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  • Jane "Jean" Henry (1752 - 1812)
    “Jean” McNabb Henry BIRTH 25 Jul 1752 Virginia, USA DEATH 1812 (aged 59–60) Blount County, Tennessee, USA BURIAL Headrick-Henry Cemetery Blount County, Tennessee, USA MEMORIAL ID 65638161 · View Sourc...
  • John Carter Byrd (1750 - bef.1830)
    Reference number 5112 on page 2 A 010327, Patriotic service, NCJohn Carter Byrd, b: 27 Jan 1750 (1751 using the 1752 British Colonies adopted Gregorian calendar) was the 2nd child of William Evelyn Byr...
  • Christopher Cunningham, Jr. (1731 - 1781)
    He had the 32nd Watauga Association patent for land in Eastern Tenn essee in 1775 and signed the petition in 1776 requesting to be annexed t o North Carolina.According to Worth S. Ray in "Tennessee Cou...
  • Nicholas Fain, ll (1782 - 1849)
    , 23rd and 24th General Assemblies, 1839-43; representing Hawkins and Sullivan counties; Republican. Born on February 4, 1782; place not known, but probably in Washington County, North Carolina (now Te...
  • John McMachen (c.1723 - 1789)
    DAR# A078089 From Genealogy of Margaret Meyer Simpson, Person Page - 56McMachen [1],[2]*M, *b. circa 1723, *d. 1789John was born circa 1723 at Ireland.[3] He was the son of Col William McMachen and Eli...

The Watauga Association (sometimes referred to as the Republic of Watauga) was a semi-autonomous government created in 1772 by frontier settlers living along the Watauga River in what is now present day Elizabethton, Tennessee. Although it lasted only a few years, the Watauga Association provided a basis for what later developed into the state of Tennessee and likely influenced other western frontier governments in the trans-Appalachian region. North Carolina annexed the Watauga settlement area, by then known as the Washington District, in November 1776. Within a year, the area was placed under a county government, becoming Washington County, North Carolina, in November 1777. (This is the present day Washington County, Carter County and other areas now located in the northeast part of the state of Tennessee.)

While there is no evidence that the Watauga Association ever claimed to be outside the sovereign territory of the British Crown, historians have often cited the Association as the earliest attempt by American-born colonists to form an independent democratic government. In 1774, Virginia governor Lord Dunmore called the Watauga Association a "dangerous example" of Americans forming a government "distinct from and independent of his majesty's authority." President Theodore Roosevelt later wrote that the Watauga settlers were the "first men of American birth to establish a free and independent community on the continent." While no copy of the settlers' compact, known as the Articles of the Watauga Association, has ever been found, related documents tend to imply that the Watauga settlers considered themselves British subjects.

Source: Wkipedia