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Thomas Buckingham

Birthdate:
Death: 1820 (70-79)
Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mary Buckingham
Father of Mary Rhea Greer; Nathaniel Buckingham; Thomas Buckingham, Jr. and Rebecca Cobb

Occupation: sheriff,, Sevier Co., Tennessee 1795-96
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About Thomas Buckingham

http://www.smokykin.com/smhs/sevier.html

Early History of Sevier County.

“Eight miles below Sevierville was the residence of Thomas Buckingham, who, it is said, built the first brick house in the county. “

“In 1788 the Franklin government came to an end, and the government of North Carolina, ignoring the acts of the former, among which was the treaty of Dumplin, still recognized the French Broad, Houston and Big Pigeon Rivers, as a part of the Indian boundary line, leaving the inhabitants to the south of these steams in the position of trespassers upon the Cherokee lands. Realizing their exposed condition, these people adopted articles of association by which they proposed to be governed. The constitution and laws of North Carolina were adopted, and all civil and military officers of Sevier County, elected under the government of Franklin, were continued in office. For the General supervision of affairs, a committee, composed of two members from each militia company, was provided for. Who composed the committee is not known, but their place of meeting is supposed to have been Newell's Station. This remained practically the condition of Sevier County until after the conclusion of the treaty of Holston in 1791, and the organization of Jefferson County in July of the following year [1792]. The latter included the present Sevier County, and Samuel Wear was one of the representatives in the first territorial assembly. During the first session an act to divide Jefferson County into two distinct counties was passed, and Joseph Wilson, Robert Polk, Samuel McGaughey, Samuel Newell and Thomas Buckingham were appointed to locate the seat of justice, the courts to be held for the time at the house of Isaac Thomas. The first court met on November 8, 1794. Samuel Newell, Joseph, Joshua Gist, Peter Bryant, Joseph Vance and Andrew Evans were the magistrates present, while Mordecai Lewis and Robert Polock were absent. Samuel Newell was chosen chairman; Samuel Wear, clerk; Jesse Byrd, register; Thomas Buckingham, sheriff; Mordecai Lewis, coroner, and Alexander Montgomery, surveyor.”

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Thomas Buckingham, Sr. (1745 - 1820)

Sheriff: Jefferson County, Tennessee - 1794

Sheriff [the first] : Sevier County, Tennessee - 1794 - 1802

An early settler in what would become east Tennessee, Thomas was one of Gen. John Sevier's "Overmountain Men" who defeated the British at the battle of King's Mountain and the Cherokees at Boyd's Creek (1780).

On 8 November, 1794, Thomas Buckingham, the sheriff of Jefferson County, Tennessee, was appointed as the first sheriff of the newly formed Sevier County by the first county court ever assembled.

Thomas served as a delegate from Sevier County to the Tennessee Constitutional Convention in 1796 and, as such, was a signer of the original Constitution of the State of Tennessee.

After Tennessee was admitted to the Union on 1 June 1796, most of the Sevier County appointees from 1794, including Sheriff Buckingham, were retained in their current offices. If not the first, Thomas was certainly one of the first sheriffs in the new State of Tennessee.

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Thomas Buckingham's Timeline

1745
1745
1770
1770
1771
1771
1778
1778
North Carolina, United States
1820
1820
Age 75
Tennessee, United States
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