Tennessee AHGP Information
DeKalb County

De Kalb, County, Tennessee. Situated in the central part of the state, and contains 275 sq. ms. The N. and w. parts are hilly and broken, being on the declivity of the Cumberland mountains. The s. part is level barrens, affording good pasturage for cattle. The soil is generally thin, but fertile, producing tobacco and grain. Capital, Smithville. There were in 1840, neat cattle 4,921, sheep 5,832, swine 22,029; wheat 17,235 bush, produced, rye 3,210, Ind. corn 244,319, oats 23,524, potatoes 71,000, tobacco 50,087 pounds, cotton 17,706; 6 stores, cap. $15,050; 10 tanneries, 26 distilleries, 5 flouring m., 75 grist m., 31 saw m.. 1 paper fac, 4 printing offices, 2 binderies, 1 daily, 5 weekly, 3 semi-weekly newspapers. Cap. in manufac. $344,230. 10 sch. 122 scholars. Pop. whites 5,398, slaves 459, free col'd 11; total, 5,868.

Smithville, p-v., Capital of De Kalb County, Tennessee, 61 e. Nashville, 620 W. Situated w. of Caney fork of Cumberland r., and contains a Methodist church, and about 250 inhabitants.


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