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Thomas Coffman Land Grants

Identifier: MS-0060

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These land grants gave Thomas Coffman and his heirs land in Jefferson County, Tennessee. The first grant, number 17348, is for fifty acres north of the French Broad River, near the lands of McChristian and Matthews. It was entered on February 10, 1827, surveyed on August 4, 1829, and signed by Governor William Carroll on February 14, 1832. The second grant, number 18430, is for 325 acres on the headwaters of Ling Creek, near the lands of Jacobs, Smith, Bette, Matthews, and McChristian. It was entered on December 11, 1832, surveyed on February 27, 1833, and signed by Governor William Carroll on October 4, 1833.


  • 1827 February 10-1833 October 11

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These two land grants gave Thomas Coffman and his heirs 375 acres of land in Jefferson County, Tennessee. They describe the locations of the land and are signed by Governor William Carroll.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Carroll was born on March 2, 1788 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Thomas and Mary (Montgomery) Carroll. He moved to Nashville in 1810 and opened a mercantile business. In 1813 he married Cecelia Bradford and served as Brigade Inspector under Andrew Jackson, succeeding him as Major General of the State Militia in 1814. When his business went bankrupt in 1819, he turned to politics. He was elected governor of Tennessee in 1821 and served through 1835 except for a constitutionally required break from 1827 to 1829. Carroll died on March 22, 1844 in Nashville, Tennessee. Carroll County, Tennessee is named for him.

Thomas Coffman was born on April 21, 1795 in Morristown, Tennessee to Andrew and Elizabeth (Ramsey) Coffman. He married Jennet Kirkpatrick on December 16, 1815 and they had at least one child, Andrew, born in 1814. Coffman also acquired land in Knox County in 1853. He died on February 21, 1874 in Copper Ridge, Tennessee.


This collection is in one folder.

Acquisition Note

These land grants were a gift from A.H. Love.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA