Sullivan County Tennessee's Second Oldest County - Blountville TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 36° 31.985 W 082° 19.601
17S E 381235 N 4043896
Quick Description: Sullivan County was established by the North Carolina Assembly’s October 1779 session; its north of the Holston River section formerly in Washington County, Virginia; and its south of the river section formerly in Washington County, North Carolina.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 10/18/2020 4:16:15 PM
Waymark Code: WM139DW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
Sullivan County Tennessee's Second Oldest County--Sullivan County was established by the North Carolina Assembly’s October 1779 session; its north of the Holston River section formerly in Washington County, Virginia; and its south of the river section formerly in Washington County, North Carolina. Sullivan County included Hawkins, Hancock and part of Claiborne Counties until 1786. The piney flats area was added to Sullivan County in 1789.

The first Sullivan County officials were: Col. Isaac Shelby, Commandant; Henry Clark, Lieutenant-Colonel; David Looney First Major; John Shelby, Second Major; John Rhea, Court Clerk, Nathan Clark, High Sheriff; Court Justices-Isaac Shelby, David Looney, Gilbert Christian, Anthony Bledsoe, George Maxwell, John Anderson, Joseph Martin.

Sullivan County remained part of North Carolina until 1789 (some county areas supported the Franklin State movement 1784-1786), when it was placed in the United States Territory south of the river Ohio. In 1796 it became part of Tennessee.
Group that erected the marker: Sullivan County

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: [Web Link]

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
Bristol Highway (Tennessee Route 126)
wall-mounted on the right side of the entrance to the Sullivan County Courthouse.
Blountville, TN USA
37617


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