Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
lands were looked upon as a source of economic gain. In 1783, North Carolina opened a land office to sell entry claims to the property between the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers, despite the Chickasaws' rights. This official land grab prompted a rush of claim filing, and about 2 million acres of the Chickasaw lands were sold, largely to the politicians and leading citizens of North Carolina who had promoted the venture. John Rice, one of those speculators, bought the claim to 5,000 acres on the Fourth Chickasaw Bluff on October 23, 1783. Two day later, John Ramsey filed a claim for the 5,000 acres to the south. Rice had come to the bluff in 1783 and surveyed this property, marking a corner of his claim by hacking his initials on a tree. He was later killed by Native Americans, leaving
Erected by Mud Island River Park.
Location. 35° 8.659′ N, 90° 3.561′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker can be reached from Island Road one mile south of A.W. Willis Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at the south end of Mud Island under the NC flag. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 North Front Street, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tennessee (here, next to this marker); France (here, next to this marker); Great Britain (here, next to this marker); Confederate States of America (a few steps from this marker); Spain (a few steps from this marker); Memphis Queen II (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cobblestone Landing (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jefferson Davis Park (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Also see . . .
1. The State of North Carolina's Indian Policy 1783. John Rice received Grant No. 283 for 5,000 acres at Chickasaw (Submitted on March 20, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
2. Mud Island River Park. (Submitted on March 20, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 20, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.