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Valentine Sevier

Valentine Sevier (1747-1800) was born in Virginia, and moved with family members to the Watauga River valley at present day Elizabethton, Tennessee. During the American Revolutionary War, Sevier fought bravely against the British and Loyalists. Hiss younger brother, Robert Sevier, commanded a company of Overmountain Men at the Battle of King's Mountain and died during battle.

Sevier also fought in many of the Indian wars across East Tennessee, and eventually attained the rank of Colonel.

Following the war, Sevier moved to Clarksville, Tennessee. He attempted to make a good living for his family, but there were frequent attacks by the Native American Indians during this period. In 1792, he built a small rock fortress for his family and others to take refuge in during these attacks. The structure still stands in the “Boot Hill” section of Clarksville above Red Paint Hill. It was on this spot that his family was attacked on November 11, 1794. The results were tragic because several of his family members were wounded or killed. The fortress is called Sevier Station and is marked by a historic marker.

Valentine Sevier died on February 23, 1800, following a lingering illness. His widow, Naomi "Amy" Douglas Sevier lived on to 1844, and died at the age of 101. His younger brother, Robert Sevier, commanded a company of Overmountain Men at the Battle of King's Mountain and died during battle.

His older brother John Sevier became the first governor of the state of Tennessee. The town of Sevierville, Tennessee and Sevier County, Tennessee are named for his brother, General John Sevier.

References

  • http://www.tngenweb.org/revwar/records/s/sevier.html
  • http://www.rootsweb.com/~tnsumner/early.htm

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