RE: [jacksongenealogy] Langston-Coffee town
- 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.
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???