An American Family History


The Knob Creek Settlement
Washington County, Tennessee

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.

Knob Creek was one of the earliest settlements in East Tennessee.

Early Settlers    
Bashor, Henry    
Bowman, Joseph son of Jacob Bowman
married Mary Hoss and Christiana Beahm
Calahan, John    
Carr, John settled in 1789.  
Cobb, Pharoah    
Denton, Samuel In 1795 had 402 acres in the Knob Creek area.  
Duncan, Charles    
Fain, Nicolas 
Hammer, Issac built a house on Knob Creek in 1793.  
Krouse, Michael    
McBee, Qilliam    
McMahan, John    
Melvin, Bill    
Miller, John    
Range, Peter and Elizabeth settled on Knob Creek in 1779.  
Reeves, Peter    
Reeves, William    
Young, Joseph    

The John Miller-Adam Sell house was built in 1788 on Knob Creek.

In 1790 the Reverend Samuel Doak and Hezikiah Balch organized the Hebron Church. The first elders were John Blair McMahan, Samuel Fain, and Adam Mitchell, Sr. The Hebron building was also used as a school house. Eventually the Hebron congregation left the log church on Knob Creek and moved to Jonesborough where they changed the name to the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church

The Knob Creek Brethren Church was established in 1799. They first celebrated communion in in Michael Krouse's house. Deacon Joseph Bowman's home was built with removable panels in the two front rooms so that it could be used for church meetings.

Many families had mills on Knob Creek:

  • Joseph Bowman (son of Jacob) - three-story mill
  • Daniel Bowman(son of Jacob) - sawmill and a power
  • The Reeds -grist mill
  • George Miller - saw mill and a power mill for blacksmith shop
  • Henry Bashor - 1832
  • Bill Melvin - grist mill
  • Peter Range
  • John Edens
  • Buck Hale

Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

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