Sunday, December 9, 2018

To Chote, Old Town


The Story of Old Fort Loudon (published 1899):



"Along the buffalo paths, from one salt-lick to another, a group of pioneers took a vagrant way through the dense cane-brakes."

"Dark, gloomy, with long, level summit-lines, a grim outlier of the mountain range, since known as
the Cumberland, stretched from northeast to southwest, seeming as they approached to interpose an insurmountable barrier to further progress, until suddenly...showed a gap...and a new and beautiful land."

"The Indian gazed upon her doubtfully. He had evidently only a few disconnected sentences of English at command, although he understood far more than he could frame... . "...even previous to the present outbreak and despite the stipulations of their treaties with the English, the Cherokees were known to have hesitated long in taking sides in the struggle between France and Great Britain, still in progress now in 1758, for supremacy in this western country, and many were suspected of yet inclining to the French, who had made great efforts to detach them from the British interest."

"Where go?" demanded the chief, suspiciously. "To Choté, old town," she averred at haphazard, naming the famous "beloved town, city of refuge," of the Cherokee nation."



Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Julia In Shelbyville





An excerpt from John Tervis's narrative:


Julia's story:

Source: Sixty-years In A Schoolroom



Julia's memorial at FindAGrave.


Descriptive survey of Science Hill from the NPS (also a plat map of Shelbyville)






Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Astor's Ambitious Plan


Source


 John Jacob Astor's ambitious plan of establishing trade between the Columbia Valley and the Orient from a base at Astoria was upset by the British navy, which captured the fort during the War of 1812 and supervised a virtually forced sale of the property to the North West Company. [Source - VIRGIN LAND...]




Sunday, November 18, 2018

Settled Near Brandywine Creek


Memoirs of Ann [Baker] Carson (published in 1822):





Partial Map - Brandywine Creek, Delaware (LOC)

James McCutchen, a native of Ireland, emigrated to America and settled near Brandywine Creek in Delaware, afterwards removing to Philadelphia.

"Captain Thomas Baker (Born in England) and Jane McCutcheon (Born in Ireland) met in Philadelphia in the late 1700s and had a son James McCutcheon Baker. Everything listed below stems from them. We have no information on Captain Thomas Baker other than he was born in England 1758 and died of yellow fever in 1820." [Message Board]