During the Civil war many citizens of East Tennessee opposed secession, but the area was under Confederate control from 1861 to 1863. Some citizens engaged in guerrilla warfare against state authorities and joined the Union army, while others were loyal to the confederacy. It was a heartbreaking case of neighbor against neighbor and brother against brother.
In the 1830s settlers began arriving in Iowa from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia. Iowa became a state in 1846.
He was a real windjammer! One of the stories I recall about him had to do with a missing part of his anatomy-a finger, thumb, or maybe entire hand. Anyway, when people asked what happened, he told them he was swimming across the Atlantic Ocean and a steamboat ran over him.
Bill Smith said "Uncle Elmer and my Dad [Bryan Smith] did not know much about John; they only knew that he had been involved with the law in a bad way and that it involved a gun."
Derby- A 12 year old son of John Smith's who lives a few miles southeast of town, shot his sister aged 8 years on Friday morning. He was fooling with a revolver, when it went off, the ball striking the little girl in the back below the shoulder passing dowward and lodged in or near the kidneys. She was soon under treatment by the doctors, but we did not learn the extend of her injuries. June 16, 1880 Chariton Patriot
A Bold Burglary-Last Thrusday afternoon the residence of N. Lyman was entered by a burgler and despoiled of a good gun, jewelry, etc., to the value of $50 or $60. One Friday Sheriff Ramsey, on the lookout for the perpetrator, found the gun at Russell where it had been traded off by the burglar who proved to be a young man named John Smith, a former resident of this county who has been away several years. He was captured and brought to town, waived examination and is held to the next grand jury in bonds of $500.
Today James Marsh claimed the suit of clothes Smith is wearing as having been stolen from him two days before the Lyman burglary. He is to have an examination on the latter charge next Monday. He appears to be a bad one.
May 31, 1888, Democrat
Meigs County is located in East Tennessee and was formed from Rhea County in 1836. In 1819 the legislature took over part of the Cherokee Nation which was on the south east bank of the Tennessee River and this is the land that became Meigs County.
Tazewell County, Illinois was formed out of Peoria County in 1827.
East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.