Dickens of Hurricane Creek
Including: Maggart, Sullivans Bend, Elmwood, Chestnut Mound, Smith County, TN
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County Lines and Confusion. See the maps below.

The following link will take you to an excellent Web site. There are downloadable maps showing the formation dates of all Tennessee counties and the resulting movement of county lines and much more.

Where did our forefathers live in Tennessee in the late 1700s through the 1800s? The answer to that question is not as simple as we might assume. Census records or other documents might show a family living in one county in a certain year and the same family living in another county in another year. Did the family move or did the county line move? It's not easy to answer that question as you can see from the county line movements in the maps below. 
These dated maps are only a few of many, to show you a sample of how confusing it must have been to county residents. Depending upon what area of a county a person lived in, one year the address could have been this county and next year it could have been that county.

My interest is within the area once known as The North Carolina Military Reservation and what we now know as the northern section of Middle Tennessee. The maps I've downloaded are a sampling of many changes over a period of 72 years. 

Eleven counties involved in formation or revision that could have the greatest effect on locating information about or movement of my Dickens family are all close together in the light colored, central area of the 1798 map. This area 
became land divisions of several counties including the following which interest me the most:  
Davidson,  Sumner,  Robertson,  Wilson,  Smith,  Jackson,  Dickson,  Macon,  Putnam,  Trousdale,  and Clay. 

Notice Pu: Putnam was added (below
the red mark).
Notice Pu: Putnam
was abolished.
Notice Pu: Putnam
is back!!
It's not magic.

This is a sample of how confusing it must have been for government officials to keep up with who is where and with whom and when and how long and why? Pity the poor postman, ha. 

And if you are searching for whomever at wherever and they aren't there, perhaps you will find them in an adjoining county. It depends on the date and the location.  

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Also, we have to be aware that in some instances district lines and identification numbers within a county were changed, making it appear that a household moved from one location to another.  
Thanks to My Tennessee Genealogy.com for the use of TN County Maps. Visit their site for much more information.