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New Market is a town in Jefferson County, Tennessee, United States. It is part of the Morristown, Tennessee Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,234 at the 2000 census.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,234 people, 473 households, and 366 families residing in the town.

There were 473 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.6% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 105.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $39,583, and the median income for a family was $45,298. Males had a median income of $29,828 versus $19,900 for

Frances Hodgson Burnett (November 24, 1849 ? October 29, 1924) was an English?American playwright and author. She is best known for her children’s stories, in particular The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy. She was born Frances Eliza Hodgson in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, England. Her father died in 1854, leaving her mother to support five children. They had to endure poverty and squalor in the Victorian slums of Manchester.

In 1865 she emigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee in the United States. The move, which the family made at the request of an uncle, did not alleviate their poverty, but they were now living in a better environment. She lived in a house in New Market, northeast of Knoxville off of 11E; in front of the house there is a sign which contains details. Following the death of her mother in 1867, the 18-year-old Frances was now the head of a family of two younger siblings. She turned to writing to support them all, with a first story published in Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1868. Soon after she was being published regularly in Godey’s, Scribner’s Monthly, Peterson’s Ladies’ Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar. Her main writing talent was combining realistic detail of working-class life with a romantic plot.

On September 24, 1904, two passenger trains collided head-on near New Market, killing a large number of people. Different sources give different values for the number of deaths, ranging from 54 to 113.[4][5][6] (See also List of pre-1950 rail accidents.)

New Market Wreck” from the recording entitled Tipple, Loom, & Rail, Folkways FH 5273, provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. 1966. Used by permission.

On September 24th, 1904, two Southern Railway passenger trains collided head-on between Hodge’s Station and New Market (east of Knoxville). Tennessee newspapers carried dramatic features on the calamity. More than 62 persons were killed, including both engineers. Soon afterwards, Charles O. Oaks, a blind wandering musician from Richmond, Kentucky, composed and printed a long, rather stilted ballad “The Southern Railroad Wreck.” About 1930 a Charlie Oaks appeared on Hillbilly records; it is likely that this performer is the author of “The Southern” broadside, but the relationship is not verified. However, it was another itinerant balladeer who first recorded (1924) “The New Market Wreck,” in a form shorter than Oaks’ version. George Reneau (The Blind Musician of the Smoky Mountains) was the pioneer hillbilly artist on the Vocalion label. He may have heard Oaks’ ballad as a child and recomposed it drastically, or he may have heard a different song based on the same wreck.

Partial Lyrics:

The Trains were going east and west and speeding on their way,
They ran together on a curve and what a wreck that day.
The cars were bursted, torn and split, and spread across the track,
You’ll see a picture of the wreck just over on the back?”


  • New Market Baptist Church (865) 475-4862 921 Churchview St, New Market, TN
  • New Hope Baptist Church (865) 475-9295 Reebull Rd, New Market, TN
  • Pleasant Grove Baptist Church (865) 475-1591 1708 Indian Cave Rd, New Market, TN
  • Nance’s Grove Baptist Church (865) 475-7180 2214 Nances Grove Church Rd, New Market, TN
  • Good Hope Baptist Church (865) 475-8480 2691 Good Hope Church Rd, New Market, TN
  • Flat Gap Baptist Church (865) 475-9579 515 Hinchey Hollow Rd, New Market, TN
  • Pleasant Grove Piney Baptist Church (865) 933-7030 2660 Piney Rd, New Market, TN
  • Dumplin Baptist Church (865) 397-2048 1843 W Dumplin Valley Rd, New Market, TN
  • Young’s Memorial Ame Zion (865) 475-9141 1083 W Old A J Hwy, New Market, TN
  • Pleasant Grove Piney Baptist (865) 933-7030 2660 Piney Rd, New Market, TN

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