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PROMINENT TEN? SSEAN 



SKETCHES 



PROMINENT TENNESSEANS 



CONTAINING 



BIOGRAPHIES AND RECORDS OF MANY OF THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE 
ATTAINED PROMINENCE IN TENNESSEE. 



COMPILED ANT) EDITED BY 

HON. WILLIAM S. SPEER. 



NASHVILLE 



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Entered according 

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in the office of the Librarian ■ i Washington. 



INDEX TO SKETCHES. 



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A 



\n,li i h Mottley, M.D 

uh Rhea 

Willi) d T., D.D.S ... 

Atkins, Hon. J. I). C 

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. Prof. \. I', i L.D 

\.M., D.D. 
Bate, ' R 

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iV.G., M.D 

.:!-, M. D 

Blankenship, John P., M.D 

1 .. M.D 

adford H . M 

A.M.. M.D 

William T.. MD 

' W 

Bro« n, Col. A. J 

Brown, Hon. John Weslej .. 

. Hon. Neill S . 

P, W 

vmlri'W H 

h.i R., M.D 

Stanford G 

Burns, Hon. Michai 1 

Burma, Hon. Fletcher K.... 

Butler, Hon. 



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Callender, John Hill, M.D 

pbell, Gen. Alexander W ... 

i !lapp, Hon. I. W 

Col. Moses II 

t bldwell, Judgi i il 

n. William 

[on, William I ' 



286 
257 



90 

152 
216 

190 

131 

7 
158 



40 

14 

12 



:ili, M I I. . 


D 

KM., M.D 



Deaderick, Hon 5 

tt, Hon. W 192 

Kick. M.D 182 

Dodd, Rev. rhomas .).. D.D.. 141 

E 

Hon. Edward II 

lames...... 150 

99 

t, Hon. William V . . . . . 120 

■■ ; ' 153 
ord M ... 

n, \ M . M.D. 
Ew iug, Hon. Edwin Hickm 

V 
Faio, <iei!. John 218 

Ferriss, Hon. I un C 

Fleming, Hoi . William Sluarl 

. Ma . Wi 
■ I, John R., M.D 

1. R. I >u.' , 
nan, Ion. Thomas -I ..... 
Frierson Hon. 8 imuel !' •■■ ies 17 

ell, jion. John 170 

Fulkers Hon F. M 246 

G 

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100 

GalJa i 

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Hon. Willi 
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Willi;!,. 1-28 

irlnnd, Hoi 

McMi I., M.D 

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M,l- \ 

. 175 
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1 B., M. I 1 

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II M 1> 

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. I 
. Hon. Willia, i; 
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Muse, 11. 



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mi 

I, Williar 



Overton, Hun. John, jr 

P 

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id I 

Josiab - 

Pettibone, Hon. Augu 

Phillips, Be\ J. W., M D .., 161 

Fitman, John, Ml' 

romee D., M.D 

Porter, I [on. James 1 1 

Q 

Quai li ludgi [ames M . ... 

R 

Rainbaut, Maj. Gilberl V 

Randolph, Hon. William M 

113 



; . Nick D., M D 

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,rd, .Tames M.rrill, A..M . Ml'.. !' ! D .. 

I ol. William 

Saun i D., M.I' 



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r, Hon. D. W C 

. I i an, M.A., D.D 
. William C, D.D.S 

T 

irles Brysi 
Smitl ... 

Smith, . I„ In, IV. M.D 

th, Hon. William M 

Q. W 

[on. William B 



Stark 





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I.William I' 

Temple, Hon. Oliver P 

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Tinm > 

505 

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njamin W., M D 

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264 

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Williamson, H 

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PROMINENT TENNESSEANS. 



GEN. WILLIAM (J. HARDING. 



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C^ EN. \\\ I.I.I \M G. HAKDING, the eminent 
j agriculturist and breeder of thoroughbr 
■ i i epl imber 1">. 1808, in a log cabin, still stand- 
on his presenl celebrated and magnificent Belle 
Meade six miles From the city of Nashville. 

■ , w up "M i bat place when the Indians « i 
ful in its neighborhood, and it has been his I 
since, except during the six j 1 

planting on his Stone's river Farm. Said he, " I am to 
tlir manner born," and alluding to his birthplai 

1 abii man. \ nd ic is a 

splendid illustrat ion of the vi 1 of thi • • 

as a factor of success He is 01 1 the few 1 

personal records appear in this volume, who an 

yhere thej were born, and such men areas a 
rule, eminent examples of -urn-.- in life. 

1 ., 1 I larding was 1 Id schools 

until he was Fourteen years old, when he went to the 
Cumberland College (predecessor of the Univcrs 
Nashville), under Prof. Philip Lindsley, and 
studied t\> 1 displaying the char 1 w hich 

foreshadowed his manhood, resolution. He then said 
to his Father, " I want to go off in search of an educa- 
tion, for I 1 one here, surrounded, as I am, by 
c chums, h ho do not -1 udj and will not perm 
udy." His Father, immersed in a largi 
could give neither time nor thought to his sou a req 
and not compreh -inline « h,\ he could no 
1 ion nearer homi rjiluctanl !.\ j ielded to Ins req 

1 ini funds, and told him to go to anj school he 
ect. lie \ isited 1 tie, II in trd, and Prince 
ton, inspecting their met I d at last Fo 

system, order and studiousness which hi 
the American Military Academy, at Middletown, Con 
neetieiit. tinder Capt. \hleii Partridge, then having 
two hundred and fifty students. He had no acquaint- 
ances there, and did nol want to find any. The ab 
id' acquaintances was to his liking, for those he w 
to form slowly and with proper care. Lfti c Fouj 



he graduated with the highest honors, h 
attained the first position in the I He 

to tl gratified >n of his father 

and mother, bringing with him as his guest old Capt. 
Partridge, this ; Inter- first visit to any of the 

ifter their ai j paid 

a visit to the Nero of the Hermitage," a man whom 
Capt. Parti d in man; Andrew 

.1. Donelson, the pri ta f Pi idenf Jack- 

son, w West Point when Capt. Pari i ■ 

was superintendent, prioi to his organizing the Military 
Academy at M idd ; of instruction at 

this institution combining, as it did, thi terns 

and ai methods of military 

ed with lit icrsed with 

the thoroughly practical, and consisted of marches over 

New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland, laying "lit 

roads ineering plans • anad locks, 

buildi 1 teducts, etc., and was of im- 

advantage to the n ho, at the age 

of sixteen, had the audacity tn inspect for himseli 
merit lucational insti- 

tutions of the country. 

In attendance at the military ai pith \ a 

Harding were ex Gov. Hai 1 3ej moui 

...... Horati urbide, sou 

oftbe I [oxico 1 ol. M. H. Sandford, ofNew 

iTork; ex-Gov. Hoge, of North Carolina, and many 

equally distinguished in the military and 

of tl tion Th nation 

- apt. Partridge s own ham 

ug words: 
• l be uinicnd ffm. G. Harding as a scholar, a 

gentleman and a soldier. 

At the age of twenty Gen. Harding married Miss 
Selene McNairy, the history of whose family is else- 
where given, and 1 ! life on a tract of six 
hundi md with forty live dollars in money. 
Then close 



I'KOMINENT Tl I VNS 



applii 
methods wliieli 

I and In 
him a r:mk uni 

men in the ' licniaini 

patrimonial inheritance on ■ 

until 1830, hi ion of the 

hundi >l land nnd ■ hui 

II the 

i" his plantation, and adding adjoinii 

hi for ill 
Hi' « his fathci in had I" 

purchasin 
slaves to the i 

would Mn i in n cotl ■ 

kepi his slaves nuclei' his immediate suju 

ncrally thought to bi n ethod 

of working slave labor, but by him d the 

more humane. During the civil war his slavi 
faithful i" him, and a goodly numbi with him 

at tlii> wi iting, 1 1 kness and 

<It 1 1 as formerly. They arc happy 

well clothi An 

incident is told illustral 

!ii \vi<li which they welcomed their old masters 
return home in 1802, after hi 

political prisoner ;ii Mackinaw. A number uf them 
met the vchich 

home, took him out of the carria i him, 

with great exultation, on their sin I In arriving 

at the front yard he wanted 
his wife, but they said, " No ; old 

faithful groom of the 
thoroughbred - shot by the Federals 

on account of his ' 

in Ins abs aud afterwards 

returned I i lily. 

Thus, c ■ ! on his 

ions and the b 
.uni the tuanagcmcni w i i li intelligent dir 

" ly has he 
adhered with if the 

thoro lorse, brin nd ro- 

il funds in 

often! his iiobl 

of mules, he has continue 
of animal ind 

in his rs, hi 

win- ili:. 
horse stock li i md to 

ithcr tl Ill world or I 



of linn resolution, 
• in The 
time ■ il) an old- 

he held to thai 
girth to his saddle until 
libs old enough for sale, when he 
buy bluin 
he lambs to Nashville, 
ble pride of charai been 

in tin body, He 

n of life for their cl 
irt and in than 

atellecl .' itlmii! thi He is 

I which ! 

the industrious of both 
but hi 

erous and elegant hospitality, and at his palatial 

S man of promi 
that li ; has visited I li a of the I 

William II Jack law, « ho lias 

lived with him dot* I lard- 

ing: "In his coursi of conduct and bearing towards 
low men he has fulfilled literally the golden rule, 

hi any man I I either in or "ill of 

the church. As il the difference I have 

known him 

iIh coll off when he bad 

reached a i that that was price 

-■It ; and, again, when a young 

red him one dollar 

ami fifty cents per bushel for his wheat, he remarked, 

' Young nini, 1 am afraid you are u wheat 

1 ufficiently 

luality for that price, and you may have it for 

one dollar .> fill commentary 

upon the grasping, sordid times in which we live. This 

- I ml natural, when 

' hi> life. II 

up ill man and man 

■was almost universal, thi uired ; 

when good and neighborly feeling was the rule; when 

i neighbor to shuck his corn, roll 
dear bin; when the iucar- 

hvillc 
ii ripple i he public 

mind, ami when honesty and fair dealing were tin 
with He attaii 

fifty yi i . he belie\ ed thci iu the 

world who would l""k him in the Rice and tell him a 

man, illustrative 

h rather I 
.1 in him. 
All ien. Hard- 



PROMT NEN T T E N N ESS R A N S 



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in:;'* character by one fully competent to speak, will 
recognize it as a true picture of a, truly aoble Tennes- 
sean. Such iutegrity of life could not help producing 
like effecl on those surrounding him. During the war 
his negroes buried a barrel of solid silverware that had 
been awarded him at fairs as premiums, and when the 
danger was over unearthed the treasure and brought it 
home, every piece of it. 

Gen. Harding has lived as he was born, a "dyed in 

the wool" Dei sral of the Old Hickory school. When 

Tcnih i ded he was appointed a member of the 

State Military Board, which expended five million dol- 
lars in the equipment of the Tennessee soldiery of all 

arms for the Confederate service. He had i hei 

connection with the war, having been taken prisoner in 
April. 1862, and rel< ased on his parole of honor, which 
he observed most sacredly until the end of the war. 
His title came from bein d brigadier-general of 

militia, about I 

Though a leading t urfman forty years or more, enjoying 
the confidence, • steem and high regard of every man of 
his acquaintance who ever dealt, in thoroughbred horses, 
yet he has been absolutely Free from any of the 
attendant upon the race course. He lias never wa 

race, but has at all times taken a broad 
view of the high and important mission of the thor- 
oughbred horse, which is to improve all of the equine 
race; and believes that hi,- chief mission is not, as 

in ...... contl ibute to the amusement and 

pleasure of the public on tie rac. course, but sub- 

Scribing to the idea that without tin- t licit. F the world 

would ne\ i r have known those distinguished d< 'in 
of human character in all its phases, SO without the 
.' course — the theater of action and competition of 
the thoroughbred horse — the intelligent breeders of this 
animal would never have discovered the most valuable 
strains of blood to propagate. 

Gen. Harding has also been an advanced thinker as 
an agriculturist, keeping pace with the latest improve- 
ments in farming machinery and the most valuable 
modes tin- the recuperation and culture el' tlie soil. 
Occupying through life prominent positions in the 
different bureaus of agriculture of the State, he has 
at all times taken an .olive interest, in all measures 
tending to build up Tennessee. He was the first fa 
who ever shipped grain from Tennessee to the Ch 
ton market; the first to ship a load of hay to New 
Orleans; the first to Buggest the idea of building ile 
Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, opposing bin 
penditure of our money fur the building of roads lead- 
ing North, believing that we should connect with our 

natural markets of the South, and lei the North e spend 

her own money in reaching our sout&ern connections. 

ten Harding's lather was John Harding, a nativi • I 

Virginia, who came to Tennessee in 1805, with his 

father's family, consisting of two daughters (Sallie, 

who married a Mr. Page, am! Patsey. who married 



Matthew Johnson), and four sons, besides himself, 

Giles, William, Thomas, and David Morris, who all 
ee excellent farmer-, and were a hard) pii 
who did the first (faring in their respective 
localities, and were noted for their hospitality and 

fondness for field sports. They '-.ere all men of the 
strictest integrity, truth-tellers, and fair in their deal- 
ings, hut linn iii contending lor their rights. 

John Harding married in Davidson county. Novem 
her. 1806, Miss Susannah Shutc, daughter of .John 
S 1 1 nt.'. a farmer from the vicinity of Carlisle. Pennsyl- 
vania, and of German extraction. To this marriage 

were hum Amanda (win. married frank McGavOck), 

William Giles (subject of this sketch), and Elizabeth 

(who married Joseph Clay). Gen. Harding's father 

died in September, 1st;,"), at the age of 87; his mother 
died September 1-. 1845, at the age of 60. Prom a 
brief biographical sketch of John Harding in the His- 
tory of Davidson County, it appears that he wa- a warm 

friend of education, a member of the Christian Church, 

a prosperous farmer and stock raiser, a large land and 
slaveholder, and a man of energy, industry and \er-a- 

tility ..f talent.-. He purchased the Belle Meade place 
and built the log cabin in which his distinguished son. 
the subject of this sketch, was horn. No man in this 
country ever made fur himself so high a Reputation as 
a hard and constant worker Gen. Harding relates of 
his father that he was the only man. as the imported 

"Priam" was the only horse, whom he n 
saw resting, alternately, mi either leg. No one ever 

saw him in any positi I standing erect or sitting 

erect * hi this remark being repeated to the file veu- 

erahle Dr. W. K. Bowling, he quietly replied: "G n 
Harding might have said he never saw his father stand- 
ing on one foot or two, tor he wa- always going.'' lie 
a rocking chair or lounge up to the age of 
seventy. He was a tall man, six feet high, and of very 
gentle presence, mild in expression, careful of speech, 
never going above the mark in assertion. 1 1 i> motto 
was, " If you had tried a little harder, don', you think 

ould have got a little further?" He was possessed 
of indomitable will, and had an iron c institution, \t 

the age of seventy, at one end of a crosscut saw and 
the best negro man of two hundred and fifty pounds 
that he owned at the other, he would go through the 
toughest tree of H\e feel in diameter without stopping 
to blow. \ the age of seventy, having cleared up 

farms in Tennessee and one in Louisiana, he pro- 
ceeded to Arkansas w ith eight hands, and at that ad 

d age, chared anil put in successful i p. ration a 
magnificent cotton plantation, near Plum Point fiend. 

which he gave to his grandson, John McGavock, and for 

which he was offered and refused one hundred and fifty 
nid dollars in gold. In I860 In 1 to 

ille, ami lived in his city home, bewildered in 

his old age l..\ the war. lie could never he made to 

Mod lew people i Id take thin-- which did 



PROMINENT TENNESSEANS. 



not belong to them. Il< to the 

Christian < 'hurch, of ivh mem- 

ber, and Poi n. i i. \ ara w: its prominent support. 
Ilia name, wherever known, was the synonym of honor 
able and upright conduct. Such was John Harding, a 
factor in the earl) development of Middle Tenm 
and of more than our of ii- ndustries. He 

left hi- sturdy, vigorous lity impressed upon 

memories of thousands of his survivors, and is 
therefore a Tei i haraeter, more im 

Hit than hundreds of noisy politicians, his 
raries, who died and left neither sign nor name. 

The mother of Gen. Harding was likewise n person 
of strong el r, a lady of marked individuality, 

exceptionally kind and ■•. and of proverbial 

candor. 1( is reported of her that .-he would not. out 
nn.il courtesy, invite any one to visit her 
whom she did not want ; it was her 

devotion to truth, rt is e; ' 

of the old family back of ( !en. Hari ned in him 

a character which is but a reproduction of their 

Gen. Harding first married in Xashville, November 
17. 1S20, .Miss Selene McNairy, daughter of Nathaniel 
McNairy, and niece of Dr. Boyd McNairy and Judge 
John McNairy, of a prominent North Carolina family 

• The count) of McNairy in Teni 

was named for Judge McNairy. Mrs. Harding's sister, 
Amanda, is now the widow of James Porter, a mer 
chant of prominence at Nashville, and is a lady re- 
markable as a business woman and manager of finance. 
Her youngest sister, Kittie, married John Kirkman, 
now president of the American National Bank ol 
Nashville. Her mother was Catharine Hbbson, of a 
Virginia family, sister of Nicholas Hobson, noti 
his sterling integrity and suci banker; a man 

who enjo) ed t lie unlimited of the i om 

munity; a man of simplicit) of character, truthfulness, 
and kindness of heart. Mrs. Harding ated at 

the old Nashville Female Ai rid was a lady id' 

domestic and • I habits, and a member of the 

Christian Church. She died in 1836, at the i 
twenty-four, having borne two children : (1). John, a 
graduate of the North Carolina University 
Hill; married first Miss Sophia Merritt, daughter of 
Embry Merritt. of I. lie. Virginia. She 

irs after marriage, leaving one child, 
Sophia Harding, now the wife of Granville S. Job i 
ami mothe! of two children. William Harding and 
Morgiana John Harding next married Mrs. Philip 
Owen, ne< Margaret Murphy, of Mississippi, who bore 
him three ehil ' lenc McNairy, William Giles, 

■el John Selene McNairy Harding is now thi 
of Prof Charles P. Curd, of Washington University, 
St. Louis, author of several educational text-books, 
and a brilliant man oi iromisi They have 

one child. Ilayden T. William Giles married Mi-^ 

Bessie Caruthers, of N usl ville. (2) Nathaniel Mc- 



Nairy, t ten. Harding's second son, died at the age of ten 
years, his death being caused by a fall from a horse. 

Gen. Harding's second marriage, which occurred at 
Franklin, Tennessee. January 2, 1840, was with Miss 
Elizabeth Irwin McGavock, daughter of Randal Mc 
ck, a large landowner and farmer of Williamson 
county, and a large holder of city property in Nashville, 
ami the first county clerk of Davidson counts. The 
McGavocks are of Scotch-Irish descent, and are numer- 
ous in Williamson and Davidson counties, and in Vir- 
ginia. Her youngest brother, Col. John McGavock, one 
of the most prominent citizens of Williamson, is a highly 
educate, I i in i,.;u in. thoroughly posted in the careers 
of the public men and measures of the government, 
and hi n the private secretary of Hon. Felix 

< I rinelv while at Washington, he is regarded as a typical 
gentleman of the school of those days. Her mother's 
sister was the wife of Felix Grundy, and was the lady 
to whom Washington society deferred in all matters of 
etiquette and court manners. Mrs. Harding's 
lirother. .lames I!. McGavock, was a line fanner in Wil- 
liamson county, possessed of a m ile ;enerous heart, 
given to large charity and overflowing hospitality: of 
great sympathy for the struggling masses, the soul of 
honor, and a general favorite and standard man in hi- 
county. He married his first cousin. Miss Louisa 
Missouri, a lady of sterling qualities, 
.similar to those of her husband, :, t'd their sons and 
daughters are notable likewise for their RbcraHty ami 
hospitality. Mary Cloyd McGavock, Mrs. Harding's 

sister, mar; icil .1. .). I!. Southall, a nephew of Gov. 
Branch, of Florida, and lived in princely style at their 
Etosi nioiii." three miles from Nashville. Her 
striking characteristics were a strong will-power, a very 
highly cultivated intellect, and the highest order of 
Christian virtues. She gave her only son. Randal 
McGavock Southall, to the Confederacy, saying, "My 
son. you ai'- all I have to give to the Southern cause." 
and placing her hand on his head, added, " Go, with 
my blessing.'' Mrs. Harding's mother was Miss Sarah 
Dougherty Rogers, daughter of John Rogers and Mar 

M. Dougherty. Her father was a descendant ol' 
John Rogers, the Protestant martyr. 

By his marriagi with Miss McGavock, Gen. Harding 
has two children: i 1 ). Selene, bom April .">, 1846, at 
Belle Meade, where her father and her own children 

were horn. She was educated at the Nashville 1' 

Academy under Rev. C. D, Elliott until the war broke 

out. when she was .-.ail to Philadelphia, where she 

1 a \ear in .Madame Ma se's private French 

il, She married December 15, 1868, Gen. William 

II, Jackson, a planter of West Tennessee, whose sketch 

appears elsewhere in this volume, and has three eh.il- 

Kunice, William Harding and Selene Harding. 

(2). Mary Elizabeth, born February 5, 1850, at Belle 

Meade, educated at Nashville, under Rev. Philip Fall ; 

married Judge Howell E. Jackson, present United 



PROMINENT TENNESSEANS. 



States Senator from Tennessee, and has three children, 

. Louise, and Harding Alexander. Si 
Jackson's sketch elsewhen in this volume. 

Thus surrounded by his children and his grand- 
children, and living upon the goodly inheritance 

bhed him by his father, Gen. Harding lias wisely 
made himself his own executor, and disposed of his 
among his heirs to theii 
passing the evening of his life in happiness un- 
alloyed, undisturbed by the cares of business or distress 
of mind caused by the bad conducl of any of his 



descendants, and is free from the petulance ami little 
- and weaknesses so often attendant upon old age. 
His i dually passing out smoothly, serenely 

and quietly, with (lie consciousness of years well and 
without a wrong inflicted on his fellow- 
man. 

(Jen. Harding professed relig the preaching 

uf Rev, Sam. Jones, in May, 1885, and immediately 
thereafter connected himself with (he Christian church 
in Nashville, being received into the same by Rev. 1!. 
Linn Cave, its paster. 



BON. JAMES W. DEADERICK. 



iBOROVGB. 



THE present Chief Justice of the Supreme Court 
of Tennessee was born in Jonesborough, Wash- 
a county, on the 25th of November, 1812. lie is 
the youngest child of David Deaderick, a native of 
Winchester, Virginia, who died in 1823, at tie 
of sixty-five. Judge Deaderick's father was a soldier 
of the Revolution, and paymaster of a Virginia 
ment which served in that war. He moved to Jones- 
borough al hi early day after the close of the war for 
independ and was president of tin- branch of the 

first hank of the State of Tennessee located in that 
town, lie also at one time represented Washil 
county in the General Assembly of the State. He was 
a warm personal friend of Gi I son, who, when 
Circuit Judge in East Tennessee, made his home at 
Mr. Deaderick's house. He was one of the most intel- 
ligent men of his day. hut was chiefly noted for his 
unswerving integrity in all the relations of life. So 
marked was this characteristic that no higher praise 
could he bestowed upon a person than " He is as 

honest a man as David Deaderick," and this saying as 
to him passed into a proverb throughout the region in 
width he lived. During most of his life he was en 
in mercantile pursuits, and a common saying among his 
patrons was : " We can get as much for our money from 

him by sending a child as by going ourselves." He was 
possessed of a vast fund of information, was verj fond 
of reading, and made it a point to give all his children 

the benefit of the best scl Is accessible in those earlj 

days. 

Judge Deaderick's paternal grandfather and grand- 
mother were Germans, who settled in Winchester, Vir- 
ginia. They retained the German form of the family 

Deitrich — master-key — which has beer 
into Deaderick by their descendants. Besides the 
father of Judge Deaderick, this worthy couple had 
other children, one of whom. Michael Deaderick, set- 
tled in Nashville at an early day, as a merchant, and 



was also president of the old State Hank of Tennessee 
ihout 1810. Deaderick street in Nashville was so 

called in his honor. Another son, Thomas Deaderick. 
was also among the earlj settlers of Nashville and one 

of the pioneer merchants of thai i ity, as was a younger 
brother, John Deaderick. who was engaged in bush 
with his brothers, but who died quite young. Judge 
Deaderick's only paternal aunt was the wife of David 
Murrell, ol i. nchburg Virginia. Of her children, 
one is a physician of that city, one a tobacco merchant, 
and another, John Murrell. was at one time a million- 
aire cotton merchant in New ( hleans. The mother of 
Judge Deaderick, Margaret Anderson, was a native of 
Delaware, daughter of a Mr. Anderson of a German 
family. She had ^rx brothers in the Revolutionary 
army, all of whom were officers. Her oldest brother, 

Joseph Anderson, was the first United Slates Senator 
from '1 one ot the first federal judges 

in the Slate, lie was for main years, and up to a short 

time before his death. Comptroller of the Treasury at 
Washington, where he died. Another brother, William 
Anderson > I Congtt man from the State of Dela- 
ware, [nslee Anderson, another of the brothers, was 
killed in one of the battles of the Revolution. Dr. 
Thomas Anderson, of Tullahoma, Tennessee, is a son 
of Judge Joseph Anderson, mentioned above. Judge 
Deaderick's maternal grandmother was an Inslee. His 
mother died al Jonesborough in 1856, at the advanced 
age of eighty five. She was a lady of Hue literary tastes, 
of extensive reading, and possessed a remarkable 
of information upon a great variety of subjects. She 
was by nature kind, affectionate and generous, and a 
working member of the Presbyterian church. It was 
truthfully said of her, ' : No better woman ever lived 
than -1m 

In his youth Judge Deaderick enjoyed excellent 
educational advai a After a course of primary 

training at home, he entered Hast Tennessee Coif 












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PROMINENT TENNESSEANS. 



Knoxville (now the University of Tennessee) (id 
afterwards Centre College, al Danville, Kentucky, I lion 

miller tin- ptt i of John (' doling. While at 

Danville, be becam I to his wife, and married 

her before completing bis college course, being at the 
time under twenty years of age. Soon after his mar 
riage he settled at Cheek's Cross-roads, in Jefferson 
. Hamblen) county, where he commenced merehan 
disinu in Is:;:;, on a limited capital, carrying on a farm 
at the same time, Generous and confiding, without 
business experience or knowledge el' men. and fond of 
living and the manly sports of the day. he sunn 
ran through his moderate patrimony, most of ii goin 
to pay security debts for friends for whom he had 
endorsed. In 1841 he left Cheek's Cross-roads and 
weiii to Iowa, under an appointment from Pn ■ 
Tyler as Indian agent for the Pottawattomies. He 
remained there only some six or eight months, when 
he returned to Jonesboi'ough and commenced the study 
of law, Judge Linker lending him honks and 
him some instruction, lie was admitted to the bar in 
1S44, at Jonesborough, by Judge Luckey and Chancel- 
lor Thomas L Williams. Judge L. remarking, when he 
presented himself in be examined tin- license. " You 

need no examination.'' lie opened an office at .) s- 

borough and practiced in that circuit with reasonable 

-s until the close of the civil war. [laving been 

a sympathizer with the South in that unfortunate 

u Ii he was, alter its close, subjected in much 

trouble and ai yance from the ''truly loyal'' pi 

of thai section, to avoid which he removed, in the 
spring of 1866, to Bristol, on the Tennessee ami Vir- 
ginia line, where he remained for about a year, when 
he removed to Knoxville, remaining there until In 

d i mi of the judges of the Supreme Court in 
1870, under the present Constitution of the State, 
which was adopted in thai year. Since his elevation to 

the Supreme bench he has made his home at Jones- 
borough. 

[n the division of parties which prevailed from the 

majority til! the disruption of the old Whig 

organization, some years prior to the civil war, Judge 

Deaderick was an ardent follower of the great Harry of 

the West. Alter the war he allied himself with the 
Democratic party, but having been on the bench for 
most of the time, has taken no active part iii politics. 

I In has frequently occupied public stations, and always 
with honor in himself and ad\ those whom he 

served. From 1833 to IS41 he was postmaster at Ch 
Cross roads, and in the last-named year was agent for 
the Pottawattomie tribe of Indians. In KM -52, he was 
chosen Senator in the General Assembly from the dis- 
trict composed i tnties of Washington, Sullivan, 
Carter and Johnson. At thai session he served as chair 
mail of the committee on internal improvements. This 
was the session of the Legislature at which the internal 
improvement act. known as tin "omnibus bill,"' was 



passed, which loaned the credit of the State to sev 
railroad companies, The bonds issued under this 
a.t and subsequent enactments are the obligations that 
:ely into the polities and legislation 
of the Stai. si, me the war. Judge Deaderick advi 
and voted fir all thi internal inn .-urns 

adopted at that session. In I860 he was elector on the 
Hell and Everett ticket for the first congressional dis- 
l rint As before slated, he was (deeted to the Supreme 
bench in 1870, and re-elected in 1878. In 1875, upon 
the death of Chief Justice A. ( ). P. Nicholson, he was 
chosen Chief Justice by his associates on the bench, 
ami unanimously re-elected in 1878. 

Judge Deaderick is a member of the Presbyterian 
church— the church of his mothei a an also his wife 
and all their children, lie has never allied himself to 
hut one secret society, tin- Odd-Fellows, which order 

he joined in L845. 

He was married at Danville, Kentucky. Novemb 
1832, to Miss Adeline McDowell, daughter of Dr. 
Ephraim McDowell, known in his day as "the great 
ion of Kentucky.' Dr. McD. was a Virginian by 
birth. He studied his profession in Edinburgh, Scot 
laud, and i- inn well and widely known in ni i d further 
mention hem. He died in 1829, at tin- age of sixty. 
Judge Deaderick and his estimable wife, who still sur- 
vives to bless hiu, in his old age, celebrated their golden 
ling in Jonesborough on the 8th of November, 
1S82. Mrs. Deaderiek's mother. Sarah Shelby, the 
first white female born in Kentucky was the daughter 
of Gov. Isaac Shelby. Her death took place at Dan- 
ville, in that State, wl had always resided, at the 
;.,' five. Shi' was a member of the Protestant 
pal church, ' the corner-stone of that church in 
Danville," a « rigorous mind, highly culti- 
vated, of fine presence, and prided herself greatly on 
her domestic qualifications. Her mother, Susan Hart, 
of North Carolina, was the daughter o! Nathaniel 
Hart, of thai State. Her brother, Nat. Hart, was a 
prosperous farmer at Versailles, Kentucky. The Harts 
were all wealth\ men. gentlemen of elegant leisure. Mrs. 
Deaderiek's only surviving sister, Catharine, married 
in. Addison A. Anderson, who repre- 

i ci tj in the Tennessee Legislature in 

19. He died in 1883, in Monroe county, Missouri, 
where his widow- mm resides. Mrs. Dea lerick was edu- 
cated at I >anville and Lexington, Kentucky, and is a lady 

of most admirable trails of character, a wise and safe 

counselor, and a helpmate in everj en i her dis- 
tinguished husband. Even in her old age she is always 
busy, believing, as she says, it is a sin to be idle. 

To Judge Deaderick and his worthy wife have been 
born ten children, as follows: l 1 l. Arthur, a farmer in 
Washington county; married Miss Ad. lie Walker, of 
ter of James Walker a farmer of 
that place, and has six children, viz.: James William, 
McDowell, Lizzie. Lula, Charles and Monroe. 



PROMINENT TENNESSEANS. 



Shelby, who was killed iii the battle of Chicamauga, 
September 21, 1863, leaving one child, a son, John 
Wallace; his widow, Louisa Brown Deaderick, is a 
daughter of Maj. Byrd Brown, of Washington county. 
(3 \ ii mi Mary, widow of William 1). VanDyke, form- 
erly a prominent lawyer of Chattanooga, who died in 
1883, leaving four children, Annie Thomas Nixon, 
Fannie and Carey. (4). James G., a lawyer, now 
residing in California, engaged in fruit culture, who 
married Miss Lizzie Savers, of Virginia, and lias two 
children, Ella and Howe. (5). D. Frank, a commission 
merchant, and at this writing mayor of Quincy, Illinois, 
who married Miss Nannie Haynes. daughter of Col. J. 
G. lla> ■. of Washington county, by whom he has 

seven children, viz.: Mary. Fannie, Nannie, Frank. 

Lavinia, Carrie and Fred. (6) Wallace, a merchant 

and lawyer of Creeiieville. Tennessee, who married 

Miss Sarah Hardin, daughter of Chief Justice Morde 
cai Hardin, of Kentucky, and has two children, Sallie 
and Mary, (7). Allied Shelby, a lawyer, livin 
Jonesborough ; married .Miss Carter Luster, daughter 
of Rev. Mr. Luster, of Fincastle, Virginia; has four 

children, Kate. Lucy, A Idic and .lames. (S). I 

a farmer in Washington tounty ; married Miss Nannie 
Bayless, daughter of Byrd Bayless, a farmer of that 
county; has two children, Addie and Byrd. (9). Charles, 
a merchant at Hamilton, Missouri; married Miss Sue 
Anderson daughterof Addison A. Anderson, previously 
mentioned ; ha Id, Pauline. ( 10). Add'n Mc 

Howell, a graduate of Dr. Ward's Seminary, Nashville; 
unmarried, 



Judge Deaderick owes his success in life chiefly to a 
firm adherence to the principles of honesty instilled into 
him by his father, and to a faithful discharge of every 
duty devolved upon him in the various station,- he has 
been called to occupy. His steady persistence in this 
course through his whole life has made him troops of 
friends, and secured the unbounded confidence of the 
people of his State, who have elevated him to the high- 
est judicial position in their power to bestow. Natur- 
ally one of the most modest and diffident of men, he 
put himself forward — never seemed to know the 
value of himself: but the people, quick to discern true 
worth and ever ready to appreciate and reward the ex- 
ercise of noble qualities and high purposes, have singled 
him out and crowned him with the enviable distinction 

of their approval. When about to enter upon the 

practice of the law. he was somewhat despondent, in 

of the rather unpromising prospect which pre- 
I itself to him in the profession. At this time he 
was much Strengthened in his purpose by the late 
T. A. II. Nelson, who remarked to him: 'It 
seems to me you look discouraged; hut T know enough 
of the law and enough of you to feel sure that if you 
will persevere you will succeed." Taking courage From 

these wolds, he went forward and has achieved a 
ire of vii, cess attained by hut few men in the 
profession. It must have been peculiarlj -ratifying to 
the generous and noble hearted Nelson to find, in after 
ars, the young lawyer whom he had thus encouraged 
in his earl} struggles, occupying a seal on the Supreme 
bench with himself. 



HON. NEILL S. BROWN. 



,\ i\//i //,/./•;. 



THE life of this gentleman may be considered as 
coeval with the history of Middle Tenni 
His father came to Giles county in 1809, ai 
born the next year. Then' is a wonderful unity of type 

in these early pioneers of Tennessee, who settled in its 
central valley during the first decade of the nineteenth 

century, and impressed their best qualities on their 
descendants, who arc now the leading families of the 
State. They cam< from the Carolinas or Virginia, 
! re known to be of Scotch or Scotch Irish 

tit bhej were Presbyterians of the old school; 
plain, industrious farmers, who brought a moderate 

supply of the world's e Is with them, and with it 

their frugal, simple habits and well-directed industry. 
Discipline was strict in their families, and a plain Eng- 
lish education was usually attainable by the young, an 
education, however, which was largely into 
with work on the farm, in truth, it was general!} thi 



i system of six months' schooling and mx 
n ths' work on the farm; an arrangement contem- 
plated with high disdain hy those trained on the modern 
high pressure system, hut which gave our Websters to 

the North, our Clays to lh-' West, and our Wrights 
and Drown.-. Friersons. Coopers and Flemings, and a 

host of other great men, to Tennessee. 

In such a community Neill S. Brown manfully strug- 
gled on his way from obscurity to distinction. His sur- 
roundings were depressing and discouraging to youthful 
ambition beyond what was common, even in that modest 
settlement. The limitations of liis home must have 
amounted to actual poverty: for, whether from de- 
ficient of means or from the need of his labor on the 
farm, his education did not commence until his -. 
teenth year. Most mind- would have been crushed and 
deadened tnder such depressing circumstances: not so 
the indomitable spirit of Neill S. Brown. He was only 



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PROMINENT TENNESSEANS. 



above the humiliating level in which he found hi 

From the little known about his boyln sei ins in 

have been thoughtful beyond his 

but eviden lie aspiral ions thai 

in more u fc. lie was, even then, 

in break through 'I,. . iment thai hemmed 

him in. W hen, at leugl I 

did commence his school education, it was by his own 

savin and, 

when these wci 

to acquire me rthor instruction. 

In 1831 he entered what was called the Manual 
Labor Academy in Maury county, and studied there 
two sessioi which he chool in 

ity for a short I 

[n 16 . the study of law w ith Chan- 

cellor Bramletl al I 

bar at the ! Irani- 

lett. and Stuart. 11 ened an office al Pn 

at w hicll place, « itll us, lie |tra< 

law till 1 S IT. The firsl interruption »,i 

\av in is:;."), to I"- tl 
lucrative pracl i< but not ui 

ttgemi n d to Tennessee the sane year. In 

lie enlisted in Armstrong for i he £■ 

mile war in Florida. lie was in the battle on the 
With! 13, IKit). lie went out as 

a private ami was promoted to of his 

regiment, the F 

1 1 i- polil ii al li fi m u i i ..hi , 
turn from Florida lie was nominated by the Whig party 
candidate for presidential elector on the ticket of the 
Hon. Hugh L. White. Ill ill 

sire presidi ir the 

Whig i is in the same in 184(1, 

I'm- Cen. Harrison, and in 1S44, for Henr.\ ( 'lay. 

In 1837 he was a membei 

lature. wherein he served for a 
member in it. 

[n 1847hi 
one term and has since resided in Nashville, He was 
the youngesl man ever elected to the gub 
office. When it is taken into consideration that hi 
tn s,-h, ml for the first time in hi ' , tut in 

only twenty inn. e years had so impressed the people of 
Tennessee with his merits and live at 

their hands the highest office the) v 
of I i"\ . Brow n in.. 
unii|ii ■ in the records i I chief 

faculty by which this eminence was al 
matchless power of addressing crowds of men. Sprung 
himself from the very heart of the people, he knew 
what was in that mighty heart, ami could com 
every throb, ami hi ,,f a man 

rieuee had been the same. Tl trained orator 



cannot meet such a man bef< i pulaci without 

Hid at the 

In 1830 he was commissioned by President Taylor as 
minister to Russia, in which capacity he resided in that 
countr) tin 

Ctl ! tn the State 

member for Davidson county, and. when the \ 
hly met. n I by it Speaker of the llou 

lleprescntatn 

In ISoti he was ;( elcnienl pular 

>tate 
at large in the ; Mr. Fillmore, this time can 

nivcrsal n 
tion ■ ■ erful chau | i V\ hig 

.iles. 

In 1870 he was member for Davidson county of the 

to modify the instil n th ?o as tn adapt 

s which had been 
ht about by tin- abolition of slavery and the 
results el' the recenl 
This political pos ! by < fov. 

i from 
the dignified ami peaceful retirement which he had 

5S0, when , 

mi in rel i question, the 

itforni 
and put in and honor 

Siate. lie n e old 

loquent, pleading w ith impaired pi 
but with undiminished lire, the cause of righteous 
dealing, and though that idea was unavailing, it will be 
remembered in the coming years, when the pi 
eration of politicians 1ms passed «"'•'*•, and a fn 

■ ans may ! i econsider 

calml) 1 in the heat of party ani- 

mosity. 

In polities Gov. Brown has bcen-a life-long Wh 
least SO hum as the Whig party had an organized 
exist) n the war has acted with what is now 

styled the l'en, tarty. He has. however, nb 

stained for seme time from party conflicts, preferrii 

give his valuable SUpporl I measures which 

i party lilies. Among these the foremost 
is that ni popular education. Amonj icated 

fouud 

than that of observing how they look upon education. 

:ss delights in disparaging every better educated 

man than themselves is a pedant and dreamer: tl 

not the magnanimous elass. Another, on remembering 

the disadvantages which clogged their own early career, 

i by it to vow that mi meritorious j 

lie future shall .1 at 

the threshold of life i; ami to this 

class belongs Neill S. Bi alous and 



PROMINENT TENNESSEANS. 



M the Teni i 
of the present. 
The father of Gov. Brown was Duncan Broi 

rtson county, North Carolina, who mar- 
ried and emigrated to Gili I in 1809, 
where in 1810, he became father of the future I rovernor, 
hered from what has all said. 
thai he wa i man. lie was a farmer, and, from 

ti when the Whig party was firsl organized 

a \\ hig, ami to I if his death. lie was a man of 

stron bul of m i mal advanl 

II -,• m : man of poetical turn, a 

none of 1 1^ I h n e are I 
e published any poetry. It is the I 

i .nan was 

much, 
for both of men, 

Hi- fathei [I her to the Governor), was Angus 

i. horn in Scotland and settled in Rob 
county, N I I he middle of the last 

■i-y. There he lived and died a farmer. He 
n in the Revolu i car iindi 
Marian. 1 1 ,■ lived m be abou 

All these people have bi farmers, in i L 

circumstan nd re- 

spected in their day- as fair dealing, upright citizens. 

Brown married at Nashville. December 26, 
1839, di- Mart \im Trimble, daughter of Judge 
of tli. u city i posi- 

tion ami intlni nee. of a Virgin Her mother, 

Letitia Clark, was born in East Tenness 
Morris Clark, a merchant and farmer from Vii 
M . Brown's brother, Hon. John Trine 

a member of I L and once district 

attorney general. He was a noted leader of the Union 
pari}' in the days ol Her sister Lou i sa, died 

e. it.- of John l!eiil, a prominent lawyer at Nashville. 
Her sister, Eliza, married A. V. S. Lindsley, a la 

al \ i-h '. lie . -'in of I h. Philip Lind-Iey. I I er 
Susan, married Col. W. Ii. A. Ramsey, of Knnxville. 
f Tenness nov dead. M rs. 

. ii is a lad t, of pi 

amiable manners religious, and endow, d with thi I 
and native politeness which are beautifully manii 
in the practice of a gi nial and elegant hospitality. 

B; this in ii i iage < rov. Brown has had eighl 
(1). James Trimble, born al Pul . 25, 

1842, a lawyer: married Miss Jennie I''. Niehel. sister 

of Dr. William L. Nichol, of Nashville; died M 
1878; he ■ 

children, William Lytic. Elis I Trimble. 

i.:i). George Tully, born al Pulaski, December, 1843; a 

i at Nashville; married Miss Lou Ezell 
of P. II. I. I). Neill 8., born al Pu- 

1, 1846; now reading clerk in the 
House of Representatives tl Washington; married 
MissSusan Walton, daughter of Col. W. B. Wall 



". . has two children, Neill and Walton; 
army four year-. I I ). Dun- 
can, horn at Nashville, \- is i. 1848; died July 8, 

: he II ivid-oii ( 'oiini\ Ci ■ 1 ime 

of his death. (5.). Susan Louisa, horn at Nashville, 

November 5, 1850; nol married. (6). Henry A, born 
at Nashville, Maj 7. I s '"' I igent on the 

Atchison, Topeka k Santa Fc railroad, and was I 
' -7, 1881 : unman ied 
Letitia, born at Nasi J line 27, \<\h ; wife 

of Capt. ' merchant at Nashville. 

John ('..horn at Nashville. December 28, 1858; 
ma 'I agenl ; unmarried. 
r of Go) Brow ii is confidently offered as a 
mi i-i in-t ructive lesson to -n men as, H 

themselves possessed of the abilit; above the 

ordinary level of humanity, find themselves impeded 

shackled b 
vantages of the Governor's youth were limited to a 
pure, simple and frugal home, with religious training 
and a necessity loi constant industry; itsdisadvanl 

i P educational I traitened 

finance, and distance from center of population. No 

in in who i- now complaining of hi ob tacles to 

self-elevation w ill find ling I lie abo^ e sketch, 

that they were greater tha which stood in the 

i Brown, who practiced no arts bul 
-ell' denial, industry and perse vera i lie : and yet, twenty 
I I education on the 
means, he was Governor ol the State 
three years alter that was ambassador in one of the 

How was it done? This question wa- pul to the 
( io\ ernor hy tin md his answer shall be 

in his Is. He points out his first advanta 

being " the manner in which I was raised by my pai 
who were -triei 1 1 id pi iua rians, instilling correct morals." 
i. of himself : "1 had a native ambition 

" ity and make myself useful in i he 

world; to shine and be distinguished. A pains-taking 
father and mother inculcated moral and religious prin- 
ciples, without which no success is worth anything. 

- I started life on nothing, 

any man in Tennessee who i \ er became 
11 known." 

erev ere no methods beyond taking hold 

do and doing it with all liis 

might, observing, the while, those principles ol strict 
morality in which he had been trained. That i- your 
method, young man; it never failed, and there is no 

other. 

Gov. Brown is six feet two inches in height, a little 
bowed rsofage; perfectly accessible, 

his manners those of a man who, being at ease himself, 
puts till who approach him al case and conciliates their 
confide: iners w liieh h i en him acceptance 

in the courts of great monarchs, and which make the 






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of law His 1 k i 1 few.bi 

ed. Tl: 
keen insight in er and mol i\ e, an impn ssive 

earnestness of manm :| in the expn 

is, combined « ith a po immending 

them i" the ju n. It has lieen re 

marked that, while his ju I nenl n the bench were 
charai ness and concentra 

tion of thought and language, his pleadings al tl 

lifft ivi u i i 
could have anj possibl 

and it should it if he commem 

moderate ainounl of book lore, his subsequent studies 
as his incea 

verj i ■ ; 

ii] i be issues before bim. 

ln 1835 • inole 

war, under Gen Armstrong, and in company with 
othi r noted 1 

Dr. Cheairs, Gen. William Ti •> . Neill S. 

Broi\ ii, I [e and Brow n were at tl 
dential eh 

Burcn t ickel Demo n that of 1 1 ugh 

I,. White ( Whiji I Tl tied from the army to 

just before t be clo ie of i be war and, wit Ii 
military eai 

He married, in 1837, Miss M 
daughter of Dr. Elisha Eldrid f eini- 

ind a Methi New 

Hauip 
of tin- chii 

I ii 1847 be was Don 

■ in i riles count 
. in, during which he held thi i ijI position 

F cha I iinitl 

• i r held polil ii 

: e to the rout ine i 
with or the ma rtisan 

tions, which he 
belii ■■ tipi liimeni 

to i hi if public i 

II is i lal pra 

i he da j hi i pon it, and 

planting, his plantation beinj 

ippi : lie also had 

ty in Tui nil at 

At 

i hundred and eighty I > lollars. \- 

ilthy man. his 
bad i un ndustry intelligently di 

and its 

notes or speculated, i 
ods of nly rich. 

1858 he v 



m G ll.n ris to fill a vacancy, 

and v, 

scat, which he did al Knoxvillc in September of the 

his as-.., Robert I. Caruthers 

ami Robert J. McKinney. All threi d the 

me bench until the war. Judge Wright's term 

expired it he was arhitrarilj di pi d 

by Gov. IJrownlow in 18(55, and Vlvin Hawkins ap 
d in his pi 

of his life, J udge Wright once 

dit pari I 
■ ■hi inn which nominated M r Fusscll for 
■nor in 18 - ' indidate for the State 

In I mi 1 1 he v. defeat 

ust be 

looked ii] rat I i as a ieal can 

didaturc for office. 

The wifi lid Wright was, as lias 

!' a New Hampshire 

n and M I 

ied in 1833. On tin 
led from t he noble Irish family of 
Dillon, a memb I the close 

i ' the last century, I d was 

She was 
in Pulaski, Ti ii d is a prominent and 

Met hi dist church. Fo I i chil- 

ly by Jud 
I, nl.. E. Wright, educat 
of Mi a fine scholar and accomplished i 

. j : .■ .! . ner, a 

i. rady 
promi level of his fat her - high 

! h married Miss I- 

ie Fat 
four . Anna, Luke E., junior, and 

icated by the widow of < len, 
uml and man 

1 iw partner i lit.nl 

(3). Lizzi 

. ! right, named 

Elisha Eld iver- 

pel I till, I I first 
from the ham 

Buchanan a c Hawl I [Lstory of 

North a prize i' i He was 

killed "1 ni' his i . . M ur 

.1 ud was a di the Planters Hank 

at Pulaski irds of the Plat 

Memphis, i i tys looked 

md respon 
i powerful 

frame. .1 and mora and 



•IMMINENT TENNESSEANS. 



(inn of in i ind dishonesty. Ilis manner was 

-ii'li - to repi ! indiscrinii nati familiarity bul to al 

the friendship of the noble and the i I. tie bel 

to a ] i w hose ([ualities are 

now ;it n discount, bi by the more superfi- 

cial element of popularity. It will I" 1 well for 1 
sec when her cl lers shall be nun stamped with 



the same high • I hat gave to Jud lit the 

powerful and extensive influence he exercised when 
alive. 

The opinions and deeri i from the Su] 

bench of Tennessee by -Indue Wright, in 1 1 be found in 
the Reports of Snoed and Head, and tin rsl \<d 

umes of < 'oldwell. 



HON. WILLIAM F. COOPER. 



\ I iUVILLE. 



Tl I K maternal ancestors of this gentleman w ere 
ibevs of the same colon} . originally Scotch 
Irish, which mi i mi South ( 'arolina 

uite ;ii the commencement of the present century, 
and settled in Maury county in 1 - 
in detail in the memoir of Chancellor S. D. 1'r 
in another part of this work. He and Chan 
\V S Fleming are related to the late chancellor 
our aunt her. 

franklin, in William.' on county, is the placi 
Cooper's birth, which to< March 11, 1820. and 

in i ti t I to the permanent resi 

of the clan, as it maj I, in Mauvj county. His 

father was a man of education and literary 
him the best education attainable in 
days. 1 Ic attended school mi ri con j ears 

old and then entered the class of 1834 at Vale (' 
graduating there in 1838. This class comprised the 
names of man} men afterwards prominent in life; 
among them arc the following, the first three of whom 

Joseph l> \ armim. 
member of Congress from New Vork, many years in 
the New Vork liCgislatu Richard S. Donncl, 

member of Cot in North Carolina. (3). Wil- 

liam P. Lyndc, of Milv 

from Wisconsin. (4). William S. Fleming, chancellor 
of the Columbia district. (5 J, Knox Walker, pri- 
vate secretary to President Polk, ((i I tiin S 
Edwards, of Springfield, 1 llinois, man} 
that State. (7). Francis P. Blair, a general in the Fi 
army during the lati 
dent on the ticket n ' 

A fter the completion of hi 
was not Mr. Ci first love, but a brief flirtation 

with medicine preceded his i ourtship oi the profession 
to which he was finally wedded. He studied medicine 
two years at Columbia with Dr. Hayes of that city, and 
took one course of lectures in the medical department 
of the University of Pennsylvania, when he disci 
thai law rather than medicine was his true vocation. 
He thou studied law with S. If Frierson, afterwards 
the celebrated chancellor, and. on admission to the bar, 



became his partner. His admission to the bar w 
March, 1841, Judges Vuderson and Dillahunty partici- 

■ in that cercun 
His partnership with hi~ i Mr, Frierson, 

lasted four years, and in 1845 he moved to Nashville, 
where he lias since resided. Here he became a partner 
with A 0. P. Nicholson, afterwards Chief Justice of 
ted to thai office 1870, died 187(5). This 
second partnership lasted only one year, and he prai I 

until 1851, when he became partner of the Hon. 

i\ Kwing I iced with him ten years. 

In 1 elected one of the judges oi the 

me Court of the Stale, but the war causing the 
closing of the courts, and Judge Cooper being stronglj 
southern in his sympathies, William G. Brownlow, as 
military governor, interdicted him froi t! exercise of 

Ills ofl 

Returning to the bar. he formed a partnership sue 
ccssively with Judge Robert I.. Caruthers and with his 
brother, Henry Cooper. This latter gentleman was 

elected United Slates Senator in 1870. After two 

gain removed from the bar by 
haucellor of the Seventh, or Nash- 
ville, district, bj (low John C. Brown. He was 

Mile post bj the people, and held it 

till 187S, when he « d to the Supreme bench 

for eight yi in this election -Judge John 

L. T. Slleed, who had beaten hilll ill 1853, when both 

of them were candidates for the office of attorney- 
ral. 
While nearly all his family connections were W 

[ havi It I -'ill are 1'iv- 

riaus, he has always been a D and has never 

joined ail} rel ation. Neither is he a 

member oi cl societ.\ . he is eminently an 

pendent thinker, and not willing to be bound in his 
thoughts by any organization, religious, political or 

.1 ml has been successful ill life in a financial 

point of view, his property 1" war amouiitiug 

r one hundred thousand dollars in value. He 

attribute- bis success in this respect to constant and 



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close attention to business, and always living within his 
means. These two obsei ranei rut h i he i 

tion of all success in lid . the exceptii i o rare 

ami accidental thai they form no guidi 
dint. Thejud 

In stating the ancestry and family conn 
William 1''. Cooper, Samuel l>. ! and W. S. 

Fleming separately, many repetitions must inevitably 
for the members of that Mi ntj colony, 

several tim ied so 

frequently with one another that the i of one 

arc the relation- of all. His maternal grandfather was 

one ol th iginal members of the colony, which 

sixteen sections . with 

the Presbyterian church in the middle, the first building 
ip on it. and the si hool I 

memoir on i thei pa eof'S. I 1 Frierson]. His father, 

Matthew D. ( looper, was born in 1793, in ' Ihestcr district, 
South ( Carolina. Hi 

of Cumberland College al Sashville, sine.- known as 
the University of Nash\ i 11.-. in the same class with the 
lion. John Bell, onci United 

W. l'> Tut hi. lie married in 

.Maury county, inklin, 

ami afterwards enga business in that 

town in partnership with Dr. William C. Dickenson. 
In 1822 he moved i" Columbia in the mercan- 

tile business till 1827 when he became a comm 
merchant in New Orleans. 1 

for thirty-five years, but continued to make his home 
in Mam \ countj h hei e, "in il 1867, In 
tanner. I le died I lea ' 

lie was a lieutenant ami acting captain under Jackson 
in t he I Ireek war. He was a man oi 
well educated and of literary tastes. His whole prop- 
i lo commencement of the war vested in m . 
and men bandisi 
than one hundred thousand dollars, all the > 

ertions, His cred igh as a business 

man. From 1840 to 1862 I • was pi f the 

n liia branch of the Union Bank. His 
mother of Judge Cooper, was a daughter of William 
Frierson, the acknowledg of the Frii 

ii Maury county in 
1805, and was first cousin to tl i of Chancellor 

S. 1 1. Frierson. She died in 1833, at Columbia, lea 
four children, v i/.. : (1). Will,.. if this 

sketch. (2). Edmund, a graduate of Jackson ( 
Jumbia, now a lawyer at Shelbyvilli Ii 
ral years a member of the State I.' both 

re and since the war, and assistant - if the 

i v under I 'resident Johnson. 1 3). Hen 
ated al Jackson College, Columbia; for many years 
practiced law in hip with bis brother Edmund, 

at Shelby ville; appointed circuit judge bj Gov. Brown- 
low, ami held the office three or four years, ami 
wards became a professor in the law school at Lebanon; 



ed tii Nashville, and practiced law there 
in partnership with his : William F. : in 1869 

ami I ented I >a\ idson county in th. 

ted I ii i t . 1 1 
rs; in 
ilumbia, retun 
of the law. He was killed by robbers near Culiacan, 
Mexico, on Februar, I. 1884, while returning from a 
silver miii' lountains. ( 1 1. .Mar Judge 

Cooper'.- only full -i ..| f r0 m the Columbia 

Female Ins rid married Richard S. Sansom, a 

! where his 

still resides. 1 le was i member of the 

i -I it me : i, Idren : Edmund, who 

i lied a i when twenty yen- old. Cevantha, Uich- 

ard, Maryand William. JudgeCooper'shalfbrothersand 

sister- i : .. I ' presi nted Maury and 

Williamson counties in ihe Legislature of 1881 82 
(2) lerk in a government offii 

5). Martha Ami. Alice and Emma 
tie Columbia Female Institute, and 
are living in that city unmarried nil. Eloisc gl 
-1. ami man ied A. W. Stocli 
lawyer and edit I with 

the .i !. and residing at Nashville. 

1 7 i F innie, died th I Mil net eaving 

du - eemoter paternal ancestors migrated 
from Tyrone county, in I •■ i n h of Ireland, considerably 
I ilutionary war. Thi of Scotch 

[rish derivation. Ai ig them we find a great grand 

father who died in South Carolina al the age of one 

humli nally an Irish weaver, hut 

iii this country The J ml e i ndfather, by 

Made a blacksmith, was a captain in Sumnerls brigade 

during the Revolutionary war. IF ... handsome 

man. and n. match with a Miss Hamilton, 

daughter of a rich Philadelphia merchant, who had a 

brand. I menl al Mobile. She was a lady highly 

ted and o baracter. She edu- 

her own children, and in 1803, after her husband's 

ii all in a carryall to Nashville, and 

i iii Davidson i ar the old town of 1 ' 

5hi 
in Mississippi at the age of ninety tin- Sh gave 

birth to and raised twelve children, of whom Matthew 
I)., the .1 ud I or. wa- ii est The 

number of her distinguished descendants is a < Grma- 

li (' the general belief that intellectual qualities 

generally descend in the female Hue. J 
mother was also descended Prom Scotch [rish ancestors 
who emigrated from the north of Ireland. 
Dm lt the d u.i era 

ing in Europe, chiefly in England, Scotland and Switzer- 
land, visiting also the cities of Koine. Naples, Paris. 
Berlin, Vienna, Trieste and Venice. He has published 
three vulin ports of ca ed in his own 



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and in M i) the 

serving 
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lie to the Supreme 

out of the 
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HENRY CRAFT. 



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times an in their 

ili-tin' 

nd ii is i'i hod to the 

61 himself, Ion i in virtue 

if the 
different i 

I., i the readi i with the 
!, now pi i him tli., 

of Col. I. Houl He will thus find, 



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illl ;l know 
His mot bod in law 

h .1 

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nil 

i I'ailuro. 
mrts, his 

ill with my on the 

i nt 

tli ' Shiloh, but retired from th vith 

orable dis i health, 

it h. 
In ' ', n io the war. 

bill has 
er token 

\ er bold 
li nbi r of 

lut- 
he I'um- 
md an elder in the con- 

I itlj 

nplanted 

ambition beyond 

e of his 

the 

ami all 

ive ; 
life as a pi 

He i -tally 

iitment in 

if the So .it. 

li family, who 

stern 

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I merchant till the , i when 

be fa to Holly Spi 

Bere he was a land id died in 

He wan a si pic) < i ian of the old 

urcli work I hat of thi 

school. 

Judge Craft married in Nashville, No 1856, 

M i Ella D. Bodd of Elijah Bodi 

Sumner count] ] inent f '<in 

inty, frequently in the I. 
tun The 

Boddice area well known North Carolina family 

mner county. Mrs. 
Craft - brother, Charles E Boddie, i- a farmer in Hum 
ner county. Her istei Elizabeth B widow of William 
I!. Elliston i Maria is 

ife of Carrington M rings, 

. now an Memphis, and 

anothi Mar) , is the wife of Rufus K.C 

of II' Her mot her, Maria Elli 

an il I county fami] lly from 

Carolina. Her uncle Col with < ten. 

on at New Orleans, and a noted stock raiser and 
turfman of Sumnt r i educated at 

the old Nashville Female Academy, under Dr, Elliott, 
and is noted for bei retiring 
tastes and habits, and ber intense religious devotion. 

By 1. itli this lady, J ift has had 

sis childri 

!■'., born 1 361, (3) Henry, born 

a young the name 

which be inherits. CI). Charles Kortrecht, born in 

deceased. (5). Paul, born 1870. 
born ' 
Judge t'ral'i had one full sister, Martha C. widow of 
i. now deceased I!', hi 
marriage were born five otl 
Mr. Richard Venahle., now di 

of Holly Sprin Mississippi I ! , now 

in M< • imb pi. ( it. Stella, widow of 

•I B. Hill, no ly Springs, Mi sippi. (5). 

Helen, wife of Prof. Anderson, at Hollj - 1 
pi. 
Jud nal grandfather, John Pitts, m 



to Hai 15. He and al 

Methodi Hancock 

t hat II ugh I lary E. ] 

of which ii 

lady was born In I7'J9, and ed I lill 

North Carolina. She ninently devoted Mi 

The Pitts family have all 
farmers and Method 

baptized by Mr., afterwards Bishop, Capers. N s of 

them 

inond I i Methodist prcachi I ict ion 

i hem politicians except Pe ton T, 
f Mi II ugh < 'raft, v, ho, at one time, 
In the < icorgia Legislat urc. 
1 drcd, on both 

IIOII- 

II. Init making it their chief aim to keep their 
void of • and man. and 

to bring ii| 
of the Lonl. 
.1 ud h ilar ; 

eading ha thoroughly dige ted 

and assimilated an intrinsic element 

in his into, 
of quo bought « hich pours 

1 of illusl i he undei 

to elucidate ; tl, light from his 

tored inti : I warmth from his inl 

mora' It diffei a from th 

petuous declamation of the stump orator a 

away 
the 
and bear ;hted flccl 

mercc on it- bosom. Hi «pi ech on the Sunday law is 
in point, wherein I whatever 

her divine or human, « 
o \ no rii of the A n 

W'lia' ii- capa- 

iuii of hi 
by the beaut) and translucent i of his rhel 

known in Tel) i good man, a 

; 
nan. 



HON. 8AMUEL DAVIE8 FRIERSON. 

' OLUMJiJA. 



PERHAPS no community contributed more to the 
honor and wi i 
first half of the pr< iry than Maury county, 

ii and bar a I Wright, a 

i a Flemin Church the two i minent 



prelates, Bisho] "I Polk ; to th nd to 

scienc tin- arm- of her country a Pillow, 

a Brown and a Polk; to the capital of the United 

the men 
i.i- community « ill now be i 



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letily, like that of liis fiither. 

II. ■ in 

>r{ tiino oontiimed to hold liis 

I I heen 

hoi v iroh 11 . lSiio. look 

• at tho ri 

■lol 1. ll-.lil ;l 

md died that 

ii menibei ureh. 

His 

usrh ho li friendship for 

ih. 
ntial 
ilio war the 
ui whieh the beneh 

rally 
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Jt vv'al wit ■ 
that li. 

and, ' ' 

coming 

than the H<> 

memory 

l<y whom ln<: i 
virtu 1 

Iti order r.h:it ire iijay pi 

and tr .it i« 

■ tbc next 

entered on their rei 

the pro- 
people of thi mm pie of as honest and g 

eedingi 
m. 

published in the 

Callum, Joi 

circuit and 
county eov 
Mr. Whiteon, Maj. Ri lirown 

■: bar relative to the public and private 

James McCallum, ' 
Natiia» Adam?, 

Chancellor W. 8. Fleming, who aidcl in 
pilation of this mem< in referen 

procei :'l of tlii- excellent 

man more gratifying to hi niplinient- 

t r j • - profession in which hi wat a shining light, 
or more honorable i" the bench which h<: adorned by 
rig, his impartiality and hi 

integrity?" 

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\ - the i of both bodily and 

iction with the 
author of these memoirs, and 
with a family which n many illu 

Tenm 
' >f Samuel Fi r • > f ' 1 1 1 < • < lhancellor, 

irried 
Sarah Wilson in 17-7. who was a member of that Wil- 
which emigrated from South Carolina at the 
time with her husband. 



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who )■ 

tch-Irish 

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at Ki.' 

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whom 

J married < li 

J liege, 

larried M 
Pbilli 

commission mi i 
child) L Lucira 

of the Chancellor, i 
I .liua. 

I 

married M 
f John F. Moi - 
1 dvin Mi 
of Knoxville. John F. 
John and , ; am 

■ William 
ville. mnty. 

from 
Ireland. Willi rwards at 

ille, an') .Jam re he 

■ 
tor from I. 
lucated in Her 

rial grandmothi amed Wil- 

liam I' -one. 

Lue vitli Mi-- Mi 

born 
June born 

Align jr., horn March 

nuary 
26, 18! 

l>u<- 

Lodgi * lommander of 

DeMol 

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COL. KOHEUT l-O-H-NSTONE CHESTER. 



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C01- IUM5KUT I I'll KSTKl! 
tuarkable for I 

tioldiau manners, his ehi ■. 

lor el 

eount\ , Pennsylvania, .lul >d, iill 

tin- age of twoi 

in IVoembi 
old field -. 
under the lute 

Ho « w I' 1 ' 11 

\ '. 

■ m'ii. 
IK vehni 
Kenni 

- uiuel 
x fhird ■ into 

\ 
;i. commenced bu 
lihea count} , in w hieh tl 

le M 
deelai 

hi Jul) 
for merch 

the firm name et Robert I. i 

business and 1 • 
made him 

mill on K 
lu 



■ vii\ uf -tuil iiiii 
luitrter. 
1 1 .1 

. turned to Jackson 
May I ud deputy 

i- for the \\ tistriet, which latter gave him 

ipportuuil ■ i speculate in I 

Hi' lias been ell 

'.nils. 

> at night w ife, 

inis until 
both m their industry and i Reiug 

: n men ill 

built the Presbyterian ohurob 
le Institut i)d in 

form 

In ISCiT President \ appointed Col. Chester 

I irshal for ennes- 

ned undci iuiin- 

!. with three 
administration. During 
arried about him a 
trouble in the 

His high standing 
in this ed in letters, still in his 

n and 

man eould 

nade a 

His 
State is f the 

The 

em- 

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1 -71 ~ii I i the mi in!.- 1 ■ of ( i 

M - Pn id il I 

.ifi-. Col. * 'In -i' r, then 

Polk : 

" I ho 

wanted tomi I liin iod I 

lial.ii Tho ii h tn 

A mon 
and colli ' long life 

int. 1 1 

with lii 
and d I thi 

him. 
What a bonanza of ii lie would 

i 

in politic 
campaign and 
I'n, in I 
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1 
t.i; Wa 
land and Hendrick 

man he -'hi in'" thl 

lip of paper. Mr. ' !leveland 
hull a 

glad • If an 

hour ' ion, Mr. ' 

tur Ii 

- the oh I 

I nil' 

V Hi 

Knit'lit Templar, Ii 
I 

■I < 'ouncil 
Tennessee. II der in ti. 

church, which 

He mai i 3 

'•I i i 

^ 1 1 * ' • '.r Mi ■ ' 

-mi. Her in'. ili' . ...■ -I 
of Col. John I ' 

died in N 
She wae a beautifu 
tian, and 



I 

honoi 

children, Aphis I 

I 

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whom I l/ut 

ilitili: 

mplar 

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arried 

I 

—\ Dr. L. 

April 

John, 

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i. I) 

Ella 

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bland 

in the 

torn April 10, 

' child, I. 

M. 

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PROMINENT TENNESSEANS. 



i Welshman, born in Limerick, Ireland, He 
came to Pennsylvania, and was quartermaster in the 
Pennsylvania line in the Revolutionary war ; after the 
war a United States revenue officer. He m; 
Klizabeth Patterson, of Latark, near Carlisle P 
vania. He had lour children: (1). Dr. William Pal 
terson Chester, who moved in 1793 to Jonesborough, 
Tennessee: Ins wife was \li-s Mary Adams; died a 
m rj old man (ninety John Blair, a 

:r el' ( longress of some dist inetion, marric 
■ lin. father of the snbji 
this sketch, was raised a coppersmith; married Mary 
Greer, in Carlisle. Pennsylvania. She was lie 
id' Samuel and Rebecca I freer. Samuel ( ireer was born 
in Dublin, Ireland, and was in the Revolutionary war. 
John Chester moved to Jonesborough, Tenner 
1796; became a farmer and trader: died in ]x:;i>, in 
Hawkins county, Tent settled the phi 

as Bowling Green, near Jonesborough; was a man of 
great energy, self-sustaining and successful; of 
common sense, without the finish of an education. 
(.'!). Richard, a silversmith: married in Met '.da 
town, Pennsylvania, to a Dutch woman and 
childless. (4). Maty, married an Irishma 
William Contiell, a merchant at Huntingdon, Pennsyl- 
vania, and i family. ( !ol. * 'h 
grandmother, Elizabeth Patterson, lived with her 
daughter Mary, at Huntin ter the death of her 
md. Her two sons, William and John, being in 
Tennessee she rode horseback by herself seven hun- 
dred miles to see them when she was fifty 
old, and returned, after a few months, in the same way. 
She died at Jonesborough in 1810. It will thus be 
seen thai the Chester family on both -ides are long 
lived. 

All of Col. Chester's sous, John, Robert, William li. 
and Samuel, and his grandson, li. Bon in the 

Confederate army, and fought through the war. Jehu 
commanded the Fifty-first Tennessee regiment, and 
was in most of the hard foughl con the war in 

the \\ i Perr>"\ tile he lost one hun- 

dredandsi ded and had his horse 

killed and bat shut through at Murfreesborough. At 
the battle of Chickamauga Gen. Bragg put him into t he 
medical corps, ' I can make generals, hut I 

can't make doctors.' ^fter the Chickamauga fighl he 
and ('el. John 1". House and Gen. Poj5e Walker were 

tiir the Anny of Tennes- 
ind he held that posil ion until the .1 
war. William l>. Chester was marshal to that court. 

The Chesters and the < irecrs were in the Revolution, 
and in every war since — a feailcssh brave people. 

II)'. John Chester, the second child and eldest sun uf 

; '< whom brief reference is made in the 

family record, was a man of mosl am 
traits of character, high and in whose lih was 



and useful actions a- to deserve mure 

than a luei i notice in I di. I le died at 

hi, eii dune ). 1877, of small-pox, which di 

traeted in performing a charitable operation on a 

nnian He wa sful physician and skillful 

is at all times as ready to obe; the calls of 

whom he knew could never pay his fees, as of t 

whom fortune had showered her gifts. An 

intimate personal friend, the editor of the Jackson 

Whig Km/ Tribune., writing en the occasion id' his 

death, said of him: "Tie i suuviter in modo in 

and an electricity in his pleasant faci 
cheerful, witty word* which, it is proverbial, were sun- 
in the chamber of tl rid thrilled the suffer- 
of the patienl with something like the glow of 
health as soon as he entered the sick room ; and for many 
ip to the close of his career, he did a very large 
and in ractici His death threw lie whole 

into mourning, and the entire community ] 
out its grief al the loss of one of its nobles! citizens. The 
--house- were closed and dt mourning, 

and the ] pie, with one accord, assembled to commemo 

I uesofthedistinguised dead At thismeeting 
there was a large attendance oh ladies, who felt that in 
tlie death il Dr. Chestet almosl every family in the 
.ad been bereaved. The meeting wat 

1 1 en. V lexander W i lampbell, who appointed 
the following gentlemen as a committee to give formal 

expression lumunity on the sad 

occurrence, viz. : B. A. Knloe, chairman, II. W. I taynes, 
Thomas S. Vincent, Rev. Iv McNair and d. L. II. 
Tomlin. The committee submitted the follo.wing 

The Id bly thai is here to-day portray.-, in a manner 

tent til. ui language can express, the heavy affliction that 

has fallen upon this community. The sail whispering of ovcry 

is, that "Dr. John Che d;" the noble man, the 

sincere triend, the disinterested philanthropist, the pure Christian, 

g embalmed himself in all hearts l»y his ui 
ish anil pic eminent life ol usi words that we can now 

employ could add anything to the universal sense of our great 
loss. H omplete and well rounded in every 

i of life, that the moment we touch it or attempt to express 
our appreciation of what he was, we are burdened with a 
of our inability to tell what is keenly felt by all, and is far more 
vividly spoken by the dark pall which hangs over us to-day. 
" Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, the end 

peace," Dr. John < 'he -ter was horn in tin.' city of Jackson, 

May IS, 1827; was educated in West Tennessee College, where he 

i his first honorai - he graduated he 

■ onded t t 1 mtry, then engaged in war 

with Mexico. Uaving served his country with distinguished gal 

lantry, I to his hotm a the 

en i o of los lite. In the late war he igain found 

ho knew him 
well, ai ro with him in the conflict, is that a braver heart 

1 upon thi i han his. While 

affectionate companion in social life, he rose to the dignitj 

I rei rei :e of a 
the prudoni a a of a father ; as 

' -n lie was over a. par' physician, he manifested the 

• professi to which he died a martyr; 

the magic inspiration of his faultless manner he eneour- 



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aged, comforted and blesied his patients, and demonstrated his 
own greatness and the influence of a great, mind aud character. 

Reaolved, That in the death of Dr. .John Chester suffering 
humanity has lost a nohle benefactor, whose ear was ever open to 
the call of distress as his h:;nd was willing to tender relief: society 
one of its brightest members; the medical profession one of its 
noblest and most devoted exponents; the church a true and tried 
member, whose life was a living witness to the beauty of Christian 
charity; the State a self-sacrificing and disinterested patriot; the 
world a man whose character justified the declaration that "an 
honest man is the noblest work of God." 

