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Subject: [GM] History of Watauga Co., NC
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2006 09:10:19 -0600


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Table of Contents.

CHAPTER I. The relation of Watauga County and its residents to remainder
of the mountains. Early settlers in eastern part of State. Difference
eastern and western settlers. Our Yankee ancestry. Critics eager to find
fault. Our annals. Difference between "poor whites" and "mountain
whites." Cooperation has ceased. Moonshining an inheritance
Pennsylvania "Whiskey Rebellion." .
CHAPTER II. Similarity of Indians to Hebrews. A study in ethnology
and philology. Speculations as to the beginning of things. Indians
never residents of Watauga in memory of whites. Cherokees parted with
title to land long ago. Old forts on frontier. Cherokee raids. First
white settlers of Watauga. Linville family and falls .
CHAPTER III. The greed for land in the eastern section. Bishop
sets out to get land for Moravians. He is misled and "wanders
bewildered in unknown ways." Reaches delicious spring on Flat Top.
Three Forks described.
An Indian Old Field. Caught in a mountain snow‑storm. Their route
from Blowing Rock. Conflicting claims as to locality described
CHAPTER IV. No direct Daniel Boone descendants. Other Boone relatives.
Jesse and Jonathan Boone. Their Three Forks membership. Marking the
Trail of Daniel Boone. Boone Cabin Monument. Locating Trail. Cumberland
Gap pedestal. Boone's Trail in other States. Congress urged to erect
statue there. Boone's first trip across Blue Ridge. Probability of
of trail. Improbability of the carving on the Boone Tree. Boone's
relations with Richard Henderson considered
CHAPTER V. Backwoods Tories. Samuel Bright, loyalist
Patriots feared British influence with Indians. Bright's Spring and
the Shelving Rock. Watauga County once part of Watauga Settlement.
Doctor Draper's errors. W. H. Ollis's contribution. No camp on the
Yellow. Cleveland's parentage and capture.

His rescue, etc. Greer's Hints, of two kinds. The Wolf's Den.
Riddle's execution. Killing of Chas. Asher and other Tories. Ben
Howard. Marking old graves by United States. Its niggardly policy.
Battlefield in Watauga.

CHAPTER VI. The Yadkin Baptist Association. Three Forks Baptist
Church. List of its early members and officers. A great moral force
in the community. Church trials, grave and gay. Other ancient
happenings. First churches. Revivals .

CHAPTER VII. Order of the Holy Cross. Picture of Watauga Valley in
1840. Valle Crucis as first founded. Rt. Rev. L. S. Ives. Feeble and
undignified imitation. Why Ives vacillated. Old buildings. Adobes and
humble bees. Easter chapel. Spiritual starvation on the Lower
Watauga. The Mission store. Death of Mr. Skiles. Removal of St.
John's. Reinstitution of Mission, and School for Girls. Summer
resort, also .
CHAPTER VIII. Light on the Jersey Settlement. Meagre facts con
sidered. John Gano, preacher. Fairchild's diary. Adventures on road.
Mr. Gano constitutes a church. A colonial document. Other ancient
documents and facts. Letter from Morris Town, N. J., Church. The
Fairchild ladies
CHAPTER IX. Democracy of the religion of the mountaineer. Our morals,
as appraised by others. Pioneer Baptists. The Farthing family. A
family of preachers. Rev. Joseph Harrison. Cove Creek Baptist Church.
Bethel Baptist Church. Other early churches. Stony Fork Association.
White's Spring Church. Methodist Churches. Henson's Chapel. A family
of Methodist church preachers. M. E. Churches. Baptists,
Presbyterians, Lutherans .
CHAPTER X. Formation of county. Councill's influence. Three New
England visitors. Doctor Mitchell's geological tour. Tennessee
boundary line. Boundary line and Land Grant Warrants. Running State
line. Watauga County lines. Watauga County established. Changes in
county lines. Avery County cut off. Jails and court houses. To
restore lost records. First term Superior Court. Tied to a
wagon‑wheel. Roving spirit. Legislative and other officers.
Watauga's contribution to Confederacy and Federals. Population and
other facts. Mexican War soldiers. Weather vagaries. Agricultural and
domestic facts. Forests. Altitudes .

