Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Colonel John Donelson
the services of
Colonel John Donelson
Born in Delaware, 1718.
Died in Kentucky 1786.
Distinguished in early life in Virginia as a civil, industrial and military leader.
Member of the House of Burgesses, iron manufacturer, Lieutenant Colonel of Pittsylvania County and devoted vestryman of Camden Parish.
Noted surveyor of state boundaries, maker of treaties with the Indians, and revolutionary patriot. Emigrated west in 1779-1780. A leader and "Diarist" of the settlers going by water in; "The good boat adventure from Fort Patrick Henry to the French Salt Spring on Cumberland River."
Founder of Donelson's Station on Stone's River 1780.
One of the commissioners holding treaty with the Chickasaw Indians near Nashborough, 1783.
Member of "The Tennessee Land Company" projecting a settlement in the "Great Bend" of Tennessee River, 1785.
Lost his life—supposed to have been murdered by the Indian—near Big Barren River, Kentucky, 1786.
of his fellow citizens, but more excellent
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1718.
Location. 36° 9.844′ N, 86° 46.52′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker is on 1st Avenue North 0.1 miles north of Broadway (U.S. 70), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 170 1st Ave N, Nashville TN 37201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel James Robertson (a few steps from this marker); Fort Nashborough (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Richard Henderson (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Nashborough (within shouting distance of this marker); Founding of Nashville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of First Store (about 700 feet away); Post-Emancipation Violence in America / Lynching and the Subversion of Legal Rights (about 700 feet away); Printer's Alley Garage (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
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