Reverend Thomas Gunn
Thomas Gunn and his brother were early pioneers of Methodism in the Red River
Settlement and very prominent figures in the "Bell Witch" legend.
He was born and spent his childhood in Virginia, where was licensed to
preach in May of 1789.
He moved to Caswell County, North Carolina in 1791, and to the Red River
area, settling in Logan County,
Kentucky, in the spring of 1812. He moved to the Red River Settlement some
four years later.
was twice married, and three of his five children married into the John Bell
having a dislocated hip from being thrown by a horse later in life, Reverend
Thomas Gunn continued his trademark fervent, “hellfire and brimstone”
preaching – often traveling long distances and suffering great pain to deliver
1844, he contracted palsy and suffered a head injury that rendered him invalid
for the remainder of his life. Reverend
Thomas Gunn died in May of 1859 at
the advanced age of 89 years, and is buried in one of the two Gunn cemeteries
near Adams, Tennessee.