March is Women's History Month and listed here are just a few of the women who have earned a spot in Knox County history Books.
Elizabeth Owen, a widow, was the first settler in Knox County to locate outside of Henderson. She moved here in 1829 with her son and two daughters and settled in Haw Creek Township. Her son, Parnach, surveyed the town of Knoxville and successfully bid on a contract to finish the inside of the first log Knox County Courthouse.
The first case before the Circuit Court of Knox County, in 1830, was a bill for divorce brought by Rhoda Tanner against her husband, John Tanner.
Hester Ann Rude was the first woman arrested for murder in Knox County in 1837. Her brother, Silas Rude, was arrested at the same time for the shooting death of Dr. Valentine T. Dalton, Knoxville. She was later released and her brother escaped before he could be brought to trial.
Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke was a Civil War nurse from 1861 to 1865. She was the only woman at the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, saw 19 battles altogether, and served under Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman.
Justina L. Ford, born in Knoxville on Jan. 22, 1871, became the first black female physician licensed to practice medicine in Colorado.
Mary Allen West was the first and only woman to be elected Knox County Superintendent of Schools. She served from 1874 to 1882.
In the 1880s, Lillian Honeywell Beall, a professor of mathematics at Hedding College, Abingdon, was the youngest college professor in the United States.