Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Chattanooga's First Citizens

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Location: along the Tennessee River on the Riverfront Parkway behind the Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, TN
County: Hamilton
Coordinates: N 35° 3.387    W 085° 18.681
  35.05645    -85.31135
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM245G


In June, 1837 the fifty-three householders living on the two hundred forty acres bounded by Tennessee River. Georgia Avenue, Ninth Street and Cameron Hill elected commissioner to represent them in securing legal title to their individual parcels of land, thus becoming the First Citizens of Chattanooga.

Residing in the Northeast Quarter Section were:
John P Long • Aaron M Rawlings • George W. Williams

Isaac Baldwin • George W. Cherry • Arsley Cope • Samuel H. Davie • Thomas Edmondson • Joseph Ellis • Andrew Evans • Samuel Fitzgerald • Matthew Frazier • E.H. Freeman • Charles Griggsby • George B. Gwathney • Berry Jones • John Keeny • Thomas W. Munsey • Abram Perry • Joseph Rice • Eliza Russell • James Woods Smith • Wiley Starling • Lewis Webb • Samuel Williams • Abner Witt

Residing in the Southeast Fractional Section were:
Allen Kennedy • Albert S. Lenoir • Reynolds A. Ramsey

John C. Cathey • S.S.M. Doak • William B. Gilliland • Nathan Harris • William Hill • Matthew Hillsman • Benjamin K. Hudgins • Carey A. Jones • M.W. Legg • William Long • John T. Mathis • Thomas Anipass Moore • David G. Perry • John A. Porter • William G. Sparks • William Thraikill • William Thurman • James W. Tunnell • Jane White • Matthew Williams • Darlen A. Wilds