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Extracted from Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research in Jefferson County, Tennessee, copyright ©1995 Billie R. McNamara.  All rights reserved.  This page will be supplemented periodically as new information is located.  Additions and corrections are welcome via the Contact Us link on this Web site.

The Jefferson County Museum & Archives (located in the Courthouse) has several business account books and day books (ledgers) that cover the approximate period 1802-1930.  There are no indications on most of these books as to which merchant kept them.  Because of their fragile condition, they are not open for public inspection.  A list of those records on deposit as of January, 1995, is found on various pages at this Web site.

The County Clerk's office has records of Merchants' Licenses that were granted by the County as early as 1835. Two large, early general merchants that survived into the 20th Century were Minnis (New Market) and Gass (Dandridge).

Possibly the earliest businessman in Jefferson County was Jesse Cheek, who established a trading post that became known as Cheek's Crossroads (now Russellville).

Dandridge quickly became the center of commerce for Jefferson County.  John Fain was probably the county's earliest merchant, opening his store in Dandridge in 1810.  Mossy Creek was served by Thomas Humes before 1795.  The earliest Strawberry Plains merchant was a Mr. Williams (1810).

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