Early History of Middle Tennessee

Sep 16, 2014 by

early history middle tennesseeEarly History of Middle Tennessee by Edward Albright originally published in 1909 is a must have resource for anyone whose family is originally from Tennessee, or for anyone with a passion for Tennessee history.

Mr. Albright’s own words from his preface:

“The history of Tennessee, and especially that of our own section of the State, was long sadly neglected, and it is now with the greatest difficulty that many of the isolated facts of tradition may be woven into a continuous thread of history. The failure of preceding generations to gather and record, first-handed, many of the stirring events of early times in the Cumberland Valley from those who participated in them, has increased the task of the historical writer of today.

Only one other attempt has been made to write a history of Middle Tennessee and that was by Col. A. W. Putnam, of Nashville, in 1859. From this work I have gathered much valuable information as well as from Carr’s Early Times, the histories of the State written by Judge Haywood, Dr. Ramsey, Mr. Phelan, Prof. McGee, Garrett and Goodpasture, and others. I am also indebted to Imlay’s Historical Works, Roosevelt’s Winning of the West, and Washington Irving’s account of Spanish travels.

Much of the latter-day traditions extant in both Sumner and Davidson Counties has been collected and harmonized and to the many sources from which this has been gathered I acknowledge myself indebted. Especially do I desire to express thanks to Dr. J. H. McNeilly, of Nashville, Dr. R. V. Foster, of Lebanon, and Col. Ruben T. Durrett, of Louisville, for the courtesies and help extended and many favors shown. Without the aid of these and of others who might be mentioned I should have fallen far short of the historical accuracy which I believe to be a
characteristic of the forthcoming work: For my own gratification as well as for that of coming generations, I have gathered the facts presented from every available source, and now give them to the public, trusting that they may both instruct and entertain,  – Edward Albright.”

To help you see what is in this book, below is the list of illustrations and contents:



Bledsoe's Lick 29 

Bledsoe Monument 180 

Blount, Gov. William 153 

Hall, Gov. William 117 

Hall Home, Old 128 

Kizer Mound 7 

Mansker, Kasper, Former Home 52 

Mansker, Kasper and Wife, Graves of 54 

Peyton, Bailie 122 

Robertson, Gen. James 43 

Rock Castle •. 104 

Sevier, Gov. John 146 

Spencer's Choice 35 

Spencer's Tree 33 

Trousdale, Gov. William 192 

Winchester, Gen. James 150 



Asher's Station, Attack on 79 

Boone, Daniel 22 

Big Game at French Lick 26 

Bledsoe's Lick, Discovered 29 

Bledsoe's Station, Attack on 139 

Bledsoe, Col. Anthony, Death of 140 

Bledsoe, Col. Isaac, Death of 179 

Bledsoe's Fort Established 54 

Blujfif Fort Established 49 

Bluff Fort, Attack on 95 

Brown Party, Massacre of 142 

Buchanan's Station, Attack on 173 

Blackmore, Maj. George D 197 

Charleville, Charles ; 18 

Cumberland River Named 19 

Cumberland Settlement Begun 42 

Clark, Gen. George Rogers 44 

Clover Bottom Defeat 81 

Craighead, Rev. Thomas B 117 

Cold Water Expedition 131 

Chota, The City of Refuge 158 

Caney Fork, Battle of 170 

Castleman's Raid 184 

Congress Petitioned 186 

Compact of Government 68 

DeSoto, Ferdinand 12 

DeMonbreun, Timothy 20 

Donelson's Voyage 56 

Donelson, Col. John, Death of 123 

Defeated Creek Attack 120 

Davidson County Established m 

Douglass, Col. Edward 125 

Evans' Battalion 136 

First Indian Settlers 9 

First White Man Killed 26 



First Indian Killed 31 

First Corn Crop Raised ^2 

First Wedding in Colony 88 

First Census Taken 136 

Fort Stanwix, Treaty of 40 

Forts Located 50 

Freeland's Station, Attack on 91 

Greenfield Station, Attack on 182 

Hunters and Traders 17 

Hunting Ground. The 38 

Henderson, Col. Richard 40 

Hall, Maj. William 116 

Hall Family, Massacre of 129 

Indian Tribes, Locations 37 

Indian Warfare, Beginning of 72 

Jackson, Andrew 147 

Kilgore's Station Broken Up 102 

Licks, Their Formation 17 

Lindsay, Isaac, and Party , 24 

Long Hunters, The • : • • 25 

Legislature Organized 201 

Mound Builders 5 

Mississippi River, Discovery of 14 

Mansker. Kasper 51 

Mansker's Party 28 

Mansker's Lick Discovered 30 

IMansker's Station, Attack on 79 

Mero District i53 

McGillivray, Alexander 156 

Natchez, a Spanish Outpost 27 

Nashborough 49 

Nickajack Expedition 190 

Ponce De Leon 12 

Pioiningo. The Mountain Leader 93 

Peyton. John 121 

Robertson, Gen. James 46 

Ren f roe Stationers. Massacre of 77 

Rogan, Hugh 86 

Spanish Adventures 12 

Shawnees, The 9 

Scraggins, Henry, and Party 23 

Stone's River Named 24 

Station Camp Established 28 

Spencer, Thomas Sharp, Adventures of 31 

Spencer, Thomas Sharp, Death of ;^7 

Sycamore Shoals, Treaty of 41 

Settlers, Arrival of, at French Lick 4S 

Smith, Gen. Daniel 103 

Sumner County Established 124 

Sumner County Forts Established 159 

3evier, Col. John 145 

Sevier, Col. Valentine 164 

Sevier's Station, Attack on 198 

Transylvania Company, The 41 

Tennessee County Established 142 

Tennessee Admitted to the Union 202 

Territorial Assembly Meets 185 

Walker, Dr. Thomas and Party 19 

Wallen's Company 22 

White's Creek, Battle of 113 

Winchester, Gen. James 151 

Zigier's Station, Attack on 167 


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