The Heritage of Daniel Haston


Big Pigeon Baptist Church - Cocke County, TN
Locator Maps

The Big Pigeon Baptist Church was located near the point where English Creek flows into the Pigeon River, on the east side of the town of Newport, in Cocke Co, TN (about 2 miles west of the Cherokee National Forest).

Source: Page 6 of Cocke County, Tennessee, and its People, published by the Cocke County Heritage Book Committee & Don Mills, Inc., 1992

 Locator Map for Big Pigeon Baptist Church - Cocke Co, TN

Now, the Little Pigeon River flows out of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and into Sevierville, TN (Sevier Co, TN).  The Little Pigeon is located about 10-15 miles south west of the Big Pigeon River.  The location of the Big Pigeon Baptist Church was about 15 miles from its closest distance from the Little Pigeon River.  This gives us some idea regarding the distance that Abraham Hiestand's family had to travel to church.

Area Where Abraham Hiestand lived in relation to Big Pigeon Baptist Church location

In 1793, Jefferson County (now TN, then NC) contained the areas where Big Pigeon Baptist Church was located and where Little Pigeon River flowed out of the mountains toward the area that is now Sevierville, TN.

By 1797, Jefferson County had been split into three counties.  Big Pigeon Baptist Church was then located in Cocke County and the Little Pigeon River was in Sevier County.

An 1803 delinquent tax list for Sevier County, TN indicates that Abraham did live in the area that became Sevier County, TN, although he had apparently moved away by that time.

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