Jackson County, Tennessee
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Jackson County Information
Jackson County was created from part of Smith County plus Indian lands on November 6, 1801, as the 18th county in the state. The name honors Andrew Jackson, who by 1801 had already served as a U.S. Congressman and Senator from Tennessee, a Tennessee Supreme Court justice, and a colonel in the Tennessee militia. He would be more widely known later as commander at the Battle of New Orleans and as the seventh President of the U.S.

In the 1790s, an Army outpost named Fort Blount was built 10 miles west of Gainesboro on the Cumberland River, in what is now western Jackson County. Fort Blount was an important stop for travelers on Avery's Trace. 

The county's early records were all lost in a disastrous courthouse fire on August 14, 1872. 

Williamsburg, a town developed around the fort, served as the Jackson County seat from 1807 to 1819.   The county seat is now Gainesboro.

 Gainesboro (county seat)

Census-designated place
 Dodson Branch

Unincorporated Communities
 Burristown * Center Grove * Granville * Mayfield * Nameless * North Springs * Shady Grove * Stone * Whitleyville

NOTE:  The city of Jackson, TN is in Madison County

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Website Updates:
May 2017: 1830 Census.  Obituaries for MYER, LYNN, MOSLEY, MONTGOMERY, GENTRY, WALKER.  Marriage Announcements for KINNARD-PROCTOR, HIX-GAW.  Birth notices for WHITSON, HANEY, STEWARD, HOLLOWAY, RAY, ALLEN.  Sicklist news for CLEMONS, MYERS 




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