Monday, March 7, 2016

The Almost State of Franklin plus GIVEAWAY!


We've all grown up hearing about the first 13 states of America, but we hear little about who and when the 14th state was added. When one thinks about it, that had to be a pretty big deal since the United States was growing. So which state was the 14th? It was state of Vermont. But had a territory west of the Appalachians in North Carolina had their way the state of Franklin would have been the 14th state.

Under the Proclamation of 1763 the Appalachian Mountains were the farthest any subject could settle. But these hardy men and women defied the kings order and settled there anyway.

The year was 1784, America had won her independence from England, and now North Carolina was responsible for these frontier people who were a long way from the main population and right in Indian country. North Carolina didn't want to spend money and resources sending militia to defend these people from attacks anymore than King George the III did. So how do you get rid of counties? You give them to the Congress to help pay off the war debt. North Carolina voted and the vote passed to hand over this mountain territory. But then a new election was held and North Carolina changed their mind, taking back the territory. 

While all this is going on the settlers of the mountain territory began to worry for their safety as they are encroaching on Cherokee, Chickamauga, and Chickasaw tribes. Would a state who'd just given them to Congress and then reclaimed them protect them from the threat of Indians?

Anxious that all the confusion left them vulnerable to an Indian attack, fifty of the leaders, led by John Sevier in this mountain territory met on August 23, 1784 in Jonesborough to determine their fate. They drew up a document seceding from North Carolina. They quickly set up a government with a court system and militia. In December they met once again in Jonesborough this time to draw up a constitution, elect a governor (Sevier), and name their new state which eventually would be eight counties.


They named the state Frankland originally but it was quickly changed to Franklin after Benjamin Franklin. Now the next was to take the document Washington and convince the Continental Congress they should be the 14th state. Even though just months earlier North Carolina had given away Franklin, they were now angry that these people wanted to secede. They wanted to go up with militia and punish the rebellious people. But some of the militia had fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain with Sevier and some of the other settlers and they remembered how well they fought. They warned them that they would need a much larger militia to fight the people of Franklin. Instead North Carolina typed up thousands of manifestos and urged the people of Franklin to come back to the security of North Carolina.

Franklin ignored the documents and in the spring of 1785 they sent William Cocke to Congress, asking for statehood. They needed a a majority of nine votes to win their statehood, but in the end they came up two votes short.

Believing that Congress would eventually give them their statehood, Franklin continued on as their own entity. The chose Greeneville as their their capital. They authorized money but it never took hold and they used animal pelts instead.


The new hopeful-state was destined to fail. They had two big things working against them. First the immigrants moving onto land west of them that the Cherokee Indians still claimed caused the Indians to become more volatile. And then there were some who had remained loyal to North Carolina. When John Tipton, a loyal North Carolinian, caught wind of the possibility of Franklin making an alliance with Spain, North Carolina sent troops and camped out on Tipton's land. A brief skirmish ended up with two people dead. Neither side wanted bloodshed. John Sevier turned himself in to North Carolina. He was restored to his position as General in the militia.


North Carolina ended up honoring all the court transactions from Franklin. It wasn't too long afterwards that North Carolina once again gave the territory to the federal government. When Congress started splitting up the southwest territory Franklin finally found it's home and became part of the 16th state called Tennessee.

 Giveaway: Leave a comment about the blog post or one of my books along with your email address to be entered to win a signed copy of one of my books, my new release, Shattered Memories or my medieval Sword of Forgiveness. Share on FB or Twitter and let me know and I'll give you extra entries. Ends 3/10




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Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children’s director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, She and her husband enjoy camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses. Visit Debbie Lynne at www.debbielynnecostello.com, www.theswordandspirit.blogspot.com, https://www.facebook.com/debbielynnecostello , https://plus.google.com/+DebbieLynneCostello/posts, and https://twitter.com/DebiLynCostello





55 comments:

  1. I just love reading about Franklin. So fascinating to me.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Amy, It was to me too! There are a couple other 'almost' states that I didn't know about.

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  2. Wow interesting! I know a few Tennesseans? (From TN) and will be sharing this with them!

    No need to enter me. Have both your books! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Annie! Your books and prizes go in the mail today! Woo Hoo!!! Enjoy!

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  3. I've always wanted to go to North Carolina. It sounds so pretty. Thanks for the giveaway!!!
    kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey Kate. Thanks for coming by. North Carolina is beautiful up in the mountains especially and of course the coast, too. ;o)

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  4. I had never heard this part of history. I supposed that is where the name of Sevierville, Tennessee came from. I have been there. Thanks for the giveaway. Love taking part in them. spotts06(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Hey Stella, I love Tennessee. It is so gorgeous and such beautiful horse country. The farms are to die for! Thanks for coming by.