Resolved, That wo, the citizens of Jackson and Madison county, 
in mass meeting assembled, do, with one voire, give this expres- 
sion of our sense of the loss we have sustained in the death of a 
citizen so eminent and useful in all the walks of life, and we heg 
leave to tender to his bereaved family our profoundest sympathies 



in this hour of their deep distress, and to join our prayers witli 
theirs that the love of a merciful Father may bring the consolation 
of the Christian's hop'- to heal the stricken hearts of his family 
and friends. 

The preamble ami resolutions were adopted by a 
rising vote, every person in t in- vast assembly, many of 
whom were in tears, voting in the affirmative. Eloquent 
and heartfelt tributes to the memorj of Dr. Chester 
were also adopted by all tin 1 Masonic bodies of Jackson, 
the Ancient Order United Workmen and the Knights 
of Honor, of all which he was an active ami zealous 
membei 



HON. JACOB THOMPSON. 



\n \IPMS. 



THIS gentleman, like a great many prominent 
Trim. --rans. was lioni in North Carolina. His 
fa'her seems to have combined the business of a tannery 
and harness factory with agriculture on a considerable 
scale. The subject of this sketch was born in Caswell 
county, North ( 'avolina. May 111. 1810, -and was one of 
eight children, six male and two female. His education 
up to fourteen years of age was obtained in the com- 
mon schools of the county, and then he was placed at 
the Bingham Academy in Orange county, at that lime 
quite a renowned school. After a preparation hi re of 
three years, he was entered at the University of North 
Carolina, where he graduated in 1831. The graduating 
class of that year consisted of thirteen si udents, nearly 
all of whom became distinguished in after life. Among 
them were Chancellor Calvin M. Jones, of Tennessee, 
Judge James Grant, of Iowa, the Rev. W. W. Speare 
and Dr. Steadman of the Episcopal and Presbyterian 
churches respectively, the latter of whom died at Mem- 
phis, and Prof. Hooper, now of the University of 
North Carolina. That he had acquired the -nod opinion 
of the faculty was proved by his appointment as tutor 
in tlie University on the day of his graduation. This 
office lie held for eighteen months, when lie left the 
University and entered the law office of Judge Dick, of 
G-reensborough, North Carolina, as a law student. In 
1834 he obtained his first license, and his second in 
1835. The former authorized him to practice in the 
lower courts of the State and the latter in the higher. 
The same year (1835) he -emigrated to Pontotoc, 
Mississippi, where he commenced practicing, ami con- 
tinued to do so successfully till 1839, when he Was 

elected to Congn -- For the Northern District of Miss- 
issippi. He served uninterruptedly in Congress for 
'twelve years, hut in 1851 was beaten by Mr. 1!. D. 

Nab irs, a Whig clergyman. Ii was'during this canvass 
that .Mr. Thompson made one of his characteristic 



humorous speeches. He commenced. "Gentlemen, I 
have now been your Representative in Congress for 
twelve years and understand all the routine of business 
there, and have ustained all the impressions which 
the life in Washington City is capable of making upon 
a man's character ami morals. Now, if you send Mr. 
Nabors there, you will spoil a good prearher and make 

a very poor Congressman, and I confidently predict 
that if you do send him there he will never preach 
again. I know the influence that society at the capital 
has upon new men.' Nabors was elected and the pre- 
diction was verified — he never preached again. 

To go hack a few years, when Polk was elected I'ns 

ident, in 1844, Gov. Brown of Mississippi appointed 

Mr. Thompson United States Senator to fill some n 
expired term and sent the appointment to the Secretary 

of State'. Robert ■!. Walker, for some unexplained 
reason Mr. Walker failed to communicate the appoint- 
ment to Mr. Thompson, which is the more remark- 
aide, as it was through the earnest solicitation of 
Mr. Thompson that Walker was admitted to the cabinet. 
()n his return to Mississippi he was 1 unanimously re- 
nominated by his party for Congress, and, when Gov. 
Brown insisted upon his accepting his appointment as 
b.i dei lined, inasmuch as he had accepted the 
nomination, and was elected that fall to Congress by 
the largest majority ever given to a congressional can- 
didate in the Stair. Early in 1857 he was appo 
Secretary of the Interior in Mr. Buchanan's cabinet, 
entered upon the duties of the office in March of that 
year, ami made a peculiarly favorable impression by 
hi.- manner of conducting the business of the 
No recommendation made by him to Con 
failed of being prompt!) acted upon. 

In 1861, after the agitation of secession had corn- 
ed, an cent occurred productix e of much scandal 
at the time, and which was made the pretext of much 






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MA. I. JOHN W. CHILDRESS. 






M\.i John w i in i . i > i : 
i uiio 1, ' 

raine I I 

11 III' 

l 
II i M urfroi 

held till' a] 

Whii 

1 

\| i Chi 

Presi- 
dent -1 nines K.I Dr. Win. II l!i 

ne] 1'. 
in his 
it under Uev. Hubert I 

nugh. In 

Carolina, it ( 'hapel 1 1 ill 

i Ten 

tin office K Polk, 

ami remained under I. 

the offici > ndcr- 

I hildress, at Murf 
nineteen I 
as Stuart 

lie MurlVi 

bu ma, and 

-. hut 
in a 

lit of ill health, being threatened w i . 

,1 his lite, with the linn i thrill - 

In 1855, Andrew -I idinson, then t 

in the 



I i li.' iw I ii ill inn was in a 

< if i ho 

lifleen din I tun 

\ i livill 
Col. John Mi <■ Min. When the Plant- 

1 died a hraucli at M ur- 
'' I ■ Chili .at the r I .Mr. 

-itioti with 
tl draw n 
■' 
.1. lie was line! 
i . i until the haul 

f Vlurt'ree 
lircctor of that banl until 
n . Mr. Kin 

and ten 

so inn " count <>f incr 

id was sueeeeded by Mr I'.. I.. Jordan, whose 
in this voltune. Durill 
me 

wed a dollar to 
'I. and in ■ 
i OUgllt. I le Was also 

: a director of the Nashville. Chatta- 
llailroad, serving in thai capacity 
years in all, and in both instances the 
il houl pre i ' i t hi ii hi. 

■ • it. and lived a 

in« his first vote for Andrew 
IS2S. I lr i.i'\ cr In ical office 

"k a lively 

Ii principle, patriotism, ami on 

his friends. In 1848 he wa ate to 

Baltimore, 
lent, 
in June, 1831, 
h, to Miss Sarah Williams, daugh- 
r in Ruth 

Philip Philips, of Pennsylvania, a largo land 

• here were 
mi • M, V\ent. 

I mother of 

. w ho mar- 
if Dr. Ben. W, nd died in 

Klisha, who ei 

fennessee 

' \\ :n B Bate, and died 

if Shiloh. I t) John \\ .. 

\ Ii and junior 

Iress; mar- 



PROMINENT Tl. HANS. 



27 



ried Mi Wai L Di Jami 

Lyon, an eminent Pi 

count; I ilum- 

and for ten or in the 

' I . ■ 

there an three children. At the beginning of tin 

■ adel al I he vVi stern Military I 
Nashville, and left th> 

• in a- drill Ibi rl 

Sidni n, and joined th< command the d 

fore thi battli ; I ; i ' '■ ■ 

On 

with the rank of lieutenant, and held thai rank until 
the battle ol Bentonville, win ptain. 

( >n i hi ions durin 

menl 

nt of the in v. regiment. < !apt. < 'Id) 

lirmau of thi 
Democratii 

wife John ' 

ii the 
the mother of four children 

of tin; 

war al the ■■<■- f fifteen ; aft< i I Vlollie, 

the ds f Hon. Edwin A I 

borough, at oni 

the Tenni of the 

Confederal 

man 

and in i >ci 

•hilipB, 
daughter of Jm h Philips, of E 

ty, uncle of the first Mrs. Childi 

j of 1812, and at the 
of that v.. in [llinoi le the 

i ritory of Illinois, and « 
t he Bupi i 



firs! married in lllin 

i l.i- Peo] 

He 
died in Rutherford count; 

eond mat riage Maj. I 
children: (1). William, a farmer of Ruthi 

ICS! Wad. 
Wad. 

helley 

< 'all- 

vo childn 
Smith i 

ueral of the V trict ; 

I his 
mcmbei church; but he 

ligation, 
with but little of 

and ' 

ti> the front. 1 1 dealt on a cash 1 

prop- 

wners 

in Etui home when iIhj 

terized the 
1 l.i- earlier manhood was brought to bi 

Maj. I'll 

in iin.iii' i 
l,j. f,.]),,v. i iherish the memory of his 



GEN. ALEXANDER W. CAMPBELL. 



JACl 



THE subject of this sketch was born in the city ol 
Nashville, June I. 1828 ' d, on 

the ! 

the north of Ireland, in 1--'-"' nettling first in Lani 
count; I 

Ann ! mdfather, with 

of the same colony, afterward* moved from 

Ami I n Virginia u the 



ow embraced in Wasl ind Wythe 

William Campbell, 
was born in Wythe i ^ i 

A ash- 

w hen ' born, in i i 

Willi , in of Col 

1 






PROMINENT TENNESSE W> 



who fell in the Revolutionary battle of Hut 

William Can;; lie time one of the 

merchant* lianies. his 

business eonnei - 1 the 

Ohio I \ important 

basin, >• n the t >hi The 

• tinaneial 
I his fortunes that he r 
from commercial pursuits ami accepted the 

ntendent of the mineral lands \A' the Nortl 

tendered him is hi- intimate 

ial ami political friend, bis boa- - being 

. ilena. Illinois. Whili here the 

ut, and lu 

maud volunteers from tl £ F 1 111- 

Whi'.e the father of youth 

William Cam pi to the 

Greeu mtry, in Kentucky, and made bis home 

in Greeneville, where lu d the first bank in 

that part oi' tin S which bo made his son, then 

only nineteen years obi. the cashier. Aftera eonsidera- 

ither's 
bank, the father of (ion. Campbell, who had 

ry educati kinsville, Kentucky, 

entered Pickii - Pennsylvania, from which 

In the meantime, 
Campbell had u " x - which place bis 

ire. and studied and 
comm 
in the study and practice of ' 

Peyton, 
lleun \ W is . l'\ in \'.' • n and 

Fran 527 Miss 

Jane K. Porter, da;.- m ler Porter, 

the pioneer merchai - Nash' re bo bad 

well . - n. in which bis 

talon; ellent training pron - 

i nion bank was chartered, and thei 
w who bad an 
iugh isitiou 

in w est Tennessee, to which point bo i and 

533, bis 

_ family i S tuber. 

He i of the afl bank lor 

when bo retired and d 
himself to bis planting interest, dealing larj 
wild lands in V- his planta- 

tion. 

and one sister. The former, ] boll, lived 

for many years at Ashport. Ti d in plaut- 

milyof children, an 
which plaoo 1 Paducah, Keutuck 

pre\ ■ il war. 1 1 

57 
married firs - muel K. Campl 

Lieuteuaut < b orgi NY, 



McGehei \Yesl Point, who 

t an earl) S rwards married Mr. John 

Siddnll, of Illin died of yi r in New 

Orleai - with her only child. 

Johu McGehee, in ( 'oncn 

The maternal grandfather of impbell, \ 

auder Porter, was born in Ireland, and first settled at 

di. in K where he married 

5 isan Massengill. While living at Jouesborough, 

the Irish rebellion out, and his eldest 

brother. Rev. J tor. a Presbyteriau minister, 

oue time i liemistry in the Universi 

Dublin, became involved in the troubles of the country, 

which determined him to return to his native island to 

look after the welfare of bis relatives. Hi- brother 

i • • i ■ a charge of treason, convicted and 

•d. His youuger brotl I and William, 

n making their escape from the country.and 

came to America with him. He afterwards brought 

over ' Alexander and 

James 

ert diod unmarried. His brother William first lived at 
Carthago, in Smith county, from which plaoo he re- 
. to Maury county, where lu died, leaving throe 
children, Louisa. Man and William. Louis:! married 
John Morgan, and Mary married Samuel Mayes, mer- 
chants ubia. William Porter, jr., died during 
the civil war. leavinga widow and several children 

uloi- and dan Rev. 

James Porter, both road law while living with the grand- 
father of Gen. Campbell, in Nashville, and after tl 
quisition of the territor) siana by the United 

I there and commenced the 
their < 

eruuii exander v 

the t he Supi t. and bis brother 

; Attorney-General. They both ens 

,nired la xan- 

iio State ot' Louisiana in the 

Senate of the United S intimate friend 

of Henry ('lay. Hi- only child, a daughter, married 

Mr. A South Carolina. 

. young, leaving no children. Thi 
James Porter, and now living in 

Attak isiana. Alexander P 

. married Mr. Allison, who loft, surviving her, 
,udor All ! Irew Alii- 

\ ■ • noil, 

maternal grandfatl 
r, and his S Mas --ill. bad seven chil- 

dren, to-wit : James A. Por 

married Robert NY I niar- 

I John W. 
Campbell, bis illiam 

r first 
man ■ lly Ann M 

he had oue child, Ca J Porter, now living 



PROMINENT TENN1 






in X:i.-]i\ ille, Hi- econd wife 

is also living in thai oil VI rs. Matilda Green died in 
l-.'!l in Decatur, Alabama, and left linn- children, 
■ i Jane, A lexandi and Matilda 

I'., nil of whom arc dead except the last, wl o married 
< W. A rin in \ bi 

] I I lliza, the mother "I ( len. ( lampbell 

in December 1849, i i children, viz.: Alexan- 

der W., Susan Ann. Ann Matilda, Pei Porter, 

.lane Eliza. Cynthia Roberta Mary Madeline, John 
-•it Porter,and Allison Woods. Ann Matilda 
Pi nclope Poi 
Sterling, died in L872, leavii < P. 

and Carrie M ; John Jami was killed at the bal 
Shiloh when n rt and Allison 

died in L850, ■ •! in Nashville; Jane Eliza 

ried Dr. Preston I!. Scotl , of Lot 
where she now resides ; the othei ■ I 
the exception ol Mary, whose home i- in \\ 
City. 
The subject of this sketch n is primary and 

riate training at I he -I ai ' m Male \ i 
Wt st Tennessee Colleg nd 1 i ation 

in the law department of Cumberland University, at 

Befori entering the law school he had pur- 
sued his 1 i more i ban a year under the 
late Judge A. W. 0. T 

On January 13, 1852, he married, at Lebanon, Mi^s 
Ann Dixnn Allen, a native of Nashvilli ir and 

only child of Dixon Allen, a lawyer, who 

;uished himseli of a most bril- 

liant c 

Mrs. ( lampbell'e grandfather, Col. V lien. 

il thy merchant of Carthage, wi I terms 

a member of ' ' -n; his district. 1 1 

was a daughter of George W. Gibbs, who 
Sparta 

Y>-I,ville about 1*12, where I, 

land bolder and as a la dii il the 

hi ad of his profession in i : artment. 

a native of Germany, who came 
earlj li : ttled in East 

nessee as a farmer. Mrs. Campbell ofJoseph 

\V. Allen, a retired banki h\ ille. I 

first married Judge William L. Brown, of 
one of the leading lawyei - wards 

Be the wif a Allen, and after his death 

married the fat lampbell. Mrs. Campbell 

red her education at the Jackson I titute, 

and the Columl I graduated 

at both of these schoi Is. She i- a lady of finished edu- 
cation, fine literary taste, am 
know] looks. Ber acquirements in this r< 

thorough irate as to enable hi 

ready referenc for her husband whi 
recur to a forgotb n quota- 

She is noted for her devotion to the dut 



n .ill the i h 
i ember of the Epi 
churcl 

i ily. 

In 1 

upon 

I ii 1 -'.V i ied a 

tinned until the breaking out of the civil war. II 
appointed I Initi 

nted in i He 

ition in 1 - K 
aide 

Campbell's record during the civil wai 

; nit of the 
and bclii ■ the pol 

doctrines and COnstil ill l ' I ht by 

the immortal author of the Declaration of [ndi 
and his ■ rary, Mr. '- 

the tl'i 

l.osii ion of the relal 

incut and the Suite,-, he did not hesitati ineiit 

upon which side he should taki 1 when the war 

I. < )n the first call 

.n of the 

South, he enro If as a private in the Inde- 

ion, which 
part of the Sixth T 

rvice, 
Assistant 
■al in tie nal army i ' 

time in ii. 
izing the West 

GF, and 
remained on staff duty until ' ' year, 

when he « ii ty third Ti n 

The first battle in which he v 

6t h and 7th of 
April, IHti.!. whi If for 

gallant hat fought in I 

the field. At this battle Gen. Campbell 
h the left arm, shoulder, 

, i. but did i I 

in the fi'-d 1 ' ded in the right foot, am 

his horse killed under hi. the head of his 

the battle of Perryville, fought on the Huh 
and 11th of October. 1863, where hi ightly 

in the thigh. At the battle of Mu 

OIIL'll. 

that 

eed in 
ii of a portion of Middle 
Tennessee, with headqua 

.ted until Jul; n < ien. 1 • 

nd fell ba II. 

was then sent to West T 



.'ill 



PROMINENT TENNESSEANS 



1 ty. in 

u Septeu lie rii' i il 

Island until September 16. IN64, i day, 

when he was taken with othei nl and ex- 

changed While a prisoner al Johnson's Island, the 
authorities at 11 m inf'orii 

li npture, promoted him to (he rank ol 
General. Alter his 

ed to dun 
brigades, and served in that command until the surren- 
der of i !en. Forrest's t n i ille, Ala 
May ."). L8G5. 

This brief record ■ 
hell in the war between the Si intent. 

It ulls the simple stor.\ - 
duty, and w lin had made up his u 
sary, in its aceomplishment. It is if any man 

is pri | 

in any business or p intil he ha 

to himself affiriuativi Can you die 

it' duty call.- in the 1 r calling '.' 

Tlii- quest in tin affirmative, all the 

troubles im 

111. HI 

The war over, ttpbell returned to his home 

at Jackson, and took n i • the 
in partnership with \V. < >. T 

ili nl' tin 
• ' 18G7 H until 

IS70 when he associated will U. \V. McCorry, 

formerly a law student under him, and practiced with 
him until IS75. when he formed a partnership with 
Hon. Howell K. Jackson, with win I until 

.1 udge Jackson ; uate, 

in 1881, After this lie v dnirt time in partner- 

ship with John I.. Brown, but since April. 1883, he has 
practiced alone. During his ; d career he has 

taut bank- 
brity in the 
* 

uum i mention of them here. 

Although he ha id lucrative practice, 



i i .! brtable circum- 

i of wealth 
Besides beir 
with almost the entire support of two or thn 
he has paid twenty thousand dollars of his father's 
His ni"' li life has been " Be honest ; 

.my. and let 1 1 lences take care of 

( ien. t 'ainpbell has alw i a marked de- 

i he community in 
which he has spent his life. Jackson has been his 

iiu Nashville, in 
1833, when he « I le « as mayor of I be 

city i president of thi Bank of Madison 

from -Tune, 1866, to February, IS81 ; was a director in 
the M id compari ; n 368 to 

to 1872; and is a director in the Jackson Gas light 
ny. In 1868, in New York, and in 1876, at St. 
Louis, he i "in Tennessee to the National 

In 1S70, he was a deb 
from Madi 

"ii the judiciarj committee of that 
body, of which the late Chief Jus n was 

chairman. IK served as 

specia i the Supreme b he State. 

Campbell is a man of span build, with keen 
black eyes ami a face and forehead the 
with 1 1 f thought. His niin 

: and whih 
bilities, he has about him tha 
I 
in the words, 

•■us." 

By his marriage with Miss Allen have been born six 
children: (1). Dixon Allen: died in infancy, 

ted at Jackson Female Institute: 
married I ' of Union City, Ti 

iniied to death iii 1S77, by her clothing accident- 
ally taking fire. (3). Anne. Mien; educated at Jackson ; 
married W. K. Mcintosh, a merchant and general 
southern freigh ' icsapeake and Ohio 

railroad company; has one child, Campbell. (4). 
W : born due Katharine Fi 

mder W. 



HON. ARCHELAUS M. 

Mi >Ni ! the nii n uished lav county 



HUGHES. 



J~\ the bar of Columbia famous during the middle 
of the pres illiant 

than that of \ . M ' 

He in Stokes county, North Carolina, 

nber 21, 1811. His t'atlu r ha\ iug moved to Maury 



n 1828 teen years oi 

in. and that county has been his home 

lie was principally educated at the Patrick 

Henry Academy, Henry county. Virginia, where he 

studied two years. 

After leaving school he engaged in teaching at Cedar 



PROMINENT TENNE6SEANS. 



31 



Springs, then in Maury county, but whic 
included in th< Marshall, and was 

lerk in the firm of Frier 
on for fou 1 !■• then 

rdner Friersou in mercantil This 

12, hut did 
no< pn isful. 

II had itely studying law in his 1 

lently 
looked forwai d to 1 And 

almost nil our lawyers wl 
in their pi 

era! busin 

r in othei them 

])r:i(-t itb the 

knowledge which 
; in a profession which brings men in ci 
ict « ili bi ill its forms. 

Hi 
study of law iii 

- 
thirtj Dillahunty. He comm 

practice at Columbia, which has been his 

, and where he still occasionally take- part in 
the conduct of importan 

In 1847 I I for Columbia 

judicial circuit, and a 

half after this the constitution was changed, and he 

thrown oul of office, but 
holding the ther I'm- thirt Be 

pre- 
when tli ;' the 

astitution of 'I nded him 

to private pract 

district attorney ui intment from Presi- 

dent ■ 

Hi- was a Whig before the war. and was m 
candidate for political office except in 1861, when he 
looted as a Union delegate to the constitutional 
ntion by the counties of Maury and Willian 
but the convention n iwn by the 

peo] 

' loan. 

and has attended nearly all the State con' 

trty, and received many ballots for nomination as 
blican candidate for governor in the convent 

1881, He attended as an alternate the cor 

mati which Dominated Mr. Hayes for president. 
Educated by Methodist pari nts, he j< 

ian church about L848, all h from 

the time that he fin lumbia having been 

11. became a Mason at -. and 

Knight Templar He has been thi times 

Grand Master of t! is the 
oldest grand ma-tor in it. He has bi 



II 

In the ] Judge 1 1 

-fid. having built up a ! 
fortune by his own unaided exertions; he 1. 
his children a fin 

His methods in the conduct ol life, d by 

hin ildren, at 

He m 

■i ulation other in 

than tl m. The higl 

hundred The 

his life ha I her 

in private While 

eral he did lonvicl the guilty, 

is influeni 

- much his duty to let the innocent 
fn the guilty. In tale, 

indicted on a criminal cl he thought, 

I the 
at in favor of her whioh was granted by 

1 tillahunty with ah ttor- 
ral. 

.1 mi- 
Hi- first man 

h <;.. daughter of 
Thomas B ful farmer oi a Virginia 

family. 1 1 Martin, d 

Matt. .Martin, now deceased. The first Mrs. 

Hughes' grandmothi f Rachel Clay, and 

sin of Henry Clay, of Kentucky. 

By his first marriage, Judge Hughes has had two 

children: (1 ). I I in her thirteenth 

ih, graduated at the Columbia Female 

Institute, and is still lit 

firsi Mrs. Hughes died in 1- hind 

ri putatio 
hiL'h moral elevation and all the accomplishments of a 
finished lady. 

Ili- -■ cond m Bed rd county. 

Mattie B., 

John L. Neil] . who was in the war of 

1812, captured December 23, and a prisoner till after 

ttli of \ 1815. Her mother and 

he first Mrs. I ' 

being • of Capt. Matt. Martin, menti 

By his second marriage the Judge has five children 

A. M. I1ul ; Sidney, 

is a lawyer by proi dum- 

2 William Neill Hughes, educated at Earl ham, 

Indiana: nam in the Thirteenth infantry. 

1'niti - rmy. appointed from civil life. 

Edmond l>. Hughi 1 at the ity of 



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VIINEXT TEXXK 



in til. 

mi the 
lid now li\ 
Thi 

for i 

the 'i 

el' tli. ntury. 1 ill the 

J 

irt in 
nia. 
•In.; 
halt' i ~ lina, father 

- 

in the Mi 



William II. Hughes, :i Met] 

'Id. 

their Ion 






;i . 

ternal aunt 

;ornal aunt ... 

.... Aunt, still alive at ninety.. 







ver 








70 



GEN. K. KIUI'.Y SMITH. 






THE 1 "n 
Cumberland the 

'Kiine 
stands at th 

-t there 1 1 

'^s for tli. 
- 
cliara 

than that of the reality 
with I What v 

. ial mid. I 
tleman who, at firsl 

■ 
and his neighb. 

with fur 
acquaintam 
stern - 

ind truth. B 
such a ma. iph ; i; lias 

1 by a st i. 
mnd Kirl.y Smith 

I 

in thi 

r'l:. II birtli- 



. when, his father bavins 

;.. the 

lexandria, Virginia. 

ears, when, obtaining an ap- 

there 

and . John 

W, F. Smith. B. : iordon 

D I ■ - nd many other oflb 

military a 
n Indian campaign cannot I here: 

be tri- 
umphs 

', the- warn- 

: 

■ 

t his 

i bim 

_ illant and 

uduet. in the 

E ilia nt and 
The wai sed, however, it 

that the military authorities had 
1 in him in • which 

attach ntry in the tield. for 

N 



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33 



Military Ai.nl. m and when, afterthe Mexican war.it 
ime necessary to survej the new Frontier established 
by the results of thai war. in L855, he acted as botanist 
military commission detailed for that purpose. 
Botany, entomology and conchology have been and are 
still his favorite studies. The professorship he held for 
three years. In 1855, he was appointed captain in the 
econd ■ avalry, and with this command was constantly 
engaged in frontier warfare from this time till the out- 
break of the civil war. Like many of the best soldiers of 
the Confederate army, he was opposed to secession until 
it was a fait accompli, but then offered his sword tnd 
liis life for the defense of the new government. His 
offer was gladly a icjepted, and his promotion rapid, as is 
testified by the following list of his commissions : (1.) 
Colonel of cavalry as the first organization of the Con- 
ite government and army at Montgomery, 1861. 
(2.) Brigadier-general, June 17. 1861. (3.) Major- 
it al, October 10, 1861. (4.) Lieutenant-general, 
October 9, 1862. (5.) Full-general, February 19, L864 
Beheld important commands a ely in Virginia, 

Tenne ee Kentucky, and the trans Mississippi depart- 
ment; in the first In- was present at the first bat 

Manassas; in tin' two last fields of operation hi 

left to his own discretion, and conducted mas- 
terly campaigns in both of them. 

For his brilliant victory at Richmond, Knit ucky, I he 
Confederate Congress, on February 17. 1864, voted him 
a resolution of thanks, stylii i ion the only really 

decisive battle of the war." 

This expression points to the fact that his merits as a 
commander consist not so much in winning pitched 
battles, as in so disposing his troops, both before and 

lie fight, as not only to obtain victory but to 
i i tantial advantages to his government as its fruits. 
In his trans-Mississippi campaigns he had to create the 
resources with which he operated. II I not 

only his militai 3 command but thi iven ment. 

n his financial resources were raised by means of 
the State Legislature, which he in basing its 

operations upon the cotton at the disposal of th 
ernment. The Texas Legislature twice voted him 
itions of thanks for services in that State. It can 
not he doubted that the department administered by 
him was left in a better condition for future pros] i 
than any other which had been th. war- 

fare. 

When the end came, and the surrender at Appo- 

s proclaimed disarmament to the forces of the 
South which still kept the field, and while it was still 
uncertain whether criminal charges would nol bi 

Mist the let rs of I he Soul hern army, 

Gen. Smith found it necessary to lejtve the I nited 
States for a time, lie first surrendered his army to 
Gen Canby, Maj 26 1865, and bade farewell to h 

voted soldiers in a solemn and touching address from 

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present duty is plain ; return to your families, resume 
do' occupations of peace, yield obedience to the laws, 

labor to restore order Strive, both by counsel and 
to gi in 1 , to both life and liberty, and 

may Cod ill his mere;, direct ^ii aright and heal the 
wounds of our distracted country. Hi- own life dur- 
ing the last twenty years ha- been ti beautiful and im 
pressive realization of this counsel. 

\ftor doing all in his power for liis army, he went 
through .Mexico to Cuba, and alter two months, finding 
that it was safe to return, sailed for New fork and 
thence repaired to Lynchburg, Virginia, where hen 
joined his family and then moved to Louisville. Ken 
tucky. 

Here he assisted in organizing the Atlantic and Pa- 
cific Telegraph company, and became its pre- . 
which office he filled till thai -orbed by 

the Western Union company. 

In 1867, In became president of the Western Military 

my, Henry county. Kentucky, and held the office 

for two years, when had link again followed him: the 

buildings wen- burned down and he was again without 
employment. Hut his talents and great administrative 
abilil ■ I I known and he became chancellor of 

the University of Nashville. 

After six year.-' honorable service in this capacity, he 
was invited to take the chair of mathematics in the 
University of tic South, at Si wanei Tennessee, in the 

duties of which he ha- be I to the pri 

idolized by his pupils and comm ling the respect- 
ful esteem and sympathy of the whole South, for w hose 
hi gave hi.- splendid talents his powerful influ- 
and four of the besf years of his life. 
The military experience of Gen. Smith is in many 
respects unique. In constant military service for 

twenty years, holding commands in Mexico, On the Texas 

frontier, in Virginia, in Kentucky, in the States west 

of tile M ississippi, he never knew defeat. In the Mexi- 
can war he was pro-eni at every battle, both in Scott's 

and Taylors lim that of Buena Vista, when he 

i ed in the siege of Vera Cruz. He was never 

prisoner, and his command never retreated before 

i ho enemy : he was never in an unsuccessful engagement, 
' as subaltern or as in chief command. 
I . i.v expedition he organized was successful, and he 
organized the brilliant raids of Morgan, Forrest and 

others. It was he who commissioned Forrest as briga- 
iii i al when organizing the expedition from his 
department which, dashing into Tennessee under For- 
rest, captured the entire brigade, infantry and cavalry, 
... e .no of the ii. est bril- 

liant coups of the wai 

lie had thirteen relative- and is in the 

Mexican war: all hi- i pie for generations back have 

be i oldiers; all hi- nephews are graduates of West 

Point, as he is himself, and a- was hi- brother, Ephraim 

Kirby Smith, who fell in 1847, at Molinodel Hey. One 






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divines produced by this oountry, and especially noted 
as an itn|>i ■ Protestant Episcop 

He wasa lawyer in North Carolina before liisordi 
nation, and author of a well km ry of thai State. 

( ren. Smith's Hint her was a 1 1 

nplished : shr was educated ai 
Pennsylvania the Epi 

church, as were all Gen. Smith's relatives on both 
She kepi up with the litei 
tu the day of her death. 1 1 • < 

astonishing; when the first Fi boat arrived al 

St. Augustine, she wenl out and urged the citis 
Sgh id offered to command them, thou 
years old. When she found that they would nol 
she with her own hands, helped to cul down tin 
staff, then went to her room and locked In 
in. Refusing to take the oath, she was impris- 
oned by the Federal authoriti th she 
manifested ber extraordinary energj of will; I. 

luring life thai she would 
die, she finally i post ure in ber ti 

fourth year. Shi lefl two children, the general and his 
sister, Franci 3 Marvin, who died in 1881, widow ofCol. 
I. B. VVi bstcr, of thi I nited States artillery. 
Gen. Smith married al Lynchburg, in 1861, Miss 
born at Lynchburg, Virginia, dau 
of Samuel L. Soldi n, a lineal descendant of the lei 

Her ni" 1 : Miss 

of a wealthy tobacco manufacturer in 
Virginia. 
.Mrs. Smith b ted al the Catholii 

i, I listricl ' member of the 

Episcopal churoh, much esteemed in society, and the 
careful and conscientious mother ol imily. 



Theii Seldon.bi 

Lynchburg, Virginia, t >i 62 . Fra h 

born at Hampstead, Texas, July 7. L864; Edmund 
Kii'h.v. born at Louisville, Kentucl 
born at Louisville, B 

Men. born al N Kcntuck, 

lizabeth Chaplin, born at Nashvill 

see, Janui mild .Marvin, horn at Nashville, 

. 1 William Scldcn 
Scwauee, Tennessee, February 27, l s 7ie Josephine, 
born al Sewance, Tennessee, October 11, 1878; Joseph 
born ul e, Vpril 16, 1882; 

I m Kirbj 

I i ;. itors wen 

membi pal church, and has 

Mian, senior warden, lay reader and Sun 
ndenl in a great number ofchu 
in that communion. He is a Mason and Knight 
lar. 
[n politics he is a Democrat; was opposed to si 

when it v, lied, was the firsl to 

offer I be South, and th 

v. ii. 1 le was t be first Confi derate i Ificer t" 
enter \ irginia 

Mum i depots and tu muster in troops. 

Anion bosc were tin' Tenm i i iments 

of Tu and Mai 

igh has been stated to show that hi - oldier 

by inheritance, has always been a correct, conservative 

in! 1 .i ilways 

in i he hail. He began life on no capital, has supported 
his in tnd having been de 

voted to military life, has never gone into mercantile 
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GOV. JAMES DAVIS PORTER. 



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IT has been said ol Gov. Porter that a promise from 
him is equivalent to its fulfillment, and thai a state 
nii'iii from him is a of its truth, h 

couragi I lissimulation or 

■ ii. Hi' has n calm, judicial mind, and hisspi 
and written ear, concise and pointed. As 

of bi ing laborious, dei 
! frank 1 1- owes his pi to no sort 

simulation 

not the i 
ir art, Inn 

lit tu 
for himself. His mind is more characterized by 
ih than brilliancy I !• n ceivu the 



firsl giving the sub 

ma! ure tin i I when he does i ic to a con 

elusion he can not I i from it. or persuaded to 

thei 
stubborn, Cor on minor matters of difference, no m 
ield for the sale of I 

he was painstaking and careful, 

whether in a<h ing ; ng an 

opinii lious not to mislead and anxious to 

I and more 
than that of most men ; but hi 
not like to dwell on absti tions, 

while the practical, concerning cither the present or 

! to has in 
tentions to the politician, Th mind 



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mid his luiliits of thou ■■In forbid ibis II 

public qui based on bis belief us (o their 

.mi ilif i-ouiitry, mid mil lion tin 
likolj to alloc! his personal niiibil ii 
thnl ho is nut iimbitious, bill 
is ol ii kind which prompts li i in rather to .1. 

approval than temporal - ,! 1 1 1- . Ini 

lor truth, candor, honest) mid inl 
strict attention to details in I both publi 

privati II. i- :i mini of decided opi ml liis 

.iii.l persi 
a forinidiible ml No mmi in Ten 

contidem i 
ill.' intell the country, mid 

those who have fell called on honestly to join issue \\ iib 
him, award to hitn the virtues .>l sin. unosty 

and .'.'in.. \ 

r CStilliati IS a man 

.in his messages to the licgislitui . 
the mcnsui uno of 

which are imperishable in. .inn 
entitle him to the gratitude of ilii* and 

In his inaugural 
submitted the follow n lan- 

eharaeteristie of the philanthropist and builder: 
\ political revolution in public sentiment has 

ml in the 
- of the I ni. ni. What inlln 
evil it is to have on the eountrj remains to be 
but our dntj is a plain one to avoid the errors that 
have brought disaster to the best ii the coun 

ii \ foremost among them is iliai spirit which 

lined such an . . (ho mil 

a^ lias caused them to sul 

make them mvI. party approbation rather than tl 
'. an.l prosperity o{' the 

■ will 
direct the popular energies to useful pursu 

if im- 

1(1011 ill. 

agriculture tin school houses, an.l 

1-iall.N is ill.- great b 

imor obli> i.l anini. ■- 

and tor tin 

ol brotherhood among the people lie S 

the I nion, 

" fhankin i . for the d 

ilii'\ have conferred upon me, 1 will lal \ ibis 

: .• dial tin 
fiiithfulb 

int to 
which the 

ilium is th 

theii rument, not onl> in ii> right*, bin 



■ an.l influence Ii i^ vain to hope thai the prim 

i nin. an can I. <• pies. r\ cd or that 
in from i unnim. into the nbsolut 

lilcbed uway, an.l their d .■ I. .si 

In In-- in the Tliirtj ninth (ieneral Wemblj 

il inn us would all'.. i.l llm 
i he public schools to 
• hi tli he said : " I recommend 

thai you im i our |..'.> 

without i 

n ics I 

oil thai lb to im prove 

ilio M It 'umberlnnd ri\ ers; and 

deral L'on 
gross Mexican vol rans upon the 

p.'ii- 

dministral i euditiircs 

I n lii- Tli,' 

eurroii I ho State government for tin 

0-1 I. II kOO mi of 

milium , I nenl shows n redue- 

if the cm i hi in ten years that 

be full of I'm- 

ther large redu i he made by the adoption of 

eertaii inmeiided in this nd in 

the able n the comptroller. The ourren 

I5S-0D amounted to 
<l , fortho years 187(1 71 u wi 
for is?:; 71 it 1,03-1.00; for IS75-7G il was 

The appropriation bill passed upon his reeomim 
lion ; neral Assembly was the first 

compliance with the constitutional provision thai no 
drawn from the treasury bin in i 
ipriations made by law ; and bo earnesth 
imended " . odent, not 

tutiomil duty v\' maintai slative 

authoriti an.l responsibility, but as the only meth 
securing certain tiou." 

■ .1 ol' Health 
than Suite im; .1 upon 1 

coiuun Dr -l I 1 . I'lunket, 

who was his adviser on that sub - Dr Plunket's 

ii i ,; i 

led under bis admillistr 
■ llic |!iir. i \ ilture, S CS and 

Miin- iimen- 

•: iial arraii 
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rccoiumendati 
removal to some poinl bi low the city on i he 
of the river, where I ! 
perfcel ventilation an pendi 

till'.' oi 

m r he lab I ppro- 

priated to i he | of : I her «te, and for the 

ui'i i i in of a new prison. ' he term of 

the presi nl lea -• il v. ill it to four bundrc 

id dollars. With this sutn a prison 
can b ditable to the humanity and 

rh. 'acti r of thi Stati Thi i 
tfommodations fi 

and « ■"■ and in t he construction of a new i 

provi of offenders. I fpon 

the 'Ii ! a convict, the lessees furnish him with 

a suit of clothes and tran portation to the place of his 
. mi hi I thai In- ! 
.villi m few dollars in money for I 
from i he prison to hit home. 
Ill- exerei c of thi 

I ..il the bill I 
tin- losing party with the it he bill 

iucing thi 

in- the office of count} superintendent of sch 

The editor is not competent to discu tical 

involved in the State di : is of the 

opinion tha '■ Porter's highest honor lie* in the 

unequivocal position he tool The 

ion of i In- payment of di b c or |n-i\ at 

bankrupt laws, repudiation acts or other subtct 

popular in Am eric i ill be. Thi 

hi i he State « ho i commercial honor i 
by the prompt paymentofone hundn ! on the 

dollar, principal and interest, will I- I and 

shunn< 
Porti latiou to the I. i 1 ■ i .irl i 

tone in it thai all men, nol pi 
politician • and commend to their chil- 

dren of manhood and of statesman- 

ship, 1 [e laid : " Thi it of tlii- debt is 

param 

the ,: ral \ ssembly ; it invul . 

honor and I and honor 

in of it- <iti/ a liability that was 

ml whethi 
ated or not, can not now be a question. I hold, and 
have alwa hat in the lighl nl' mural and 

legal nl' commercial honor and of 

best settlement oi 
iiil'l be to pay the entire di to the 

ti'iiii,- of the contract 

James Davis Porter 
Di ember 7th, 1828. II aded from John, the 

born in 1590, al Kenilworth, 
Warwickshire England, and in Wraxhall Abbi 

many of theii 



>er arc buried. John ] 
led from 

Do l ■ 1 627. 

1 1 John Porti i . who came to A 

1027, wa ii.. Put nun. and 'li<l not old coun- 

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the I John 

John, boi i in 

rried Mai 

• I 1 1 n i f'ot 'I i lonnei ticut. Thi had Ivi children. 
' fourth -mi 10G4. II. 

settlcdjin Chi 

1 1 is William, born in 1695, . 

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mi the 3rd of May. 17W. i I 

.- William, born in 1729 'I to. 

iuiiI P tia, and married Sarah - 

I'li'i'.'l of Del van lie died in 1 302, His wifi 

re buried al ] 
lurch. 'I'ln.. had and 

four .1 William 

Hannah Kennedy, the paternal U'randm 

Thomas Kenn 
who was born in < 'In 

t led in May, 1791 . on a farm on the Oh 
which the citj <>\' Covington nofl III wife, 

Diana 1 1; r of Jami from 

whom Gov. Porter imc. Thi I 

•Ii(;r. 

for whom hi icd. Thi lattci was Prom the north 

nl Ireland, and 

Ivania. He icttled on Brandy'ine 

buried in the chui ndy- 

hurch. William Porter, the paternal grandfather 

of Gi . after his mat i first in 

franklin county, Kentucky, from which placi h 

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intil his deaths in 1833. His wife died in 1820 

1 i cond 

son, Thomas Kenned Porter, the father of Gov. J 
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nttnent to the position ho n rthily and 

. by the consid- 
n that it I without solicitation or 

en an applicant 
tor this ither place under the administration of 

Mr. Cleveland. 

tor's methods ^\' life have been 

hile a lawyer, to 

- put into his hands ito the 

r the fullest preparation, ;t coursewhich 

enabled him to compete with any opponent. 

Third his income. In this his 

1 him. an Iways been 

a rule with them never to buy anything until able to 

•• has paid 
s than any man in 

with his • - '-i of court 

when - vbich came from his 

— what he 
wills '1 without • ■■■. what ho 

oil. 
\Yh V ild as 

such w - da member of the 

the firs - r held. He was a mem- 

nvention - that nominated 

Mr. B - nt Ih never hold a civil office, 

- hat he did not derive di- 
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hildren, viz. : S - innah 

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disruption Whig 

and I » roken up and i 

eal or. nion and 

rhich followed. In 

of Mississippi which 

and b I for 

At tl. Mr. Memn : if the 

pi, part of Alal 
and pari of I. 
this cotto n fron 

which he 
■ forward to Richmond, and 
which he turn< Richard 

He held this position d 
federate armies, and then turned 

his hands to the Federal 

Oanby very kindly insisted that he should retain the 

office, fixing his 

but the offer v. ned. 

Prei the war Judge Clapp had an 

about ten thousand dolli innm. and ov. 

land. lie lingly 

went to Memphis in June. ImJo'. am 

if law. Ii .ut in 

a Tilden • i the 

r the 
■ during i 
nominated for I 
of tv, part in the 

■ MemphU 
in which I 
of the leaders of thi While 

in thi - le chairman of the 

mi Federal rclati 

Mr. ■ at Abie. 

Virginia, in 1836, hut afl . r eon- 

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Holly Sprii 
and yards made an elder in thi 

rian church of 
madi in which up to 



the pi 

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Holly 
and 
owned 

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By this 
children 
the wife of II. A. I the 

four chil SV. Clapp, born in 

fMeinpl 
childi 

iw firm of Clapp «t 
rried Miss Lamira M. Parker, and has four 
child. •• born 

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married Mi B. Kennedy, dai D.X. 

child. (5). Rva Walton Clapp, born in " .the 

A. M. A. M. Wi 

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had lost, the details of which 

uf tin in 1 "Tii 

eellor of i 
chaiici ' 

elected for a second term 
In-ill'.' Judge T W, Tii! 
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includes the four iuiportaril eouni iet ■ if x l 
Williamson and Marshall. 

ii ure of J 
used him for public 

nial addn i d in his h 

of thi 

n!' a lit.,' 

political journal 

file* of which were anion 

burning of 1*1- 

are in ■ ith bench and bar 

generally been confirmed when referred to higl 

ier of tin 
byterian church, in which he and .-ill hi 

ruling 
elder in the Firsl V in church of Columb 

II. Odd 1 in which 

The family of Judge Fleming migrated from Scotland 
to the north of Ireland a( a period i 
thence to Williamsburg disti th Carolina in 

1732 

John Fleming i of the 

r date thi imily. 

He married a lady named Wil 
descent, and the fruit of that m 
Fleming, who ci lather from li 

when a boy He married tl I wife 

mother of J udgi Fh mil .< andfather - 

mentioned. By hi- second wife he bad 

of whom . in which 

; ,i- -on. William B., and hi- l 
Fleming irt. 

Jami Flemii ''father of 

of this memoir, married Mai 

son, Thorn ming, fatl 

ming He, wil i. ; 
three younger brotl Williamson county, 

Tenm Here 

onion of the grant of 
twenl by the Rcvolution- 

I, Nathai 
military services. Theii 

the fa mi I I 
nele to •) udge Fl< n John 

l». Fleming, who. with hi- elder brothel Thomas, fol- 
lowed Jackson in all hi- war- participating in m 



includin 

William Stuart !■'!■ 

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of all 

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all who kl 

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thru! and belovi r new 

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him at his home in Maui 'I 

Mrs. .laiiie- Flemii 

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tth Carol: 
with his father, wh red in 

children,! 
of whom died in infancy. The surviving children 

Mary Whil arried A. N. 1' arnier 

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Sciltt, till II L'l llllllilll 

sliurl furlough, iluri time ho dropped li 

ndrin, proci 
on tin I the ordi- 

iianei Vpril IT 

Doing in I 

lined until lie i 
a littli liim threi 

liward. Immediately after 1 

hi the ('"ii egulars by the authoritii 

goinery. < hi i . 

uiont, 'I'm 

and Holm 

it. He served with Tu 

1801 . I" May 1 . 1802 ; was in the eanipn 

I'. Johnson in if \ irginia I eaehed Ma- 

- .Inly '_'l 
troops had taken place, and mo 

tin Peninsula, at which time his 
with the first Tenn 

II. was then assigned to duty with (leu. K. 1 
Smith, win 'i commanding tin departim 

■d with that army ii 
Tennessee ami 

instructor 

iian any other man in th< 

ut •) tily 1. 1SG3, 1" - in- 

valiy with Gen. Joseph Wheeler, 
a position whicl 

proini i Wheeler with 

the rank of colonel in tin 
dered on an expedition i 
On the retreat of I '■ 
diers ami small 

"1 tl" \ or, ami i nt u> 

collect thorn, with such 

could got, into pro> i nd operate with 

them until further instructions. On r L'.'J, 

n a fight neai' Win th infantry and cav- 

alry. In was captured by the .1 

nded himself. II" was taki 
crd, where I tnmauder 

court-martial ami -hot. Afterwards I 

and oi urn the pi Vndrcw John- 

son, military goverm 

i the 

the I Holmau 

Id try 
the rope I'm- a .1 

he would take 

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that he was a prisoner of war in the hands of the United 
ami claim uch, remarking that 

differently would certain 
aid which he declined tu further 

talk. He was then si I to the 

nor waited on him, and stated that he "would he per- 
mitted t" Johnson next morn 1 Hol- 
inan replied thai he did n ay man named John- 
\ ernor "(' Teni I if such a 
man wanted tu see him he would doubtless find him at 
th" penitentiary. The ■ II, but ouc 
marked that ti or had said 
that " Holman 

r being d Nashville penitentiary three 

• lllin. win 

was transferred i" Johi 
I, wh< re h" ren il ( >ctober, 1804, w hen he 

was put upon 1 1 ."li to 

Richmond, beii d until January 1. 1865. At 

'iv. as .i-- I 
,~. Kiiliy Smith, commanding the 
ind attached t" tin army 
I! Magruder, "!' tli" department of 'I 

inent until th" terms 
upon by i (ens. Kirhy Smith 

i what would be th" pol- 

■ iii i In- I 'nil".! St I .1 the 

• 1 re- 
solved '.tain what 
that pi i dinglj he moved to the 
■ ml remained there until he 
d that the government would nut deal 
with him, and then returned to Houston. 
• ami surrendered to Gen. Canby, Jul; 
gave his parole, and received | 

i 'ion, and returned to his father's ' 
in Li : his "iitii e..ii- 

I : i" clothing I: i lm\ ersack, and a 

shirt. 

ae li" commenced reading 
(hi November 21 married to Miss Eliza- 

beth ('. Kinibr . Bradley 

Kimbr \ ''■. his wife, like the noble 

woman she is, pro] make 

o support them until he couh 
law By the aid helpmate 

Col. Holmau su i in L867, at the March term 

of the Lin ty circuit rn in 

as a pi il" theu formed a partnership 

with his brother, Col. D. W. Holmau. who had been in 

th" war In \ 
Flolman was elected atto ral of the 

al circuit Inch office he tilled 

until (J -77 when li" tendered his n 

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civil practice, in which be has been active] 
ever since. 

After being elected attori leral he was indicted 

in the Dnited States circuil court for the middle die 
(net of Tennessee for holding office contrary to the 
fourteenth amendment to the constitution of the 1 
States, \t the same time quo warranto proceedings 
instituted in thai court to remove him from the 
office. He was am -t< d and gave bonds for his ap] 
anci be! court, when a demurrer was filed, both 

to tin- indictment and quo warranto. Jud 

ding, sustained the demurrer, and discharged Col. 
Holman from further attendance on that court. The 
I fnited States disl rict atfc laled the ca -• to i hi 

United States supreme court, where it is understood 
the decision ol the district iudgi was affirmed, though 
no report of the case has ever been made. 

In 1878 Col. Holman was appointed by Gov. Porter 
a commissioner for Tennessei to the International Ex- 
hibition at Paris. He attended the exhibition, and 
while in Europe he and Mrs. Holm I the prin- 

cipal places of interest in Great Britain, France, Switz- 
erland, Italy. A ustria and < rei m > 

In politics Col. Holman is a Democrat, as wen 
paternal ancestors. His grandfather and people on his 
mother's side were Whigs. In 1880 hi was a "State 

credit" candidate for Conj but was defeated by 

Hon. Richard Warner. 

Col. Holman became a Mason in 1866, and is at pre 
cut a member of the council. Religiously he is inclined 
towards the Primitive Baptists, but is very liberal in 
lii- opinions, and belongs to no church. Mrs. Holman 
is a member ol the Missionary Baptist Church, gradu 
ated in 1860 at Mary Sharp College, Winchester, Ten 



and taught school some three yi ai tftcr her 
marria 

Col. Holman began life without property, and resoh ed 
never to go in debt nevei to pend money until hi had 
made it . never to contract an obligation until he knew 
hi could certa inly mi et it to trust nothing to luck ; to 
go without his supper lie tore he would a.-k credit for it ; 
to kee. ;i ions mile ! ble to lose 

the amount of money he invested; never to go security 
unless he could pay the liability of his principal; to 
comply with every monetai I y day 

promised; to deny himself none of the necessities of life, 
lie never linn ni foi a client who does not 

ti rst make out his case by his own statement ami | I 

that lie i- able to bring forward. He always accepts 
the statement ol h > client as prima facie true as to the 
Kiel-. Inn givi - the client no control in the conduct ol' 
his controversy. When he sees that a client i- about to 
lose his cause, or that he is likely to make nothing b 
litigation, he immediately so inform- him. ami if he re- 
fuses to ml. i ... . . in (hat 'He rgency the client is re- 

i 'I to employ other counsel ; Holman retires from 
the ease lie brings no law-suit, either civil or crimi- 
nal, for a client whose sole objeel is to annoy ami vex his 

onist, and will not be a party to his ill will towards 
an adversary. He always aids a your ' er, and has 
a reputation for i ving up the cause of his client 

-o long us he thinks he i- right. There is hardly any 
sacrifice he will not make for a meritorious cause. He 
throws hi- whole nature into his -nits, ami assumes 

All. 

Col. Holman's law library is one of the finest in the 
financially he is on a good footing, one of the 
t, w lawyers who are good financial -nee, 



GEN. WASHINGTON CURRAN WHITTHORNE. 



' OLUMIilA. 



THIS gentleman is of mingled Irish ami A met i 
extraction; his father, William -I. Whittle, m, 
, me ,1 him after i he two ets of hi-- admiral ion 

in hi- native ami adopted i ountry, whose names he now 

hears. 

lie was horn April 19, 1825, near Petersburg, in Lin- 
coln county; thence he removed with his parent- to 
Parmington, Bedford county, and received an a 
country school education there, working at his father's 
trade when not in school. In his fourteenth year he 
was sent to an academy at Arrington, in Willia/nson 
county, where he studied eighteen months, and then,-, 
to the Campbell Academyin Lebanon, which was the 
nucleus of the now well- known Cumberland University. 



After studying there two sessions, he entered the Uni 

'. i-iiy of Nashville, then umhr I>r. Philip Lindsley, 
and after a session and a half there matriculated at the 

East Tennessee University, at Knoxvillc, under I'resi 
d,nt Joseph Esterbrook. Here he graduated after a 

two -ear- colli'- e. 

His father had by this time removed to a housi 
Nashville, and from college he made a visit of three 
month- there, and then went to Study law under Messrs. 
Polk and Thomas, the former gentleman being James K. 
Polk, afterward- President of the United I lei, 

he studied until 1845, when he was called to the far. 
i examination by Chancellor filial and Judge 
Dillahunty. This, it will he remembered, w 






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Cecil, a farmer and stock raiser near Danville, Ken 
tucky: they have three children, Charles P., Jan ic and 
Sarah. (3). Klla. married to Alexander Harvey, a 
manufacturer residing in Baltimore; they have one 
child. .Ian ie. (-1). The single daughter, Mary, attending 
Mount Vernon Institute, Baltimore. (.">). Washington 
('.. jr.. ami (G), Harry, attending Center College, Dan- 
ville, Kentucky. 

The earliest principle Gen. Whitthorne adopted for 
his conduct in life was to live within his income, lie 
says that he has had many ups and downs in lite, and 
that his circumstances have uniformly been prosperous 
or adverse according as he adhered to thai rule or 
departed from it. In any undertaking, whether it was 
a lawsuit, a speech iii Congress, or committee work, or 
a stump speech, he was always successful, provided he 
had previously made himself thoroughly familiar with all 
the details iif the matter in hand ; on the other hand, 
whenever he has failed to do this, he has met with em- 
barrassment and uncertainty in the result. In all eases 



it lias been essential to success to give hi- undivided 
attention to the business before him. 

The revising editor ventures on tl pinion that an 

important element in this gentleman's political success 
has been fidelity to party leaders. In the earlier stages 
of his career he received valuable aid from President 
Polk and Andrew Johnson, ami these services he repaid 
by devotion to the interests of his party chiefs. The 

writer is aware that such c luct is in the present day 

est eein ed inconsistent with originality and independence 
of spirit, but he always suspects that independence 
which leads a young man to disdain the guidance of 
more experienced statesmen 'to arise much more from 
self-conceit tin riginality of intellect. 

lien. Whitthorne is five feet eight inches high; weighs 
one hundred and sixty-three pounds, ha graj eyes and 
hair, with features of a type partlj Grecian, partly 
Irish: his manners are graceful and easy, and may be 
pronounced those of the typical lawyer and conj 
man. 



HON. RODERICK RANDOM BUTLER. 



MOUNTAIN CITY. 



THIS gentleman, like his political associate, Mr. 
I [ouck, is one of the self-made men of East Ten- 
nessee. He was born in Wytheville, Virginia, April 8, 
L830. His father died while he was an infant, and he 
was raised in his mother's family till he was thirteen 
years old, when he was apprenticed to a tailor, John W. 
Ilauey, of Newbern, Virginia, with whom he served an 
apprenticeship of six years, and then emigrated to 
Johnson county, Tennessee, where he now lives, lie 
states that he arrived there with a bundle of clothing 
tied up in a handkerchief, on his hack, and seventy-five 
cents in his pocket. He commenced working at his 
trade at Taylorsvillc, the county seat of Johnson, which 
has recently adopted the inure romantic name of Moun- 
tain City. Here he worked till he was twenty-one years 
old, when he commenced studying law with Carrick W. 
Nelson. He was called to the bar in November, 1853, 

being licensed bj Chancellor Tl as L. Williams and 

Judge Seth Luckey. He was at te taken into part- 
nership by his preceptor, C. W. Nelson, with whom he 
practiced in Johnson and Carter counties from 1853 
ti. 1861. 

When the war brok it . he tun], the Union side and 

was commissioned bj Gen. Burnside to raise a regiment 
of infantry. Col. Miller was at the same time similarly 
engaged, and when each had partially succeeded their 
respective contingents were consolidated into a single 
regiment, of which Miller became colonel, and Butler 
lieutenant colonel. He resigned at Nashville, in 1864, 



on account ol impaired health. Priorto actual hostili- 
ties he was several times arrested by the Confederate 
authorities, and tried for treason at Knoxville, but ac- 
quitted. , 

Prior tn the war he had attained the following posi- 
tions: (1). Elected major of first battalion of Tennes- 
see militia, about 1850, before be was of age. (2). 
Appointed brigade inspector on Gen. JamesT. Carter's 
staff. (3). Elected judge of the county court in L855, 
and held the office two years. ( I,). Elected to the Leg- 
islature from .loh 1 1 -on county, and served in the session 
of 1859-GO. (5). Re-elected and served in the session 
of 1801-62, and was one of the sixteen who voted 
against the military organization and the other meas- 
ures which resulted in the secession of the State. 

As soon as the war was over and the Legislature re- 
established, In- was elected ill) State Senator from the 
counties of Johnson, Sullivan. Washington and Carter, 
and .served in the session of 1865-66. During that 
session he was appointed by Gov. Brownlow (7) 
judge of the lirst judicial circuit, comprising the coun- 
ties of Sullivan, Washington, Johnson, Carter. Greene, 
Hawkins and Hancock. This post he held till (8) he 
was elected to Congress, in 1867, from the first congres- 
sional district, comprising the counties of Johnson, 
Carter, Sullivan, Washington, Greene, Hawkins. Han- 
cock. Grainger, Cocke. Jefferson and Sevier. (9). 
Elected to the four ensuing Congresses, serving eight 
years. Throughout this period he acted steadily with 



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the Republican party, and served mi many important 
committees, those on Indian affairs, elections, educa- 
tion, labor, and the revision of the laws: lie was the 
youngest member on the last-named committee, and was 
also chairman of the committee on military affairs, (lo>. 
In 1878 he was again elected to the State Legislature 
from Johnson and Carter counties, and served in the 
sessions of that year and 1879. He was re-elected in 
1880, 1881, L883,and (11) in 1884 he was elected flotcrial 
representative from the district composed of the counties 
of Johnson, Carter, Sullivan, Washington, Greene and 
Unicoi. 

In all he has served fourteen years in the State Legisla- 
ture and eight in Congress. He was successively dele- 
gate to the national Republican conventions which 
nominated Lincoln, Grant, Hayes and .Garfield, though 
he was prevented attending the latter by ill health. 
He was a Whig before the war, and as sueh was ap- 
pointed postmaster of Taylorsville, and held the office 
for four years. When not serving in Congress or in the 
Siate Legislature he practices law, being a member of 
several law firms, sueh as Butler & McDowell, in Bris- 
tol; Butler & Donelly, in .Mountain City; and Butler 
& Emmert, at Erwin, in Unicoi county. 

Judge Butler is a man made for popularity, and has 
been recognized since Ids first entrance into public life 
as a political leader of consummate ability, second only 
in Bast Tennessee to Andrew Johnson, whose origin 
and early start in life present a remarkable parallel 
with his antecedents. In his own county there was 
but one vote east against him in each of two elections. 
He has a commanding presence, being six feet high, 
with a weight of two hundred pounds; upright in atti- 
tude and jovial in bearing, always ready to express his 
views and aide to defend them : knowing the people and 
known of them. In political work he is indefatigable, 
never resting while there is an end to lie accomplished 
to which he can contribute his efforts. In the State 
Legislature, while his influence is supreme with his 
own party, there is no man with whom his political an- 
tagonists are so ready to discuss points of common 
interest, and lie enters into sueh discussions with an 
engaging IVankno-s that disarms political animosity. 
He drinks no whiskey, uses no tobacco, sleeps barely 
six hours, and is never idle when awake. His rule id' 
life may be expressed in his own words: " Never de- 
sert a friend or pander to an enemy: especially never 
desert an old friend for a new oni — rivet your friends 
to you and let your enemies go." 

Judge Butler said to the editor, " If my time were 
to go over, I would attend to m\ profession and nothing 
else; I would never go into polities; there is no money 
in it, it is a dot's life; the politician is a pack-horse for 
everybody, has to go everybody's security and neglect 
one's private affairs." 

To all which this editor is profoundly skeptical, firmly 
believing that, if the time were to go over, if R. It. 



Butler were again only twenty years old, and a political 
opening were visible, lie would jump iii. even as young 

due!-- take to till' wale]-: yes, though lie knew all he 
does now: if lie knew, as lie does know, that politics 
involves much loss and but little profit; if he knew 
that he should meet with treacherous friends and un- 
scrupulous enemies: if he knew, as lie well knows, that 
the politician's merits are constantly nibbled at by de 
tractors and bis errors proclaimed from the house-top, 
lie would still lie a politician and nothing Imt a politi- 
cian. The strife of parties is the only element in which 
his faculties can find their field of action, the storm of 

political agitation, tli ly atmosphere in which he can 

breathe. B. R. Butler is a politician by nature and 
Naturam expellees f 'urea tamen itsqiu recurret. 

.Indue Butler married in Johnson county, Tenm 
January 7, 1849, Miss Emmeline Donelly, daughter of 
Richard Donelly, an old-style Virginian gentleman 
who emigrated from Albemarle county, Virginia ; 
noted in his day as a splendid horseman. His father 
emigrated from Dublin to Albemarle county. Virginia, 
and settled there ; he was a soldier in the war of 1812. 

.Mrs. Butler's mother, Rebecca Doran, was a daughter 
ofMaj. Alexander Doran. a large farmer of Washington 
county, Virginia. He, too, was a soldier of 1812. He 
served as a member of the Tennessee Legislature from 

( 'arl ei- county, the first repre-eiitat i \ e of that part of' the 

counts' which lies east of the mountains. He was brig- 
ade inspector under Gen. Taylor. 

By his marriage with Miss Donelly. .Indue Butler has 
seven sons and two daughters: ( 1 i. Richard H., has 
been county court clerk; is a farmer and merchant at 
Mountain City. I'-'), .lames (I., married a Mi^s Gray- 
son, and is a physician of high reputation. (.'I). Ceo. 
((..now in Oregon sheep farming. (I). William B.a 
prominent physician; married a Miss Grayson. (5). 

Samuel S. D. G., a fanner in Johnso unity; married 

a Miss Kiser. (ii). .John Bell, sheep farmingin Oregon, 
with his brother George. (7). Edward Bast, reading 
law. (8). Virginia, wife of James If. Church, a lawyer 
at Mountain City. ('.')■ Bessie, wife of W. B. Keys, a 
teacher and proprietor of the Tennessee Tomahawk. 

Judge Butler's father. George Butler, was horn in 
Maryland, raised and married in Virginia, and died in 
Wytheville, Virginia, in 1829, at the age of forty, lie 
was a school teacher, a graduate of a German college; 
tall and handsome: an independent man of decisive 
character. He was the only man ill his county who voted 

for Adams against Jackson for the presidency, he being 
sheriff of the county at the time. 

The grandfather of Judge Butler, the Rev. John 
George Butler, of Cumberland, Maryland, was a minis- 
ter of the Lutheran church. A grandson of his, the 
Rev. Dr. Butler, is known as pastor of the Memorial 
Lutheran church at Washington City, which was 
''dedicated to Almighty God tin- the preservation of the 

union of the United States." The Butler- ale a tier- 



:c promixkxt texxessk vxs. 

man family, of which 1'nitod States Senator Butler, ol lie lias a 1 health and great constitutional v 

!i Carolina, is a member; another branch .'I the and promises to be si man of influence in political 

faniilv il to Ohio fairs lor many years. 

Judge Butler's mother, was of Scotch-Irish origin. \ prominent lawyer of Rasl Tenn ssei writes to the 

born in Tyr county. Ireland, neai Newton * litor as follows "I have known Judge Butler inti- 

,| |)i Samuel Leiti I < Her matolj ever since tin- war. II' 1 went on the bench in 

mother, Rebecca Hay, of Tyrone county, Ireland, died lSlCi. and pn irtiality. AT 

w evillc \:i in. i 1817, leaving two children, terwardshe was four times elected to Congress. \ i i\\ 

Nancy, mother of J udge Butler, aiid Rebecca, yer, he stands al the head of the profession ; as an ndi 

Judge Butler's mother died in ISTiil, leaving four cate, he is superior ; sis a man, he is noble and generous, 

children, (ieorgi Gustsiv Olivei and Roderick Kan faithful to his duties, true to his friends, and liberal to 

dom, all of whom are now di i the last named, hi- i as a politician, he is shrewd and cunning, 

subject of this sketch. He has succeeded by hard and most general!} carries hi- point Socially, he has 

work and indomitable resolution; has given his chil- few. if any. superiors, lie is now, as he has been ever 

dren a good education ami trained them to work for since 1 have known him twenty years a consistent 

their living. By industry and economy he has acciimu- but linn, unflim Inn Bepublicaii, and a strong udv oeate 

lated a respectsible fortune in spite of the loss of fifteen for temperance in all iis forms, lie is a member of no 

thousand dollars security debts. Without disn church, vol attends church services more regularly 

public opinion, he has never yieldi than n >sod Christians In manners and in 

ions, policy or principles to it ; he accepts flatter} lie is an except ionsibly pleasant gentleman, 

what ii is worth sind laughs detract ion < • 1 1 1 ofeouiiteiianee. ami a man win' commands 'In- respect of all with whom 

IK' became a Mastei Mason al Taylorsville. in 1852. he comes in conl 



HON. HENRY J. LIVINGSTON. 

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r T^lIE iiumed I Ion. Hem I I the v I N Curb mer in Haywood eoui 

ingyton wore S lb I'arolina stock. Hi- ..•">'<, Thomas <>.. de< b"). Caroline I-'... w 

father, Thomas Price Livingston, was horn on \V. C. McCoiiico, a farmer in Haywood county. 

,1 sillies Island, in front ol Char'. - nth Caro Henry J. Eivii sborninOi district, 

linn, March 29. lSt»7. II. was a cotton planter and South Carolina. Februarv 20, KM He was brought 

slaveholder; a class-leader rd'hi the Metho- up to work on his father's farm, picked cotton and 

dist church: a man >>( uncompromising integritx and a plowed corn there until 1 > 17. when his father removed 

strong advocate -l' the South during the war. He t" '! and the young man continued the same 

removed to Tennessee in 1847, locating first in Homy occupation, gsiiniug in health, muscle and industry, as 

county, and in IS4S settled in Haywood county, where he grew in years. His literary education was obtained 

he died. April l!>, 1877). at the best schools in Brownsville, and included a fair 

Judge I s mother was Rachel Livingston knowledge of Latin. Greek and mathematics, with au 

Slmler. The Shuler I'amih- are «{' German dness for the latter and subsequently for the 

riietion and one among the Herman fami- study of law. as early a* his tweutieth year. Hebe 

lies in the Palmetto Siato. Her father was Daniel reading law January 1, ISoti, under Gen. I.. M. Cauip- 

Shulcr. and her mother, Catharine Bin Brownsville, and after eight months' active and 

S uh Carolina. Mrs. Livingston was born in -notions preparation, entered the middli i the 

burg district. South Carolina. December 21. IS' Law Department oi' the Cumberland Cniversity at 

married there : and died in Haywood county. Tom Lebanon, Tenn. — . He remained al Lebanon from 

„ .June IT - was an excellent and most September, 187)ti to June. 1S7>7, at which time he gradu- 

inan. sxted under Pr IV Nathan tireen. Sr., Nathan Green, 

B\ this marriage there wi bildren : (1\ Jr.. .Vbram Caruthers. ami President Robert L. IV 

Janics I... now a farmer in Haywood county. Tennessee. ruthers. After graduating ho was licensed by Chan- 

this sketch. t,3V Lawrence eellor B 1. Ridley and Judges Robert L. Caruthers. 

\\\, who was a Confed lier under Gen. Price, Robert -I. McKinnev am! William R. Harris, of the 

and was killed in A; v I S nolo He began pract.ee at Brownsville, in 



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tuber, L857, and practiced there up to the war, 

and ;il-''. a ftei i lie war, unt il hi went on i he bench 

thus i si I' staj ing pow< r which 

in 1 1 ~t be reckoned always as a factor of Dur 

arly all iliis time he was a partner of \ tt ■ 
I tenj iinii! .1 Lea t be firm being Lea & 
1 ton, 

1 1 \ ii "ii-i. 1872, fiov. John ('. Brown appointed 
Hon. Henry J, Livingston chancellor of tin' tenth 
chancer; dh f I hi Si ati of I em e ■ compris- 
ing ( he counl ies of I [ardeman, Lauderdale, Fa 
Madison, Tipton and Haywood, and undi ■ mmis 

sion lir sen ed I w o of two I ! i"" and five 

hundred dollars per annum, He has sit 
elected to the same place: first, in 1874, to (ill out the 
unexpired term of Judgi James Fentress who had 

resigned I in 1 ^7* for a term of eight 

which ex) ires Sepl 

.1 udge Livingston also erved witl 
as a < lonfed i lier. He i he array in 

I -til , at Jai ! -"M Tenm Be, Hay- 

w I Range 

II. W. I laywood, and served in thi ill he 

This company I 

Si", mi li Ti i ■ i '. . ii" , egiment . Forr 

mand. Livingston was made a lieuti nun' 

i - I In ■ ■.in an tnd rcmai ida Hi utenanl then in 

until its Burn in I. r til < lainesville, Vial 

r\ ice in Tei • ■ M issouri, Ken 
Mississippi and \ labama, and in all tl 
battles where Forrest led. He command. iment 

in the li^lit at Wyatt, on tjie Tallah itchi 
in Mississippi, He was taken prisoner Ni 
L862, ;ii Lamar, M i nd exchanged at 

burg, December 3, L862. At Columbii I anessee 
November 25, 1864 in tin fightwhen Hood was moving 
upon Nashville, he was wounded in the left shoulder by 
a lninnic ball, an igementin « hii h he par 

ticipated he bore himself « ith i hi 
soldier, 

I n polit ii Judgi Livingston i m un- 

ring I democrat. I fe was a I >i dhood, 

a Breckinridge Democrat when the war came on, and 

uci i he war a n ;ular, st raight party man. 
squat el In the I democrat ic State convention of 

1872, which nominated John C. Brown foi 
Judge Livingston opposed the nomination of C 
for president In I i 1 ith Hon. 

.Inn. i M, Fleming, of Knoxville; Hon, D. M, I- 

1 1. n. William A. Quarles, I [on. T. I!. 
[vie, < !ol. M C. I lallav ay and others I on the 
committi i rm, and advocated I demo- 
crat as the national i I Messrs, 

Quarli [vii and Livin i ised the majoi 

.in, I pi , ,iit irl a minority report . -I udge 
Living >ton makii I ech on it, but the 

minority report wa hat time he 



since been i lb) men w ho opposed him in 

,i ion I'm and he toi 

He ha i hr\ ed in 

or half 
.1 udge Livingston has n 

kind. In i 

having joined that church in 1873. He was raised 
in a Methodist fat 

i and 

I rut Ii of ( 
tianity. 

Judge Livingston married, at Stanton I 1 « I 

countj , Ten M is.* Tempe J. 

Si. in." 

North Carolina, November 10, 1850. Mrs. Li 
father was Joseph Brchon Soini rvell, a large planter, of 
firm character and son of 

lervell, it lawyer of abilit e in North 

Carolina. James Somervell was the son oi John 
ervell, who w;i< the son of John Somervell, mhi of 

II. of Ke x, the last being a licneal 

ndant.of A\ tner veil, who came from Nor- 

iili William, the Conqi 1066. 

! :is the daugh- 

ter of William Dul a prominent citizen of 

North Carolina. William Duke ■' 

pan d mother Cook," the 
1 
Ann. ii- ' Imol her Cool 

, : I. J I 'I ' ! ' ' l I'll ll. 

ii. iii. and -I udge Thomas - 1 an, the lal 

the Supreme Cburl of the State Mrs. Livit 
graduated at the Memphi I emale I nstitute 

Dr. \ mos W. Jones. She it also a a 
lethodist chun 
:, ri i !h i tian lady. A i | lishments, 

id, indi '.I 

- omen, all 
who maki the : ;ht. 

Four chil i I his happy marriage : ( 1 ). 

11 born \ ii 'ii ' 31 ' Henry J 

born Januarj 2, 1875 (3). Rosa Gibson, born V] 
1877. 
In , Family, Judge Livin 

aid : " It out childi i nding 

ill not have been the 

fault of tl 

rvell, his wife's father, I 

Ihr hundred dollars' worth of prop 

mcher, 

if lir I m and 

lunds, 
and this, although ii 



v 






I'KOMIN, VNS, 






\ ml l,i 



1 1 \M CI I 1 OM. 



N 






I? 









, li 1 1,.. i I the 

< 1 1 • n I I"- turn in of principle and 

inliood ili 
m hi r nini I Com I h 
(I) Tillman, who ran awaj from homi when fifteen 

n in the 
I I - 1 ..' 

to lllino 

father of II I. Cul or of the 

lllino, I • lited 

tor IVo in • (4). Al if tin: 

i 

ml, i-i i,l ' ' and 

tic and di 
Jam< » M the oi 

in public life. Hen < 

A. W 1 1 Totti ii ''I' ' he 'I i ■ 
and of Hoi B 

Alfred Phillip 
Illinois, and died th ■ one 

of tin bri men in the • n her 

P i, ili<"l thi Win. 

treme 

,,r eon ii in |.i i'.n . ili<- wife ol 

CIO;. Will eh. (11) I. 

wil'i' of John Hart, i 

of ( I 

of i hi lorn. 

