




It has been disputed that Major Peter Fine is the father of Martha "Patsey" T. Fine Kendrick. "But generations of descendents named "Fine" or even "Peter Fine" make me think it is true." (Steve Bell's comment)

Cocke County had a long-standing reputation in the surrounding area as a center of illegal activity, particularly the production of and trafficking in moonshine and cock fighting ...

Early settlement

At the close of the Revolution, the first Euro-American settlers arrived in the Newport area, ensconcing themselves in the vicinity of the strategic river fords. Peter Fine established a ferry on the north bank of the French Broad in the early 1780s, and in 1783 John Gilliland settled opposite Fine's Ferry in what is now Oldtown. Shortly thereafter, Emanuel Sandusky, a Polish immigrant, established a farm on the land where the Cocke County Memorial Building now stands, and Samuel O'Dell settled at the junction of the Pigeon River and Cosby Creek. Sometime in the 1790s, the Gilliland family donated 50 acres (200,000 m2) of land for a town square and courthouse to be situated opposite Fine's Ferry on the banks of the French Broad, and the town of New Port was born.[8][9]

The first church in the county, Big Pigeon (Primitive) Baptist Church, organized Dec. 6, 1787 at Upper War Ford. Peter Fine was an early member and his name is found frequently in the minutes. The first appearance is the record of February 28, 1789, when the church met at his home on the French Broad River. May 8, 1790, he was appointed Deacon and ordained as such June 11, 1791. In 1794, he and two others represented the church at the Holston Association. On September 13, 1794, it is recorded his wife, Rebecka Fine, & John Netherton were having an adultrous relationship while Peter was away from home. A committee was appointed to look into the matter and report to the next meeting. At the business session held on October 11, 1794, John was present but Rebecka was absent. John confessed to the sin of adultry. Both he and Rebecka were excommunicated from the church on the next day.

This Peter Fine was the son of Thomas Fine and Agnes Merchant, brother of Vinet, John, Philip, David and others. This Peter established the ferry at Newport, Tennessee (Cocke County) on the French Broad River. One of Peter's sons was Jonathan (1779-1862) who married Hannah Rector. ....

Frank is 80 years old and a proud veteran of the Korean War. He is an avid researcher of his Fine ancestry. He recently upgraded an old 12 marker YDNA test all the way to 67 markers. He is a perfect YDNA match for those tested Fines who descend from Thomas Fine of Virginia, Peter Fine of Maryland, Johan Fein of North Carolina and Philip Fein of New Jersey.



  • 8. Evelyn Parrott Graham, Rolfe Godshalk (editor), Newport (Newport, Tennessee: Clifton Club, 1970), 35.
  • 9. Carolyn Sakowski, Touring the East Tennessee Backroads (Winston-Salem: J.F. Blair, 1993), 234-240.
  • 10. Evelyn Parrott Graham, Rolfe Godshalk (editor), Newport (Newport, Tennessee: Clifton Club, 1970), 35-36.
===,_Tennessee : "The first European settlers arrived in what is now Cocke County in the early 1780s. Among these settlers were ... Peter Fine (1753–1826), who established Fine's Ferry at what is now Newport .... ",_Tennessee : At the close of the Revolution, the first Euro-American settlers arrived in the Newport area. ...... Peter Fine established a ferry on the north bank of the French Broad in the early 1780s" ..... "For nearly a quarter-century, the residents of the Newport area lived under constant threat of attack from Cherokee .......... Peter Fine sought to quell this threat by leading a punitive expedition against the Cherokee town of Cowee in North Carolina, which Fine captured and burned. The Cherokee responded by stealing Fine's livestock ..... . Fine gave chase and managed to retrieve the livestock, but on the return march he was ambushed and his brother, Vinet, was killed. ...."

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Maj. Peter Fine's Timeline

May 5, 1753
Frederick, Virginia, USA
September 1, 1775
Age 22
Dunmore, Virginia, USA
July 5, 1777
Age 24
May 22, 1779
Age 26
Shenandoah, Virginia, USA
October 10, 1779
Age 26
TN, United States
January 1, 1781
Age 27
Tennessee, USA
August 12, 1783
Age 30
Dobbs, North Carolina, USA
September 18, 1786
Age 33
Dobbs, North Carolina, USA
January 22, 1788
Age 34
VA, United States