I understand it, this cabin was built by Jacob Couch (my 5th great-grandfather),
and/or his sons, presumably around 1780, or so. It is believed that
the cabin was moved when the state of Franklin was formed, in order to
ensure it was located in this new state, probably for military protection.
Sometime around, or prior to, 1980, Ralph Neas Couch of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
bought a two-story framed house, said to be the home of Jacob's son and
grandson, both named John Couch. In the course of remodeling the
home, it was discovered that the house had built up around this cabin.
Ralph, realizing the historic significance of the cabin, abandoned his
plans to remodel the frame house and chose to preserve the cabin, instead.
He later had the cabin moved into the cemetery (known successively as the
Couch, Couch-Patterson, and then Patterson, Cemetery) to help protect it
from souvenir hunters, and finally erected a fence around the cabin to
protect it further. It is said that Ralph's intent was to dissassemble
the cabin, move it to Broken Arrow, and reassemble it there, but he died
before completing his plans...
(if anyone has information
to refute or enhance this information,