Cnllom 
when 

' 

mcanwhili 
partmi nl of I 

hi up, 

tlio H ! 

the Wlii ■ '1 him 

for i fa 

hundred, and b 

In 1 - ■ 'lonl, 

ling I 

domi 

thi Hen 
net. 
In 1835 be had bi ',)'tli<: 

• i 



irhich hi held 

In l I from 

[1 .; ; 

I. I. ' 
for ili' ' 

of A n, 

i fill': 

i thi I 
hill hi 
lint lii- political li i' i 

n, bi bad 

any 

■I, he had 

('nil', in 

for ('!;, 1 1 l the 

timi H 

th': n 

llOlllil, 

I 
man, 

' •' 

i few who 
In pol 

,! tli'' W'ii 

III i 
to thi 

.(olin ' ' bi 

Of till; 

When 

1 

ellor. 

In Novembei 
him i 

. 

While 

men 






PROMINENT TKNNKSSE W-. 



Uitly show. 

<1\ hj plan ice I le began life 
hi liniilril 
iol .'ii rainy day 
I! ■ 

■I'll, hi-< fl unirr. his 

re, liis ob> 
a ii.l I I 

I' his 
r and all 

mbor 

\v p. iii 

a hank 

childl'i 

n ty to 
lllc Ti 

i 

i a member of the S 
stitutional 

hildren. 
Perry, 



I 1 Kill wife of Rev. Dr. Booth, a Methodist minister 
in till Leslie, a lawyer at 

Coin 

\'\ I itrrod in White 

I h ii Ii M i iriflith 

Culloni has eight children ( 1 I Minnie, wife of Rufus 
chant at Clinton, Tcnm is two 

childi il I'M McCarthy. (2). Florence, 

wife of John Raster, a railroad engineer. (3). Clara. 
ney Johnson. (5). William. (6). Klla. 
ii llcndei 
U iili a^ great an amount ol s any one man 

i heart overflowing with kindness, with 
men and property, one of tin 
of tin most companional man . with 

hardy in debate and cour- 
ith an inherited mercurial tempera- 
Williani Cullnm's 

,1 and financial- lia> been almost phenomenal. 

nd ~1.'\\ to go in debt. His 

numerous and warm. It i> said o\' 

his neighbors at Clinton, he never harmed 

a human being. Rrilliai rand, noble old 

man' The State has honored him, but not more than 

he has honored I 



JOHN W. MADDIN, A.M.. M.D. 






Di'll\ W M VP1HN lumbia 

. hood 

Kent ncky, 
ling liter 
of til) > una. where 

P Maddi 
a hall ! institution hi 

\ M 
and Ii 
Ilium 

uently 

\ < 

luates 
S unuel 

- Hutehi- 
mates 
uition 

ii his 



brother in-law, Or, Frank Steger.a distinguished prac- 
titioner of S\ ma, who is novi prac- 

tly he 

« iili Dr. I S'ashville, 

i iddin attended medical lectures in 

the medical department of th -hville. 

\\ . I'. in the - - under 

Paul I is R. Jennings, W. K. 

K. Winston, A. II. 

and Robert M. Porter. 

- J l>r. Maddin practiced medicine 

in \\ s. In February, ISil-J. he entered the 

n federate arm; on of the post inge 

ibama, where he had graduated. S 

1 to duty in the general hospital 
th, Mississippi, pending the battle of Shiloh, 

i ial hos- 
pii ■ wounded at Corinth. H ordered 

f the Thirty-fifth Alabama r 
mental the first bombardmant irg, where he 

remained ii wth his command until it 

siana, where he estab- 
lished the first field hospital at the battle there. In 



PKOMINENT TENNESREANS. 



57 



A M ■nsi, L862, he was transfei i 

to the i pans Mississippi dep md ■ 

for duty to < fen. E. K irby Smith, al 
Louisiana. Here he was assigned to duty as surgeon of 
the Thirtieth Texas cavalry, and subsequentlj was 
made medical purveyor in the trans-Mississippi de- 
pai i mi in . « itli ( len. I feury E. Met lullough'e d 

of the army, headq 'ters al I '.-nIi.hu. Texas, al which 

place he was on duty al I hi clo e if the war. 

Iiiiini'ili.iii i cl e of i In' war. Dr. Vladdin 

remoi ed his family, in 1866 Nashville, 

Tennessee, and began the pi u u dicine in part- 

nership with his brother, Dr. Thomas L. Vladdin, one 

of i he foremost phj ■ ic id i ;eor th South, 

a full biogi aphj of w hom i h here in 

Dr. Maddin has in Nashville without 

rliaii ocation, and it is probable no 

two men in this peried of time have done more profes- 
sional labor in all the branches of medicine than these 
two brothers. 

Dr. Maddin was married, September 25, 1856, to Miss 
Annie Downs, daughter of Maj. W. W. Down 

many years an extensive r,chant and planter at 

Leigh ton, Alabama, a man ol high standing and 
public spirit, who infused himself into every publii en 
terprise in Alabama, and in Ins i i home in 

Maj. Downs attained large wealth and influence 
before I he war. and m<'\ '''I to W in 1856 

i numbers ol persons who eeking hon 

aboul i hat i ime \ isited him for coun 
is to local in" in that distant State. He buill a 
Methodist church and a female college at Waci 

a present of the college to that city, together 
with an entire square of ground in the hearl ol thi 

With the excepti I Mrs. Maddin, all of Maj. Downs' 

connections arc .still residing al Waco represented in all 
departments ol trade and business, people of influence 
and position. .Mrs. Maddin's mother, net Henrietta 

Sparks, of a leading Q-e i family is still living at 

W ai the age of se\ enty six. 

By his marriage with Miss Downs, Dr Maddin has five 
children : (1), [da Belle Maddin, born at Waco ; 
uated from Ward's Seminary, Nashville, and fin 
her education al Mrs. Sylvanus Read's school, New 
York city; married, in 1878, to William J. Bass, son 
of Dr John Bass and \ rand on of Hon. John M. Bass, 
of Nashville. Hi- if the 

Hon, Felix Grundy. (2). Percy D. Maddin, I al 

Warn, iii 1861 : I in his i ducal i 

at the high school, Nashville, went through all its 
grades and graduated in 1878; next entered Vanderbilt 
University, remaining i trs, taking u ersity 

course and the degree of Bachelor of Science; next 
graduated from the Vanderbilt Universi chool, 

■■ii m It- 1 P idenl Thomas II. Maloneand Profs. Ed. Bax- 
ter and William I!. Reese ; isa finished scholar, and, for 



ffine merit and promise 

John W. Maddin, Ji , M.D.,born al W: lucated in 

the Nashville high school and al Vanderbilt I 'niversity, 
and in 1884 jraduated M. D, from the medical di 

if thi I niversity of Nashville and Vanderbilt 

University, under Profs. W. T. B i Th as L. 

Maddin, Thomas Mcnees, Thomas A, Atchison, John 
II Callender, Van S. Lindsley, W. L. Nichol, Charles 
S. Briggsand Orville Menees. Dr. J. W. Maddin, jr., 
i inl clinical ii uncle 

and father. He is now assistant lecturer to the chair 
tetrics in the University in which he graduated. 

He lias fin> | 1 1 1 i i e (4) \ nnie Maddin, 

at Warn ; educated in i he high scl 1 of 

ind finished I" i udy at the Nashville 

Y'liur- Lad Rev. Dr. 

W.F.Price. (5). Lo Maddin, born at 

Nashville, now a little girl of eight years, a pupil of 

Dr. Price's Nashville College for Young Ladies. 

Dr. Maddin's family is a Methodist family. Politic- 
ally, the doctor has always l>een a Democrat, but has 
held civil office Financially, he is in comfortable 
circum I he income from his pr i- 1 ic always 

I" in - i er; I in a family of extremely 

'il'. taught i hi less f frugality, 

life on no inheritance exi epl as good an 

cation a- could be afforded in that day in this country, 

and the legacy of a family character and family name 

ed all over the land. When asked how he had 

eded in life, Dr. Maddin replied I ba\ e made 

m.\ profession the exclusive business of my life; I have 

endeavored to prepare myself thoroughly for my work ; 

I have been kept busy in it, and il has amply compen- 

\- an ill ust mi ion of the retiring nature of 

Dr. Maddin, il m I thai al theoutbreak of 

i l cholera epidemic in Nashville, in L873, Hon. 

Thomas \ Kercheval, mayor of the city, selected and 

appointed Dr, Maddin as thi health officer of the city, 

but he dei lined ii because he preferred i he private 

walks of his profession to public position. 

I>r. Maddin has been an active member of all city, 
count)' ami State medical organizations with which he 
has been associated. He is a member of the American 
Medieal Association. He has contributed a number of 
scientifi i irganizations, and always 

ticipates, with much pleasure, in the discussions of 
medical subjects before i hese societies. 

I>r. Maddin has the air I he man 

of a modesi n tirin ; man of dignity and clearness 
of character, and carefulncsss, accuracy and promptness 
in business. He seems a combination of the rigid 
princi] bis father and the tenderness ol 

mot hi 

I 'oi a m 1 1 di tailed account of the life of Dr. Mad 
din's parents, see the sketch of Dr. Thomas I, Maddin 
in this \ olume, 






PROMINENT TENNESSEE \NS. 



HON. BEDFORD M. ESTES. 






Tl 1 1". - 

i splendid 

mor 

ii the 
liville 

I 

up to which time he 

\i ili 

the 1" 

rship 

with 11. C Warinu 
In the in 
Mr. K - nty in the I lo 

■ 

In v 

.lames 1> " 

W 1-! 'I with 

L R 51 held 

the \ 

M 1 Sarah 



and the 'join 
died in 18U7, at the 
six ehildi 
! in IS73 ' lie L. 

Female S 
is a supi i, and has 

n riter. (3). Emma A. I 

planter in Florida 

Female Semi- 
married James ('. Bell, of 
; A ugustfl 
nton, Vii du ited al 

i nstitute, I i xiugton, Kent 
Female [nstitute, I 
• 
Air !. al Memphis, Mi^> I. 

r of II. Ii. Uuion, Esq., deeeased, 
of tli her was » M -- McMillan, 

duugh dcMillan, of a North Car- 

olina t'aini rteriau divine, who 

preael an sermon in Memphis. 

Walnut Hill. Rev. Dr. 
Hull ■ I, near Lexington, Kentucky, and also 

nt the Nashville Female Academy, under Re\ Dr. C, 
IV Elliott. B.> this marriage Mr. Estes has five 
children: Li sie, Henry With< Blanche 

and 

Mr. m elder in the Presbyterian church, 

and 1 nty-seveuth year. 

uul all of their children "1<1 enough are members 
of tli onuuunion Mr. Estes was a prime 

f the Lauderdale - 

tribu- 

the purchase of the lot and ! the 

1 \\ ithoutdebt on it. 

In ' church of the United 

if the southern 

rubly called the 

erian church ol the 

if the war, the 

s chai G noral 

: church in the United 

The churcl i maintained i 

he war and shortly thereafter 
hurch had made delivi - f the 

luthern church. 

- ore " fraternal 
the churches, and in 1ST I each 
chun 

rnal relations. The 
Dr William Brown, 





7Y ; v / 



PROMINENT TENNESSEANS. 



59 



of Virginia, Rev. Dr, B M. Palmer, of New ( 'i 
Rev. Dr. I' rri ), of M 

Mr. B. M. Estes, of Mi 
comna 

sionei church in Baltimoi 

and spent aboil 
did nol 

comm |uently,in stubs pted. 

and 

\|. Bstc < : ■ 

\ ■ 

of tli«' ch il 
■ and most lucrative pi 
and a d in th< 

Id his 

rank 
The distinguishing traits of Mi- 
ami thon 
No amount 
the I 
perfect ci mprehension i 

lit is based. When th 
applies t'p them a 

i i't. thon ined in tl 

Mr. K.-i' 

in the southwest a- he 
aen in th 
Mr. 
life. He bega d dol- 
lars, and is now among I he - >lid m f Memph 

only financially, but bo regard 

B Bank 

of < 'ommerce, and in i he Hen 



I hful and 

li>>ll I 

I 

in in 

ling worth, i 

le. W'li ■ 
speak i 

i \Vliii' until t! 

Tin nt. Mr. 

■ edford 

r.v and pi 

Mr. 
Mary L. 
Haiti;. Villiam V. 

Tiptoi 

' 
\\ ilson, 

- and his i 

plen- 
in public lif'-. 
Mr. 

men of 

or numbei him well. 

I MIL'. 



JOHN HILL CALLENDEB, M.D. 



11. I.E. 



JOHN HILL CALLENDE] 
v Davidson count) Te 

Iphia, 
Penns i ishville in 

I li^ 
occupat He 

was an alderman of 

nt. His i 
..ii. Id .. ,- the only son of James Thom 
Uallender, a native oi Scotland, wl 

political exile in Yl'sl, mi account of the publica- 



if radical! ititled 

II, ii'iin. Shortly 

administr 

i ill mils 

oppoi 

rendered liim 
Durin 



Ill) 



l'i;oMI\i:.\T TKNNESSKANS. 



John Vilnius admini 

i'nl e\ cuts, 1 1] IT'.'- 

Vdams nml ill 
Sedition Act. Ho was then 
\ i iniu. IJcii i by birth, he was 

this publication under i! 

deuounci d id was 

the firsl nf the few 
defended b,\ Will un \\ 

trial, Justice Chase 
of the I ni 

id fur man; 
i i in that 

1806. 
The mother of John II. t 'allendi 

I 
I 
Her 
temher l. r i, 18 17. 

John II 
;it Xasln ille, id. ntered 

the 1 N'ashville and i i until 

of his 

A Houston, S'ashvil 

i of the 1'im Louis 

Hie ill H -• if lii 

suspended and final 
St. Louis, and was em 
Christj ,\ ( '■ 
W est, 1 11 1 S5i 
the stin 

department oi the I I' n IS55. 

Deeembei i and editor 

of tin N and so 

In that year he was madi • ia mediea 

therapeutics in the Shelby Medical College, Nash- 
ville, I I filled that position until 1 1 
pensii seel by the ei\ il Mar in 
'flic same year he was appointed surgeon in 1 1 
T un Miami of ( J-OIl. Zoll 
and then i ueky, wlr 
lie resigned in Cebruai 

with the v - 

'inn until ISG'J. 
He v 

' II anil 
.! ISGS 
which nomina Hair. 



I » 1 1 r I 

;illil til 

if the Tennessee I lospitu 
the I nsane, which positio i dds. Tin 

the brain 
and in i 'in in the mi irtment nl the 

mil in 1880 was transferred to 
the chair i in the mi 

and Win- 
ni (he 
Tenni 

cal Congi ut I In 1881 In- \\ .i - made 

i itend- 
cuts ill American 1 nslititl imis for the Insane, ai 

i 
evi r li ■ i of ili«' 

,n the 
hi the i|uestiou 
in pro 
■ed him ii - itli a 

It will tli 

i to li;i> ii in mer 

I and indepcud- 
laiutainin I fully train 

the eln nl and reader, of 

Hess mem 

imiI figured 
i 

entitle 

of an 

idual and in his 

opinions and <- : incisive in 

ns. 1 1 \s :i - this bent 
In r than a l"\ e for pal 
tlirt that prompted Ii ship of 

ier of tli. i > a men 

ad nl' the Wli 

vents, 
lir prin ed hinisi of his 

dfather. 
\ • teacher he is tli i lassie in style, and 

purely didactic in Ls an essayist on many 

literal 
in Ti 

ed from hisassociati i ished 

honor, and in I 
which he presides, In ginal, 

equal to the best in the land. 

" Tl i I »r. Tl as \ i 

Dr. Callender, " i- the tj'pical man of our faculty. \ 
I,, culture .un! tine literary tastes ; he 
himself befor without due preparatiou. 



PROMINENT TENNESSEANS. 



6] 



He composes rapidly and brilliantly, and speaks from 
miles from which he reads elegantly, as if peal ing im- 
promptu. He is one of the brainiest men in the State 
ilikI is a light in medical literal ure. 1 1 e has a lo 
analytical mind, an elegant presence and easj man 
ners. ' 

Dr. Thomas L. Maddin furnishes the following high 
Inn just estimate of Dr. Callender's character : " He is 

of liberal education and I id scholarship. His tastes 

run alter classical literature. There is no trash 
him. He has cultivated liis profession with 
industry and success. His tastes run more particularly 
toward medicine, and in cultivating ii for its science 
and literature. As a professor, he is profound in his 

teaching, 9uen( in his disc 'se, clear in his demonstra 

tions, and always commands a pre-eminent position in 
the esteem of his students and his colleagues in the 
faculty. At times he is eloquent in his diction and 
conception of his subject. As a man, he is of uublem 
ished integrity, of broad views and general cultivation, 
standing high in public estimation for his ability and 
familiarity, not only with his ina.re-~iuu.liut with the 
politics of the times. He has a ready command of his 
resources, both as a speaker ami a writer. In fact he 
is a man of high order of intellectuality, assisted b; a 
mi. -i extraordinary and remarkably retentive memory; 
but he does not excel simplj in memory, but in his 
conception of what he undi rtakes to learn 

Dr. Daniel F. Wright, of Ularksville, writes the Pol 
lowing tn the editor : " ^ ou request me to give you my 
impressions of the professional and personal character 

of Dr. John II. Callender. Y sould not set 

more grateful task ; in executing it I will coufine myself, 
as in such eases should always be done, to what I have 

known of him l..\ pers 1 observation. I was first 

made acquainted with Dr. Callender when I became 
his colleague in the Shelby Medical College, Nashville, 
he holding thi chair of materia medica and t herapeutics, 
and I that of physiologj and pathology. I have a lively 
recollection of his lectures, which had for their main 
subject the mode of the action of remedies in the 
human system. In treating this subject, he manifested 
a profound acquaintance for so young a man with the 
subject of pathology and therapeutics, and applied 
that knowledge with an originality ..I' thought still 
nun.' remarkable, At the dissolution of the college bj 
the events of the war, I lost sight of the Doctor tin- a 

long time: nil his lleeiililill^j -II peri II 1 1 Hi 1 1. -lit of the 

Insane Asylum, however, I had frequent business inter- 
course with him in the way ..I recommending path uts 
to i lie asj linn. This led to mj paj in ; ft [Ui at visits 
there, and enabled me t>> observe the combined intelli- 



genei and humanity with which he alleviated the 
sufferings of his unfurl uati pal icnts. 

■■ A.dded to all this, Dr. < !allendcr's persunal cl 

ed upon principles of the strictest integrity, 
unites with a dignity and ;c of manner onlj 

combined in the person ..I a finished gentleman. I 
appreciate him as a faithful and reliable friend and as 
a '!>li .In Pul companion. 

"Of Dr. Callendei - standing in his profession, and 
of his eminence in the special department of il to « hic'h 
lie is devoted, it is superfluous for me to speak. He is 
facili priuciqjs in Tennessee as an authority in cases of 
.1 the nervous -\ stem, and among 
alienists of the United State whose really recognized 
experts may he counted on the finger peei 

annul.'-' the prone 

lii personal appearance Dr. Callendar is tall, portly 

and stately, with the air of a student rather than of a 

i of l.i- profession. Before lecturin I, iccus- 

i in pace the floor of the privai i 

as if preparing him elf for the ordeal of appearing 

audience u hei e every i ilpel. But 

i ures are plain, practical ami direct, setting forth 

the facts in his subject rather than making efforts 

at oratory. i'el h didactic, his 

fine literarj finish .and are delivered in scholarly style. 

Dr. Callender i- m .t a communicant of an; church, 

ugh his religious training was Presbyterian. It is 

rstood that he hold- liberal view.- on religious 

topics, but is not to be .' ! cs. In 

politics he was raised a Henrj Clay \Vhig,andstoo 

uiun until compelled to ay. Since 

the war his political affiliations have beeu with the 
Demo irty. 

Dr. Callender married at N'ashvillc, Tennessee, Feb- 
ruary 24, 1858, Miss Delia .Jefferson Ford, daughter of 
Dr. John Pryor Ford, of that city. Dr. Ford was born 
in Cumberland countj Virginia, in 1810, and rem 
to .Nashville from lluutsville. Alabama, iii 1842, and 
leading practioner and teaehei of medicine until 
his death in 1865— bein or of obstetrics and 

diseases of women and children from L858 to 1862. 
His wife. Ann Smith Jefferson, was born also in 
Cumberland county, \ it md was collaterally 

ndated to Thomas Jefferson, of Monticello. Mrs. 
Callender is a great grand-niece of I 're,- idem Jefferson, 
and a niece of Gen. John K. Jefferson, o 
Texas. Her religious connection is Protestant Episcopal 

By his marriage with Miss Ford, Dr. Callender has 
I, ui one child dan ' \nnie .Mary Callender. 

born August 5, 1864, and a graduate of the Nashville 
( lollege for Young Lad: 



PROMINENT TKNNKssi: \\s. 



HON. JOHN NETHERLAND. 



RSI ,'/././:. 



II 



on JOHN m:tiii:i;i. \mi.«i,„mi|| i; V i 

his home in Rogersville. was born September 20 
I SOS, iii Powhatan county, Virginia. I lis parents 
removed to Tennessee while he was yel an infant, 
settling ai Kingsport, in Sullivan eounty, in 1811, 
They were thus among the priniith 
eharaeter to the civilization of the eastern portion of 
our State. < M' a family of eleven children, of whom 
he was the youngest, he is now the sole survivor. 1 1 is 
early faeilities were fortunate in his daw He was -nit 
when quit is a pupil to the \ enerated Dr. Sam 

uel Doak, who was pioneer with the famous Dr. Coffin 
in education in Tennessee Completing his academic 
.our-,. ;n ihr of fourteen, he further prose- 

cuted hi> studies ai home, in the nature of a 
under the tutelage of Mr. Henry Hoss, a 
much celebritj 

In 1828 he entered upon the study of law in the 
office or under the instruction of Judge Samuel IV well, 
of Ro set s\ i Ho. ll>' was licensi d to 
1821). In LS80, catching the fei a western 

movement, he left Blountvilh ik up his home 

in franklin, Williamson eounty, for the pr; 
profession. His residence in franklin w xtend 

ing onlj about two years. The sickne loath of 

his fathei in back to Kingsport. 

\t an carlj a a he manifested an interest in the 
political affairs f\' the State and nal 
capacity for public service. In IS'!!'., when he was but 
twenty-five years of age, he was elected to tin ? 
Senate from the district comprising the countii 
Hawkins, Sullivan and Carter. On a month's notice, 
he canvassed the extended district in horseback 
and was elected h rity of more than throe 

hundred votes. \- a State Senator he look a very high 
stand for a young man. One of the leading mea 
before the Legislature, which some philanthropic | 
have always considered harsh, was the hill extending 
the law over and finally resulting in the removal 
few remaining Indians from our State. Vgainst this 
measure he protested in an able and eloquent speech, 
which was extensive!} circulated in pamphlet Conn. 
The bill passed, but that speech of young Motherland 
will remain of record as a testimonial, i of his 

regard for constitutional rights, but 
for tli, of humanity. 

'flu' State eon vent ion of 1834 to re\ ise the St ate consti- 
tution, inserted a pio\ ision in the constitution, as is well 
known, fixing the minimum age ^( State senators at 
thirty years. This gave a temporary pan-, i 

lolitical prospects as to State offices. llow- 
:u 1835 he was eleeted a> representative from 



Sullivan eounty in the Legislature, and it was while 
-en mil; in this capacity that a te-i was presented which 
developed John Motherland's independence of thou In 
and character. The famous resolution was pending in 
the I'uited Slate- Senate, known as the "expunging 
resolution," intended to strike from the journals of the 
Senate the vote of eel is ore previous!} passed upon 1 1 en. 
Jackson, then president of the Ini ted States. A resolu 
tion was introduced into the Tennessee Legislature in 
struct ing the senators from Tennessee to vote for the ex 
punging resolution. A primary convention of the 
people of Sullivan county passed a resolution instruct- 
ing him to vote lor this resolution. Believing that the 
1 of the I'niteil State- Senate was designed to be 
a record of truth, and that mutilation was not to be 
tolerated, M.r. Motherland, in one of the most creditable 
aei- of liis life, surrendered hi.- commission as repre- 
sentative of his eounty and returned to private life. 

John Motherland is not a man who has had "an 
itching palm. Public office has occasionally come to 
him. but almost invariably without his seeking. Rack 
in the times when old parties were breaking up- when 
Jackson men and White men and Bel! men were taking 
their stand on u,w issues, John Metherland, true to his 
instincts, became a pronounced Whig. (Of course 
this biography is reciting facts, not proposing to propa- 
gate politieal ideas. ! 

In 1837 Mr. Metherland removed to Rogersville and 
opened his law office Two years afterwards he married 
Mi.-s Susan McKinney, daughter >>i' the late John 
\ McKinney, and has ever sini I in Kogersville. 

Of the six children l>orn to them only two are living, 

to wit : Eliza, the wife of Judge Carrick W. Heiskell, 
of Memphis, and Margaret, the wife of Mr. Joseph ('. 
Stamps, who, with his family, now occupies the family 
man-ion at Rogersville. 

Back in the old days of Whiggery and Democracy, 
Mr. Metherland was often called into service. In the 
LS39 10 II. when folk was defeating Cannon 
and James C. Jones was coming upon the politieal 
scene, there was a demand for local politicians of 
eharaeter and influence, folk had defeated Cannon 
and carried the Legislature. The next year the Whigs 

deterini 1 to secure the State. Hawkins eounty was 

missed battle ground. Mr. Metherland was pressed 
into the service as a candidate for representative, and 
although Gov. folk had carried the county by -ix 
hundred and twenty-five majority, Mr. Metherland was 
only defeated b} the seam majority »i' one hundred 
\ otes. 

It should have been stated that in 1S36 Mr. Mether- 
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the presidency. Twelve year- later, in 1848, be was 
elector for the State at large for Taylor and Filln 
his associate on the ticket being James C. Jom 
The ticket was succi ful in thi 3tat< a in thi Union, 
by a handsome majority. In this contest Mr. Nether- 
land chief competitor was Judge William T. Brown, 
of Memphi I hough hi had - era! d with 

Hon. Aaron V. Brown, who was on the Ca 
ticket, 

In 1851 Mr, Netherland was elected reprt enl 
from Hawkins county, and served his county most 
honorably. 

In 1-5:1 the Whig or " Opposition " party, with but 
little prospect of success in the State, demanded a 
candidate, and Mr. Netherland, being unanimously 

nominated bj of the mosl creditable conventions 

ever assembled in Nashville, accepted the nomination, 
and was f course defeated But few of the intelligent 
men of his pai ty had expected any other result, nor had 
Mr. Netherland himself 

Upon the breaking out of the civil war Mr. Nether- 
land's convictions led him to adhere to the cause of the 
I Ihion. I ndeed, « hile 1 he quest ion >.-, as 3 • 1 an open 
one, his outspoken and eloquent opposition to thi 
secession movement, in co-operation with Andrew 
Johnson, Thomas A I!. Nelson and other popular 
leaders of like opinions, did much to develop and 1 on 
firm that devoted feeling with which a majority of the 
people of East Tennessee clung to thi Union through- 
out tin' war. After the conclusion of pi ici ho 
although he had keenly felt, in person and property, 
1I1. consequences "I' his own personal position through 
out iIh- struggle, he became at once tin- champion of 
toleration ami Forgiveness. He approved the main 
features of President Johnson's administration, ami 
inci that period, though -till cherishing with knightly 
affection his "old Whig love," In 1 has given hi- ■ 
thies and support to the Democratic party. 

In 1870 Mr. Netherland was chosen a member of the 
convention i" revise the Stair constitution of Tennes- 
see. His services in that body were conspicuous for 
t heir conservative character. 

Mr. Netherland never held nor seriously sought any 
position in tin- Federal government. A foreign mission 
was tendered to him by President Johnson, hut ho re- 
spectfully declined it. 

'I'ln- later years id' Mr. Netherland's life, until mis 
fortune in tin- shape of a serious bodily affliction 
pro n it'll him, were devoted to his profession of tin- 
law. In tin- brief space allowed to thi biographer 
full justice can scarcely be done to such a representative 

'l''i 1 1 Hon. John Netherland. It is not solely 

as a lawyer that In- ha- iu.nl. his distinguished reputa- 
tion, although in his profession he has long command, d 
thi ery IV1.n1 rank a- an advocate at the bar Few 

ers in East Tennessee win. have .". er en it ri d 

him will in. 1 I'l.ni . .1.' 1 hat he is oni 1 most sue 



er made an appeal to an East 
Tennessee jury. 

But, as we have intimated, it is not a- a lawyer or 
politician that Mr. Sutherland's characti r best appears, 
[t is not too much to say that there is no man in all the 
State who has better ami more charming command of 
a social circle than John Netherland. A political rival, 
win. afterwards became hi- devoted friend, once deris- 
ed him "the tall and stately Netherland." 
! ippellation has often been repeated in kindness by 
hi- friends. The designation was universally recog 
nized a- a most apt one. I'm- while Mr. Netherland — 
being but little abov. ... not of re- 

' when in \ 'igorous health, he had 

a certain stateliness o\ bearing that rendered the de- 
scription nC " tall peculiarly appropriate, [ndeed, in 
hi- prime, I man of remarkable personal figure, 

one calculati d t.i attract attention on any promenade or 

11 r throng [n addition, he had. in a mark, d di 

what may be call kh of physiognomy. His face 

wa- most striking and impressive -even- as wrath it-elf 
when indignation or other strong feeling moved him. 
ami yet. a- hi- imn.il chat tening into a counte 

nance thai attracted by it.- pli I char 

acteristics ally noticeable in his efforts at the 

bar, ami contributed much to his wonderful powei 

1 1. •■.11!. I . If. et as much by a look and a nod, 
a- a^y man the writer ever saw. It was often remarked 
by those, who had seen both men. that in many 
respects he was ■ of Gen. Jackson, lie was 

fond uf polite society in which he was ever a favorite 
Hi- manners were always courtly. Gentility is a part 
nf his mil I' ' . 

None hold, or ever held, Mr. Netherland in higher 
e-i... m than hi- brethren of the bar. With him pro 
fessional courtesy was ev er a cardinal virtue, ami a 
breach of professional honor was abhorrent to his 
nat ure. lie-iil. lid .1 qualities, enliven- 
ing always the otherwise tedious hours of a slow drag- 
ging court term, or the long dreary rid.- around the 
circuit, as in the olden time, made him a favorite com- 
panion always among hi- associate lawyers, to whom his 
inimitably-told and continually-flowing stories were 
as food and drink along the way. In the traditions of 
the East Tennessee bar the "anecdotes" of John 
Netherland will live through get tions. 

'I'll.- sum of his personal afflictions has been heavy. 
Tin- loss of children "m- a lovely daughter, under 
hocking accidental circumstances; the other, an 
only son. bearing his name, a noble, generous and gifted 
young lawyer, full of promise that he would worthily 
his father's nam.- these, added to a most 
severe personal injury, which has made him a per- 
manent cripple, won]. I -.-.-in tu have been enough to 
break the spirit of a man of si vi n. Yet, while 

this biography is being prepared, there is not a brighter 
spirit than John Netherland's, nor i- there a parlor in 



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Tennessee in which the visitor is greeted with a more liis charming discourse. Throughout his life he li 

genial entertainment. His fund of anecdote and wit. been a mosl " neighborly " man, having sacrificed most 

from which bis conversation was always most piquant l.\ of bis hard earned fortune in the interest of friends. 

and enjoyabl) enriched, remains still unexhausted. Of course bis lengthened span of life is now measured 

His memory of the events of his own life and of bis and has not much further extent. But his record is 

very extensive reading, remains undinuned, and bis secure lie will leave to his descendants a rich legae) 

old friends 1 neighbors find no icial pleasure in tin- memory thai he lived 1 died an honest 

i ban in "dropping in and listening to the real music of man. 



GEN. JOHN M. D. MITCHELL, 



LIVINGSTON. 



TIIK subject of this sketch, a nephew of Hon. W. 
\Y. Goodpasture, was born in Jackson (now Cla) I 
county, Tennessee, April 12, 1851, the sen of Dennis 

Mitchell. His mother, Margaret G [pasture, was the 

daughter of John Goodpasture and wife, Margery, nn 
B ry an . 

Mr. Mitchell was educated in the schools and acade- 
my of Overton county, and was himself superintendent 
of public instruction in that county some two years. 
lb- administration of ibis trust passed with most 
favorable criticism. After reading law one year#ith 
his uncle, Hon, \Y. W. Goodpasture, he entered the 
law department of Cumberland University, Lebanon, 
from which he graduated in 187(1, his diploma bearing 
the honored names of lions. Robert I.. Caruthers, 
Nathan Gr distinguished members of 

that faculty. In l^Tti, Gen. William Gullom having 
id the office o! attoi ral of the sixteenth 

judicial circuit, for the purpose of running for Congress 
in tin 1 Knoxville district, (!ov. James I). Porter coin 
missioned Mr. Mitchell to fill the vacancy. At the 
November. I87(i, lerm of the circuit court of Anderson 
county, Tennessee, Judge l>. K. Young presiding Mr 
Mitchell appeared for the first time, both as a 1. 
and attorm tl, wit bout an) practice as ;i I 

or experience He was somewhat awkward. 

being unfamiliar with court proceedings, and with 
nothing to recommend him but bom nrpose, the 

ability to succeed, and an unc picrable will to know 

and do his duty. By constant application, assisted 

[hilly by his admiring friend. Judge Young, 

the rough ashlar soon became the polished marble. In 

a rcmarkabl) short period in bis official career, he 

developed into a power that was felt in all the counties 

of the circuit. In the prosecution ofhis official duties 

i brought into contact « itb such ex d and 

• (Jen. William Cullom, of 

Clinton. Col, W. A. II 

orator. Col. Henr\ R. Gibson ami Ma.i. I.. A. Grata, of 
Knoxville. and ' an and ox-Jndffo John P. 



Murray, of Gainesborough, and proved himself on all 
dons a man among men. 
At the genera] election of 1878 be was a candidate 
for election before the people of the circuit, and made 
t be race against two gentlemen of acknowledged ability, 
ami by reason of the satisfactory manner in which be 
discharged lii- duties under (low Porter's appointment, 
he was triumphantly elected. Up to this time be bad 
developed into an efficient prosecutor, and was a terror 
to wrong doer-. He was admired most for stating his 
propositions of law clearly and in the fewest possible 
words, limiting his speeches to about ten minutes, riveting 
' the facts upon the minds of his jurymen, and in an unusu- 
ally large number of ease- securing convictions. 

But the main characteristics of Gen. Mitchell as a 
prosecutor were, that be- knew bis eases, knew the facts, 
and would never let his grand juries make mistakes. 
He was as careful that the innocent should not lie 
falsely accused as thai the guilt) should be convicted. 

He stood like a wall of fire around the ii cent, but 

against the guilt) be proceeded as with a two edg< d 
sword. In a short notice ok bis death, written by 
Judge Young, occur these words: "The power of the 
man consisted not in education and culture, but in the 
force of native intellect, and the confidence tb<- people 
bad in bis integrity." 

As a friend be was genial and companionable. They 
loved him most who knew him best. His morals were 
good. It is said he never swore an oath. Shortly 

before bis death be professed religion, was baptized and 

received into the Cumberland Presbyterian church. 
lie never married. Hi- father having died when the 
-on was only four months old. be was raised by bis 
widowed mother, and was a self made man. 

His mother. Mrs. Margaret Mitchell, is still living at 

Tennessee, with her other son, Isaiah \V. 

Mitchell, a prosperous farmer. The subject of this 

si, i. b died dune 18, 1SS4, aged thirty-three years two 

months and six days, and was buried at Good Hope 
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At the firsl court held in the judicial circuit of 
which he was attorney feneral. at Wartburg, Morgan 
county Tenne & after his death, a memorial meeting 
of the bar and people was convened in the eourl In. use, 
the first Monday in July, 1884, which adopted resolu- 
tions highly complimentary and heart-felt, which 
demonstrate his standing as a representative lawyer 



and representative Tcnnessean. He died in the prime 
of life, and it is -till said in judicial and legal circles, 
his circuil will scarcely ever see his equal as a pi 
cutor. Judge SToung, under whom he practiced during 
his entire official term, said of him: "He was the 
most efficient prosecutor I have known during mj 
cut ire life as a lawyer or as a judge." 



ROBERT FRANK EVANS, M. D. 

SHELBYVILLE. 



DR. ROBERT FRANK EVANS was born Vugu I 
24, 1821, in Caroline county, Virginia, and re 
moved to Bedford county, Tennessee, in \<>'l. with his 
hither. David S. Evans. His mother was Judith 
Bowlware, and was a worthy representative el' that 
grand old family. There was a lane family, but 
Robert was the only son. His father enga d in farm- 
ing until 1837, when he tools charge ol the leading 
hotel at Shelbyville, the house, which still stands, 
''The Evans House," having been built by him. The 
son was partlj educated in Virginia and partly at the 
Dixon Academy, Shelbyville, and in 1843 commenced 
the study of medicine with Dr. <i. W. Fogleiuan, who, 
at that time, was doing a large and lucrative practice. 
Tii the autumn of 1845 he went to Louisville, Kentucky, 
goi tg through the country in a buggy, and attended the 
medical department of the University of Louisville, 
and listened to the lectures of such eminent medical 
educators as Profs. Gross, Drake, Cobb, Miller, Cald- 
well and others. Returning home, he pursued his 
studies until tin' following autumn, when he went to 
Philadelphia, and entered the medical department of 
the University of Pennsylvania, where he had the ben- 
efit ol the teachings of Profs. Horner, Gibson, Wood, 

Hare, Chapman, Jackson 1 Meigs, who, at that day, 

were regarded as great lights in the profession. Receiving 
his degree ami diploma in April, 1847, Dr. Evans 
returned to Shelbyville, and practiced his profession 
there until the spring of 1851, when a partj of friends — 
four other young men beside himself — went to Cali- 
fornia, being attracted by the wonderful stories of that 
wonderful country. Dr. Evans also feeling the ne- 
cessity of some change to repair the ill health he 
had fallen into from too much confinement ami 

application 

The party left home in April, 1851, ami went to New 
Orleans on the steamboat "America," and from New 
I Irleans to Chagres on a sailiioj vessel. I tiring a native 

ami a innle to transfer baggage, they walked across the 

isthmus of Darien to Panama, where they hail to wait 
twai weeks for an opportunity to get to the land of gold. 
Finally they secured passage on hoard a French ship, 



which getting out <>f provisions ami water, and meeting 
with severe storms, had to put into the Sandwich 
Islands, ami they spent ten days at Honolulu. They 
landed at San Francisco, August 12, 1851. Strikim.' 
out for the mines, they were soon in the rough and 
I mining region of th.it time. Tim kind of life 
they led working with pick and shovel and rocker, 
sleeping on the ground in the open air, and having only 

a very plain diet i restored Dr. Evans' health and 

strength, ami when the keen relish of the new life had 

Worn off. he returned to his home and resumed the 
practice of medicine in the summer of 1852. lie lias 
continued steadily at practice ever since, leading the 
life incident to the calling going at all time-, in all 
kinds of weather, trying to help the afflicted and dis- 
tressed, and do -nine good fir hi- fellow man. 

Dr. Evans has been a Mason for many years, and pre- 
sided as Master of Shelbyville Benevolent Lodge, No. 
122, for sis or seven years, and as High Priest ol Tanne- 
hill Chapter, No. in. Royal Arch Masons about the 
-"ne length of time: was created a Knight Templar in 

Nashville < 'omnia, nlcry. No. 1. in 1859, ami retain- his 

membership in all the branches of Masonry at the 
presi tit time, and ha evertried to live up to the d 
standard taught by this noble order. 

Dr. Evans was an early advocate of county medical 

societies, ami upon the organization of the Bedford 

count\ society, served as secretary ami president for 

! term-. He is also a member of the Shelbyville 

Board of Health, ami has I n since its organization in 

1879. He became a member of the State medical 
society of Tennessi e mani years since, has been a regu 
lar attendant upon its annual meetings, and is a con- 
tributor to its literature, as well a- to the medical pros. 
At the State society meeting in .Memphis, in 1878, he 
was elected president, and served as such fir the year 
(re-election not being allowed under the rules). As 
pie ident, he had the good ami interest of the society 

at heart, ami desired that it might e doing good, 

benefitting the profession and the people of tin- State 
His medical reputation i- with the people of his own 
ami adjoining counties, where he i- content to leave it 



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he < 1 i .1! I'll ■. : > i hi summons liini to rest from 
his lain 

In a financial -.ii- Dr. HIvans is in excellent cir- 
cumstances, nwi : : ! : ■ I !<i director 
of the Shclhy\ ilk' N;ii ional Bank. 

Dr. I'iVan married Miss Julia Iv Greer February 
11. lSTid, and (here were two children born to them, a 
(Liu .-l, The mother died in < (etober, IS59, 

and in ihf folio wins summer both cdiildren went to. join 
her in the blessed country where there is no sickness or 
death. 

He married a second time, December 24, 1867, Mrs. 
Man Coldwell Fite, maiden name Man Summers 
Coldwell, widow of Jacob (' Fite, who had two ehil 
dren, both living (1) Dr. Campbell Coldwell Fite, 
who studied inedieinc with I 'r, I 1 practiced 



in partnership with him nearly sis years, until he 
moved lo Nashville, in ISSIS, to practice there, having 
been i ected cretarj and executive officer of the State 
Board of Health. (2). Jennie Nixon Fite, who married 

\ M M 'e, of the I nited States navj . There 

are two children b.\ the present marriage, Stella and 
Mavj Frank lOvans. 

Dr. Kvans has always been noted for his quiet and 
i'iiI methods of life, has the respect of his entire 
acquaintance, and is held up as an example of what a 
man should be in all the relations of lili\ He is a 
member of the Protestant Fpiseopal church, and has 
been for years senior warden of the church at Shelby- 
villa. Christianity with him is not a theory, but a fact. 
Only those who know him intimately know his greatest 
virtues, 



1'. 11. McBRIDE, M.D. 

WAll. 



Dll, P. II. McBBl DE, N'oah, Tennessee, was born 
December 27, IS25, at Beech Grove, Coffee 
county, Tennessee. 1 1 t ■ — boyhood days were spent on 
the farm and in attending the county schools of that 
place. He early manifested a desire to study medicine, 
but not having the means to do so, apprenticed himsi Ii 
to a blacksmith, and at the end of two years, having 
mastered his trade, began business foi himself. In 
1846 lie enlisted in ('apt. L. D. Newman's company for 
the Mexican war. and was elected second sergeant. 
He served twelve months, the term of his enlistment, 
and. on account of sickness, was honorably diseh i d 
at New Orleans, Louisiana, in May. 1 ^ 17. ^fter re- 
turning home he finished his education in the winter of 
LS IT 18, :ii Manchesl m.\ M inchest r, Tennes 

see. From IS4S to 1S51 he was a farmer and black- 
smith, dividing his time between the two occupations. 
From 1S51 tn 1861 he added to, his tasks the study of 
medicine, making it a rule to read until twelve o'clock 
at night, and catching a preceptor whenever he could. 
When the war between the States broke out he volun- 
teered in Col. John II. Savage's Sixteenth Tennessee 
regiment, and served for twelve mouths as color bearer 
of thai gallant command. In 1862 he was commis 
by Hon. Judith P. Benjamin, Secretan ir the 

ederate States, to enlist a company of mounted 
men, to be selected from the Sixteenth Temi 
Mounting and i his men, lie attached his emu 

ma nil to Col. Staines' ft ginient at Chattai ga, in ISG2. 

His command was theil made the advance guard of 
Gen. Iv Kirliy Smith's army in the Kentucky campaign, 
and participated with credit in the sanguinary battle of 
Kichinnnd. Kentucky. After returnini; from this 



campaign, lie was attached to Gen. Forrest's emu ma ml 
until October, 1864, during which period lie was in all 
the numerous battles, skirmishes and raid- of Forrest's 
cavalry. His company was considered one of the very 
best in the Confederacy, ami was among the last to 
surrender. Owing to great exposure ami the awful 
■ of the campaigns through which he passed, Dr. 
McBride's health again broke down, ami in October, 
1864, he was ordered to the hospital indefinitely, being 
unlit for duty. In the November following, being able 
ivel, he returned home, where he remained the 
rest el the war. 

\lier the war. his property all gone, lie again took to 
hi- trade, at which he continued until 1868. when he 
i io Noah Fork on Duck river, where he now 
lives, and where he began the practice el' medicine. 
Quite a number of old and successful practitioners live 
in his neighborhood, but 1 > \ closely applying himself. 
Dr. McBride has gained a good practice, and has. 
especially, the treatment of nearly all the chronic cases 

around him. More than this, he has built up a good 
name, as an honorable, straightforward man, correct in 
all his dealings, and is a citizen of first-class standing 
and urea! popularity. 

Asa politician Dr. McBride is known a- :i Democrat. 
staunch and true. In 1S70 be was a candidate for the 

State Senate, having a- his competitor Hon. George 
MeKnight and Col. -I. II. Hughes. Dr. McBride 
received a large majority in his county and everj x "i«' 
in hi- ci\ il district. In ISS2 he made a short canvass for 
representative, hut as there were so many candidates in 
the field, he withdrew before the election, so as not to 

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didate for the Senate from his districl and wa elected 
I,-. .1 handsome majority, the full Democratic vote. He 
served with ability and influence in the Tenm 
Legislature of L885, and made many additional 
friends by his firm and unflinching stand on all vital 
quest tons. 

His faith has alwaj been in the Methodist church, 
of which organization lie bas been a member for forty 
years. His family is also "I' tin- same faith, excepl one 
sun. He has always heen a careful, prudent, econom 
ical man, though of a liberal ami hospitable nature, 
lie forms hie plans with deliberation ami caution, 
ami then concentrates bis vehole mind in accomplish 
them. 

Dr. McBride married, \nvn-i 17. 1848, Miss Eliza 
In ih S. Emerson, daughter of Gen. Hiram S. Emerson. 

She is a woman of manj 1 traits, religious in ber 

nature, and a model wife and mother Fivi children 
have been born to them, four sons and one dau 
1 I). William II. McBride, born al Manchester, Ti n 
uessee; now merchandi ing al Noah, Tenm mar- 

ried Miss Ella Farrar, who died in January, L884, 



leaving two children I md Arthur. (2). Tl 

.M. McBride, born Maj 9 1850; now farming at Noah. 

(3). P. II. McBride, born Jai rj 24 L855; now a 

merchant al Morrison Station, Warren county, Ten- 
married March I. 1 385, Miss Mary Lee Keel, 
daughter of J. W. Kei I (4). B. II. McBride, born in 
now a farmer al Noah. (5). Mary C. McBride 
born July 2, 1862. 

The McBride familj are of Scotch-Irish descent. Dr. 
McBride mdfather was Dr. Daniel McBride, 

of Dublin, Ireland. His son, John McBride, i ami 
from Ireland, lived a while in Virginia, and then emi 
grated to Tennessee and was one of the firsl settlers of 
Bedford county. His son, William McBride, father of 
Dr. P. II. McBride was born December 28, 1791, at 
i.ni e Virginia. William McBride wa 
id propi iiy. and for many years was a magistrate 
and chairman of the countj court of Bedford county. 
From 1851 to 1855 be was revenue collector of Coffee 
county. Il«' wa married in Bi dford i i Miss 

Millie Conwell, daughter of John Conwell, who -■ 
the whole of the Revolutionary war as a private. 



HON. ROBERT McFARLAXl*. 



M OlililSTO WN. 



HON. ROBERT McFARLAND, at present one 
of the Supreme Judges of Tennessee, was born 
in Jefferson county, Tennessee, \|>nl 15 1832. He i- 
the -"ii of Col. Robert McFarland, a native of thi 
county, who in earlj life was a lieutenant in the regular 
United State armj serving during the war of 1812 at 

Lundy's L Fort Erii and other m 

ments. Soon after the wai bi resigned, and returned 
tu his native county, married, and settled down as a pri- 
vate citizen, following the occupation of a tanner. He 
wa colonel of militia, and for many years a justice oi 
the peace. He died in Kentucky in August, I- II 
while mi his return from Missouri, at the age of fifty- 
five years. He was a man of the highest personal in- 
tegrity, ami commanded universal respect when 
was known. One of his great purposes in life was to 
give bis children all the educational advantages with- 
in his reach. He was in religion a Presbyterian and in 
politics a WIhl'. His father was also known as Col. 
Robert McFarland, and was a native of Virginia, but 
removed to Tennessee at an early day: was thi 
sheriff of Jefferson county ; was a noted Indian fighter 

in the early settlement of tl tnt; a man of vigo 

run- character, and prominent in hie county during his 
life. His death occurred about 1838. The McFarland 
family originally came from the highlands of Sco 
Judge MeFarland's mother was born in Jeff 



county, Ti m ci I he da lighter of Jami - Scott, a 
Scotch Irish Presbyterian, who, with bis wife, emi- rated 
from Ireland and settled in Jefferson county at an - 

, In i e In- spent the remainder of his life, an ardent 
Presbyterian elder. His daughter, the mother of Judge 
McFarland oman of most '-■ celleni characti r, 

of quick mind and remarkable energy, and was loved 
and respected by every one. She was also a Pn 
rian. Her death occurred in February, 1866 at thi 
of sixty six. 

The brothers and sisters oi Judgi McFarland, in the 
order of their agi n follows: (1). Isaac B. McFar 
land, a half-brother, of Brenham, Texas, who for many 
ha - been judge of I he districl court in that Stati . 
(2). William McFarland, who, for a short time 

of the second Tennessee circuit by appointment 
of Gov. D. W. C. Set represented the first Tennes 

i | ii'ict in Congress Prom 1-71 to l v 7d. and is still a 
prominent and leading citizen, and resides at Morris 
town. (3). Mrs. II. M. Barton, the wife of Judge B M. 

Bi n. now oft Ihattai ?a. I I > Mrs Jom - w h 

many years ago, the wife of Thomas M. Jones. (5) 
Mr M C Smith thi f Rev. VV. II. Smith. (6 

.Mrs. Emma Kidwell, the wife of R. J. Kidwell. 7 
Robert McFarland, subject of this sketch. 8), Mar; 
A. McFarland, I tngesl who died in 1-7H. the wife 

of Wm. II. Turley. 



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There was nothing in the boyhood of Judge McFar 
land i" attract attention. He was regarded as a rather 
dreary, listless boy. An eccentric Irishman once made 
a remark about him that afforded infinite amusement to 
his brothers and sisters. Said the Irishman, "B 
poor boy, will never be wise. He attended the com- 
mon schools of the county, where he acquired such 
knowledge and instruct ion a- could not well be avoided : 
afterwards attended Tusculum College for ;i short time, 
ami also a high-school ai Greeneville, but bis school 
ell iicai ion was very incomplete. V i the age of nineteen 
In- began the study of law with hi- brother-in-law, 
Judge Barton, at Greeneville, making hi- house bis 
home. Ho does nol remember, however, that the se- 
lection of tin' law as bis profession was ever determined 
upon by himself; bis brother and brother-in-law merely 
determined to make a lawyer of him, nolens rolens, and 
be simply acquiesced. He gratefully acknowledges bis 
obligations to them, ami in fact to the entire family, for 
their assistance and encouragement. He resided sev- 
eral years at Greeneville, at the home of Judge Barton, 
ami tn the assistance received from him and Mrs. Bar- 
ton be attributes the greater part of whatever ;ui 
i with in after life. 

Mr was licensed in 1854 bj Judge McKinney, of the 
Supreme Court, and Chancellor Lucky, and I 
practice in the counties oi Greene, Jefferson, and others 
adjoining, his partner in Greeneville being Col. Robert 
Johnson, sun of the late President Andrew Johnson, 
and in the other counties he formed partnerships with 
bis preceptor, Judge Barton, and the late Montgomery 
Thornburgh. 

On May 17. 1859, he married Miss Jennie Baker, a 
daughter of 11. 1!. Baker, a merchant of Greeneville. 
They shortly after tool, up their residence at 1 landridge, 
Jefferson county, hut their home was soon broken up 
1>\ the war, Judge McFarland volunteering in the Con- 
federate army in the hitter part of 1S61, Lie bi 
if Col. Bradford's regiment, Thirty first Teun 
infantry, afterwards mounted, and in thai capacity 
served to the end iA' tin- war. participating in tin- Ken- 
tucky campaign, the defense of \'icksburg, with Gen. 
Jubal Early in his raid mi Washington Citj in 1864, 
and in many cavalry engagements. 

After the war lie returned to his native county. 
where, however, it was verj difficult to remain, owing 
to prejudices engendered by the war. and the mob spirit 
prevailing against returned ) te soldiers, lie 

did remain, however, being countenanced and sustained 
by a few personal friends on the 1 uiou side, and be es- 
1 tally acknowledges the generous and manly treat- 
ment be received from Col. J. M. Thornburgh, of the 
federal army. who. though an antagonist in anus, was 
a warm personal friend, lie also mentions oilier- to 
whom he is under like obligations, lie resumed the 
practice of the law in the same counties, in partnership 
with lv. M. McKci . Esq., of Greeneville. and Col. 



Thornburgh in the other counties. In 18(59 Tube was 
on two or three occasions appointed special judge of 
the Supreme Court bj Gov. Senter. On the resignation 
of I Ion. 'I' ho-. A. If Nelson, he was appointed bj Gov. 
John C. Brown, December 11. L871, to till the vacancy 
on the Supreme bench. In August following In 
elected to the ollioe. defeating Col. J. B. Cooke, an able 
and popular lawyer of Chattanooga. At the geucral 
election in August. 1878, he was again elected for the 
term expiring September 1, 18S6. 

The element- of success in Judge Mcl'arlands char 
acter, or such as his friends attribute to him, are i- h 
and simple, but they have enabled him to overcome 
many obstacles. In the first place he has steady, well- 
formed moral habits, and i- noted for bis perfei I hon- 
esty. He has succeeded in impressing those with whom 
be has come in contact with his faultless candor and 
high sense of fairness. In the next place, the -election 
of the law as hi- profession was. in the light of after 
developments, verj fortunate He think- it doubtful 
if he would have met with even moderate slice.-- in 
any other calling, hut. as was said of him by the late 
Chief Just ii < Nicholson, " He i- a horn lawyer." 

He possesses an almost intuitive perception of legal 

principles and the faculty of practically applying them. 
He i- not a systematic student, nor very industrious, 
: when actively engaged in the management of 
causes, or on the bench, wheu he works with earnest!] -- 
and vigor. At the ha r he was not an mat or or an advo- 
vocate, but was regarded as a close, zealous, intense, 
and logical legal debater, tn social life he is rather 
diffident and retiring, but in the management of causes 
he has sufficient self-confidence to enable him to act 
with promptness and decision. He is not of a popular 
turn, and mixes poorly with the general public, but he 
is apt to make fast friends of the few with whom he is 

intimately associated. In all his c luet there is an 

absence of anj effort at display, a contempt for .sham 
and pretense. As a judge he is laborious and careful. 
His mind i- well balauced and eminently judicial in its 
character. He has few, if any hobbies, and is as free 
from improper influences as a judge well can fe. [f bis 
judgment i- ever disturbed, it is by bis sympathy for 
or and oppressed, for notwithstanding his calm 
and quiet exterior, he has the gentlest emotions and 
tenderest sympathies. The controlling motive of his 

actions is a sense of duty, a love of justice aiTil the 
right. 

Judge McFarland has been most happy in his domes- 
tic relations. His wife is in every sense a congenial 
spirit- gentle, quiet, affectionate, and faithfully devoted 
to her husband and family. Thej have three children, 
Misses Anna and Emma, educated at Ward's Seminary, 

Nashville, and Henry, a youth of seventeen, w ho says 

he is destined for the law. Judge McFarland and his 
wife are Presbyterians, and he is in politic- a Democrat, 

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in beigbtj and of very light, slender build. For the 
past two years he has been severely afflicted with rheu- 
matism, but rarely misses his posl of duty. 



Judge Robert McFarland died at his home in Morris 
town, on the morning of the 2d of October, 1 - - 1 mi 
rounded by his wife and children, his brother and one 
of his sisters, and ;i few other friends, apparently in 
possession of his faculties almost to the moment of dis- 
solution. He had been laboring under an attack of 
rheumatism for nearly two years, and had visited riot 
Springs, Arkansas, and spent part of the previous 
winter in Florida, in the hope of .obtaining relief, but 
without success. The ri mi dies administered to ai 
the disease seriously affected l; ich, and at last, 

his lungs becoming involved death ensued. No man 
ever displa i pal ience oi moi e i esignation to his 

fate He was long confined to his room, and saw but 
few persons, excepl such of his personal friends as 
call* '1 upon him ; yet he \ ev< cru erful, and often, 
in his way, indulged in pleasantry with those who called 
to - " him. 

He was a quiet, unobtrusive, retiring man, distant 
and diflident in his inters h he world, ai 

formed for popularity with the ma o well was 

he known and appreciated by the people, thai he had 

the unbounded confidence and esl I al] | 

Dying in tin- midst of the people with whom In 
born and reared, he died without an enemy, [f there 
is a man in the limits of the State who ever doubted 
his honesty ami integrity, we have never heard of him. 
His brethren of the bar throughout the State have 
testified as to their appreciation of his character as a 
man. and as to his ability as a lawyer and a judge. 

From the tribute to hi.- memory, adopted l>\ the 
Supreme court bar of Easl Tennessee, shortly after his 
death, we copy the following .in si i si im tte of the 
character of J iidge McFarland : 

Considered, as nun or judge, the simplicity and purity of his 
character is a delightful object of contemplation. His sentiments 
were 1 of I I eanor modest and unassuming 

to diffidence. He was kind, liberal ai as, Blow to pi 

scrupulously faithful in performance ; grateful for personal favors, 
and never forgetful of obligation. Though lacking in effusive 
affection, there was unswerving fidelity in his friendship, Strong 
in convictions of right, he was singularly free from bigotry and 
fanaticism. Courteous and polite in his association, he had many 
friends; but his confidence and intimacy were reserved for a few. 
He met cordially men of all classes, but commanded respect for 
his office from all by the quiet dignity of hie character and unpre- 
tentious purity of his life. He was do politician, and do one ever 



ed him of fa ■ "' or policy in his judicial ol ( I 

without display or pi iri table witho 

ostontat on, 1 I con-seei ated to dul v. 

ace, vanity or sell : to the 

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remarkable degree, the trust o 
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He was a born lav 
mtnd, patient of invi 

than in i ' preju- 

dice, a ihI if as a judge 

ated for il til ■ . 
adgmi i sdom. En 

. 'iiiy ol i tatemen I tient, anriva led 

ever h > occai on to 
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His disposi a nd habit was, if p ■.-■ ible, to 

detennini cas< application of fundamental princi] 

law to the fa sts. In thi 

■ 1 ; and like Mart wall, too, his judicial 
unadorned, void of slm \h 

will ever seek his opinioi 

Bui ho never failed to be ?; and 

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His sense of ju tice of right pro 

above all to* ■ for la w. If" could i ■ 

to permit hard cases to make bad law. 

1 n a mars ed io, be had the judicial tem] ent, and 

ilar freedom from the pride of opinion. He weighed and 
ments with n I be law and its re- 

quirements. If he had prejudice, he conquered it: if prei 
tion of the law, he I it, and listened patiently to adverse 

views; if he had erred, In was open to o rrection, and readily re- 
called an erroneous opinion. 

No impertinent sugges ion, Icration, 

i to divert bis mind from the matter to be decide I. 
entirely judicial was he, so de/oted to the solution of tin* legal 
problems before him, that nothint rupt his 

steady and even pi - conclusion; this was reached only 

after ;i painstaking investigation and impartial consideration of 
all the material facts in tin e him. Hi- personality 

never obtrusive, was lost, or rather absorbed, in legal refl 
so that when he announced his decision, i 

so much the opinion of the court, oin an<i 

inevitable judgment of the law. 

[n correctness of decision, the highest test of a supreme 
l.i had no superior. He was not as learned a la v, yer as ft) ■ 
as exact and precise as McKinncy, but in clearness of perc< 
soundness of judgment and ceision, he rivaled 

either. The country cai n Story, a Kent and a Mar- 

shall; East Tennessee has had her Reese, her McKinney and her 
McFarland. 

The judicial record of Judge McFarland's el 
years' continuous sen ice on the Supreme bench of 
Tennessee is contained in the Reports from 3 Heiskell 
to JO Lea, inclusive, id i free from error as any in 
the annals of the judicial history of the State. 



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borough and Nashville, and putting under contract 
tlic unfinished portion between Evansville and Nash- 
ville. He next, with the aid of his own and his friends' 
Murk, boughl fin- his company a controlling interest in 
the Western ami Atlantic railroad, from Chattanooga 
to Atlanta; afterwards contracting for his company to 
lease the Central railroad of Georgia, together with all 
its branches and leased lines, about one thousand miles, 
with its splendid steamship line. He then had control 
of two thousand miles uf road : but, having flanked his 
rival, the Louisville and Nashville railroad company, 
in the West and in the Smith, that company bought in 
New York city, in January, 1880, a majority id' the 
stnek in the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis 
railway, and Mr. Cole resigned. 

He was for twelve years vice-president, and one of the 
lessees of the State road of Georgia since 1871, and siill 
holds the latter relation to that road. On May 27. 1880, 
he was elected president of the East Tennessee. Virginia 
and Georgia railroad company, having control also oi the 
Memphis and Charleston railroad. While president of 
the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia railroad, he 
formed in New York the syndicate with Mr. George I. 
Seney and others, by which he extended the line of his 
road to .Meridian, Mississippi, and to Brunswick mi the 
Atlantic, and by extending the Knoxville branch to 
the State line of Kentucky, and by contracts with the 
Kentucky Central and the Louisville ami Nashville, 
secured connections from the West to the Atlantic, via 
Knoxville and Atlanta. Having large private interests 
requiring his personal attention, and desiring some 
recreation after many years of close attention to busi- 
ness, he resigned the presidency of the Mast Tennessee, 
Virginia and Georgia railroad in May. 1SS2. 

Since then .Mr. Cole has contributed largely to the 
prosperity of Nashville by the erection of several large 
business blocks. The one on the corner of Union and 
Cherry streets, the Cole building, is considered the 
handsomest in the South. In the room at the corner 
of this building, fitted up with all modern improve- 
ments and almost without regard to cost, Mr. Cole 
inaugurated and opened to public favor, September 1, 
18S3, " The American National Bank," with a capital 
of six hundred thousand dollars. The rush to 
subscribe for stock in his bank was unprecedented 
in the history of banking in Nashville. He took the 
presidency himself, and after managing this financial 
institution tin- about six months, witli the assistance of 
his able cashier, he established its credit so high that 
lie was enabled to consolidate with it the Third National 
Bank of Nashville, an old and prosperous bank, well 

established iii the confidence of the public. This per- 
mitted him to withdraw from the details of hanking, 
which are not particularly tasteful to him. lie was 
mainly instrumental in reorganizing the American 
National Bank after its consolidation, with a capital of 

one million dollars, and electing John Kirkman presi 



dent, John M lea and Edgar -Jones vice presidents, 
ami \ W. Harris cashier, accepting himself the place 

of chairman of il xeeutive committee. I nder this 

strong organization this bank has become one of the 
most important financial institutions in the South. 

In the basement story below the American National 

Bank, a story absolutely lire-proof, with tiled tl ing. 

elegantly lilted up offices and coupon rooms, and an 
enormous burglar and fire proof vault for the public, 
containing eight hundred safes or apartments for pn lie 
use, Mr. Cole inaugurated the Safe Deposit, Trust and 
Banking company, which is destined to be a bli 
not only to Nashville but to die surrounding country. 
Nothing, however, seems too much for his indomitable 
will and energy to accomplish. Ili< powers of combi- 
nation are wonderful, and while not neglecting the 
minutest detail, his mind seems to grasp readily and 
with ease and to put together aggregates in harmonious 
relation- that would stagger and confuse most mind-. 

.Mr. Cole's persomu 1 is very striking, lie is fifty eight 
years old, id' tall, commanding figure, weighs two hun- 
dred and twenty-five pounds, is remarkably well pre- 
served: Ids manner is grave and polished. He has 
almost magnetic influence over men. which is partly 
accounted for by the justness and liberality of his 
opinions and actions. As an illustration of this may 
be mentioned his opposition to extreme railroad b-L-i -bi- 
timi by the Tennessee Legislature of 1882-83. Contrary 
to tic- advice of friend.-, he stood up against such 
legislation, ami in a most elaborate and exhaustive 
speech, at the grand opera house in Nashville, mi Feb- 
ruary 27, 1883, against the measures op the lull then 
pending in the Legislature, drew public attention to 
the matter : and what was known as the caucus railroad 
commission bill, with plenary powers, was superseded 
by one only advisory in terms. 

Mr. Cole has Keen pecuniarily a verj successful man. 
He is by long odds the largest owner of city property in 
Nash\ tile, besides having extensive real estate interests 
elsewhere. At the same time he has been a liberal and 
public-spirited citizen: there is scarcely one public 
enterprise, educational, religious or charitable, in the 
city built in his time to which he has not been a con- 
tributor. In politics In.' is a Democrat, in religion, as 
before said, a Methodist, but he is broad-minded, and 

never finds fault with others about either their political 
or religious views, lie is an active and influential 
member of the Slate Board of Health and of the 
Tennessee Historical Society, is a Mason, and a patron 
of literature, music and the fine arts. His home. 
Terrace Place, in Nashville, is noted for its elegant 
hospitably, and fully illustrates u ithin the motto. Salvt , 
over its entrance. I' has recently been remodeled and 
improved, and is now. beyond doubt, one of the hand 
-otiie-t and most truly palatial places in the South. 
Mr. Cole has been twice married. first, to Miss 

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admitted i" the bar in the fall "I' 1858, and commcni ed 

I >i-.-t< • i ice in i ei ln|' with i iicm I n Jnnuur; 180! 

Mr Frizzcll retired from the linn, and Colyai A Mark 

pi d i her. The nexl month Mark was [>nt 

forward as the Union c lidatc for the c tul 

convention, the Hon, Peter Turncj being opposed to 

him as the secessi :andidatc, Mark liad hitherto 

been idenl ified wil li the Brcckinrid if the Dem- 
ocrat ie party. The 1 wo men had been inti irsonal 

friend and 1 1 gh diarael ricallj oppo ed in politics, 

made the canva s together, boarding lodging and riding 

togi 1 her 1 hroughoul 1 hi e 1st, li is well known thai 

Marl '...1 defeated and the State seceded. War bav 
ing broken oul in con equence the two friends ran a 
singular} parallel course. Both became cominaiidei 
ol regiments, bol b « ere 1 fcrel; ■•■ uunded md bol li 

» ■ e al 1 he ame 1 ime confi I to 1 heir beds I tn 

for their wounds al Winche tor. To complete the 
parallel, both I" 1 exactly the same number of men by 
1 he ca 11 1I1 1' of war. 
,1 udge Viark entered 1 he ' Confederate sen ii 1 

captain of * ' pauj K Se> entei m li Tonne see regi 

ini'iii of infatitrj . Tin regimi ril was included in < ien, 

Zollicoffer's command, and was in all hi engage 

tn the date of his deal h, al 1 he di a I ba 1 Ie of 

Fishing Creek. In the affair al Llock Castle, oul of 

eleven thousand 1 ly eleven were killed, and six 

of these were members of Mark company. The rca on 
of this was thai thai part of the bill attacked which 
u.i opposite i" Mark command, was alone accessible, 

while the troops lither side of it were unable to 

ascend, so that the brunl of the battle was encountered 
l.\ 1 li.ii one company. \ fter 1 he defeal and di al h of 
Zollicoffer 1 he regimenl « a 1 ran ferred to 1 he com 
iii.ni'l of 1 ren. Bushrod Johnson of II irdee corp 
and participated in the engagements around Corinth, 
where Marks became major, May, I862,and in the June 

following assumed the command of the re al 

colonel. This was when the armj was reorganized, and 
the Seventeenth Tennessee formed part of Bucknei 
command during the Kentucky campaign of 18CI2. In 
this campaign he was appointed by Gen. Buckner to 
the honor of receiving the surrender of the Federal 
troops which were defeated at Mumfordsville, in Sep- 
tember, 1862. 

On the return of Buckuer's command to T 

Gen. Buekner himself was ordered to take chargi 

the depart me f V labama, with Mobile as hi head 

quarters, His division was transferred to thi command 
of < ren. Pat. < lleburne and with it, of cour 1 Marl 

1 ni-iii. 1 11 1 his command 1 he regi 1 •■■■■ a 1 

:m the battle of Murfreesborough, December 31, 1862 

I there Col, Marks received a verysevere wound in 

his right li"-' from a canister-shot, which ned itated 

amputation below 1 he knee. To 1 he editor of 1 hi 1 

ketches, on being a ked 1 he cause of his Iamene he 

answered " through trifling with the I 1 \i the 



same time hi compal ri nize in the mi 

the c\ idi iici that he did his duty in defen 

In 1 11 countr; I people. The Si 1 ntei nth 

incut in that battle captured thn • battel ii I two 

hundred and foi I) ix mi n I illed and wounded, and 
upon the 1 ecommendation of Gen < lleburne I 

, 1 . - 1 , t \)a; i f placed il colom I naim 11] 1 he roll 

of h ir. This terminated the milil 11 career of < lol. 

Marks. 

\ |'i, r 1 he close of the war he practici -I law for two 
, I,, partner hip with hi former pal tin r V. S. 
1 !(,] iir tin n Mr. Colyar moved to Nashville, in I Wfl 
Mi partners then were! lapt. J. B. Fitzpatrick and I 
T. I>. Gregory, with whom he practiced until 1870. A.I 
1 1 . 1 latter date he wa elected chanci llor of the fourth 
, hancer; divi ion of Tcnui cc to « hich offii e hi \ 

n - 1 1 ,11 he expiration ol his f i it term, 1878. II' 

gained great credit while on the bench bj the 1 n 
wit li which he pu died forward 1 he b hich had 

accumulated through the proverbially dilatory pr d 

ii,- of that court, but, though re elected, he did not 
: h rough ii -iccoiid term. The year of hii re elec 

nun I 110111 lateda 1 he Democratic candidate 

for governor of the State, and elected to that offie'e in 
the November of thai year. He served for two yi ar 
I, ut declined to alio' I nc to go before 1 In 

I leuioi i al ic convent ion for re elect ion. The dh ision 

in the Democratic party, occasi I by the State debt 

qui 1 ion, had alreadj manifi ted itself during the 
election of 1878, and he was . atisfied that, in 1880 hi 
could not, if nominated, obtain the united Democratic 
vote and would therefore be very probablj defeated. 

.1 udge Marl wa 1 he la 1 governor of Ti 1 e who 

received the united vote of the Democratic pi 

Hi- resumed the practi f law in Franklin and the 

adjoining counties until 1883, when he rejoined his 
relative and former partner, A. S. Colyar, al Nashville, 
where was established the firm now known as Colyar, 
Mark & Childress. 
In politics Gov. Marks is a Democrat by inherits 
1 ;, I,- com ii-i ion. Prior to 1 heir -• tl lemenl in 
1 hi family were Virginians, who lived near 

1 h, , ,1 ,,!' Thomas Jefferson, and followed 1 he political 
fortunes of thai gentleman throughout, and when the 
old Republican pai iy separated into Whigs and Demo 
crats they gave in their permanent adhesion to the 
latter party. 
Gov. .Murks married, April 29, 1863 Miss Novella 

hi 1 vi of W ilson county, T - -- e He had 

been engaged to this ladj before he lost his li - and 

and when he recovered, tilated in body and broki 11 

in fortune, he b rablj offered to release her from 

her engaj emenl Thi same offer was made to many 

southern ladic during and after ■ civil war, and 

this editor knows of no sinj I i e in which 

- of 1 hem in ailed herself of hei lovci [>ermi 

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could I ed to do m«. ami she cladh claimed the 

fulfillment nf |] inont. devoting hersell tli 

Mi redoubled affection to (lie happiness of 
her wounded : \n\ intelligent person en 

the pi an introduction to Mrs Marks, at once 

that ho 1im> formed tlio aoi)uaint;inoi 
superior woman; superior, that is. intollootually. mor 
all\ and in porson. Sho in faot combines the elements 
of a perfect lad) in person, elevated in mental 

qualities, a fine scholar, ami brilliant in conversation, 
the ornament of society, and Mill domestic ami prac 
tical in tin' management ''I her homo, sho seems 
now here out of place, but, whatever she undertakes, 

. ihly as il' (hat alone had 
the occupation of her life. It is said that when her 
husband was chancellor, and necessarily absent from 
hom. il. she managed the farm with the skill 

ami energy of a first rate practical tanner. On the 
other hand, that her intellect ami culture were made 
available in training the minds of her children is mani- 
fested by the high position tlicj too dars when 
sent to school, It is believed that her cultivated intel- 
lect stimulated that of her husband, ami that her tow 
ering ambition kindled his to it* !. Ports This 
estimate of the wife i f (i x ! . - stifles the editor. 
as he think-, in giving her a distinguished place among 
the eminent T. c included 
in this collection. 

revising editor also, having himself been 
mined to the honor of a brief acquaintance with this 
lady, cannot refrain from adding his testimony to the 
nobility i>t' her character and the fascination o\' her 
crsation. He r< in her a porfeet type of 

the grandeur with which the southern I to the 

oinorgi - - - ami. with- 

out ceasing to be refined ami cultivated ladies, showed 
them- l-saerificing and practical wonn 

coping with the ad\ i died on all by that terrible 

calau 

R) hi- marriage with this lady. (! M ',- ha- two 
Vrthur Handly. born at LaGrange. Georgia, 
March S. lSlvl . a scholar o\' high standing at the I'ni- 
versin of the South S Albert Davis, born 

at Winchester, 'fen- -- September 1. 1867 : now 
finishing his education at the Winchester Normal 

foil. 

