Could someone explain what the South West Militia was all about and give me some references to read up on this time period.
I found a reference to Robert Hooker number 42 and Peter Helton number 43 enlisted in the South West Territory Militia for Washington County in the US commanded by Gilbert Christian Esquire from Aug 31 to Dec. 1793. They were on the Muster Roll of Infantry. William Hooker was in another company.
This was when the state of TN was being formed, and the State of Franklin was going on. Hawkins and Washington County had huge chunks of land drawn on a map for that time period. It was later divided up many times into smaller countries. The lower end of East TN and all through the West was Indian Territory.