Benton County, Tennessee Genealogy
settlers of Benton County immigrated into the Western
District of Tennessee primarily from North & South
Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama. They either came
directly when the Benton County portion of Humphreys
County was first open to the public or relocated from
other areas of Middle and Eastern Tennessee.
there were many different means by which the early
settlers could have reached Benton County, the most
probable was by boat on the major rivers. For those
coming from North Carolina, it would have been the French
Broad River to the Tennessee River. Those in Eastern or
Middle Tennessee would have followed the Cumberland River
to Dover in Stewart County or utilized the western branch
of the Tennessee River as Colonel Donelson's party did in
March of 1780, passing below Pilot Knob on their way to
the Ohio River, then to the Cumberland River and on to
ROUTES & TRACES
peace treaty of 1814, Secretary of War William H.
Crawford commissioned the surveying of roads or traces
throughout the District. The old Natchez Trace ran from
Nashville to Alabama and on to Natchez on the Mississippi
River. The Natchez Trace diverted south at Reynoldsburg
from Glovers Trace which connected directly to Nashville.
The Trace followed the ancient Harpeth and West Tennessee
Trails thru Benton County's Cypress Creek and Chalk Level
community and continued due south, ending at Chickasaw
Old Town, near Tupelo, Mississippi. Another branch of the
Trace continued west through Eva, crossing Beaverdam,
Burnside and Charlie Creeks and on through Camden and
Glover's Gap (named for Chickasaw Chief William Glover).
After 1823, this trail led further into the Western
Some of the above information was
summarized from Jonathan K.T. Smith's "Benton County
volume of the Tennessee County History Series" by Memphis State University Press (1979).
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