On October 25, 1805, the Treaty of Tellico ceded from the Cherokee Indians to the United States possession of 7,032 square miles of land in Tennessee and 1,086 square miles of land sought of the Cumberland River in what is now Bell, Whitley and McCreary Counties in Kentucky. As payment, the Cherokee received $14,000 in cash and goods and an annuity of $3,000. (Source: Clark, Dr. Thomas D., The Kentucky Encyclopedia, "Tellico Land Cessions.")

On December 20, 1800, the Kentucky General Assembly approved legislation “for settling and improving the vacant lands of the commonwealth.” Many of the patents in the Tellico and South of Green River Patent Series were authorized by the December 20, 1800 Act.​​


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