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  5. I have lived in TN and never knew this! Thanks!
    akleo85 @ Gmail dot Com

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    1. Oh Amanda! I bet you loved living in Tennessee. Are you still there? When Joe and I drive through there we are in awe of the beautiful horse farms.

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  6. This is a very interesting part of Tennessee's history. Thank you for sharing.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. There is so much history in the US that I am forever running across things that I'm saying, "I didn't know that!" LOL I love history! Wish I'd have loved it more in High School.

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  7. I have shared on Twitter.
    https://twitter.com/cps1950/status/707231255843225600
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I had read this a long time ago, but had forgotten. Thank you, very interesting.

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  9. Very interesting read! I didn't know all that information. I would love to win your book. Thanks for the opportunity.
    grandmama_brenda(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hey Brenda! Good luck in the giveaway. I love learning new history. So much fun.

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  10. I did share on FB & Twitter

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  11. i cannot believe I have never heard this story! Thank you for furthering my education in an entertaining way!

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    1. You're welcome. I hadn't either when I ran across it in my research.

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  12. Fascinating history of North Carolina! I've read other stories similar to this about other States. I wished I would have paid more attention in school, lol!
    Thanks for the great information and chance to win a copy of your book Debbie! I'd choose "Scattered Memories" :-) Blessings!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com
    I've also shared on both Facebook & Twitter.

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    1. I meant "Shattered Memories", I blame auto-correct...Haha!

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    2. LOL! Well, Scattered memories kind of fits too! Thanks for sharing and for coming by. I wish I'd listened more in History class too. But I have a feeling this wasn't one of the things we learned. ;o)

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  13. This was an interesting article. I watched a TV show called "How the states got their shape" and I believe they talked about Franklin in that show. Thanks for the information and the giveaway!

    I've shared this on Pinterest, Twitter, and FB. momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. Awesome, Loraine! Thanks for sharing and for coming by. Good luck in the giveaway.

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  14. This was neat information! I wish history classes in high school would have had interesting info like this, but at least I still get to learn about it now! I find it really interesting how "ignoring documents" lead to his success! ;) That reminds me of he saying, it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. It seems that has always been the case when dealing with the government. katie07edgar (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Katie, I always laugh when I hear that saying. I tease my pastor with it at times. Seems like history has gotten so much more interesting as the years go by. ;o)

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  15. I love learning history like this! Thanks for sharing! And thank you for doing a giveaway! dance.yourself.silly18(AT)gmail(DOT)com ;-)

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Rachel! I love these golden nuggets of history too. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  16. I enjoyed learning about John Sevier. It explains why so many places and things have Sevier in their names in Tennessee. Would love to win your book!

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  17. Thanks for the history lesson, very interesting. Enter me to win Shattered Memories. I really want a signed copy! Hugs!
    debsbunch777(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Chappy!! I sure will enter you! Thanks a lot!!!

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  18. Really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway. debradawn777@gmail.com

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    1. Love to do giveaways! Thank you for coming by, Debra.

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  19. I love hearing about early history. Thank you for sharing this information. I live right in the area you are featuring.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Really?? You could probably tell us more, Kay! It was so interesting!

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    2. No, I don't think so. You covered it quite nicely!

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  20. Never realized that Vermont was the 14th state. Love to learn or perhaps re-learn facts forgotten throughout the years. Great post! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, Sonja. I know what you mean...re-learn! Sometimes I read things and in the back of my mind is a little niggling that says I should know this! LOL Good luck in the giveaway.

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  21. I have never heard about the state of Franklin until now. Fascinating! choirlady27@hotmail.com

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    1. It is! And there are a few more too that were wanna-be-states! Good luck!

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  22. What an exciting book! I would love to read and review it. Thanks for your generosity.

    conniecape@aol.com

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    1. Hello, Connie. Thank you!! I hope you do get a chance to read it and I would Love a review! Good luck in the giveaway!!

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  23. Thank you for your interesting post and wonderful giveaway!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. I loved this information and had to share. :o) Good luck in the giveaway!

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  24. I've been interested in reading this book since I first heard about it. I'd enjoy winning it :-)
    ~ egilkinc @juno.com

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    1. Awesome Jamie! Hope you enjoy Shattered Memories.

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  25. Looks & sounds Awesome! Can't wait to read! Thanks for the giveaway chance!! Have a Blessed day!
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  26. Hope you get a chance to read SHATTERED MEMORIES. Thank you for stopping by. Good luck in the giveaway.

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  27. Interesting facts about Franklin! Your book SHATTERED MEMORIES is one I want to read.

    Gpk1946(AT)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Phyllis! And thank you for coming by! Good luck!

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  28. Congratulations, Phyllis! You won SHATTERED MEMORIES. I'll be contacting you shortly.

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