Tennessee CountiesThere are 95 counties in the State of Tennessee.
Hawkins County, Tennessee
Hawkins County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Named in honor of Benjamin Hawkins (1754-1818), member of the North Carolina legislature and the Continental Congress, US senator, agent for the Creek, Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw.
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History of Hawkins County
Created 1786 from Sullivan County; named in honor of Benjamin Hawkins (1754-1818), member of the North Carolina legislature and the Continental Congress, US senator, agent for the Creek, Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw.
Hawkins County was formed in 1786 from Sullivan County (Acts of Tennessee 1786, Chapter 34).
There was a fire at the Hawkins County courthouse in 1863.
One of the oldest Tennessee counties, Hawkins County was first established as a separate North Carolina county on
January 6, 1787, when the state legislature divided Sullivan County, North Carolina. The original county was quite
large, extending from the North Fork of the Holston River southwestwardly to the "Big Suck" near present-day
Chattanooga. Other counties, or parts of counties, later created from Hawkins include Hancock, Grainger, Jefferson,
Knox, Roane, Meigs, and Hamilton. Prior to its creation by North Carolina, the county was Spencer County, State of
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 500 square miles (1,294 kmē), of which, 487
square miles (1,260 kmē) of it is land and 13 square miles (34 kmē) of it (2.60%) is water.
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