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From: "Lee Ralph" <>
Subject: Re: [TNSUMNER] Tennessee-Kentucky State Line
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2003 17:41:21 -0600
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Hello,
I have a Mary Armstrong who married January 04, 1798 to James Fairless in
Davidson County, Tennessee.
Is there any connection to your William?
Thanks,
Lee
----- Original Message -----
From: "Helen" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 8:54 AM
Subject: Re: [TNSUMNER] Tennessee-Kentucky State Line


>
> For whatever it's worth:
> My ancestor William Armstrong, whose descendant
> lived variously in Sumner, Robertson, and Davidson
> Counties, received a grant of some 3800 acres for
> his services in the Revolutionary War. The military
> grant said the land was in Davidson County, TN,
> but it was acutally in Montgomery County. TN
> (near Clarkesville).
>
> About five years ago, I found a reference to the
> grant in KY files, which stated it was in KY.
>
> Helen Gant Donald
> About five years ago, I found a listing
> of a land grant to
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 12:35 AM
> Subject: [TNSUMNER] Tennessee-Kentucky State Line
>
>
> > Dear Folks:
> >
> > This is what little I know of this disputed state line.
> >
> > Dr. Thomas Walker (1715-1794) was sent by the Loyal Land company in
1749,
> to
> > locate and claim western lands for future settlement. Walker and six
> > companies passed through the Cumberland Gap, crossed the Cumberland
> Plateau,
> > and canoed over the Cumberland River, all of which he named in honor of
> the
> > Duke of Cumberland. They returned to Virginia by an overland route
> through
> > Kentucky.
> >
> > In 1780 the 65 year old Walker, and Daniel Smith (who later settled in
now
> > Hendersonville) were Virginia commissioners appointed to work with
Colonel
> > Richard Henderson of North Carolina, to survey the North
> Carolina-Virginia.
> > Henderson became disenchanted with the survey and returned home.
Walker's
> > crew continued to run the line, while Walker floated down the Cumberland
> > River to French Lick (now Nashville). After the line was completed to
the
> > Tennessee River Virginia Governor Thomas Jefferson sent Walker and Smith
> to
> > the Falls of the Ohio, join General George Rogers Clark, and travel the
> Ohio
> > River to its union with the Mississippi River to complete the survey, by
> > establishing the Southwest corner of Virginia at the Mississippi.
> >
> > An error in the survey, recognized by both North Carolina and Virginia,
> > explains the offset in the resulting state line at its junction with the
> > Tennessee River. It is still the official line of Tennessee and
Kentucky.
> >
> > Thus Walker's Line as it was, and is called today.
> >
> > A footnote about Dr. Walker. In 1753 plans were in the works to send
dr.
> > Walker and his team on a journey to find the way to the western sea by
> > following the Missouri River. This predated Lewis & Clark's expedition
by
> 50
> > years. The project never materialized due to the French & Indian War.
Of
> > course in 1803 Lewis & Clark left with President Thomas Jefferson's
> > blessings, and a $2,500 secret request from the President to Congress to
> fund
> > this expedition
> >
> > Hope this helps,
> >
> > Tim Heath
> >
> > PS, In case you didn't notice, I could not have remembered all of this.
> > There are many sources available. Most of this came from The Tennessee
> > Encyclopedia.
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>



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