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Cocke County was founded in 1797. It was named
in honor of Sen. William Cocke (1796-97, 1799-1805). He was an officer of the Revolutionary Army, also on of the
leaders of the State of Franklin and member of the Legislature of the Territory South of the Ohio River.
Cocke county is generally broken aud mountainous. It has
some fine valleys with excellent soil. The county seat is Newport, which has 347 inhabitants. The county is well watered by
the French Broad and the Big Pigeon rivers mid their tributaries,
which afford ample water powers. Timber is abundant and
good. A branch of the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia
Railroad, from Morristown rims through the county to Wolf
Creek on the North Carolina State line. Cocke county is rich in
iron ores of finest quality, though but little developed. It has
good schools and the usual religious denominations. Its staple
products are corn, wheat, oats, grassas, etc.
Some Towns in Cocke County
Allen's Grove Cocke County.
At an early time, the residents scattered around this
area were served by a church and school, the land for which was contributed by Isaac
Allen. Thus, the site took on his surname. Alien lived from 1817 to 1895.
Bridgeport Cocke County.
The first bridge in the county was erected here, span-
ning the French Broad River. The bridge washed away in a flood in 1867.
By bee Cocke County.
Bybee lakes Hs name from the family of Tipton Bibee. whose
father, Thomas, a Revolutionary War soldier, settled here in 1812. The place was once
dubbed Lickskillet. (This information comes from data compiled by E. R. Walker III.)
Sunset Gap Cocke and Sevier Counties.
An earlier name of the site was Glenwood.
Later, it was changed to Sunset Gap because of the way the setting sun was visible in
the evenings, in a gap between the mountains.
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