Category: Washington District

Categories: Tennessee History | Watauga Association | Southwest Territory | North Carolina | Province of North Carolina


Preceded by Watauga Association

Succeeded by State of Franklin

Summary :
The Washington District of North Carolina was in a remote area west of the Appalachian Mountains, officially existing for only a short period (November 1776–November 1777), although it had been self-proclaimed and functioning as an independent governing entity since the spring of 1775. The district was the bureaucratic successor to the Watauga Association, a group of Virginian settlers that colonized the area in 1769, originally believing themselves to be in trans-Appalachian Virginia territory. When the settlement's application to be united with Virginia was denied, they asked North Carolina to annex the settlement, which occurred in November, 1776.

After the American Revolution, the now informal district saw a huge growth of the area it encompassed, eventually stretching to the Mississippi River. At the time of North Carolina's final cession of the area to the Federal Government (1790), it had grown to include the seven "Overmountain Counties": Washington, Greene, Davidson, Sullivan, Hawkins, Sumner and Tennessee. These lands would become a large part not only of the subsequent extra-legal State of Franklin, but of the Southwest Territory (1790–1796) and the State of Tennessee (after 1796) as well. [1]

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B

09 Dec 1721 St Stephens Parish, Northumberland, Virginia - May 1782 photo
11 Dec 1736 Brown's Creek, Union County, South Carolina - 28 Jun 1785 photo
03 Aug 1761 Jumping Run Creek, South Carolina - 23 Aug 1838 photo

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23 Mar 1747 Maryland - 16 Jan 1791
abt 1730 Virginia - 1781
07 Apr 1757 Shenandoah County, Virginia - 14 Jun 1843
1732 Virginia - aft 1776
1759 Baltimore, Maryland - 30 Nov 1850

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abt 1755 Fauquier, VA - aft 1788
abt 1753 Maryland - abt 1834 photo
abt 1710 Spotsylvania, Virginia - 11 Nov 1782 photo

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1759 Mecklenburg, NC - 18 Jan 1859

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1738 VIRGINIA - 1835

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1730 Londonderry, Ireland
08 Aug 1754 Virginia - 23 Feb 1831 photo

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17 Sep 1744 Brunswick County, Virginia - 24 Oct 1823
1743 Old Fields, Hampshire, Virginia - 25 Jun 1790 photo

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abt 1726 Upper Freehold, Monmouth, New Jersey - abt 1812 photo
abt 1766 Upper Freeport, Monmouth, New Jersey - abt 1839
abt 1760 Upper Freeport, Monmouth, New Jersey - aft 1814
abt 1762 Monmouth, New Jersey photo




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