CHAPTER XI. Boone incorporated. Its attractions. Miss Morley's visit.
First residents of Boone. First builders. Saw‑mills for new town.
The Ellingtons. Other builders. First merchants, J. C. Gaines, Rev.
J. W. Hall. Post-bellum Boone. Coffey Bros. Their enterprises.
Newspapers. Counterfeiters .
CHAPTER XII. Too many troops for limits of book. Keith Blalock. Four
Coffey Bros. Danger from Tennessee side. Longstreet's withdrawal.
Kirk's Camp Vance raid. Death of Wm. Coffey. Murder of Austin Coffey.
Other "activities." Michiganders escape. Camp Mast. Watauga Amazons.
Camp Mast surrender. Sins of the children. Retribution? Paul and
Reuben Farthing. Battle of the Beech. Stoneman's raid. Official
account. A real home guard. Mrs. Horton robbed. No peace. Fort Hamby.
Blalock's threat .

CHAPTER XIII. Calloway sisters. Pioneer hunters. James Aldridge. His
real wife appears. Betsy Calloway. Delila Baird. A belated romance.
Cobb McCanless, sheriff. His death by Wild Bill. Bedent E. Baird. Zeb
Vance's uncle makes inquiry. Peggy Clawson. Other old stories. Joseph
T. Wilson, or "Lucky Joe." "Long‑Distance." An African romance.
James Speer's fate. Joshua Pennell frees slaves. Cross cut suit.
Absentee landlord. "School Butter." Lee Carmichael. The musterfield
murder. A Belle of Broadway

CHAPTER XIV. Fine Watauga County scenery. Cove Creek. Our flowers.
Valle Crucis. Sugar Grove. Blowing Rock. Along the Blue Ridge.
Moses H. Cone. Brushy Fork. Shull's Mills. Linville Valley and
Falls. The Ollis family. Elk Cross Roads. Banner's Elk. A trip on
foot. Meat Camp. Rich Mountain. The "Tater Hill." The Grandfather
and Grandmother. Grafting French chestnuts. Beaver Dams. Boone's
Beaver Dams trails. Beech Creek and Poga .

CHAPTER XV. Ante‑bellum education. Peculiarities of speech. We speak
the best and purest English. Place‑names. Kephart's dissertations.
Ante‑bellum pedagogues. Our schools. Penmanship. Phillip Church.
Jonathan Norris. Eli M. Farmer. Burton Davis. Todd Miller. The
"Twisting Temple." Lees‑McRae Institute. School‑teachers. Normal
school at Boone. Skyland Institute. T. P. Adams' long service.
Silverstone public school. Walnut Grove Institute. Valle Crucis
School for Girls. First agricultural instruction. Prominent in
education. Lenoir School Lands. School‑house Loan Fund. T. L.
Clingman, a teacher. Mount Mitchell controversy .

CHAPTER XVI. Gold mines and mining. First owners of Cranberry. Iron
forges. Iron bounties. Some old hammermen. Clingman's mining.

CHAPTER XVII. First wagon roads. First across Blue Ridge.

Caldwell and Watauga Turnpike. Yonahlossee Turnpike. Early road
legislation. Earliest stopping places. First paper railroads. First
railroad surveys .



Index: .

