I just found this in a pile of old research...
"Reminiscences of Pioneer Days in Scott County Tennessee", Published in the Cumberland Chronicle, Spring of 1904 (Began in issue April 9, 1904)
As told by Jehu Phillips...
Uncle Jehu says that about the time Scott County was organized those pioneers who had come in here had settled along New River and the different creeks. Those old Potter, Joe Lewallen, old man Peak (who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War), Hinchie Redman, who lived below where the town of Glen Mary is located and Matthew Davis; those settlers living on Brimstone Creek were Johnnie Triplett, Felin Griffith, Hikey Robbins, Mose Sexton, Harry Bagley, Tim Sexton, Bill Sexton, Zeke Newport and Bailey Buttram; old folks living on Straight Fork beginning at head waters were Delap (who was hung for killing a woman on said creek), Jno L. Smith, Geo. and Drew Smith, Billie and Jessie Bird and Johnnie Shoopman; the pioneers to settle on Buffalo Creek beginning at the mouth were one Ledgerwood, Billie Jeffers, Joshua Duncan, Billie Hughett, Absolum Cross, one Robinson, two Marcums, Tommie Chambers, and Ben Dagley; there were only a few on Paint Rock Creek and they were Reynold Lawson (who built the first water grist mill in the county) and Elswick Thompson, Johnnie Carson and Wayne Cotton. The Terry and Chitwood families settled in and around where the towns of Winfield and Oneida are now located.
I printed this out back in 2001. The web link (from that time) was:http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/5273/remini.htm
I don't know if the link will work today in 2008!!! Interesting that there was a Jessie Bird AND Johnnie Shoopman on Straight Fork. Does anyone know where this is? Does this tie in with the area our BYRDs came from? Does anyone know who Johnnie Shoopman is? Is he related to Mary Elizabeth or Nancy (who married William and Jessie).
Just a little food for thought. Pays to be a pack rat!!!
Shannon (Byrd) Neate