The Watauga Purchase Indenture

  On March 19th, 1775, two days after Richard Henderson acquired the lands that became Kentucky from the Cherokee, leaders of the Watauga Association also at Sycamore Shoals purchased the lands residents were already living on in upper East Tennessee from the same Cherokee chiefs for 2,000 pounds sterling. On March 25th, 1775, Jacob Brown, leader of the Nolichucky settlement, made similar purchases of land from the Cherokee for 10 shillings in one transaction and 700 pounds in Virginia money in another. Among the notable witnesses to these events were Daniel Boone, who would open the Wilderness Road to Kentucky, and Dragging Canoe, son of Chief Attakullakulla and staunch opponent of the land transactions.

Below is a digital copy of the Wataugah Purchase indenture (deed) made from Washington County Deed Book A (sometimes referred to as the “Watauga Purchase book”) in the Washington County Archives, along with a transcription of the same made by Mary Hardin McCown. (Click on the individual images to enlarge.)