John Cate, Sr. left Orange County, North Carolina and traveled west for more religious freedom than existed where English prejudice prevailed. He traveled from Orange County to Dumplin Valley, Tennessee in 1782, a journey of 300 miles over mountains and rivers through forests. He moved into a wilderness, into a valley used by the Cherokee Indians as a hunting ground into a country considered far west. He located near the present site of Dumplin Church, Jefferson County, Tennessee a few hundred yards north of the church on the road leading to the Knoxville-Dandridge highway. The large log house, located on the east of the road was near a large spring. John Cate, Sr. gave the land for and was the first member of the Dumplin Baptist Church when it was organized in 1797.
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