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Pioneers of the Old Southwest Territory (Tennessee), 1791-1796

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  • Thomas Phineas Gist (1784 - 1833)
  • Elizabeth F. McDonald (1790 - 1875)
    Notes:According to the following source, Elizabeth F. was born in Tennessee, USA. Elizabeth F. Unknown Boyd/Boid is buried at Martin Johnson cemetery, Madison County, Arkansas.Sources:Grace Ann Madewel...
  • William Horner (1746 - 1824)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor #: A058547 source: - Farmer RootsEntries: 298291 Updated: 2007-08-03 17:22:32 UTC (Fri) Contact: Larry & Elaine BlackmanI've posted...
  • Mary Polly Looney (1785 - 1857)
    Birth: Oct. 17, 1791 Tennessee, USA Death: Jan. 27, 1857 Lawrence County Alabama, USAFamily links: Parents: Moses Guest (1766 - 1854) Dorcas Anderson Guest (1772 - 1855) Spouse: Moses Looney (1780 - ...
  • Moses Looney, Sr. (1780 - 1855)
    Moses was married to Mary Guest and had six children born in Maury County, Tennessee before moving to Lawrence County, Alabama in 1820.

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The Territory South of the River Ohio, more commonly known as the Southwest Territory, was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from May 26, 1790, until June 1, 1796, when it was admitted to the United States as the State of Tennessee.

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George Washington

Philadelphia, November 8, l791.

Sir: I have now the honor to enclose you a report on the lands of the United States within the Northwestern and Southwestern Territories, unclaimed either by Indians or by citizens of these States.

 In order to make the estimate of their quantity and situation, as desired by the Legislature, it appeared necessary, first, to delineate the Indian boundaries which circumscribe those territories, and then to present a statement of all claims of citizens within the same; from whence results the residuary unclaimed mass, whereon any land law the Legislature may think proper to pass nay operate immediately, and without obstruction.

 I have not presumed to decide on the merits of the several claims, nor, consequently, to investigate them minutely; this will only be proper, when such of them as may be thought doubtful if there should be any such, shall be taken up for final decision.

I have the honor to be, with sentiments of the most perfect respect and attachment, Sir, your most obedient and most humble servant, Th. Jefferson

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