Court order signed by John Sevier
During the Revolutionary War, frontiersmen had pushed beyond the Appalacians into the western lands of North Carolina (now east Tennessee) and declared their independence and created their own state, "State of Franklin." NC later sought to restore its sovereignty over the area, which became Southwest Territory. John Sevier was the famous Revoultionary War hero of the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780. He was a frontier pioneer of Daniel Boone's equal.