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Davidson County, Tennessee

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History

"Davidson County is the oldest county in the 41-county region of Middle Tennessee. It dates to 1783, when the North Carolina legislature created the county and named it in honor of William Lee Davidson, a North Carolina general who was killed opposing General Cornwallis and the British Army's crossing of the Catawba River on February 1, 1781. The county seat, Nashville, is the oldest permanent European (white) settlement in Middle Tennessee, founded by James Robertson and John Donelson during the winter of 1779-80. The first white settlers established the Cumberland Compact in order to establish a basic rule of law and to protect their land titles. Through much of the early 1780s, the settlers also faced a hostile response from Native American tribes who resented their encroaching on their territory and competing for resources. As the county's many known archaeological sites attest, Native American cultures had occupied areas of Davidson County for thousands of years. The first whites to enter the area were fur traders. Long hunters came next, having learned about the large salt lick, known as French Lick, where they hunted game and traded with Native Americans." [1]

In 1765, Timothy Demonbreun, a French-Canadian fur-trader and former Governor of Illinois (under the French), lived in a small cave on the Cumberland River near present-day downtown Nashville. He became known as the first white citizen of Nashville, his children the first white children to be born in middle Tennessee.

Geography

Adjacent counties

Davidson County/Nashville in relation to others nearby

Protected Areas

Rock Spring, on Natchez Trace

Registered Historic Sites

The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson

Historical Events

Nashville Tornado of 2008

Tennessee Flood of 2010

Flooding on Rosa Parks Blvd.


Battle of Nashville

Artist depiction of Battle of Nashville


Nashville Wharf, Cumberland River, just after the Civil War

Government Offices

Demographics

Communities

Cities

Community Common Places

Popular Attractions

County Records

Census Records

Estate/Probate Records

Land Records from 1778 to 1805

Court Records from 1784 to 1816

Church records

Tennessee Bible Records Project

Obituaries

Voter/Citizenship Records

Tax Lists

Military Service Records

Davidson County, TN, Military Records;

County Resources

Related Categories

References

  1. Davidson County, Tennessee. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Davidson County, Tennessee
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Wikipedia
  4. North Carolina Land Grants

See also

Registered One Place Study






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TN Map Showing Davidson County
TN Map Showing Davidson County

Davidson County Courthouse
Davidson County Courthouse

Davidson County, Tennessee
Davidson County, Tennessee

The Historic Belle Meade Plantation
The Historic Belle Meade Plantation

Replica of Fort Nashborough
Replica of Fort Nashborough

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On 13 May 2016 at 21:03 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Very nice Summer!