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Gov. John Sevier owned several thousand acres in Overton County. He died in 1815 and his widow, Catherine Sherrill (Bonny Kate) Sevier, moved her family to the lands in northern Overton County. She lived on a place she called "The Dale". She later moved to Alabama to reside with a son, Dr. Samuel Sevier, she died in Alabama and is buried on the Courthouse Lawn in Knoxville, next to her famous husband, John Sevier.

Many of the Sevier's followed her to Overton County. Her son Col. George Washington Sevier, served as Circuit Court Clerk of Overton County. He
died in Overton County in 1849 and is buried in Garrett Graveyard. His grave is apparently unmarked.
The Sevier Family was truly a great part of the history of Overton County.

 

Submitted by Tom Miller



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