Abner, Abraham, Ackerly, Adams, Aldrich, Aldridge, Alexander,
Alieson, Allen, Allison, Amos, Anderson, Andre, Andrew, Andrews,
Antes, Armfield, Arnold, Arrowood, Arthur, Asbury, Ashburn, Ashe,
Asher, Atkins, Atkinson, Austin, Avery, Aycock, Ayers, Badger,
Bagley, Bahney, Baird, Baker, Balfour, Ballou, Banner, Bannon,
Barber, Barlow, Barnes, Barrier, Barringer, Bartlett, Barton, Bass,
Battle, Baxter, Bayless, Baylis, Beck, Becket, Bedent, Bedford,
Beech Beekman, BELCHER, Bell, Benfield, Benjamin, Bennett,
Benson, Bentin, Berry, Bible, Bickerstaff, Bingham, Bishop,
Blackburn, Blackwelder, Blair, Blake, Blalock, Bland, Bledsoe,
Blevens, Blodgett, Blue, Bond, Boone, Boston, Bostwick, Both,
Bower, Bowers, Bowman, Boyd, Boyden, Braddock, Bradley, Bradshaw,
Brannock, Braswell, Braswells, Breckenridge, Breed, Brewer,
Bright, Brinkley, Brooks, Brooksher, Brookshire, Brothers,
Broughton, Brown, Brownlow, Browns, Bruce, Bryan, Bryant, Buck,
Buckhannon, Buckley, Bucks, Budd, Bums, Buncombe, Burke, Burkett,
Burleson, Burns, Burnside, Burrell, Burroughs, Burton, Butler,
Buxton, Byers, Bynum, Byrd, Cable, Cain, Cairns, Caldwell, Calhoun,
Calihan, Callaway, Calloway, Calloways, Calton, Campbell, Cannon,
Cape, Carl, Carmichael, Carpenter, Carr, Carroll, Carter,
Cartright, Carver, Case, Castle, Caswell, Cathcart, Cayton,
Chambers, Champion, Chandler, Charity, Charleston, Cheshire, Childs,
Childses, Christian, Christoffle, Church, Churton, Clark, Clarke,
Clarks, Clawson, Clawton, Clay, Cleveland, Clewell, Clifton,
Clingman, Clinton, Clopton, Cobb, Cochran, Cocke, Coffey, Coffin,
Cole, Coleman, Collett, Collins, Combs, Condor, Cone, Conklin,
Conley, Connor, Cook, Cooke, Cooper, Cordell, Corey, Cornell,
Corwin, Cottrell, Council, Councill, Counsel, Cowen, Cowles,Cox,
Coxe, Cozart, Craig, Cralock, Crawford, Crawley, Crisp, Critcher,
Crocker, Crockett, Cromwell, Crosby, Crossnore, Crouch, Culberson,
Culbison, Culver, Curtis, Cutbirth, Daly, Dammons, Dana, Dancey,
Danner, Davenport, Davidson,Davis, Day, Deal, Dellinger,
Dickerson, Dickson, Dinkins, Dinwiddie, Dixon, Dobbin, Dobbins,
Dobson, Doby, Dodge, Doneky, Dooley, Dotson, Doub, Dougherty,
Doughton, Dowell, Draper, Draughan, Dudley, Dugger, Duke, Dukerson,
Dula, Duncan, Dunn, Duvall, Dwight, Dyer, Eagles, Earnest, Eaton,
Edmisten, Edwards, Eggers, Eldridge, Elfird, Eller, Ellett,
Ellington, Elliott, Ellis, Ellison, Elrod, England, English,
Enoch, Ernest, Erwin, Erwins, Estes, Evans, Fairchild, Fanning,
Farmer, Farragut, Farthing, Faucett, Faugerson, Ferguson, Ferrall,
Fielding, Fields, Filson, Fincannon, Finley, Fitz Gerald,
Flannery, Fletcher, Flowers, Floyd, Folk, Foote, Ford, Foster,
Fouts, Fox, Franklin, Fraser, Frazer, Freeman, Friday, Fudge,
