Saturday, August 07, 2021



In my recent article, I had stated that I had six “working documents.” My oldest “working document” – which I had started on 3/28/2021, is updated, finalized, and published today!

I bid a friendly howdy, to my fine friends in Jefferson County, who live near Dandridge! I WIN the “which town is oldest” war! Y'all are still my friends – even if you are WRONG!

The “gang” is getting together, in person, later today – finally! 2/15/2020, Saturday, was the last time the “gang” got together. The new cold virus (i.e., “global pandemic” or Corona Myopia Psychosis) had been hindering us – among other reasons.

I thought that I would publish this article, finally, today – to add fuel to the conversational fodder! If the “gang” doesn't read this article, before we get together, then I will mention it! I love each member of the “gang!” We always have fun together. We have had “joking arguments,” for decades, about the second oldest town in Tennessee. I WIN! The following is the PROOF!

Tennessee Statehood

Tennessee became a state, on June 1, 1796 (via That's why the media was bragging on Tennessee, on 6/1/2021. Tennessee had been a state for 225 years on that date.

June first, annually, is the beginning of summer, by the way – not June 20, annually. I have argued that point in many articles, but I digress.

Also, as an aside, 6/1/2021 was Mrs. Appalachian Irishman's last work day. Her summer vacation started 6/2/2021. It ends 8/10/2021. She returns to “hitting a lick,” on 8/11/2021 – on the last “dog day” of summer, about which I wrote in my last article.

Tennessee Counties (95) in Chronological Order

My sources for the chronological list, below, are:

1777 – 1799: 18 COUNTIES

1777 Washington County

1779 Sullivan County

1783 Davidson County

Greene County

1786 Hawkins County (actually 1/6/1787 via

Hawkins County was first established as a separate North Carolina county on January 6, 1787, when the state legislature divided Sullivan County, North Carolina. The original county was quite large, extending from the North Fork of the Holston River southwesterly to ... near present-day Chattanooga. Other counties, or parts of counties, later created from Hawkins include Hancock, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Roane, Meigs, and Hamilton.”

Before named “Hawkins County” (1/6/1787), the name was Spencer County, in the State of Franklin (which existed from 1784 to 1788).

Sumner County

1792 Jefferson County

Knox County

1794 Sevier County

1795 Blount County

1796 Carter County

Grainger County

Montgomery County

Robertson County

1797 Cocke County

1799 Smith County

Williamson County

Wilson County

1801 – 1849: 61 COUNTIES

1801 Anderson County

Claiborne County

Jackson County

Roane County

1803 Dickson County

Rutherford County

Stewart County

1806 Campbell County

Overton County

White County

1807 Bedford County

Bledsoe County

Franklin County

Hickman County

Maury County

Rhea County

Warren County

1809 Giles County

Humphreys County

Lincoln County

1817 Lawrence County

Marion County

Morgan County

Wayne County

1819 Hamilton County

Hardin County

McMinn County

Monroe County

Perry County

Shelby County

1821 Carroll County

Henderson County

Henry County

Madison County

1823 Dyer County

Fentress County

Gibson County

Hardeman County

Haywood County

McNairy County

Obion County

Tipton County

Weakley County

1824 Fayette County

1835 Benton County

Lauderdale County

1836 Bradley County

Cannon County

Coffee County

Johnson County

Marshall County

Meigs County

1837 DeKalb County

1839 Polk County

1840 Van Buren County

1842 Macon County

1843 Lewis County

1844 Grundy County

Hancock County

1845 Decatur County

1849 Scott County

1850 – 1879: 16 COUNTIES (= total of 95 as of 1879)

1850 Union County

1854 Putnam County

1855 Cumberland County

1856 Cheatham County

1857 Sequatchie County

1870 Clay County

Hamblen County

Lake County

Loudon County

Trousdale County

1871 Crockett County

Houston County

Moore County

1875 Unicoi County

1879 Chester County

Pickett County

Jonesborough is the Oldest Town in TN

Jonesborough is the oldest town in Tennessee – settled in 1769. “William and Lydia Bean, the first permanent white settlers, build a cabin on the Watauga River in Northeast Tennessee. New settlers begin to come into the area from Virginia and North Carolina” (via

Jonesborough was established in 1779. “Jonesborough, est. 1779” (via

“1779 Jonesborough is Established” (via

Rogersville is the Second Oldest Town in TN

Rogersville is the second oldest “settled” town in Tennessee – settled in 1775. So, you say, “prove it?” Here is the proof!

“Rogersville is a town in, and the county seat of, Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States. It was settled in 1775 by the grandparents of Davy Crockett, and is the second-oldest town in the state” (via

Rogersville was established on 11/7/1789. “In 1789 Amis presented a petition from the community to the North Carolina General Assembly to establish a town at the Hawkins Court House site and to name the town Rogersville. Approval of the petition, which was granted on November 7, 1789, empowered county commissioners to lay out a town in half-acre lots, with convenient streets and lots reserved for public buildings (via

Dandridge is the Third Oldest Town in TN

Dandridge is the third oldest “settled” and “founded” town in Tennessee – settled and founded in 1783. To my Jefferson County friends, the following is the proof that I WIN the decades old discussion!

“Welcome to Dandridge, Tennessee 'Tennessee’s Second Oldest Town.'” “Dandridge was founded around 1783 when the settlers came across the Appalachian Mountains moving west” (via Note: that Dandridge website is not secure. Your virus software needs to be up to date, unless you want to risk a virus. The website states “second oldest town” in error. See what I have stated, above, about Rogersville.

Also, “the first permanent settlement at Dandridge dates to 1783; the village became the county seat in 1793” (via


Dandridge was both settled and founded in 1783. Rogersville was settled in 1775 – eight years before Dandridge. Rogersville was established in 1789 – six years after Dandridge was founded.

To my Jefferson County “gang” members, Rogersville was settled before Dandridge! I WIN! Okay, so Dandridge “wins,” by being established six years after Rogersville was. That is a point of triviality. Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I live in the settlement of “Corrytonvegas” (as I call it). “John Sawyers, a Revolutionary War veteran, settled in the vicinity of what is now Corryton in 1785” (via,_Tennessee). (I don't like to use Wikipedia. I have seen the highway signs in the area that state 1785 settlement of “Corrytonvegas.”) “Corrytonvegas” is still a small town – ask anyone who lives here! We just ain't been “established” or “founded” yet!

Now, if my Jefferson Country “gang” members can cite valid articles that verify that Dandridge was “settled” before 1775, then I will retract my victory. Otherwise, my VICTORY STANDS – in a joking manner, of course.

Either way, Rogersville and Dandridge have both been around longer than Tennessee has been a state! Both towns have bragging rights on that!

We will see y'all (the “gang”) this afternoon! Love y'all! Mean it!


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