An American Family History


1778 Washington County Court

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.

from Tennessee Cousins, p. 485-488
"Notes on the Origin and History of the Denton Family"

This meeting at which the officers named above (among others) were on hands,
was held on September 2nd, 1755.

Proceedings of the First court of Washington District

At a meeting of the County Court of the Washington District on Thursday, August 27, 1778, the following residents of the District came into court and took the oath of allegiance:
Joseph Tipton
Charles Robertson (of Buffalo [Ridge])
Hugh Henry
John Hughs
Samuel Denton
George Little
James Denton
John Cunningham
Thomas Little
John Odell
Christopher Cunningham, Jr.
George Reeves
John Brown, Sr.
William Reeves.
Joseph Denton
David Hickey
Michael Hyder

And on the same date [1778] these men were selected on the Grand Jury:
Daniel Kennedy
John Nave (probably son of Conrad Nave)
Benjamin Cobb
Samuel Henry
James Henry
John Moore
Humphrey Gibson
Caleb Odell

At the May Term, 1780:

Ordered that a fine of One Hundred Pounds be imposed on John Chisholm, Esq. (A member of the Court) for being guilty of striking and beating Abraham Denton in the courtyard; also for disturbing the peace and the decorum of this Court and that the Clerk issue an execution for the same.


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