Mrs Marks is a member oi the Cumberland Presby- 
terian church. Her father was the lion. John li. 
Davis Wilsoi county. Ten - member of the 

General Assembly - - : 62: a planter 

ami a major in the Confederate State- army: of a family 
.ally from North Carolina. Hi- father was 
Thomas Davis, one of the early settlers o( \\ 

x l - ) was Caroline Hunter, a 

Wilson county, and also of a North Carolina 
family. 

S Mai k- was i nai 



Loudon count) \ i, but emigrated in early life 

with his father to Daviess county, Kentucky, The 
father died there at the age of thirt) one years. 
Wish: his patrimony ami lived long on 

the farm in Daviess county, his mother living with 
him. Both inherited a comfortable fortune, hut made 
mi effort to increase it. No member of the famil) has 
ever boon insolvent. Hcmarried Klixahctli Lashbrook, 
whose mother was a Mi— Colyar. sister of the father 
>'\' \ S t'olyar. Gov. Marks' grandmother was a member 
of the Daniel t'aniily. of Virginia. Hi- mot her died in Da- 
viess county, Kentucky, in 1ST)!), leaving live daughters 
and two -ons. all now deceased except the governor's 
sister, Margaret, widow of Capl -i B I'itzpatriek, and 
Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Robert Handly. of Winchester, 
and Gov. Mark-' brother, Dr. Kdward C. Marks, who is 
practicing medicine at T Citj fennessei His 

father'- and grandfather's families were all pious ami 
devoted Methodists, The following letter from a ven 
erable Methodist minister will -how the estimation in 
which the} w.rc held by the ministers and members 
of that church : 

lU'SSKi.i.vu.LK, Kv.. August 21. 1-"-. 

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Dk.»r Sir 1 was greatly delighted to see from Iho p:ii- rs that 

ii n;> tol by the l.Uo Democratic convention of your 

State .is candidate governor, ami 1 write to con- 

rablc distinction. 

In 1812 I was appointed as preacher i shorough circuit, 

s State, where [remained two years. Your father's house 

. ptaces, an I y best homes. 

randmother. your father's m led with him, 

-:, of the ohi type, and one of the most 

pious persons I ever knew, site soemed very much to me a- my 

own in- t!i. r. 1 was thou a young man. and her counsels and ad- 

father and mother wore 
i in > wore distinguished for that warm hos- 
pitality . which Ion- 

I, moreeuiincntly, however, in 

> . than in I You were then a small boy, 1 would 

think., i rs of age t hildren, as 1 

recollect. Yon were the favorite ol youi grandin ither. who had 

tue a Methodist preacher, 
the highest distinction, in her estimation, to which you could at- 
tain. You we:,- a great : mine, and you became very 
i You, like little hoys generally, wen' very 
Hoi nearly always when I would arrive, you 
would ride mv horse to water, and to the stable. I made it a rule 
1 was allowed. But when 1 Would 
. to aid me. and i\o 
theridii of nearly forty year 
1 with sadness, 
indmother : entered into her heav. 
also your lather and mother. Your father was a man 
ot more thai: » high-toned, hon- 
cman. Your mother was a model of all the virtues 
that make in. She was amiable and sprightly 
and remarkable for her personal beauty. Your maternal grand- 
! s ■' . [or her fine sense and ex. 
eellel.: - . and a Methodist. 

1 w ., s on the 
iched her fui ery large congregation. 

You will, I am su ivith me in thus writing to you. My 

Always been very strong, especially those 
. 1 feel an interest in the children of my early 
is if tiny were my kindn 
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Colyiir lation of yours, who gave mo your history in Ti an* 

see. I bad the pleasure al o "I Beoing two of your Bisters, who 
ea lied on mi' . 

I failed (strangely) t.'> inquire il you wore a prof B*or of religion, 
and a member oi the cburcb I would be happy to kn.-w if such 
bo the case ; l"i*. permit me to say, that whatever distinction ;i 
man may gain among men, I * i h lifcisa terrible failure il ae hs 

failed to I i %■ * ■ ;i religious lid', and thus prepare i"i ittei and 

higher ts te. Yours truly, 

X. II. I.F.K. 



Questi <] as to tin- methods observed by him in 

attaining success in life, Judge Marks answered I 

feel i hat labor and temperance havi been 1 1 

in access. My course has been a strange one in one 
i I have never had to wait. Ever inci I have 
been al I he bar I ha ■ e been In II; occupied. I have 
always tried to perform the duties that lay nearest to 
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R [CHARD B. MAURY was born in Georgetown, 
l>. ('.. February 5, 1834, but hi- father mo 
first to Norfolk, a few weeks after he was born, and ub i 
quently to Fredericksburg, Virginia, he grew up al the 
latter place. He curly manifested a desire to study 
medicine, and when but a lad of seven years, having 

heard a lecture by a Chinese missionary, he came I ■ 

and, with boyish enthusiasm, announced to his mothei 
thai he intended to become a physician and go to < Ihina. 

Id' had the advantaged a careful training b; i of 

the most faithful of mothers, a most refined and con 
scientious woman; and after leaving her hands all his 
Bchool boy day- urn- -pent under the instruction of 
Thomas II. Hanson, who for twenty five years was the 
prominent teacher in Fredericksburg. He then entered 
the Qniversitj of Virginia, of which he is an alumnus, 
having graduated from several of the literary schools of 
that institution, The next four years he taught school 
in Petersburg and Fredericksburg, at a salary of about 
six hundred dollars per annum. He then re-entered 
tbr University of Virginia, and in 1857 graduated 
thence in medicine, under Profs. James L Cabell, John 
S. Davis, S. 8. Maupin and Henry Howard. He 
iiixi went in New York, and, after standing a competi 
tive examination, was appointed an interne to Belle 
Vue hospital, and while holding that appointment took 
the degree of M.D. in t li<r University of New York — a 
second medical graduation, Al the close of his hospi- 
tal career, being threatened with disease of the lungs, 
he decided to go to Mississippi. Soon after, the war 
broke out and Dr. Maury entered the Confederate army 
as surgeon of the Twentj eighth Mississippi cavalry, 
and after one year of service in i he field was transferred 
in hospital duty and served the Confederacy until 
the close of the war. in charge of hospitals al Brook 
haven and Lauderdale Springs, Mississippi, and at 
i ii eenville, Alabama. 

The war over, he moved to Memphi in 1867, where 
In' has resided ever since, devoted exclusively to 
bis profession. In 1869 he was elected professor of 
physiology, and in L870 professor of the practice of 



medicine in the Memphis Medical College. He how- 
ever took an active interest in public education, and on 
account of bis eminent fitness, was elected and served 
t wo years as president of I lie Mi mphis board of educa 
lion. Dr. Maury has contributed frequently to medical 
journals, among the most important of his papers being 
"Topical Medication in the Treatment of Chronic 
Dysentery," and various articles on gynecological 
subjects. In 1885 he was elected professor nf'<' m 
cologj in the Memphis Hospital Medical College. 

Dr. .Maury is a valued member oi the Tennessee State 
and Shelbj county medical societies, and a Fellow of the 
American Gynecological Society. For the past ten eat 
he has devoted himself especially to thi di i ises of 
women, much of his work being urgical, in which he has 

liu ill up an ho 'able and enviable reputation. A ph; 

cian's life, even though he maj be studious and have 
ai his command a vast amount of brain, skill and 
experience, is necessarily uneventful and quiet, so far 
a- the outside world may know. The very nature of his 
studies I of his practice is private, unsuited for gen- 
eral publicatioi I hence his name does not make 

half the noise in the world that an ordinary politician 
does with one-half the mental ability. For this reason 
the writer lake- especial pride in n cording the livi "I 
these medical gentlemen whose actions are at '>ui-<' a 
service and asacrifice" for the welfare of their fellow- 
men. 

Dr. Maury married, first in Port Gibson, Mississippi, 

Miss Ji S. Ellett, born in that town, June 14, 1840. 

Mrs. Maun was the daughter of Hon. Henry T. Ellett, 
a distinguished lawyer, now of Memphis, formerly on 
the Supreme bench of Mississippi, and a member of 
Congress from that State. Her mother, Rebecca C. 
Seeley, was a daughter of Gov. Seeley, of New Jersey. 
Mrs. .Maury was educated at Natchez, Mississippi. She 
died in Memphis, April 10, 1875, leaving six children : 
il ,i. Richard B., born March 25, L862, in Port Gibson ; 
educated in Virginia; now on a cattle ranch in Texas. 
(2). Kate Ellett, born August 27, 1864, in Greenville; 
graduated al Miss Higbj - high school, Memphis. (3). 



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heall li m all 

work save that of commissioner of agriculture, while 
he sought rest and reeo\ cry. 

Ilr returned to Nashville in January, 1874. and he 
tween that time and Jul} fourth, with sonit 

; i d tin- " Resources of 1 
twelve hundred most thorough and comprehen- 

sive treatment of all that w Inch m ti-i be the found 
of future material wealth, ot' all the connections of the 
wonderful resources of the 

world, and of the way to make thi ble. It is 

complete in general and in detail, 1 
to be added, and y the till 

here and there o\' outlii , rhl} >k 

1 ilii- most im- 
portant office of uiak ns know their own 
State and its value. It was for Teunessec tl 

ing the first step to iiiiui ' and sub- 

sequent intellectual and moral greatm i>n it, 

tho first Mop toward know thyself." It 
oughly circulated and sought for in all parts ^i' tho 
northern I'niti widely in 

demand and un :i any 

kind, and many. 

I'rof II uxlej . in . 
ber 7 1 am in l< bted 

work, of which a > 

report of the i ch, in my 

judgment, does infinite credit to tl 
tor it. and to the per* 

do not to have r which 1 have 

of tho 
structure of this 

Mr James t\ Baj 
said ; 
the world is indebt 

sition ot tho natural than, 

so far as I know, has bee 

only w ish that tho your 

people in seeurins: i ; 

cor. and in plac ''.and tho I 

ney to t! 

genuine emulation, fi 

is still in great demand. In It- with 

d, .Mr. K lished tho 

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niotu or merit, 

after graduatie 

-I he remained commisj 

thirty 
voluu 

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industries of the State. These include broehun 
husbandi baooo; tli 

m the mineral 
interests ot tho State, in the aggregate about ton 

show- 
i! and other mineral 
iphieal map of tho State, which i- now a standard 
authoi 

During Mr. Killebrew's term of office as commis- 

ulture, ho traveled in tho North, and 

ially in Now England, deliveri n the 

South as a field for immigration. These attra 

wide attention and received hi iums from many 

while they have 
fruit. 
In 1- \ Walker, 

superi irt on 

id traveled in 

all th tho Tin; 

tho result being tho publication ot a 4to volume by the 

nment which 1 oil with great favor 

by th. lustry and the 

In ■' 
for tho grand southern cotton and wot sition 

at Atlanta, that enterprise, 

with.>: irt. tendered Mr. Kille- 

. runout oi' min- 
-. With his characteristic promptness 

e the 
o. and although the 
time was far too .-In n uiplish tho great work in 

hand, ho - 

the mineral and forest 
wealth inborn States ever shown at one place 

and at one time. H 

oily was t 1 on. at that 

bitiou o( tl d natural wealth of 

•iieiit of i 1 the 

lit upon i nt, intelligence and skill, 

and w tho thou- 

- to that gri - tion. 

idmiuistration, 
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elf to his private it hich had somewhat 

IK has been re usouabl} 

ear than in ten 
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berl Mr K [Hebrew lias an inti i Family of 

children, four sons and two daughter 
Iiiis in ■ died in in fane; Th in all Si 

physical, moral and intellectual manl '1 and woman 

hood. He <li\ ides his time bel wei n his 1 

his home upon his farm, where he, v. hen al hom 

In ildren in h 

plain, old ; ' hioned bospit 'lit entertaining usua 

houseful of young gm > from all parts of the South 

during I hi ummer taoti ■ 

Mi I Hebrew in life bol h as a n prac 

tical laborer, with keen jui private affaii 

as mi tic and di ited workei public 

weal To his 

practical ma 

the in'li-i i : imaginati 

control of a strong will and of thi | ide of his 

Notwiths i mathema 

benl which 
in his case, with the linguistic faculty , hi 

only rapidly sui si i il ion of ancie 

modern languages, but al 

own tongue Few ha h exa lied him ini i imple 

and i edingl; pure English style in writinj 
speaking, in 01 

I powers, or in graphic description, and n b 
popularly called "word painting." With a mind well 

d to a rare d 
in the economical, industrial a il history of Ins 

own i iti ill illuminated I 

human progress in other land - a able 
to present, in attractive a lar form, the dry in- 
dustrial, productivi and practical ec nil al prob 

il question icriptions of n sourci - with a 

1 development, and i i er he 

has undertaken to present to the public. 

From L865 to 1870, with a mind well 
from the study of law and from practical and skillful 
management of business under the sla 

oughl; ii Mi-. I ..III .' imical and industrial 

conditions, he was one "I" the firsl 
to adapl himself to thi The 

faculty of imagination, the power to li d and 

the habit of looking ahead, found him level witl 
times. It was becausi il quality which 

held lii rit successfully close to bus i 
well reined in a i ead him beyond bounds or into 

vagaries, had led him to I I and thus, with pro- 

... though! he was abreast the times. With cash 
paymi ind kiudu with 

firmness he was om 

i - w itli the new labor, and al 

't I'm i he public the i 

the i hi ■•■in. 



Dui uue period, 1865 to 1870, while attend- 

fully to pi Idi 

iliiiif and 
publishing pamphlet 

count} ten at hi own ex pi plete 

irith prac- 
t ical . eonomical tho insulating 

That hi ' hit 

ally in. that tin. 

i the timi 
public tn I/., generally kc] lit. He was widely 

i' field, ;i li own 

That i 
.tin- |-' uided 

in a wild |" many 

of In - him a dreamer as t< 

; iiici1,s and materia] 
that he as multitudi 

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inja with plain judgn ■. n privati 

( )ne of t he most strik ing facts in his eh I life 

the abilil nun 

it h rare it 
ami unerrii for the pu 

ir himself everything 

Tim hi ed svith a r pi ictical 

true liui for his people, 

and contenl If h ith using lii- own pr 

thought for himself within a narrow practical field, 

fi his 
icfore him. 
His a - ad- 

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in the '-..11111111- of il. 

lie " Itcs'.i "I in lii.s 

niiiii' i iics. addresses and thirty odd pam] 

for Tennessee, the New South and the 

■ I conditions, what the views of that eminently 

I ir Bow . wi re for the < >M 

b with tin ... That I >> Bow was 

able to see that nd slaver} alone) vitiated all 

while Mr. Killebrew saw 

clearlj the true il and inevitable lines of pro- 

which the Smith is now pursuing, with his own 

unlike tho 
■ . were marred b} i heir realization, 

ilways present difficult} of ving fb.ssilisra 

I. To t nd nan 

South lias contributed more. 
He 1 in private business, Rarely 

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law at Clinton in Andi 
counl where h( resided thirti 

doing a lucrative practice fron II s first effort 

in polii m the Bell- Everett ticket 

in I860, and after tl of Lincoln he attended 

I ille, Ten- 

1 1 1 political ■ interrupted by thi 

as a private in Company II. I ] infantry, 

Col. R. K. Byrd, and served in Ki W.-t Vir- 

ginia and i ee. He took part in the battle of 

Mill " id in the skirmishing that resulted in 

i i ,ii. of i Cumberland Gap (Gen. G. W. Moi 
campaign). Afl 

icating with hea 
at London, Kentucky, where, An; 

nt took plai >. ich he commanded. 

M'trr this battle he wen) to Cumberland Gap, thence 
with Morgan (x c West Virginia, and then 

Nashville. He was in the first two days' skirmishing 
in the battle of Ston i ards took part 

in what is knowi D • ■■ creek expedition, in pur- 

suit of Wheeler. After the battle of Murfn 
and -' (iii'iit -kinni 

i Tei I resigned. His firs 

sion was as lieutenant and quartermaster in the 

■in-lit. He served on Gen. Thomas staff 
at the battle of Fishing Creek, and was immediately 

I I'liii-'l Ten- 
i 'J as colonel from February 

3, 1862, to the day of hit > m, April 5, 1863. He 

ilid his duty as a good soldier, v, ithi 
tensions to militar; 

He attended, in 1865, the Republican convention or 
sailed by Andrew Johnson. Gov. Brown- 
low, Mr. Maynard and ol The pur- 
of till— in' eting was to consider the pi 

,i up by these gentlemen and sub- 
d by them to the convention. Mr. Houk op] 
tlii- measure, especially the disfranchis 

I ■ '1 constit utional com ention. 
His proposition was defeated by a majority of eigh 
and Johnson's measure was carried. Had Mr. II 
acted upon, he belies et that Teni 
would have been Republican at this day. II 
tor 'in the Lincoln and Johnson ticket in 1864. 
In 1866 I iteenth judicial 

circuit of Tennessee, comprisii of Ander- 

' Cumberland, Pent ress Mot gan and 

He held this ofiice for four years, when, finding 
apport bis family, he went to 
Knoxville in March, L870, and practiced law there 
till 1 

In L868 he was a delegate from the State at lai 
the national Republican convention which nominated 
( ren. < rrant for | 



In 1872 h and A nd 

in the Stati Li gislal ii- hairman of the 

financi committee. He introd 

and conducted through the House the measure on 
which 
publican nomim aker of the 1 1 

■:i 1-71 to 187 ioner 

under the 

In ! . with 

id four hundred and fifty [n 

with a I- I and 

■ I. majority five thousand 

hundred and fourteen. Hi me of 

eight givin I iblican majorities in the 

United States. In I ited, with a 

rity of ten thousand three hundred and ei 
two. 

He served in 4 i of the war claims 

committee, and acquired much popularity with lii 
)ili- for tl, -ith which he 

advanced their interests. In 1884 he was also a dele- 
tion which nominated Frank 
luiil for governor, and to the national convention 
which nominated Blaine and Logan He was in favor 
of the Humiliation of Arthur, but returned a zealous 
iter of ' he Blaine ticket. 
Mr. Houk i- a member of scept 

the Knights of Pythias. II" is a member and ti 
of the Methodist E ipal church at Knoxville. 

Judge Houk possesses in an eminent degree the 

qualities which combine to make a successful party 

and self-assertive, the atmosphere 

of poli lement in which he breathes 

freely. He himself, when aski lead- 

ing principle of his life, answered that it was never to 

inflict a wrong and imit to one without 

• i 1 1 ir it. Risen from a position in which he earned 

his daily bread by his daily manual labor, he know 

million who —till occupy that position ; he knows their 

wants and wishes, their likim:- and animosities, and 

knov. : address them with effei 

always ion, conciliate then tonfidence 

and warm their sympathies. Always ready to converse 

with i iy grade, his conversation is genial and 

jovial, full of humor and reparb and adapted to every 

collocutor. Let him on the Other hand meet with an 

antagonist, and I till he has demolished 

nl all possibility of future opposition. 

The way in which i education maki 

say that he did not Bpend his time in frivolous 
He describes a dayin his sixteenth 
when lying on the root of a tree reading, he for the 
ketched out a definit of life for him- 

self. He determined that " hi body, 

that he had as many rights in the world asanybody, 
that he would do no man an intentional wrong, or if he 
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:i wrong without his resenting it, :i n >1 that he would 
impro 

From his earliest years he was fond of politics 
attended publi ud felt inspired to obtain 

the power to mould the policy of his country. 

Flis first read the Bible and Brownlow's 

ville Whig, to both of which lie freque 
in his speeches. His s; mversation, 

abound with anecdote and incident, told with tra. 
humor ; but th them coi 

of re set than from a 

ind keen m of current e\ ents. Thi 

the efforts i m, earnest 

of impressing his idea- upon his hearers. His 
ments from the bench v. and intelligent, and 

generally impartial, but I tl to a 

man of his temperament than the bench, and the polit- 

than either. The Republic: 
East Tennessee have had no such leader since the deaths 
of Brownlow and Andrew Johnson. 

Judge Houk's first wife was Miss Elizabeth M. Smith. 
whom he married in Knox county, ' 
2S, 1858. Her fat! Bamet Smith. 

Carolina, her mother a Walker, als< ' h Carolina. 
By this marriage he had eight children, two of whom 
died in early childhood. The r are as 

irn Febru 10 : already- 

adroit party mat; 
most popular young men in Knoxville, win 
tiees law with success. 
bcrl8,18f>3; a law stud political speaker at 

Willi. mm ('.. born Februar 
(4). Ellsworth C, born May 18, 1-7 
burn January 15, 1874. (0). Edmond Spence, horn 

The first Mrs Houk died exactly a month after the 
birth of this last child, at the ibout fortj 

She was a member of the Metl hureh, 

a woman of extraordinary good sense, and. as a mother. 

etiotialK devoted. 

He married his next wife in Baltimore, Maryland, 
her 20, 1880, - Miss Mary Belle Von- 

rn in Canada and educated in the island ol 
Jersey, in the British chann [■] father was an 

Austrian, and her mother an English lady. Her par- 
married by the father of the i I Mrs. 
try, and she wa 1 with 
that lady. Her mother died when she was two years 
old. Her father still lives at Jaci 
engaged in farming; i a skillful architect. The 
judge has one child by his second man! born 
Oct, .her 6, 1882 

The present Mrs. Houk is a member of the E] 
pal church 5 highly educated and accomplished 



lady, speaks, read- and write- French, Germat 
Latin. She was raised by her grandmother, Mrs. 
Goldie, in affluent circuin ind prior to her mar- 

bool days, in travel. 
After her marriage, however, she devoted hersell 
duties her husband's first family, whose 

rued and i by sedulous and maternal 

.ids her winters with her husband in 
Washington, where her social tact and high breeding 
: her the ornament and delight of society. Her 
mplishmcnts, though brilliant, are 
icial, but 1 1 ind exact. 

The Houks are a German family, the name being 
originally spelt Haugch. The grandfather, John Adam 
■ ni in Germany, emigrated to Pennsyl- 
vania, afterwards to Botetourt county. Virginia, and 
finally i East Tennessee, in that portion now 

■ county. He raised a lame family, two hoys. 
John and Martin, and four girls, three of whom, 
Sally. Polly and Elizabeth, married three brothers 
named Hicks, and the fourth a Mr. Hunt. The old L'cn- 
tleman was a thrifty German farmer, one of the pio- 
" county. 
The father. John Houk, was horn in Virginia, and 
with his father when a small boy. 
uiii' to work. In- was sent out about the £ 
mean to watch for Indian.-, and warn the settlers if 
they approached. He died I 28, 1839, I 

.. his son. the subject of this sketch, being then 
ild. He was a man of sensi 
inform ter educated than the average settlers 

with v had some knowledge of law and 

ntly wrote deeds, etc., for his neighbors. He was 
a farmer and cabinet-mak rved two campaigns 

under .lack lin in the war of 1812-14, and 

was at the battle of the Horseshoe. After he returned 
iiiajor of militia : betook a promi- 
nent part in the lay, but was never a 
1 ii man in the first cam- 
i supporter of Hugh Lawson 
White and a Whig to the end. 

Judge Houk'.- mother - uth Carolina lady, 

ter of Thomas Gibson, who died in South Caro- 

her moth I with her to Sevier county. 

where she married Maj. John Houk. She wa- a person 

1 natural it of little education : 1. 

- though he had but slight school ad- 
Mrs. Houk. moth 
Methodist, originally a Lutheran. She died, in 1 Si IT , 
at the age of fifty-eight, leaving two children, viz.: 
; of this paper, and, by her mar- 
with dames Ray, a son also named dame- Ray, an 
eminent criminal lawyer, late of Jacksborough, Tonnes- 
i« dead. 



PROMINENT TENNESSEANS. 



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DANIEL T. BOYNTON, M. D. 



KNOXVILLE. 



DANIEL T. BOYNTON was bom in Athens, 
Maine, February 8, 1837 ; the son of Joshua Boyn- 
ton, a nativeof that State, a farmer and cattle dealer, who 
moved to Elyria, Ohio, in the fall of 1837. Joshua 
Boynton was known as a man of iron clad integrity, of 
proverbial fidelity in friendship, a member of the 
Congregational church, a Whig, and afterwards a R,e- 
publican. He died in March, 1881, at the i 
seventy one. 

The grandfather of Br. Boynton was Capt. Joshua 
Boynton, a sea captain, who crossed the Atlantic in his 
sailing vessel sixty-two times, and was one of five 
brothers, all ship commanders, born in Newburyport, 
Massachusetts, where the family settled in lii:J7. The 
Georgia Bo; ntons are a branch of the same family, and 
the name is numerous in several other States. Capt. 
Joshua Boynton married a Miss Delano, of a New 
England seafaring family. The original ancestor was 
of Irish stock, and took his name from the celebrated 
river Boyne. Among the more distinguished members 
of the family are, Hon. W. W. Boynton. formerly chief 
justice of the Supreme court of Ohio, (Dr. Boynton's 
cousin), ami Gov. Boynton, ex-speaker of the Georgia 
Senate, ami the successor of Hon. Alexander II 
Stephens as governor of that State. 

Dr. Boynton's mother. Parmela Emerson, was a 
daughter of Daniel R. Emerson, who wa> born in 1774, 
at Haverhill, Massachusetts. He was a farmer and 
miller, and a religious and industrious man. He died in 
Elyria, Ohio, in 1846. Mrs. Boynton's mother was a 

Miss Cartel', of an old New England family. Mrs, 

Boynton died at Elyria in 184!*, at the age of thirty- 
lu\ rag borne nine children. 

Dr. Boynton's family were a religious | pie. much 

given to talking religion and quoting Scripture, espe 
cially on Sunday afternoons. In this respect they were 
typical of the New England families of fifty years ago. 
It is said his mother substantially knew the Bible from 
Genesis to Revelation, and was famous as the " story- 
teller" of the family, often repeating the tales of the 
Arabian Nights Entertainments, stories of travel, etc.. 
fir the entertainment of children, hut the Bible was 

the liter, J lire of the family. 

Dr. Boynton grew up at Elyria. working on the farm, 
and when not at school, traveling with his father witli 
-fork from .New York to northern Wisconsin. He early 
acquired a taste lor literature, especially for biographj 
and history, and became astudi r of Shakspeare. 

At the age of fifteen he made up his mind to become a 

physician, and read am! studied somewhat with a view 

to that purpose. His literary education consisted of a 

range of English literature, history and the classics 
12 



illy. Heentered, August 1,1860, the medical office 
of Dr. Jamine Strong, at Elyria, Ohio; matriculated in 
the medical department of the Western Reserve Uni- 
versity, Cleveland, Ohio, October 7, 1860 ; attended the 
fall and winter coi ' 1860-61 L861 62and 1862-63, 

graduating in the class of February, 1863 lie imme 
diately entered the United States army as first assistant 
surgei f the One Hundred and Fourth Ohio volun- 
teer infantry, Twenty-third army corps, and wa- inn 

united to surgeon of that regiment in January, 1865 
He served in Kentucky under Gen. Burnside the 
summer of 1863; in the East Tennessee expedition, 
tall of 1863; Lamar House hospital, Knoxville, in the 
winter of 1863-64, and throughout tin- Atlanta campaign 
on the operating staff of the Twenty-third army corps; 
was with Gen. Thomas in Middle Tennessee, the fall 
and winter of 1864-65, in the Twenty-third army corps, 
commanded by Gen. Schofield, including tin' batth - of 
Franklin and Nashville. After the battle of Nashville. 
which virtually terminated the armed struggle in the 
southwest, he was transferred via Cincinnati and 
Washington, and by ocean transport to North Carolina, 
and rejoined Gen. Sherman's army tit Goldsboro in 
March, 1865. 

After the war, he went to New York city and took 
the fell and winter course of 1866-67, in Bellevue 
College Hospital, under Profs, .lames R. Woods, Wil- 
lard Parker, Austin flint. sr.. Frank Hamilton, Doremus 
Taylor, Elliott. Fordyce Barker and Alonzo Clark, 
taking also a course in microscopy under Prof Austin 
Flint, jr. He returned to Knoxville, Te ines ee, mar- 
ried in January, 1866, located and has p there 
almost continually since. His natural taste runs toward 
surgery, hut he has done a general and leading practice. 

He served as adjutant - general of Tennessee and 
private secretary to Gov. Brownlow from October, 
1807, to March, 1869. He was United States pension 
agent at Knoxville from April. 1869, to duly. 1883, and 
disbursed some fifty million dollars among seventeen 
thousand pensioners in the southern States. He also 
practiced his profession meantime. He is ranked among 

the prominent surgeons of Knoxville. 

Dr. Boynton married at Knoxville, January 17. 1866, 
Mrs. Sue Sawyers, who was horn iii Elizabethton, 
Carter county, Tennessee, July, 18.'!7. the eldest daughter 
of the famous editor, preacher, Whig politician 
ei nor and I Inited States senator, William < I. Brownlow. 
Her mother was Eliza Ann O'Brien, daughter of John 
O'Brien, of Pennsylvania, of Irish descent. Mis. 
Boynton was educated tit Knoxville, ami is characterized 
by fidelity as a wife tied daughter, and devotion as a 
mother, adopting her father's religious and political 






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Tin - 
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two railro 

Michael Bui land. 

-i:; Hi- fatl ' I I bis 

motber, Catharine Clark, were botl 
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of the hi 

and in [*>int of inl il 

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i at the death of hie mother. I ool in 

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in July. 1831 (then ind shortly 

after went to Montreal. 

York city, and them main- 

ing in Nashvilli 

Rutherfon 
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Idlery 
hardware and leather business until the civil war I 
out. 

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and manners, Mr. Bn 

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right in hi 
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hville that 

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of the Nashvilh Iroad, and 

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of (li, atou in i 

TotinOSSOO IK 

w i(li Andrew Johnson \t lien I 

wards \\ hen ho became president, cularly 

admit'i vo him an 

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army called after hint \nill,i\ but he 

rebel, though lie 1 i \\ iili 

the Siad- in ilt>- rebellion, hi rt> all 

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army t lii-ni :i 

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iiimii " \\ hi 1st ni W it, in IStU, I < ulled upon 

when I was promptly admitted to 

mil he ap| 1 had called 

on hint pi lilroad bn W hilst wo 

and t i hint, ' 1 >eni lor yon I 

w hat know have ol the prisoners \n ho are to bo 

il thai 

ho I,- nit, who was .t native of Khodo 

. that 1 1 i on liini a 

lasl ti r lii^ mother and sister, with whom ho 

tiled; had shed tea implored his rate. 

that, under :t 

ted nexl day . tellin 
of the eirenntsi their desertion I asked hint 

nit me to words in extenuation of their 

orime. He ask why the sentence 

when 1 *:iiil thai it iipp 

,ut m the regular army, 

- wore stationed 

and thai I no thousand dollars 

for men « ho were drafted to 

in the army: thai (his appeared a very large sum 

id that thi i sent the mot 

mil wenl to the 
:lu the i e his 

,nk in tin- itriiiy and liis 
! for his filial act the 

• kill liini. 
Had neuty I would 

Mr. 1 • ,1, « iili aiiima- 

ti, 'ii. that ho would pardon them, they ^ It , > t» Kl not die, 

it oral 
kindness oC his I sil of a reason for 

i iime up whore 
ry instance 

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■i 1 left, but \\a> urgently 

Mr Hums never took th of allogiaui 

either government, but \t s that 

lerate 11 1> policy during 
the \- 

in which he Durin 

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Thomas I.. Maduin, M D. 



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May, 1865, after Johnson became president, h 
order from him to bring out cotton, and secured about 
one thousand two hundred and fifty-four bales belonging 
to the road; sold some in Boston, depositing the money 
in a New York bank to pay interest on the road's in 
debtedness. The balance he sold in Liverpool, deposit- 
ing the money in the Bank of the Republic, New York. 
to pay coupons due there, all monies going to build tbe 
unfinished road and to pay its indi I His judg- 

ment and management gave him a place on the roll of 
honor which i'ew men ran boast. 

An investigation by a committee of the State senate 
in L870-71 resulted in a long report to the en tte show- 
ing, what his whole previous life in all relations, p 
and private, had already shown, that Mr. Burns is an 

honest, square man. The senate coi ittee in this re 

port says (see House Journal Appendix, 1870 7! 
821, ' t Si q.) : "At the time said road was turned over to 
Mr. Burns, in September, 1865, of the ninety two miles 
west of the Tennessee river only about fifty had 
been constructed, and that bad not been operated for 
years. The iron bad been torn up by the I oiled States 
authorities and removed for about thirty miles of the 
route. The embankment had washed, cuts caved in, 
and cross-ties rotted, as well as all bridges and trestles 
of every kind and that part which was left had grown 
up in wild growth, so that it was as costly and difficult 
to rebuild that portion of the road which had been 
built as that which had never been touched. The 
committee here beg leave to call attention to the 
economical manner in which Mr, Burns, as president 

of said company, husbanded the small means at his 
disposal for the construction of said nim miles 

of road, to which must be added the immense bridge 
over the Tennessee river, and the committee deem it 
but just to .Air. Burns also to commend the dispatch 

with which said herculean task was accomplished. 

Ninety three miles of railroad built in eighteen i iths, 

with the bridge over the Tei ssee river, is a feat, the 

like of which is not often performed in building i 
and is not only in happy contrast with the tardy pro- 
made by his predecessors and others who have 
undertaken the construction of railroads ; it also com- 



pares favorably with the rapidity with which the 
Pacific was built." 

Mr. Burns was married in Nashville, March 14. 1842, 
tn Miss Margaret Gilliam, who was born in Ireland, 
daughter of William Gilliam, a quei merchant, 

who was lost in the ! in in 1856. Hermother 

was a Donnelly, also a native of Ireland. To his wife 
Mr. Burns attributes in a large degree his financial 
success, as he never did any good until he got married. 
After his marriage he managed to save one hundred 
and fourteen dollars, with which he began business and 
laid the foundation of his handsome fortune. His 
partner in all of his successes, the sharer of his strug- 
gles and the true helpmate of his life, departed this life 
after a brief illness, in Nashville September 1. L885. 
She was a member of the Methodist church atthe 
of her marriage, while Mr. Hums is a Roman Catholic, 

but she joined the Catholic church in 1844. 
When the writer asked Mr. Burns how much lie i> 

now worth he replied. Well. 1 am not in debt. 

When questioned a to what methods he had employed 
in succeeding, he answered: I never made a promise 
unless 1 intended to fulfill it. and did fulfill it. I never 
failed in business, and was never sued tor a debt of my 
own. Always ambitious to stand in the front rank 
among men, my credit in Nashville was above that of 
many men worth more than myself. When other men 
were frolicking around havingagot 1 time I was attend- 
ing to business. T kept my own books tin- a number of 
years, and did my own correspondence. My motto m 
business has a'\ Honesty. I never sold an 

article to a man for good unless it was good, or if the 
purchaser found it was not so 1 made it good. 1 did 
the heaviest business in my line that had ever been done 
in Nashville. 1 never kept a poor man out of his 

money. T had fairly e 1 youth; never 

abused mj system; read everything that, came in my 
way. Among my companions I was popular, and was 
something of a guide to them. 1 always felt that to 
meet great men as my equals and to control them was 
my right. I have been well treated by great and 
men, and through life never paid less than one hundred 

cents ou the dollar. 



THOMAS L. MADDIN, M.D. 



NASHVILLE. 



^rMIlS gentleman, whose name will descend in the 

J_ medical history of Tonne-- eminent 

among the prominent members of the medical profession. 
Dr. Maddin. as co-editor of the Monthly Record of 
Mediciru try at Nashville, from 1857 to 

a- professor and lecturer in Shelby Medical college 



Nashville, Tenn meofthe most successful sur- 

geons in the South, having performed exceptionally diffi- 
cult and 1 operations; by the num- 
ber of yea en 1857 and L885, that hi 

ied various professorships in the Nashville 
medical schools, and asa successful private practitioner, 



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jusl forty five cents in n 

came ichor, 

because teaching paid b li than in the north. 

in Dyersb ent. He had taken 

boat for Memphis, intending 

\\ i him 

1 sil nation nl I >ycrsburg. H [u that 

from Hickman, Ki 

ount ('apt. Latta often 
alls himself an ori He 

i. and is still living in t! ipied, 

(me half mile 

Ele began sti 
fifth year, under his I 'ol. T. E. 

ardson, and n ;i- John W. 1 

and J d. He I 

in Dyersbnrg from the date of hi- 
till th thirty-fi 

te and in all ! 
n, but prefers chan liarity 

I 
il ion, and ; 
than most la\v\ 
on the merits of hi 

nid has always got along pleasantl; 
bench and bar. 

In May, ISM, he took a company, " The I 1 . 
of which he was captain, 

and joined Col. John V. Wright's (afl i \ 

J. Vaughn's) Thirteenth Tennessee inland. 
He fought at I ! Belmont and Shilol 

left the army af tint of 

domestic affliction which compel! 

t. Latta was raised by Presbyteria . and. 

indeed, hi hodox 

Presbyterians for two huudre d the 

i in IS38. and for the last twent; 

: ibly at Kuoxville i I imes 

in synods and pic-' time 

continuously lor fifti 
intendent. 
Cap 

I liar for dollar the 
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witli which he lias held 
his n 
havii 
tiin 

In 1S52 ('apt. Latta was m Mason in 

Hess Lodge taken the 

Chap 1 1 filled all is in both I 

and Chapter. H in 1851, and 

1 all the d Kncam] 

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In 1S70 P.- was appointed a director in the Mississippi 
l!i\ . 

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nuite i ' sburg, 

feral unimproved tracts in Dyer county. Paying 
ion i" hi- btisiness and by tr 

: inciple i uniu- 

ag that it 
turn out cation and 

let hi' i " If 1 had 

ice said. " I do not belie i I 

ount. Bi ire pushed 

out ai rely on themselves, make better 

-i money." lit- has 

ry liberal eharitabl 

putatioi: in this lit him a 

lly. At no time in hi- life has hi 

-ipati'd. 1 n ii isincss he 

mostly lor lands. Inn lias 

mptly, and was never sued on his own 

married at Rati inly. Ten- 

Si 1852, Miss Mary r Grainger Guthrie, 
mty. East ■•■. tin- daughter 

of John Guthrie, a Scotchman, and an iron manufac- 

day. Her mother 

was Miss Minerva Wear, of Eas Mrs. Latta 

graduated in 1851 at the Columbia Female Institue, 

( 'olumbia, Tennessee, under Rector Smith, and is a lady 

is the happy faculty of making everybody her 

-position, loved especially 

by theyoun popular with all her associates, and 

evil! and tine intellect. Losing her parents 

at an early i was raised amor -.and like 

her husband, had to make her way in the world. She 

taught --ion after 

her marl' 

By his marriage with Miss Guthrie ('apt. Latta has 
six children lin G. Latta. horn June 21. 1857; 

edueat Massachusetts, and ;'t Poughkeep- 

hers at home, and is 

tic Meri al ional 1! ink, Little 

Rock, Arkansas lie married Mi-- Lee Poland, at 

Marshall. 'I i- liter. 1. 

(2). K i. horn October IT. 1859: educated at 

home by private teachers; married Prof T, C. Gordon, 

ml has three children. Mary. 

Winfield ?arah K. Latta. horn 

February 12. 18b'2; educated by private teachers at home; 

Mary Sliar . Winchester. Tens 

Jary E "*) Latta. born 

March S), 1S64: educated by private teachers at home. 
(5) Frank Wal ta, born July 1. 1866: educated 

I Fniversity, Clarksville, I 
Samuel Grainger Latta. horn August 5. 1871. 

('apt. Latta is a tall man with a flowing silvery beard, 
and has tie a the world and has 



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little ambition for inner, he i 

spoken, pointed and emphatic. In all his dealii 

tult. His 
and in hie children, whom he has happil 
raising with credit. Moral and great families make I 



i who 

client 

to mean or little things, or to dishonoral 

crooked methi 



JOHN WESLEY ELDER. 

TRENTON. 



JOHN WESLEY ELDER, the well know 
banker and man, was horn in Ruth /ford 

com -In!;.- 1. 1819. His education was 

ly in the counting-room. When only 
clerk in the store of Niles 
& Elder, at Murfreesburough, his broth 
Elder, 1" inior member of the firm. H 

mained with them four yi 

a few months with some relatives, then 
in a store at the villagi 

Milan now stands. Here he clerked eight months at 
ten dollars per mouth, one half of which he - 
From .Shady Grave he returned to Trenton and 
emplo; two hundred doll: er his 

brother, Benjamin 1 merchants 

of W W hile doing business for him, he 

16 an invitation from a Rutheri 
friend to go to Jacl Alabama, and clerk for 

four hundred dollars per year. II d, and went 

by way of Florence, Tuscuml ir and Gunter's 

Landing, walking from tl nville, 

a disl sixty miles over the mountain- i. 

mained at Jacksonville until the latter part ol 
when lie went traveling to Mobile and New Orl 
and finally hack to Trenton with about MX hundred 
dollar.- that he had made and saved — a verj - 
for a hoy just turned nini 

On Januarj 1, 1840, he went into partnership with 
his brother, Benjamin, and these two did bus 
me twenty year.-, with 
In 1852 he v i the 

branch Bank of Ten 

elected president of the same institution, but res 
during tie year. When the war 

out Mr. Hide)- was in i handsome 

rty, the fruits of his exemplary industrj 
my. 

However, the hap] I of Mr. Elder's lif 

eurred in .June. 1841, % \. 

he married Miss Martha G i ! 'on. It was a true- 
match, and the newly married youi 
their life-Ion- 1 
Jacksonville to Trenton, a distance of two hundred and 



sixty 

ra of rail r 
almost unknown in that section, and when it was diffi- 
cult to find houses at whi Mi.-s 

ighter of Maj. Matthew Mi I 

he Hou and McClung fami] 

grand- 
father of the • were 

Her mother. M 
ter of Esq. Joh i i of Blount county. 1 

ed at Trenton Jul 
her with her father and mother, Maj. M. M. 

Mrs. Elder's only hi' i - M. lie 

iy reputable merchant, i 

- r was edu- 

Christian, wife, mother, friend and neighbor. Her 
I unerring, and to her husban 

1. and all 
that a good woman with a i and a good heart 

could be. 

Ten children were born unto thei n are 

- and four dead. The latter were: (1). Henry 
Elder, horn August 17, 1M^: died M 
L854 (2). .Mary Eloise Eld< V) 

'• i ■ i- i 1 23, 1854. 

1854; married Alexander B. Whit 
Paris. Tenneseee, 

Robert Elder, died in infam 
The children now i nder 

lie Elder, born duly 16, 1847; graduated at 
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College, New Vork : has two children living, Tom and 
Horace. (3). Mattie I . > u isc Rider; graduated at Jack 
son, Tennessee, under Dr. -I. E. Bright ; married Robert 
I' Ross, a hardware merchant .-it Trenton, and has one 
child, Albert. (4). Lucie Belle Elder ; graduated at 
Clarksville, Tennessee, in L879. (5). Gracie Elder; 
ation at Pulaski under Prof Wil- 
liam K.Jones, (fi). Albert Sidney Elder, bom Janu- 
i. 1862; educated at Trenton, and since 188] 
in the banking business with his father. 

The Elder family i> from Virginia, but originally 
came from England. Mr. Elder's father, William 
Elder, came from Dinwiddie county, Virginia, to Ruth- 
erford county, Tenm iut 1810, and lived a 
er. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. In 1837, 
■, i'il t<> < ribson count i and died I here 
j] . at the good old age of eighty-1 He 
was a passionate mat:, of florid complexion, high-strung 
temperament, and remarkable for integrity of chai 
fin- his word was liis bond. 

Mr. Elder's mother, net Miss Mary Towler, was the 
daughter of Benjamin and Martha Towler, of Charles 
City county. Virginia, dimond. B< 

ler was a soldier in tin' Revolutionary war. 

Mrs. Elder was a lady of remarkable pat 
most inflexible Christian, of great strength ami forti- 
tude of character, yet ol a singularl) calm ami 
disposition; deliberate and phil in her views of 

lite. She was a great lover of Christirn literature, and 
always had in herhouse her religious papers and period- 
icals. Sin- died in January, 1865, at her son's house in 
Trmton. leaving six children, only four of whom are 
now li ' Benjamin Elder, now eighty-one years 

old. living on his farm one mile from Trenton. ('_'). 
James Elder thi tit banker at Memphis, v 

portrait ami sketch i hei in this volume. 

and which should be read in connection with this biog 
raphy. (3). Monroe B. Elder, now a farmer and stock 
raiser, four and a half miles from Trenton. (1). John 
Wesley Elder, subject of this sketch. 

When the late war came on Mr. .John W. Elder, who 
although as has been seen, was a quiet, successful 

man. considered it his patriotic duty to volunteer 
in defense of the Confederate cause. He enlisted as a 
member oi Col. Hill's Forty-seventh Tenm 



ment, and at the bloody battle oi in April, 

1862, was I i mded bj a minnie Kail, which made 

a permanent indentation in his I i , in acorn cup. 

A I'd having lo y> trs of time, as well 

as hi- nd most of his other property, he went 

icinnati, i ber, 1865, to try ami retrieve 

his fortunes. He did business for Duncan, ford ,v Co 

fs, three month.- in 1865, and 
1866, on a -alary, at first, of two hundred dollai 
month, which was raised to five thousand doll 
On January I 1867, he was admitted as a mem 
the firm, which conducted business under the style of 
in, ford A; Eld lining in that firm in the 

wholi msiness until December 31, 1878 

lie then returned to Trenton, and organized the Gibson 
county Hank, of which institution he was elected | 

iitiniieil in thai position ever sine" He 

is : lso a director in the Trenton Cotton Seed Oil Mills, 
ami in i he ! Cotton Factory Company. 

In polities Mr. Eldi r i- ■> Democrat, ami east his first 
vote for James K. I'olk for governor of Tennessi 

He belongs to the Methodist church, which hi joined 
in 1833, and has n class-leader steward, Sunday- 

superintendent . ami l.e i o, annual eon- 

He was one year lay delegate to the confer 
cue. at Paducah. lie is the only living member of the 
.: hoard of Trenton sti mized in 1839. 

Something in his 1 hich he is verj proi 

the fact that he has been superintendent of the Sundaj ■ 
3i hool thirty-three years. Very early in life he became 
identified with his church ; his parents were pious, and 
he has from boyhood tried to walk worthily of the Chris- 
tian character, and to square his life by the Wi 
God, which leaches one to be both fervent in spirit and 
diligent in business. It may he said, he was horn indus- 
trious; there is not a drop of lazy blood in his system, 
ior he loves work, loves to hi' honest, and to deal on 
principles of square justice and equity. Asa business 
man he has sought to inform himself through all 
channels accessible to him, ami has kept wide awake, 
as the presence on his table of such works 
Merchants Magazine" " Tin Bankers Magazine, 
other such eminent authorities amply testily. His 
nd his methods furnish ashining example to 
the young business men of Tennessae 



CO I.. JAMES L. GAINES. 

NASHVILLE. 

COL. GAIN! - irn in Knoxvill lucated at the University of North Carolina, at CI 

3, 1836, but in his thirteenth year moved with his Hill, ami graduated there in LS59. II course 

father to Buncombe county, North Carolina, where, as completed, he studied lav, lor a year under Judge Bailey, 

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license from Chief Justice Pearson, of the Supreme 
Court of that Slate; he never, however, practiced law 
in his life. He moved the same year to St. Ch: 
Missouri, and became professor of mathematics in the 
college of that name, but in 1861 returned to North 
Carolina and entered tin- Conf ti army, his father 

furnishing him a horse and equipments, and hurrying 
him off, ''lest," as he said. " he should be too late for 
the fight" (the first battle of Manassas) ; hi was too late, 
but participated in every other in which his comi 
was engaged. He commenced service in the first North 
Carolina cavalry as a private, tinder the command of 
Col. Robert Ransom, brother of the present. United 
States Senator from North Carolina, and was promoted 
sergeant, lieutenant, adjutant of his regiment, then 

adjutant of the North Carolina cavalry brigade, after- 
wards colonel of the second North Carolina cavalry. 
and was recommended by W. II. F. Lee for a brigadier's 
commission, too late for the recomn nda i bi acted 

on, the calamity el' Appomattox intervening. He 
at first in Wade Hampton's divi erwards in that 

of W. H. F. Lee, but always in the great cavalry corps 
of J. E. B. Stewart, under whose command he p: 
p.tted in the retreat from Centreville, the battles around 
Richmond, 'lie fight at Brandy Station, in the first 
Maryland campaign, the Pennsyvania campaign, includ- 
ing Gettysburg, and all the subsequent great battles, 
including Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and the 
campaign around Richmond and Petersburg. At the 
battle of Five Forks he was wounded in the elbow joint, 
and amputation became m cessary. This occurred onhj 
ten days before the surrender at Appomattox, at which 
he was present, having traveled thither in an 
bula nee. 

To anticipate matters a little, on arriving home he 
presented himself with an empty sleeve to the lady to 
whom he wis engaged, offering to release her o 
count of his mutilation and his poverty. She refused 
to be released and a mar: ■ followed. 

As soon as he was able to travel, Col. Gaines returned 

to St. Louis, covered with the honors of war, but 
stripped of every thing else. The marria 
alluded to took place. The lady was .Miss Belle Porter, 
a native of St. Marj 's, ' >hio, only daughter of Erastus 
Porter, a wealthy retired merchant of that place-. The 
marriage took place November 22, L865; Mr. ! 
died four years 

After his marriage Col. Gaines moved to New York 
and engaged in the whol QeSS, the 

style of the firm being Harris, Gaines & Co. The firm 
established a branch concern in Savannah, Georgia, 
and Col Gain ent to that city to m busi- 

ness I ' 

In 1869 he moved to Knoxville and n the 

! in partnership with his brother, \ n 



Caines. and was so occupied till elected comptroller of 

the S: nv. when lie removed to Nashville. He 

I d to this office by the ire of 

in 1875, and r< I in 1877 and 1879, 

serving in all six years, under Govs. James D. Porter 

and Albert S. Marks. 

e his first electioi nptroller he has n 

in Nashvill tow ol the firm of Duncan & 

okers, miners and coal merchants. 

The grandfather of Col. Gaines was Ambrosi 
originally from Culpepper Court house, Virginia, but 
d in Sulln an cout 1 ee, and became i 

I as a pioneer and farmer there. He was of the 

sami family with Gen. Kdir 1 IYndloio,i il nines. 

Matthew Gaines, his -no. was the father of Col. Gaines, 

is born in Sullivan 
county, Tennessee, but was living in Knoxville when 
Col. Gaines was bom. Some years afterward 

i to Buncombe county, North Carolina, where he 
was long engaged in business. He is now living with 
his son in his seventy-ninth year. He is a member of 
the Methodist church, of which he ha 
and steward. He is also a Royal Arch Mason, and a 
Democrat. 

Col. Gaines' mother was a Miss Margaret Luttrel, a 
native of Knox county, Tennessee, daughter of dames 
C. Luttrel, a hug' farmer and slaveholder. She is now 
li\ ing in Nashv ille with Col. Gaines, in her sixty-eighth 
Her mother was Martha Armstrong, of the 
East Tennessee family of Armstrongs. Col. Gaines' 
maternal unci James C. 
the treasurj of Tennessee in 1855-6 7. 

Mrs ( 1-aines, wife of the colonel, wa educ ted at St. 
Charles, and at St Louis, Missouri. She is a member 

Episcopal church, and is noted for her bi 
and her remarkably youthful appearance. They have 
had three children : (1). Ambrose I'orter. born in New 
York. November 6, 1866; now a student at Nashville. 
.' . Lilli: ' born in Savannah, Georgia, December 17. 
1868, died ;; f Nashville, April, 1876. (3). .lames L 
born in the Maxwell Hou ashville, Septet 

1878. 

Col. Gaines is a member and vestryman of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal church, a Master Mason, a me 
of the Royal Arcanum, and of the Knights of Honor. 
he is a Democrat, but not an active partisan. 
Requested to state his method- of life he answered: 

"1 have always tried to do my duty in whatever posi- 
tion I h.n 

He is six fi ei high, if weighs one 

hundred and forty eight pounds, without his arm. has 
a long head cleat forehead. To this 

editor he appears an exceptionally modest and retiring 
i ontent to do his duty and take his share of the 
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i first to Mississippi and then to Tarrant county 
5, where he died, April 5th, 1885. I 
receh ssical education, he determim 

•i the language in which they were writ- 
mi after he bi a 

red Greek. Latin and Hebrew without a teacher. 
The mother of Dr. Lipscomb 
Cook, daughter William Cook, a Baptist inin- 

in Louisa county. Virginia. 
Dr. Lipscomb ha< been twi.-e married: Fir 
to Miss R< 
Ireland, who came to the Uni This 

union sed with ten children, all .lived 

to adult age: (1). Mary Ann. married John Davidson, and 
is now dead (2). Harriet E., who married her c 
Waltei 8 I , and died leaving two childrei 

in \Y: Sarah J., married to I . E. Peacock, 

of Shelbyville. (4). Virginia, who married William C. 
Little, and is now a widow with two children 

I Shelbyvilli 
William K.. who was a soldier in Forrest's com: 
and was killed during Hood's Tennessee cam 
James S.. now married to Miss Lula Allison, of Wil- 
liamson county. (8). Emma F., wife of Evander Shep- 



hard. (9). Tl i A. 

Columbia. Missouri. {V 

Mrs. Lipscomb died Deceml 

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and extra-. n evil. When he .ding 

! he alwa; - ; .nd in the 

evenii - While at Philadelphia 1 

thrown wit 

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■ly, and the only time he ever w> 
. Christmas-day. when h Peel's museum, 

and spent twenty-fir At night he would read 

over in the test-' rything that had 

leettii lay. He has alwaj - bard- 

student ; yi 
with faithfulness and honesty, discharged all duties 
devol him. 



BOX. FLETCHER E. BUR 1 - 



MURFREESBOh 



THIS gentleman was born. September 1G. 1K44, in 
Rutherford county, Tennessee, and has always 
lived in that county. The Burrus family are of Scotch- 
Irish origin. His great grandfather Burrus emigrated 
to America and Amherst county. Virginia, in 

the early part of the eighteenth century, and was a 
larire planter and slaveholder. His grandfather, 
Joseph Burrus. was born in Amherst county. Virginia, 
in 1765, and at the age of fifteen enlisted as a vol 
in the American Revolution, and participat 1 
private soldier at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at 
York town. He was >everal times a member of the 
House of Bui - S Virginia. He 

removed to Rutherford county, Tennessee, in 
and, upon the advice of Gen. Jackson, purchased lauds 
on Stone- river, and remained upon his plantation until 
hi< death, in 1821. He left a large family - 
daughters who have intermarried with prominent fami- 
lies in Tennessee and oth ; md his descendants 
are numerous, several of whom have figured with credit 
and ability in the political history of the >outhern 

He was a man of vei 
the hi ii-r of morality, and of cultivated 

Judge Burrus' second - Lafayette Burrus. 



father of Judge Fletcher R. Burrus. th :' this 

sketch. Lafayette Burrus married, wh 
Miss Eliza Ready, daughter of Ch;. , who 

1 in Rutherford county, in 1 died at 

ville. in 1- ninety years. Char: 

wife wa- Miss Palmer, of a Maryland famib 

ol. Charles Ready, was, prior 
leading lawyer in Tennessee, and served three terms in 
the lower 1 >ne of his daughetrs. 

Miss Nancy Ready, married Joshua Haskell and became 
the moth.. William T. Ilask if the 

sifted ami brilliant orat .untry has ever 

produi ' W. C. J. Burrus. an in tcher 

R. Burrus, wasa prominent political man in Tenn 
and - -nil terms in ad an 

aunt on thi first wife laron 

V. Brown. The Burrus and ; 
inently kni 
additional matters of int. with the family 

of Fletcher R. Burru- mother, thi 

to thi J. B. Palmer. Hon. W. H. 

Williamson, and Hon. A. B. Martin.] ! Bur- 

rus was born in Amherst county, Virginia, S 
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GRCFUS POLK NKELY, of Boliva 
in hi me of 

the early settler* and no f llar<J< ; - 

man e ort of encyclopedia of 

political and b f his 

fine ' 

a* his high character and ilroad 

an<] other leadii romi- 

nent among th<- repi men of I - while 

hi- military record is enrolled among th .f the 

nation. 

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(71 Catharine Xeoly, who married Pr Stephen Dox) 
(81 lil >da Nee - who married firsi Col, I 1 ' razor, first 
sheriff of Franklin Uabatna; ami secondly, 

l'i Si iiii '' .lane Neely, who married Thomas J. 
Friersou ■' Maury count; T 

The children of Hoi Neely's aunt, Sophia Neely 
('■•Ik. I w idow of Alexander N 

who died at Bolivar. She is now living at Corinth, 
Mississ |>] Col. Charles Perry Polk, now living 

:ii Corinth, Mississippi. (3). Benigna, who m 
William II. W ■ Memphis (41 Hen. Edwin 

Polk, who was speaker of the Teni essee S at the 

time of his death, in 1850. His widow. Miss 

via Jones, daughter of (Jon. Cah North 

Carolina, is now living at Bolivar, and has one daugh 
Ter, Octavia, wife of T. I'. Brooks, of Si Louis. 

Capt. Charles N'eely, father of H en. K. IV \ 
horn in Botetort county, \ inia, and was an 
under Hen. Jackson through all li i^ . lie 

married Miss Louisa, daughter of Col. Ezekiel Polk, 
in Maun county, T His occupation was that 

of a farmer, but hi I the army soon after 

his marriage, In' engaged I'm little in the bin 
until alter the war of 1815, when he settled in 
Franklin county. Alabama, near Tuscumbia, where 
he died in 1820, thirty three years of age, loavin 
children : (1). Rufus P. Neely. subject of this sketch. 
Mar) i N'eely, now the widow of William W. 
A tweed. Austin, Texas. She has three children i 
Mary Josephine, wife of Major Burst, Austin, T 
Adelie. wit'e et Mr. Palm, near Austin; and Octavia, 
who married Prof. Bittle, of Roanoke College, 
Virginia. The only son oi' Mrs. Atwood (Rufus) 
died in hospital iii the Confederate service after 
being wounded and taken prisoner. (3). Vdelie 
C N"i who i- now living without children, the 

widow, first of James (i. Bel S unity. Vir- 

ginia; secondly, of Thomas Chanibliss, of Memphis, 
Tennessee; and lastly of Col. John Pope, the famous 
cotton planter ol Memphis, and author of articl 
the subject of cotton cultivation. (4). Col. dames 
Jackson Neely. who is now a leading physician at Boli 
var. He was a colonel commaudii gade (Rieh- 

ardson's) in the Confederate sen ice. He niarri. 
Fannie Stephens, daughter of Rev. Dr. Stephens, an 
Episcopal minister at Columbia and Bolivar, and 
of Judge William II. Stephens, now of Los \ 
California. 

On the maternal side also Hen. Nee]\ is of Irish 
descent. His mother, Mis- Louisa Polk, who 
said, was a daughter of Col. Ezekiel Polk, wln.se father 
was William Polk M cklenburg county, North 
lina. and whose mother w is Miss Wilson, of the same 
State both families of Irish origin and Loth of high 
standing in the early days of the Old N rth State." 
kiel Polk .lied at Bolivar, in \ 
S maternal uncles « I William 



Polk, born in North Carolina, lived in Maun county, 
Hardeman county, Tennessee, and then moved 
i Walnut Bend. Arkansas, where he died, a large cot- 
ton planter. (2) Maj Sam Polk, father of .lam. K 
dent ot the Foiled States. (3). Thomas 
of Robertson county, Tennessee, lien. Neely's 
maternal aim;- were Mar) Polk, who married 

' Thomas Jones Hardeman, for whom Hardeman 

county is named. He was a captain in the war of 1815; 
ken prisoner by the British and whipped over 
the head with a sabre for refusing to give information 
as i" Jackson's position when Packenham attacked the 
Americans at New Orleans. (2). Clarissa Folk, who 
married Capt. Thomas MeXeal, of Bolivar. Her son, 
Maj I', ckiel Polk MeXeal. now living at Bolivar, is 
among the most prominent planters and capitalis 
Tennessee. His individual sketch appear- elsewhere 
in this volume. (3). Matilda Polk, who married John 
Campbell, of Maury county, Tennessee, 

Hen. Rufus Polk Neely was horn in Maury county, 
Tetiin - \ vember '_''i. 1808. He grew up there 

until nine years of age, and went to school on Car- 
ter's creek. In IS17 his father moved to Franklin 
county, Alabama, and died therein 1821, when, with 
his widowed mother. Unfits returned to Maury county. 
In 1823 he moved to Hardeman county with his uncles 
Hardeman and MeXeal, and has lived there ever since, 
being partly raised by his grandfather, Col. Ezekiel 
-: men of mark. Gen. Neely's earl) edu- 
cation was limited. He attended liurrtis Academy at 
llville Alabama, under the celebrated Dr. Cart- 
wright, and afterward- went to school in Maury enmity, 
Teinn 

He began his business career as a clerk in a dry 
blishment in 1825. selling goods to the earliest 
settlers of Hardeman count) and to the Indian- \ - 
soon as the county was organized, he was made register 
of deeds before he was of age, and had to wait until he 
attained his majority to be sworn in. He held that 
office until 1-."-".. when he was eleeted county court 
clerk, and served in all, as clerk and deputy clerk, 
thirty two years. Meantime he was in various other 
positions. In August. 1839, he was eleeted to the 
- '.at lire and served in the session of IS40. In 
1>U he was appointed a commissioner t«> clean out 
and pay for the improvement of the Biu Hatchie river. 
to tit it for navigation. In isn' he went to farming, at 
which he was quite successful. After this he returned 
to hi- old office of county clerk. His elections were by 
the court up to 1832 is",, and by the people after 1S36. 

lien. Neely has seen considerable military life, having 
been connected with the war ; tween >l 

am! Texas, the Mexican war and the late war between 
the Siate-. In 1S36 he was eleeted brigadier-general of 
f "■ - 'iul Tennessee militia brigade, covering 
Shelhy. Fayette. Hardeman and Mc 
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1836 he raised I aid Gen. Edmond P. Gaines 

and ' i • : f j . Sam Houston, 1 1 ;ling for Texas inde- 

pendence "ii the Sabine. Gen. Neel "d a 

regiment al Jackson, Ten essei i leeted its 

colonel, Inn the troops were disbanded b, rnor, 

al the instance of President Jack he United 

States were then al peace with Mexico. After 
mustered out of si r< hi but kej 

companj he took from Bolivar 01 until Gen. 

called foi troops to remo^ e I hi * !hi roki 

Creek Indians. With his company he reported to Gen. 

Scott al Fort ( l rokee Nation), and (served in 

ig the Indians west of the Mississippi river until 

ifter which he was quiet till 1846, when h<- aided 

in raising a company for thi ■' in war. Although he 

red part of the troops into i it Memphis,he 

'I i ' 1 not himself go int i ervice in M 

The - "'I Monday in May of every year the survivors 

of his old company have a reunion and dine with Gen. 
Neely at his hospitable home. There 
the members of the compan ng. 

In 1855-6 7 hi in building and operating 

the Mississippi Central and Tennessee railroad, now a 

part of the great Illinois Central system. He operated 

the road as president from 1856 until the warbrokeout, 

and has been connected with the road from the first 

of dirt (which he himself threw) until now. 

either retary, superintendent, president - 

er. 

in 1861, after a visit to Montgomery, Alabama, in 

company with Jefferson Davis, to be present at the 

uration of President I' Vici President 

nder II Stephens, he returned home and in 

company with Hon. Milton Brown, went to Nashville 

to confer with Gov. Harris and Gen. Zollicoffer on the 

, t . of secession, independence of the S 
ing of troops, •■•■ G at once set about raising 

a regiment for the Confederate Hi wentoutas 

captain of the " Pillow Guards" of Hardeman county, 
which com a part of the Fourth Ten 

infantry regiment, and at the organization of the regi- 
ment at German town, Tennet Gen. Neely was 
enthusiastically elected colonel, and under him that 
gallant regiment acquired it- celebrity. With Col. 

John V. Wright's Thirteenth Tenne i and Col Knox 

Walker's Second Tennessee regiments. Gen. Neely 
went with his command from Memphis to Randolph. 
r fortifying that place he was ordered to Fort 
Pillow, and it was he who struck the first lick there. 
ll<- remained there until relieved by Gen. Leonidas 
Polk, who ordered him to Island No. 10, but before he 
got there Gen. Pillow ordered him into Missouri in 
connection with the regiments of Col. John V. Wright 
and Gen. Preston Smith. He took his command to 
Bentonville and then back to New Madrid, and up the 
Mi sissippi river to Hickman and Columbus L 
the battle of Belmont, Missouri, ' len. Neelj commanded 



and the Twelfth 
L 

Al the battle of Shilofa Gen. Neely was conspicuous 
for lii nd eflicienc 1 I- i nl into the fight 

at the head of hi and cap- 

tured a Federal b 1 d day he also eom- 

mandi regiment, 

which bad been cut to piec I ml I hi i 

■ hick and ! al additional i were 

his command, and in thi 

ittery off the field, which he 
of the unerring ril i Fourth 

Nol only at Shiloh but again at Perryville, the Fourth 

I distinguished itself, under command of Gen. 

:ing confined in prison at Alton. 

Illinois. T from Memphis with 

one thousand and sixty three men educed by 

il Shiloh to five hundred and odd. ' < 
Polk and Pillow both bad great faith iii the regiment, 
and il ced where it would get hurt. 

At the close of tb<; war the regiment surrendered with 
men. 
In the latter part of 1862, Gen. Neely was captured 
and kept a prisoner at Alton. Illinois, 
until released by special order froi rant. He 

returned home on parole to remain within the Federal 
lines until exchanged, but was rearrested shortly after 
and i to the Alton prison in the winter of 

H sent from Alton to Camp Chase, Ohio, 

in May. 1863, to prevent him from persuading Confed- 
erate prisoners against taking the oath of allegi 
From Camp Ch Point, Virginia, 

and exchanged in the fall of 1863. He report 
Richmond and was commissioned to gather up the 
troop- said to be behind the Federal lines in Tennessee 
and unable to get out. 11 iged in that -on of 

work until the close of the war. and surrendered at 
Bolivar in 1 365. 

Neely 1 ms in the war. William and 

Charles Rufus. Another ofhis - ns, Dr. James Neely, 
-.in to the war when under fifteen years of age, 
and came through unharmed. 

Since the war Gen. Neely has been prominently iden- 
tified with the railroad interests of Tennes 
ceiver and resident direct md also as 

direr-tor in the M. & T. : as president of the M. & K. 
(now M. &N.); and tor in the Canton, Aber- 

deen and Nashville, and the Yazoo Valley railroad-. 
i , '. Dei 1 oi In- family con- 

been, and in State politics he i- known 
:,. a ''sky blui He and - Gov. James I>. Porter 

were delegates at large from Tenne - to the national 

Demo nvention which nominated Gen. Winfield 

g Hancock l'<>r president in 1880 He has also been a 
member of the press, having owned several ni 
a! Bolivar— the Bolivar Democrat, the Bolivar Palla- 



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She is s s old, but 

their 

Mrs \ bora 

m : 1 1). William H \ 

near Kl V - 

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ui she 

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1 at Canton Mississippi, now 

is the wife of K L. Walker, a elaiui 

$ Central railroad, at Bolivar, by whom 

child, N. 1 iiiisa Xeely, now the 

I' \ \ Coleman, who died of yellow fever in 

: -7- she had five children, John R. and Fannie now 

\ n wife of Thomas Collins, a farmer 

nr children, Linda, 

Kathh \ IWilliam. [6). Elisabeth Xeely, who 

s Fentress au eminent law- 
is three children, Elizabeth, Frauk 
mes - 1 V - !, > . graduated at 
ppi, and at Bellevue Medical College, 
\ S ii" at Bolivar. He married 

om is II. Smith, of Memphis, 

I - mas and Frank 

\ lust in Miller, a lawyer and 

farmer at Bolivar; has one child, B Prudence 

Not \ lied iu childhood. 

Siu •' - - rd of this honorable and 

ily — a rei finch the venerable 

\-h may well '. - k upon with affection and 

\ _ life owning only a little tract of 

let the celebrated Davy Crockett, his 
: several yeai-s. In his busy career he 

.. / 

si much by insurance 
- war, and by going security. He did 
1 men when he was young, was econom- 
'■ into wilduess and dissipation, but 
mself diligeutly to whatever he undertook. 
He has en ambitious to be merely a millionaire 

but in aecuuiul; - liad in view the laud- 

table, and above 
all. to uue His s - have boon 

- -me to him 

through salaries - t enhancement of stocks 

fair terms, honestly, without 

- wild speculation — a 

form - and a name that will never 

he cheeks of his offspring. 



EDWARD L. JORDAN. 






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I ?17. youngest $ 

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- -v is the oldest > William 

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Mr Jordan's - Walker, daughter 

family and a na- 
mother was 



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a Mi-- Jeffries, of the family so well known in Virginia 
until tli<; present time Archer 

Jordan, father of the buI b, in 1794, 

and went with lii- father's family to Lexington, Ken- 
tucky, wi. remained on* year and then i 
to Davidson countj 'I ed in the 
Maxwell neighborhood. It is mentioned as an inl 
ing incident of their trip I hat they < 
the Cumberland river on tin all their 
After remaining in the Maxwell neighborhood foui 
they bought land near Triune, in Williamson county, 
and settled there permanently, and there died, I 
twelve surviving children, all of whom married and 
achieved ' - in life. Of these twelve children, 

five are now living, the oldest of v. ; 

oooga am 

railroad, is eighty!; of age. and the nei 

Jordan four, while ti. 

subject of this sketch, u 

ard L. Jordan was brought up on a farm until 
the death of his father, which took place in 1835. His 

rtunity for education was but moderate, being 
fined to the old fieli for he never went 

college or an academy, fn 1836 he entered tl 
Thomas F. PerkinsA: Co., at Trium rk. and re- 

mained with them until January. 1839, whi 
nection with Col. William I' : 

' 'annon. ),< out the firm. 

continued together for I ■-. and then Cannon 

married and left the business, which was carried on by 
Mr. Jordan until 1844, at which time he sold 
of good-. He then retired from merchandising 
bought the old homestead of Hon. Meredith P. Gentry, 
in Williamson county, where he lived until 1351, when 

I 
following merchandising as well as farming, until the 
war. 

Immediately after the war Mr, Jordan 
Mnrfri ok, and w; ; -idem 

up to the time it was merged inu> the First National 
Hank of Murfreesborough. 3 
made president of the last named institution, which 

re the war Mr. Jordan was a Whig, and during 
the war was a staunch Union man. though lie- did much 
to aid the soldiers of the Confed ading his 

for their relief. Since the war be- 



ing for 1. 
how . 

■rat/; a' Tl 

and 1. 
Mr. Jordan has been tl 

'laughter of M 
and 

uneh rk and 

r of the 

and her grand ; 

I 
of whom are m 
After the death ol 

liter of James 
franklin. '.' B 

children. 

latter pi 
ird wife. Mrs. Mildred Will if Dr. 

iunty, 

and v. f her 

Jren. V, 

jrch at K 
child, a so . with 

the railroad office at Murfreesborough. Mr. Jord 

children now i 
wife by her former marriage, and ti. 
grandchildren. 

Mr. Jord 
church far back in the fami;. 

member of that church f I thirty 

ow well known 

- have all 
■ 
Jordan began life a poor boy with the idea 
a man should be industri 
alwa;. - 

hieved success in life and accumulated a hand- 
some pro)" 



HON. FRANK T. EEID. 



