Caswell County, Tennessee
Caswell County was created as part of the abortive, short-lived State of Franklin in March 1786. It was created out of Greene County, and seems to have extend south to the confluence of the French Broad and Holston rivers, and westard. It was named for the newly elected Governor of North Carolina, Richard Caswell. The Franklin statehood effort collapsed by 1789. This county existed only briefly, its legality is questionable, and little trace remains.
"Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website. They rely on AniMap 3.0 software.
In 1792 the Southwest Territory (proto-Tennessee) created Jefferson County out of Greene County, and in 1870 Tennessee created Hamblin County from Grainger, Greene, Jefferson, and Hawkins counties. The land on which the lost county of Caswell was located is now most of Jefferson and the southern part of Hamblen counties in Tennessee.
- “State of Franklin” in The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture at http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/imagegallery.php?EntryID=F061 (accessed 27 June 2010).
- Robert M. McBride, "Lost Counties of Tennessee," East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications 38 (1966): 4.
- Alice Eichholz, ed. Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 637-38.
- Iamvered (Wikipedia User), The Eight Counties of the State of Franklin, circa 1786 at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:8FranklinCounties.png (accessed 27 June 2010).