Historic Marker in Seymour (the Herald / Submitted Photo)

Historic Marker in Seymour (the Herald / Submitted Photo)

SEYMOUR – How did the community of Seymour get its name? Who was Boyd and what’s his connection with Boyd’s Creek? Why was the Battle of Boyd’s Creek fought?

Theresa Williams knows the answers, and provided them at 7:30 p.m. July 2 at Seymour Public Library during her talk on the history of Seymour and Boyd’s Creek communities.  As Sevier County Public Library System’s genealogist, she has the skinny on many old Seymour families and will talk about some of the characters involved in the 1780 Battle of Boyd’s Creek.

That skirmish, when settlers, led by Gen. John Sevier, defeated Cherokee warriors, is commemorated with a monument at the side of Boyd’s Creek Highway, but many local people don’t know more than that, Williams said.

A seventh-generation Sevier Countian, Williams is the descendant of Martha Huskey Ogle, one of the first settlers. She’s been learning about Sevier County history since she was a child, when her grandmother first got her interested in it, she said.

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