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RE: [jacksongenealogy] Langston-Coffee town

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  • Richard Matthews
    Coffeetown was a river town like Bellefonte, and some say was as important as Bellefonte at one time. It just happened to be on the wrong side of the river,
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 16, 2002
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      Coffeetown was a river town like Bellefonte, and some say was as important
      as Bellefonte at one time. It just happened to be on the wrong side of the
      river, the Sand Mountain side. Most of the connecting roads and then the
      railroad did not come near Coffeetown. When the river trade twindled so did
      Coffetown. This is evident today when one looks at the lack of developement
      in the Langston area. It is still remote and difficult to reach by road.
      Look at the mid-1800 map at http://home.hiwaay.net/~prm/map2.gif and you
      will see that Bellefonte was still an important town at this time and
      Coffetown wasn't even shown, as Langston had replaced it. River flooding was
      a bad problem along the river prior to the coming of TVA and may have
      influenced the relocation of Coffetown back off the river to higher ground
      at Langston. notice that Coffetown was just across the river from Larkin's
      Landing. Larkin must have been the biggest landowner in Jackson County at
      one time. He owned land from Paint Rock Valley to the river it seems.

      This map shows at lot of the places that we have been discussing over the
      past few weeks. One thing that stands out to me is the importance of the
      crossing at Caperton's Ferry. You might say, "All roads lead to Caperton's".
      This is probably why Caperton's was used by the Federals as the crossing
      point by General Sherman and tens of thousands of Union troops on their way
      to Chickamauga on then Atlanta. Also notice the road that comes north across
      Sand Mountain, crosses the river at Sublett's ferry, goes to Bellefonte and
      on up through Brown's Cove up Crow Mountain and on across to Winchester,
      Tenn. This was an existing native American hunting trail from the earliest
      days, according to some accounts I have read. Also notice the road that came
      down the south side of the river from Nickajack, remembering that Nickajack
      was the junction with the early, highly traveled Federal or Georgia Road
      that connected Nashville to Savannah in early 1800's.

      This area was pretty well connected especially if one considers the river
      traffic of pioneer days.

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      Subject: [jacksongenealogy] Langston-Coffee town


      were they the same--near? anyone have any history of Coffeetown? Elias
      Wellborn-Wilborne applied for a permit to sell "spirits"--ran a bar???
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