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Washington County Tennessee

Washington County is located in East Tennessee, one of the state’s three “grand divisions.” On June 1, 1796, Washington County, North Carolina was transferred to Washington County, Tennessee by a vote of the U.S. Congress. Records began in January 1778.

IMPORTANT DATES

1772

Four communities established in northeast Tennessee:  On the Wagaua River; the North Holston; the Nolichucky; Carter’s Valley. These settlements form the Watauga Association Government.

1775

Transylvania Company buys land from the Cherokee Nation.

1779-80

Three hundred settlers made their way to the French Lick on the Cumberland River during the Winter of 1779-80.

1780

The Battle of Kings Mountain.

1784

The State of Franklin was formed in parts of East Tennessee.

1789

The Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio was formed when North Carolina ceded its western land (Tennessee country) to the Federal Government.

1796

June 1 1796, Congress approved the admission of Tennessee as the sixteenth state of the Union.

July 2, 1861

Tennessee joined the Confederacy.

July 24 1866

Tennessee restored to the Union.