While looking at the Thunderhead Mountain quad topo map, checking out the Middle Prong's headwaters, I noticed a Starkey Gap on the A.T. just east of Brier Knob and just to the Blount Co. side of the Blount/Sevier Co. boundary. There is also a Starkey Creek coming off the Devil's Courthouse that feeds down into Sam's Creek then into Thunderhead Prong. I was wondering if anybody knows anything about the Starkeys they're named for, or where I might be able to find any historical info for that area. Starkey is my family name (and my son is a Sam), but we moved up here from south Louisiana and I'm curious about any family ties I might have to this area.

My dad traced our branch of the Starkeys back to England in the early 1600s and found when they came to the colonies, and I know one of Daniel Boone's brothers married a Starkey which would put some of them in this general area in the mid-to-late 1700s. I think it would be pretty neat to be able to tie the two branches together and explore my previously unknown Smoky Mountain heritage. Thanks in advance for any help anybody can provide.