They lived in the forks of the Watauga and Holston rivers. The Washington County Surveyors Record, page 13
William McMillian assignee of Will Hughes assignee of John Funkhouser...
400 ac on the waters of Beaver Creek
220 ac surveyed for Will Hughes February 18, 1774
also 93 ac surveyed for James Roark on February 20, 1774
Captain William Hughes district 1787 taxable property of inhabitants in Washington County.
In 1799 William Hughes [father of Agnes Hughes Torbett] deposed in Agnes Torbett vs. Alexander Torbett, Sullivan County, Tennessee, 1799.
Robert Alison obtained a judgment against William Hughes and Jon Boiden... at the September term in 1804, directed ...Thomas Rockhold, Sheriff, ... levy upon the property of William Hughes a certain piece or parcel of land ... on the North side of the Watauga river ... bounded by land of Finley Alison ...and lands of Peter Harrington. The same tract of land where John Alison lived, supposed to contain 100 acres.
Deed records in 1817 show David Hughes of Blount County, son of William Hughes was in Sullivan County in a dispute with John Woods and Elizabeth Hughes wife of John Woods.
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.