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Tiff* distinguished gentleman 
and one of it- best repi 
prominent notice in the sprit;. as the nominee 

of the Republican - vernor of 



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lulled 
de in the speech a' miua- 

tion. to carry the party banner placed in hi- 
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PROMINENT TENNESSE W- 



■ in in. •!< than lwcnt\ seven thousand 
i ii 1 1 1 1 his 
'. principles were clearly 
ami l)i)ltll ited. llf was in the habit of statu 

that his lather and all hi- family being Whigs, he, as a 
uler that influenee; that he never drew a 
Democratic breath in I' ind that, following the 

rines of the old Whigs i.> their lo elusion, 

i-t hi- first presidential vote in 1872 for Gen. ( Irani . 
ami had been a Republican ever sin ating a 

protective tariff: the Blair educational bill; internal 
improvements by the general government : the payment 
ut' every dollar of the State debt : a free ballot ami a 
State railroad commissi >n : and 
denouncing the system of leasing out the labor 
- an iniquitous abomination. 
Judge Heid was born in Williamson county. Ti 
March !', 1S45, at bis uncle"s, Dr. Frank '1'. lb-id. 
ti'i- whom he was named, but crew up in Nashville, 
where bo has resided et except the war epis 

in bis life, ami twelve months' travel in Eur 

In I8li2 he joined company F. Startles' cavalry regi- 
ment, hut was transferred, just before the battle of 
Chickamauga, in the fall of IS63, to Capt. John W. 
Morton's battery, ami served in Ti da, 

Mississippi and Alabama till the close of the war. 
having taken part in all the battles ami skirmishes 
in which Forrest's command was engaged, from the 
battle of Thompson's S the end. When t; 

ferred from Starn ut he was promoted to first 

of the battery. 
Hi- father, John Ibid, was horn in Williamson 
county. Tennessee, in LSlli, at the In. mo ..I' hi- grand- 
father. Abram Maury (after whom Maury county was 
named). »ns of the early settlers of the State. He was 
a lawyer -having been State senator, ami occasionally 
having acted as special chancellor. Ho died at Nash- 
vill. \ - 11, 1SS5 

Judge Reid's grandfather, Maj. John Reid. who mar- 
ried Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Abram Maury, above 
mentioned, was born in Bedford county, Virginia, in 
17S4. He received a el - education, read law, and 

in 1807 removed to Tennessee, first settling at Jef- 
ferson, in Rutherford county: but on bis marrii 
in 1809, bo changed bis residence to Franklin, in 
Williamson county, where bo w :ed in the 

successful practice of bis profession when the war of 
1S12 

Judge Reid married in Nashville, June t. IS72. M - 
Jos : : Wi ds, who was born at her father's, ouH 
street, in that city, May 25, 1852, daughter of R 
F. Woods, a merchant, formerly a sugar planter of 
Louisiana, of an old family of early settlers in Davidson 
county, from Virginia. Her mother. Marina Cheatham, 
w as i- of Gen. George Cheatham, a 

raiser in Robertson county. The Cheathams of Ten- 
nessee are all of the same family, and originally from 



North Carolina. Mrs. Ueid ».i- educated at Nashville, 
ami i- a member of the Episcopal church. 

By his marriage with Miss Woods, Judge Reid has 
three children: th. Nina, born February 23, l v 77. 
(2). Louisa Trimble, born November 12. 1881 
John, born February .">. 18S5 

Ho began the study of law in 1860, under his father, 

Judge John Reid; was admitted to the bar in IS67, 

.1 by Judges Frazier ami Cooper. His first 

partner was Neill S ! ; rn,jr.,18t)8 1872. after which 

he became partner with his father. 

He inherited from hi- mother a quick, mobile ami 
emotional nature, combined with very great gentleness, 
exquisite sensitiveness, and the nicesl sense of honor. 
, man who revels in the luxuries of learning ami 
iCSthetics, lives in a world of ideas, ami if a man - 
library may bo taken as an index of his tastes, he is. by 
st, fond of p 'i try. works of imagination, tales ami 
essaj 8, rather than of metaphysics ami kindred subjects, 
For bis literary taste ami cast >>{' mind bo is more 
deeply indebted to Mr. Carlyle than to any other 
writer. It is probable that from him ho imbibed that 
hatred of sham, boldness of utterance, and keenness of 
satire that characterize him as a stump speaker. It is 
noteworthy thai in hi- • • he makes low quotations, 

either from prose or poetry, but delivers bis own 
:,ts in his own language. Hence, hi- public 
addresses are novel in conception, fresh in mak 
genuine in purpose, ami presented in forcible stylo. 
strengthening the strong, fixing the wavering, ami 
attracting an enthu 
Judge Ibid never had a collegiate education. When 
he attended primary schools, ami was a year or 
more in the military college or Cniversity of Nashville, 
but at the age of sixteen he joined the Confederate 
army, which closed hi- scholastic career. His informa- 
tion is due. not to the school-master, but to hi- efforts 
..ate himself, and especially after the death of his 
mother in 1S4D (when ho was only four years old), to 
tlie rearing he had under the care of his maternal aunt. 
Mrs.Gov. Neill S. Brown, and to hi- association with 
tin best people in Davidson county. \t the 
twenty lour I IS6TI), he made a trip to Europe, and spent 
twelve months traveling over the continent " to see the 
rid." 

In August, 1878, he was elected circuit court judge ><^' 
the eighth judicial district, term expiring September 1. 
LS86, and his decisions on the bench have been given 
under a hiub sense of the moral responsibility of a 
tn mete out exact justice, according to the law 
and fait- in the case. Like Chancellor Kent, ho makes 
himself certain of the facts, and the real point in the 
controversy. Any judge with a clear head pursuing 
this course will have little difficulty in deciding a 
cause, for once the real facts are clearly established, 
the answer is at his elbow. The same rule applies to 

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of tlic facts of a case, he will readily discover the point 
of merit upon which it rests, and can then easily turn 
to his library for authorities, should they be needed, to 
fortify bis conclusions. But Judge Reid has very little 
sympathy for that class of the profession who have run 
mad after authorities after the letti r of the law rather 
than its spirit— for case and precedent lawyers, and he 
himself never decides a case unle he is clearly satisfied 
in his own mind what the right decision is. 
Judge Reid's gubernatorial canvass of the State in 

L884 made Republicanism respectable in Ten 

won For himself friends all over the State in both 
political parties, and fully sustained the reputation of 
Tennessee stump oratory. His style of oratory was 
earnest without vehemence, logical but not cold, and 
his delivery was stamped with the sincerity of convic 
tiim. The editor has heard but one opinion of Judge 
Reid as a speaker, and that is, that he ranks among the 
must finished orators of the State, an accomplished 
gentleman, a man of letters, a thinker, an original 
investigator, always speaking the thought that is within 
him, and loyal to his own convictions. The editor 
heard him three times, and noted that he never lacked 
foreword; was elaborate without prolixity or repeti 
tion; that his diction was scholarly and chaste; that 
lie enthused his audience without resort to anecdotes 
unbecoming the dignity of a statesman, and that his, 
tastes are very different from those of the ordinary 
politician, Though a candidate for high oilier .,, 
during the heated and hitter canvass, no reproach or 
tigma or suspicion oi taint was urged against his 
character. 

His opening address as the Republican candidate for 
governor abounds in passages of remarkable force and 
brilliance. A few are selected : 

"It was from under the roof of that honored and 
eloquent old Whig leader, ex-Gov. Neill S. Brown, 
where the greater part of my life had been passed, that, 

a sixteen year old hoy, I left to join the ranks of the 

Sum hern army. * * * Because I enlisted in 
that army did that commit me. for the' balance of my 

life, to the support of the political doctrines of John 0. 
Calhoun? Was it loyalty to the doctrines of nullifies 
tion, State sovereignty and the constitutional right of 
eci don that led those of us who were hied in the 
school of Henry ("lay to enlist under tie- Confederate 

flag? What was it that did lead US? It was the wild 

enthusiasm of that wonderful hour that preceded the 

uprolling of the curtain which disclosed the terrible 

four years' tragedy of a nation's struggle for life; when 

lie air throbbed with the tierce heat of drums, and was 
rent with the martial cries of war-intoxicated men." 
******* 

" The impartial student of history now sees that for 

twenty years and more before the breaking out of the 

war, this country was rushing with awful velocity upon 
ruin and death-, [t was shooting Niagara. The storm 



of war purified the foul pestilence-breeding atmosphere 
that was sowing i ir political - 3ti m the i ed "l cor- 
ruption and death. Unwittingly we fought against oui 

Selves, and tied saved US from our own madlie--. The 

stars in their courses fought against Sisera." 

* * * * * * 

\ hoy. I fought in the ranks, undei the Confedi 
flag, bare footed in the depth of winter, and in rags; 
and because, upon mj restoration to American citizen- 
ship, a grown man, my matured reason said to me that 
ii was vastly better for the best interests of mankind 
that that flag had gone down in defeat, albeit covered 
with glory; that the Republican party was the true 
■ ■■ poni nl and representative of the principles that had 
triumphed, and which we who had appealed to the 
sword were in hi ■ bound to accept, and which the 

God of I Jatt lc- had declared should mould the future 

historical development of tin- country; because I re- 
fused to live among the tombs and wear crape for the 
dead, believing it to be my duty to " live in the living 
present," forsooth, I am deno 1 i- a renegade, an 

apostate, a traitor ! 

After referring to the oppressive measures of the 
Republican party during the period of reconstruction, 
he said : 

" At any rate, when in 1869] lefl this country, and 
for a twelvemonth traveled through the countries of 
the old world; when I saw the condition of the masses 
of the people there and the character of the govern- 

n - under which they groaned; when I saw tyi tnl 

and aristocrats with their heels on the necks oi my 

brothers manhood abased and our common humanity 
di honored— and then saw in their seaports and towns 
the starry flag of the American republic, floating proudly 
and loftily among their emblazoned ensigns as though 

it felt the spirit of God and freedom consecrating its 
folds, proclaiming 'to tin- kin;;' on his throne, to the 
slave on his knee." the equality and brotherhood of till 
men, as Christ proclaimed it. and died to sanctify it 
with hi.s hlood ; proclaiming ' the rank i- but t he gxi 

stamp, the man's the gold for a that, I confess my 

heart leaped with a feeling for which \ can find no ex- 
pression in words in the proud consciousness of Ann ri 
can eit izenship. 

Discussing the national idea of the Republican party, 
and contrasting it with the Democratic doctrine, In 
said : 

" Mr. Tilden embodied the Democratic doctrine when 
he defined the Union as ' a federativi agency. What do 
tie survivors, on that side, think of this Democratic 
definition? What do those think of it win., when the 
tocsin of war sounded like an alarm bell in the n i i_- 1 1 1 . 
and the cry rang out from the capital, 'Arm, citizens, 
the country is in danger? 1 rushed forth by thou 
from their -Imps and farms to follow the great fla < oi 
ile Union ' down to the fields of glory? Again I catch 



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a glimpse of that awful vision. Again the earth trem- 
bles under the shock of struggling armies, and the air 
is wild with affright from the mad roar of the cannon 
and tin' fierce scream of the shell, Amid the storm of 
battle thai rages above the clouds on Lookout mountain 
the life-blood ebbs from the heart ol the color bearer 
of Tattersall's regiment, and away Minder on the west- 
ern prairies, as the sun sinks below the horizon, a little 
curly-headed girl plays with her doll, all unconscious 
that her father, who, but a year before, had trotted her 
nil his knee, is lying mi the yellow leaves with the pic 
tun- iif home and wife ami children risinu up before 
him nut nl' the gathering mists ami gloom of death. 
Oh' how the thought must comfort and strengthen 
him in that dark hour, that he yielded up his life in de- 
fense of — 'the federative agency.' Ah! it is a cruel 
slander, lie knows, if Mr. Tilden dues not, that he is 
dying for his country; that the Nation may live; that 
the great Vmerican republic, the mighty defender of 
the rights of man. whose mission it i- to Christianize 
the world, may not pass awaj from earth: may not he 

whelmed 

' In that great ocean of Oblivion 
Where already, in numbers numberless, 
The graves of buried empires heave like passing waves.' 

It is that thought that lights up his poor wounded laee 
with a glad smile, and gi\ es him strength imi hisper his 
last words mi earth into the ear oi the dark, tender- 
eyed Angel of Death who stoops over him: ' Yes. it is 

SWeet to die tiif one S country.' 

" It was restored love of country, love of the Union, 
that led me into the ranks of the Republican party." 

The literary productions of Judge Reid would of 
themselves make a charming volume. Space can be 
given onh to a few passages in prose and in verse, lot- 
he writes both with equal facility and elegance : 

" l>oes it not cause iii US, at times, a fearful feeling 

to reflect that we can never he children again : no more, 
through all eternity, return to that quiet time when we 
lay mi a loving mother's bosom, or prat tied at her Lie 1 
******* 
"The great aim of our life should lie, to aggregate 
together ami to fuse into a whole all our particles of 
spirit ual intelligence ami strength. Mete vague, dreamy, 
spiritual aspirations are nothiug, except in so far as 
they indicate spiritual capabilities. We appear in that 

other world the same identical spirits we were in this. 
If we were to lose our identity, we would not I.,- our 
selves. The real spirit of anything is a portion of the 
universal Spirit, or God. If particles of spirit can 

grow and develop themselves into higher forms, would 

it not follow that the Universal Spirit is stantly 

growing ami developing into higher forms of spiritual 
being, ami consequently not all perfect?" 



" Fa ir flowers emanations are 
Ot Beauty's spirit everj ** hero : 
In .-uii an.t moon, and stars met sky. 
In streams and lakes, aid mountains high. 
Spirit ttiat lurks each form within, 
Bvoh in- life Irom death an.t sin. 
Life aid love, tin: lily ami rose 
Each to 'lark earth its beauty owes. 
Of tin' oyster is born the pearl. 
And high heaven <»t our low world. 
Spirit of beauty in everything, 
Always changing and fashioning — 
Gradually, slowly fitting its shell. 
In which higherliorms "f life shall dwell." 



Mans mission is to earn his bread — natural and 
spiritual bread — by the sweat of his brow and brain. 
This city-dotted globe was once but a waste- tangled 
wilderness, ami two human beings stood herein with 
only fig tree coverings; and see the change wrought by 
their >ons and daughters — by those of them that have 
worked' We are born children of order, and enemies 
of disorder. The carpenter makes smooth plank of 
rough, gnarled timber; tin 1 sculptor transforms flinty 
rocks into symmetrical, life-looking bodies; the me- 
chanic converts mountain ore into useful implements 
and machines. Thus are we engaged in bringing 
about that ' far off. Divine event, to which the whole 
creation moves.' If till men would but work, how 
much longer would we have to journey on through the 
Desert ; if all these innumerable yawning idlers, waiting 
for God to mend matters, would but help him to mend 
them'.' Work is man's mission, his highest act of wor- 
ship — ' its litany and psalmody the noble acts and true 
heart utterance of all the valiant of the sons of men: its 
choir music the ancient winds ami oceans, and deep- 
toned, inarticulate, but most speaking, voices of Destiny 
and History, supernal ever as of old.' " 



"What an Aceldama this world is 1 I sometimes 
wonder if it must not vex the ear ot' Heaven, the 
countless sighs and groans and shrieks that human 
hearts and lips pour out upon the empty air! If all 
that have escaped since time began could but be vol- 
unicd forth in one great cry that should go forth to 
search the universe for God, the fearful sound would 
crack the very globe it-elf. Or if each scene of human 
suffering, since first the pitiless sky vaulted this charnel- 
house, the earth, could be transferred, life-size, upon a 
canvas wide and high as heaven; and power of vision 
granted us to grasp each smallest object, what a picture 

would be unrolled to mortal eye-. God sees it thus: 
and yet there tire who say He is an angry and a jealous 
God." 

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"Thank God, some days the sky look- down upon me 
with a face a- noble and serene a- any Spartan mother's, 
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1 1 « < ■ pavement sounds like the tramp of armies marching 

onward. 

" One who has left behind him the ' dreams of his 
youth;' who has squandered his inheritance in carnal 
company and riot, or attained the end of his ambition 
in having secured great wealth, or fame, only to realize 
the desolate cry 'all is vanity!' passes along the street, 
of a calm Sabbath morning, and hears the voices of 
children singing an old, long-forgotten hymn, which he 
himself sang when a child, telling of a beautiful land 
beyond the valley of the dark Shadow, when' all tears 
will be wiped away, and the lather will again feel the 
little arms of the child he buried so many weary years 
before around his neck, can it lie that that within him 
which forces the tears into his eyes will heir no other 
fruit or blossoms than those which fade and wither or 
turn to ashes on the lip?" 

"A hot July day. The long, white, dusty macadam- 
ized turnpike, steaming. A drove of sheep panting, with 
tongues out, and with tender, appealing eyes. Little 
lambs, footsore, and limping by the side of mothers 
powerless to help (the unspeakable anguish in those 
supplicating eyes!), driven by human beings, made in 
the likeness of God, with heavy whips in their hands; 
and down in the town a red-faced butcher, with a sharp 
knife, waiting to draw it across their tender throats! 
But how would the world exist without spring lamb and 
green peas?" 



naturally lit up at tines with huge flames 
fire." 



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"Some -years ago I was in Naples. In front of the 
hotel, and lying along the sea, was a garden and public 
promenade. Here, in the cool of the evening, a fine 
baud of music would play for hours, and the elite and 
fashion display themselves. It was a rare pleasure, after 
returning from the day's ramble, to secure a good seat 
on the side nearest the bay, and listen to the music and 
the long ripple and splash of the waves on the clear 
white sand at one's feet: to watch the gaily- dressed, 
animated crowds, lovely ladies leaning on the arms of 
handsome gentlemen, and beautiful little boys and girls 
running hoops, or engaged in some other childish sport, 
while the hum of the wonderful and busy city in the 
distance came subdued and softened on the evening air. 
In the soft, mellow twilight, what a weird feeling would 
creep into one's breast while sitting here looking out 
upon the great sheet of water, undulating, rising and 
falling like a mighty carpet by gusts of wind underneath, 
carrying on its bosom white-winged sailing vessels, fish- 
ermen's smacks and ocean steamers ; at the great dark 
fire-mountain opposite, which one knew, and could not 
but recall, had in the past thrilled and horrified so 
many human beings with its terrible vomitings forth 
of fire and red-hot stones and ashes. One could see the 
people of Pompeii and Herculaneum fleeing, horror- 
struck, in all directions, in (he greal darkness, preter 



"The day 1 visited Mount Vesuvius was wonderfully 
clear and bright. A lew white, fleecy clouds drifted 

across the sky, which only seemed a. short distance 
overhead, and extraordinarily pure ami blue. All the 

ground we had come over lay immediately beneath us, 
ami could be distinctly viewed; the huge upturned. 
crested rocks; the serpentine windings of mig lit y streams 
of petrified lava, and vast fields of dust and ashes. Far 
off to the left, stretching for miles in a semi-circular 

form along the beautiful bay, lay Naples, its house-tops 
and cupolas and spires glittering under a brilliant mid 
day sun. Hundreds of sailing crafts lazily floated mi 
the blue waves, and steamers, leaving long lines of 

black smoke in their track, were coming and going. 
On the side nearest the sea could be seen charming 
villas, surrounded by the most picturesque fairy scenery; 
here standing out mi jutting promontories, at whose 
base the great waves lashed themselves into angry foam, 
and here, half hid in deep gorges, whose sides were 
covered with orange and lemon trees laden with golden 
fruit, the white rock turnpike leading from Castel- 
lemmare to Sorrento could be caught glimpses of now 
and then breaking from some deep ravine and winding 
like a silver thread along the sea-coast, up steep de- 
clivities, to where some iron or stone light-house stood 

lonely, looking out U] the sea, or where an old tine 

worn ruin spoke of long forgotten sieges and battles." 



" Hark! that heavy, pompous tread 
Tells of one well cloth 'd and fed. 
Here comes one whose cold heart ne'er 
To the eye can force a tear. 
Ragged children round him weep. 
' Feed my sheep, oh feed my sheep!' 
But he counts his rich gains o'er. 
Robs and cheats to swell the store. 
And grinds the faces of God's poor. 
Lives respected, and will die 
In the odnr of sanctity." 



ON THE HEATH OK A CHILD. 

In a darkened room a mother kneels 

By the side of a trundle-bed, 
Where a little child with folded hands 

And closed eyes lies dead. 

Outside, the glare of the blinding sun, 

And the noises of the street, 
Shrill cries, and the rattle of vehicles, 

And the patter of children's feet. 

Hi.- torn straw hat brings op on a peg, 

And his well worn suit of gray, 
Th;it his mother will brush, with breaking heart. 

And (old and lay away. 

And dear grandchildren, in far-off years, 

Will gather around her knee, 
Their little dead uncle's suit of clothes, 

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While hunger and woe fiercely look out 
trough Ivor tear stain'd, lrl«htou'd eyes. 

Out on the street a reveller reels, 

» ■ ,, ■- nnee a stainless man, 
The dreams of his youth forever fled 

Or changed to nightmares wan. 

\ ,vay down 

.iiii . 
it thinks he he's practical, 

\ : . rotten and gi 

The hearth re left behind, and out 

white turnpike creeps 
The slow prooessiou ; the mourners talk and laugh. 
The poor sad moil 

Here where the tall gi • overgreous 

Stand hush'd and soleiuu round, 

ad uuooneern'd 
A pit dug in the ground. 

■ the spoken words of prayer that 
The silence how profound '■ 

iff and heavy thud of clods 
Che only at • >uud. 

kinen crack theit race : 

Kach trie: unci ; 

family Mends arc in great h . 
I'o get hack home to dinner. 

The pall of night falls down ; the hot, foul stench 

From gutters and alleys 
And cool and pure and still the gravestones stand 

choking heart, in yon gas-lighted room, 
Sec here this peaceful grave ; 
I'pou it shims the light of all the stars- 
Be patient and be brave. 

bints have hid their heads : 

The dowers have gone to si. 
infinite serenity that's 

V-ut for the storm the rainbow would not arch 

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the loud voices of the day proclaim 

:ty. 

\ 5 d less reveal to the reader the 
utau's real character aud nature better than could any 
>urs. 
Judge Reid s lather was Johu Reid, au eminent mem- 
\ - - haracter is well de- 

scribed in an obituary notice, from the pen ot' 

rieud, that appeared in 7*A August 

^- and from which we make this extract \ 
stead) - Wherever ht - 

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THIS ayntloman. one of the leading - of 

11 in Rutherford county, 
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out the year IS 

building mills. and in other useful enterprises in the 
thei 

- man in all his undei - ;1 

iruij in tl) 
He was the - four brothers - - of William 
\ >rth Carolina a short time before 
the he father having pre- 

- S fated lands, to tht - 

ys. 
William Y. Klliott's mother's maiden name 
Idaline Bowman. She was tin Samuel 

Bowman, who earn '- herford county, Tennessee, 

\ Una about lSOt>. a- : in tin- 

no the celebrated t 
fhere the tan. 
.... S inuel Bowman 

the An.. 
tion and tool; ving's Mountain. 

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the ehureh, both in North Carolina 
and Tenness 

\lc . s iu coin for rvum- 

- tud kept him at the bes ... 

-: >>t' the time up to his li year. He 

's at Mur 
irtner in the 
ti ru , \ in the dr\ 

ss of hostilities 

h\ e v " DUl : 

lepubliean wheu that party was .'din 

Tenness - uum 

the war ho has sisteiu Republi- 

eau. Ho ■■ • national 

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■■ Inch ho w 
- rved a term . 
in that body. While in the Legislature s made 



ehairman ol the eounnittee on ways and moans, a posi- 
tion in which his tine business ^ualitioations were ably 

S~0 Mr KUiott was a director of the 
Murfn !i Savings Hank, and also served one 

year in the same capacity in the First National Hank of 
Murfreesborough. He « - director in the First 

\ mil Hank of Nashville tor five years, declining 
lection iu 1^7;: because of his appointment as 
i ■- ites pension agent at Nashville. This latter 

■ii ho hold more than four veal's, at the expiration 
of which time, the ageney having boon consolidated 
with the Knoxville agency, ho wont out of office. Since 
that time he has not held public position of any kind, 
devotiug himself exclusively to his private interests 
Mr. KUiott was made a Master Mason in Mt. Moriah 
S 3 at Murfreesborough, dune 12, 
Nreh Mason in Pythagoras Chapter No. '_';;. Mur- 
freesborough. October 15, IS32, and a Knight Templar 
\ - Commandery No. 1, Nashville, 1S59. 

Mr. KUiott was married October 13, 1S70. at MeMinn- 
v -- V tret '• Johnston, daugh- 
t l imes W Johnston, a paymaster in the United 
States army during the late war. originally a lawyer at 
N - , Pennsylvania, who settled in Tennessee at 

the close of the war, and being made a register in 
. iptey, held that position until 1872. His father. 
Rev. b< hnston. was a Presbyterian minister and 

a pioneer iu Western Pennsylvania; of Scotch Irish 
it, and a man ot' strong character, being distin- 
guished among the ministers of his day. Mrs. Klliott's 
family, on her mother's side, wore Is v . h de- 

scent, her mother being Miss Ksther Loughry, daughter 
of Jol ".v. a native of " Auld Scotia." 

Mr. and J >tt have four children, all sons: 

^1). William Y. KUiott. jr.. now fourteen years ol 
James Johnston Elliott, a - ; Kdward 

G. KUiott. aged ten years I Harry W. Elliott, tie 
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Mr. aud v :t arc both Presbyterians, he hav- 

ing boon a communicant of that church since lSi;i. 

Mr. Klliott's life presents • - ration of a 

self-made and successful bnsim SSI 
fortune has him as the legitimate reward of 

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COL. ROBERT F. LOONEY. 



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A distinguished gentleman of Memphis who baa 
known Col. Robert F. Looney long and intim 
ilii.- high, but just, estimati 
"Col. Loom though in business a pushing man, i- 
noted among his acquaintances for his modesty. I 
;i man of great mavitj of manner,"who i- certain 
gratiate' himself into the favor of all whom he meets. 
He is of exceeding gentleness of nature, yet bold and 
decisive; a man whose heart is ever moved by the 
appeals of the oppressed or distressed ; a man 
hi- family, lii- friends, his country and his church. He 
ri churchman, and never fails to attend 
Sunday when there is a church to 

ached. As an orator, there are but few, if any, in 
the State who excel him r of fine imaginative 

powers, while classical and finished in lii- style, hi 

. that gift of eloquence that influences the 
multitude like power over the 

masses, enthusing an audience of thousands by the tor- 
i his eloquent logic in a single address. Hi- i- 
the •■hi of firing the popular heart. In lii- family rela- 
tions, In: may well be termed the youngest member. He 
i- the one man "!' m li"- who has not a black 

sheep in lii- flock or ;i skeleton in lii- closet. He has 
and three sons, nil of whom are now 

n and neither of whom have in any waj violated 
the mandates and • f Christian parents. He 

i- by nature endowed with an intellect and a physique 
that give him prominence as a man of mark in any 

company. In busi relations In- is quick of concep 

tion, bold and venturesome, and when he sustains losses 
In- sleeps well over them, and troubles neither himself, 
lii- family or hi- friends with hi- fai bile, on the 

other hand bis succi ssee He is a 

inin of .■lilt enthusiasm in In- undei I 

lli^ differences of opinion in business, in politics, or in 
the other relations of life, occasion no severani 
friendship. II" may oppose you ever so bitterly on a 
matter of princ bis In-art will ever In- o] 

■.on. and hi- latch string hangs on tin- outsi 
ll«- i- peculiarlj adapted to large enterprises. Ili- 
powers of persuasion, together with hi- earnestm 
com iction, often enlist tin- co operation of large bodies 
of influential men. He was the first inaugurator and 

nizer in this of the immense mining corpo- 

rations now operating in Mexico, out of which he has 
realized large sums. 

Robert V I." born in Maury county, Ten- 

nessee, August 5, 1824, and grew up there, going to 
school in that county until the age of twent II" then 
commenced reading law under lion. Edmund Dilla- 
huniv. (who had married hi- sister, Mi-- Sarah G. 

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I h- was admitted to the bar in 1 - 15 by •! udge 
Dillahunty and Chancellor Terry II. Cahal, and at once 

In the sprii 
1-17 1 to Memphis, bul r;k to Columbia, 

married and settled there, practicing at Columbia from 
tin- fall of 1847 lo the summer of 1852 fully- 

niakiu In 1 %2 he moved hack 

to Memphis and. omitting the hiatus of the war. prac- 
law there until 1870. Sit 

in a thousand things, the recital of which would 
fill a hook. 

In l-'il he ■■•"lit into the Confederate army as captain 
of a compan i colonel of the Thirty-eighth 

I regiment, and commanded it twoyears in the 

I IG gia campaigns. He was at the bat- 
tle of Shiloh, where he won great distinction 

the battles of Farmington, Corinth, and other 
engagements. II" surrendered at Oxford, Mississippi, 
in 1865 

Col. Loone. has ui er held a civil office in his life. 
In politics he was a Henry Clay Whig before the war. 
opposi on, and made about the last Union speech 

that wa- ever mad" in Memphis before the com mi 
mi-nt of hostilities. II" also spoke in vari 
places in West I ion and for the 

Union, hut after the £ I with her 

and ea-t hi- lot with her. Sim-" the war he 

with the Democratic party, one of the most zealous of 
it- members, and highly valued for his great organizing 
and. ibility. He was a delegate to the Chicago 

Democratic convention, in 1884, which nomi- 
nated Cleveland and Hendricks, and at which conven- 
tion Col. Loonej was made the member of the National 
Democratic executive committee from Tenm 

Col. Loon iblic-spirited citizen in it- highest 

and proves hi- faith by his works, subscribing 
liberally to enterprises to improve the "ii. of Memphis, 
to advance it- school facilities, and to church bei 
tion-. II. i- a member of tin- Presbyterian church, as 
are also the other members of hi- family. He joined 
1 i Id Fellows wlnn a a, but has never be- 

come a member of any other secret order. 

Col. Looney's ancestors are of Irish origin. His 
grandfather, David Looney, emigrated from Ire- 
land and located iii Maryland, and afterward- in Vir- 
ginia, long before the Revolutionary war. His son, 
D L grandfather of Col. Looney, was a colonel 

in the American army, a native of Virginia; afterwards 
removed to Ten is a member of the convention 

that framed the first constitution of Ten- i «a> 

often a member of the Legislature from Sullivan county. 

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busiiH ■-- - real est and fortune favored him, 

ipplied to 

Vdaius for a 

which « - i His practice has been 

in tlu' ch hit. where h is knowledge 

of the land and tit U-s in i ga has been of 

to liiin. Notwithstanding his -- - by war and 
irity, he has accumulated a nice property. 

When hi R> iss 1. nding I Li 

terry and steamboat 

found no post-office i - Is. tie 1 

to tlu' ; department for a 

which ted. and he was appointed ■ 

without compensation. The name of the post office 
Chattanooga in 1838. I - held 

ship until IS44. when he h; 

1 - James K 

In IS32 he r I Jen. Jackson ; his 

I. White, and thenceforward he 

the Whbj '-•.•m Harrison to Bell, since 

which time he has been a Democrat. He attended the 

tiveutiou at Murfri 

- uominati 

- - •• i. but when 
President Lini 

He was a] s a States rights man. a - 
■e him. He has. however, never been 
so warm a partis • the party ticket unh -- 

liked the men : always considered it a duty to vote, but 
equally a duty to scratch ible names from the 

Tn 1845 lie was elected to take his fathi - is an 

in the Pp - church, which he had j 

in 1843. He was a eomn u of Chat- 

_a when the land t • • ry, and the 

ants were entitled to pi Qtry. The 

three commissioners. Aaron M. Rawli i W 

Williams and (.'apt. Long, entered the 
sold the lots, and made I the purchas 

20, 1839, which was the day on which the town of 
Chattauooga had its birth < power 

i> illustrated in the fact that lie hi - - n the 

i river, and of the large cities only a few. 
■ Long was married to Miss Eliza Smit! \ 

< Dayton), 

Mrs. L a January 

"J.">. 1813, at Washington, B Her 

was William Smith, a native of Massachusetts, 

BOS; was as 

and had for om • Dr. J. <i. M. Ramsey, the 

He was one 
comn I teachers 1 - Mrs. 

. daughter of 1 'r. 
i history of East Tennes 

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History of Teni ss Mrs. Long's brother, Dr. Milo 

Smith, was an aide physician, and for several terms 
mayor iga, where he died in 1868. Mr-. 

i it K new ille ; made a profession of 

in and joined the church in 1S43. the same day 
her husband m ssiou and joined. She has been 

an iir. irt of her married life, but is 

r her sweetness of temper. She is fond oi 
m pa n y of young tMks ; has an unconquerable will- 
that has carried her through all her troubles: is 
notably cheerful and plea-ant. and. for one of her age, 
remarkably aeti eially when "upon hospitable 

cares intent.'' To this union there wi children — 

all bom in Chattanooga. Five of these died in infancy 
and childhood. The other- are : (1). William Pomfret 
_ died nineteen years old. (2). Elizabeth Jane 

Jai • ' -by I, one. 
born December 2, LS44: educated in the Naval Acade- 
my at Aunapolis; resigned and joined the Confederate 
navy in 1861, attaching himself to the fleet along thi 
eoast of North Carolina. He was in the fight at Roanoke 
Island, the second in command of the Curlrw, ('apt. 
Hunter. He was then transferred to the Merrimac, as 
midshipman, and was in the famous naval fights in 
Hampton Roads, and remained with his ship until she 
nt. II was then transferred to Drury's Bluff, 
and finally to Plymouth. North Carolina, and was on 
board the irou-elad /" when she was blown up 

b\ the United States navy. He next served under 
('apt. Moffit on a blockade runner. After the war he 
went into civil engineerii a 

ernment works at Muscle shoals tor a while. II ; - 
now a manufacturer of iron paint at Birmingham, Ala- 
bama. He married at Elyton, Alabama. November 20, 
1872, Miss Frances Walker, and has four children, 
William Walker. John Pomfret, James Cozby and 
Man'. i . John Pomfret Long, jr.. born March 4. 
1847: '. Walker's Nineteenth Tennessee regi- 

ment in May. lSt>4. at Dalton, Georgia : participated in 
all the fights from there to Atlanta, and on Ji 

led by a shell taking his foot off; died 
March 1. 1880, unmarried. (5). Milo Smith Long, born 
May In. 1850; graduated in medicine at Nashville, and 
is now in Dakota. (6). Marcus Bearden Long, born 
January 27, 1>54: now a civil engineer, and was for a 
while • r in Mexico on the Atchison, 

3 llta Fe railroad: unmarried. 
< Ine of the aims of ('apt. 1. one's life has been t 
his children somethiug to start upon and to help them 
attain a standing ty, and he believes that every 

man ought to have a home and a family, and next, that 
he has duties to perform a.- a citizen, lie has di - 

1 has been sometimes up and sometimes down. 

but has always made it a rule to pay his debts. With one 

ion he has always made a profit on whatever he 

- - Id. He never swore an oath in his life, and was 

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dissipated, though not always strictly I He 

If- assertive man, and of quick temper. Beii - 

oldest citizen of Chattanooga, resorted 

an oracle on m 

-"II-. families and property in that now important 

- been a public-spirited man all along, and i- 

uniformly spoken of as the bes( representative man of 

the city where he located when it was -imply a river 



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REV. JAMES HOLMES, D.D., AND PROF. GEORGE D. HOLMES. 

(fathee and son.) 

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^ I * I J I i Hi James Holmes, well-known as a niis- 

J[ sionary and preacher, a- well ■■ 
educator, was ordained to the ministry in 1846. He 
wa- the son of Abraham Holmes, of Carlisle, Penn- 
sylvania, in which place he was born in 1801. He 
attended Princeton C ne or two years, and after- 

wards graduated af Dickinson I 
thi- he entered the theological department at Pri> 
hut. on account of tailing health, m ipleted his 

theological course there. He now became a lay mu 
ary to the Chickasaw Indian- in North Mississippi, and 
among them taught and preached from IS^o 

When the Chickasaws were removed west, Mr. Holmes 
ved to Tipton county. Tennessee, where, in 1834, 
stablished the Mountain Academy, in which he 
_ • for fifteen year- This establishment was atti , 
by a large number of pupils from Tennessee, Ark 
ssippi, Louisiana, and other surroundii \ ~ 

In ]s4!.i he was appointed president of the 
Tennessee College, at Jackson, and after filling this 
office with credit for eight years, returned to Tipton 
county, being elected principal of the Tipton Female 
Seminary. Here he taught till 1868, when he retired 
from active professional life, and himself to 

ministrations of religion and humanity, visiting 
afflicted and bereaved, and administering the solace of 
religion to all who would receive it from him. Thus 
employed, he died, February 4. 1-7 ing behind 

him a name blessed by innumerable survivors who had 
received from him either the prh Christian 

education, or the consolation of Christian sympathy in 
affliction. Many ministers oi I el are now doing 

good service in pulpits throughout the southwestern 
States who owe their first religion- impressions I 
early training and teaching- of thi- man fG I Those 
who remember his conversation, genial and 

sympathetic, unanimously agree in the testimony that 
no one was ever intimate! d with him without 

being the better for it. 



Hr. Holme- married Sarah A. Van '•'■ who 

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en all her life, witl 
eli I'r. Holn of 

hildren, a- foil Emma, 

D. 11. < founder and for mi r of 

th d church 

Dr. W. M. Hall, 
D. Hoi' t of the s -ketch. (4). Mary 

A., wife of Rev. L. McXeely. (5). William ft., mer- 
chant at Danvi p.. book- 

r in a bank and insurance agent at Bonham. T 
7 Anna W., widow of Capt. T. F. Patt 
Mem] 

Abraham Holmes, the father of I>r. Holmes, wa- one 
of the children of Andrew Holmes of Pei 

vania. This Andrew was the son of an emigrant from 
the north of Ireland, who may I the founder 

of the familv in America. 



Prof. George D. Holmes was third child and ■ 

f the above. He was born in Marshall county, 
while his father was pursuing his missi 
labors in that State, Xovember 13, 1831. He was 
brought to Tipton county when two years old, and grew 
up thi 

He received 1 ;tory education in his fathers 

1, and in 18 Xew 

y, where he graduated in 1849. Alter graduation, 
he had charge, for ■ 5, oi the preparator; 

partment of West T . 

In 1857 he settled at I unty, 

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merchant and planter, of a South Carolina tamilx Her 
mother was M rtha Crenshaw !> h Carolina 

was edm 
11 ehureh 
of thi Bj this 11 

the father of three el N \ , born in 

•1 uly 

Blind N'ash- 

W alter, 

rsity. 

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18. IS Miss S L > I'ol. U. 

11. Mil lerk and 



tint \ ll« settled at Randolph, in 

ty, in 1S:28, and engaged in trade there, and 

ton, « heir he died Man h 10, 

ISS-l leaving behind him a reputation for the strictest 

ll\s son, Br. M. Munford, has. for over ten 

md proprietor "I the Kansas Citj 

Vnother son, Richard IV Munford, is teller in 

the Southern Bank of I at Savannah. His 

daughter, Ermine, is the widow of 4.V1. John txraeey 

Hall, of Covington. 

The mother of the second Mrs Holmes was Sarah 
B., daughter of IV I.. Morrison, who died at Covington 
in 1ST.'!, at tin \ty. 

Mrs Holmes was educated in iho Tipton Female 
Seminary, partly by I'rof. Holmes himself. She is a 
member *<\' the Presbyterian church, anil is noted for 
her energy and for the womanly virtues that endear 
home to husband and children. By his second mar- 
Brof Holmes has two children: ilv Embry M.. 
born Jul} 27, ISGT now at school in Kansas City, 
Missouri 1 \.m\a Van, horn October 14, 

died \ 

- attributes his success in life to the 
methods and principles he inherited from his father. 
which ma\ be summed up in the simple words, "a eon- 
scienti of duty from day to day." 



COL. A. J. BROWN. 






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under Chi ics W Beaderiefc, 

support himself while studying law, 
and r cclusivel; lit. He was ad- 

mitted to the I - rough, in 1S58, by. Indue 

John C. (!aut and Chancellor Seth •' W. I.uekey. and 
- 'ii at Jonesborough until the war 
came up. He then, in company with Col. > K \ 
raising the Tenth East Ten: -- 
y. and in February is iuchoate regiment 

hth Tennessee cavalry at 
N nel and Brown lieu- 

mel. The regiiueut saw ser\ ice in Tenu< ss 

North Carolina Virgi I South Carolina. Col. 

ued in tin - '.' I ! reetieville. Bull's 

Morris - lisbury aud Morgan- 

tou. North Carolina, aud iu almost numberless skir- 

- From March L'J to May 1. 1>iM. Col. Brown 

laded the regiment. Eighth Tennessee, in the 

the war. from Kuoxville through East Ten- 

\ ' i \ riuia, as far as 

and returned to North Caro- 

uiuiai led it at the battles of Salisbury and 



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children. Kli'/.abcth, wife ol James Grisham: Byron, 
Andrew -I , Vnn and Ulysses Grant Barnes. 

Col. Brown's mother died February •">. 1855, She was 
a Methodist, and a woman of strong native intellect, 
which had been developed by a good education : indus- 
trious and domestic in her habits, and devoted to her 
children. The foundation of the son s success was laid 
when a bov around his mother's knee. She was ln- 



walkcd thirteen miles to recite his law lessons to Judge 
Deaderick. Mis rule of life has been to accomplish 
and encompass all he could by habits of sobrietj and 
industry Too poor to buy candles while at school in 
Carter county, he gathered pine-knots and studied by 
the light of their fitful and flicki ring blaze To daj he 
is a man of strong intellect, of eloquent oratorical 
ability, of wide and remarkable legal attainments, uuos- 



guide and teacher, and knowing the disadvantages tentatious in his mi ers, 1 lesl almost to diffidence, 



under which her sun must be reared, she earl} inspired 
him with an ambition to improve himself and avail 
himself of every opportunity for improvement. He 
was raised to habits of industry and economy. When 
mi the road wagoning he carried bis books with him 
ami read them by the camp fires at night, or while 
his horses were feeding at noon, lie embraced every 
opportunity he found for the education and cultivation 
of his mind- While leaching school in the country he 



yet n man of power, willing and competent to freely 
discuss all subjects, except himself. His is but the his- 
tory of nearly all the men ol success whose lives are 
w fit ten in this vol time. Indeed, ii seems to be a law of 
success, that no man shall become prominent in Ten- 
nessee and worthy to be enrolled among " Prominent 
Tennesseaus," unless he begins al the bottom and works 
his way up, with courage in himself and fidelity to his 

ditties. 



HON. WILLIAM WALLACE McDOWELL. 

MEMPHIS. 



CHANCELLOR WILLIAM WALLACE Mc- 
DOWELL was born in tiibson county, Tennessee, 
June 2d, 1S35, and grew up there on a farm, receiving 
his education at Andrew College, Trenton, Tennessee 
He entered the law department of Cumberland Univer- 
sity at Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1857. and graduated in 
the summer of 1858, after which he read law one year 
longer at Trenton, with Judge T. J. Freeman, now of 
the Supreme bench of Tennessee, and iii lstiti began to 
pract ice with him. 

He has always been a Democrat ; in 1860 belonged to 

the Douglass' wing <if the party, and opposed secession, 

but went with his State after it seceded, and entered 
the Confederate service M ty 13, lSb'l. receiving a com- 
mission as first lieutenant in the Twelfth regiment 
Tennessee infantry. At the battle of Belmont. V m 

bet'. 1861, he received a severe wound from a bullet. 
which he still carries in his body. At Shiloh, in April, 
IMIL.'. he was again wounded, and shortly after this hat- 
lie was made captain of his pany. Fearing to 

remain in the infantry service on account of his old 
wounds, about one month after the Shiloh fight he got 
permission from the Confederate war department to 
raise a company of ca\ airy. The company was composed 

ol Tet ee and Mississippi volunteers, and he being 

made it- captain, became connected with Col. Balcn 
tine's regiment of 1 1 en. William II. Jackson's division, 
and operated during the war in Mississippi, Alabama, 
Georgia and Tennessee. During a portion of this time 



Forrest, with whom he surrendered at Gainesville, Ala- 
bama, May 13, 18(15, just four years from the dale he 
entered the sen ice. 

The war over, he returned to Tennessee and edited 
the Trenton Gazette for one year, when he resumed the 
practice of law in partnership with Samuel Brewer, 
since distinguished as a minister of the Methodist 
church. In January, 186S, he removed to Memphis 
and became the law partner of Col. George Gantt, with 
whom he continued in partnership for about e ghl years. 
In 1ST1 lie was elected county attorney for Shelhj county, 
and was re elected to that office for five successive years 
at the end of which he declined re election. He was 
appointed chancellor by Gov. James D. Porter, and 
hold the office under this appointment until August, 
1880, when he was elected by the people, receiving a 
majority of four thousand five hundred votes over J. Iv 
Bigelow one thousand two hundred votes more than 
any candidate on the ticket, except Judge Horrigan, 
who was nominated by both Democrats and Republicans. 
This office he still fills. 

[n 1872 Judge McDowell was district elector on the 
Greelej ticket. Ho has \\r\*-r been a candidate for any 
office, other t han I hose he has held. 

He became a Master Mason at Trenton in 1867, and 
a Royal Vrch Mason al Memphis in 18S1 ; is a mem- 
ber of the Knights of Honor, and id' the Ancient 
Order of United Workmen. He became a member of 
the Cumberland Presbyterian church al Memphis, in 



his command was connected with the cavalrj of lien. 1884. 



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The ancestors of Judge McDowell, the McDowells 
and Irwins, emigrated from [reland to Lancaster county, 
Pennsylvania, some time prior in 1750. From there his 
great-grandfather, who was born in L743, moved to 
Mecklenburg county, North Carolina, where his son, 
John McDowell, was born March 18, 177"), and his 
grandson, John D. McDowell, the father of the judge, 

was born January 10, 1810, and moved to Gibs :ounty, 

Tennessee, in 1832. The judge's great-grandfather, 
Robert Irwin, also emigrated from Pennsylvania to 
Mecklenburg. North ( 'arolina. 



Judge .McDowell's fatl 



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I). McDowell, was a 



farmer by occupation and a zealous member of the 
Presbyterian church, and though he never held anj 
civil office, except justice of the peace, was a nun of 
prominence and influence in his county. The family 
is of Irish descent, and is the same family to which 
the late Major-General Irwin McDowell, of the United 
Static army, and Gov. McDowell, the famous Virginia 
orator, belong. His brother, Hon. John II. .McDowell. 
of -Union City, Tennessee, represented Obion county in 
the Legislature of 1882-3, and was State senator from 
his district in the Tennessee Legislature for 1885 6, 
and is the author of the celebrated " gambling bill" 
passed by those bodies. His other brother, Samuel 
Irwin McDowell, is a prominent citizen and Demo- 
crat of Memphis, Tennessee, and is now clerk and 
master of the chancery court of Shelby county, to 
which position he was appointed in November, 1884, 
upon the recommendation of two-thirds of the bar of 

that county. lie also has three sisters, Mrs. ( '. I''. II. 

Harrison, Jennie S. Mitehum and Loura A. McNeilly, 

the last two of whom are widows. 

Judge McDowell's mother, nee Miss Nancy II. Irwin, 
was the daughter of William Irwin, of Mecklenburg 
county. North Carolina, and grand-daughter of Gen. 
Robert Irwin, of Revolutionary fame, one of the signers 
of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, who 
moved from Pennsylvania to that county. 

Judge .McDowell was married, March 27. 1867, to 
Miss Anna Jones, daughter of Thomas Jones, ol Mem- 
phis, and grand-daughter of Rev. John \V. Jones, a 
Methodist minister of Gibson county. She is also a 
cousin of Judge T. J. Freeman, of the Tennessee 
Supreme Court, and of Judge Carthell, of Trenton. 
Her mother was Miss .Mary Kimball, of Maury county. 
Tennessee. 

Mrs. McDowell died December 11, 1882, the mother 
of four children: (1). Eulalia E. .McDowell, born 
November 11, 1868. (2). J. dm 0. McDowell, born 
August 11, 1873. (3). \V. W. .McDowell, jr., born Jan- 
uary 111. 1875. (4). Annie I/. McDowell, born Decem- 
ber 11, 1877; died May s, 1884. 

On the 1 4th ofOctober, 1885, he married .Mrs. Lizzie 
A. Freeman, widow of E. T. Freeman. She was born 
June 26, 1853, and has one daughter, Edna A. Free- 
man, who was born June 11,1877. Mrs. McDowell is 



the daughter of Capt. Joseph Lenow, who is and has 
been o f the most liberal, progressive and enterpris- 
ing citizens of Memphis, Tennessee, for a third of a 
century, and is known as the founder of Elmwood eeme 
tery. lie was bom December 24, 1813, in Southampton 
county, Virginia. 

Judge McDowell has always led a strictly moral and 
sober life. He never gambled, was never intoxicated, 
and never swore an oath, lie has been a hard worker, 
and has always had a large practice, lie is fond of 
activity, and indulges iii hunting as a relaxation from 
the labors of his profession. 

One of the leading members of the Memphis bar 
says: "Judge McDowell has made a reputation for 
being a conscientious, painstaking judge, who thor- 
oughly investigates all cases submitted to his decision, 
and has the confidence of the entire community." 

Another says: "When made chancellor he had not 

had much experience in equity practice, but. to the 
surprise of the bar. he exhibited from the first a high 
order of capacity for the duties of the position. He is 

gifted with a power .d' rapid comprehension, and a 
tenacity of memory quite unusual. These enable him 

to fix his attention upon the presentation of a case, to 

grasp and group the facts, and to clearly perceive the 
questions to be decided. His knowledge of men. de- 
rived from actual minglingwith them, has greatly aided 
him to understand tin- under currents of feeling and 
motive that influence human action, and thus to ascer- 
tain the real equities which legal contrivances involve. 
His mind is of the judicial order. No trace of partisan- 
ship or partiality can In- found in his judgments. He 
listens patiently to argument, which fiu- li i in tends to 
elucidation, but the quickness of his perception leads 

him to discourage much of detailed discussion, which 

might be acceptable and helpful to a slower mind. 
Mere technicalities do not stand high in his favor: nor 
does he plod willingly through the misty analogies of 

decided eases, by which lawyers are prone to seek sup- 
port for their positions. He looks much more to the 
reasons and principles than to the number of decisions, 
and much more to tin- fundamental right as between 
the parties than the precedents that may seem to cor- 
respond in general form and feature with the case in 
hand. I Ie discriminates well, and in his discrimination 

lies his strength as a judge. He is no innovator, and 
always recognizes as settled, at least for him, whatever 
our own Supreme ( 'oiirl has so declared. Appeals from 
his decisions, and reversals on appeal, are as infrequent 
as in the case of any chancellor in the State. His great 
administrative capacity and tact in the dispatch of busi- 
ness, enable him to keep well in hand a very heavy 
docket, and also enable him, while performing immense 
labor, to husband, in some measure, his physical re- 
sources. He is yet a young man. He grows as a jud 
by his judicial labor. His memory lets go oo principle 

Or method which he has learned to be of value. On or 






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[JON G. W. SMITHEAL. 






Mlt, SMITH KA1 was b >rn < i\, Tonnes 

\ - de his homo in 

1 1 ■ « - 
lames Byars, a tine Kuglish and el holar, 

;»s their teacher by many of th. men of 

mty. I'ndor this eminent teacher he aei|iiired 
a know f lireek, Latin and mathematics, and 

then, at tli menced th 

law in the office of ! ; Here he studied 

irt of the time as deputy clerk of 
the eh mrt through the appointment of .1 

\Y. M Smith, now of Memphis 11. was licensed to 

iv Smith ami •' ud.se 
John C llimii ' 

inoe with 'in tlir Hi 

Vt the commencement of the . ; .\il war. he entered 
ntederati States ilunteer, enlisting as 

in Company 1. Capt. J, ti. Hall, of the Kitty- 
first Tennessee regiment, in lien. Paniel S. Ponel- 
i 'heatham - He remained in 

me command throughout the war. an 
promoted to the rank of first lieutenant and adjutant of 
the regiment. He served with his command ii 

\i -- -- . ', ia, and participated in the 

battles of Shiloh, Murfroeshorough, Chiekamauga, Mis- 
sionary Ridge, and all the bal cam- 
from Palton to Atl i From Atlanta he was 
il at Columbus, i loorgia, 
where bo remained on post duty ti! raid, when 
l u > surreti - paroled at Maeon, 
Ho was elected major of his regiment in lStG, 
but declined the rank. 

He returned homo. In' \ and formed a law 

partnersip with Col. 11 R. Bate, which has continued 

sent day. Tins firm has bei i I in all 

the important cases which have tor twenty years arisen 

in th. ton and the neighboring conn 

In politics, bo cast bis ; Millard Fillmore. 

ami in tin 

the war. hasacted with the 1'. 
IK' several times declined i 

the Legislature. In 1ST-! bo wasacand >ro the 

nono : :i Humboldt I- 

failed to receive the nomination by one vote. In lS7l> 
bow sidential elector on the Tilden ticket. 

In 1S> iported the Wilson wing of the demo- 



cratic party ag;\iust John \ Wri hi foi tovernor. and 

lidate for the Legislature on that ticket, hut 

was defeated In ISS^ ho n a candidate, and in 

the State convention of that year made persev oring efforts 

to harmonize the divided part\ ; bo was nominated and 

• i with the united support of both wings of the 

(•any but the party was not harmoni ed In the 

iinio In- was chairman of the committee on pub- 

uul a member of several other important 

commitees. 

lie ha- served as alderman of Covington for ton 

In religion In 1 of hi- ai 

that of the I'resbytcrian church. 

Mr. T. Smitheal, the father of (!. \V. Smitheal, was 
bom in Rowan county. State of North Carolina, tli 
of John I.. Smitheal, of that county. Ilo continued to 
in North Carolina until ho became of age, and 
then migrated to Tipton county, Tennessee, in tin- year 
being among the first settlers of the county. In 
ic was married i Miss Caroli 10 Voting, daughter 
bert and Sarah Young. Mr. T. Smitheal died in 
a the seventieth year ol his age, a deacon in the 
.torian church, a consistent ami pious member of 
that communion. 11 strict but kind parent, and 

a faithful and trusted man in all the relations <<i' life. 
Mr ti. \Y. Smitheal's mother, Caroline Smitheal, in,- 
n in Hawkins county, Tennessee, in the 
— She moved with her parent-. Robert and 
Sarah \ I ion county in the latter part ^( the 

year IS'U, ami was married in ISivS to Mr. T, Smitheal, 
ami became the mother of four children: (1). Croon 
\\\, the subject .>! this sketch. (-). William T . a mer- 
ehant, N fesas Nareissa C. wife oi \Yil 

linn Hamilton, merchant, Covington. Tennessee I 
Bet tie T.. now living unmarried with her sister, Mr-. 
Hamilton. 
Mr. U. \Y. Smitheal married. first in Covington, Teu 
Miss Florence Strother Menefee, daughter of 
Br. B S Menefee, of that place, originally from Yir- 
nnl a family distinguished for it.- refinement and 
culture. By this marriage Mr. Smitheal had one child, 
beth Maud, who died in childhood in 1S74. The 
mother herself died the year following. 

Mr Smitheal married next in Memphis, January 27, 
t-,^,1 \|,„ Susan Dalton Jackson, daughter of Capt. 




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Shepherd Jack on t ( lorinl h in ( hi 

of the war. Mi -I u I son was Mi Vlai II tiris, :t 
native of Fayette county, Tennessei a lad) of great 
of heart, particularly noted for 
bei ho pitality. Mrs. Smitheal was educated in a Catho- 
lii i hool at Memphis and is a member of the Episcopal 
church, a lady of intelligence, refinement and cul 
By th man I lil beal has three children, 

pherd, Florence Jacl on and G. W. Hmitheal, jr. 
He has been a sober, self-contained man, who 

lived within hi through cl ttention to 

business has been successful in life, his • 

make a safe and honest living, preferring a quiet dom< - 

tic life to public position. II' i self-made; was unable 



throuj 

dent of law, manifested a degree of industry and talent 
which induced iter, Mr. Bal b offer him a 

partnership at the cl< 

Hi i- a high toned, moral gentleman, and hi- influ- 
i mi the side of right, is good and 
sal u tn I ; vord or simple 

who know him for truth. 

He has natural rhetorical gifts which constitute him a 
fine speaker, powerful especially before a jury : for this 

i he has been largely employed in criminal 
As a friend, a neighbor, a church member and a man. 

mmands the high et with 

him. 



CHARLES 8. BRIGGS, A.M., M.D. 



NASHVILLE. 



THIS eminent young surgeon, son of the illustrious 
eon, Dr. W. T. Bri biography ap- 

in another place in this book, was born in Bowling 
Green, Kentucky, March29,1851. Hi educated in 

of A.M. in the regular 
course from the literary department ofthi I 

ill.-, in 1873. Accustomed from his earl; 
hood to think of becoming a physician ai m, the 

whole bent of his mind was trained in that direction. 

Evi .1 hie classical eour ■■ studied with that end in 

view. This,ofcours( . his father enthusiastically endorsed 

raged, and although the history of the B 
family has been given elsewhere in this volume, the 
Bubject of this sketch has risen to such promineni 
a practitioner, medical professor and • ditor, it is due to 
him to have special mention made. 

Immediately after graduating from the literary de- 
Briggs began the study of medicine, 
and particularly surgerj . under his father, and graduated 
in 1 375 i- an M I*, from the medical department of the 
University of Nashville and Vanderbilt University. In 
1875 hi I to the clinical staff of Prof S. 

I>. Gross at Philadelphia, and worked with him for .six 
months, devoting himself while- there to surgery, path 

1 hospital work. During hi 
at Philadelphia, Dr. Briggs was elected demonstrator of 

i tomj of his alma maU turned to Nashville 

and began work in that position in the autumn of 1875. 
[n this he ;ed three years. I n 1 378, in addi- 

tion to that position, he was elected adjunct professor 
of anatomy and held that place one year. On account 
of sickness he resigned the demonstratorship in 1880 

and ii after was tendered the adjunct professorship 

of-surgery, in which chair he lectured three years on 
genito-urinary surgery. In 1883 he was 'elected to the 



position hi olds -professor of Burgieal am 

and operat ry in the University of Nashville 

and Vanderbilt University. 

I„ 1876 Hi • lharles S. Brigg d with l>r. 

\V. L. Nichol as editor of the Nashville Journal of 
Medicine and Surgery,a.ii able periodical, found 
Dr. W. K Bowling. In this position Dr. Briggs suc- 
d his father, and so Dr. Nichol retiring, 

Dr. Briggs is a memh 
the State, county and city medical soi d has 

contribute. 1 many valuable articles iniza- 

tions, in addition to the able work he has done on his 
journal. He is also a member of the American Asso 

i tbr tin- Advancem.-nt of Science, and 
sion at Nashville, 1878, took an active part in the 

microscopical department. 

hi Briggs has risen rapidly in his profession, and 
already performed most of the major operation- in 

hem, amputations of the shoulder joint, 
ovario phining, ligation of the princi- 

pal vessels, removal of the upper jaw (twii sion of 

the elbow joint, and amputation of all the limbs. Having 
had the ad fthe instruction, and of witnessing, 

assisting in, and studyin 

_' surgeons of this coui father and Dr. 

it is not a matter of astonishment that hi 

in life prominent in the line of his inherited and 

chosi ii prof. --ion. Dr. Briggs' private practii 

and rapidly increasing, his col now amounting 

to about five thousand dollars per annum. Financially 

\\'l, he was a leader in athletic, boyish 

Now he is a well-rounded man of large propor- 
tions, standing five fi inches high, and weighs 
two hundred pound.-. His remarkabl ather, 






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I 'i i i| ii M Uri nl How li li K , m nek 

I!) this (list in mushed i.i m 1 1> inws it- standing 
in i lu' medical world, while m lii- oig In uili year, -aid to 
the subject of this sketeh, then si mere lad Charles, I 
i live in mh 1 1 a wa) ili a i when yon are i 
old, as 1 am, you max sa\ of yourself wind I can 
sa,\ of myself, that 1 eanuol recall instance of 

toy life of which I am ashamed That itdvici > 

.'in will ultimately ennoble any family. 

Pi Hriggs married in Louisville, Kentucky, V.pril 

Miss Carrie ('arter, it native of that city, edn 

Hill Wadent) Shclhyville, Kentucky, 

and ai the Louisville I'Ymale High School, Her lather 

i- a member of the large wholesale dn lirnt of 



i i Hros At' Louis\ die. I Icr mother, i Miss 

Hiunh I clativt of the Toombs famil) of 

i . .iii.l remarkable for her charities and piti 
life. H) In- ii. .'ili Miss Carter Dr. Hriggs has 

hildreu I h Klsio. (2) liiiiiih I \) illianiT ,jr 
l>r li spoken of a- one of the best cdui 

-. 1 1 Nashville, and is a student in ever) 
sense, but make- his learning subserve the one pit 
of his life, to excel in hi- profession, lie is a strong 
man, of broad, comprehensive mind, and empha 

ever he undertakes, lie has n (rated look, 

with it chin -mA general physit|tic iudicatitt 
push, self-poise and boldness ((Utilities essential in a 
-in' '...ii 1 1 1- future i- brilliant 



MOV Wll.l.lAM M. BRADFORD. 



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Till"- nished jurist, now chain ellor of the 

Third chancery divisi il renuessec, was born 
in McMinu county (now Hoik), Tennessee, I'Yhru 
,n\ II. IS'_'T lie i- tin' son of Col. Hour) Bradford, 
and was the youngest ivjj n, nine sons and one 

daughter. Hi- father. Col, Hour) Hradford, was born 
in Rurko county, North I December -I, ITTti, 

r . . in 1TSHI 

marrii l ■ hel \L Karl ind, of the I 

the Supreme Court of 
Tennessee, lion Uoberl MoFarland. She died in 1 STiL", 
• II.' ancestors were from Scot 
land, but no detailed history of tin- famil) has been 
preserved Col Henry Hradford was an excellent gun 
smith, and made the inn that Dav\ Crockett called his 
" Lous! Hess." IL' was also a justice of the peace, and 
performed the mart Davy I lekett. 

He was an elector on the Madison ticket in 1812; and 
represented .IctVerson county in tin 
tine from ISM to 1821. II.- removed i" I'.dk county in 
1821 and died there M i) 10, IST1. at the advam . 
ol ninety live years, lie was a man of extraordinary 
. and decision of character, and. tin' hi- time.-, el' 
superior intelligence His father was Joseph Heunott 
liia.l: Kaunuier county, Virginia, who died in 

ly, North Carolina, in 
ninety ti\e years Joseph Hi father 

was Joint Hradford, of Kaiuinier county, \ 

■die tradition k^' the family , w its a 
tun Wi lliam Hradfot d i M \ 
How i 

Icr H Hradford, w ho « id in 

tin- Florida war. and a major in Col. Jefferson I' vis 
incut in tin Mexican war, was a double-cousin •■'[' 

Maj Henri Hradford 



in the Revolutionary war in Harry Lee's brigade, who 
wished himself lie was a cousin of Judge Hrad 
lord- lather Man) of hi- descendants tin- Niehob 
Cowden, Kail and Foster liunilios, ol Nashville, are 
members ol the Hradford family There are also I'anii 
lu- of Hradfords ai Iluntsville, Alabama, who are 
idants of Judge Hradford's father's half-brother, 
William Hradford, who had four sons, Joseph, Morgan, 
Larkin and Fielding Hradford, who settled at Hunts 

ville, Vlabailia. 

The early lite ol J i- idford was spent iii the 

healthy and salubrious mountain atmosphere >^' Hoik 
county, Tennessee. Here be strew up, di I istes 

and habits in the direction o\' attaining the best eduea 
tiou thai could bo obtained in the rural distrii 
which be li\ cd. He attended an excellent school, from 
1 S li » to 1814. at "Forest Hill." Athens, Tennessee, 
under the supervision ol' Charles P. Samuel, :i line 
scholar and educator. \t tin' ag< >'i' seventeen be was 
eleeted eoinuy surveyor ol' I'olk count) ; al eighteen 

was appointed postmaster at Columbus, Tennessee, and 
the same year began the stud) "[' law under the late 
Charles K. Keith, lie obtained license to prao 
tiee his profession at the age of twenty, from Judges 
Thomas L. Williams and K M. Anderson, and als< 
married the same year to Miss K K Inman at Han 
dridgv, Tennessee, lie located at Dandridge, and the 
next >iar, being but twenty one years eld, was elected 
a justice of the peace. Vt twenty-four It runted 

clerk and master of the chancery court at Dandridgo, 
and held that position from 1851 te 1859. During this 
period In- wa- also a merchant for five years, but never 
of bis legal profession, studying and praetie- 
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practice of la tner wit l> i be able Col. A. 

l!liz^,! d tinued until Augutri 19, l-:7.">. On 

' date the Hon. I). M. K< llor of the 

Thil rl el 'hi of 'Pel n ap- 

pointed to i be United J irrn I ' V 

ited Col. Bradford to fill the place hithcrb 
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eleeti peoph Hon. i). t '■ I being bin 

competitor. In Vugu ' 1-7- In • led for the 

full tei ni of eight rear Hon I' B VIa> K< Id bi 
competitor II- in now | al ' 'bal.ta 

Judge Bradford married Mi- Klizabeth K. In man. 
• |i; ni Dandridgi Teni 
ill' daughter of Shadraeh and Harab Inrnari Hei 
mother'* family wa» named II- Bradford 

i - a ladj ■<) r< n i portment, 

fine appearance, and of great puritj of eh 
elated in nd under 

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round her in the fam 

Bradford are both membei ofthi P anchurch, 

.-'until, ai Chattanooga. When Judge Bradf 
in life a married man he had no When the 

war broke out he had accumulated ab 

and dollai 
fortune« which befell him al the elo eofl ; 
liim pennile - Hi bi gan life anew with 
nothing for heo eh have all been 

paid in full, and be i 

He never promised a dollar thai be did not , 
demanded, Such fortum 

mul;. :,:„■ he l>- noble 

wife, for hi r ' !hi i stian forbi de in 

rearing their children during thai trying and eventful 

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allowed his children to grow up in idleness, bul 
always Pound something for them to do during vacation, 
and George was taughl all kinds of farm work. Al 
this time he made much betfc 
handles than he did in the school-room. When hi 
about fifteen years of agi • senl to the Male 

Academy of Dresden, Weakley county, and board 

ih the family of Maj. Alfred Gardner. Here 
hestudied better, and began to feel the im] 
an education, and was popular with his \ftir 

to the academy in Dn sden fi 
senl to Bethel College, al McLem I 

ai that time one of tin/ mosl flourishing schools in tin- 

Here In- found aboul three hundred youn 
from all parts of the South; a will selected library of 

,\ thousand books, a will filled laboratory, and a 
corps of competent teachers. Her took 

place in George. He joined one of the literal 
took a greaf interest in tl d al once began 

id books. Ili> taste first led in the direction of 

light biography, then to history. The first ten months 

fii a volumes < i 'I his 

de dI a full course of studies. If 

fond of books and reader since this period. 

After remaining at Bethel Collegi years, he 

"/ Union (Inn i Murfreesborough, Ten- 

nessee took a full English course, and studied Latin, 
French and German; belonged to the Calliopean so 

and was elect* iver the commencement 

address for < hal 

In a few months after leaving Union Uiii 
joined the Ninth Tennessee regiment, and in May, 1861, 
was mustered into the s«; lu Stall of Tcnnessei 

for twelve monl hs, al Jackson. T i I 

nii'iit was al ' lolumbus, Kent u ttle of 

Belmont was fought, bul was held in reserve, and did 
not cross the river. When the battle of Shiloh was 
fought, G. W. Martin was in the hospital in Mississippi. 
II is term in the service of tin 

pired in M and he did not enlist in the Confed- 

.<•>■. If went to bis home in Weakley 
county, and remained there for a few months, but 
soon found he could not live there in peace, and re 

d to leave th< until the war was 

He left New Vorkfor Europe earlyin 1863, and remained 
there until about the close of the war. He visited all 
of tli' countries of Europe, and remained long 

enough in each to become well a© d with the 

manners and customs of the people. After an extended 
tripof more than a year, he went to Paris ami t.n.k rooms 
in the Latin quarter, near I he unn - i enienl 

to the library of St. G e. He made this his head- 

quarters for about ten months, and when uol en 
in short excursions in and around the city, he ■ 
the library, reading up the b try he 

Kad visited. Here he a < Alfred Townsend 

(Gath), and for several months they roomed together. 



peak i lie French and Cerman lang 

speak either so a.- to In- under- 
stood v. lien In first entered the i i lia<l 
studied each al colli 

If i.i urned months before the 

war eldsed, and remained il it did close, when 

my. He found 
all the li'.' I he farm in a dilapi- 

condition, the labor system thoroughly den 
i/.i-d. He remained on the farm foi us. but was 

itisfied with the results. He rented the farm and 
aw mill at Gardner station, Weakley county, 
i ! \'hv one year with !in<- n 

and sold it. 

In I ' ist mill, Sl ii ,!;ili 

and wool cardii ' il ion. He 

operated ilii.- machinery wil h 
then sold it. 

nded from 
Jack. si I 1873, 

and il i Chattanooga and St. Louis 

railwa r his father's old homestead. 

Hi' laiil off the town of Martin at the junction of the 
two roads in M 

mill, flouring mill, steam cotton gin, and built a 
hotel, together with man note. 

In ten years from the time tin Wart in was laid 

oul it had a population of fifteen hundred inhabitants, 
I two colored churches, a fine academy 
with two hundred pupils, a lar imber 

of tin'' brii ic pri- 

W. Martin contributed I 
in building up tlu- town, and always took an active pari 
in all public enterpri 

I i in I -ii- to 1880, his life was one of great activity, 
andhemademoi He iiiadi no business 

On the 23d of M lie married Miss Mattie 

Williams, daughter of I). P. William- i Haywood 

county. Ti Miss Williams was the grand- 

1 Rev. Tl ner, of North Mississippi. 

Her father came from Mecklenburg county, Vii 

settled in 1 1 • :■ untj i ■ nn. ■->,. 

Mr. Martin took a bridal tour to Europe, and - 
the remainder of the 

visitii position of Paris, and all 

the principal European cil 

Mr. Martin I i prominent part 

in politics, and is a Democrat. II 

the Thirtj eighth General Assemblj of 

oi 'I em essee, foi - 1873 71. He 

the public school - uuty when 

unpopular, and aided in passing a law allowing 

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I I - W be i ii villi; 

in favor of the election of Gen. William H 
son to the pre* • which he got into divers 

diffie D e politicians and editors. 

Judge Iv.viii'j - prominence and abil if 
making bim a standing f the 

Demoi iders. 

In \Hl- be was a membi 
tare from Davidson com 
opposition. When 

be '•'. chairman of the committee on .'■ 

relatii 

if 1845 h< 
Dr. -Ill Pi ton brother of I 
had been el< eted to repn ! ■ 

and Macon counties in the In 
Judge E i in oppositioi 

dale. He took bin seat in J 
comn I been formed. In ' 

nn in 1 . 
the Mexican war. and t li«- river and harbor bill, 

J and at e bim a 

whicl 

Hun. Alexander Stephens, then ii ' of his 

tariff, it was tin- best he bad ever heard 

on tl; 

nued with hi- brother until April. 
ii. hi- health failing from hi- largi 
laborious law b ■. a trip to Ku 

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land, traveling 
try six hundred mil':.- on foot, meanwbil 
ini' his health. Hi ad up the 

Nile a- fa' 

pyramids, the temples and other noted ruins; and, then 
making a detour to S I down the Gulf of £ 

- ii, which ed : them 

of Akabab u. on the 

borders of Palestine, and the home of the pa': 
Abraham. I I 

Jerusalem ; to the river Jordan, and bathed in i( 
thlehem, to tl. i, and then no 

— the oldest of ci( Vbana and 

Pharphar, and ascended to the I be famous 

a. On thi 
took in Baalhec and measured a eon in its 

wall- - From Beirout I - ; ma. 

thi-ii' tantinople, Trieste, Paris, London and 

home. These travels in the E 

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W iud up ' only a few 

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North Willi mi w illiams, 

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l'ho Williams family came from 
N ivlina, and wort' quite prominent people in 

unty »They are of Welsh ox 

soph Phil 
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. .hior of Joseph Phillips, as is 
Mrs V - - i Warnoi Mrs. Km 

ami his thers, Andrew ami 

sisteis, daughtois w 

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daughter of Andrew Kwing. is tl 
in Watterson, tho famous editor ol tho l.ouisvillo 

- fivo hrotln - John Kwing 

- ian of imu'h merit ami prominence, hut 

- \ .■■..: ls'_V His son. 

John 0.. married a daughter \ ■ \ uidor Campbell, 

the famous West Virginia preacher, and afterwards 

marrii hn M. Pass ^ - 

Henry Km t>rk ot tho county court o\' Pavid- 

ii Nem V,>rk. \o> Albert I 

ichor, and died at Kureka. Illinois, 

lie married .1 line, da ugh- 

rated Alexander Campbell, v.4 V Orville 

he Planters Rank \ shville 

for in broil a lawyer ho never prae- 

\ as a member ol • 

as a Democrat from w listriei lie died at At- 

lanta. ■ Confederate 

ot the permanent military - Army 

of tho Tennessee. \\? left a reputation for being one of 
the best common law lawyers the State over had. \\c 
iker. and being a prominent 
■i' the Democratic Ten- 

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H\ I with Miss Williams .lud.se 1 

has had four cl\ Josiah \V. Kwing. born in 

luated from Rethany College, Wesi \ irginia. 
undei ..nipbell ; married, in 1nV>. 

f Thomas Hortl, a wealthy 
and h : tanner and ret trod lawyer of Rut h- 

■. children, Thomas II . 
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Vcadomy . married Kmiiiot Kakin, who died durini! tho 

war, and by hi in had four children, Rowena, Florence, 

Sallie i 1 o\ \ thuv P The latter died al Mem 

phis, at the ago of twenty, a professor in the medical 

of that city. Viler the war Mrs Kakin became 

Pr .lames V. Wendell, of MurfYoesborough, 

ire him one child, a daughter, Jane, who died at 

The mother died in 1 •- 

Florence Kwiug, educated at Nashville 

ami married, first, Andre* Fletcher, by whom she had 

iildivu. F.dwiu, and one who died in intnnoy 

Ulor Mr. Fletcher's death she married Pan P. Perkins, 

of a prominent Williamson county family, and by this 

marriage has two children, Rebecca and Sarah Lou, 

, r Orvilh Kwing, who wont into the Confederate army 

in Col. Joel \. Rattle's Twentieth Tennessee regiment 

cant-major, and was badly wounded and taken 

prisoner at the battle of Mill Springs, He was killed 

in the battle .>f Murfi ; \. Wednesday, December 

111, 1S<>_. the very day he was appointed to a position on 

W illiam Preston. 

