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        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.
 

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Goodspeed's History of  Washington County, Tennessee

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BY CAPTAIN ROSS SMITH
 
Fascinating stories about life in 19th Century Jonesborough
Book in its Entirety 

Can you identify these people or places?

Large Group Photographs
 
Unidentified Little Boy and Girl - c. 1910

Unidentified Girl, c.1910


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The Nolichucky River
 
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The Foothills
 
Salem Church Cemetery



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LINKS TO RELATED SITES

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Jonesborough Genealogical Society


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Jonesborough/Washington County Heritage Alliance


sun WAGS (Watauga Association of Genealogists)


sun USGenWeb Archives for Washington County
            (including Federal Census 1830 and Tax Lists for 1890-91)

sun 1860 Census Washington County - USGenWeb Census Project

sun Photographs of Some Tombstones - Old Jonesboro, Maplelawn & Old Harmony Cemeteries

sun New River Notes - SW Virginia, NC, and East Tennessee History


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Historic Jonesborough Tourism Cooperative

sun History of The Lost State of Franklin

sun State of Franklin Petititon

sun East Tennessee in Vintage Postcards

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1909 Panoramic Photographs of Jonesborough- Library of Congress

          Search  "Collections"  "Photos and Prints"
          "Jonesboro Tennessee" (note spelling)
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Washington County Genealogy Message Board - RootsWeb

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Visiting Jonesborough?  Lodging, historic sites, and more!

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Herald & Tribune Newspaper Online- Jonesborough

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Johnson City Press Online

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Johnson's Depot - History of Johnson City (great site!)



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