Fullbright, Fullenwider, Fullward, Gaddy, Gaines, Galloway, Gambill,
Gano, Gardner, Garner, Garsham, Gentry, George, Gibbs, Gibson,
Gilbert, Giles, Gilmore, Glascow, Glenn, Goble, Goodin, Goodlow,
Goodman, Gordon, Goss, Gradenhutten, Gragg, Graham, Grahams,
Grandin, Grandire, Grant, Graves, Graybeal, Green, Greene, Greer,
Gries, Griever, Griffa, Griffith, Griggsby, Grimsley, Grissom,
Grogan, Groman, Gross, Grove, Grubb, Guy, Guyot, Gwaltney, Gwyn,
Hackney, Hagaman, Hageman, Hagler, Hailen, Hall, Hallyburton,
Hamby, Hamlet, Hammond, Hammons, Hampton, Haney, Harbin, Hardin,
Harding, Hardy, Hargus, Harman, Harmon, Harper, Harrel, Harris,
Harrison, Harstin, Hart, Hartley, Hartly, Hartzog, Hartzogg,
Harvey, Haskew, Hately, Hawkins, Hawthorne, Hayes, Hayse, Heath,
Heaton, Hedrick, Helton, Henderson, Hendricks, Hendrix, Henley,
Henly, Henry, Henson, Herman, Herndon, Hicks, Hicok, Hill,
Hilliard, Hinckels, Hines, Hix, Hobart, Hodge, Hodges, Hoke,
Holden, Holder, Holdsclaw, Holesclaw, Hollers, Hollock, Holman,
Holsclaw, Holtsclaw, Holtzclaw, Homer, Hood, Hopkins, Horsefield,
Horton, Houck, House, Houston, Howard, Howell, Howington, Huff,
Hull, Humphrey, Hunt, Hutchinson, Imboden, Ingle, Ingmon, Ingraham,
Ingram, Isaacs, Isbell, Isenhour, Ives, Ivy, Jackson, James,
Jarratt, Jefferson, Jenkins, Jenning, Jennings, Johnson, Johnston,
Jones, Jordan, Joseph, Jowe, Judd, Keeling, Keith, Keller,
Kelsey, Kennedy, Kent, Keogh, Kephart, Kerr, Ketron, Kilby, Kimes,
Kindle, King, Kirby, Kirk, Kitzmiller, Knox, Lambert, Lance, Land,
Landau, Larkin, Lash, Lashley, Laudermilk, Laws, Lee, Lenoir,
Leonard, Lewis, Lincoln, Lindley, Lineberger, Link, Linney,
Linvil, Linville, Lippard, Lipps, Little, Little Carpenter,
Livingston, Locke, Logan, Longacre, Longstreet, Lookabill, Love,
Lovill, Lovin, Lowe, Lowrance, Lunsford, Lusk, Lutz, Lybrook,
Lynch, Mace, Madron, Magaherty, Maines, Majors, Mapes, Maples,
Marion, Marlow, Marshall, Martin, Marvel, Mast, Matheson,
Matney, Matthews, Maxfield, May, Mayberry, McBride, McCaleb,
McCall, McCanless, McCauley, McCay, McClean, McCleard, McCoin,
McCormick, McCrary, McCreary, McCulloh, McCullough, McCurry, McD,
McDaniel, McDowell, McElroy, McEwen, McGee, McGhee, McGhinnis,
McGimpsey, McGinnis, McGuire, McHaarg, McKinney, McLaughlin,
McLeard, McLeod, McMillan,McMulkey, McNab, McNabb, McNeil, McQueen,
McRae, McRary, Merchant, Merk, Micaux, Michael, Miles, Millard,
Miller, Mills, Millsaps, Minten, Minton, Mitchell, MLean,
Montgomery, Moody, Mooney, Moore, Moores, Moreland, Moretz,
Morgan, Morley, Morphew, Morris, Morrison, Moseley, Moser, Mosers,
Moses, Mullins,, Munday, Mundy, Murphey, Murphy, Murray, Musgrave,
Myers, Myrick, Nance, Neal, Neely, Neil, Nelson, Neville, Newton,
