A Portrait of Patriots and Pioneers of Sevier County recognizes over one hundred patriots who fought for our country’s independence during the Revolutionary War and later called Sevier County home. At the end of the war, they wanted to settle down and raise a family in a place filled with possibilities. Many fought with John Sevier at the Battle of Boyd’s Creek and witnessed firsthand what this area offered: an abundance of tillable land, rivers, streams, wild game and timber. These tough, brave men came here to fulfill their dreams of a better life; an area that was still Indian Territory, with no form of government. They fought the Indians, built cabins, schools, libraries, roads, ferries, mills, and blacksmith shops, and in a very short period of time; they established the County of Sevier and the City of Sevierville. These patriots deserve to be recognized and remembered for their sacrifices, struggles, hard work, and determination. Most of them lived the rest of their lives in these hills and valleys, but a few moved on in their search of another dream. As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, I’m proud that three of these patriots are my ancestors. It is my desire that this book will be used to assist others in their search for a Revolutionary War patriot or patriots who can be added to their family tree.
Regional/ Local NonFiction