The following two petitions were published by the Tennessee Genealogical Society in its journals as noted below. The transcription you see here was compared to the TGS publication, but it was not compared to the original petition documents. If you can provide corrections or additions to this document, please contact the Webmistress.
This record is torn apart in several places and a few names on the fold of the paper have been lost. Occasionally several signatures are written in the same hand, but no X marks are given. Some names are very faded, some are blotted with ink, and some have been crossed out or removed by erasure. Spellings vary, and i and t are sometimes not dotted or crossed; and like many modern signatures, some are simply illegible. In most cases we have not tried to second-guess, but have copied here the most literal transcription possible for us. BFW
To the Honorable General Assembly of the State of Tennessee:
We the undersigned Citizens of Grainger and Claiborne counties humbly represent that the Turnpike road leading to Kentucky crossing Clinch Mountain at the three stone gap can be much amended by turning to the left at,or near the house of Dawson Cheek on the north side of said Mountain . . . coming . . . present (?) Road at the town of Tazwell [sic], the ground over which the road would pass is much leveller, an excellent and safe ford in Clinch River, clear of rocks, & only one-half mile the furthest, by total measurement.
(Your petitioners further?) represent that the present Road is very broken full of large rocks, a bad narrow ford in said river which compells most of the travellors to ferry the River when it can be forded at the other crossing with perfect safety, the hills are so steep and full of Rocks that it is almost impossible to make a road in many places sufficiently wide for waggons to pass each other should they meet in those narrow places, which are in pl(aces?) at least one (quarter of a mile . . . ?) . . . your honorable body to pass an act authorising the commissioners of said road or a majority of them to view the two roads & direct the road the best way for the public – And your petitioners as in Duty bound will ever pray . . .
|Mank Posten Junr||George Henderson||Ja(?) Maicen (?) [Mason?]||William Whitehead|
|Jacob Cooney||Aberhan Haley||Wm Bingham||Monk Posten Sen|
|John Allison||John Lunpten (?)||Wm. (?) Rogers||Andrew Mannen|
|James Conn||Wilborn Megee||Nathl Austin||John Baker|
|John Hender…||Enos Hobbs||John Austin||Henry Sunpter Sen|
|Abel Lanham||William (torn)||Joseph Colper||Henrey Sumpten Jun|
|Benjamin (illegible)||Peter Smith||John Davis (?)||William Sunpten Senr|
|Anthony Street||John Brancecomb||William Graham||Wm. Mullens|
|John Coulter||Thomas Brancecomb||Jos. Campbell||Samuel Maure (?)|
|John Harrison||John Joysetch (?)||Damon (?) Wynne||William Jones|
|_avis (?) Bra___||Perin Cardwell||Thomas Johnston||Edward Shipley (?)|
|_ep White||John keef||John Gaw||Isom Clark|
|Joseph Hickey||thomas keef junr||Harrison Akin||Ezekiel farmer(?)|
|Samuel Dotson Junr||John Cardwell||James Hicky||gorge stubblefield|
|Thomas Dotson||Obediah Jinnins (?)||William Brawn||David Jeffris|
|Haris Burks||(torn) Jinnins (?)||Richard Shockley||Thomas Jeffris|
|Samuel Dotson Senr||Gibbones Cross||Epham Dickings||John Brand|
|John Stratton(?)||Willie harper||John Jonson Senr||Siles S. Clark|
|Wm. Bingham||Edward Webster||John Jonson Junr||Daniel lebo|
|Ralph Shelton||Joseph Webster||George Jinings||henry lebo|
|Marten Bunch||William Lea||Thomas Greesham||Peter hario|
|Stephen Shelton||John (?) Webster||Isaac Poster||William Stroud|
|__ George Campbell||Rollon Brancecomb||William Sunpten (Sumpter ?) Junr.|
House of Representatives, July 31st 1806. Read and refered etc. Edw Scott, Clk.
In Senate, July 31st 1806. Read and refered etc. Jno. N. Gamble, Clk
Source: “Ansearchin'” News, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Summer, 1981), pg. 80. No copyright infringement is intended by posting this article here.
19-1-1806 Petition of citizens of Grainger and Claiborne Counties to change the road to Kentucky. The wording of the petition is the same as one published in “Ansearchin'” News, Vol. 28, No.2, page 80, 1981. This is apparently a second copy of the same petition with different signatures attached. No date. 7 pages.
|Pleasant Duke||Robert Willis||John Lay||Robt Huddlestone|
|george willey||Samuel Webster||Jacob hunbard (Humbard)||John Huddlestone|
|Thomas Turley||Peter Harris||Rheubin Cofee||Martain Thornberry|
|John McCartey||Robert Metheny||Richd Walker||Charles Matlock|
|Moses Hodge||William Bryan||John Arnwine||Enouch Winds|
|Dudley Mayes||Alexandreus Callidge||David Gentry||Thomas James|
|henry Ivey||William Iredel / Tredel||John Arnold||John ___trad?|
|James hodges||William Bunch||Alexander Donelson?||Ambose [sic] Goff|
|Philip Ivy||Josier Bryan||Henry Baker||Thos. Grissom|
|Monoah Dyer||William Jones||John Bullard||David Collin|
|Joseph Dania/Davis||John Clonch||Jason Cloud||James Hines?|
|Walcem/lum (William?) hodge||Archd MacDonald||Dudley Cox||John McBroom|
|William Johnston||William Lay||Stephen Smith||James Arwine|
|John Ivy||Mary / Meery Littel?||James Eaton||Levi Collins|
|John howel||Stephen McBroom||Henry Medlock||Aaron Collins|
|Thomas Ivey||Saml Peery||Dannil Beelar||Warham Easley|
|Jesse hodges||Benjamin Acof (Acuff)||Thomas McBroom||David Bunch|
|Benjamin Ivey||John Shropshire|
Source: “Ansearchin'” News, Vol. 32, No 3 (Fall, 1985), pg. 106. No copyright infringement is intended by posting this article here.
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