THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WAS
COMPILED BY ESTER MORRIS IN 1834







   Defeated Creek, a north branch of the Cumberland River, near the line
of Smith and Jackson counties, between Carthage and Williamsburg.
This  creek took its name from a defeat of John Peyton and his party,
consisting of his brothers Ephraim and Thomas Peyton, John Frazier,
and Squire Grant, in the year 1786. The Indians, about 60 in number, led
on by the Fool Warrior, a distinguished Cherokee chief attacked the
camp, (situated on a small island just above the mouth of a spring
branch, a short distance below where the old Fort Blount road crosses
said creek) in the night, during a deep snow, shot a ball through and
broke the arm and shoulder of John Peyton. Thomas Peyton was shot
through the thigh, Frazier through the leg and Grant through the knee.
Ephraim Peyton escaped without a wound from the Indians, but
sprained his ankle in running through the creek. In this naked and
mangled condition, these five hardy veterans had to grope their way in
crusted snow through a pathless wilderness of cave clad mountains
alone, (for no two ever came together) for four days before they reached
habitation of civilized man, bare headed, bare footed, without food, or
any garment except a shirt and pantaloons. Marking the desert with
their blood. Not withstanding their situation, they all arrived safely at
Bledsoe's Lick, a distance of about 70 miles by the circuitous route they
came, recovered by their wounds and fought many Indian battles in
defense of the women and children of the frontier. John Peyton, from
whom this compiler obtained the above facts, died at his residence on
Station Camp, in Sumner County in 1833 in the 78th year of his age.

                                          By Ester Morris.   1834
THE STORY OF DEFEATED CREEK
DEFEATED CREEK