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

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  • Rev. Joseph Brown (1772 - 1868)
    Prisoner of Kiachatalee “Kittakiska” , who became his “blood brother” at the doing of the “good old chief Breath.” Biography From In 1788 on the way from North Carolina to the Cumberland Settle...
  • Col. Stephen Calvin Copeland (c.1756 - 1833)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA (Soldier). DAR Ancestor # A084175 COPELAND, STEPHEN, colonel; b. in Virginia, and served in the Revolutionary War; captain of a Sullivan County compa...
  • Valentine K. Shultz (1762 - c.1837)
  • Martin S.E. Shults (1773 - 1846)
    Martin S.E. Shults, Sr BIRTH 1772 Tyrrell County, North Carolina, USA DEATH 1 Nov 1846 (aged 73–74) Pittman Center, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA BURIAL Emerts Cove Cemetery Pittman Center, Sevier C...
  • James Bradley Cope (1776 - 1874)
    One of the first pioneers to Warren Co,Tennessee.Was an itinerant baptist preacher as well as farmer and large land owner. Buried in an overgrown cemetery off of Northcutts Cove Rd in Southern Wa...

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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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