Sevier County, Named for the Governor of Franklin
Most people have never heard of the State of Franklin. But after the original 13 colonies, Franklin was formed in 1784, with hopes of becoming the 14th state. Frankin comprised the area that is today upper East Tennessee, and was named for the early American statesman, Benjamin Franklin. Sevier County and Sevierville are named for the first and only governor of Franklin, John Sevier.
The state of North Carolina originally extended all the way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River, but the lands west of the Appalachians were sparcely populated. North Carolina ceded those western lands to the newly formed United States to pay of it's Revolutionary War debts. Delegates from this frontier territory, first known as the Watauga settlements, met in Jonesboro in 1784, adapted a constitution, elected a government, and applied for admission to the Union as the 14th state. The attempt to form a new state was unsuccessful, and the effort was abandoned after four years. Later, a much larger area, extending all the way from the crest of the Smoky Mountains to the Mississippi, was admitted to the Union as the 16th state - Tennessee. John Sevier was elected Tennessee's first governor.