Samuel Bright was possibly the 1st White Man to settle in this area and was there before 1777.He had 1200 Acres in the area now known as Yellow Mtn./Plumtree in Avery County,N.C./Washington County,TN.-In 1777 The Commissioners appointed Charles McDowell-John McDowell-Samuel Bright-Ezekiel Smith and Jacob Womack to lay off a trail/road from present day Johnson City TN to Morganton,N.C.!It was in operation for use by 1788 and went from Johnson City across Iron Mtn. to Bakersville and Spruce Pine-Across Gillespie Gap to Marion and Hickory.The trail is called Bright's Trace and was used in the Battle of King's Mountain when the Overmountain Men Marched on it to the Battle that probably was a turning point in the Revolution and defeated Ferguson and the British. He aided the cause for the Revolution even though a Loyalist and it is thought that the only reason he claimed to be a Loyalist wasto keep Peace with the Indians. Does anyone have any information on this man or his family? Suppossedly he packed up and went West or to Georgia with a family called Grant about 1810. His house was located (2) Miles North East of Alta Pass where the Clinchfield Railroad crosses the Blue Ridge.Francois Andre Michaux, the French Botanist mentions staying at Bright's House during his travels.