J ml has one groat grandchild, Kthol Heed, 

daughter of Florence Pood, who is the daughter of 

Jane Caroline Kakin and wife of James 11, Reed, a 

hardware merchant at Murfreesborough. 

J ml - father, Nathan Kwinj: was clerk o( 

unty court o\' Davidson county, a man who mi> 

tained a character of exceeding honesty, diligence and 

attention to business lie was the son o( Andrew 

Kwing, who came from Rockbridge county, Virginia, to 

Tennessee, in 17S0, and was the tirst clerk of the county 

court of Davidson county, which, with Sumner county, 

then embraced nearly all of Middle Tennessee. Judge 

s father was born in Virginia in 177i>. The Kwings 

are of Scotch- Irish, deep dyed. Presbyterian origin. 

Judge Kwings mother, whoso maiden name was 
Sarah Hill, was a daughter of Dauiel Hill, a farmer, a 
native of North Carolina, who came to Tenni 
when she was nine years old. l.iout. Con. D. II. Hill, 
one of Hi Lee's most distinguished corps command- 
ers, belongs to the same family. Mrs. Kwing's mother 
Hickman, of North Carolina? Hickman county, 
Tennessee, was named for the brother of J mi. 
maternal grandmother, and for him Judge Kwing, him- 
self, was named Kdwin Hickman. He was prominent 
as an Indian fighter, was a surveyor and pioneer settler 
in Tennessee. H ed in camp at night by the 

Indians. 
Judge Kwing's mother died in 1S,V>. at the age of 
five, a model woman, of fine sense, of extensive 
reading, a well-balanced mind and fascinating conver- 
sational talents, fond of poetry and of quoting the 
- imlarvl poets. She. too. - Irish origin, 

but in her religious faith a staunch " Cainpbollito." She 
h:i « to manhood, and made some 

. ire in life, and there has never been ,; ,iin- 

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church, arid 

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ears, having professed religion in 
1817. ni'l ii is said the church bell never rang that he 
did not answer it. lli> daughter, with filial piety, has 
n the Pulaski Methodist ehureh, in whieh 
irsliipped so man} years, a memorial window, a 
perfect gem of stained l_' la^^. in honor of him ami his 
good wife, her mother. The window represents the 
four evangelists with their several emblems the i 
tli.' ox, tin' lion inn! the angel. These air expressed in 
four medallions, twined together with oak leaves and 
lilies, the whole representing the strength of the father 
ami the purity of the mother. 

for years Mr. Martin was a pillar in the church at 
Pulaski, and attended to it- financial interest with the 
same system and punctuality with which he mai 
hi- own business. He was a man quick to decide, firm 
in his purpose and prompt t<> execute. It is believed 
thai to his influence is due in great measure the spread 
ill' Methodism o\ er * riles count} . 

Tin' financial revul 1837 38, a matter of no 

interest now, is recalled here mil) for the purpose ol 
showing Mr. Martin's splendid abilities as a manager. 
During that crisis hr bei am.' accommodation endorser 
for his rs to the amount of one hundred thous- 

and dollars, ami the hank- having given him entire con- 
trol "I' the paper, not a dollar was lost. 

In IS lo II he, in connection with Andrew M. Ballen- 
1 milt the turnpike road through Giles county, ami 
at a later day he eo operated with Thomas Buford in 
constructing the Southern Central railroad, ami after 
the death •>(' Mr. Buford, was president of that com- 
pany until after tin- war. Tim older citizens of Pulaski 
still have reminiscences to relate of his kindness to the 
iii.l sick, ami his efforts t.. reclaim the profligate 

ami dissipated. The first high scl I for girls in Giles 

count} . organized in 18 — . ami t.i whieh lie gave an en- 
dowment fund of thirty-five thousand dollars, still hears 
li.len name of ;l Martin female College," and is 
oue o rished institutions of the Tennessee Con 

ncc. 

The moral of his lit'. — for there is much logic in a 

life like this -was the illustrated fact that integrity, 

ity ami persevering industry will, in the end. reap 

amensurate reward. Few young men -tart in life 

with slimmer advant I m he had, yet he became 

One of the most influential citizens of the Slate, and a 

standard man el' the time- Vs a financier, he had no 

superior in Tennessee. Vcademies, school houses ami 

hes received liberal subscriptions from him. lie 

loved te aid industrious ami timral young men who 

struggling te rise in tin- world. His benefactions 

were, seme public, - : personal and private. lie not 

only left his immediate descendants in comfortable sur- 
roundings, hut. among other bequests, upon hi- elder 
sister ami her sou-, he settle. I a tine estate of five 
hundred acres of land in Sumner county. The 
secret lay in his intense personality, energy, system. 



tireless application, foresight, liberality ami total abste- 
miousness from all sorts of spirituous drink- ami 
from evil-speaking. lie was cheerful and buoyant 
almost to gayety, and a hearty laugher. Gambling he 
detested, ami car.!- he called "the Devil's darning 
needles," for if used in sport they took up time, and if 
in play they led to serious consequences. 

Mr. Martin married in Davidson county, Tennessee, 
October 12, 1S24, Mi- N. II. Topp, daughter ol John 
S. Topp, an Indian fighter ami pioneer from North 
Carolina, and a wealthy planter and mill owner. An 
anecdote is told of the old pioneer, occurring early in 
lite. While descending the Holston river, the Indians 
tiled on him from the ambush of the dense forest 
that, dark and still, grew even to the water's edge. He 

fell from the boat desperate]} wounded staining the 
stream with his blood. Hi- friends picked him up ami 
supposed him dying, but he opened his eyes ami said, 
with a brave smile and cheery accents, " Do not grieve 
I shall not die I am not ready to leave yet.'' His 
lather. ( 'of Roger Topp, was a colonel in the Revolu- 
tionary war. and with his five brothers won meat dis- 
tinction at the battle ..f King's Mountain. Col. Roger 
Topp was a tine civil engineer, and he and hi- five 
brothers wet.' rewarded by the I'nited State- govern- 
ment with a large grant of land near Nashville. Col. 

Topp was subsequently killed by a Tory, whose father 
he had taken captive iii battle. The Topp family are 
of English origin, and came to America from York- 
shire. Dr. VV. \V. Topp, brothcf to Mrs. Martin, was- 
on the staff of Con. Jackson ill his Indian war-. John 

S. Topp (the tirst named i. also served under Gen 
Jackson throughout the Seminole war. Another brother, 
C.d. Robertson Topp, was a very successful lawyer and 
railroad president at Memphis. She had two other 
brothers who were lawyer- — I. Jin S. 'I'..].], and Dixon 
C. Topp. Mrs. Martin's mother, net Comfort Everett, 
was a very remarkable lady, combining the finest attri- 
butes of a woman with the strong intellect of a man. 
Upon the first arrival of her family at the fort near 
"Nash- Lick," — now Nashville — the little orphaned 
brother and sisier. under charge of Mrs. Topp (then a 
staid matron of sixteen years), -trolled from the pro- 
tection ol the fort, being enticed by the birds ami the 
beauty and Id.. ..in of the surrounding wood-. They 

were missing hut a short time when a party, beaded by 
their fearless sister, went to seek and rescue them. 
They were -ecu approaching, presenting a dread appear- 
like two fountain- ..f 1.1 1' — having 1 n 

Scalped and left for dead h\ the Indians. Mrs. Topp 
gathered them to her loving heart, and with untiring 
affection nursed them through long hours of pain and 
delirium, back to life. The young girl thus tortured 
became tamo us in after years for her beauty. Her rich 
bronze brow n hair fi 11 a- a mantle about her. and none 

dreamed that beneath the wavy tresses lurked the 
mark of the 1 ndian tomahawk. 



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By tliis marriage of Miss Topp and Mr. Martin, five 
children were born: (1). Laura E.Martin; graduated 
in Nashville; died in 1864, the wife ol Gen. Thomas 
G. Blewett, of Columbus, Mississippi, leaving one 
child, a sun. Claude Blewett, now a planter in Mississippi 
and Louisiana, and living <>n the splendid estate 
liim by his grandfather Martin. (2). William Mar- 
eellus Martin ; edueated at Vale; married Lizzie Otis : 
died December 13, 1867, leaving one child, a daughter, 
Laura Marcel la Martin, now the wife "I Solon E. F. 
Rose, a planter at Columbus, Mississippi ; living on the 
splendid estate left her by her grandfather Martin. 
(3). Cornelia Ann Martin, born in December, 1830 
died August 10. 1832. (4). Ophelia Jane Martin; 
educated at Pulaski by Rev. Robert Caldwell, and at 
Nashville by private teachers; married Hon. Henry M. 
Spofiford, of Louisiana, January 7. 1861, and has three 
children, Eleanor Spofford, Thomas Martin Spofford 
and Nina Spofford (5). Victoria Martin, 
at Nashville; died single in 1858, aged twenty years. 

Judge Abram Martin, brother of the subji ct of this 
sketch, was circuit judge at Clarksville, Tennessee. 

Hon. Henry M. Spofford, win. married Miss Ophelia 
.J. Martin, was burn at Gilmanton, New Hampshire, 
Si ptx mber -. 1821. lie was a graduate, with hi 
honors, of Amherst College Massachusetts, and located 
in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1845. and at once entered 
upon the practice of law. He early gave promise of a 
brilliant future, and rose rapidly at the bar. In 1 >-.">4 he was 
elected to the Supreme bench of Louisiana, and filled 
that exalted station with signal credit until he resigned 
in 185K. returning to the practice of bis profession and 
to the achievement of those honors which cluster so 
thickly about his name and make his memory imperish- 
able. Possessing great wealth, and having risen to the 
highest attainable eminence in his profession, politics 
had little that could allure him; he neverthoh 
cepted an election to the United Stat'-,- Senate, in 1877, 
by the almost unanimous vote of the Nicholls Legisla- 
ture, but in the complication of the politics of the 
times, he was cheated out of his seat, through no fault 
of his, however, for he pursued it with unwavering 
vigor from a sense of loyalty to the people ami Stati 
who had conferred the trust upon him. After his death 
the Senate admitted his title to tin.- senatorship by [lay- 
ing to his widow the eighteen thousand dollars attach- 
ing to the office up to the date of hi- demise. He died 
at lied Sulphur Springs, Virginia, August 20, 1880. 

Judge Spofford was one of the grand men of these 
lator time's: profound in the sciences ; versed in history 
and literature : eminent in law and politics; an eloquent 
speaker; a beautiful writer, and a lecturer character- 
ized not less by the penetration of hi- research and 
the close analysis of the subjects h<- handled — notably 
his lectures on Goethe, Dante and Milton — than by the 
eh gance of his diction. He was a fine Greek and Latin 

scholar, and often wrote hi- briefs entirely in French. 
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But tie grandeur of the man was most conspicuo 

hi- finely balanced character, in tin- refinement of his 

manners, his truthfulness, and a modesty that betrayed 

absolute purity of mind, lie had tie- ran- abilit 

veil the keenest sarcasm with a tenderness so delicate 
that it reminded on.- of a Persian -s<- i m i t «■ j- tempered 
with perfume. With resolute firmness to carry his 
point, his manners were those of a French statesman — 
soft, dignified, pleasing, of exquisite tact and consum- 
mate address II is was a repi - i both 
in ii- symmetry and solidity, whether he- be viev 

ii Amherst Col law- 

yer in successful practice, a jurist handing down his 
decisions from tin- Supreme bench, an author, a - 
man. or a family man 

Rev. Dr. W. M. Leftwich, who pronounced Judge 

Spofford - funeral oration at Pulaski, give- a- the- factors 
of hi- noble character, self-reliance, decision of charac- 
ter, self-control, force of will, exclusive devotion to his 
profession, a sense of responsibility, and great learning. 
His was a separate- and distinct individuality, yet ho 
was if i of centuries of English history. His 

genealogy dates back eight hundred years to Gambolier 
de Spofford, the Saxon thane, who built the Spofford 
castle, -till standing in the West Riding of Yorkshire. 
•John Spofford. a descendant of Gambolier de Spofford, 
and the ancestor of Judge Spofford, came over in the 
Mayflower, and became a factor in the religious and 
political history of New England. Judge Spofford's 
only brother, Ainsworth Spofford, is the well-known 
and popular librarian of Congress, author of a series of 
"American Almanacs." valuable a- books of political 
reference, and is also co-editor, with Charles Gibbon 
of the " Library of Choice Literature.'' 

The Spofford mausoleum, in Metairie cemetery. New 
Orleans, is a Greek temple, cut of the purest Carrara 
marble, and situated on a gently graduated mound. 
The dome of the temple is supported by elaborately 
chiseled pillars and capitals, and beneath is a lovely- 
angel of large proportions, with graceful wings and a 
wonderfully beautiful expression of up-turned face. 
while it record- a favorite passage from the Holy 15ook 
with its marble pen. A large gilt cross crowns tin- mon- 
ument. This monument was designed and erected by 
Mrs. Spofford and executed by celebrated Italian artists 
in Massa-Carrara. 

Injustice would be done the memory of Mr. Martin, 
if more particular mention wen- omitted here of his 
only surviving child. Mrs. Judge Spofford, and her 
family. Mrs. Spofford, more than the wealth he accu- 
mulated and the public enterprises he set on foot, is the 
monument to his worth as a man and wisdom as a father. 
Mrs. Spofford i- among tie- most brilliant women of the 
South, remarkable for the reach of her learning, and 
her tine judgment a- a business woman. She is an 
accomplished artist in oils and pastels; a fine musician 
and musical composer, and wields tin- pen of a ready 






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HON. W. I, LEDGERWOOD. 



KNOXVILLE. 



THIS gentleman, whose name i widely known in 
Tennesseeasa lawyer, a politician and a farmer, 
was born in Knox county, Tennes ee June 1,1843, and 
grew up :ii work on In- father's Farm, going to the 

neighboi in ntry schools at intervals, which were the 

only scholastic advantages he ever had. His parents 
being strict Baptist people, he was rai ed under re- 
ligious influence and early acquired s I moral habits. 

In August, L861, al the age of seventeen years he 
entered the Union armj as a private in company I!. 
First Tennes ee infantrj commanded by Col. U K. 
Byrd, and served as a private soldier in that regiment 
until April 8, L862, when he wa transferred to the 
Third Tennessee infantry as first lieutenant of company 
I and servt 'I in that capacity until Maj 25, 1863, when 
he became captain of the company and commanded it. 
in the close of the war. He was mustered out February 
23, 1865, at Nashville, having served in Tennessee, Ken- 
tucky, Ohio, Alabama, besides taking part in all the 
leading battles of the Georgia campaign. The last 
battle in which he was engaged was that at Nashville, 
between the force of Gens. Hood and Thomas. 

The war over, he returned home and went to farming 
again. In 1866, he was forced into politics and was 
nominated by the Knox county Democracy for the 
Legislature, but was defeated by Dr, M. L. Mynatt. In 
lMi7 he was appointed by President Johnson second 
lieutenant in the Eighteenth regular infantry, United 
States army; was examined on Governor's island ; 
d In examinat ion and recen ed his commi.< ion 
served in that regiment until the army was consolidated 
in L869,when he was transferred to the Eighth cavalry, 
United States army; resigned in 1*7-. and again re 
i urned to Knox county and the farm. 

He then read law alone at home for a year ; was ad 

mitted to the bar by Judge E. T. Hall and Ch sellor 

(). P. Temple in 1873, and began practice at Knoxville, 
where ho lived, until lsst. when he moved to Cedar 
Grove farm,' two miles from Knoxville, a property 
which he purchased in 1883. Hi- law practice ba 
been large from the beginning, for hi' has many warm 
personal and party friends. 

In 1874 Capt. Ledgerwood was again nominated by 
the Democratic party as a candidate to represent Knox 
county in the Legislature, and this time was successful, 
being elected over lion. S. T. Logan, recentl) senator 
from the Knoxville district. In the Thirty-eighth 
General Assembly (1875), Capt. Ledgerwood was chair 
man of tin- committee on military affairs. 

In L880 he was electoi lor the Second congressional 

district on tin- Hancock and English ticket. In L882 

he was again nominated for the Legislature, was again 



elected, and was chosen speaker of the House of the 
F hird General \ en 

In I884hi iminated for congress in the Second 

Tennessee district, and though defeated by Judge L. C. 
Honk, reduced his opponent's majority one thousand 

and eight h Ired votes below the vote of James G. 

Blaine, Capt Ledgerwood leading the Cleveland and 
Bat i' li . about that majority. 

('apt Ledgerwood has always been a Democrat -never 
voted any other way. His father and grandfather and 
collateral branches of the family were Democi 
him, and the fidelity with v, hich hi has sen ed hi- party 
no doubt will gain for him even more distinction in the 
future. 

In L866 Capt. Ledgerwood was made a Ma tei Mason 
in Master's Lodge No. 244, Knoxville. Since then he 
has been made Knight Templar in Coeur de Lion Com- 
mander^ No 9 Knoxville, and a Knight of Malta; he is 
also a member of Pearl Chapter No. 24, Knoxville. 

His raihei.- family '..ere Baptists. His wife and chil- 
dren are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. 
South, and while he is only a I'.i. in' member of the 
latter communion, he. however, firmly hold- that Jesus 

Christ came into the world to save -inner-. 

Capt. Ledgerwood married at Louisville. Kentucky, 
September 20, 1866, Miss Jo Strother, a native ofSum- 
ner county, Tennessee, horn March Hi. ISI I. and named 
"Jo" in honor of the celebrated and greatly beloved 
Judge Jo. C. Guild. .Mrs. Ledgerw I's mothei 

Mrs. I'eiiina Strother. her maiden name being Penina 
I'itt, daughter of Gerald Pitt, an Englishman Mi-. 
Ledgerwood's father. Henry Strother, was a native of 
Virginia, and a merchant at Gallatin, lie died when 
the daughter wa very young, and left three children, 

Allen, Jo and Thomas. Thomas Strother lost his life 

by an accident on the Louisville and Nashville railroad. 
Allen Strother is now an engineer on the Alabama 
Great Southern road, and is a somewhat remarkable 

character; a communist; a pr tnent member of the 

Brotherl d of Locomotive Engineers; of high scien 

tific attainments in his profession, and an eloquent 
speaker on subjects maintaining the rights of labor as 

again I the i -y power. He married Miss Mary 

llaslam. of Nashville. 
Mrs Ledgerwood was educated at Louisville, and is 

a woman of quiet, dome-tic habits, and though not 

unsocial, is essentially a home maker and a home lover. 
She is noted for her frankness, and for her generosity, 
especially to those in distress. 

By his mania"' vol. Miss Strother, Capt. Ledgei 
wood ha- four children : 1 1 ). Claude, born August It! 
1867, in Knox county. Tennessee. (2). Sidney Aline. 



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horn Ma roll l">, 18159, al Sidney, on the Union Pacific 

id, thru iii Wyoming Territory, but now in N 
braski Samuel T., born September .'!»•. 1870, in 

k county, Tennessee. (4J Willie, bom June I. 

1872, in Knox county, Tennessee 

of two names. Upon the 
Irish side the family comes from St. Leger; upon the 
English side from a family named Wood. \11 the 

rv\ Is in the I uited States are of the same 

family, oi Irish and English mixture. Capt Ledger- 
randfather, James Ledgerwood, came 
from England and settled in Botetourt county, \ ir- 
was in the Revolutionary war and also t lie war 
of 1812. He was a farmer and married a Miss Pierce, 
of V irginia. 

('apt. I. randfather was also named 

He was born in Botetourt county. Virginia, 

and was also a soldier in the war of 1S12, from Knox 

under (.'apt. Gibbs. He married in 

Greene county, Tennessee, and moved back and located 
in Knox as a tanner. His wife was tlso named Pierce, 
but no relation to bis mother's family. He nwn 
Southern Illinois and died there, in IS46, aged sixty- 
eight years, leaving four daughters (1). Mary, wife 
of Caleb Treeci - Sallie, wife of Henry Johnson. 
(3). Darthula, « aham Haukley. ( I). Luartha, 

if Jefferson Bayless. 

Tin 1 first three daughters named married in soul 
Illinois, and the fourth married in Knox county, Ten- 
nessee, and afterwards moved to Illinois. 

.lames I. id, the grandfather of the subject of 

this sketch, also letl James. (2) Samuel, 

father of the subject of this sketch. (3). John. (4). 
William. (5). David. (IS] Joseph. 

It was a family of farmers. Joseph, the youngest son, 
losl his lite in the Mexican war. The father of Capt. 
Ledgerwood (Samuel Ledgerwood), was born in Knox 
county in 1808, and died October IS, 1884. He was 
a magistrate for a number of years, and was a man of 
incorruptible honesty, leaving behind him an es 
cellent reputation as an honest, upright and useful 
citizen. 

Capt. Ledgerwood's mother, hci Miss Scena N. Ruth- 



erford, was horn in Knox county, daughter of Absalom 
Rutherford, a large farmer. He had been a soldier in 
the Revolution from Virginia, was at the battle of 
Monmouth, and afterwards under Gens. Hates and 
e, in their southern campaigns, including the 
battle of Camden, where he was wounded, having his 
right leg broken below the knee, lie was a brother of 
lien. Rutherford, of Virginia, who distinguished him- 
self in the Revolutionary war. 

('apt. Ledgerwood's mother died in 1867, aged sixty 
v < irs She was a woman of great industrj and deep 
and undoubted piety. She was the mother of seven 
children: (1). Elliott. (2). .lames I, \nnie. 

I Absalom P. (5). Mary. (6). Darther. (7>. Wash 
ington Lafayette, subject of this sketch. 

Of these, Elliott Ledgerwood married Peggj Delap, 
and is now a farmer in I nion county, Tennessee. James 
erwood was captain of compauj F, Third Tenues 

see I tilted States infantry in the late war; married 
Margarena Hansford, and i- now a tanner in Union 
county, Tennessee, on a part of the old homestead. 
Annie Ledgerwood died the wife of John Bayless. 
Absalom IV Ledgerwood was a member of his brothel - 
(James I,. Ledgerwood company, and died in the war. 
lie married Elizabeth Ska-j-. and left three children, 
Orlando, Granville aud Lafayette. Mary and Darther 
ru ood died in infancy. 
'I'he only money Capt. Ledgerwood ever had given to 

him was live hundred dollars, presented b,\ hi- father 
after his marriage. All else that he lias handled he has 

made himself by close application to business, bj hard 
work, and by practicing strict economy. Although \ erj 
cautious about eudorsing, he has lost some by security 

debts. lie never Sued a client or anybodj else in his 

life on hi- on ii account, ami has never been sued by any 
man. A close collector of fees, by niakinu his clients 
believe he thinks them honest they make unusual ex- 
ertions M pa\ him. Hi- standing as a lawyer ami a 

politician comes of his ha\ illg been always a true man. 
never lying to or deceiving any one. and fulfilling all 
promises he makes. He is a man of strong like- and 
dislikes. His tone of voice indicates a man of decision 
^i' character and great self-reliance. 



COL. lll'Ml'IlKKV R. BATE. 



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HUMPHREY 1!. BATE was born in Bertie 
county, North Carolina, December 23, 1813. lie 
studied law in the office of Thomas 1' Devereux, esq., 

h. North Carolina, and in 1836 moved to the wes 

tern portion of Tennessee. In 1838 he commenced the 
practice of the law at Covington, in Tipton county. 



where lie continued to reside till the .war 1884, when, 
from ill health, he ceased to practice, ami moved to 
Memphis. 

\-.i lawyer he stood at the head of the Covin 

bar, and is second to no lawyer in West Tennessee, or 

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knowledge of hi8 profession, or in the successful man- 
i i men* of difficult i 

In politics he has al« Democrat, and a 

great admirer of Jefferson and Calhoun, and their theo- 
ries of government, He casl his first presidential 1'ote 
lor Hugh L White, and has stood hy the Demoi 
through thick and thin, ever since. Althou 
:m office seeker, he was prevailed upon l>y his friends to 
me a candidate for the Legislature in 1847, and was 
elected to represent Tipton and Lauderdale counties; 
w.i- ri elected in 1849 again in 1851, and again in 
1 357 i he latter I mi n presenting Shelb; I 
Tipton counties 

In 1870 he represented Tipton, Fayette and Shelbj 
counties in the State convention that revised thi 
stitution, lii- great abilities as a lawyer making him one 
'if the most usi fu] and pi omi lent members oi I hat 'li- 
tinguished body. 

'Id. qualities of his heart equal those of his head. 



Although raised a Protestant he becami er of 

tli.- Roman Catholic church in 1862, and i- ■-. 
in hi- religion. 

A- a neighbor, :i cit said to be 

almost without a fault. 11'- has always taken great in 

in all enterprises for tin- pub 

modest to mil.'- himself i carrying them 

forward. II constitution is naturally d d his 

h Las never been robust, but with will power and 

fortitude he has accomplished a fine professional sue- 

er married and being without the 

chief motive for the : iimulation of property, he has 

is freely for his own comfort ; ha- 
I however, to others, and i- now in independent 
circumstances. Hi- townsmen speak of him with en 
thusiasm as a pure-minded, lovely man 
erous impulses, whose bearing and virtues illustrate 
"the grand old nam" of gentleman, debased by many a 
charlatan 



ALEXANDER ERSKINE, M.D. 



ill: il/'HIS. 



THIS gentleman, who. for twei a years, has 

been a general practitioner of medicine in theeity 
of Memphis, Inn devoting himself more particularly to 
tin- diseases of women and children, and who-' sm 
financial and professional, has given him rank among 
the foremost nun of tin- city, was born at Huntsville, 
Alabama. September 26, 1832. 

Hi- father, Dr. Alexander Erskine, who died in 1857 
at thr age of sixty-six, in Huntsville, where he had 
'••■'1 from l>l!i till hi- death, was a native of Mon- 
roe county, ii'''.'' in W '•-: Virginia. He graduated in 
1-17 at th' I in . ' r-ity of Pennsylvania, and spent the 
two subsequent years in practice in the almshou 
th. city of Philadelphia, and then settled at Huntsville, 
where he made his mark on tin- profession in Alabama, 
notably by his being one of th.- first to discover and 
introduce into practice the virtues of Secah ' 
linn, upon which In- left a thesis, a- yet unpublished, 

but showing depth andcarefulm f research. 1 1 » - was 

also a pioneer in th.- usi- ..f quinine. Th.- character of 
this remarkable physician deserves a careful study by 
the younger men of the profession even at this late day. 
Hi- was a taciturn man. especially reticent in regard to 
Hi. secrets "f tin- sick-room. With phenomenal powers 

of endurai linj mperal si tidying his 

with careful discrimination, In- was ot f tin- best 

diagnosticians "f hi- time. He was th.- father of eleven 
children, the two eldest of whom died in infancy. Of 
th.- others, Mary .Ian.- Erskine i- now the wife of James 

11. Mastin, a prominent citizen of Huntsville; Dr. 
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Albert It. Erskine, now a prominent physician at 
Huntsville; Alexander Erskine, the subject of this 
-ketch : Laura E. Erskine, who died the wife of Dr. 
Wilkin-. hi. at Huntsville; Thomas Fearn Erskine, 
.lam.- A. Erskine and Miss Kate A. Erskine, now liv- 
ing at Huntsville; William M. Erskine. now I 
and Dr. John 11. Erskine, who died of yellow fever in 
Memphis, September IT. 1878. 

Further mention should be made of Dr. John H. 
Erskine. He and his brothers, Albert and Alexander, 

through tin- wat- as surg i- in tin- Confed 

army. He was acting medical director in Gen. Joseph 

I-!. Johnston's army in North Carolina at the time of 
tin- surrender, having risen from tin- position "I assist 
ant surgeon, and was to have received bis comni 

a- dical director. At the time of his death hi 

health offici ity of Memphis, a position which In- 

had filled for some time pi He fell a sacrifi. 

the duties of his office, working night and day to stay the 
spread of th.- epidemic of thai year. II.- was a man of 
high character, bold, determined, decided in his judg- 
ments, and fearless in tin- .11-' his duties. It 
took a man of his stamp to compel compliance on the 
f unwilling citizi ns with sanitary ordinances. He 
gentleman much esteemed in Memphis, and 
hed to himself warm friendships. His 
lib- and character are an interwoven part of the history 
of that city, and hi- name and memory among its rarest 
jewels •'.'! J. M. Keating, the cautious, discriminating, 
yet brilliant author of the history of yellow fever in Mem- 



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1'ltOMI X FAT TENNESSEA XS. 



phis, pays the following just tribute to the mci y of 

I >r John Erskine: " Another ease, a t.\ i f the home 

physician, is recalled. 1 1 < • was a man of large mold. 
Physically he was perfect . verj tall, ver) stout, he was 
the picture of health. Ilis handsome face was lighted 
li\ :i perpetual smile. Hood nature, good heart, and a 
cheerful soul were the convictions his manner carried 
to e\ cry beholder. Me was a manly man. lie had been 
a soldier, and he bore about him the evidences of gal- 
lant service. Nervous and eager, devoted and anxious, 
lie went down to bis grave the victim of overwork lie 
was an inspiration to bi^ friends, an example of con- 
stancy, steadiness, unflinching courage, and unflagging 
zeal. To the sick-room he brought all these qualities, 
supplemented by an unusual experience, an inexhaus- 
tible stock "i knowledge, and a sympathy as deep as the 
sad occasion. Tender as a woman, his heart ached at 
the recital of miseries he could not cure. Besides bis 
duties as health officer, John Erskine was earnest in 
his attentions to patieiits, whose demands were inces- 
sant. For days before he succumbed, observant friends 
fell that he must fall. He bad tasked bis powers far | 
beyond endurance. His heart was, to the last, keenly 
sensitive to the sorrows about him; the mitigation of 
them was bis anxiety. Me chided himself because he 
could not do more for the people who loved him, and by 
whom he will ever be remembered: and. In the last, 
was questioning himself for a remedy for a disease that 
has so often conquered the ablest of a noble profession. 
No better man ever laid down his life in the cause of 
humanity." 

Dr. Alexander Erskine's grandfather, Michael Ers- 
kine, a native of Pennsylvania, emigrated from Lancas- 
ter county, that State, to Monroe county, Virginia, 
w here be married Mrs. Margaret Paulee, net Manly. b\ 
whom he bad five children, Dr. Erskine's lather being 
the third son. 

The early history of Dr. Erskine's grandmother 
(Handly) is among the most romantic Qf family tradi- 
tions. Her first husband, Paulee, was killed by the 
Indians, and herself taken captive and kept a prisoner 
lor four years by the Shawnee tribe, in Ohio, the chief 
adopting her as bis daughter. At his death she was 
ransomed, returned to her family and afterwards mar- 
ried Michael Erskine. [For an interesting account of 

the incidents of her captivity, see I lardesty s Historical 

and < teographical Encyclopedia, page 371]. She died at 
the age of ninety years. 

Dr. Erskine's mother. Susan Catharine Russcl, now 
living, eighty years old, in Huntsville, Alabama, was 
born in 18(15, in Loudon county, Virginia, near the 
city of Leesburg, the daughter of Col. Albert llussel, 
who was a lieutenant -colonel in the Revolut ionary army, 
and was with Washington in bis marches. Me moved 
from Virginia to Alabama in the early days of the latter 
Siate. where he resided till his death. Me left five 
children, of whom l>r. Erskine's mother is the third. 



She is a woman of remarkable common sense, of fine 
judgment, of high Christian character and principle, 
and has been an ornament to the town of Huntsville 
from her earliest years. She married in IS'JO at the 
earl\' age of fifteen. She is a noble tj pe of the southern 
women of the past time. She has been a member of 
the Presbyterian church since I ">'_''_'. Her mother's 

maiden name was Nancy II of an old Virginia 

family. Her brother. Mr. Albert llussel. who died at 
Huntsville in 1844, was a partner of her husband, Mr. 

Alexander Erskine, lather of the subject of this bio 

graphical sketch. 

Mr. Erskine grew up at Huntsville, taking his aca- 
demic course lor eight years under James M. Davidson, 
t he ' [rish orator, alter which he studied four years in 
i he I Diversity of \ irginia, where he graduated in chem- 
istrj and German. He then studied medicine in 1855- 
.">(! iii bis father's office at Huntsville. and returning 
to the University of Virginia, took a medical course 
therein the same class with Dr. R. 1!. Maury, who-,. 
sketch see elsewhere iiu this volume. He then want 
to the University of the city of New York, and grad 
uated there in 1S5S, and in October of that year set- 
tled iii Memphis. In 1859-00 he. in connection with 
Dr. D. D. Saunders, (whose biography see elsewhere), 
and the Mrs. Lunsford P. Yandell. sr. anil jr., late of 
Louisville, reorganized the Memphis Medical College, 
Dr. Erskine taking the chair of obstetrics. After the 
breaking out of the war this faculty disbanded, but in 
1SH7 the college was again reorganized with Dr. Erskine, 
Dr. D. D.Saunders, Dr. It. It. Maury, Dr. G. B. Thorn- 
ton and Dr. It. AY. Mitchell as the faculty. Dr. Erskine 
being dean. These gentlemen carried on the institution 
till 1872. 

Dr. Erskine. though raised by a Whig father, has 
always affiliated with the Democratic party. Mis family. 
on both sides, have been Presbyterians from time im- 
memorial, and he has for many year- been an elder in 
that church. Me has been connected with the Second 
Presbyterian church of Memphis for twenty-six years. 
Me is a member of the Knights of Honor, of the Shelby 
county and Tennessee State medical societies, and is 
an occasional writer for tin' medical journals. Me is 
now professor of obstetrics in the Memphis Hospital 
Medical College. 

The following is a bri ef resume of his army experience 
He served with Gens. Cleburne, Cheatham. Bragg ami 
Polk in the campaigns in Tennessee. Mississippi, Ken- 
tucky and Georgia. He was with Gen. Bragg at the 
battle of Perryville, Kentucky: was taken prisoner and 
placed in charge of the sick and wounded at Harrods- 
burg for six weeks, but was afterwards sent via Louis- 
ville and Cairo to Vicksburg, where he was exchanged, 
and from which place he soon rejoined the army at 
College Grove, Tennessee. Me was at the battle of 
Murfreesborougll, and upon the retreat of tin' army, 
spent the winter tit Tullahoma, being at that time 



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brigade surgeon in Gen. Polk's command. He was next 
in charge of the Law hospital at LaGrange, Georgia, 
and continued with it till the surrender. 

Dr. Erskine iirst married, at Memphis, December 10, 
1861, Mrs. A. L. White nee .Miss Law. She died in 
1868. By this lady l>r. Erskine has two children, Alex- 
ander and John II. Erskine. 

His second marriage, which occurred at Columbia, 
Tennessee. December 19, 1872, was with a cousin cit' his 
first wife, .Miss Margaret L. Gordon, daughter of Wash- 
ington Gordon, of Columbia. By this marriage he has 
lee! seven children, Mary (who died in infancy), Louisa, 
Washington < rordon, William, Albert Russel, Elizabeth 
and Laura. Mrs. Erskine's lather. Washington ( rordon, 
was a fanner in Maury county, and died in the Con- 
federate service at Vicksburg. Lieut.-Gen. John B. 
Gordon, of Georgia, is her cousin. Her mother was a 
Miss Bradshaw, of Columbia. 

Throughout his life Dr. Erskine has been guided by 
the highest sense of conscientious rectitude, fidelity to 



his trusts, energy, zeal and promptitude in execution, 
and above all by high religious principles. He- has 
always been a Very close student; has always tried to 
be kind to the poor, and has instilled into his children 
the same principles by which he was reared. His 
personal boast is that his parents were of the strietesl 
integrity and loftiest moral and religious character, II i- 
mother is a deeply pious woman, and while his father 
was less demonstrative, he was nevertheless upright in 
all his life, anil died a Christian, in communion with the 
Presbyterian church. Tic has left the impress of his 
high character on that of his entire family. His son, 
Alexander, has ever endeavored to emulate his father's 
virtues, and has always stood among the foremost in the 
ranks of his profession in Memphis. His name, with 
that of his lamented brother, Dr. John H. Erskine, 
has been long identified with the city, and will he 
handed down to his children with pride, as pure, un- 
sullied and elevated. 



W. G. BIBB, M.D. 

NASHVILLE. 



THIS gentleman comes of one ol the most distin- 
guished families in the South. Its members have 
filled tic responsible and honorable positions of gover- 
nor, circuit and supreme judges, State senators and 
legislators, congressmen, United States senator, colonel 
and secretary of the treasury. Of the subject of this 
sketch, it may he said in the language of the challenge 
given by the hero in the " Patrician's Daughter": 

" It may be by the calendar of years you are the elder man. 
But 'tis the sun of knowledge on the mind's dial shining bright, 
That makes true time." 

W. G. Bibb was born iii Montgomery, Alabama, June 
25, 1854, He received his literary education at the 
University of Georgia and the University of Alabama, 
from which latter institution he graduated in 1S72. He 
began the study of medicine in 1874, and attended one 
course, in 1876, at the University of Virginia. He then 
came to Nashville, and, in 1877, was valedictorian of his 
class and graduated as an M.D., from the medical de- 
partment of the University of Nashville and Vanderbilt 
University. Me spent the summer of 1877 in Paris, 
France, visiting the hospitals there, and upon his return 
went to New York city, and in 1K7S, graduated from 
the Bcllevue Hospital .Medical College under Profs. 
Austin Flint, sr. and jr., Sayre, Barker, Mott, Yan- 
Buren, Janeway and others. 

Tn March, lsTs. he settled at Montgomery, Alabama, 
in practice and remained there until the spring of 1881, 
when he moved to Nashville, having been in that year 



elected professor of materia medicaand therapeutics in 
tic medical department of the University of Tennessee 
and Nashville Medical College. In 1882 he was ap- 
pointed surgeon of the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. 
Louis railway, a lucrative position, which he held 
during Gov. Porter's presidency of the road. Dr. 
Bibb is a thoroughly enthusiastic lover of his profess- 
ion, and his address on " Progressive Medicine," lately 
delivered, is a credit not only to himself but to the insti- 
tution in which he is a professor. As a lecturer his 
style is rather conversational than rhetorical, his object 
being to instruct in matters of fact rather than make 
display. His manners are frank and cordial, and such 
as characterize the typical physician. 

In personal appearance Dr. Bibb is a man of medium 
height ami weight. He is a zealous Mason and a member 
of Nashville Commandery Knights Templar. He isalso 
a Knight of Pythias. In politics, he always votes the 
Democratic ticket, as he believes that ticket represents 
the southern white man's idea. Nor could he well vote 
otherwise ami conform to the examples and teachings 
of his brilliant and distinguished ancestry. 

Dr. Bibb's father. Col. Joseph B. Bibb, was a lawyer 
at Montgomery when the war between the States began, 
when he raised a company of volunteers, went to Mobile 
and seized Fort Morgan and garrisoned it until the 
State of Alabama seceded, when he returned to Mont- 
gomery and, with Col. Beck, raised the Twenty-third 
Alabama regiment, of which he became lieutenant- 



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nel. < hi the death of ( I ! lie succeeded to 

the command of the regiment anil served us its colonel 
in all tin us of the western arm) in Mississippi; 

with (Ion Bragg in the Kentucky e;unp;ii,an ; with Gen. 
Joseph K Johnston in the Palton campaign; \\ i t lx 
[looil in his Nashville raid, and at i 1 ini/.ation 

of the arm) served with (ion. Johnston in North I 
Una, surrendering with thai commander at G 

li Returning home In 1 in planting in 

Moi county. Alabama, until September 14, 18G0. 

when he died of consumption, broughl on b) ;i wound 
from the fragment of a shell lie received at the battle 
Nashville Me was a man brave, generous and 
philanthropic, with a hand open as <la.\ for meltii 
charity, and i tu- words applied to th<' Prince of Oraii 
are quite as applicable to him: '* Xo man ever knew 
what that thing was that the Prince of I ' eared. 

|)r. Bibb's mother was Miss Martha Dandridge Bibb^ 
daughter of the venerable Judge U.S. Bibb, now 1 i \ i n -■ 
at Montgom. :.■ - - i ight) se\ en 

vears, Dr. Bibb is her oldesl sou, and her only other 
Id is Pe\ ton I! I • i nsign I 'nited States n tv\ . at 
-.-lit stationed on tin' I' -t in the l/uited 

S ites hydrographie and geodetic survey. The mother 
has been inspired with an ambition to make her sons 
worthy of the illustrious name they have inherited. She 
i- a most agreeable conversationalist, possesses a face 
beaming with intelligi - radiant with good 

nature, ami altogether is one of the most interesting <<i 
the high-born southern women. 

The maternal grandfather ami grandmother of Dr. 
Bibb are both living, and are in possession of all their 
[acuities. They have been married sixt) live years. 
.Indue Bibb was horn in Klberl county, Georgia, Sep- 
tember 30, 1790, and is now in his eighty-ninth year. 
Of this distinguished gentleman the Savannah. Geor- 
gia. Times recently contained the following interesting 
sketch ''Judge Bibb comes of a noted family. His 
elder brother, 1'r William Wyatt Bihl.. of Elbert 
county, Georgia, the home ol the family, entered tin 
congress of the I nited States in LS07, ami in 1813 was 
elected to the senate. In LSI", when the territory ol 
Alabama n d lorsettlement, he wasappointed ter- 
ritorial governor by President Monroe, in 1810, wheu 
Alabama « is .elm it u-d as a State into the Union, he was 
elected governor, and died during his term of office in 
IS'Jo. having scarcely reached the age of fort) years. 
Such a career for a young man was wonderful, and an 
.. nee of his high character. Hi- brother, Thomas 
Bibb, was then president of the Alabama senate, ami 
succeeded him as governor of the State for the unex 
pired term. lion. B. S. Bibb, the surviving represen 
tathe of this distinguished family, was horn in Klbert 
county, and married Miss Sophia !■'. Gilmer, a sister of 
Gov. Gilmer, of Georgia, and a relative of Geu. J. !■'. 
Gilmer, of Savannah, and moved to Alabama sixty 
years ago. Hi- uobilit) tctei was s i appre- 



ciated, ami he was called frequently to serve the public. 
He ha- filled many positions of honor and trust, been 
1 a number of term- to the lower house of (he 
I it nre and to t In Set was probate judge of the 

county lor fourteen years, ami was tin- first judge of the 
city ami criminal court of Montgomery, and was the first 
judicial officer removed b) the Federal authorities after 
the close of the war He i- now in the eight) ninth 
year of his age. ami hit <sed the sixt) sixth anni- 

\ ersary of his marriage. Ami now . with his noble wife, 
who, during the perilous days of the late war, labored 
-i earnestly and zealously for the comfort of the soldiers 
in the hospitals, ami was known to thousands a- " dear 
aunt Sophy,' he is passing ijuietl) and peaeefull) the 
evening of a life full of honor, cheered b) the conscious- 
ness that his days have been well -pent, ami that his 
generation are a ere. In to lom 

The ire. ii grandfather of Dr. Bibb was high sheriff 
of Prime Edward county. Virginia, during the Revolu- 
tionary war. \ Iter peace was made he moved to HUbert 
count) , Georgia, w lure his family was reared. His w i to. 
Sallie Wyatt, was a descendant of Sir [suae Wyatt 
of the first colonial governors of \ irgiuia, and by blood 
-he wa- related to the Peytons, Dandridges, Bookers 
ami other first class families of \ irgiuia. The Bibbs 
wiii originall) from Wales, and have been in America 
over i w o hundred years, 

vnother distinguished relative of Dr. Bibb was the 
Hon George M. Bibb, of Kentucky, a leading jurist, at 
one time udge of the court of appeals of Kentucky, 
secretary ol' the treasury of the Tinted States, and 

. .1 a term in the I'uited States Senate. 

Dr. Bibb's paternal grandfather, Peyton Bibb, mar- 
ried Miss Martha Cobb, of Georgia, daughter of Thomas 
Cobb aud relative of Gens. Howell and Thomas Cobb, 
distinguished in the late war On her mother's side, 
she wa- kin to the well known Martin family of South 
Carolina. 

Dr. Bibb's maternal grandmother, Sophia L. A. (!il- 
m er. wa- a daughter of Thomas Meriwether Gilmer, of 
i' thorpe county, Georgia, a sister of (low Rocking- 
ham Gilmer, of Georgia, ami a first eon- f Secretary 

of the navy Gilmer, w ho was killed by the e> 
amnion board a vessel on the Potomac river during 
an inspection by the president's cabinet manyyeai 
She was also a great niece, on her mother'.- side, of Gi ti 
\ i i.l i vw Lew i- of the Revolutionary army 

Dr. Bibb wa- married at Nashville. Juue 25, 1878, to 
Miss Susie Dun lap Porter, who wa- bom at Paris. Ten- 
nessee, September 17. IS5S She is the grand-daughter 
..I Dr. Thomas Kenned) Porter, of Paris, Tennessee, 
and the only daughter of lion James P. Porter, ex 
governor of Tennessee, ex president of the Nashville. 

Chatta ga and St. Louis railway, and at present first 

assistant secretary of State in President Cleveland's 
cabinet. Her mother, originally Miss Sue Dunlap, is a 
. i, John I 'uulap, of I'm i-. Tenui --. i 



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niece oft ten Richard I 'unla | iiished T< 

gean the confidential friend of Gen. Andrew Jackson. 
Mrs. Bibb was educated al Nashville and is a lady of 

in , ee, remarkable for ber wot il; ■. 

her love of home and devotion to her family, and in all 

thai constitutes true womanh I, she is as true as the 

ii. edle i" i he pole. Bj I his man iagi there a i ehil 

dren (1). James Porter, born December I. 1879. (2) 
Mattie Gilmei boi n June 26 1 382. 
Dr. Bibb i- al present junior member of the medical 



if Cain & Bibb. Dr. Cain is from Okolona, Miss- 
issippi, where i iterative praetiei He is 
from the medical department of the Univer- 
sity of Nashville, and served with credit and ability as 

i of Tucki r's Mississippi 

war. 

P S Since this sketch was written, Dr. Bibb has 

re "''1 to his old home in Montgomery, Alabama, 

important private busiues atten- 

tion t hi n 



F. S. NICHOLS. 



\n \l ru is. 



'"T~MI K subject of tlii- sketch is, in ruanj respects, a 
± remarkable person a true type of the self-madi 
man. The family from which he came was of English 
origin. His great grandfather William Nichols, came 
from England and settled in Connecticut, Hi father, 
William Nichols, removed from Litchfield, Connecticut, 
to Michigan and thence to Iowa, where he engaged in 
farming and died in L840. His mother, originally Miss 
Sammons, was a native of Duche county, New York. 
Her father Frederic Sammons, was a man of ] 
in ai ■ in Revolutionary times, and was an officer in the 

American army. He was made a prisi ,vhen New 

Ynrk was invaded by Sir William Johnson, who had 
been a neighbor of the family on the Mohawk river, 
and he was confined three .Mar- at Quebec, after whicb 
he made his escape. His brother, Thomas Sammons, 
was a member of Congress from New York for several 
i. mi during the administrations of Jefferson and Mad- 
ison. 

I S Nichols was born in McCombe county, Michigan, 
February 27, 1828, and lived there until 1838, when he 
went, with his father's family, to Davenport, Lowa and 
grew up there, working on a farm till he was twenty 
years of age. Reared in a new country, he was deprived 
ul early school privileges, but from his boyhood he had 
a great fondness for reading, and read everything that 
fell into bis hands. Through this desire, which in 

■ reased as he grew, he was led to cl se (In- printer's 

trade, and his education was received in a printing 
office. In 1848 he entered the office of the Rock [stand 
i 111 | Advertiser, a Whig journal, and there rem 
till 1851, when he established a Democratic papei in 
the ami- town, and continued as its editor and publisher 
till 1853. lie then took the gold fever and went to 
Australia, where he experienced the ups and downs of 
a miner's life for six years. Returning to the I nited 
States, he settled in [owa and engaged in farming for 
three years, at the end of which tinii he went into the 
offii I' tin ( 'liiraL'u Times, h here he remained till I 36 I 



Hearing that then tl demand for printers in 

Memphis, he decided : " so to thai cit; I pon arrival 
there he purchased an interest in the Memphis Bulk/hi, 
owned by -I I! Bingham, editor, assuming the positi m 
of foreman, and continued with that paper till it sus- 
pi nded publication in 1870. He t hen b< i man 

of the Memphis Avalanche. In 1877 he becain 
of its i ctors, and in 1879, bei f proprie- 

hi ii position. .- : ha bad 

control of the Avalanche, it has improved in i 

in chat ' journal, in circulation and in value as 

a newspaper property. 

II" has always been a Democrat, but has taken im 
part in politics except through his journal. Il< is in- 
clined towards indepi ndi nee and the expressions of 

opinion tl h hi papei are not controlled by party 

machinery. He supports a measure not because it is 
Democratic, but because it is in itself good. Toej | 
ii briefly, the Avalanclu is not a " party organ, but 
wield.- a free lance 'in all subjects, bristling at all times 
with original, unique and pungent paragraphs. 

Mr. Nichols became a Master Mason at Rock Island, 
Illinois, in 1851, and a Knight of Honor at Memphis, 
in 1881. 

He was married. August 20 I860, to Miss Josephine 
Hughes, daughter of Harvey Hughes, a descendant of 
a Virginia family, one branch of v. hi eh settled in Ohio 
and another in Tenm ssee, where the family i- still rep- 
ed. lie i- an architect h> i rade, and -till In ing 
in Missouri. 

One of Mrs. Nichols' uncles is the oldest banker in 
Cincinnati, Ohio, and the president of Hughes Haul. 
A nut her uncle is judge oi the circuit court in Ohio. 

To Mr. Nichols and wife there was horn one child, a 
daughter, now wife of William H. Forrest . of Memphis. 

Mr. Nichols belongs to a class of men who are rarely 
appreciated at their full worth by their fellow-citizens, 
who pass through life quietly, often in a subordinate 
capacity, and never displaying their real power unless 






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him many personal enemies, 
bring liim into general n bravo 

iliink 
u, ho 
I ability anil in- 
ln thi 

Mr. N - " sky 

.■I no 
ehampiou than tho ! 

1' v S I, Mr. 

F.S.N . n with paralysis, has died, and 

i!u' .1 I into oilier hands, though it 

still !■ - pendent Democratic 

tor it acquired under his management. 



REV, STANFORD G. lU'KNKY. WW. L.L.D 






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found - man and his relations to hi- Creator, ho 

could have who to tho highest plaeo in that direction. 

Hut his ability was well ri loaders iu 

uvoh, and ho was in duo time called to tho most 

ion in tho leading theological school of 

nomination, whore to-day ho <tauds anions: tho 

f her teachers. Ho has boon not only 

nt of tho Bible, but also a student M' tho great 

secular thinkers This has (rood him from those idio- 

- usual with men who study only one side of a 

von to him a balanced character 

both in thought and ex| Ho combines the 

philosophical character of a Solomon, with 

ind tiro of an Isaiah. To splendid pow- 

■iiH'iu as a writer, and as a 

stigation of 
- phy. human and divine, and i- regarded as a 
every phase of thought iu the field o( 
theolos - - i With a voice musical and 

i ml a nature tender and gentle, ho yet has under- 
neath - the tiro and zeal of his early tuau- 
and appreciate tho actors on 
the ft it public matters, both in church and 
'•'tit only a t'ew know that iiuiet and thoughtful 
men like Or. Burney are at last iu real control, and it 
is the unseen hand that keeps any system together. 

S nford G. Burney was born in 11 son county 

Tenness \ ril !»■. 1S1 1 He is the son of William 

Burney. a n r \ rth Carolina, born in 17<S. moved 

county when two'.. - old, became a 

ill fanner, and died iu IS married, he 

- - \ by his first wife and five by his 

He first married Mis- Annie Guthrie, daughter 

Bex Robert Guthrie, a native ol' North Carolina, 



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i til.-. | in Tennessee about 1800 and fin 
to Missouri, and died then II ■smith. 

1 1 
of the Climb ian chui f the 

men excommunicated Prom the old church. Hi 

Of ' ■ t he first wife, Dr. ('urn' 

of tlii- sketch, i- the eldest. II I, Bu 
preacher in the Cumberland P in church, and 

1 I .III Bui n< died 

mer, John P. 15m n 
educated al Princeton College, Kentucky, and died 
twenl i •: 

Confederate soldier captured al Fort Donelson 
died at .-'' I. Eli Gunn Bui from 

the Mi issippi I ni ersil Oal land, 

M i *ippi,and watt for a time professor of lai 
Cumberland I n Lebanon, Tenni 

1 1: Bu rm f'athei econd wif< 
Doni Of the five none by her, William Buruey 

soldier an first Confederate troops rained 

i Robi on county, and is now living on the old home- 
I latcher Burnej joined the army and 

Dalton during Gen Johi retreat. Hatton Bur- 

ney in now living on the old homestead in Robertson 
count ! B I in I 372. Kv. in Burney 

i- ni, v. a lawyer at Nashville. 

I»i- B randfat her wa John Burni 

family in the North and South Carolinas, of Scoteh- 
trigh descent. He married Mi Ma Pari lighter 
..I i .■ oi Pari i alone] in the Revolution- 

ary war from North Carolina. 

Dr, I'.ni i ■ i'ii feeble, 

alwaj • •!. speptic. II ■ inced a marked ta 

"""I in advance in 1 1 
thebo ol hi neighborhood, being particularly fond of 
the natural sciences. After recei ceptionally 

good common school and academic education, he at- 
tended, two and a half years, Princeton College, Ken- 

tucl luated in 1841. On the l-'li of August 

following, he married Miss Susan Cray, of Prim 
Kentucky, daughter of William and I. d a Gi form- 

oa. Mi Graj was a n 
farmer, trader and shipper. Mrs. Burney was edm 
at Elkton, Kentucky, and i- a highly cultured lady. 
noted for fine practical sense, prudenceand discn i 
in her intercourse with - icii I 

By this marriage Dr. Burney has had nine children : 
(I ). Addison G Burm joint 'I i he Elevi 
sippi Conl ind was killed a 

vania Court house, Maj I-. 186 1, at 
i ", o 1 1 lid of him " ao betti 

ghouldered a musket for the Confederate cause. He 
I" longed i" Col Joe Davi n giment, Earhj - dn ision. 
Theod re C. Burney, born Januarj I, 1845, left 
college with lii- brother, Addison, to join the army. 
Both were wounded in the battle of Seven Pines; both 



1 1 

killed in 

•I. M II 
member of the Masonic order 

ildren, M II 

and Addison Tin 

I ■ be) Si I - . ■ 

issippi 

I ' 
Nannie McKei of William S. McK 

sheriff of I. 

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and is fin- ''• 

Nannie Clyde, M 

Louella Clarissa Bui 

Colleg I • ippi : married ; - - 

f tin-. I'ni I • l»r. 

: i.-, 
1 merchai 
I. el Fields. (())■ Anna Z. Bu 

• I Fnion I-', ii I I I rried 

W. I!. Bin >r of the ' lumberlaud Pi 

terian chui :ford, Mississippi. ' 

Burney, graduated at I nion ! 

and i- now living '. m, Tennessee, with her 

I I >. Burue; -• udent in Cum- 

id University, Lebanon rinne 

1 ni Leb; 

Dr. Bun irdained in March, 1836. in Wilson 

county. Tennessee, a minister of the Cumberland Pres- 

Mi church, in which he 1 

ince. He first located in Nasi 
August, 1841, and preached there eighteen months. In 
January, 1843, he toi demy 

anklin, Tennessee, and taught He then 

became the first agent for the Cumberland I 

ndowment 
of that institution. In December, 1844 I dona 

farm near Memphis, and preached several months for 
the First Cumberland IV ->. terian church in Memphis, 
while the first church hou Iding. 1 1 

ears preaching to a country church, and 
associated with Rob ! editor and publisher 

of the /»'■ llgiou* Ark, a Cumberland Presbyterian paper. 
In 1848 he accepted the presidency of Mount £ 
county, Mississippi, and 
ducted that institution two years In .la unary. 1 350 
cepted the pastorate of the Cumberland Pn 
church in Oxford, Mississippi, and filled the i".~iti'm 
twenty-five years, with the exception of the year I860, 
when Dr. C. H Bell was pastor. After the war Dr. Bell 
and Dr. Burney filled the pulpit, alternately, until 1873. 






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[>i his 

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those 

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i In distinguished si 1 Ion. 

Hi |iui his tirsi vote In thnt 

V. iVili'd IIS .1 

\\ ince the » hi' has been voting 

I > IK hi- uo\ 1 1 hold political office, 

>st mastership ,ii 

|)i liuruev although ».|' delicate health, 

icily, loving fun and pleasure, but avoided 

He loved wine, loved 

ml on one iHi-.i-.ion was present 

ai a 1. . ii iniioi- was drank pretty I 

and mi I tin In- ivtUvii-il that, 

pleasure ran ilf lor a man, it 

anil lie then ami there resolved mi a 

ud right I i the principle 

ii the line ol' duty, 
hi i- that In- lite has suioothl.\ run 
IK- has not seleeted his lields of labor, 
hut has heeu urged into tln-in by friends ami force of 
Hi-- father, who was a man ■ <( some 
m- him two thousand dollars fur a start; by 
is much more, ami during life he lias 
il of money, hut like most ^( students, 
uli- money a secou uderatiou. He Cro- 

at eighteen years ol' age, commenced 
u enty was ordained at twenty two, ami 
fifty years, mostly in Mississippi, from 

in- twenty- 
seven years flic 1 male College founded by 
him. i- tho oldest institution oi' ii- Mississippi, 
|h !'. i- ii mostly re> iew «r 
made him unite famous. The late 
1>: fli mas Summers, of tho Methodist church, 

ilio first men of the 

died ili-i . aeoted 

mid theology, ami his 

v distinctively 



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El'. MrN V, \ L. thi 

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\orth - -in in 

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in which county ho grew into manhood, alternat- 

:n with going to school, until his 

ami family moved to Hardeman county, West 

Tennessee, in Is.'- Hi- family were among the first to 

iio country west •.>( the Ten 

lii- grandfather, and also William Polk, 

-•I Hardeman, and Thomas M Xeal litis father), 

-in Hardemau county in the year IS22, by 

tt hands to work, in advance of their arrival. 




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on land* near the i of the town of Bolivar. 

Thi the first ear of the i ttlement of Hardeman 

count 'lii ,' nized in 1 23 and on the 

! I, ..in. i VIcNi .I. one mile north "I i do 
pi en1 site of Bolivar, a log courl house was built, and 
I hi eounl i ibli hi 'I and kepi there unl il re 

moved to l!<>lr ar in 1825. 

In 1823 lv P. McNeal, then nineti 
made a crop of hie own near where Bolivar i- nov 
ated I n I 324 25 26 hi cu pied a* a su 

West Tennessee district. In 1827 and 1828, he y 

1 1., en ice of the I nited - 

in ii li.ii undi r < ..ii Purdj marshal for the district_ 

In 1829 he mployed in a dry t I e in Bolivar, 

which had t hen grown into a tow n. In 
i 1829) he was placed in chai er, of i he inter- 

etion with Col. 
■Inli n Preston, of Virginia, and in the winter of 1830 31, 
in connection with J. II. Bills, he buill and cai 
from Bolivar to New < >rli I with 

n to -.11 for there 

Upon In- return home in 1831, lv P. McNeal formed 
antile pai I nei hip w ith his broth* r in la .■. Maj. 
John H. Bills and in April of thai yeai Vlaj McNeal 
went in New Vnrk and Philadelphia by river and 
to lui goods, which in those days was a tedious under- 
taking, The firm of Bills & McNeal, merchants, < 

i i it i if I in prosperous business from 1831 to 1846, wheu 

i olved ■ ach partner going into em c intile 

busini oi ! i ii hi. K P McNeal conl inning 

therein in Boli \ ar up to I 356. I n I he meanwhile Maj. 



McNi in Tennessee Miss- 

issippi and \ rkans is, and I in farming 

in I In-. I. -in, in county, gi\ ing to lii- farm- 
ing interest* the greater | time and attention. 
Hi- closed out all of his mercantile business in 1856, 
incc 1 1 1 nt date li d his attention exclusively 

I ■■■ i estate 
in Tonnes In this pur- 

suit lie has been after the 

immense I war in slaves, one 

hundred and fifty In number, and other | he has 

kept Ii oek to a IiIl-Ii standard, which but 

few farmer* in the Soutl en able to do. 

lv P, McNeal, in J . 'I to Miss 

Ann Will of •). •) . Will i |.. of 

Tin l Priscilla, who 

died just "ii arrival at womanhood at the 
eight* ■ " II >\ od wife, who had made home I 

l'*,v fbi died in I 375 

Thro II of his life Maj K I' McNeal has 

t and modest man. I !• n charitable and 

■ I with lii- means, w itl I ostentation. He has 

-ihil'Iii public place. He has made and preserved from 
yout Ii to manhood and old n to four scon 

mi enviable record ofenci i mptness in busi 

sincerity and truth in speech ; uprightness and honesty 
in conduct, and in al with his fellow men, and 

at tin- time he stands in the front rank of the men of 

and strengthened, as 
the years wenl b ilden n pul ition he has earned 
and kepi tintarni hi da om am hi r pio 



REV. J. W. PHILLIPS, M.I). 



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HIS prominent physician and ui was born 

in Mecklenburg county, Virginia, Januarj II 

1820, worked in the corn field iill he was eighteen 

old taught chool in hi^ nineteenth year at Durham- 

ville, 'I i nm i e read medicine under Dr. \\ I > 

at Trenton Ti nm ind graduated M I' in Ma 

1 .- \i hi i In I in ■ i n of him-- ]■ ia, under Profs. 

Nathan Chapman William B. Gibson. Roberl Hare, 

Hugh I, I lodge William lv I Conn i 3am uel Jai 

and George B Wood, in a fch Dr. A. L. C. Ma 

gruder and Dr. Ill' Walton, of Norfolk, Virginia. Be 

tween the sessions be attended Wills' Hospital for i li<- 

and Blind, and Warrington's Obstetrical Deparl 

mi-Hi. from each of which institutions he took a diploma 

In addition to his regulai degrei He practiced medi 

cine at Salem. Mississippi, from June, 1842, to Decern 

ber, 1845 next practiced twi i in Hinds and 

Madison counties Mississippi doin in i eepl onally 
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; e wealthiest people in thai 
Ii i- fee - for eight 
dollars per annum. He was in the yellow fever epi 
demic at Brownsville, Mississippi, and in the cholera 
epidemic of 1866 al Memphis. 

When Missi sippi enlisted her minute men for the 
( ',mli di i i ice, he h as .-',1111111- sioned b; Rev. T. 
W. Casl igen ppoin d b the Legislal ui 

1 1 ui Bolton Depol Hinds 
county, Mississippi. Rx-officio he became surgeon of 
Gen Charles B Smeed - brigade and served om 

then refugeed to ^mitli 1 ril Texa to save hi 

and there practiced medicine till the war was 
over; then came to Memphis practiced om year; next 
ai Mason's depot three years: al Brownsville three 
mi, 1 atDyei ears He located al Tul- 

lahoma \piil 15, 1884. He was al an early day a mem 
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of twelve or fourteen, going to school and farming In 
ISOS. lie wriit tn MoMinn Academy, Rogersville, in 
which lie studied some two years, after which he was 
;i student about fourteen months in the Hiawassee Col 
lege, Monroe county, Tennessee. In l s 7f he began the 
study of law under Judge K. E. Gillenwaters, at Rogers- 
ville. and was admitted to the bar in 1ST."), licensed by 
Judge Gillenwaters and Chancellor II. ('. Smith, and 
practiced at Kogersvillc From I87f> to 1881, when he 
became founder and editor of the Kogersvillc /Vcs* 
and 'Finns. \ Iter editing that pupci* something over a 
year, he spent six months traveling in the northwestern 
States, lie then returned home and resumed editorial 
control "I his paper. November 15, 1881. he was ap- 
pointed ti> a clerkship in the Nashville post-office, a 
position which he resigned Vpril 30, 1882. to accept a 
position in the Pension Bureau at Washington, District 
of Columbia. This latter place lie resigned in < >ctober> 
1882, to accept the position of file clerk ol the Forty- 

seventh Congress. The political complex] f the 

House changing with the incoming nf the forty-eighth 
Congress, he went out ol' that office, and returned to 
the management of his paper and to the practice of 
law. in March, 1884. In the Republican convention 
held at Jonesborough in July, 1884, he was nominated 
for the State Senate, and at the general election. No- 
vember I. 1884, was elected to represent the Second 
Senatorial district, comprising the counties of Hawkins, 
Hancock and Greene, in the Forty-fourth General As- 
sembly of Tennessee, being the junior member of the 
Senate, and the only unmarried man in it. 

lie has been a delegate to every Republican State 
convention since 1ST! I; was an alternate delegate to the 
Republican National convention at Chicago, in July. 
1880, from the First congressional district of Tennessee, 
and cast the vote of that district: was also a delegate 
from the same district to the Republican national con- 
vention of 1884, and was one of Mr. Blaine's warmest 
supporters. From 1870 to 1881, inclusive, he was chair- 
man of the Republican executive committee of Haw- 
kins county, and in 1880 was elector for Hawkins county 
on the Garfield and Arthur ticket. 

lie has been unswervingly Republican in politics 
from his boyhood, and is ultra, aggressive, ami uncom- 
promising in all his political views. He has never 
sought an elective office except that of senator, and to 

that be was elected by a vote of some four hundred 

above the party strength. He has. however, a decided 

taste fol' political life, and has taken a very active part 
in the various campaigns. His speech in the Senate 
on the bill pensioning Confederate soldiers was noted 
for its vehemeuce and aggressiveness, particularly in 
that portion where he denied the constitutionality of 
the measure proposed. There chanced to be present on 
that occasion a large number ol' visitors from northern 
States, on their waj to the New Orleans exposition, 
who. utter listening to the speech, expressed their 



astonishment that he should dare to niter views so an 
tagonistic to the doctrines entertained and taught by 
the op p. is it ion. To use his own language, "my polities 
have been everlasting]} Republican, and I have lived 
and worked that way. 

.Mr. Brown belongs to no secret organization, nor to 
any church, though he is a firm believer in the Chri in 

religion, and occasionally has acted as Sabbath sel I 

teacher. 

He began life without means, and is now in independ- 
ent circumstances, the result of a rule to which he b 
adhered, never to owe anything, and to limit his ex- 
penditures to his actual necessities. If he makes but 
little he also makes it a point to know he is clearing 
money. With these views, by clear-headed judgment, 
rigid economy and judicious! fading, be has accumulated 
a respectable property. I le has never been given to dis- 
sipation, and has never bet on anything. Though ruth 
lessl.N assailed by politicians, his character is unblem- 
ished. It is a singular fact that few persons are indif 
ferent to him — being either his warm friends or bitter 
enemies, a fact fir which it is difficult to account. 

Senator Brown's father, Rev. Iredell ( 'am pi all Brown, 
ol' the Methodist church, was born in Hawkins county. 
Tennessee, and bad only the advantages of a common 
school education. lie has been a local Methodist 
preacher from his young manhood, and has the reputa- 
tion of being one of the finest vocal musicians on the 
continent. His business is that of farming and stock- 
raising, and lie is now living at "High Oaks," three 
miles east of Morristown, on the East Tennessee, Vir- 
ginia and Georgia railroad. His charity, sympathy for 
the poor, and his perfect good will for mankind in 
geueral, have attached all who know* him as bis 
friends. His father. Thomas Brown, a native of North 
Carolina, came to Hawkins county. Tennessee, early in 
the present century, married there ; lived a firmer, and 
died at about (lie age of seventy-live, leaving ten chil- 
dren: (li. Mar} Brown, married Rev. William Wyatt, 
and has seven children. Iredell Campbell, Thomas 
Pendigrass, Samuel Pattoil, Sarah. Matilda. Nannie and 
John. (2). Rev. Iredell Campbell Brown. (3). Jesse 
Brown, who married Miss Nancy Charles, daughter of 
Col Rogers Charles, of New Canton, Tennessee: died 
in ISTf. Iea\ ing five children. ( 'harles. Solomon, Sarah, 
Susan and Nancy. (4). Thomas Iv Brown: married 
first Miss Eliza Dodson, who died, leaving no issue. 
He then married Mrs. Mary Kyle, willow of Dr. Robert 

Kyle, by whom be has two children, .Mice and Thomas, 
jr. to). Dr. Owen M. Brown, married Miss Nannie 
Fortner, daughter of Rev. Isaac Fortner, of Hawkins 
county, and has four children, Luther Fairchild, Para- 
lee, Emma and Owen M.,jr. Dr. Brown was the sur- 
geon of the First Tennessee light artillery (Federal) 
in the late civil war. (6). Clinton A. Brown, married 
Miss Laura \. Crawford, daughter of l!e\ Roberi 
Crawford, of Hawkins county, and has eight children, 



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Robert A., Clinton, Thomas, Frank, Sallie, ^.ga and a 
pair of twin boys. (7). Nancy Brown; died in 1885, 
wife of Samuel Edison, leaving four children, Joseph, 
Sallie, Matilda and Samuel, jr. (8). Sarah Brown: 
died childless, wife of Joseph Anderson, of War Gap, 
Hawkins county. (9). James Brown, married Miss 
Rebecca Vermillion, daughter of William Vermillion, 
and lias ten children, Theophilus, George and I'' rank 
(twins), Tlnnnas. Clinton, Walter, Nannie, James, Fan 
nic and John. (10). Matilda Brown, wife of Hiram 
Herd, of Manchi ster, Kentucky : has one child, John. 

Senator Brown's greal grandfather, Samuel Brown, 
came from North Carolina to Ten f'ter his son 

came. Hi' was a farmer, and had been a Revolutionary 
soldier. 

Senator Brown's mother was Mary Ann Willis, 
daughter of James and Sally Willis, of Lee Valley, 
Hawkins county. She is the grand-daughter of Larkin 
Willis, ,-i native of Scotland, a uoted philanthropist, 
espi 'dally kind and liberal in his donations to strangers. 
It is said that be, on three different oci isi m . gave 
horses to men who were complete strangers to him. 
His wife was Elizabeth Sizemore, of North Carolina 
Of the Willis family, Maj. W. W. Willis, was major of 
the Eighth Tennessee Federal cavalry, and n 
Hawkins county in the Tennessee Legislature after the 
war. about 1866. Summerville I!. Willis, sister to his 
mother, married Dr. 11. K. Legg, and lives at Selig- 
man, Missouri. Another member of the family, Silas 



Willis, is now a telegraph r at Stevenson, Ala- 

M r. Bro ■ ■' ln-r was Sallie 

Wilson. 

Senator Brown has two bro! five sisters, all 

I (1 Franci ^.sbut Bi - : > m Maj 15. 1851 ; 

now practicing medicine and farming al Lee Valley, 

Hawkins count; ed Miss \ r and 

lias two children (2) Larkin Willis Brown, born 
December 1,1854: studied law; was joint editor and 
proprietor with his brother in the Rogersville Press 
and Timrs on now farming; is unmarried. 

He wa eel d i ounty supi i of public 

instruction for Hawkins county; was assistant teacher 
three years in t hi • ater Male Aca 

Prof. J. L. Bachman. (3). 
Sarah Elizabeth Brown; married James M. Johns 
of the firm of Fulkerson & Johnstone, manufacturers 
of boo and harness, at Rogersville; 

has four children, Charles < Matilda, Mary 

Annie Jackson and Mattie. Mrs. Johnstone is noted 
fur her prai i i itali- 

ties with the grace and dignity of the Laily Bountiful. 
(4). Annie Rathbone Brown, now wife of J. J. Starnes, 
a farmer and stock trader of Hawkins county. (5). 

i ( 'athari , now wife of J. ii. I > 

farmer near Whitesburg, Hamblen county,'! 
(6). Mary Artemesia Brown, now wife of Win. A. Orr, 
a lawyer at Jonesville, Virginia. (7). Mattie E. Brown, 
now living with her parents at " 1 1 igh < taks. 



JAMES M. LARKIN, M.I). 



CLARKSVILLE. 



THIS gentleman, an impressive conversationalist, 
entertaining by the variety of subjects he dis 
cusses, the scope and accuracy of his knowledge ol 
and things, the remarkable tenacity of his memory of 
names, dates, incidents and personal histories, and dis- 
tinguished also for the magnetism with which he fixes 

the attenti f his hearers, the many agreeable acquaint 

ances he has formed, the earnestness with which he 
enters into the discussion of any subject which the 
occasion or the company may suggest, appears in rinse 
pages as a representative of the medical profession in 
Clarksville, and as one of the standard men of Tennes- 
see. To the writer he appears as one of those men 
about whom there is an air and manner of reserve force 
and energy, ready to be brought into action at will. 
thereby making him equal to almost any emergency. 
Quick, clear, logical and forcible in his arguments, he 
warms up with enthusiasm until he becomes oblivions 
to all subjects excepl the ■ under discussion, his 



interest in which is manifested by a flashing eye, ani- 
mated gestures and a flow of words at once eloquent 
and interesting. I me of his brother physicians in 
Clarksville says of him: "Dr. Larkin is a close student. 
and possesses a prodigious memory. Thoroughly honest 
in word and deed, with no flattery for any man, he is 

held in high esteem by a wide circle of acquaint! s. 

