Eaton's Fort

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from Discover Kingsport

27. 1776, Jonathan Mulkey, pioneer Baptist preacher, enroute to Eaton's Fort, escaped Indians by leaping into North Fork Hofston River. This pastor of several Tennessee churches, was Holston Conference Moderator for 7 years. [Accompanying map doesn't show item 27, but from the number sequence it does show, it would seem Eaton's fort was probably to the west of Kingsport

From the following (same site) it appears to have been close to the Long Island of the Holston

The Cherokees cast their lot with the British when the Revolution began. Stung into action by colonial settlement on the east Tennessee land they claimed, the Indians moved to crush the frontiersmen in July 1776. The defenders of Eaton's Fort, on high ground near Long Island, sallied onto Long Island Flats and, after a bitter fight, drove the Cherokees from the field. Two months later a punitive expedition against the Indian towns cowed the Cherokees, bringing 2 years of relative peace to the southwestern frontier. At the Treaty of Long Island, in July 1777, the Indians relinquished their claims to the land occupied by whites in east Tennessee.

Summers, 1929:103

Amos Eaton settled seven miles east of Long Island where Eaton's fort was afterwards built.