who was on the Clinch for sometime was Uriah Stone, and the self-same
for whom Stone River in Tennessee was named. Stone must have been
of a character for he was always getting sued for debts, or was a
against or for someone in such cases, and wherever he hunted he seemed
to make some sort of effort for a land claim. He probably made these
claims in order to sell them as he did one such in Wright's Valley of
present Tazewell County.
In a land suit
the Superior Court of Augusta County, Virginia, in the year 1807, James
Maxwell made this statement:
"In 1772, I
from Botetourt County where I lived to present Tazewell County to make
a settlement. I was in company with Samuel Walker. Found a tract with
improvements, viz: the foundations of a cabin, some rails split, and
trees deadened. That night we fell in with a party of hunters, among
Uriah Stone, who claimed to have made the improvement and I bought it."
Ten years after settling on this tract of land James Maxwell had two of
his daughters killed by the Indians.
In the same
suit referred to above Lawrence Murray stated:
ago I was in Wright's Valley at Uriah Stone's Cabin." This statement
suggest that in 1774 Uriah Stone still had a cabin in Wright's Valley
that he was probably living there.
On July 7,
in old Fincastle County, Uriah Stone, Obediah Terrell, Gasper Mansker
Castleton Brooks were witnesses in a case of John Baker versus Humphrey
Hogan, and all these persons were Long Hunters. Again on November 3,
there was a motion by Uriah Stone in the Fincastle Court to stay the
of judgement obtained against him by Obediah Terrell.
of Stone in the Court Records is on December 6, 1774, when Gasper
was plaintiff against Stone and Jacob Harman. Here again all three Long
Hunters, and friends of Daniel Boone.
hunting in Tennessee in 1766 and 1767, long before he made settlement