John Galbraith

Born: Unknown   Died: 1813/14

JOHN  GALBRAITH  moved to Knox County after the American Revolution. He built a plantation on Turkey Creek on two thousand acres in Knox County, which he purchased from James Creswell on January 4, 1794. Here the Galbraiths reared eight chidren. He was a prominent landowner, and owned and worked many slaves. He also ran a "wagon charge" from Tennessee to Virginia. John served as a representative for Greene County, at the state Constitutional Convention and took a seat as a member in 1796. He was also a member of the Grand Jury.

John then fought in the War of 1812. He and Archibald McCaleb took part, and McCaleb was killed by the Indians on his way to join Andrew Jackson on Sept. 16, 1813.From traditions left by early descendants, John Galbraith died as the result of wounds in 1813 or 1814. He was buried in the Pleasant Forest Cemetery in Knox County near Campbell Station. Mary died May 6, 1821. No stones mark their graves. During the Civil War the Confederates were camped here & destroyed & mutilated stones & property.


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