Sevier County was founded September 28, 1794 from Jefferson County. It is bordered on the west by Blount County, with Knox to the northwest, Jefferson on the north and Cocke County on the east. The south and southeast borders of Sevier County are bounded by Swain County, North Carolina.
Sevier County was named in honor of John Sevier, state senator and first governor of Tennessee.
According to A Complete Descriptive And Statistical Gazetteer Of The United States Of America, By Daniel Haskel, A. M and J. Calvin Smith, Published By Sherman & Smith, 1843, "Sevier County, Tennessee is situated in the eastern part of the state, and contains 500 sq. miles. Drained by French Broad river, and Little Pigeon river and its branches, flowing into the former. Great Smoky Mountain runs on its south east border. Capital, Sevierville.
There were in 1840, neat cattle 6,307, sheep 5,276, swine 19,898; wheat 48,038 bushels produced, rye 1,648, Indian corn 339,113, oats 50,639, potatoes 10,825, tobacco 4,110 pounds, cotton 16,252, sugar 3,375; 10 stores, capital $40,600; 1 furnace, 1 forge, 4 tanneries, 17 distilleries, 1 pottery, 5 flouring mills, 15 grist mills, 13 saw mills. Capital in manufactures $24,485. 1 academy 23 students, 20 schools 513 scholars.
Population, whites 6,048, slaves 354, free colored 40; total, 6,442."
The public records of Sevier County were almost completely
destroyed by fire on March 25, 1856. In tracing the early residents of the County it is advisable to search the records of the adjoining counties of Blount, Cocke, Jefferson, and Knox.
According to the U. S. Census Bureau statistics for the year 2010, Sevier County had a land area of 592.5 square miles and the population was at 89,889.
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