Nixon, Norris, Northern, Norton, Norwood, Oaks, Ogburn, Oliver,
Ollis,Orzgathorp, Osborn, Osborne, Owen, Owens, Palmer, Palmers,
Panther, Park, Parker, Parkhurst, Parks, Parlier, Parr,
Passmore, Patterson, Patton, Payne, Pearson, Penland, Penley,
Penn, Pennell, Peppys, Perkins, Perkinses, Perry, Petty, Pharr,
Phillips, Phipps, Pickett, Piercey, Pike, Pips, Pitman, Plonk, Polk,
Pool, Poovey, Porter, Potter, Powell, Presnell, Pressly, Price,
Prior, Pritchard, Pritchett, Proffit, Proffitt, Prout, Prudden,
Puett, Pulliam, Pyatt, Quails, Qualls, Ragan, Rambo, Randall,
Ransom, Ray, Rayfield, Read, Reagan, Rector, Reece, Reese, Reeves,
Regan, Reynolds, Rhea, Rhode, Rhodes, Rich, Riddle, Right, Riley,
Rintels, Rintils, Rivers, Robbins, Roberts, Robertson, Robison,
Roby, Roland, Rollins, Rominger, Roper, Rousseau, Russell,
Rutherford, Rutledge, Salis, Sallens, Sally, Sample, Sanborn, Sands,
Sands,, Satterwhite,Savage, Schenck, Scott, Sennit, Setzer, Sevier,
Sewel, Sharp, Shearer, Shearers, Sheets, Shelby, Shell,
Shelton, Shenalt, Sheppard, Sherrell, Sherrill, Sherwood, Shinn,
Shipley, Shipleys, Shiposh, Shirley, Shirrow, Shook, Short, Shoun,
Shull, Shulls, Shupe, Shurman, Simmons, Sizemore, Skiles, Skritch,
Smith, Smitherman, Smiths, Smollet, Smoot, Smyth, Sneed, Snider,
Snyder, Spainhour, Spangenberg, Speer, Spencer, Spring, Sprunt,
Stain, Stanberry, Stanley, Stansbury, Staunton, Steele, Stephen,
Stephenson, Stevens, Stewart,Stocksdale, Stokes, Stone, Stoneman,
Storie, Story, Stout, Stowe, Strickland, Stringfellow, Strother,
Stuart, Sudderth, Sullivan, Summers, Sumner, Sumter, Sutherland,
Swetens, Swicegood, Swift, Symes, Tate, Tatum, Taylor, Teague,
Temple, Tennent, Terry, Tester, The Little Carpenter, Thistle,
Thomas, Thompson, Thurman,Thurston, Thwaite, Thwaites, Tillett,
Tillson, Tipton, Todd, Tom the Tinker, Tomkins,Tompkins, Townsend,
Triplet, Triplett, Tritt, Trivett, Trivette, Tucker, Tufts, Tugman,
Tuthill, Tuttle, Twitty, Usher, Van Dyke, Vance, Vanderbilt,
Vanderpool, Vandyke, Vannoy, Vestal, Voncannon, Waddell, Wade,
Wagner, Wagoner, Wakefield, Walcott, Walker, Wallace, Walling,
Walter, Walters, Ward, Warner, Warren, Washington, Waters,
Watkins, Watson, Waugh, Waycaster, Weath, Weaver, Webb, Webster,
Weeden, Weisenfeld, Welch, Wellborn, Wellburn, Welles, Wells,Wesley,
Wessenfeld, Wetmore, Wheeler,White, Whitehead,Whitfield, Whitlow,
Whittington, Widby, Wilcox, Wilcoxen, Wilcoxon, Wilkerson, Wilkes,
Wilkler, Williams,Williamson, Wills, Wilson, Winchester,
Winebarger,Winkler, Winters, Wise, Wiseman, Wisemar, Witherspoon,
Witherspoons, Witkowsky, Wolf, Wolff, Wood, Woodring, Wright, Wyn,
Yancey, Yarber, Yeagel, Yelton, Younce, Young, Youngs, Zins,

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