Gibson County, Tennessee
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Gibson County
Gibson County (formed in 1823 from the Western District and named for Col. Thomas Gibson): The first white settlement was made in 1819 by Thomas Fite and John Spencer, his brother-in-law. They were from Warren county, and located about eight miles east of Trenton. In the Spring of the same year David Crockett located northeast of the present Rutherford, his family following in the fall. On Jan. 5, 1824, the first court of pleas and quarter sessions was organized at the house of Luke Biggs four miles from Trenton, and the date of holding the first court in the new log house at Trenton was April, 1825. Trenton was called Gibsonport until 1825. Early attorneys of Trenton were A. W. O. Totten, Felix Parker and J. H. Talbot. Later lawyers: John W. Crockett, who became attorney general, John A. Teliaferro, M. R. Hill, R. P. Caldwell and Robila P. Raines. The county has furnished three members of the Supreme bench of the state, A. W. O. Totten, T. J. Freeman and W. C. Caldwell. It gave a large number of troops to the Confederacy, and, as in many West Tennessee counties, taxes were levied to support needy families of volunteers. One company was raised for the Union, and many individuals joined Union companies from other counties. Present population, 41,630. [Source: "A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and ...", Volume 3; By Will Thomas Hale, Dixon Lanier Merritt]

Formerly part of Carroll County, Gibson County was located in what was known as "Indian Land": territory that was legally occupied by Chickasaw Native American people. The Chickasaw Cession, proclaimed on January 7, 1819, eliminated those rights and opened the region for settlement with the first log cabin being built soon thereafter by Thomas Fite about eight miles east of present-day Trenton.
The county was named after Colonel Thomas Gibson, a soldier of the Natchez Expedition and the Creek War, who had died earlier that year.

 Dyer ~ Humboldt (partial) ~ Medina ~ Milan ~ Trenton ~ Yorkville

 Bradford ~ Gibson ~ Kenton (partial) ~ Rutherford

Unincorporated Communities
 Brazil ~ Eaton ~ Frog Jump ~ Fruitland ~ Graball ~ Hopewell ~ Idlewild ~ Skullbone

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