Possessing a vast stock of general information on his- 
torical subjects, as well as upon the general topi 
the day. he is ever ready in conversation, and has at the 
same time an amount of practical common sense which 
makes him ready in carrying out the views which he 
expresses. In spite of his feeble constitution, he is a 
master of his profession, both in medicine and surgery, 
and had not ill health put hounds to his progress, he 
must have stood at the top round of the ladder. \- a 
surgeon in the Confederate army he was faithful to 
e\ ery t rust." 
The subject of this sketch was horn ou the waters of 



PKO.M1XKNT TKXNKSSK W- 

! irkin and carried out, and became the moans of groat good to 
Me_\ ' - - . ■ wouuded soldi 

the war, finding the iron works where he had 

and his oKl practice gone, he 

■ ks\ ille, « has since resided in 

nit :i^ hi* liealth would 

all 

I'r Larkin became Mastei Mason at Charlotte in 
1847; was - nior Warden under a special dispen- 

sation tout uioni lis after initiation ; i wards 

i if liis I.' became 

: lun m Vrch Mason in Clarksville Chapter. 
Ual! II:- In earl \ life he voted for Martin YauBureu, a civilian, 

-; Gen. Harrison, a military chieftain, casting no 

it to ,;• Fillmore, and 

\ -'on- then for John Bell, always refusing to vote for a inili- 

'■■ : ■ x hi iii- tary candidate tor a civil office. All I » i — sentiments 

i • 

ii from principle, he however i sidcred Mr. 

these Lincoln's call for troops, without the consent of Congress, 

II tyranny, and entered most heartily into the 

x '•'. u the war closed, and he came to choose 

attend i where ho between parties, he was forced to vote with the Pemo- 

< but since that party assumed its present policy on 

rued to his the public debt ho lias refusi operate with any 

iii.l in the a party, but voted for Cleveland and Hendricks, 

trip - in the Dr Larkin's father, Joseph Larkin, was the sixth 

11 lly, in the child and fourth son of John Larkin. who was horn in 

- - re in Dublin. Ireland, thi i linen draper, and who. 

war. Hi- practice when a boy, while spreading linen was. together with 

- of the iron work- : S h lads, kidnapped and brought to I'liila- 

I hi~ delphia. where he was apprenticed to a manufacturer, 

financially and prol -- and learned the art oi weaving. After attaining his 

s>7. the 1 S rity he moved to Guilford county. North Carolina, 

him an In i .. iiue a member of the Alamance congregation of 

He married Sarah McAdow. daughter 

May. 1861. nth of James McAdow, who. together with his brother 

Tennes commanded b.\ Col John, born in Ireland, came to North Carolina at an 

- 1 • K l'i - ii that capacity until his early day. The family name was afterwards changed to 

1 1 rate In 17!'ti. as remembered by this writer. 

John Larkin and his brothers-in-law, John McAdow, 

his wife havi li . Samuel McAdow, ami the family of James Mc 

Gen. Zollicoffer, Adow moved from Guilford county, North Carolina, to 

return ami did ami settled in Dickson county, and founded 

i w ith the regiment. However, rejoining the the Larkin and McAdow sett lenient on Jones' creek. 

army, he refus ind The Rev. Samuel Mi \i> authography chauged to 

■ 1 under a contract, doing hospital service und " McA isly mentioned, grand unci of Dr. 

Dr. D. D. Satin i Mi bis, as post i, and Larkin, was a Presbyterian minister, and he, together 

- medical director. In November, with Lev. Fiuis Ewiug and Kphraiin McClain. of 

k, he obtained li Kentucky, and San. [\ \lahama. met al Mi 

1'uia. ami was at Marietta Adow's residence ami constituted a presbytery, thereby 

a his way to join thi news organizing and founding the Cumberland Presbyterian 

church in Dickson county, Tennessee. February 1. 

the Eleventh T 1S10. Si ■■. 1'. K Cossitt, chapter 

ami si am. he conceived the idea 1 t. | 

Joseph Larkin. father of Dr. Larkin. who died Sep- 
thcii i liis plan to Gen. Fostet il was teniber '-'■•. IS37, in his ti 1 1 > second year, was married. 



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tharine Dark rn iu 

Guilford county, North Carolina the 

daughtei : Hance Clark and Ma • 
('lark was an Irishman, and. so the writer i- informed, 
in of Hr. Adam 'lark, tl 

cal commentator. M 

• and Alexandei - tland. 

Dr. Larkin was married in i 1 

■ 7 Hiss D • [well, 

of I f - . j . Thomas H. Cold^ 
villi.-.; daughter of Abiram Coldwell, of Hawk 
Tennessee, and his wife, Nancy Montgomery, formerly 
of Richmond, Virginia. M - : augb- 

ter ol 

the niece of Gen. Richard M ry, who ' 

Qui ■ 

.Mr-. Larkiu died Aug - lady 

of firm and decided character, but 
in her manners, and by h 
many friends. Four children were bon 
(1). Josephine, born August 22, 1 352 ; died July 10. 



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JOHN It. FRAYSER, M.D. 



Dl: -JOHN I: FRAYSER was born February 15, 
1815, in Cumberland county, Virginia 
grew to manhood, or till he was twent 
Be is descended from : -J. family. His grand- 

father Fra 5 itehman, i 

and settled in Hanover county, Virginia, : 
mond, and a farming. Hi- -on. Rol 

of the subject of this rnan of 

charaeter. and rose from the anvil to the bench, 1. 

it fir.-t a blacksmith and afterwai f the 

court of Cumberland eounty. He died at Staunton, 
Virginia, in 1831, a' I rs, leaving 

six children, one of whom. Robert, went to St. Charles 
count. M • tii he became iveplanter, 

and married Miss Spear.-, niece of Judge Edward j 
who was a member of President Lincoln's cabinet. 
Another son, William, went from Virginia to Memphis, 
where he remained a few years, and then removed to 
Lexington, Holme- eounty. Mississippi, wh 
came prominent a- a lawyer. II- re in 1842. 

A third son, Albert, wa- a merchant in Powhatan 
county, Virginia. Benjamin F., another son, graduated 
with honor at the University of Virginia, and 
successful practitioner of medicine till hi- death in 
l -:.:; 

John Ii.. our subject, was brought up on a farm in 
his native eounty. obtaining his earliest education in 
the "old field schools " of the neighborhood, and,* for 



ille. Virgii His 
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At qu formed the intentioi 

Med- 
ical I 

ailed " tl 
if whom wa- William G 
of the ui He era 

in medicim md in the foil 

"dem- 
and 
month in I H 

Memphis by tl brothen 

then li ther a law- 

yer and editor of a paper in tl He lauded in 

Memphis with just three dollar- in hi t, and 

stopped at the old City Hotel, of which Tl . - D. 
Johnson was proprietor. He toot the landlord into 

told him that he was without m 
and at ODi Ipathy and a prom 

help. He boarded for three years with Mr. Jol 
who became hi- warmest friend, and charged him only 

lollars in irs ; board, taki 

balance out in practice in his family. He did not 
enter 1840, 

'-hip with 
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Durinu the year Isin he formed a partnership with | born in L857. now shipping clerk to Lynn & Lewis, 

Xew Orleans. (6 David, law partner of his brother, 
l». Dudley Frayser. 
In politics, Dr. Frayser was raised an old line Whig. 



Dr. Hugh Wheal ley, who had solicited him to join him 
in tin 1 practice of medicine when he first came to 

Memphis. At the expiratii f one year, Dr. Frayser 

entered into partnership with Dr. Solon Borland, who, 
after remain ins; witli liim one year, turned his attention 
to politics, moved to Louisville, and, after practicing 
medicine there for a time, went to Arkansas, took a 
prominent pari in Democratic politics in that State 
was elected I'nited States senator and afterwards ap- 
pointed minister to Central America. At the beginning 
of the late eh il Borland) entered the Confede- 

rate army with the rank of colonel, and died while in 
the service. 

In 184!) Dr. Frayser formed a partnership with Dr. 
James Chase, who con tinned with him till his death in 
1850. lie then entered into partnership with Dr. E. 
Willett, which lasted till 1878. when he took as 
a partner Dr. B. 11. Helming, his son-in-law, who is 
now professor ill the Memphis Hospital Medical Col- 
lege. ' 

Dr. Frayser was married November I 1837, to Miss 
Pauline A. Brown, daughter of William Brown, a native 
of Virginia. Her mother was Miss Saunders, sister of 
Romulus M. Saunders, of North Carolina, who was a 
member of Congress from that Stair for several terms, 
and afterwards minister to Spain. One of Mrs. Fray- 
ser's half-brothers, Capt. Henderson, was an officer in 
the I'nited States army and adjutant on the shift' of 
(Jen. (iaiucs. Mi's. Frayser was left an orphan at tin 
earl} age, but was tenderly cared for by Mrs. Dunn, 
wife of Dr. Dudley Dunn, near Memphis. She received 
her education at Huntsvillo, Alabama, and was a lady 
of unusual intellectual powers and unblemished Chris- 
tian character. She was a consistent member oi the 
Methodist church from her sixteenth year to the time 
of her death, which occurred February 28, 188-1 

'fhe union of Dr. Frayser and wife was a most happy 
one, and from il were born six children: (I). K. Dud- 
ley, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in tin- vol 
nine. 2 . Emma I,., born in 1846, now the wife of 
Col. II. M. Smith, formerly of Xashville, now of New 
Orleans; they have three children. (■'!'. Julia ( I). 
Cornelia, born in 1852, now the wife o,f Dr, B. <!. 
If lining, and mother of three children. (5). John C, 



He was a ureal admirer of Henry Clay, for whom lie 
always voted. Since the war he has voted the Demo- 
ticket, though he ha- never taken an active part 
in polities, lie has invariably refused to become a 
candidate for public office, although often solicited to 

do so. lie has several times I ii offi re, I a professor 

ship in the Memphis Medical College, bul declined, be- 
lieving that his duty to his clientele required his whole 
attent ion. 

He became a member of the Independent Order of 
Odd-Fellows in 1837, hut ha- never hold any office in 

the order. As in polities he has been a quiet Voter, SO 

in the lodge he has been a sihni member. 

Dr. Frayser has been successful in acquiring and 
holding a very large practice, due alike to hi.- aeknowl- 
e Iged skill and attainments, and the fidelity and 
promptness with which he has always responded to the 
calls of the sick. For the accumulation of money he 
never displayed any special talent or desire. He has 
been fortunate, however, in being associated with busi- 
uess like partners, and thus abundant financial rewards 
have accompanied his professional success. In the 
year 1866, his professional income alone was sixteen 
thousand dollars— perhaps the largest incoii 1' the 

kind ever enjoyed in Memphis, lie has always dearly 
loved his profession, and devoted all his energies to its 
ice with becoming enthusiasm in the cause ol 
humanity. I'ne of his professional brethren in Mem- 
phis ,-ays of him; " Dr. Frayser is a man of high moral 
character, has stood tit the head of his profession in 
Memphis for many years, and enjoys an enviable repu- 
tation." 'fhis tribute is siiupl,\ a just one. There i- 
not in Memphis a more honorable, upright citizen, nor 
one who enjoy.-, in a greater degree, the confidence of 
the people. 

Dr. Frayser has passed through all the epidemics with 
which Memphis has been afflicted for the last fifty years, 
In sinning with Asiatic cholera the first year of his resi- 
dence there, and ending with the yellow fever in L879. 
Dr. Frayser had the yellow fever himself in 1878, but 
was spared for further usefulness to his fellow-man. 



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HON. BENJAMIN J. LEA. 



BKOW'KSYILLE 



Till-', at stry of Judge Lea were English and 
Scotch- Irish, but not tracable in this sketch be- 
yond the grandfather, Bennett Lea,whowasa well-to-do 
fanner in North Carolina. The father. Alvis Lea, a 
native of that State, was a farmer ami merchant in Cas- 
well county, lie was a member of the Baptist church, 
a quiet, unassuming man. who looked well after his own 

1 sehold, and also found time and means to make his 

benevolent nature felt among his neighbors. He had 
no ambition for any sort of public life, but was content. 

" Along the cool, sequestered vale of life 
To keep the noiseless tenor of his way." 

He died at his home in Caswell county. North Caro- 
lina, in lSTli, at the age of seventy-one years. 

Judge Lea's mother, whose maiden name was Nancy 
Kerr, was a niece of the celebrated P>a|itisi minister. 
John Kerr, who, for several terms, was a member of 
Congress from Virginia; and she was also a cousin of 
John Kerr, jr., who represented a North Carolina dis- 
trict in Congress several years, and died in 1878, while 
on the superior bench of that State. Her father was a 
North Carolina farmer. Her mother, originally Miss 
Cantrell, was of a North Carolina family. The Kerrs 
are of Scotch-Irish origin. 

Judge B. J. Lea was born in Caswell county, North 
Carolina, January 1. L833. lie was raised in that 
county, working on the farm and going to school alter- 
nately, until he entered Wake Forest College, from 
which institution he was graduated in June. 1852 
Having, at quite an early age, formed the determination 
to become a lawyer, on quitting college he removed to 
Haywood county. Tennessee, when' he engaged in 
teaching school, carrying on his legal studies in the 
meantime. In 1850 he was licensed to practice by 
Judge John Reed and Chancellor Isaac B.Williams, 
and at once opened a law office in Brownsville, where 
he lias resided ever since. From 1858 to 1872, he was 
law partner with Hon. II. J. Livingston, now chancel- 
lor of that division. In 1859 he was elected represent- 
ative from Haywood county, and served in the 
Legislature id' 1859-60, being a member of the commit- 
tees on the judiciary and federal relations. While still 
a member of the Legislature, he was appointed by Gov. 
Isham G. Harris, commissary in the provisional (Con- 
federate) army of Tennessee, and, a few months later, 
was elected colonel of the fifty-second Tennessee regi- 
ment, ami remained its colonel till the close of the war. 
having been re-elected upon its reorganization in 1863 
by an almost unanimous vote. Judge Lea was taken 
prisoner in West Tennessee, in .March. 1865, and kept on 
parole until after the final surrendei 



The war over, lie resumed the practice of law at 
Brownsville, with great success. Like most ol his 
southern brethren of the liar, he had then but little 
left, beyond his profession, upon which to build for the 
future, hut. with courage and hop. •fulness, he set him- 
self to work in the new life. In 1876 he was appointed 
by Gov. Porter special judge of the Supreme court on 

account of the illness of oi f the judges, and served ill 

that office about eight months. In September, 1S7S. he 
was appointed by the Supreme court to tic position of 
attorney-general and reporter for the State. This posi- 
tion he still holds, and, during the seven years he has 
held it. he has served the State with signal ability and 
fidelity. The work of the Supreme court since he has 
been in office has been unusually heavy, and his reports 
are quite voluminous, though exceedingly well pre- 
pared. 

Judge Lea was married in Haywood county, June 15 
1853 — the first year of his residence then — to Miss 
Mary C. Currie, a native of that county, and daughter 
of George and Judith Currie, both of North Carolina 
families. Her mother was a Chandler. Mrs. Lett wtts 
educated tit Brownsville. She is a member of the 
Methodist church, and is a woman of much force of 
character, possessed of sound practical judgment, gentle 
manners, kind disposition, and skilled in till the better 

ways of the g 1 housewife. 

There Lave been born to Judge Lea and wife four 
children: (1). Swannanoa, born October 20, 1854; grad- 
uated from Ward's Seminary, Nashville. She married 
Thomas I 1 . Baynes, now deceased, a lawyer of Browns- 
ville. He was a lawyer of great promise and very in- 
dustrious, having probably hastened his death by 
excessive work. She lias since married Mr. J. I'. East- 
man, of Lebanon, a lawyer. She litis two children. 
Thomas F. and Effie Baynes. (2). Mary F., born in 
1859, and died in infancy. (3). Katie I!., born in 1860, 
graduated at Brownsville and Nashville, and married 
John C. Sanders, a lawyer at Lebanon. She has two 
children. Mary Lea and Richard. (4). Alvis G., born 
April s. 1868 

Judge Lea is a man of marked personal characteris 
tics. Physically, he is a splendid specimen of his race. 
In height lie measures over six feet, while in weight 
he "tii>s the beam'' usually at two hundred and forty- 
five pounds. His robust, hale and hearty look is always 
suggestive of good living. His eyes are dark and keen. 
ami fairly blaze on occasions of excitement, while his 
heavy projecting brows impart to his countenance an 
air of gravity that commands respect, a- by authority. 
Yet austerity is not a characteristic of Judge Lea. In 
temper, usually, he is as gentle as a woman, and. in the 



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enial. Hi' lo\ es the 
his friends, and, in friendly devotion, ill 
no man more prompt or true. 

*, Judge I. i.i has been a life-long Democrat, 
cception ol'tlie legislative service al 
ready inetltioned, lias never held political office. In 
1872 lie was made chairman of the Democratic State 
iition. In 1ST).") he Master Mason, and 

afterw - the Chapter degrees, lie has served as 

Master, King and High Driest. He is also a member 
of the Order of the Knights of Honor, of the United 
Workmen, and of the Golden Rule, lie is a member 
of the Methodist church, in which he has been steward 
ami lay delegate to the annual conference. Hi- per 
sonal life is. in all respects, exemplary, regulated at all 
times l'\ ilir highest standards of propriety ami 
morality. 

\- a lawyer, Judge Lea has been verj successful. 
His qualities are of the solid, rather than of the bril- 
liant order. Hi- reputation is that of the safe coun- 
selor. Strong common sense, subjected to a rigid con- 
scientiousness, is tin- sub-stratum of his character. His 
■in- of professional duty are lofty and liberal. 



There is nothing of the pettifogger in his nature. When 
a man becomes hi- client, lie becomes hi- pnttegi ami is 

e cause becomes his 
own Where a remedy i- possible without litigation 
he invariably urges it. though adversely to his own in- 
terest. Kver since lie came to the bar lie has 
upon the belief that very many of the suits brought 
before the courts might be compromised by the par- 
tie-, or their lawyers, more profitably to all concerned, 
than by a warfare in the court-room; ami suit has 
long been Judge Lea's custom, wheu consulted or re 
taiued, to endeavor first to effect a settlement of the 
matters in controversy, before resorting to legal process. 
This failing, however, his zeal in the fighl i- quite as 
marked as his previous desire for peace. Ami in the 
court room Judge Lea is very effective A.s an advo- 
cate he ha- few equals. Besides, his conduct before 

court ami jury is marked bj a degr if candor and 

fairness that wins confidence and secures couviction. 

Smart tricks and "sharp practice are foreign to 
his met hods. 

Judge Lea isyel in hi- prime, physical b and mentally. 
The future should have much laid up in store for him. 



HON. JOHN FRIZZELL. 






JUDGE JOHN 1'KIZZKI.I. i- of Scotch origin. 
r> The original family emigrated to Ireland ami thence 



Hi- grandfather, 
were tobaeco plant- 



America, settling in Virginia 
Mm ■am Krizzoll. ami hi- brothers 
er- in Maryland and Virginia, and from these descended 
all the Frizzells in the United States, who -pell their 
names in that way. Mu-aiu Frizzell's wife was a Mi- 
William-. She die. 1 at the age of fort; five, he at the 
about ninety. Judge Frizzell- father, Nathan 
Krizzoll. wa- horn in Pittsylvania county, Virginia, 
September 3, 1S08, and moved with his father's family 
to Bedford county, Tennessee, in 1825, where In- father 
liyed a few years, returned to Virginia, married again, 
ami died in ISoS or 185fl Judge frizzells father mar- 
ried. November 27, 1827, Miss Mary Jones, daugii 
1 1 ugh .lone-, living near Beech I rrove, then in Bedford, 
n..\\ Coffee county, Tennessee The Joneses were from 
Buncombe county, North Carolina. Hugb -lone-, 
i lie time over age, was a volunteer under 
Gen. Jackson, at N'ew Orleans. He was a great lover 
of hi- rifle ami passionately fond oi hunting, lie .lied 
between eighty-five and ninety years of a ; i I'riz- 
zell's maternal grandmother, .lone-, was of a North Caro- 
lina family, ami. with her husband, settled in Coffee 
county. Hugh Frizzell. Judge Frizzell's brother, was 



elected, in 1870, clerk of the criminal court of David 
son county, ami died in office, a tier two years' sen ice. 

.Indue Frizzell- lather started out in lite a poor man. 
lie worked on a farm, a- a day laborer, until, becoming 

corpulent, he taught -<■! 1 for several years in Bedford 

ami Rutherford counties. His teaching did not extend 
beyond reading, writing and arithmetic, lie had the 
reputation, among other attainments, of being an excep- 
tionally correct speller, a very rare accomplishment even 
among scholars. He received his education in Virginia. 
In isil he removed to Winchester and sold goods for 
a time. Shortly after going to Winchester, he was 
elected magistrate, and served as chairman of the county 
court. In March, 1844, he was elected clerk of the 
circuit court, and was re-elected four times success- 
sively. holding the office for twenty years without in- 
terruption. When the courts were reopened after the 
war he declined a reappointment to the clerkship 
tendered him by Judge 1 [ickerson, then presiding, lie 
ii honest man. faithful to every trust, benevolent 
and just. He was a moral, temperate man. and. in 



Democrat, lie 



N-p- 



polities, wa- a Jeffersoniau 
tember 21. 1871. 

.1 udge Frizzell- mother was a devoted member of the 
Methodist church, and died in May. 18S2, at the 



PROMINENT TENNESSEANS. 



seventy four, leaving lour children surviving her, eight 
having di her. 

Judge Frizzell s experience in boyhood was somewhat 
an usual, and it i- hardly too much i" the ef 

fects of that experience are -nil seen in thi -tiikinL' 
domestic virtues which characterize the man. II 
rained in the homestead and ti do all manm 

household work, in assistance of lii- mother. Id- had 
hut little advantage of farm l.-<l»«.r or of school 
privili ept as an irregular attendant at his fath 

chool, when he could be spared from home. \' 
tli'- age of about eighteen, however, his father sent him 
in tli' icademy one term, \\ hieh was .-ill I hi 

alar schooling he obtained. At tin- age of fourteen he 
bad begun writing in the office of the circuit court clerk, 
.in 'I in hi- fifteenth year, became deputy clerk. For the 
!!■ i ten years, with the exception "ft In- brief period at 
i In .11 .nil in hi ■• ■ mainl engaged 1 deput in his 
father's office and in the other clerks offices of thi 
county. It was tlii- early clerical training, no doubt, 
that laid ili<- basis of that high business character which 
he now enjoys. In 1849 hi ivas elected .1 the 

land office at Nashville, by thi- Legislature, the mem 
ber from Franklin county, Col. Ha; di n M ireh, present 
in;/ his name in his absence and without his know] 
He took charge of the office in December of thai 
and, fiir three years, gave his personal attention to its 
duties. Leaving the office, then, in charge ofa deputy, 

eturned to Winchester, and, for about om 
was in chargeofa mercantile establishment, meanwhile 
assisting his father in his office. 

.1 udge Frizzell was born, at arlier 

stated, in Bedford (now Coffee) county, September 8, 
1829 on the Garrison fork of Duck river. Excepting 
while in Nashville, filling the office of land 
before related, he lived in Winchester from 1841 tb 
186 « hen he removed to Nashville, and has lived t here 

I I i Hire. 

Iii February, 1854 Judge Frizzell was li 
practice law by Chancellor 1!. L. Ridley and Judge 
Nathaniel Baxter and practiced at Winchester, except 
during the war. till his final removal to Nashville. 
From 1856 to the breaking out of the war. he was in 
partnership with Hon. A. S. Colyar (whose sketch see 
elsewhere in this volume Hon \. S Mark- was a 
member of thi firm from L85S to 186] The partnership 
was dissolved by the war. (See sketch of Hon. A.S. 
Mark- iii this volume . For about two year-, after 
1865, Judge Frizzell was associated in prai 
Hon. Peter Turney, now on the Supreme bench of the 
(See sketch of Hon. P. Turney in this vo] 

For several years' Judge Frizzell was trustee of the 
Robert Donnell Female Institute al Winchester, In 
1870, after removing to Nashville, he was elected school 
commissioner in what was then the seventeenth school 
district of Davidson county He took an active part 
in forming the voluntary association which conducted 



the public F Davidson county until the pri 

anized bj enactment. He hat- 

been an anient friend of popular educ 

■ izens in urging the 
nder which the present -;. stem of public 
schools in Tennessee was organized. For about 

mber of the hoard of education in 
the town of Edgefield, while it irate cor- 

poration, an ter portion of the time, was presi- 

ird. 
i the first serious threatenings of civil war. 
Judge Frizzell was in favorof resorting to all honorable 
means for the avoidance of bloodshed. But when it 
became apparent th mptly 

took a decided southern position. He volunt 
as a private in Col. Turney s regiment, but bi 
he reached the command, he was intercepted 
gram calling him to Atlanta, where he was placed 

duty. >* - eommiss 

as captain and placed in charge of tran i and 

the auditing of railroad accounts. He remained in 
department of the Confederal mainly en- 

(] in auditing accounts, till th f the war. 

The rank of major m bim just before the war 

ended. During his term of service, he disbursed over 

millions of dollars, and had his accounts a 
and pas-ed "0 K" up to January 1, 1865, a i 
that few disbursing officers of the Confederacy can 
present. 

In the rank- of Masonry Judge .John Frizzell is a 
conspicuous figure, not only in Tennessee, but through- 
out the t 'nio n. From the period of his intiation, his 
" heart received the beautii - of Masonry," and hi 
charmed with its work and its principles. There are 

but two other men in T ssee, than .1 udge Frizzell, 

who have presided over all the grand bodies of Masonry 
Tenn Ma Wilbur F. Foster, Nashville, and 
II. M. Aiken. Knoxville. Judge Frizzell's petition 
to Cumberland Lodge No. 8, Nashville, is dated - 
tember 8, 1850, his twenty-first birth-day. He was 
initiated in October, passed in November, and I 
December 21, 1850. Hi ! Junior War- 
den and Master of Lodge, as Junior Grand Warden 
(in 1853), Deputj Grand Master (in 1854 , Grand Mas- 
ter twice 1858 59), Gr I Si cretary since 1868, and as 

one of the committee to compile the Masonic Text- 
ile was made a Royal A.reh M 
April 27, 1852, served as High Priest of thi 

[years; was Grand High Priest one year. He 
received the Council degrees in 1852, and has been 
Most [llustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council 
of Tennessee; was made a Knight Templar, Nashville 
Commandery No. 1, December IT. 1852, and was 
elected Grand Commander of the State in 1867; re- 
ceived the order of IIiliIi Priesth I in 1860, and has 

been Grand President of the Order of High Priesthood 
of Te — e. Sim-, 1868, be has been continuously 



ri;<>\ii\i:\ r n wr— r w- 



i rand Chapter, uu.l t J ran 

riiirty- 
third i \ >ui-h Rite 

i ! cnera 1 Grand 
ml Chapter of the 
-^ . .■ - etoil I loin 
i', '\\ Masons in the world ran pi 
-iuli .. 11 Supreme 

\ ■ . • i • ■ : . i 

\ ! in mi 

In politii -. - ! i her, and 

, I'n a Di moerat. lie li 

s, hut has never held 

any politieal offiee. In 1S.V. he ma criment tor 

the Legislature as a candidate in Franklin county, and 

hundred and seventy votes. This 

n the 
county on the prin >u. Since then 

the count) - • hree teni| men to 

the 

Cuder the act of ISSo. authorizing thi 
- s the three 

S ill Was ap] 

- John L. T. Sueed and S 
Kirk] - - Kasi Tern <s 

imed the i - a clear-headed, 

pains 

Judjri I: 11 married, in Rutherford county. July 

23, l-.M Miss Matilda Win ford, a native of Winchester, 

daughter of William and Sophia Win ford, both natives 

ofTi -- Her lather died in tl revolution, 

- : Mi-s.Winford ^her mother) died iu 1S52. She 

'.ted herself and family by teaching school, and 

due mind culture. Mrs. Friz- 

zell is a graduati Mary Sliarpe Colli liester, 

and has been of great benefit to her husband in his lit- 



erary 1. - Slu possesses all the traits of a perfect 
wife and mother, gentleness of disposition and tirn 
of purpose being her chief characteristics She is, a- 
also her Ini sistent and earnest member "I 

imberhiml Presbyterian church. In regard to the 
uld have been stated that he joined the 
md has been an elder for the last thirty 
II was stated clerk of the General Assembly 
for eleven years, and in ISS-4. was elected Moderator 
the first layman to till that position in an\ I'resbyterian 
tieneral Assembly in the Tinted States II. « 

inniiiiee that revised the Confession of faith 
and Government ol the Church, and prepared for thai 
committee the present constitution and regulations of 
the church. In dune, 1884, the degree of LLC was 
conferred upon him by Cumberland I'niversity.at Leb- 
anon. 'IVi 

Judge l-'ii.'/ell and wife have had five children: four 
:? hie. John I!.. Maude and Charles I''., and 
lead. Sallie. 
In the narrative of the life of Jud ! I, we have 

Mitliciently indi as a man and lawyer. 

It anything more is lacking to com ey to the reader a just 
if the man. his own frank utterances will supply 
the complement. In response to an inquiry concerning 
his life, he said " 1 started on nothing. 1 assisted my 
father in raising his family. Whatever success 1 have 
attained in lite. 1 owe to the faith 1 have had in the 
providence of God. That God will lake care of and 
prosper those who trust in llim. 1 honestly believe. In 
business, my father taught me that whatever is worth 
doing at all. is worth being well done. I'nder my fath- 
rainiug. 1 have given great attention to detail-, 
and thi- is the secret o\' success." This being the car- 
dinal idea of .link. - life, it is easy to see how 

me to the front as a business lawyer. He 
in the vigor of manly strength, aud the Stale ha- -till 
much in hope from him. 



REV. N. M. LONG. 



■ 



Till', distinguished young minister, whose name 
tch. was born in Somerville, Fayette 
count Julv 27. 18411. When lie was about 

nine s mother, who had marrii 

id. moved to Sullivan county, East fennes- 
ituij I. 'i - grew up mi a farm. He 
received his education at Ixi i Bristo 

M -7 rian of his 

and the winner of the prize medal for oratory. 
In his youth Mr Long had intended to become a law - 

rian church in IS(>7. 



he determined to study for the ministry. Therefore, 
after leaving King College, he entered the theological 
miliary at Columbia. South Carolina, and remained 
there two and a half vear-. being called in the middle 
of hi- third year to take charge of the Presbyterian 
church ai Tallahassee, Florida. Here he remained four 
rs. ai tin- expiration of which he was called to Pu- 
laski, Tennessee, staying there' one vear. He then took 
charge of Lauderdale street Presbyterian church, 
Memphis, one year, and was next called to the Park 
V venue church in the same city. In :i short time he 









which had 

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! 

on, arid fa 
Due ehurch. 
Though brought up it 

■ ' . 

religion, and never submi 
doctrines of hi- church. W 
seminary he difl 
When 

being admitted. U 
third- vote, in t) 

there 

elders 
him U 

federation of the matter the 

eh I ■ ■ <:. 
ion .Mr Li 

October, 1882 
■ 

tidicial case, and au appeal <Ji<l not lie. He 
then withdrew from 

- 
that he withdre 

he has remained in i 
Church," which has greatly fl under his 

care. Wh< 

but it has increased tenfold, whil 
are larger in proportion to membershi] - than 

hurch in Memphis, and composed largely of the 
il and leading I 
.Mr 1 . 
and I. 
prohibition ' I 

and widely circulated. In 1884 red a 

- in day 
I. : 1 the 

other ministers of tl 

• ational and destructive of tb 

found imprecision, not only in Mempl 
Tennessee and adjoining - mons 

printed at, 
The foil' merit on hi- second 

:- from the editorial 
columns of the Memphis Appeal: I 
Church was filled .' 

deli'.' non on the Sui II:- 

fir-t i ffort created a decided 

was looked forward to with unusual interest. In the 
audi. with 



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srraduatod Nashvill W. I -sit!, ami 

utarriod, in IM>. (.VI Nioholas l.ony. who 
slat. -.1. diod in I Sill In IS.">S, -In- mar Ulsin, 

1 amos l> lilu v ouuix . 

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Mn how Kh.'.i s m. 'ili. 1 » M 
■ ' 11I' I 'ol llol 1 ' Ion, of 1I1. 

\ that nann M it I how 

".mi, ,1 Mattlu " 1 iii.l 

Mr, I i'i .1 in ili.' Ixox olutiou, an, I 

itod a sword bx lion Naili.nn.'l (iroono for 
1,1 ai iho hattlo of l i mil, 'i.l Court 
N rth Carolina His faihor, llox dosoph Khoa, 
' niinistor, « lio , 1111,' I 

-■ IVniios lii I.111, 1 hoforotho devolution, 

\ Ixoah " I : I'l'.'ll, « ho » as 

1 imos 1 1 , .'I' 
i ,1 11.- wis a oollsin of ill.' Ihikr .'I Vvsyl, and 

look I'lii with liini iii 1I1.' 1 .-I" -Hi. «n of I"-' I 
from 1 Wan, ho llod 1.' Iroland and 

..1 hi- nam.- hx dl'0|>| 1 in pin : and Irons 

ili,- " li, in I'.uinK nanio thereafter 

\i 1 . M I I.OIIl! S llll, I.', 

v nil,' Ill's! lioiltoiialll in Capl Uur 

xx lii.-li u.i- raisod H inor\ ill,', and 

forniod a pail of tho Thirteenth Tonnossoo Confederate 
in II.' took uilli It t lit llir sword ulii.li had 
boon presented to lib inoostor, h,\ In tiroono, 

and .11 ill, Sox ember 7, IStil , \x hile 

in i'. un ma ml of lii- oompaux . was killed, and lii- ( , on pain 
.in to llor rofiisinx! to surrender The sword 

i.l has never hoon found. Tho event xxa- 
..'inn hoailtiflll piH'in. xvi'ittOU and pub 

lishod a short time after the battle, bx Mrs I \ 

ivoote ! •■ ' esses ili.' S.'inli has 

lion. . I, dm Ixl ■ > ii .in Klir. 1 . 'ouiitx . 'I', 'nil, 

- a hrothor of ilii' dfathor of 

kotoh 1 1,' x\ a> ilii' lirsi inomhor of 

' 1 . ami roprosontod tlio oastoru 

roars Ho was 0110 of sovon lawyers 

\ of x\ lii.'li I 

mad.- iu Kill, -Iu, m 's v . lYnilossoo 

Pi Vhrani Ixl ithor of Mr Louis's nn,'l,'\ 

i a pan of tho Tliit'ii'i'iith 

and ii'l iinni— ion. xx.'in iu a- a 

Vftor ilic lioltnoiit haul.' ho x\a- oallod Iroin 

ili.' rank- for dui.x a- a suryoon, and aftowards heoaino 

uoral undor 1 ion H 'li 1I10 rank oi' 

lior, and xxa- regarded a- nil.' .'I' ill.' host -Hi 
iu ih, 11 IV I 'Unix , 

Vnothor uuolo, Walt or Ixhoa, oonunandod a ooiii|«iiix <>[' 

- in iho lato xvar 11.' x\a- a proniinoiit 
1 of Kayot to oounty. whore bodied in 1881 

llobort llhoa, unolo of Mr, lionjj's mothor, served 
tlll'oiltfll llu- xx.tr .'I 1ST' II, was oapturod a( llu- haul,' 
,.(" Qui ipod from prison, was rooapturod in tho 

\x, „,,!-.>: M other with his hrothor, dosoph Hhoa, 

and xx a- ohaiuod upon his hack iu a prison ship lor throe 
in, null-. Vftor iho war ho wont on hoard a Spanish 
privatoor and sorvod sovoral yoars IVwards tho olose 



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of the wai o and England, hi* 

burnt off the coast of Virginia, and the < 

He tl 
he ren 

ight the ' ' 

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th him. Though ■ 
d in a bom': guard company during 






MAJ. A. J. McWHIRTEE. 



IVILLE. 



WE donbt if t1 
popular gentleman in Tennessee than Maj. A.J. 
McWhirter. Full) 
hundred and ninety pom , blue 

a large head with 
expressing a kind and bi ;rtly, 

winning manners that invariably convert 
friends, this gentlen 
to many people. 

Be irai born in Wilson county, Tenm ■ 15, 

I -_'- '.f Scotch-Irish pa 

- farm, wh< 

liool of his grandfather, George McWhirter, who 
died in 1836, after which he attended ' ':= n< r - *»*- 1 1 - Acad- 

• Lebanon, until old enough I I imberland 

University, where he remained for twoand a half 
and only withdrew to accept the depul 
clerkship under Josiah MeClain, who rk of 

Wilson county for fo In 1-17- II John 

Bell tendered him a cadetship at W !' t, which he 
declined, preferring I wmmereial life, which he 

shortl lid with the wholesale dry 

of H. & B. Don at 

luable did he become to this then famous firm. 
that on the first January, 1850, he was admitted into 
the concern as a junior partner, and continued with 
them in busim ing considerable wealth, until 

1856 Retiring from this firm, he formed a 
ship with Col. Thomas I. Bransfbrd an<l Russell M. 
Kinnaird, and opened a who! 

ment. At the expiration of three McWhir- 

ter bought out the firm and ran the business on his 
own account until the ci' ommenccd. II 

an ardent Whig and bitter] 

when he saw th - inevitab mpany 

of one hundred and six men, known efield 

Rifles, which became companj A,ol h Tcn- 

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captured at Fort Donelson, and after being exch 
at Vicksburg, received orders I at Richmond, 



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oiirlity years, lie was a soldier 
i mliau camp tigns, par- 
rail I muekfaw and 

1 Mi \Vhin<r. 

nrj! countv . Xortli t 'arolina, in 

17.">" i stinguishod He '.ekiah 

Mocklonl I ' tdarati >n of 

\ ! Ii of Balch. lioo M . 

Whirter man widow. Mrs. Raich, who became 

- sketch. Ho was 

man who taught tho classics ill Tontiosseo; was 

• mlont aii> i lilyoduoatod 

lint time. 1 1 i me from 

us whom were the I Ions John Boll, 

.' nines (' - ; V. I iuild, the Vcr- 

I' nndfather changed 

MacWl irter to M. \\ hirti r Mrs Baleh's 

11 nnine w - M -. of Philadelphia, I'onn 

syl\ was martyred on 

I' byterian 

M;i M Winner's William Mae- 

Wii in, fl a- bor South 

her ami mother eamc over from the 
north of Ireland in tin of the so\ enteenth 

rent tin . Tw i V\ . :: M o-\\ ; ■ i i . i - brothers eon 

mid South (.'arolina, where 



their deseendants are now living, and have changed the 
spelling of the family name to McWherter and Me 
Whorter. 

he niaternnl side, our subject's mother was a Miss 
She was born in l7!Vi, at Mul llerron Fort, 
about ii Nashville, and is now living Her 

father, Samuel Blair, one of the first settlers in Ten 
born in Meeklenli - \ orth ( 'aro- 

lina. in ITii' 1 . partieipnted in the defense "I' Buehanaifs 
fert ami the battle of Nickaiaek. ami lived to the ripe 
et\ six Hi- wife, Ma.i MeWhirter's mater 
iiidrnotlior, was die daughter el' (Ion. Simpson, a 
celebrated Indian tighter. He was killed ami soalped 

l>\ I lie India n^ in IT! 1 1, near a tort oil what is HOW a part 

of the \ 'auk est ito, on the Franklin pike. 

Maj MeWliirter married, in K"i.".. Elizabeth Mm 
shall Bransford at Glasgow, Ken tueky. daughter of Col. 
Thomas \. Bransford, who was then a wholesale mer- 
chant, at once in Louisville, Kentucky, Nashville and 
Memphis, Tennessee. Col. Bransford was a prominent 
ami influential politician ; was the first president of the 
Naslu Danville railroad; ofteu in the State 

tun. mi, I a i times a Stale elector. He was hern 
ami raised in Virginia. Col. Bransford's wife was Miss 
Settle. Her mother was .Miss Pickett, of Virginia, who 
■i . 1 to the Picketts ami Marshalls el 

that State. 

Mai MeWliirter has two sons, Louis ami George. 



HON. JOHN OVERTON, JR. 



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Till-', history el' the Overton lamily is intimatel.\ 
con ■'• nli that el' Tennessee. Hon. John 

■ I l lei' 1. 1' the sllK h is sketch, 

was oni irly Supreme judges el' Tennessee, and 

a rene ui personal friend "I' Vndrew 

in. He was the founder "I' tie' cit.\ el' Memphis. 

and at em- time owned th" land upon which the ,ii\ 

- ha\ ing purchased ■• tract of ii\ e liundred 

acres from Elijah Rice for the sum cf five thousand 

dollars. At a subsetiuent period Andrew Jackson and 

lames Winchester were associated with Judge 

Overton in thoow nership of this tract. It wns conveyed 

my, ami the tow n of Menipliis was 

plain 

Judge Overton was "I' Scotch-Irish descent, and 

from Virginia about the tin 

hi ui' N'asln ill.-. II i- s,,i: Col 

; of Xnsll\ lie 1- I he t'al her of I leu J oh 11 

I ohn t (verton i- cue of the lending 
the State. He is 



an extensive real estate owner, was the founder and is 
still one of the owners of the Maxwell House, Nash- 
ville, and is also he a\ ih interested in the eitv el' Mem- 
phis. 

lieu. John Overton, jr.'s, mother was Mi" Rachel 
Harding, daughter ol Thomas and Elizabeth Harding, 
and a cousin el' (leu. \\ . <i. Harding, of Nashville, 
whose biography appears elsewhere in this volume. 

lion. John Overtoil, jr., was bom in Bavidson county, 
Tennessee, Vpril 27, 1842, and grow up there on a farm, 

attending the common -el Is until his fifteenth year. 

lie then went to school for two years to Profs, frank 
ami Charles Minor in Albemarle county, Virginia, ill 
1857 ;.s Returning to Tennessee in 18(50, he entered 
the Cnivorsity el' Nashville and there remained until 
April. 1861, when he left to enter tin- service of the 
loracj I le enlisted in tin 1 Tennessee Stat,' troops 
and became a member el' -he Fortj fourth Tennessee 
regiment of infantry, in the company ofCapt. Reid, In 
18(i2 he was transferred to the -tall' of I ; eti. Bllshrod R. 



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Johnson with the rank of captain, and served with him 
till Gen Forrest transfi rred to the Western Dis- 

trict, when he became a member of his staff, still with 
the rank of captain, Heserved with Gen. Pom 
the closi of the war II' p rl cipated in all the battles 
of thi arm; of Tennessee up to the time he became a 
membei ol Poi iff, including the battles of the 

Kentucky campaign, Murfrei h and Chicka- 

i. During the latter pari of the war he took part 
in all the tii/lii- and raids of Porrest, including 
Pillow, Tupelo, Nashville, and the battles of Hood's 
campaign in Tennessee in 1864. He surrendered with 
Porn ■ it G ■ ill«'. A laba i 13, 1 365. 

In 1865 John Overton, jr., located at Memphis and en - 
d in the real estate and brokerage business, which 
he has followed up to this time, [n 1882 he took as a 
partner Mr. Charles N Grosvenor and formi t ] i * - firm 
of Overton & Grosvenor, which now represents the 
largi real e tati interesl - of any firm in Teni 
'I'Im ;. handle rent and sell on an average two mill inn- of 
dollars worl b of property annually. 

John Overtonjr., has been prominent!; connected with 
all of the in.i-i important commercial and financial en- 
i -i- of the city of Memphis for a number of 

I li- ha 1 a direct ii hi Bank of ( lommi rce since 

its organization, and al f the Peoples 1 nsurance Com- 
pany from it- foundation to the present time. He i- 
denl and director of the Planters [nsurance 
Compan; president and director of the Vanderbilt 

m which he has been a di 

rector in numerous railroad companies, including the 
Mississippi River railroad, now the Chesapeake and 
Ohio; the Kansas City, Springfield and Memphis 
railroad, and others. II 1 is a business man has 

b( i ii one of uninterrupted sua h the 

vicissitudes of flood and pestilence he has main- 
tained lii- position ii- one of the substantial men of 
Mem] 

Hun John Overton, jr., has alwa; Di mocrat. 

In 1-7:: he was elected to the lower house of the Legisla 
ture, i ■ the unanimous vote of his county, a larger 

■, ..ii than has ever been cast for any other Candida 
thi county. In 1875 he was elected to the Senati 
an opponent who A about one hundred and 

rotes out of sixteen thousand. \li<r one term in the 
lection. While in the House 

In- was chairm f the committee on commerce, and 

during his term in the Senate was chairman of the com 
in i 1 1 ii mi financi 
When the old citj government of Memphis was abol 

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ished i . ire undei ivid- 

r the appointment mmissiotu 

be eh ■ ■• | pie, owing to his | with 

all classes he was compelled to bi ididate for 

membership on the board of (in- and police commi 

a member of the same while 

the great sanita ements were carried 

'mi. After he had Ix-i-n a member of this board for 

nd ii half years, upo on of I>r Porter 

,- elected president of the taxing district and 

I until the expiration of the term of office, when 

he declined to be a candidate for re election, although 

known he could have had the position without 

ition. He has taken no part in politics except at 

the solicitation of his friends, and has never been 

didate for an office to which h ted. 

Hon Jol married on < >ctober 23d, 

Matilda Watkins, of Davidson county, 
Tenm ghter ofWilliam and Jane Watkins, and 

grand- daughterol Col. Murk R. Cockrill, the well-l 

stock raiser of Middle Tenn ■<■. Mrs. Overton was 

educated in Davidson county, Tennessee, and in Phila- 
delphia. She i- ii woman of strong and sterling traits 
of character, and one who never neglects her duty. She 
delights in the cultivation of flowers and the perform- 
t household and family duties. She is a member 
ol the Presbj terian church. 

Hon. John Overton, jr., began business after the war. 
barehanded, lii- father's property had been confiscated 
but he took charge "f lii- business in the city oi Mem- 
phis, and has been actively engaged for himseli and for 
others ever since that time. He now possesses a com 
fortable fortune. He has ever given close and enei 
attention to his business. Whatever he had to do he 
has done thoroughly. If.- has always dealt on a cash 
basis, engaging in no reckless speculations, but going 
gradually up the hill. First-class credit, a protection 
of business character, and a thorough knowledge of his 
business in all it- details, Ls tl t his sue 

Moreover, he has b minently public-spirited 
citizen, and has always taken a lively interest in the 
prosperity of the city of Memphis, ever ready to do lii.< 
duty in whatever promoted her welfare and advanced 
her lines along the way to prosperity and metropolitan - 
ism. A gentleman ol Memphis who has had amph 
port unity to observe Hon. John ' >verton, jr., during the 
whole of his business eareer,says of him : Th 
cretofJohnO his strict integrity, sober 
habits, close attention to lii- profession, rare g 1 judg- 
ment, perseverance, and a strong and determined nature. 



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DM -JOHN' PITMAN •■'..- bori 
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PROMINENT TENNESSEANS 



fidelity and zeal he has made the practice of medicine 
his lite work. Since going to Memphis he lias never 
been "in ol harness, remaining al his post of duty all 
the lime, and passing through all the epidemics — five 
ill' yellow fever and several of cholera, notwithstanding 
id tin fc\ cr himself in IS73, 

At one time, previous to the late war, he Kllnl the 
chair of the practice of medicine in the medical college 
,ii Memphis for two years, occupying the position up 
to the time the college was dissolved. 

Dr. Pitman became a Mason at Holly Springs, Miss 
issippi, and took all the degrees of Ancient York 
Masonry there, and filled nearly all the offices in the 
lodge, but after going to Memphis did not connect him- 
self with any lodge. 

lie was raised a Whig, and like must other Whigs, 
was opposed to secession, but when the war actually 
came on he sympathized with the South. Since the 
war he has voted the Democratic ticket, though not 
considering himself as belonging to that party. He 
has never held any political office, always refusing to 
become a candidate, though often solicited to run. At 
one time, while residing in Uabama, he was solicited 
tn become a candidate for Congress, but declined to do 
so, as he has all other political preferment. 

Ih\ Pitman's father was Lawrence l'itinan. a farmer, 
of Shenandoah county, Virginia. He was a man of 
plain education, but was distinguished for his fine com- 
mon sense, and noted a- one of the best farmers in his 
community. He died about 1860, at an advanced age. 

Dr. Pitman's grandfather, a native of Saxons, came 
tn America at an early day and settled in \ irginia. 

The late Philip Pitman, of Virginia, who was a mem- 
ber of the convention which framed the former consti- 
tution id' his Stale, ami also of that which framed the 
present constitution, was a brother of the subject of 

this sketch. 

Dr. Pitman's mother was Miss Catherine Wills, of a 
family of German descent, who settled first in Pennsyl- 
vania, and moved thence to the valley ul Virginia at an 
early day. 

I>r. Pitman has been twice married. His first mar- 
riage took place in Alabama, in 1836, to Miss Mary 
Ragland, daughter of John Ragland, a native of Hali- 
fax ci unity. \ irginia, who moved from there to Georgia, 
and thence to Alabama, and finally, after the marriage 



i! hi Pitman, settled at Holly Springs, Mississippi. 
Mrs. Pitman's grandfather was Lipscomb Ragland, of 
Halifax county. Virginia, a merchant and a farmer, who 
was noted lor his love of line stock. By this man i 
there wen lour children, three of whom died in in 
fancy. The other, a son, Warren T. Pitman, entered 
the service of the Confederate Stales, and was killed 
at the sanguinary battle of Franklin, Tennessee, in 
1864. Mrs. Pitman died in 1846. 

In April. IS.")]. Dr. Pitman was married to his second 
wife, Mrs. Watkins, who wasa .Miss Martha Armistead 
Booth, a daughter of William Booth, of Virginia, a 
wealthy farmer. This was the same Watkins family to 
which Benjamin Lee Watkins belonged. Mr. William 
Booth's wife was a daughter of Col. Green, ol Virginia, 
and the mother of Mrs l>r. John Pitman, of Mem 
phis, Tennessee. Mrs. Booth was the only daughter of 
Col. Green by his seem id wife, whose maiden name was 
Armistead, Mrs. Booth was the niece of the Amblers, 

P lletous, Aliens, Pegrams, Seldons, Carys; and re 

lated to a number of distinguished "Old Dominion' 
families. 

l>r. Pitman was raised a Presbyterian, but has been a 
Methodist for man) years. His wife is also a member 
of that church. 

In early lili 1 Dr. Pitman was a close and hard student, 

and it was his love and desire for study that led him to 

choose the noble profession of medicine, lie has fol- 
lowed its requirements with commendable fidelity, and 
kept fully abreast of the progress made in this branch 
of science. His life has been one of constant labor 
and conscientious discharge ofduty towards his patients. 
Inspired by a love of humanity and a desire to amelior- 
ate the condition of the suffering and the afflicted, he 
has attended to the calls of the rich and poor alike 
thus illustrating the nobility of " Tillan the merciful " — 
for when the angel of affliction L deed at some suffer- 
ers door, the first to hear and the sei 1 to call was 

''Tillan the merciful. In his profession he has always 
been successful, and has all the time had a large prac- 
tice. In the cit) of Memphis al he has received 

more than on., hundred thousand dollars in lees, though 
much of the fortune he has made has been lost by 
sympathising too closely with friends, and by endorsing 
for those who failed to meet their obligations with 
him. 



JUDGE CAERICK W. FJEISKELL. 



MEMPHIS. 



ONE of the youngest col Is in the Confederate lived there upon a farm and attended the common 

service, who won his title by his bl 1, was Col. ' schools until he was thirteen yen-- of age. He then 

(now Judge) Carrick White Heiskell, of Memphis. He entered Kasl Tennessee University, now the University 

was burn in Knox county, Tennessee, July 25, 1836. lie ! of Tennessee al Knoxville, and remained \ year. 



WNESSEANS. 181 

was abolished in 1879. He was an earnest colaborer 
frith those who had the old government abolished, and 
worked faithfully and ardently to have the present ad- 
mirable system of city government adopted. He con- 
Enued as city attorney under the new regime, brought 
[be legal battles of the taxing district through its in- 
fency, and served till March. 1884, when lie returned 
to tin- practice of his profession. 

Judge Heiskell was an old line Whig and a thorough 
Union man up to the firing on Port Sumpter. He took 
Ip arms in defense of his State, and though he voted 
to call a convention to decide cm the question of seces- 
sion, he also voted after he was in the army for Union 
Relegates to the convention, being unwilling to go nut 

of the Union till a majority of the people of Tennessee 
hail decided that it was best. When the war went on 
he hail no hesitancy in standing with his people. Since 
tln> war he has co operated with the Democratic party, 
hut has never been an ultra-partisan. 

The Heiskell family is of German descent, Judge 
I lei-hell's father. Frederick Heiskell, was born at Fred- 
brickstown, Maryland, in 17*ii. and moved to Knox 

county, Tennessee, in 1815. lie \va^ one of the pioneer 
printers of Tennessee, ami established the Knoxville 
Register in 1816, ami published it till 1836, All of the 
statutes of Tennessee from 1820 to 1836, were printed 
by him at Knoxville. In 1836 he gave up printing and 
retired to his farm. He served several terms in the 
Legislature of Tennessee, and died in 1882, at the ad- 
vanced age of ninety-six. He was a. man of Strong, 
practical, common sense, and met with tine success in 
business. His brother, William Heiskell. was also a 
memberof the Tennessee Legislature for several terms. 
lion. .1. B, Heiskell, brother of the subject of this 
sketch, was a member of the Confederate States' Con- 
gress during the whole period of the existence of the 
Confederacy. He was also attorney-general for the State 
o!' Tennessee since the close of the war. and is regarded 

a- d' the allies! lawyers in the State. 

Judge Heiskell's mother, nee .Miss Eliza Brown, was 
ol' Scotch-Irish descent, and a daughter of Joseph 

Brown, of the earliest sheriffs of Washington county, 

Tennessee, ami resided at Jonesborough. She married 
Frederick Heiskell at that town in 1816, and died in 
1854, Her brother, Hugh Brown, was a professor in 
East Tennessee University during its early years, and 
was also the partner of Frederick Heiskell in the print- 
ing business. Her father emigrated from Ireland fco 
I his country in his youth. 

Judge Heiskell was married at Rogersville, Tennes- 
see, < Ictober 21, 1861, to Miss Eliza Netherland, daugh- 
ter of Col. John Netherland, an eminent lawyer of 
Rogersville. He was a member of the Legislature for 

several terms prior to the war : was several time- elector 
on the Whig ticket, and ran against Hon. [sham (i. 
Harris for governor in 1859. He is now living at Rog- 
ersville. His father was a native of Virginia. 

Mrs. Heiskell's mother was Miss Susan McKinuey, 



182 PROMINENT 

daughter of John A. McKinncy, a prominent lawyer in I 
East Tennessee, during the early days "I the State, tlerl 
cousin, Judge Robert MtKinncy, was on the Supreme! 
bench of Tennessee for several years prior to tin 
and was the colleague of Judge Archibald Wright oi 
Memphis, and Judge Robert L. Caruthers, of L.eba 

iihm 

By his marriage with Miss Nether] 1, Judge Heis- 

kell has seven children now living, four sons and four! 
daughters. Mrs. Hciskell ha< been a member of the 
Presbyterian church for many years. She is a lady of I 
a remarkably genial disposition and possesses all the! 
< ■ 1 1 ■ 1 1 1 < - 1 1 1 - of a ^ood wife and ;i stood mother. Judge! 
[Ieiskell has also been a member of the Presbyterian 
church for many years. 

The secret of Jn Ige Ileiskell - success is energy. He 
believes that |iersistenl hard work is the only talisman 
in lili'. and thai we should unite with tins morality, hon- 
est) and integrity of purpose, together with a Christian 
walk and conversation. 

< >ne ol.l ud ljc [Ieisk ell's brother-lawyers says of him: I 
"The key-note of his character and hi~ success is his! 



JAMES H. II 

DR. JAMES II. DICKENS was bom in Ruth 
erford county, Tennessee, June 11, 1823. His 
father was I!. 1!. Dickens, a farmer, in moderate eircum-| 
stances, a justice of the peace and an elder in the Chris- 
tian church. He was a native of North Carolina, and 
came with his widowed mother from that State when in 
his fifteenth year ; lived in Warren and Bedford counties 
until grown, when he settled in Rutherford county. lie 
was a man of firm character, of conscientious conduct 
and sterling integrity. lie married in Rutherford! 
county, raised a family of eight children, and died in 
I860, at the age of sixty-five. Of these children, only! 
three sons ari' now living, James II. Dickens, subject of 
this sketch, and .1. F. and W. B. Dickeus ; both of the 
latter farmers. Two of Dr. Dickens' paternal uncles,! 
William and John Dickens, settled in Jackson county, i 
Tennessee, as fanners. William Dickens, the grand-] 
father of Dr. Dickens, was a farmer in North Caro-I 
lina. 

Dr. Dickens mother, whose maiden nann' was Miss 
Nancy Holt, was the daughter of Fielding Huh. a far- 
mer in Rutherford (no\A Cannon) county, by birth a 

Virginian, and i f three brothers born and raised in 

Henry county, in the''01d Dominiun." Dr. Dickens' 
mother was one of those kind, honest, unassuming, true 
hearted hole- of the old school, so famous and so hon- 
ored in Tennessee pioneer history. She died in 1855, at 
the age of fifty-three. 



PROMINENT 

Leaving there he entered Maryville College, at Mar; 
villi', Blount county, Tennessee, and graduated und< 

Dr. [saae Anderson in 1855. II.' was I'ond of 1 1 

inn! had little taste for farm lili'. His favorite studi 
were mathematics and tin' languages, ami when he le 
college hr was a good Greek ami Latin scholar, besid' 
being well grounded in English, the natural scienci 
mathematics ami kindred branches. Shortly after grai 
uating he went to Kogersville. Hawkins county, Te 
nessee, and Jtaught for two years in McMinn Aeadem 
in the meantime studying law with his brother, J. . 
Heiskell. At the expiration of the two years, he w 
admitted to the bar at Elogersville, by Judge Pattersi 
and Chancellor Luckey, and practiced there until tl 
breaking out of hostilities between the States. 

Young Carrick Heiskell was one of the earliest 
enlist in his county, and became first-lieutenant ofcoi 
pany K. Nineteenth Tennessee infantry regiment, tl 
first company that went from his county into the Co 
federate service. When the regiment was organized 1 
was elected captain of his company, and served wi 
this rani; through the Kentucky campaign with G< 
Zollicoffer, and was with him when he fell at l-'ishi 
Creek. After the battle of Murfreesborough he w 
made major of his regiment, and served as such till t 
battle of Chickamauga, where he was severely wound 
in the foot, which compelled him to leave the servi 
for twelve months. Rejoining the army before he w 
able tu throw aside his crutches, he took command 
his regiment on the retreat from Tennessee, alter t 

II 1 campaign in 1864. The colonel and lieutenai 

colonel of his regiment both having been killed. 
became colonel of the Nineteenth Tennessee infam 
regiment. He was with Gen. Forrest and command 
the remnant of the brigade of Gen. Strahl, who fell 
the battle of Franklin; participated in all the skir 
islirs mi that retreat: remained with the army till I 
close of the war ; took part in the battle of Benton\ i 
North Carolina, and surrendered at High Point, Noi 
Carolina. April 26, L865. 

After the war Col. Heiskell located at Memphis a 
engaged in the practice of law in partnership with 
brother, Hon. J. I!. Heiskell, and Col. Muses White 
Kiiiixville, Tennessee. Alter this linn had existed 
several years he and his brother went into partners 
with Judge W. I-. Scott, now id' St. Louis, the style 
the firm being Heiskell, Scott & Heiskell, and wh 
lasted till May 28, IsTU. He was then elected judgi 
tin' first circuit court of Shelby county, ami held 
position fin- eight years. That part of his history wh 
illustrates his career as a judge has been written in 
judicial records of the State, and will be found ill // 

kell's Reports (volumes 1 tu 12), edited by Hon. J. 

Heiskell. 

Before leaving the bench Judge Heiskell was ele< 
city attorney id Memphis, and as soon as his tern 
judge had expired he entered upon the duties 
the office ami served till the old city governn 



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irnest, enthusiastic pursuit of what he believes to be 
ght and a fearless discharge 'if what he feels to be his 
it}'. It' lie has a fault it is over earnestness, but that 
rnestness is always directed towards the right side 
ling upon the beuch at a very early age, he made a 
reful, faithful and eapable judge, and his decisions in 
my difficult and important cases were sustained by 
e Supreme court. Filling the office of city attorney 

Memphis at a time when the- difficulties of the posi- 
ni were greatest, he helped to engineer the affairs of 
.e taxing district during the stormy period of its in 
ncy, and fought and won for it many battles in the 
arts at a time when many were doubting the success 

this new form of government, and were asking the 

icstion, " Will the taxing district stand th 'deal of 

■ !uts? His life has been but a fulfillment of the 
omises of his yout h. Entering tin' t ! onfe lerate army 

a very early age. he was one of the youngest colonels 

the service, and it was this same earnestness and en- 
msiasm that made him a good soldier. United with 
ese traits he has a positive, decided nature-, habits of 
rii t morality, and talents of a high order." 



:ens, m.d. 

•lames II. Dickens was raised on a farm and had a 
ugh and tumble farmer boy's life. His early oppor- 
nities were quite limited. Outside of the schooling 

got in the county schools of his neighborh 1. his 

ueation was obtained at \V Ibury and at the Milton 

:ademy, under Moses W. McKnight, where he learned 
it i 11 and mathematics, lie was a quiet and studious 
■y, and obediently did all he could at whatever he un- 
■rtook, bringing all of his ability to bear upon his 
^k — a trait that has characterized him through life. 
e was free from the vices common to boys, having 
en trained bj his parents to control and keep himselt 
thin hounds. 

lie began the study of medicine in 1844, in the office 
Dr. M. \V. Armstrong, at Milton. Rutherford county, 
d read with him a little over two years, meanwhile 
icticing a little. He attended two courses of lectures 
the Memphis Medical College, in the years 1846-7-8, 
tduating as an M.D., in 1S4S. under Profs. Cross, 
■ant, Miller, Doyle, Donn, and Ramsey. lie began 
ictice without a dollar of capital, at Readyville, in 
arch, 1848, remained there till January. 1849, when 
went to Carollton, Mississippi, in March, 1849, and 
ictiecd there till Xoveinber, 1830. lie then returned 
Readyville, settled permanently, and has been ac- 
cly engaged in practice in Rutherford countj ever 
ce— now about thirty-five years. His practice up to 
Ts was \ en heavy, his attention being de\ oted exclu- 



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sively to his profession, with the excepti f running 

a farm, which at present consists of some eight hundred 
acres, of which about five hundred acres arc in eultiva 
tinii. 

Dr. Dickens' success in life lias conic to him as a 
natural sequence of his merit, and because he has first 
gained the approval of his own conscience and judg- 
ment, and has followed out his business on that line, 
with whatever energy and ability he possessed. lie has 
never used money to bring money in, but invested it in 
property, mostly real estate, and before the war owned 
a few negroes. 

During the year 18(10 he was president of the Ruther- 
ford County Medical Society, and was one year vice- 
president of the Tennessee State Medical Society. In 
politics, he was an old line Whig, and gave his first 
vote for Henry Clay, but since reconstruction has been 
a Democrat, at least lias acted with that party. In 1844 
he joined the Christian church, of which he is still a 
member. 

Dr. Dickens married in Rutherford county. Tennes- 
see, January '25. 1*40. Miss Melissa McKnight, daughter 
of Capt. James McKnight, a farmer, originally from 
Virginia. Her mother was Nancy Doran, also of A ir- 
ginia. Mrs. Dickens was educated al the McKnight 
Academy, in Rutherford county, is a member of the 

Christian church, and is noted for her di stic virtues 

ami especially for her industrious habits. It is said of 
her, she is a self-supporting woman, and has made more 
money than she has spent, which entitles her to the dis- 
tinction of filling woman's divine mission, as expressed 
in the words of the Creator. " I will make an help-meet 



for man.' Her kindness and devotion to home duties 
and relations are her chief characteristics. 

Dr. Dickens has been a close student and a hard- 
worker all his life, doing an active and laborious prac- 
tice. Since early manhood he lias lived at one place 
and filled all tin uditiuiis of success, and is an ex- 
ample i.t' what a man can do for himself by the right 
kind of a life, it is all a mistake that success conies 

by chance. Ii follows a law. A man must be a g 1 

financier and a money saver, without being miserly; 
must be energetic and industrious, and taking Di . 
Dickens as an illustration, must marry a woman of simi- 
lar qualities, lie has been wise enough to avoid going 
security. He has not been a close collector, bis disposi- 
tion being to indulge debtors — resorting to persuasion 
and not to coercion for collecting debts, and the result 
is that he has not lost more than one-third of his 
professional fees; before the war not more than one- 
tourth. 

In personal appearance Dr. Dickens is a man to 1"' 
noted. He is about six feet high, looks tall ami slender- 
lias blue eyes and plentiful gray hair, worn in a high 
roach. He has always been a temperate man. and 
though not totally abstemious has never been in the 
habit of even taking toddies, and lias not used tobacco 
for thirty years. He lias never gambled, know- nothing 
practically about dissipation, and lias never bad a fight 
since boyhood. He is literally surrounded by troops of 
friends. He is the most successful physician in Ruth 
erford county in point of property. His standing in 
every way is very high as a citizen, a gentleman and a 
physician. 



THOMAS BLACK, M.D. 



McMINNVlLLE. 



THE original family of Blacks came from Scotland. 
The great-great-grandfather of I>r. Thomas Black 
was a Scotch clergyman. The great-grandfather emi- 
grated to America and settled in Kentucky. The 
grandfather, Samuel Black, a Kentuekian, moved to 
Warren county, Tennessee, and there died. The father, 
Alexander Black, was born in Kentucky, in 1804, came 
with bis father to Warren county, and after bis father's 
death was bound to Alexander Shields, a merchant, 
and was raised in mercantile life, clerking for Shields, 
at McMinnville. He also clerked, a year or two for 
Kirkman & Irwin, merchants in Nashville, then re- 
turned to McMinnville. went into business with P. H. 
Marbury, as a merchant, until the year 1856, after which 
he retired to his farm in the country, and died in 1 359 
at the age of fifty-five. He was an elder in the Cumber- 
laud Presbyterian church, lived a very exemplary life, 
and left a name of which both bis family and town 
-re justly proud. Henry Watterson, the distinguished 



editor of the Louisville Courier- Journal, is a descend- 
ant of the same stock, his mother. nee Talitha Black, 
and Dr. Black's father being cousins. 

Dr. Black's mother, net .Miss Mary A. Smith, was the 
daughter of Meriwether Smith, of Kingston. Tennessee, 
and, like her husband, left a reputation that is at once an 
honor and an incentive to her descendants. She died in 
Nashville, in 1873, at the am- of sixty-live, leaving seven 
children— six sons and one daughter: (1). Samuel 
Black, now a farmer. (2). John Black, now a lawyer 
at Bentonville, Arkansas. (3) Thomas Black, subject 
of this sketch ( i). Mary L. Black, now wife of K il 
Mason, a merchant and farmer at .McMinnville. (5). 
Robert Black, a merchant and manufacturer of stone- 
ware at Smithville, Tennessee. (U). Alexander Black. 
a merchant at Leiper's fork, Williamson county. (7). 
Meriwether Smith Black, now in the hotel business at 
Cincinnati. 

Dr. Thomas Black wasbornat McMinnville, Tennes- 



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see, June 13. 1837, and was educated there in the old 

Can. ill Academy, -asionally clerking in his father's 

store, and '• idness for general literature, ami es- 

pecially for botany and chemistry, in which branches of 
scicn.c he ha- since made line reputation. 

He began the study of medicine in L857, in the 

of I) is Hill \ Smart! at McMinnville Alter lea. 111!" 
with them one year he began practice and continu 
until the war. when he went int.. the medical depart 
ment of the Confederate army, ami was detailed as a 
hospital steward, bul sometimes acted as assistant sur 

.-'•"ii- Having liploma at that time, he could net be 

c missioned as surgeon or assistant surgeon, though 

he practiced through the entire war and until the sur- 
render at Greensborough, North Carolina. May Hi. 1865. 
He served the entire tunc in Col. John II. Savage's 
Sixteenth Tennessee regiment, and his history in con- 
nection with that gallant command runs through Vir 
ginia, North Carolina, South Carolina. Georgia, Florida, 
Alabama, Mississippi. Kentucky and Tennessee, ami 
includes the battles of Murfreesborough, Chickamauga, 
Missionary Ridge, ami the Georgia campaign from Hal- 
ten te Atlanta. 

After the war he practiced two years in Warren 
county and then removed to Nashville. In 1868 he 
graduated as M.D. from the medical department of the 
University of Nashville, under Profs. Paul F. five. 
Thomas R. Jenuings, W. T. Briggs, C. K Winston, j! 
II Lindsley and Joseph Jones, lie lived in Nashville 
eight year.-, practicing medicine and teaching chemistry 
tn private classes in the medical department of the Uni- 
versity of Nashville Part of this time he was professor 
el' analytical chemistry and materia medica in the Ten 
ncssi e College of Pharmacy at Nashville. 

Dr. Black passed through the cholera epidemic at 
Nashville in 1-7::. and iii November, 1-71. moved to 
McMiuuville, where he has been doing a general practice 

as physician ami -ur: rver since, ami occasionally has 

contributed articles themistry and kindred topics to 

the medical journal.-, lie is now a member of the fac- 



ulty of Cumberland Female College, at McMinnville, 
and is highly esteemed as a clear and forcible lecturer 
on scienl ific subjects. 

Dr. Black married at McMinnville. February 13, L867, 
Miss I'imnia .1. Young, daughter of the late Dr. John S 
of Nashville, formerly for eight years, from 
1840 to IS48 secretary of State, during which time he 
superintended the building of the Tennessee Hospital 
for the Insane and other noted public edifices Mrs 
Black was horn May !i. 18 15. on tin- site w here the State 
capitol now stands. Her mother .< Miss Jean L. Col 
ville, was the daughter oh Mai. Joseph Colville, one of 
the founder- of the town of McMinnville. Samuc 
Colville, Esq., the hanker at McMinnville, i- tin' son of 
Lusk Colville, brother of Mrs Black's mother. Mrs. 
Black was educated at Cumberland female College 
McMinnville, and at the famous and dearly beloved 
old Nashville Female Academy, under Rev. Dr. ('. 
D. Elliott. She is a Cumberland Presbyterian, and 

to tl xcellencies of tut intelligent Christian lady 

she has added those domestic virtues that make home 
happy. 

By his marriage with Miss Young Dr. Black has 
eight children: 1). .lean Young Black, born March 
Ii'. 1868. (2). Mary Alice Black. (3). John Voung 
Black, born Deci tuber 20, 1871. t). Sallie Colville 
Black (5). Susan Black Hi). Emma Black. (7). Clara 
Josephine Black ami i - 1 Leah Black 

Dr. Black isi Ider in the Cumberland Presbyterian 

church, which denomination he joined when a youth. 
In politics he i- a Democrat. He i- the mayor of the 
town of McMinnville; a Knight of Honor: a Mastei 
Ma-ou. and medical examiner for several insurance com- 
panies. He is a man of handsome personnel, a gentle- 
man of most affable manners and social attainments — a 
s 1 companion, n 2 1 citizen ami a most excellent phy- 
sician. He has succeeded in life by always trying to do 

the right thiug and to help along his fellow man. It is 

a pleasure to write ol one who possesses such sterling 
trait- of a noble manhood. 



< AIT. JAMES HARVEY MATHEi 



VEMPniS. 



TIIK Mathes family i- of Scotch-Irish extraction 
The remote ancestor of ('apt. .lames Harvey 
Mathes. subject of this -ketch, was Alexander M 
(or Matthews, as he spelt the name), who came tu 
America about 1720, first settling in Pennsylvania, and 
afterwards removing to Virginia. Seme forty years 
after, four Matthews brothers, and their families, includ- 
1 apt. Mat he- great grandfather, George Matin-. 
ed to Washington county. East Tennessee i 
d long anterior to the admission of the Si 



Tennessee into the Union, and it is a tradition that even 
Up to this time tin- family name was spelled Matthews. 

They settled near what i- now known as Washington 
College, then known as Martin's Vcademy, an iu-titu 
tion in the establishment and support of which they 
and the Doak family, and other pioneers, took an active 
part. 
The Mathes family has been very prolific in preachers 

and doctors, and as their history show- they have, from 
early times, been the friend- of education and the up- 



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builders ol society. During the late war. must of the I 
descendants were on the Union side. There was an 
Ebenezer Mathes, a very wealthy man for that country, 
years ago, who " set his negroes free" before the war. 
by sending some of them to Liberia and sonic to the 
"free-soil States of the north." He also gave liberally 
for the endowment of institutions of learning and char- 
ity, and to colonization societies. At his 'hath, since 
the war, he left all his property to charitable causes, 
excepting some small legacies to relatives. 

