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Meigs County was founded in 1836. It was named in
honor of Return Jonathan Meigs. First State librarian and officer in the Continental Army at the Battle of Lexington.
He was captured at Quebec and exchanged; ending the war as colonel. He distinguished himself at the Battle of Sag
Harbor and the capture of Stony Point. In 1801 he was appointed Indian agent for the Cherokee, where he remained
until his death in 1823.
Meigs county is bounded in its entire length on the northwestern side by the Tennessee River. The Hiwassee River runs through the southwestern portion of the county. There are several smaller streams. Decatur is the county seat. Its population is 175. Other towns are, Big Spring, Lucknow, Goodfield, Sewee, Pinhook and Euchee. The valleys in this county are extensive and fertile. There are some ridges where the land is inferior. The county is well timbered. The usual crops of EastTennessee are grown in great abundance. Meigs county has extensive deposits of iron ore which is mined to considerable extent, the ores being shipped to Chattanooga. The educational and religious advantages are similar to those of adjacent counties.
Bradley -- Hamilton -- McMinn
-- Rhea -- Roane