Dickens of Hurricane Creek
Including: Maggart, Sullivans Bend, Elmwood, Chestnut Mound, Smith County, TN
Going Back in Time

While searching for early Dickens names and places of residence in the mid to late 1700's I began wondering about the conditions in lands west of North Carolina - lands that our Dickens forefathers would settle in after crossing the mountains into a large area that would become Tennessee. That called for a little reading. I was supposed to have learned some Tennessee history in school long ago but that learning didn't mean so much to me back then. Now, I wanted to know more about the conditions our Dickens forefathers would find after their journey into the new lands.

One of the first items to read about is the North Carolina Military Reservation. That area is a large rectangle of land in what is now north Middle Tennessee and its northeastern area (near the letter R in River) is the destination of our Hurricane Creek settlers.       

I won't attempt to explain what all was happening in the mid 1700's to the early 1800's in the area we now know as Tennessee. The subject is too deep and I'm too shallow to even make an attempt. But there are others who can explain the conditions in detail and I encourage you to read a page or two. To help you get a brief, concise mental picture, read at least the first of the following: 

TNGenWeb Project,
Middle Tennessee Pre 1796 Query Page
These areas include: Davidson County (1783), Sumner (1786), Tennessee County (1788),
Military Reservation or North Carolina Military Reservation,
Travel routes, etc.


Tennessee's Land Disputes With North Carolina
Surveyors for the North Carolina government went to this Cumberland River Valley
and surveyed … .


Thanks to the TNGenWeb Project.
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