Petition to Form Russell County - December 1785

The petition of sundry inhabitants of Clinch River, Moccasin Creek, Powells Valley, and others, citizens of Washington County humbly represent that your petitioners are situated from the line of Montgomery as it crosses near the source of the Clinch River, down the same eight miles; thence to the extreme settlements of Powells Valley forty more.
The greatest portion of your petitioners have to travel from twenty five miles and some eighty or an hundred; moreover are generally interrupted by Clinch Mountain and the north branch of the Holstein River; the former affording very difficult passes; the latter much danger and difficulty in crossing it in spring and after considerable rains; continuous to its southern bank, a chain of hills almost as difficult as Clinch Mountain; so that great difficulty arises to your Petitioners not only in attending Courts, but Courts Martial. And from the extent of schism between our small settlements make it exceedingly difficult to arrange companies without subjecting some to travel 15 and 20 miles to private mustery. There are two difficulties in the militia law that principally affect your Petitioners. There are evils small indeed to the feelings we constantly undergo when obliged to leave our helpless families exposed at so very greast distances to obey the laws of our country. And however evident the danger may appear to us will not certainly on our failure of duty plead our excuse. Circumstance alone is sufficient to claim the human respect of the Legislature to remove the grievance. We therefore pray your Honorable House will take our case into consideration and divide the county. We further pray a line may be fixed along Clinch Mountain to the Carolina line; or with the line at present dividing the county into two regiments to the aforesaid Carolina line; then with the said line to Cumberland Mountain including taht existing county between Cumberland Mountain and Montgomery line and Clinch Mountain, or the aforesaid regimental line for the new county and southeast of the said Clinch Mountain remain Washington County; and we your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Albert, Michael
Alderson, Benjamin
Alley, David
Alley, Hosea
Alley, James Sr.
Alley, James Jr.
Alley, John
Alley, Peter
Alley, Samuel
Asberry, George
Asberry, Henry
Asberry, John
Asberry, William
Baker, John
Barker, Joel
Barnett, Alexander
Bays, -----------
Beavers, Alexander
Belsher, George
Belsher, Thomas
Berrker?, Robert
Bickley, Charles
Bird, Thomas
Bird, William
Black, Joseph
Blackmore, James
Blackmore, James
Blanton, William
Bonem?, John
Bowen, Arthur
Bowen, John
Bowland, Jared
Bowland, William
Bradley, James
Bremley, Archalus
Brewster, Michael
Bristow, Isaac
Brown, James
Browning, Francis
Bush, James
Caar?, Robert
Cain, David
Calhoun, Davis
Campbell, John
Campbell, John
Carter, John Jr.
Carter, Joseph
Carter, Norris
Carter, Thomas
Castles, Jacob
Castles, Joseph
Cenduncan, William
Childress, Abraham
Choat, Valentine
Clark, George
Cockrell, Simon
Cole, Jeremiah
Colvilk?, ----------
Colvill, Andrew
Conway, Thomas
Conway, Thomas
Cooper, Christopher
Cowan, Andrew
Cowan, John
Cox, David
Crabtree, William
Craig, James?
Craig?, Robert
Crockett, Alexander
Crockett, Hamilton
Cunningham, Jonathan
Damron, John
Damron, Lazarus
Damron, Moses
Daniel, James
Daniel, Wyat
Davis, Henry
Davisson, James
Davisson, Samuel
Davisson, William
Deskins, John
Dever, Charles
Dickenson, Henry
Dolsberry, Lyles
Duncan, John
Duncan, Townsend
Elam, Isaac
Elam, William
Elkins, Drury
Elkins, James
Elkins, Jesse
English, John
Enyart, John
Enyart, Silas
Evans, William
Faris, Champ
Ferril, Jeremiah
Fields, Richard
Fletcher, Ambrose
Fletcher, Richard
Fowler, John
Frame, William
Frances, Thomas
Friley, Calip
Friley, Frederick
Friley, James
Friley, John
Friley, Martin
Friley, William
Fugate, Coleby
Fugate, James
Fugate, John
Fugate, Josiah
Fugate, Zachariah
Fuller?, John
Gallaher, Joel
Gibson, George
Gibson, James
Gibson, John
Gilmore, William
Gilmore, William
Givins, Edward
Graves, Bean
Gray, Jesse
Green, John
Haddox, Samuel
Hains, Christopher
Hamblin, Henry
Hamond, ----------
Hargis, ----------
Haris, James
Hatfield, Ephraim
Hatfield, George
Hatfield, John
Hatfield, Joseph
Hatfield, Joseph
Hays, Charles
Hays, Charles
Hayter, Abraham
Henderson, Richard
Henderson, William
Hendrix, James
Hendrix, Thomas
Hendrix, Zachariah
Hensley, Joseph
Hensley, Robert
Higgenbothan, Moses
Higgenbothan, Robert

