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

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  • Sarah Houston (1727 - 1795)
    The only connection of Samuel to the Houston family is that his sister Sarah Todd married John Houston.... The discussion below (1) clarifies the evidence that Samuel Todd was the son of William Todd...
  • Catherine Winton (1786 - 1860)
  • Elizabeth Hubbert (1750 - 1821)
    ID: I600659 Name: Elizabeth Anderson Sex: F Birth: 13 JUL 1750 in of VA Death: 8 OCT 1821 in TN Note: Mary Anderson, wife of Adam Guthrie, was the daughter of George Anderson and his wife, Elizabeth, o...
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    James Perkins Cowan (1792 - 1862)
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  • Thomas Williamson (1770 - 1836)
    Thomas Williamson BIRTH 1770 Greene County, Tennessee, USA DEATH 1836 (aged 65–66) Horse Creek, Greene County, Tennessee, USA BURIAL Thomas Williamson Family Graves Horse Creek, Greene County, Tenne...

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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.


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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