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.
Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.
Polly married James Webb about 1836. James was born about 1806 in Tennessee. His parents were Nathan Webb and Catherine Elizabeth Miller.
Polly and James children included:
Rodney A. Webb (1837, married Mary McCorkle),
Ruth Ann Smith Houston (1841, married John W. Houston),
Nellie Catherine (Katie) Smith McCorkle (1842, married William Monroe McCorkle) and
David Webb (1845)
Polly died before the 1850 census when the Webb household was in Division 1 of Sullivan County. The family included James age 33, Catharine age 66, Benjamin age 28, Susan age 21, Jane age 17, Ruth age 9, Catharine age 7, and David age 5.
In 1860 the Webb household in District 8 included James age 54, Ruth Ann age 19, Catharine age 17, Rodney age 22, Mary age 22, Catharine age 65 and James' brother in law, George Smith, age 50.
In 1870, 65 year old James was living in Blountville with his daughter, Ruth's, family.
In 1880, 73 year old James was living in district 8 of Sullivan County with Ruth's family.