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

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  • Nathan Crockett (c.1778 - 1839)
    Nathan was named after his paternal grandfather, Nathan Hawkins. There seem to be a couple of Nathan Crocketts under consideration: Nathan Crockett (USDAR National Records 317473 & 524558) was "one...
  • John Wesley Crockett (1753 - 1802)
    From the marker, above: "From this vicinity went forth a force of Virginians, under the command of Colonel William Campbell, to fight against the British in the Carolinas, 1780. The Virginia troops pla...
  • Davy Crockett (1786 - 1836)
    David Stern "Davy" Crockett (August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836) Son of John M. Crockett and Rebecca Sullivan Hawkins Birth : August 17, 1786 Near Nolichucky River in Free Republic of Franklin (in ...
  • Mary "Polly" Crockett (1779 - 1852)
    Birth: Nov. 17, 1779 Death: Aug. 17, 1852 Daughter of, William Cowan & Sarah Stewart Cowan. Married John Crockett in 1806 in Georgia USA. Two known children, Samuel J. Crockett and Elizabeth L. Cro...
  • John Crockett (1780 - 1859)
    Source/Link= Birth: Feb. 29, 1780 Mecklenburg County North Carolina, USA Death: Mar. 9, 1858 Coffee County Tennessee, USA Married Mary "Polly" Cowan in 1806 in Georgia USA. Two known children, Sa...

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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