Hildreth?, Jeffrey
Hobbs, Thomas
Horton, William
Huston, William
Jackson, James
Jackson, Jesse
Jackson, John
Jamison, John
Johnson, William
Jones, Benjamin
Jones, Edward
Jones, James
Kelley, Edward
Kendrick, Patrick
Kennday, John
Kincannon, John
Kinkead, John
Kirk, Alexander
Kiser, Joseph
Lang?, Langston?, John
Lash, Adam
Lash, Alexander
Lash, George
Leith, James
Lewis, John
Long, William
Mackintaush, Peter
Martin, Alexander
McCoy, George
McCoy, Robert
McCulloch, John
McDuck, William
McFarland, Alexander
McFarland, Joseph
McFarland, Robert
McFarland, Robert Jr.
McFerran, John
McKinney, James
McMahon, Thomas
McPike, William
Meredith, Joseph
Millard, Abraham
Millard, Charles
Monk, Henry
Monk, Shadrach
Montgomery, James
Montgomery, John
Musick, David
Musick, Elexious
Neill, William
Nelson, Daniel
Nelson, Johnson
Niel, Charles
Nicholson, Benjamin
Nicholson, Petten
Oney, Benjamin
Oney, Richard
Oney, William
Osborne, James
Osborne, James
Osbourn, Stephen
Perrin, Joseph
Porter, John
Porter, Patrick
Porter, Richard
Porter, Samuel
Prater, Samuel
Prater, Thomas
Prater, William
Preecs, David
Preecs, James
Price, Anjer
Price, Daniel
Price, James
Price, Richard
Price, Thomas Jr.
Price, William
Puckett, Drury
Puckett, George
Puckett, Jeremiah
Raimy, Mathew
Raney, John
Ritchie, Alexander
Ritchie, Alexander Jr.
Roberts, George
Robinson, George
Robinson, Samuel
Robtinson, Absalom
Robtinson, Jacob
Robtinson, William
Rogers, James
Rogers, Will
Ryhley, Patrick
Shewmaker, James
Shomaker, John
Short, John
Short, Thomas
Skaggs, David
Skaggs, Henry
Skaggs, John
Skaggs, Solomon
Smith, Edward
Smith, Elijah
Smith, Ericus
Smith, Ericus Jr.
Smith, H.
Smith, James
Smith, John
Smith, William
Smoothe, Edward
Sord, Michael
Stacy, John
Stallard, Samuel
Stapleton, Edward
Stills, Isaiah
Stills, Yeah?
Tate, John
Tate, Robert Sr.
Tate, Robert Jr.
Tate, Thomas
Thompson, John
Thompson, Richard
Thompson, William
Vance, Samuel
Vandyke, John
Vaughan, William
Vermillion, Jesse
Wagg, John
Wallin, Stephen
Wallin, Thomas
Walters, Lewis
Ward, David
Wells, John
Wells, John
White, John
Whitley, Joseph
Whorton, James
Williamson, A?
Willson, Harris
Willson, John
Willson, Richard
Wright, James
Wright, John
Young, Daniel
Young, David
Young, James
Young, Samuel

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