Knox County was created after the American Revolutionary War on June 11, 1792, by Governor William Blount from parts of Greene and Hawkins counties. It was one of the few counties created when this area was still known as the Southwest Territory. It is one of nine United States counties named for American Revolutionary War general Henry Knox who was also appointed as the first United States Secretary of War. As the population increased, parts of Knox County were taken out to form Blount, Anderson, Roane, and Union counties from 1795 to 1850. The county today has a total area of 526 square miles and a population count of 470,313 residents.
It was one of two original counties created in the Northwest Territory in 1790 and was gradually reduced in size as subsequent counties were established. It was established in its present configuration when Daviess County was partitioned off in February of 1818. It was named for Major General Henry Knox, who had completed his term as second U.S. Secretary of War the previous September. The county has a total area of 524 square miles to go with a population count of almost 37,000 residents.
Knox County was formed on December 19, 1799, from portions of Lincoln County. It was named after Henry Knox who was a general and was also the first U.S. Secretary of War. Here is another piece of history about the county. The Civil War’s Battle of Barbourville, was fought on September 19, 1861, between 800 Confederate soldiers from General Felix Zollicoffer’s command and 300 Union troops who attempted to defend the Union’s Camp which was lead by Andrew Johnson. Now the county does have a total area of 388 square miles, It is home to under 32,000 residents.