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Records of Samuel Cowan
From "Tennessee Cousins", by Worth S. Ray, pg. 247:
Judge David Campbell established his home on the North Balk of the Little Tennessee river near the present town of Lenoir, which he sold to William Ballard Lenoir of North Carolina, who permanently settled at that point, where his descendants continued to reside, & Judge Campbell moved to Rhead County. On the death of his first wife, Judge Campbell married Jane Montgomery, who was married to Samuel Cowan in Hawkins County & whose first husband moved to Knox County and Knoxville where he was a prominent merchant.
From: Heiskell, 1919. Andrew Jackson and the early history of Tennessee, by SG Heiskell, citing
"Hugh Dunlap upon the founding of Knoxville, of which the following is a part, the letter being too long to quote in full:"
"Paris, Tenn., January 19, 1842....
At the treaty of Holston, in 1791, there were no houses except shantees put up for the occasion to hold Government stores. General James White lived in the neighborhood and had a blockhouse to guard his family. At the treaty of the Holston they used river water entirely, until Trooper Armstrong discovered the spring to the right of the street leading from the courthouse to what is now called 'Hardscrabble.' He at that time requested General White, in a jest, to let him have the lot including the spring when a town was laid off; and when the town was laid off the general preserved the lot and made him a deed to it — these facts were told me by General White himself, for I Was not present at the treaty. I left Philadelphia, with my goods, in December, 1791, and did not reach Knoxville until about the first of February, 1792. I deposited my goods and kept store in the house used by the Government at the treaty, although I believe that the treaty itself was made in the open air. At the time I reached Knoxville, Samuel and Nathaniel Cowan had goods there. John Chisholm kept a house of entertainment, and a man named McLemee was living there. These men, with their families, constituted the inhabitants of Knoxville, when I went there. Governor Blount lived on Barbary Hill, a knoll below College Hill, and between it and the river.
From Wikipedia:Gay Street (Knoxville) April 2011:
The intersection of Gay and Main was the focal point of late 18th century Knoxville, with the courthouse initially located at its northwest corner and the jail located at its southeast corner. Knoxville's first store, established in 1792 by brothers Samuel and Nathaniel Cowan, was located on the northeast corner of this intersection, and the city's first major hotel (now part of the Bijou) was built on the southwest corner in 1817.