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

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  • Samuel Sherrill, II (1748 - 1791)
    Created from MyHeritage Match via sister Lettice Sherrill by SmartCopy : Aug 30 2014, 22:08:36 UTC
  • William Levi Dunn, III (1726 - c.1800)
    Note... William Dunn III son James Dunn married Margaret Winton in Greene County, North Carolina /Tennessee in 1785. area that is now Greene County, Tennessee was part of North Carolina in 1783. Being ...
  • Sarah Jane Copeland (Seahorn) (1734 - 1820)
    Sarah Jane Seahorn Copeland BIRTH 1734 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA DEATH 1820 (aged 85–86) Jefferson County, Tennessee, USA BURIAL Unknown MEMORIAL ID 52339386 · View SourceMEMORIAL PHOTOS 0 FL...
  • Mary Turnley (1735 - 1829)
    Birth: 1735 Virginia, USA Death: 1829 Jefferson County Tennessee, USANOTE: This Mary Handy was NOT the daughter of John Handy and Jane Dashiell. Mary, daughter of John Handy and Jane Dashiell, married ...
  • Teter Nave, East Tennessee pioneer (c.1735 - bef.1805)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor # A081694 Created from MyHeritage Match via brother Hans John Konrad Nave by SmartCopy : Sep 4 2014, 21:09:00 UTC

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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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