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Tennessee CountiesThere are 95 counties in the State of Tennessee.
Cocke County, Tennessee
Cocke County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Named in honor of William Cocke (1748-1828), Revolutionary and War of 1812 soldier, member of legislatures of Virginia, North Carolina, State of Franklin, Territory South of the River Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi; Chickasaw Indian Agent.
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History of Cocke County
Created 1797 from Jefferson County; named in honor of William Cocke (1748-1828), Revolutionary and War of 1812 soldier, member of legislatures of Virginia, North Carolina, State of Franklin, Territory South of the River Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi; Chickasaw Indian Agent. Find more from the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture: COCKE COUNTY
Cocke County was formed in 1810 from Jefferson County
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 443 square miles (1,148 kmē), of which, 434 square miles (1,125 kmē) of it is land and 9 square miles (23 kmē) of it (1.97%) is water. Part of the county is within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The county's highest point is Old Black at 1,942 meters (6,370 ft).
In 1797 the Tennessee General Assembly created Cocke County from Jefferson County, naming the new county in honor
of William Cocke, a Revolutionary War soldier who supported the establishment of the State of Franklin, helped write
Tennessee's first state constitution, and served as one of the state's initial U.S. senators. Cocke County, in upper
East Tennessee, rests against the Great Smoky Mountains and is traversed by the French Broad and Big Pigeon Rivers.
The first white settler was John Gilliland, who planted a corn crop at the mouth of the Pigeon River in 1783 to
establish his claim to the land. Although Cocke County settlers had few violent encounters with Native Americans,
most early settlers located near one of several forts in the area: William Whitson's fort, Abraham McKay's fort,
Wood's fort, or John Huff's fort.
Find more from the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture: COCKE COUNTY
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