Lawson D. Franklin Papers

Lawson D. Franklin was a landowner, trader of animals and slaves, and businessman from Jefferson County, Tennessee. He was born January 19, 1804 and died April 8, 1861. Franklin’s many business interests, including plantations and merchandising stores throughout the Southeast, … Continue reading

Letter from Christopher Haynes to Jasper Meeks, 1836

This 1836 letter was sent from Rogersville to New Orleans, Louisiana. This letter was apparently written by an agent of the New Orleans merchant, who was traveling in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia buying slaves. Interesting comments and insights into … Continue reading

Hawkins County History (from Goodspeed)

From Goodspeed’s History of East Tennessee.  Transcribed by Jackie Robinson. Hawkins County lies in upper East Tennessee, and extends somewhat in the shape of a parallelogram from VA line to the northern boundaries of Grainger and Hamblen Counties. It is … Continue reading