Have you every wondered who, when, and how our state borders were decided and surveyed over two hundred years ago? This story will give you a hint, and you can draw your own conclusion. Since I was born in Middle Tennessee, and Kentucky was one of our adjacent Northern states, this story will give you an idea.
A while back Bill Carey wrote about the border between Tennessee and Georgia. He pointed out that the boundary was supposed to be at 35 degrees north latitude. However, because of human error inherent with surveying equipment used in the early 19th century, the boundary is south of that latitude by about one mile.
* In 1779 two teams of surveyors picked up about where Fry and Jefferson had left off and drew the line all the way into where the Tennessee River flows north into Kentucky. This group consisted of Thomas Walker and Daniel Smith, representing Virginia, and Richard Henderson and William Bailey Smith, representing North Carolina. (Daniel Smith, by the way, later built the Rock Castle historic home in present-day Sumner County, while Richard Henderson is the land speculator who sent the first settlers to present-day Nashville.)