Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Colonel John Donelson

Marker ID:  
Location: in Fort Nashboroough on 1st Avenue North 0.1 miles south of Church Street, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 9.844    W 086 46.52
  36.16406666    -86.77533333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


In appreciation of
the services of
Colonel John Donelson
Born in Delaware, 1718.
Died in Kentucky 1786.

Distinguished in early life in Virginia as a civil, industrial and military leader.
Member of the House of Burgesses, iron manufacturer, Lieutenant Colonel of Pittsylvania County and devoted vestryman of Camden Parish.
Noted surveyor of state boundaries, maker of treaties with the Indians, and revolutionary patriot. Emigrated west in 1779-1780. A leader and "Diarist" of the settlers going by water in; "The good boat adventure from Fort Patrick Henry to the French Salt Spring on Cumberland River."
Founder of Donelson's Station on Stone's River 1780.
One of the commissioners holding treaty with the Chickasaw Indians near Nashborough, 1783.
Member of "The Tennessee Land Company" projecting a settlement in the "Great Bend" of Tennessee River, 1785.
Lost his life—supposed to have been murdered by the Indian—near Big Barren River, Kentucky, 1786.

"Distinguished not only in the estimation
of his fellow citizens, but more excellent
at home in the family circle" (Putnam)