An American Family History


Early Settlement in Greene County, Tennessee


The State of Franklin was an unrecognized, independent state in what is now eastern Tennessee. It was created in 1784 with the intent of becoming the fourteenth state. Its first capital was Jonesborough. It existed for about four and a half years and then North Carolina re-assumed control.

Greene County, Tennessee was originally part of Washington County, North Carolina. European's began to settle there about 1788.

In 1788, Anthony Moore settled not far from Henderson’s Station and Henry Earnest located on the Nolichucky River.

On February 26, 1778, Thomas Stanfield bought 640 acres on Lick Creek.

In 1779, Daniel Kennedy settled on the river four miles east of Greenville, at the mouth of Holley Creek.

About 1781 the Dillon family from Guilford County, North Carolina moved to Greene County.

Azariah Doty was in Greene County by 1781.

In 1783, the General Assembly of North Carolina divided Washington County and established Greene County.

About 1783, John Carter came Surry County, North Carolina and established a fortified camp for settlers.

From May, 1785 to August, 1788 the county part of the State of Franklin,

By 1789 the New Hope Monthly Meeting was meeting in Greene County.

In 1793 or 1794 the first Baptist Church was organized on Lick Creek. Among the first members were Phillip Hale, Robert Fristoe, William Johnson, B. Hopper, Samuel Baker, Thomas Wyatt and Richard Curtin. 
In 1795, the Benjamin Pickering family moved to Greene County.


Greene County, Tennessee developed from the Nolichucky settlement. It was formed in 1783 from part of the original Washington County, North Carolina.

The Nolichucky River flows through Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. It is a tributary of the French Broad River. During the 1770s, European Americans established the "Nolichucky settlements" in what is now Greene County, Tennessee.

The Village Messenger 
Fayetteville, Tennessee
06 Oct 1824, Wed  •  Page 2











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