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Hawkins County


One of the oldest Tennessee counties, 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, from the North Fork of the Holston River south almost to Chattanooga. Other counties, or parts of counties, later created from Hawkins include Hancock, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Roane, Meigs, and Hamilton. Prior to its creation by North Carolina, the county was Spencer County, State of Franklin.

Researchers of early inhabitants of Hawkins county should search Washington (both Tennessee and Virginia) as well. The act creating Hawkins County empowered seven commissioners to select a central place for the county seat, where a courthouse, prison, and stocks would be built and to levy a tax for the support of local government. The first meeting of the commissioners took place at the home of Thomas Gibbons on Big Creek on June 4, 1787, at which time Joseph Rogers's land on Crockett's Creek was selected as the location for the county seat. During the summer of 1787 the courthouse, jail, and stocks were erected, and the little community took the name Hawkins Court House.

The first elected county officials were John Hunt, sheriff; William Marshall, register; and Thomas Hutchins, clerk. Marshall and Nathaniel Henderson were elected the first representatives to the North Carolina House of Commons, and Thomas Amis was elected the first senator to represent the new county in the legislative assembly. This is just the beginning of this web site. If you have information to contribute, please contact me at

Neighboring Counties:

Lee County, VA

Sullivan County, TN

Greene County, TN

Hamblen County, TN

Grainger County, TN

Hancock County, TN

Scott County, VA

Washington County, TN

Jack Goins Website

HB Stamps Memorial Library

East Tennessee History Center

Hawkins County National Register of Historic Places

Hawkins County History & School History


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