History & Genealogy
Jonesborough is the oldest town in Tennessee, established in 1779 by the General Assembly of North Carolina as county seat of Washington County, first county west of the mountains. In 1784 the State of Franklin was organized here, with Jonesborough as its first capital.
In 1775 the settlers on both the Watauga and Nolichucky Rivers purchased great acreages of land from the Cherokee Indians, comprising almost all the six upper counties of the present Tennessee (then within North Carolina). Desiring their own government, these settlers petitioned the Provincial Council of North Carolina to be annexed as an official entity. In 1777 the "County of Washington" was formed.
The first meeting to decide the location of the new courthouse was at the home of Charles Robertson, and it was decided that John Carter, Andrew Greer, William Cobb, Jacob Womack, George Russell, John Sevier and James Stuart would lay out the plans and location of the new courthouse.
One hundred acres was purchased from David Hughes and laid out into lots for the Town of Jonesborough, named after Willie Jones of Hallifax, North Carolina. The lots were offered in lottery.
Read more about the History of Jonesborough.
Jonesborough Surname Registry
Goodspeed's History of Washington County, Tennessee
Washington County TNGenWeb
Washington County Cemeteries
Visit the Washington County TNGenWeb for Washington County Cemetery Transcriptions and Photographs
Photo Tour of Historic Sites in Jonesborough
Vintage Jonesborough in Old Photographs & Postcards Washington County Federal Census- 1830 Washington County Obituary Project
REMINISCENCES OF AN OLD TIMER
BY CAPTAIN ROSS SMITH
Fascinating stories about life in 19th Century Jonesborough
Book in its Entirety
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Large Group Photographs
Unidentified Little Boy and Girl - c. 1910
Unidentified Girl, c.1910
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|WAGS (Watauga Association
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|1860 Census Washington
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Tombstones - Old Jonesboro, Maplelawn & Old
River Notes - SW Virginia, NC, and East Tennessee
Historic Jonesborough Tourism Cooperative
The Lost State of Franklin
Tennessee in Vintage Postcards
1909 Panoramic Photographs of Jonesborough- Library of Congress
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"Jonesboro Tennessee" (note spelling)
Washington County Genealogy Message Board - RootsWeb
Visiting Jonesborough? Lodging, historic sites, and more!
Herald & Tribune Newspaper Online- Jonesborough
Johnson City Press Online
Johnson's Depot - History of Johnson City (great site!)
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