Rhea County, TN Private Acts: 1815

Compiled by the County Technical Assistance Service

NOTE: The CTAS compilation includes many acts which are not necessarily of interest to the family history researcher. Therefore, this page will list only those acts which involve county boundaries, boundary changes and acts which pertain to individuals.


ACTS OF 1815

Chapter 75, Page 77, stated that all that part of Rhea County lying north and east of the following described line, that is, beginning at White’s Creek near Matthew English’s saw mill, at the mouth of Crab Orchard Creek, thence running up said creek to the mouth of Burke’s Creek, thence a direct course to the new corner of Roane County, at the line of Overton County, is hereby declared to be and made a part of Roane County.

Chapter 31, Page 33, organized Tennessee into eight Presidential Electoral Districts, all composed of the same counties allocated to the Districts by the 1812, Act above.

Chapter 119, Page 127, was an entirely new militia law for the State saying that the militia shall be composed of free men and indentured servants between 18 and 45 years of age. There is a table of organization complete with the duties of each rank and a re-enactment of all rules and regulations pertinent to the orderly discharge of the functions of the units of the State and County militia including police work. The militia of Rhea County would compose the 30th Regiment. Each regiment consisted of two battalions, made up of companies of not less than 40 privates, 2 musicians, 3 sergeants, 3 corporals, one captain, one lieutenant, and one ensign.

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2 Responses to Rhea County, TN Private Acts: 1815

  1. Bernie Goslin says:

    If Roane County was part of N. Carolina, when did the land from N. Carolina become Tenn?
    What were the names of settlers who were originally from N. Carolina when it became Tenn.?
    How many were married to Cherokee Squaws?
    Were there any with the last name of Jones?
    Was there a State Census or Roane or Rhea county census done between 1815-1817?
    I am most interested in the time frame 181o-1817.

    • Taneya says:

      Hi Bernie – if I have my history right, TN became a state in 1796 so that is when the NC land became TN land. For more information on specific settlers – a great way to get a good idea is to look at the first census records for Rhea County – that of 1810, to see what names were included. The 1810 and 1820 census records were lost – an 1810 substitute is Sherrill, Charles A. The Reconstructed 1810 Census of Tennessee: 33,000 Long-lost Records from Tax Lists, Court Minutes, Church Records, Wills, Deeds and Other Sources. Mt. Juliet, Tenn.: C.A. Sherrill, 2001. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1810. It would take more research to find out information on who would have been married to Cherokee women. You can also check census and tax records for people with the last name of Jones.

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