- John and Elizabeth lived in the Old Henry Town community, now called Howard's
View. At that time Jones Cove was the center of District #1 that included Pearl
Valley, Henry Town and Dunn's Creek up to Rocky Flats and over on Yellow
Britches and West to Wilhite and to what is known as Bethany Church community.
Many of these areas were broken up into smaller communities such as Martha's
Branch, Bugger Town and Bummer Town. When combined into one district it was
known as Jones Cove on the waters of Dunn's Creek by communities in the
All available records on the Stinnett name indicate that the first family to
settle permanently on the waters of Dunn's Creek was John Stinnett. He bought
land in Sevier County, Tennessee on Dunn's Creek before the year 1829. In the
year 1803, this John Stinnett and James Stinnett Sr. and James Stinnett Jr.
owned several hundred acres of land on Sinking Creek in Cocke County, Tennessee.
John may have lived there before buying land in Sevier County, Tennessee. These
Stinnetts may have migrated through Western North Carolina. In the 1790 census
there was a John Stinnett and a William Stinnett living in the Salisbury
District of Rowan County, North Carolina. Both were young men with a wife and
one child each, both males. They may have moved into Washington County,
Tennessee and on down the river routes to Cocke County, Tennessee by way of the
Nallichucky River. There was a William Stinnett living in Cocke County,
Tennessee in 1800. He was appointed Ensign in the Militia that year. In 1810,
William received a grant for 31 acres of land near the mouth of English Creek.
All the above Stinnetts except James Jr. were gone by the time the 1830 Census
was taken. This James had a family and appeared to be living where William had
John Stinnett owned land in District #1 of Sevier County, Tennessee on Dunn's
Creek before 1829. On 1 May 1829, a survey was made for 25 acres of land
joining John's line and granted by the state of Tennessee. It was signed by
Gov. William Carroll on 28 February 1832.
On the 1837 Sevier County, Tennessee District #1 tax list, John, Riley, and
Alexander Stinnett were listed as property owners and tax payers.
John was among the first settlers to come to the Henry Town area of Jones Cove,
Sevier County, Tennessee. He had a young wife and several children at home. It
appears he has been married three times and this wife is Elizabeth Wilkerson.
His second wife was probably a King. There is no clue who his first wife was.
Buried in Henry Cemetery.
Timothy Welch Stinnett GEDCOM, August 1995.