Some settlers used flatboats to float down the river to create settlements the best known of these is the donelson party who traveled in a flotilla of flatboats commanded by john donelson in 1779/1780 they floated down the tennessee river in east tennessee, then up the cumberland river to join a party of men led by. Francis nash-was being constructed as a fort on the west banks of the cumberland river in 1779-80 two groups of pioneer settlers, led by the founding fathers james robertson and colonel john donelson, came by land and by water from fort patrick henry in east tennessee james robertson led a party of men on foot. Nashville adventurer retraces john donelson's historic river journey in 1779, john donelson set off on an adventure that would change tennessee history now, john guider has relived it jessica bliss, [email protected] Like others such as john donelson, james robertson, and isaac bledsoe, helped form the beginnings of local government clover bottom: in the fall of 1780, the bottom lands along the stones river and around the tennessee state historical allies for a large part of the entire voyage by 1781 several. In december of 1779, they officially began the journey john donelson described their endeavor in his journal as “intended by god's permission in the good boat adventure, from fort patrick henry, on holston river, to the french salt springs on cumberland river” the group consisted of men and women. In 1779 john donelson set off on an adventure that would forever change the course of tennessee history leading a party of over 100 settlers on a torturous journey that began at fort patrick henry, he traveled 1000 miles down the holston and tennessee rivers up the ohio and cumberland to the high. [march] wednesday 8th castoff at 10 o'clock & proceed down to an indian village, which was inhabited, on the south side of the river, they invited on us to come ashore”, called us brothers, & showed other signs of friendship, insomuch, that mr john caffery & my son then on board took a canoe which i had in tow & were. Others opted for a 1000 mile river journey, led by colonel john donelson, along the holston, tennessee, ohio and cumberland rivers to reach fort nashborough i know not which route ebenezer titus took, but to be sure, the undertaking was treacherous i do know that he was at fort nashborough in may of 1780.
Colonel john donelson (circa 1725-1786) was a land surveyor, an iron manufacturer, and a member of the virginia assembly before becoming one of the two founding fathers of nashville aboard his flagship, the adventure, colonel donelson led families on an historic river voyage to the first permanent settlement on the. Journal documenting the 1779-1780 river voyage of col john donelson and others although historians dispute the journal's age and authorship, it has long been of interest to those who study tennessee history it is a firsthand account of the donelson party's river journey to found the first permanent. John donelson (1718–1785) was an american frontiersman, ironmaster, politician, city planner and explorer, who, along with james robertson, co- founded the frontier settlement of fort nashborough, in middle tennessee, which would later become the city of nashville, tennessee donelson was also the father-in-law of. John donelson, land speculator and early settler of middle tennessee, led over one hundred settlers on a tortuous water journey to the cumberland settlement during the winter of 1779-80 richard henderson selected donelson and james robertson to lead settlers into this cumberland river region.
Colonial frontiersman one of the two founders of nashville, he joined with james robertson to lead the first settlers to began a new settlement on the cumberland river at the french lick a land speculator and surveyor, he had served in the virginia house of burgesses before moving to the watauga settlements on the. Members of this group who moved west to the cumberland settlements have half of the class envision robertson's overland route and the other half donelson's river route tell students to create “new adventure notebooks” based on museum visit, class discussion, and additional research (john donelson's journal is an. While james robertson led a group of men by land through the cumberland gap to the site later known as fort nashborough, charlotte robertson traveled with john donelson and a group of women and children by flatboats via backcountry rivers almost immediately, there were conflicts with chickamauga cherokee who.
No fireside warmth or shelter from the cold waited for them on the river's banks, only the promise that had drawn hundreds before them and would continue to draw the first, led by robertson, traveled over land with supplies and livestock, while the second, led by john donelson, undertook the journey on flatboats and. Like robertson, he arrived in the french lick area in 1779-1780, but by boat along the cumberland river, bringing families rather than lone frontiersmen across a 1,000-mile journey robertson and donelson met on monday, april 24, 1780, and shook hands in a gesture of cooperation toward the founding.
Participants will learn about the harrowing journey taken by colonel john donelson and a group of settlers making their way to french salt lick springs ( present-day nashville) in 1780 what had been a fairly mundane and boring trip became a race for their lives along the banks of the tennessee river.
After three weeks of hardships on their journey over the mountains and through the wilderness they reached the french lick a few days later they were joined by a small the latter, composed largely of the families of the first party, and commanded by colonel john donelson and capt john blackmore, were to proceed by. Genealogy for col john donelson (1718 - 1785) family tree on geni, with over 180 million profiles of ancestors and living relatives aboard his flagship, the adventure, colonel donelson led families on an historic river voyage to the first permanent settlement on the cumberland colonel donelson and.
Thirteen paddlers put into the sequatchie river in jasper at 10 am on sept 24th for a five mile paddle down the last section of the river and then up nearly two miles of the turns out he's a very well known explorer and he was retracing pioneer john donelson's 1779 1000 mile journey with 100 settlers to nashville. Category:history and architecture tour directly across first avenue is riverfront park, created in the early 1980s to commemorate nashville's river history timothy demonbreun, an early french canadian fur trader who settled here, and puryear mims's sculpture of town founders james robertson and john donelson. November 09, 2017 – “taking care of your neighborhood water” discussion with cumberland river compact staff on ways you can protect our waterways at home and in february 16, 2017 – “the adventure ii project: the 1976 reenactment of john donelson's voyage” with john carter, founder of alianca da terra.