George Mathes. great grandfather of ('apt. Mathes, 
was a Virginian by birth, and, as stated, removed to 
Washington county when a young man, subsequently 
removed to Blount county, and was killed by a fa- 
mous Indian chief, John Watts, a few miles west of 
where Maryville now stands. His son. William Mathes 
(('apt. Mathes' grandfather), was horn in Washington 
county, and is said to have been the lirst white child 
born iu Jouesborough. He grew up to be a prosper- 
ous farmer and a man of line character, noted for his 
high sense of honor and fair dealing. He was an elder 
in the Presbyterian church at Dandridge ; was a mag- 
istrate and held the office ol county trustee. He mar- 
ried in Jefferson county. Miss Rachel Patton Balch, of 
an old Revolutionary family, niece of one of the signers 
of the Mecklenburg declaration of [ndependence. He 
reared a large family, but only one of his children now 
survives, Rev. William Alfred Mathes, father of ('apt. 
J. Harvey Mathes. 

('apt. Mathes' father inherited the old homestead, and 
the deed to it, by some means, was signed by James K. 
Polk. He still lives, aged seventy one years, in the 
home which his father built when he was an infant. 
He is a Presbyterian minister and a farmer; has always 
been a strictly religious man, devoted to Sunday-school 
work and to the cause of temperance. 

The mother of Capt. Mathes was Miss .Margaret Ma- 
ria Hart, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Hood 
Hart, the latter a relative of Lieut I ten. John B. Hood. 
She was born three miles east of Maryville. Blount 
county, Tennessee; married in 1837,' and died in Decem- 
ber, 1881. She was a true, good wife ami mother, and 
of a peculiarly sweet temperament. She was the mother 
of eight children: (1). James Harvey Mathes. subject 
of this sketch. (2). A daughter, who died in infancy. 
(3). Dr. George A. Mathes, who was a member of the 
Thirty-seventh Tennessee Confederate regiment; died 
in Memphis, July 31, 1881. (4). Rachel Emma Mathes, 
now wife of J. S. Barton, a lawyer at McMinnville, Ten- 
nessee. (■">). Edward H. Mathes, now a lawyer at Ozark, 
Arkansas. (6). John T. Mathes, now a lawyer in Uvalde 
county, Texas. (7). Nathaniel Beecher Mathes, now a 
theological student at the Southwestern University at 
Clarksvillc Tennessee. (8). Cordele Mathes, now in- 
structor in painting in a college at Pine Bluff, Ar- 
kansas. 

The history of the Hart family is exceedingly iuter- 
2-t 



esting. The remotest direct ancestor of Capt. Mathes' 

mother that can now In 1 traced, was a merchant in Lon- 
don, extensively interested in shipping and a trader in 
the Levant. About the year 1606 he was captured by 
pirates, hail his eyes put out, ami was made a galley 
slave tor fourteen years. He, however, escaped with 
others in a boat, was picked up in mid ocean by a trading 
ship, and brought to Norfolk, iu the colony of Virginia, 
lie afterwards married there and had one son, Thomas 
Hart, from whom sprang a very numerous family that 
subsequently settled in Kentucky and other States west, 
and intermarried with the Clays, Bentons, Breckin- 
ridges, ami other prominent families. One branch of 

the family came to Tei ssee at a very early day, one of 

whom was Joseph Hart (Capt. Mathes' maternal great 
grandfather), who became the head of a very large fam- 
ily, consisting of ten sons and two daughters. He 
removed to Bartholomew county, Indiana, about 1834, 
and died there. One of his sons, Samuel Hart, now 
lives at Carrollton, Mississippi; another, James II. 
Hart, lives at Shawneetown, Illinois; another, Rev. 
Charles II. Hart, is a Presbyterian minister in Logan 
county, Ohio. Another son, Edward Hart (('apt. 
Mathes' maternal grandfather), was born, lived and died 
in Blount county, Tennessee. 

Of tin' sons of Edward Hart (('apt. Mathes' maternal 
uncles), oneof them, Thomas Hart, still lives at theold 
homestead in Blount county; another, Joseph Hart, 
lives in Knox county; another, Dr. Nathaniel Hart, 
formerly surgeon in Orr's first South Carolina regi- 
ment, now lives near Brooksville, Florida. Two daugh- 
ters of Edward Hart. Mrs. Abigail Boyd and Mrs. Hettie 
Aiken, now live in Blount county. 

Capt. James Harvey Mathes was born June 29, 1841, 
iu Jefferson comity, Tennessee, ami grew up on his 
father's farm, leading the life and doing the work of a 
farmer's boy. His parents being upright, strictly hon- 
est and prudent people, his early moral training was in 
the right direction. He attended the neighboring 
country schools until his sixteenth year, when he en- 
tered as a student Westminster Academy, East Ten- 
nessee, then under control of Prof. A. W. Wilson, a 
Presbyterian minister and a noted educator, now presi- 
dent of a college at Dodd City. Texas. He remained 
there three years, during which time he assumed espe- 
cial prominence in rhetoric and composition, wherein 
he evidenced the instincts and preferences which, in 
after life, led him to embrace the profession of journal 
ism, in which he has achieved enviable distinction. 
During bis scholastic days he enjoyed the reputation of 
being one of the best read young men in Jefferson 
county, and he was always known to seize with avidity- 
only the healthiest literary productions, both modern 
and ancient. When nineteen years of age he accepted 
a position as teacher in tin Alabama school, where be 
pursued his duties as tutor in the daytime, read law at 
night, and at the same time prepared himself for col 



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H was never reeeh oil. for 

on the very .lay thai Fort Sumpter fell ho closed his 

. ami start inn llovo he 

I nhnson, 1 1 ' ■ . . . ■ M . nard Go\ Urown- 

low . T. A. H. Ncls n.l ..t hrr noted in. I ' si 

some of which 
si the South that hi* sympathies wore at 
onee v the southern oause. notwithstanding 

hi- father ami the majority of his relatives had a.i 
I nion \ iew s 

II. at onee raised a company for the Confedorati 
vice, was made captain, and drilled his men for two 
months, but lib - finally distributed into 

different branches .'I the arm. N l 

listed as a private in the eonipany commanded by ('apt. 
S M Cocke, which afterwards became a pan of the 
Thirty-seventh regiment. He was first 

elected orderly sergeant of his company, and al (J 
uiantown. near Memphis, was appointed sergeant-major 

i ^afterwards brigadier general) William II 
roll. The regiment encamped at Knoxvilh 
time and did guard duty around the jail while Carson 
W U Brownlow was a prisoner there, but there was no 
bitterness or iinkinduoss shown the | 
which Mi Brownlow kindly n in a book v 

he afterward*, p although he « in bis 

opinion- of Con. Carroll, an.] ntl\ refused to 

allow him t.. return home from Canada, where ho <lio.l 
an exile. While at Knoxville Matin- was detailed and 
icd to duty in the adjutant general's department, 
under Con George 1! Crittenden, but returned to hi- 

when it "a- ordered to Mill Springs, Ken 
tncky, where ho participated in the battle at that 
plaoo. 

When the aiiny was reorga I orinth. M 

ippi. in April. 1SI>2. he "a- elected first-lieutenant of 
his company, ami soon after was oommissioned as 
taut »i' tlio fli th i'l'iim ■-■ 

tion he held until the close of ilio war. At the battle 
of IVrryville. where the regiment lost nearly one-half 
it- strength in - .unded, he took an a. -live 

and conspicuous pan. At the battle of Murtr. 

Moses White ami Lieut. Col. Frayser wore 
wounded ami Maj, J. S. Mclleynolds was killed, ami 
the young adjutant was practically in command of the 
,nt after tin- field officers toll. Subsequently the 
regiment was stationed at Chattanooga ami other points 
down the railroad to Dalton, Georgia. After being re- 
cruited they were sent to the front neai Wartraci 
at a later period, consolidated with the Fifteenth 'I'. n 

regiment that had been 
Charles Carroll, a brother of Col. William II. Carroll, 
of the Thirty-seventh. The colonel commanding at 
that tinn was t 'ol. II t ' T) lor. win 

to the command ol' the consolidated regiment. The 
colonel of the Thirty seventh ami Adjutant Mat lies, 
nber of other officers, wi 



to duty elsewhere. Capt Mat lie- being sent on detached 
il months in north Georgia, at Knox 
ml Jouesborough, I'.a-t Tennessee, ami finally 
Virginia, the Carolinas ami Georgia. Returning 
to the army he was assigned to duty in southern \ 
bauia. After two or three months' perilous service in 
chasing down deserters ami breaking up bauds of hush 
whackers, who had tied from Loth tin' Federal ami 
Confederate armies to the swamps and wild- ol' southern 
MaLania. along the Florida line, be made appli. 

tin- permission to return to the army 
front. 'I'lie request wa- granted, and during the latter 
part ol ii."> lie rejoined hi- old regiment and declined a 
captaincy in favor of his old position, where he would 
not have I- I and taithfnl war horse 

Shortly after he was appoin ted inspector of Tyler's brig 
a.le. Col. Tyler having in the meantime become briga 
eneral, succeeding lien Kate. win. bad been 
promoted to a ti ralship. succeeding < ion. John 

i Breckinridge in command of the division 

Capt. Matin- participated actively in the Georgia 
campaign all the way from Dalton. being under tire 
fully seventy days out of seventy five, and although in 
all the prominent engagements a- a stall officer, he yet 
found time to write freipientl.v to the Memphis Appviil 
Itlion published at Vtlantah over the hwm </i plume of 
" Harvey. " Hi- letter- were highly interesting, plainly 
bearini 1 stamp of ability, and were valuable eontri 
I. utions to the war literature of the .lay. 

O July 22, ISoM, while acting as assistant adjutant 
general, on the stall' ^\' Hen. Thomas Benton Smith, he 
received a frightfully severe wound in the left knee, 
from a -hell which exploded so close to him that he 

eonl. 1 feel tile concussion Hi- hor-e wa- killed in 

stantly. Capl Mathes wa- I tin- field on a 

blanket by some of the Ninth Kentucky mounted in 
fan try. (Gen Cerro Gordo Williams' brigade), to a -mall 
eabin bein i hospital by the Kentucky brigade. 

Sonic time later an ambulance drove up with Col. If 
Dudley Frayser, who wa- also very badly wounded. That 
afternoon the two wounded friend- and officers were 
reuiio o.l to the di\ ision hospital, some miles ill the rear, 
where between eight ami nine o'clock. Capt. Mathes' 
injured leg was amputated jusl above tin knee, by Dr. 
Joel ('. Hall, of Mississippi, acting surgeon of tin 
a.le. 'fhe next day Capt. Mathes was removed to \t 
lanta. placed on a train ami moved out to Lovejoy's, and 
the day follow in» was carried on. with numerous Other 
badly wounded soldier- \t Griffin In was compelled 
to disembark, on account of the intense pain of his 
wound, but lour week- later wa- aide to no on crutches, 
and -i\ week- from tin' date of the operation was re- 
moved to Columbus, Georgia, in a box ear. and was 
three day- in making the journey, accompanied only by 
icd servant. From Columbus be went to Silver 
Run, Alabama., but his injured limb being attacked 
with uaiierene, caused hi- return to Columbus where 



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he became so prostrated with thed I numerous 

i hat he ecd to the 

possible poinl of life, and became a mere skeleton. In 
the midst of lii- multiplied suffei in 
the object of the kindest attention from the ladii 
<-iti/> I . and was i isited bj In- aunl M r> 

Dr. X. [Tart, of N'itn South Carolina, who 

:i mother - care and olicitude, nursed him through the 
Vet he impi I on M irch 11. 

I -JC5 I'l'i for I ■ ! inimu- 

nicatc with his parents, from whom he had nol heard 
months. Wli I urren- 

der came. Gen. Marcus J. Wright was in corn m 
thai district, and ' • 

were there awaiting result", keeping their I 
died and hitchi ind night 

in i)i nol did v. hen the 

confii i ■ ■ ■ i I ninand 

which had nol Capt. Mathes went on 

through to Memphis b 

Ma; 13 1 365 and was paroled by tin- I 
i in irshal on < ''Hill stn el Tl parole, and his 
( lonfi del rst lieutern 

Scatc signed by Dr I [all, -I ul 23, 1864, a 
testament from his father, carried thi ;h the >var, and 

about l,i -ul souvenirs of thi cept a 

vord be captured at the battle of Muri 
borough, which i- now at hi- old'home in East Ten- 



Th ' C'apl Mat he has been through the fii 
nl war needs no further attestation from this chronicler. 
'I'll, lost limli i- an eloquent reminder of the fearless 

ion with which he ti Bui the 

disturbed condition of things in Bast Tennessee just 
after the war made it unsafe for him to return to his 
old home, and at this period his ex peril 

tood him in good stead, and hi 

d in securing the eity editorship of the Memphis 
li.nl, i Irgu a position he held with credit to himself 
and employers from December 25 1865 until the 
eea ed to i early in 1867. During his service on 

the Argun (which toward the last 1 ' 

cialand Argun), he received severe injuries in a terri- 
ble railroad accident near [uka, Mississippi, which 
hasti ii'-'l what he had felt would come sooner or later 
another amputation of hi- wounded leg which had 
ti( i ei enl irelj healed afti r I hi gang] i ne 
This was performed in Memphi b; I *r. V 
the pr< -'■iK'' of :i number of prominent phj sician 

,ii-. in the latter pai 1 1 i ber, 1 366 A i 
month - confinement i" !ii- bed, and a trip to New Or- 
|i .,,, I, boat hi went on d in December 1 

u,,i , - latei was able to dispense with his crutches 
and use an artificial limb 

Id- in tea ' his fortunes with the Louisville Courier, 

ned nearly a , Mm- 'in its editorial staff was again 



>nt of ill hi 
and a< I ndianapoli 

Cllicil 

Mem- 
phis ,\ vii In win- . On March I. I- 

lie Memphis /' 
appointed chief edit I'. V. Roekett. 

died in the summer of tli N 

and rnon ' n the 

, of the f'u/flii I ■ the i i ami 

ti'iii- I j, ro- 

'l himself. The paper ha- Imost 

without a precedent in the South, i- now I 
afternoon journal in 
a dozen n 

financial condition. Cnder I 

Matin iken high consi ground on lead- 

ons of the day, and whili [J tic in poli- 

tics, i- very independent a- well as liberal, fearli 
well as bold, a leader in progress, development, and the 
social and educational advancement of Tennessee. The 
noble people of Memphis have quick to i 

ni/,1' his efforts and \n hold up his hands in tl 
truth and iustii heir trust, 

but grown with iblie-spirited city and become 

one of the standard men in their m 

C'apt. Math"- was married I' For- 

est Hill, near Memphis, to Miss Mildred 5; 
1 daughter of < !ol. Benjamin ' 

North Carolina, and a planter, who died December I 1. 
1-71. The mother of Miss Cash was Mildred S. Dand- 
ridge, from near Richmond, Virginia. By blood con- 
Mrs. Ma , number of leading 
and time-honored families in Virginia, Mississippi, 
i Vlabama and the C She is highly 
educated and a graduate of the best schools of Memphis. 
The m Capl Matin-- and Mi-- < lash was the 
romantic result of an acquaintance formed during 

, ar of the war. whi mere child of 

or thirteen. The bright eyes, sweet face and 
winning manners of the little southern n the 

heart of thi oldier, and his manly and chivalrie 

bearing fired her tenderest sentiments even then. The 
distress of war did not disturb the (flowing pictu 
future happiness drawn by the young people, and one 

hen she was told that her hero was frightfully 
wounded and had lost a limb, shi ■ >l if she 

- him should 1 i eturn. " Vi •-. 

she replied, " bring him on, if he has onl 
left to hold his heart \ noble sentiment direct from 
the true heart of a noble woman. Thi ame form- 

ally engaged shortly after I.- ■ - surrender and were 
married nearly four years latei B this marriage five 
children have been born : CI). Mildri thes, 

born Jul; 28, 1870 2 Lee Dandridgi M ithes, born 
January VI. 1872. •'■'■ Benjamin Cash Mnthes born 
January 1, 1875. (4) James Hai • Mathes born Di 



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comber I 'J l s 77 , .'< I'albot Spol \ thos. horn 

i hi i huroh. 

ailvr of tho S 

.; ■. \ \| Memphis, and 

line a Mas. 

ion from tli<- 1 1 rami I i \ 

Vrch Mas 
- .id Moni| 
\ « hioh ho hot amo an affiliated mom 

« - K was the 

first I' x v| mphis 

and ' This is now tho lai 

in tl;, Stai II lor member of .lolin 

\ '1 . \ i ' I \\ i ho lirsl lo 
\ I J rami 1 

both thos \ ash\ illo. 

\| \\ but siin 

has boon a IVniot i ai Soon after tho w ai 
proui State politi. 

under 
tho il inohisomont. In Vpril. IS70. 

Sholby i old tho position two 

ami in ISTl! was i - unani 

n\ or fourteen thou 

In 1^7 I ho was elected to the lower house of tho 
dature. and son hairman of the committee 

on priutin i member of other - In 

W7 V li. \ isi li >1 Km' i(>i 

\ > \| m kji renuossoo to tho 

Paris Kxpositiou. This tour was taken on his own ae- 
oount. mainly I ion and health. W bile abroad 

ho wrote a series of letters from Scotland, Kngland. 
Ireland and V ranee, which were published in tho Mem 
phis 1 IK returned to 

\| mphis in August. ISTS, after tho yellow fever broke 
out, resumed his editorial .hair on the I but was 

taken with the level- September 7. and had a very vio 
lout case, but with the advantages of hmhh 

lion, the best of medical attention, the kind offices "I 
his lodge brethren, and tho devoted nursing of his faith 
fnl wife, he partially recovered, onl\ in time. too. to 
uid caring lev the wife who was 
idc just a< he had passed the crisis. 
Mrs Mathes also had a vor\ violent case of tin 
and for three days was entirel) speechless. I'wo ol 
their nurses died, one in tin' house and the otlu 
where, and ii was some mouths before either husband 
or wife were wholly themselves again. 

\\ hile slill weak from the fever and scarcely aide to 
walk i i' Mathes was again uoni r tho l.ogis 

lature. and was elected b.\ a hands,. me majority, in No 



vember, l>7s II. became a candidate for spoakei ol 

the House, but being physically loo weak lor the 

and in order i" break a .1. ■ n i. iv or of 

II 1' l'ow Ik,-, of Willi. mis, mi count) who was 

uiun.'.i ted. and subsequent I) appointed I 'apt 

Mathes chairman of tho committee on tin -and 

With other members from Sholh) he took an 
part in pi il of the charter of 

Memphis, and in passing ihe act under which the pros 

cut taxing district el' Memphis was ostablisbod In 

wiih his political historj as a legislator, it 

ma.v 1 li.u in ih. I islal me of 1877), |u< w as 

one of the "immortal nine.'' comprising the Shelby 

it ion, which voted lor Vndrow dohuson for I 

States i ami 

,.1,1 oomni Hate, ft i icy his 

constituency, who virtual!) instructed him to cast his 

way or ri 

Sin, his lasi term in the Legislature, h 

didate for no office en his own account, but 
hi. devoted bis attention entirely to li is editorial dunes 
1 low e\ ei in 1ST!', lie v. a- ed by (i o Marks as 

a member ol tho board of visitors to the University of 
I ' i v I uiv orsit) of Tonuoss. i w as 

reappointed in ISSo l.v ii..v. Hal.- for another term, it 
fficc w ii bout compcnsal ion. With 
out being an aspirant for office he has attended as a 

most el' lh.' Si. U.' Domoi ran,' 
.. ir In lli. S 
d une. IsSI. he was nnauituously, and without solicita 
lion on his part. chosen as. i N tional Horn 

ocratic ticket for tho Tenth (Memphi c donal 

ilistrii " rds made a brilliant canvass as such 

in behalf ol Cleveland ami Hendricks. \i the sum,. 

ntion he was appointed an alternate delegate to 
ih. Chicago National Homooratio convention and at- 

i in thai \ I'lilar speaker, ('apt, 

Mathes is hold in very high esteem for his eloquence, 

information, logical and well balanced view- He 
i- an excellent r. a line " after dinner man. 

au.la plea forsatioualist. besides his visit to 

K il rope, he ha- i raveled exlensivelv in I he l' idled S 
Canada. New and old Mexico, a on lli villi; a lai 
.|UaiiUauee wiih men and mallei's, which he never (ails 
1,, ru I Use 

lie has Mi.-, .v. led well in a financial sou-,-, i- ■ « 
dire, tor in the Vandorbill Insurance company, Mem 
phis, and has a fair property. He has always takei 
care ol' hi- family, is charitable to tho unfortunate, has 
lived within his income, and avoided debt with a holy 
horror. His greatest fortune has been his wife, who, 
although reared in luxury, ha- <\'<uc her full shave in 
helping him to in life Vial ho has returned 

this . lev, mo u wiih a loving and a loyal gallantr) that 
well merit.* lev him the noble itlemau, 




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the Tenni 

C'/r hi- iintirinj In the war hi 

u\i><j and I l.',rn': in 

and, ili<J<:':'J, all 

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when he -a He y vl tl 

teen month* schooling, .n:'l • 

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when, silt 01 went to Fori 

\ )1 li . ami thoro opened a law office ami made 

hi- first loo. llo remained there oul\ two inoiiths and 
thon wonl In Vllanta, whore ho remained until I 
arj I ho wonl i i M 

1 llo thon Ini 

montl.v ai ( 'ha has ilili 

tieed law llo is 

president of tho Sodd.v < ami of the 

W ahlon s 11 ' il ooni|ian a tho 

! llO ill.' 

Chattanoo i I' 
in llaiuili 

I 1 business him I osl air in 

Chattanooga, ami i- i iliil men nt' thai 

j 

ll i- trin n i li ii li.' i- a soil' mailo 

man. I | ho war on . I. .liar 

ami till mil In- linM inn- is iluo i" himself. 1 1 is 

system i- thai of |i i ai,- iiidustr,\ . and to 

i li i^ da\ li.' li.:- ne> ."■ in' i dnllal h "in 

II n It brave, 

tondor hoartoil . ' is to a pro\ orb, 

[To risks his own jud i il ion and 

in. 'Hi will a. . until for his li rial Mir 

cess Vs a lawyer ho consults ets on his own 

opinion, ami keeps hisown counsel Soil' relialil always, 
ho first Irani- ill.' facts of a oaso Ironi whioh ho I'orms 
a> I., tho rights .'I' In- olioni and tin- 
law applh - .- 1 1 > I . ii i- thon ili.' object to sustain those 
conclusions by authorities, II.' refuses to take a oaso 
uiih'ss li,' think- hi- client hi - to will 

In I. 'I i-.i l'i Oslo i.Tiaii, ami ha- been 

an older in thai church some fourteen years. In poli- 
tics li.- i- a I 1 , ni". Ml II.' ha- hold the positions of 
alderman, notar> public, special judge, and was a 
ite to the National hemocratic convention at Si. 
I. ..ui-. in 187li, and al « 'incinnati, in 1 880. 

('apt. ('lift first married in Monroe county, Tonm 
in September. IStiti, M iss \i i ■. if Or. 

It. f. Cooke, ,i distinguished physician, whose tin her 
was for two terms a member of Congress from f'.a-i Ten- 
nessee, and originally from S nuh Carolina Mi'-, Clift's 
uncle, lion. -I. H. Cooke, is now on tho Supremo bench 
of the State, Her mother was Charlotte Kimbro, of 
Monroe count) Mrs ('lift died at Chattanooga, in 



I'Yhru ni 187(1 ivontj inn,'. loin in; three 

. hildreu (1). Vttio Arwin (l'i Murj Roberl t (3) 
M ■ "• II .. the latter d.\ ing in infam \ 

Col. I id man in .■ m . uri oil al ( 'arters\ illo. 

iimtj ' icor ii .1 mi.' 28, 1883, « iih M i>- 

l''loroiioo V, I'arroti who was born in that town, Vpril 

1858 She was the daughter ol .huh e .) l\ I'arrotl . 

tnty. Tennessee, born Februar,\ 25, 

17, and died al Moutvalo Springs, Blount county, 

Tennessee, .lune 10, 1872, lie was cdm tted til Kmorj 

I Henry I \ irginia ; mo\ cd to i leorgiii in 18-18; 

wonl to tho bar in 187)1; was a delegate from Cordon 

inty, i lent "i.i i" i Ii" I uion r"n\ cut ion of 1850, and 

was tho youngest member of that body. In 185(1 lie 

w s an elector on the Fillmore liekot, and in IStiO on 

the Hell and Kverctl ticket; was a member of the con 

inventions of 18(!5 and IS(58, and was presi 

dent of the latter. In IS(i3 he was appointed quarter 

master, with the rank of major, of Con Wolford's 

brigade, and was afterwards solieilot i neral of the 

Cherokee ('loorgia) circuit in the latter par) of that 

year In 18(58 ho \\a- appointed judge of (he Cherokee 

circuit, and filled thai position until his death. In 

politics he was n II, publican . in religion n Frotc tanl 

Methodist In everything in his life's i luet he en 

dottvorod to rely mi reason, common sense and fact ; his 

-1 dies were pointed, forcible, eloquent, and in his 

bearing he was a line typo of the cultivated gentleman. 

M r- t 'lilt'- trand tat her. Jacob Barrett, was a native 

of Tennessee, and died at I'arrottsville, a town named 

I 'arret family, a member of which invented the 

famous Barret I 

Mi- ('lifts mother's maiden name was Man Tram 
moll, and -ho is now living in < 'arters\ ill.', i leorgia. She 
was born in Nacoooheo \'alle\ (leorgia. a daughter of 
John Traininell. Her mother was Kli/.abcth l-'ain. Mrs. 
Clift's maternal uncle, Loander \ Tranimell, i- a 
promiuonl politician, and now a railroad commissioner 
of the Siato oftieorgia, Mrs, Clil'l was educated at the 
\n :ti i i Female Seminary, Staunton, Virginia, and re- 
ceived ili.- l" li. ■ medal given for Knglish composi 
Hon She is distinguished for her superior mental on 
dowments, high literary attainments ami her gracious 

i ion ami graceful ners l'.\ In- second mar- 

i ',,1 Clifl li i- one child, Rhoton Barrett, born 
Vuirusl 0, 1881 



JOHN I'. r.l.ANKKNSlllC. Ml' 



M 

Di: JOHN BATTON 111. \\ K i:\SII I I' wa- studying from early boyhoad, with a view of becoming 

born al Friendsville, Hlouni county. Tennessee, a physician. Ili- habits in boyh I were s 1 

iber ii. 1830, ami grew up there, working on his duo in part to In- "",,,1 mother's admonitions, For 

father ng to school during' winter months, and four and a half vears he was a student iu the Friends 



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101 



villi- lii i it Mif i,, I in ire in i hi 

langua ■■ 'I hi last term he attended i hat college he 
studied ph iolo md chcinistrj under Dr. 

Da id Vloi n, the "'I founder ■•! I In- chord. 

I [c bi gan i hi ' "I of medii 
in tin- office of Dr. 1 I ( and read 

with him two years, | 

In February, 1862, In- was appointed ' L. C 
Hunk in the position of as istant urgeon of the Third, 
Tenni e< Ped< ral inlanl rj i egitm 
1 1 in,- tit from I ;anization t hroughout il cam 

in Tenni I gia and Kenl ucl ■■ lien I 

charged al W m Free boroug h 'I enrn ei ml of 

ill health 

[n the fall ol 1862 he occasionally attended medical 
lectures at Louisville. In Jane, 186'G he returned to 
\| n -. ille, and again enti red into practice i here I 
1874 75 he studied medicine in the Vanderbill I ni 
vet il and graduated March, I 

i Paul I'. Eve, W. T Brij Thomas I,. Maddin, 

W. L. Xiehol, Van H. Lindslcy, Thomas Mcnees, •'. M. 
Safford, Thomas \ Atchison and John II. Callender. 
In March 1883, tin- Na 1,-. ille Mi dica Colli - con 
t'.i i .il upon him tin- ad i »»</< m degrei I om I 
tin- present time he has 

pracl ice of mi d - ;< at Marj ville and in 

Blount county, confining himself exclusively to his 

prof i During I In i m a of 1884 In- wa 

dent i'li;. ncian ni Mont ah " pi ing ■•• hit her hi 

fbi t In Im in In ill' his ow n heall 1, a pell of tj phoid- 

pneumonia during the wai having seriously injured hi-: 

constitution from tin- effects of which In- I 

i-niin t recovi red. Dr. Blanken h 

for iln i' nacitj of purpose with which In h i 

"1, i ti Ii pursued i he ' udj of In- profi 

ii ' ii I-. ' high i.iii'lin" in it. 

The Blankenship fami) mo tl fai mi i ir< rioted 
for being a working determined energetic people. Dr. 
Blankenship's ndfat hi i I tham Blankenship 

wa- rai ed near Richmond V irginia and first went to 
North Carolina, and from the latter State came to Ten 
n ee, the family locating in Blount and Monroe coun- 
ties, [sham Blankenship had seven sons, each o 
win. in had even sons, four of whom came to Tenni 

I "i he race ha pread all o ei Ea I Teiirn ce and 

the State, and even over other State Ii i i tradition 
in the family that no less than fourteen of the Blanken 

hip « ere i he fat hi rs of n each though thi 

i la i positivi fact 

Dr. Blanken hip - Ifathei G ilberl Blanken 

■ a a ii- , e ful farmer on i he Tenrn ee river, in what 
is now Loudon county, and there ili>-'l in 1875, al the 
igi of i rlii; four. Mi- man ied i hree I imi his hi^t 
wife being Elizabeth Hughes He left eleven children 
by the three wives Dr Blankenship father [sham 
Blankenship, being a son of the fit i « if! Bertha Davis, 

.i ii 'i la . of Vi -mi. i I 'jlit I" BloUI] ll ill' 



here her father and mo 
died I lor fat her '■■■;,- a fai mi 

IM Blankenship's father, fshain U hip, died, 

thirty eigl i ille, Blount county, 

w hen i In- -'ni '•■. i ild. He wa born in 

i ; irmcr. \\ hen 

;i young niiin Ii-- was a lieutenant in the army" which re 
i the I ndians from i he > I men 

Hon of win c in Harm < >/ .1 nrtah oj '/■ n 

The Blanl 'it" the Mi 

prominent people and among the eat 

-I i li i 

Dr, Blankenship's mother, nee Marj McClain, of 
Scotch Irish descent, was horn near Morganton, 
n Loudon county daughter "I John McClain, a 
farmer from Virginia If I Ste- 

phens and came either from Mar; land or Virginia. 
Mi Blanken hip's brother, Andrew McClain, was 
count er of U In 

1 -c. hi i 'in-' ' 'I i" Lincoln count T ' here 

he 'Ii- I der .McClain, is 

prosperous farmer near I I ille, Tenni 
|i, Blankenship mother 'li'-<l in 1877 

children : (1). John Patton Blanken 
ship, -nlij.-.-i of Gilbert Bl ink nship 

-I Jane B lighter of Es<j John Bi 

of Loui I). Jan 

in-ill- Blankenship, who died in 188] wife "I l>. P. 
Baldwin a merchant and miller at Clover Hill. Blount 
children. 
Hi Blankenship , it Clover Hill, Blount 

county, May 10, I860 v . Edmondson, 

daughtei of John II Edn up in the 

neighborhood v. ith thi ' ■■ Sam 

Houston. Mr. Edmondson was an original abolitionist 
and Republican, and is now li me years 

rm in Blount county. His son, Matthew 

II m Edmondson, is now sheriff of Blounl county, 

brother Capt. James P. Edmondson, was for lour 
I 1] he most popular man 

in Blount ' -"111,1. The Edmondson family in Virginia 
arc a wmewhal noted family, one of whoi eolo 

nel in the Confedi ra - Mi Blankenship's 

mothi i wa Mai - irel Dunlap, daughter of John Dun 
lap. Mrs. Blankenship ' i Hill 

and Baki i Creel ran a Pr, i and noti 'I for 

trict piety, kindliness of disposition, her talent for 

mical man i ing nature. 

She died Ji arj 24 1884 

By his marriage with Miss Edmondson, four children 
were born to Dr. Blankenship: (1 ). Leonidas I 
Blankenship, born June 10, 1801; educated at Mary- 

ville Colli ow reading law in Knoxville; married 

in Jum 1-- 1 Mis Bi tha \'l.,m-. of [ndiana 
J.,hn Horace Blankenship, born March 24 1865: now 
ing in Maryville Collegi >1 Lillie 

Blank nship, bi ■ mber 7, 1867; now in same 



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i Minnie Blaukcnship. bom February 'JO, 
1870 

Or. Blankenship was married tho second time at Ma 
S lior I l vv .\ to Miss \ ' . , v I ■ 

tries Taylor, Ksq., at his residence. 
The T lated to the Brantl} family of 

^ ilina . and also to li. I 

li\ inc, ol' Hiehmond. \ 
now i Koine. 1 1 .i 1 \ M i- \ S Blan- 

kenship is a member of the episcopal ehureh. 

Mr. Blankenship is a member of the Presbyterian 
ehnreh. an Odd Fellow, and a Prohibition- 

ist and Republican, though a Memoerat before thi 
In ISS'i. hi ■ i County Modi 

cal Society, and member of the State Medical 

Society. In l ss 'J li. he was the temperance and educa 
tional editor of the , : -« \ s, published at 

Man \ ill.- Fi - rved at Maryville as 

for pensioners, under appointment 
from the i i eminent. 

S Kir Br Blankenship has made a success of his 
He owes no man a dollar, has raised a family, has 
a comfortable property, ami is contented and happy in 
tho practice >>t his profession. His success is duo to 
perseverance and application to his calling; to staying 
at ono place: being honest in his dealings with mankind. 
ami liberal to the poor, lie began without inheritance 
and owes hi- position to his own efforts 

On April 7. 1SS4, In- delivered an address before the 
Blount count} Medical Soeiet} which attracted atten- 
tion from tho leading medical journals of the country. 
The following extracts show l'r. Blankenship's esti 
niati' of medicine as a science, the duties of a physician, 
and the honors to which lie i- entitled: " A pro:, 
that has such uoble objects in view must be noble, 
'fhe good that ha,- been conferred on mankind by it is 
1 all human calculation. Rven among the an- 
cients it was believed to be it gift from liod. There are 
those to da} who hold the same opinion, ami are sus 
tained in their belief by the following: 'Honor the 
physician, because he is indispensable, tor the Most 
High hath created him. tor all medicine is a gill from 



Hod, and the physician shall receive homage from the 

kin;;.' Christ said on a certain occasion, 'They that 
are whole need not the physician, but the} that arc 
medicine, regardless o\' sell'. 
!ia\ c c\ or been the friends of humanity. The ph} sieian 
must seem calm and serene though his heart be troubled. 
He must not lose his reason, hut on the contrary think 
well ami apply his remedies promptly and under all cir- 
cumstances, 'I'lie physician is not only entrusted with 
the life of his patient, but also, to some extent, tin so 
eial. moral and intellectual welfare of the people he 
practices his profession among are in his hands, for 
sometimes the domestic curtain is drawn aside, and the 
troubles arc confided to him by the family, as a peace- 
maker and moral guardian of those interested, whose 
words of advice and consolation restore hope and bring 
a calm to the troubled heart, and lite is made bright 
again. How great, then, should be his acquirements, 

xtensive his knowledge •>( medicine. Should it 
be the love of mone} alone that tiroes the physician on 
in the discharge of his duty, his expectations in lite, in 
a certain sense, will he realized; but his lite will go out 
in the end. and the profession will be made no better 
tor his living, for other fields offer more gold. But 
money cannot pay tor the labor that the . 
entious physician performs, nor the blessings he be 
gold cannot buy what charity gives. There is a 

l' ami nol.lcr impulse that prompts the physician 
to do his duty to his fellow man and his high ami re 
sponsible calling in life that he has the conviction in 

i\ u heart that he is doing his duty in relieviii 
fering humanity, and has the consolation t>> know that 
his labors arc appreciated by some of the human race, 
it' not In many, by the tears shed by some poor 
woman, and that emanate from an angelic heart and 
How out to soothe the sorrow within, ami are like 
the pearls of the ocean, ami more precious than all the 
gold of earth. Humanity calls the physician from the 
mansion of the rich to the hut of the poor; and the 

: physician will receive his reward here and after 
lie crosses the river of time. Then he will be paid for 
all his labors. 



HON. WILLIAM 11. IH'.W 1 II 






Til IS sturdy, self-made lawyer was born October 24, 
1827, in Smith county. Tennessee, ami is well 
known in the legal and political history of the State. 
Horn of parents who were far from wealthy, his father 
being a preacher and small farmer, young DeWitt, en- 
ured in boyhood to the toils of farm life, was in the 
habit of studying to improve In- mind at uight a- well 
us in the day. when not otherv I md in this 



way became, in a great measure, his own school -master. 
and learned almost a- much without an instructor as 
with one. mastering some of the branches of mathemat 

ies and the first books in Latin without scholastic as 

si-tame. In search of kuowledge he worked his passage 
on a flat boat to Nashville, ou his way to Korea Acad- 
emy, near Chapel Hill, Tennessee, where he studied 
ten months under Rev. John M. Barnes, one of the best 



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'.M time educat I ' > rn he 

r] In l,i.'.l. and clothin 
i In., • I. fu -I footed i. 

and .'.itl' 'l',l 

rid a half in bin wallet, hi e W. 

A In i he ■<• ■• to manhood hi IT - 

it Ga 

Academy Tbi 
'■', mil I roin I -.">'» I-, 1856 

I hirig in the academ 

In law 

became hi • the 

time liu 

he determined in eai edit 
cation a pel evcrarn 

mited peei Thin 
rnel the approval rrf hi 

lore he reached manhood, he "Ii in 
comrn h the mon, 

tig. 

Hit 1850. 

I. J B. L. 1 ,,'! William [}. 

Campbell, and if the A mcrican f>c 

gal A - delation in 1851 , In 1856-5 r one 

he practiced lav Lcbai on I i om ! -'■•- to I -""> 

On -I urn. ii - 1-7.7 lii- ' ttled in Chattan 

Bot h ■■' .in'- of 

ill' ),, ■ educated and most intellectual men of the 

becan 
In- r< In '-'I compi H-. ii i'Mi Ii i a i reputation, 

and "ii" i" i "ii Poi h I bat he has 

been ready to aid and encourage all worth 
aspirin nun. 

Meanwhile, Judge l>"Witt i 'I the com 

..I Hmith. Macon and Sumner in the T< nm ei II 
of Representative in 1855 6 mat renominated in 1857, 
but declined, He * d ■■< member of the i 

iiiii",: ition of 1861 , he oppo in ■• 1 1..- ""i, "Nt io n, 

which v,;i voted down. hi An 

-I in the Confederate Congress. The Tom 

.1 ion i" 1 1," ' 'onfedi ' '"','1 among the 

in" i di i ingui bed men in the v, hole count) 

I of W II. DeWitt, Robert L. Uaruthcrs, James 

II Thorn i i,. oi ■ H Joni John I Hou e. John 
D I tl i n'l David M, Currin (Hcc Mi indcr 11 
8tephen II", Between th: Slate* Vol 2,p M,l, The 

that bod are com] 

I rjge DeWil 
a memhei 

In 1872 '."•. John! Brown appointed him special 
chancellor in the fifth chancery division ofi 
pending 1 1 • » - contest of the election of W. W. Ward by 
' "ml, and ' 'ox. 

In politic -I ad •• DeWitt was a Whi one 

of those n ho lingi r< d long ind wor hiped di 

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the abandoned altai 

lit till tbi 

' l<-'l hi in 
tli" ' 

with 

I 

fill in 

arid C',r p 
came on of 

llOUgll '" 

life. 

In I 

1 1 

:, for the i 
Jink". DeWitt i- a riicmberoft.be Methodi 
ll«. became ■< Mason at I. 

I 

year Worshipful Master of the lodj ' II 

' ' Martin I. 

d all the '-li:iir- of that <,r'l<-r. 
J udge l)eWi( 

Km ilia Price, daught 
'I'Ik. in I'i I. 

II. i ni"i hei ■ a a Mi - '■ an II io 'I th n arriage 
children, I 

th tl," mother, in ! ■ in in- 

I. DeWitt, horn 
In \-~tl educated at the Catholic 
Kent ■ nber .">. 1 -71 . in .Smith < 

Kent J Monroe Fi hei 

Carthage, and I D 

I:- 
Judge DcWit which oi 

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'■ a direct descendant in the paternal line 

-.: I ' I .1' rfnghlettc Wilso 

Barren i I H 

Wooten, of a leading old .Mr- De 

Witt - ({randfal I I Ham Wil I tin.- 

pioneers in -ii. land 

in Kent ucky and I I ; Kate, 

now living at Nashville, i- the wide 

• I M. Fit". II ■ 'I II. M. 

1 J 

if Carroll Denny, a farmer in .--tiii': Mi- 

DeWitt v.. .| in Kenl Ri I > I 

'I Ri in i I. nt finished hi ion under Rev. I>r. 

L of ii" Method- 

ist church B M Wilson •) 

DeWitt ha* two children: (1). William Kugene and 
2) II - hi 
Judge li'-Witt - pa rent.' were l„,tli horn in 1792, in 



ISM IMIOMINKNT I'FNNF.SSKANS 

"is father, l\o\ Samuel IVWitt, was in tho Ian In his career of life ho was given I 

«■> ""' of I t. W il rami evil habits whatever Truthfulness and 

Wilkinson*, in tho wai mdor tho stars that guided him He resolved in early man 

ludgo l»e\\ t's t'athor hood to hooomo it loast tho o<|unl of any one in 

; ution of 17Tl! Judge pndession, if hard study «ood murals, energy ami itili 

" u N| u ' ■■■ " ; would accomplish ii II, , hosi lossion 

lathor MoWhirler, was killed >at tie of King's oarly ami hont ovor.v offon to sncoooil Inthistimool' 

ntonntain Hoc uncle II- -mm Wakefield, was shot tlnmght and actum he drew much inspiration and last 

through ili.' hreast in that war. Inn lived to (ho ago of ing henelil IVom the teachings of Ins venerated lather, 

trs iiml front the " l.eotun »l K i I'- Uawes , ^ 

In addition to'his attainments as a lawyer. Judge IV M 

\\ itt's literary eulture has 1 highly approoial Oi It of h liowc ml of 

li:it In- has oHon heeu seleeted to deliver addresses on kindly nature or In- want of power to say no, i- that 

Masouii - fourth of July celebrations, college ho has from time to time, lost heavily by endorsing for 

iimeneements. and othei >r varied others, though he is now. notwithstanding this, in vi 

historical, philosophical, li independent oireumstanees Vs a lawyer, he stands in 

and [high order, Ili- memorial the front rank ..fin- profession in the highest courts of 

addresses on the'deaths of memhers of the bench and har the State and of the nation, before which li«' has been 

have also helped to spread k h is reputation .11 ig the almost uniformly successful, though he ha- never 

first 1 for lir ha- few equals for brought all hi- intellectual resources into full pla,\ 

path v lii' is not infrenuontly except upon occasions that demanded it Vs a man he 

spoken of as a ripe scholar and a gentleman of elegant 1- upright ami iu-i in all hi- transactions, allow 

es and manners, but had he cultivated the talent nothing to cotne between him ami the discharge ol 

which ex self in his n essays what he believes correct and honorable, The elements 

in verse, In' might have been classed among the poets, of his character are so fashioned a- to imbue him with 

\ vn only of In- poetical attempts remain. the strongest sympathies for the poor and the nnfortuu 

''■■U is truly a -ilt' 111. nlv man lly perse ate through all the grades of society , while his 

veranee ami industry he overcame all obstacles ami rity and chivalry command the admiration of all who 

obtained a classical education and finalh beeatue learned know him 



HON. THOMAS I. 1'KITM \\. 






I IH< K PHOMAS .1 FllKKMAN 1- a native of o rn in Smith county, Tennessee, but raised in Maury, 

t' W . -1 lYnnossee having been born in Uibson county, 'where she man , \| - ^'. She was the da ugh 

on the llhh day of July. 1827 His parents wore of tho ter of Capt. Thomas Jones, originally from Wake 

best I mis, \ rth Carolina, a cousin ol' II, .n Yn Mai 

Freeman isnn Kuglish name, and the Vmericau fami United States senator from North Carolina, at an early 

the name are descendants from an Kuglish day. Her grandfather, Thomas Jones, was a captain in 

ancestry The iseuealogy ol iln- family, however, i- not the Revolutionary war Sin- died in Oibsou 

clearly traceable for more than three or four ^iterations 1n>7, leaving ion children, of whom the subject ••( this 

hack. The grandfather of our subject, John II l'i,v sketch is the oldest 

man. was a Virginia planter ami slaveholder 'flu- J udgo Freeman received a common school education 

father, Or. John II Freeman, was a native ol' limns up to the age of fifteen His early opportunities wore 

wick, Virginia, and, about 1SI!>, removed to Nashville, limited to the country schools and tho county academy 

where he w d for a time in a mercantile cstab liy tho time he was seventeen, he had taken a course of 

lishment From Nashville, he went to Columbia an, I medical reading, but In' soon determined not to adopt 

merchandised, marrying there in IS2Ji Ho died in that profession, In March, I845,,he began the private 

11 county, in IS7!\ at the ago of seventy lour He study ol' law in i\ ' hooks, toaehin lorhood 

man of strong ami active intellect .ami nervous schools in the meantime, until he reached the n 

temperainenl, devoting himself the greater part of his twenty one. \i that period he obtained front Judges 

life to lii- practice ^>\' medicine, without much thought Turley, ol' the Supreme court, ami Calvin Jones, ehau 

mutilating pro] eel lor of the district, a license to practice law II 

1 r li . • wi >uee opened an office in Trenton, where ho practiced 



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till ] ••' !: 

futun 

11 

I 

I > 

"ll 1)1- 

1 1 ; ( 1 1 

thai of lawyei and I 
.1 

I 
1848,1 
witli tl)'- Derooi 

of the Jeffi 
In 1853 he made 'li' ' 

I). 
1 neinuati natj. 
that nom - : : lianan 

for tin I ; 

political feeling, !>■ h, he 

refrained from anj participation in thi 

the elective fra of lii- 

opinion on all of publ 

time* and plai 

.11 'I ' llt'/ll. J ll 

I Martha J.- 11 daughter of the leading law- 

thc Trci 

I' 1' ' • i. but who vr>--n up 

.-it Winchi I Her mother, originally 

I. / !. H Alabama. 

I I 

rid it 
famed for her excellent domestic ijuali( 
.1 I reemati and wife have ha/1 In 

children, all at 1 (1). Willi* J., born J 

Willie 
of .). M I ' 

Ten in one child, Irene (2J Helen 

• the Method! -'■ mar 

ried W. )/. Hall, of) U l //.'/'/. dh'J li.-i- 

'in<r child, Dudley Freeman 
Jai of Mr. J. D 

1 I ■ i . 'I hort •) hot • 

i of the firm 
Turh lempl He i 

of Trenton, and I 

B. ( born A.ugu*i 6, J^';J ' • nton. 
Judge Fn I: . '. ■ • ■ - ■] 

•I a Knigl t of Hono I • 
I: nd affirmative believer in the 

1 : eligion. He joined th< 11 
but fifteen 



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li<- returned ho 

Ith. 

of hi 

)i<: i» HOW ill f: 
Jn |/'-r-'<iial ). 

forehead II 

narii 

of 

for lot 

that the *word ol 

■ ■'(bard, to 

rej 

'rial laboi 
inc. 
While J 

them in hi** well-ordered mind until it 

of liilll 'I 

men 

behind tin 
onini 

memi 

1 1 
of hi'.' 
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ill> i- 
r the 

lid l hem tt 

was ontinonll} 

II, \\ J. :|| ill the 

■ :l -killflll ail 

linioal |>l 

\i 
lie bar, iho loose uii plead 

I'dllfC. 

\ .M then li 

unless In 

Chilly. 
\ S 

iti\ o i>l' i ho 
\\ ild I 

lamented S 

rt". 11. S 1 1 was 

\ demurrer was hoard 
line ii plea ami 

i lun a rohutt< 
\ ' more 

4illful duellists than did ihoso 
in admiring court in tho 
hands ot" tl >uiplishod picadors. I recall 

tho ih li whioh 1 witnessed the contest \, 

to iho rules of practice, either mi.sdu 
olainii and dola} al an} step of (ho pro 

hut. no, in oaoh succeeding step, the plea 
was drawn without a moments to the 

itiou whioh iliuljio I'reeinan 
lined on the Sir 
Hi- !,.\ , ' wot k seems to 

sphere ot' a 
rs have proven that 
I i ho bar h i his loam- 

has there boon an,\ disappointment rayal of the 



-I lionorabl 
li o ho would in iptil hiinsolt' on tho 
hoiioh a- an able and u II 

oommand i ' -\ people Tho oritieism 

anetinios niado !>} -noli :i- prel'or the blunt, 
mint phrases of a Wriuhl or a Ttiruey, 
or the sharp, olear and oonolusivo sontonoos of a Mo 
ml, that •' ion- .no usual I \ ion 

elaborate. Km logical ol ible to m 

sullioii i. an and anthoi it} i >no "I' tho 

ifos-sional I lo this lino ol' 

oritieism on h nl} says ' IJul 

hi and strict adhereiu 
the tra \ in law, as they have conic down 

filtered through the mm. I- ol' Marshall, Story, 
r and Kent, In- friends believe, with all duo 
the merits .'I' hi- assoi iales and con 
temporaries ai tho bar, that ho will hear comparison 
with i >'l Toniu s s The 

. .'I no man arc porf 1'he xoellencies 

in the best must make compensation for some minor 
is a marked compliment to the -u 
implishiuents I I'Veeman thai 

tho merciless eye of criticism ha- detected no 
fault in hi- splendid work than the studious elaboration 
aim in h} whioh ho ha- taken care to sustain his 
ons His opinions, recorded in the annals ol tho 
Supremo court of Tennessee, will bo his imperishable 
monument, than whioh hi- ambition could demand 
iiothins worthier or more honorable, 

Tin' influences of .Indite I'recman's personal lifoliavo 
over I' am on the side ol' morality ami religion. \- he 
stated, ho i> a devoted member "( tho Baptist 
church, strom:!} attached to iis doctrines, and a thor 

ver in the divinity of Christ ami his reli 
lie is fond of tli Sin \ school and noji'loots no oppor 
tnnit} witlrchildren and addressinj! them. 

1 1 v - i- al-o an ardent friend of the temperance cause. 
Though ho has it fortune in worldly 

li in tlu -no-- of a life well 

-pom. ami. as hi- been well said, has achieved lor his 
children the heritage of a " srood name,'' which Solomon 
rather to ho chosen than isreat riel 



HON, K0\> \i;n ii. r 1ST 



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Till' inn II Ivist, has, for years, 

• hi tho roll of eminent lav 
in To: II - nai in Davidson county, 

emigrated 

from Vii ly as I St Hi farm 

1> riculiural 



pursuits. Ho w.i- a man o\' strong mental cliaracteris 
much looal influence, lie was chosen jus 
r ai an early day, ami a- far back as 
me chairman of tho county court of David 
nitty, a position whioh ho hold for many j 
With tho first appearance of the Whig l'avt> in the 




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political arena, he b< 

H 

nan White in 1 - . 

1 r 

hand 

The grai I 

land. He cam* ed in Vii. 

I 

' ! 

Her bi '. ; i K., 

' and Tl; [J 

unobtrosi 
with those domi 
of the mod id mother " 'tilled in) 

hildren, from 
of virtue that I. 

died ni.' f'o'ir of 

ten childri / 

of John •/. '/•.." n, who 'li'-'J in 
] - VI (2 Louisa wife of Alexandei FJ 
farmer of Davidson counl 

i. ' 1 . I»r. A. A. E 
of Nashville. 

The yonth of Judg 
though hi - 1 u it*; 

good and irere by no means neglected. When 

red the old V. 
Institute in l> iduated in 

from that school in 1850. II 
»olved to become a lawyer, h< red the la 

partment of Lebanon Uni om which institution 

dnated in ]*.">4. with the li<-ior 

of Laws in a class of eight \>r W. E. 

Ward (a sketch of whom appe 

I. '•'. i ma; Alfred Elliott, 

of N' I ly,jr., and Bichard A. Ki 

jr.,of Murfreesborough. Thetwol I died dur- 

ing the late civil war. From the date of his grade 
to the present time, he 1. eed law in Nashville, 

with the exception of the interrupt 

ind the period during which be occupied the bench 
;>- chancellor. During this period, he has held 
positions of honor and trust. Indeed, thi 
of lii- age to be found anywhere upon whom have been 
.-. «r'J -', r ji ;< 1 1 ;.- mark* of confidence and esteem by 
their fellow-citizi nt He was fot several 

dent of the board of direi the Tenn< Hot! 

pita) for tlji- J i » - in He one of the original mem- 

ard of trust of Vanderbilt I 
and, for a timi as the first president of that 

board. He has been for man member of the 

l.'.ur '1 of trustees of tin; University of Nashville, which 
institution, in 1880, conferred on him the honorat 



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of W< 

B 
initi'i 

birth an 

only be pr and 

under 

of A ■ 

tain the federal I 
and of rep 

r the 
time, subjected. H 

hand it hern bn Id he 

| iced to di which hi* 

■ 
in the - I. . ■ i - 

elections were not I >w, h'-M 

The Si 

until A 

re in office 
at the time of Mr. Tl - I. 

ture- 
-ion. Judge East hadopi 

. but whei 11 for 

he found he I by a ma- 

ul tende ernor 

He withdrew from 
public position and, 
part in the war. 



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S N 

'■ 

S .1 Iiiimain 

On 
it the 

- i 

N Hiding 

« in 

- 
. ithal. 

s 

■v tho 
\ t Si. Li I'-inj, 

.1 further 
In l v 7 I, 

iriiuiii 
of the eoniiuiti 

ho performed with ilistiii 

II,' w o and 

oarm - iti«- honor :ii of the 

- . ,1 tho 

It wan 
durin 

after 

n our 
S 

In |S7S \ ornor by 

■ 
but, although lie w make tho 

potential than the u 
that nominated him Id not bo induced to tako 

tho Sold. 

otos tho lis uts in 

tho li is l"' l> - 

nits in lii- |>orsoual lifo may a> 

married in 

Mrs. 1 i \\ \| iss ssippi, da ugh tor of 

Henry T lb N 

ohuroh. South. Thoy havo two ii daughters. 

II . inul lies* and thoir family 

thou happy ono. 

iroor. dial a 
uis lifo arc not 



patihlo, but, on die contrary, nia> bo rendered 
I'r.Mii an early period, li,' lias 
i moinbor of the Methodist K|<isoo|ml ohuroh, 
South upl> a |';i«n,' layman, making easy, his 

us by periodical ooutributions to its 
ulcus inoinbor. taking a livoly 
- and institutions ol tho 
II,' 1 uuiuboi' of yoars, boon one 

,,t' thi Is ol MoKendreo ohuroh, Nashville, 

and ! mnual eon for- 

me from the general confer 
\| liodisi Kpisco|>al ohuroh. South, to the 
1 iiinil, at I. on, I, >ii. in ISS1 \- 

.- of iln- original inonihoi-s of 
\ aitderbilt I'nivorsit) \Y liai 
.- iln- ohuroh may •■ hi- hands 

dorod with genuino 
II ,1 by tin- authoritii 

.r,-i an,l « i-e-t of their 

In i - Judge K -i is of tall, slender 

ill,- " loan and hu 

LI indieato a man 
w ho II >f the 

inality and 

thoughtful oss i-kliod o'er." indeed, but 

el' die ooustam working of the 

brain within. 11:- oonvorsational gifts are charming, 

whioh his explorations into oxen field of literature, and 

if lmmanii> and 
ii. keep continually supplied with riehest ma- 
terial upon whioh to on ■■ - ' bil - 
ilielienieeiiele.be. renter delight than when 
finding himself in the midst el' a genial and responsive 
company of friends. 11, ■- . \. . ssivoly fond of literary 
and si - While he has neglected no 
b o\' iln- law in iln- range el bis eoiiseieutious 
study, neither has he slighted any opportunity for test 
n,« author, or of in\ esi igating 
lioal problem 
Km after all - - and jurist that he is 
known. In the ohoson profession of his life, lie has 
iid the foundations of a groat eharaetor, to whieh 
other pors oinplishinents are but ornaments. 
The way to eniinoneo at the Nashville bar has 
been all easy one Only that merit whieh ha- been 
tried and proven through a lone, hard series o( labo 
yoars, in daily eoinpetition with (he best products 
of the profession, who, themselves, have only devi 
through (he like Ion;, hard series of laborious 

\ er boon permitted to stand preeminent at the 
bar of the capital city of Tom, -- I'lnre i- no royal 

road x divide lawyer, and that any one 

ha- attain - thin the line ol' bis profession, 

that be ha- deserved ii That 
l';-i ha- already justly, aehieved the reputation 
o( a great lawyer is the unanimous verdict o\' hi- pro 



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final brethren of '• • the 

To nffei pi oofi "ii i hal point 
i he H I'. ii notable triumph* In- hi Id not 

■ ■ill bi up* i Huou but would extend I li far 

bit limit 
A In .• i i i bi ' I no* i 
and it tn ii ' be aid to ' he honor of the legal profi 
that, while it i uhjecl t" the ji thai 

afflict Ii ii muii i< in all it branch*; there i amon 
bet i' r cJa of I hi prof ■ r it du i w p uider 

'I fl ci of which the trui 

in hi to 1 1" ' "i i Ii of an honorahl 

oeiati -I I . i > could wi Ii affoi 'I to commit bi- 

rcputal ion bol h a a loan and lav ei to tin memben 

of lb- bai an - •■■■ hom for t he la t thirl 

ha pent hi prof ional life. S<>>- can the writer of 
' In ketch do .1 "'i • I.;, t '.i t he truth u bcttei 

< ban t" lc( .i few of i hi him One 

h ho often ere - yrd with -I ud " K 

and h b" 1 1 j in 'If ha ilwa ii bled n Dam 

blade '■■■ bo, I"' i'l' critic among i thu« 

peal of -I "-I ' I ■ i ' \ an a*b ocate he ha 

peci if an in the Ktatc of Tern lie i a I 

"I ■ i and iried al lainmi til and i e*| 

ce I'm I in .ill i he depai I tiicnl of hi prof bother 

ii be in i he ~ii|'i • tm i he i ii cuil I he chancer) or the 
criminal ce 

I I tie ■• no lawyer o 

icci I a» to combine all ( hi thai 

arc neei u f ocate. 

Bi ide i hi In i a man of i id sci- 

entific calturi and one of the finenl con ei ationali»U 
I . . er I new. In thi he i ab olut* I fa final 

Did he can be ii i i ■ 

in linn, andtoold age to the moot ignoranl and the 

tno i intelli ' to whit* n take 

i In- in" i ignoranl negi a I hal ever lived in the ■ 
and can charm and fa cinate him, and will f ;> k < • pli 

in ib, in" ho and in a m ti ill bi i m neti ; I inter 

c i in" and ' ni' < i ■ fin' 'I elegant lit - 

erai and cii nl ific circh Thi of hi- 

ll- - i ., pi ndulum between ■■< tn id :■ frown . t he 

frown impn int. olenin mile illuminating 

pleananti Hi i tniabb and tender ; and 

et po ■ ' ; thi ni" i " 

and the mon( v. itherint irca ni 

I [( ha thi in-ill i, ' null of i . Iiim-'ir 

i rial frii tid de piti political and pa 1 1 « 

I!"' I. i i I' both partii I n 

i heated con ti I in which all pal tii foi 

t he ''"ni i"l "I tin In I - hi di I meed .ill I mi 

petit, , i- without ii pledge to anj line of poliej or an 

enunciation ol pinion on any question involved in 

t he can i and in t he II of Kepri 

t In ■ fticient '"nt rolling if thi n eleel i f An- 
drew John "ii i " 1 1 ti of i be ' nited States. No 

in. in ' "ul'l I- i - I rn - icceMsi cian Inn 



politi* 

ion for him, I 
"Hi,-' tied. 

I!' i .i lirm bi lie i;i in 
■ Methodi ' and In. 

f the JJihh m ad 

miration, and ■ .,ubl 

" 'I llilll to tin . |,ll|- 

itor. I I- 

kind and noble heart, and an eloquence thai i peculiar 
in bim "11 and thai le, on 

tin- ront in m. and in the forum In < word, I think he 

in in in., . , . .. . ;td in 

'I'm.' 

The chancelli tied him on ll 

J I. Hi both 

in point of and ability. \- a practitioner. he 

i in the St 
man in it, Hi 

learning and attenl ion to II 

amiab popular u n 

;ill "In man I know. Hi- | 

in bi- kind and affable man 
accommodating and that amount- 

to Hclf sacrifice, 

A ii ,-/ senator of i I elf a pro 

found - i, iii'-t Jud - I ■ 

iiin-'-'l and characteristic opinion 

I, - I,:,-. ■■ te ted the strength of •! 

i i the bar, apologize for their defei . > k i 1 1 jr 

<»f* lii iii mean 

(but I, picture in the 

"l',r-. bring "ni tin 
in the b<-t lighl and make ti- 
ll ondcrfully powerful in 
1 1 I,- in reducing 
ion to mi absurdity. Though he 
- office he can I," found anywhei - it h a* 
much - he philos- 
opher, he pendfi bin time in tl with 
men engaged in t he I umhlc of bu 
in which common hciisc and the dominant traiti of hu- 
man character have fullest pla; and it i- doubtli 
h hat he owe* much - 

In this rcHpect, he re emblc the late Judge Archibald 
VVrighl of Metuphi , who seemed never to study, but 

i faci ii in" 
but of men and 

A distingu i hi 'I member of tin irl of 

hi honorable ti timon Some 

eel in "Ii - - me in land lit igation, 

n the 
eellin in rtmenl -I udgc I ! 

A mere bio) rapher can add nothing t" luch I 

! I tothing that need." to be 

added except a hi iei refer* nee t" hi 






PKOMINKXT TKXNKSSK VNS 



than 

- - . V .'111 

- I upon :i moral char- 

'U an able 
) from the bench, (titled 
mind, rap 
irated the chat! 
- 
ami tlio uno. Tlio • 

id him. nor could . s 

':-. from the line of duty. 
The rich litigant ami the met "on the level 

:, and his 

a head and hi I and thor- 

\ ery 
aiuing time, 
not ui ; There was in Judge 

lom from the - t\ too 

eonilll - n. that rendered him. at 

all tii:. - - ess - .1 fra- 

ternity. It has been said of him that in light or per 
iry matter.-, he would "sit at chambers in a 



harbor shop, a counting room, or oven on a street corner, 
«hen. neonvenienee of repairing to the eourl 

eined rather greater than the ini 
if tin- manor involved In short, lie had not 
a partiolo of the vanity or a (footed dignity of office, 
the heneh or oil' the heneh, towards the 
u.i- always marked h\ eourtesy, affability 
and patience Hi- retirement from the chancellorship 
wasa source of unusual regret. 
•Iiul - yet comparatively young just of the 

which Knglish lawyers reach their prime, and 
Knglish statesmen come to ho regarded a.- tit to deal 
with the graver matters of state. Though by no means 
physically robust in appearance, his compositioi 
that tough and sinewy sort whose capacity tor endu- 
rance is uiimcas \ iding to the probabilities 
of vital statistics, ho has yet many if good life 
ahead of him. He has pro-pored financially . and taken 
bond against the too frequent calamities of old ago. 
•.lities are yet great, and his capabilities are 
sufficient i them into probabilities and these 
la-t into realisations, lie i- yet one of the live, pro- 
men of Tenness 



HON. ROBERT J. MORGAN. 



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'"T^HK paternal an sti R hert .1 Morgan 

1 - if Knglish origin. Threi M rgan brother- 
ted from England to America in colonial 
settled, one in Connecticut, one in Pennsylvania, 
and the third, from whom .1 udge M - ided. 

i A ' } New York - nded 

from the Connecticut branch of the family, and 
Daniel M : ilntionary fame, from the Vir- 

ginia branch. The x Virginia h came con- 

; rbours. a family well and w 
known in that State. 

M - .indfather. John K. Morgan. 

\ nian by birth, and lived and died in that v 
Other members of the family removed to Kentucky 
in both of which State- there are now 
number of living representatives of the name. 
M s father was also named John K M 

He was a wealthy merchant and banker at l.ato 

ia, and als - ssful planter. Ho was a prom 
inent member of the Methodist church for titty 
and wa.- noted for hi- tine business capacity and the 
character. During the late war. 
dined by President Davis commiss 
the t" I 

He died in lSUS - ntv years, 

- Miss M ir\ T Bi 



daughter of . Tore Drown, a native of North Carolina, 
who moved to (Jeorgiu. Her mother wa- a Miss Beas 

:' a well known Georgia family. Mrs Morgail 

cared by her uncle, Hon. Jarre) Beasley, a man 
of -oine distinction a.- a member of the Georgia 1 
latino 
Judge Robert J, Morgan wa- born in LaGrauge, 

a. March 2,">. I82ti. lie was educated at the 
I'liiver-ity of Heorgia, and graduated there in 1--I7 
Having previously determined to study law. he entered 
the otliee of Dull \ Ferrell. al Laltnui.se: was ad- 
mitted to the bar in 1SI!» by Judge Edward Young 
Hill, and taken as a partner by his preceptors. Shortly 
- I Bull went upon the bench, and the 

firm became Ferrell A Morgan, continuing a- such un- 
til 1S.V. when Morgan removed to Memphis with a 

■f practicing law ami engaging in planting in the 
rich Mississippi bottoms. Ho ».i- at that time ill afflu- 
ent eireumstanees, having been very successful in his 
--ion as well as inheriting a comfortable estate. 
Opening an otfn-e in Memphis, ho remained there until 
the beginning of the war. 

In IStil. he raised and organised at Chattanooga, the 
Thirty sixth Tennessee Confederate regimeut of infan- 
try, and being made colonel, held the command for two 

wheu the regiment was consolidated and he wa- 




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pari of tbi 
the battli ■ of M 

W'lljcll ll< 

irith fjen, I'olk. 
After tin 

i I 
:ill thi* time In 

In 

fill tbi II 

Win. M Smith, and af I 

bar of Mem pb 

dered in .) . . fill tin 

John V 
' • filled until thi 

■ uii'/ii of I -To II the offii 

II - under tli< ; 

and beld the of) Jfe 

tin' i llor within -\y. in',: 

ante appoint* d 

pevpli -I ud •■ Wo t-ban- 

cellor of the cbam 

abouf ten 

then by popul; I • I -7- 

from the bench and of bin 

M tration of the 

to the |i«:ojil'-. and reflect* honor upon He 

qualification* for • 
added to lii- cultun 

the b itural gift* of fine common 

criminating tion of the 

right, fitted him peeuliai 

eqni( ■ 'I hi equa nable 

him ' 
the law and to reach almowt oncrringl 

. of the cane brought before him; and il 
fely affirmed thai no inferii 
'A' hi- d< 
■ appellate During the period of bin incum- 

ffice tin 



confidi 

In 

I 

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t|<-. 'I; 
In - 

OH tin 
pOplll; 

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the railroad from .'. 

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from North Carotin 
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LHOMINKXT tkxxkssk vxs 



hi ami will, and hor impress upon odists for several generations, and ho ami his wife are 
her t . u 1 > i 1 > lias boon I', ncticial and lasting She died both members of that church, II.- was made a Mil toi 



at Macon, tl of her 

Mrs Mor j;i was educated at Milledgeville, Ueor 
ind is distinguished for hoi' gifts in conversation 
and writing, lor In t oloar conception ol' ever} question 
thai is pn ml the vigor of hor olnoidation. 

I", w ladies in Tonnossoo Inn o bettor claims to bo oallod 
iutollootual, while hor oulturod mind is scarooh sur 



v al l.ai ii in , (Jeoi ia w here In' also took all 

1 lie CI I oes 

In lii- personal appoaranoi Judge Morgan \\ . > u 1 < 1 

attraot attention in any assoinhlago. He i- a man ol 

lino, portly physiipti : shouldered, ami with a 

well balanoeil head that at onee deelares him a man of 

\- a speaker, he has few equals in tin 



whore By ihi- marriage, .link,' Morgan South. Hi- voioe i- deep, rioh, sonorous of 

has t\\ Mar.\ I. Morgan, bom in lSTio", oompass and power. Both at the bar and on the stump, 

now the wife of Mr •lolm A Koightly. formerly .'I' bo is a quick, ready, weight} debater He has always 

i-illo. Kentucky, now ol Loos I ('2), done a largo and lucrative praetieo, and when he brings 

John L Morgan, born February .">. IStil ; now in his strong will power ami determination in full play, 

iness with Orgill Brothers, Memphis his client can almost oertainl} count on a verdict in 

Judgi Moi tu's family on both sides have boon Moth- his favor 



HON. WILLIAM GIBBS McAlHHL 



- \ n //././:. 



H< '\ W I 111 \M i,l UBS M, \DOO wa- horn 
at Island Kurd, nine miles northeast from Clin 
ion. Tennessee. Vpril I 1820 Hi- ancestor, John 
M, \ loo i tin from the old world about the be- 
ginning of tlio eighteenth century, landing al Nor 
fork. \ i flic grandfather of the subject of this 

sketch, John Me Vdoo, was born in the valley ol' Vir 
ginia, I'Ybruarj (i. 17.~>7. came to Mast Tennessee in its 
tails settlement, and wa- with Sevier at the battle of 
King s mountain. Ho wa- also a follow,!' of Soviet 
through main a blood} fight with the Indian-, ami wa- a 
participant in the rencontre between the forces of Tip- 
ton and Se\ ei March 1788. resulting in the downfall 
of the "State of franklin His homo in the latter part 
of hi- life wa- a i ibo mouth of I L ii.l- crook, two miles 
east from Clinton, Tennessee, whore bo wa- the owner 
ami cultivator of valuable lauds, ami where bo died, 
Hecoinber 2ti. I SI-JO He was married to Man ha (i rills, 
September I. 17 s 7. by whom he had two -on-. William, 
born May 28, 1788, and John, born .In no l'l. 170(1 Here 
his wife died Januar> v 18I-J8. and they are buried to 
gether in the family burial ground near by 

John Mc Vdoo. i bo father of William (Jibbs Mo \doo, 
together with his brother, responded to the first call 
lor volunteers occasioned b\ the outbreak ol the hostile 
lick Indian- in ISl.'J, and participated in the bloody 
conflicts through which lion. Andrew Jackson broke 
tlio power of the Creek n rover, Soon after his 

return, bo again enlisted, wa- made lieutenant, ami 
i iiiulcr the leadership of his gallant commander, 
remained in service until tlio the war by the 

glorious victor} of Now Orleans on Jauuar} 8, 1815 
I n A n o> 1 SI."), ho uiai ried Mi: Man Vnn I 



daughter o\ John ami Anno (Jibbs, »o< Anno Howard. 
of Anderson count} Hon William Morrow, of Nash 
n ill.-, formerl} treasurer of Tennessee, i- a grandson of 
John ami Mar} McAdoo, being (bo onl} son of Mrs. 

Kmnia Morrow (the oldest sister of W U Me Ad 

and her husband, Hubert Morrow 

Tlio Uibbs famil} deserves mention. Nicholas 
(lil, I,- wa- a native ol Baden Baden, Uermany, lnu was 
descended, on bis father's side, from an English famil} 

Norman I'ronch extraction, which had its rcpresen 
tativo with the Conqueror at Hastings; an. I a devoted 
follower of Charles the First, a member of ibis family, 
on the triumph of Cromwell, sought refuge in Her 
man} There Nicholas Uibbs was born about the year 
17.",.Y Joining a recruiting regiment, he came to Amor 
ioa in ilio I'r, n, h service; in 17.~>"\ shared in the glory 
won l,\ the gallant Montcalm in the repulse of the Brit 
ish ai Ticondoroga, ami coming to the 1 nit-cd States, 
took part once more against the British, He moved to 
Knox county in the earliest settlement of that region, 
ami loli a largo famil} of sons ami several daughters, 
Ono of these -on-. Capt Nicholas Uibbs, loll at the 
head of his company in the battle al Tohopeka; and 
others were in the -a mo war One of his >,,us. I .. 
W. Uibbs, wa-. for a long time, a prominent citizen, 

lawyer and Lank or a I \ ishvillo llld on,' of the -on- ol' 

ih.' latter, lion C. N Uibbs, wa- recently 
of the State of Tennessee, Xicholas Uibbs diod in 
1810, ami lies buried at his old homestead, in Orass} 
vallc} Knox count} His son, John Uibbs, Lorn. 17ii!'. 
diod. 1840, look part in man} of the earl} struggles with 
the Indians . was a leading Ian, I owner ami slaveholder 
. m Anderson county, and was au honored count} 



PROMINENT TKNNKSSR VNS 






He I'll 01 W illiara 1 1 o ward ' I ibb and i end 

daughtei be idc Mai . \ nu < ■ ibb aln ady mi ril in 
the wife of John McAdoo, and mother of W C 
Me Moo 

I Ion. William < '• ibb Vic \ 'I"" pent hi . oul h on 
i.M l>> i plantation al I land I '01 'I and al ' he n 

hoi in" ■ i • I I I' ai ii' 'l to i ■ ltd and evinced thai 

fondness for books which ha I" i n .1 I' ading ehui icter 
istic of his life. 1 1 is father removed to Knoxville in 

' m'I resided 1 here two eai to afford his children 
better facilities to acquire education. II<t.- he made 

capid progn in Knglish, and I n I 1 1 "I Latin 

under Rev, Isaac Lewis The I iiion Academy I 

establi bed al Clinton hi father purchased a farm near 

thai village, and for several yeai ■ Vie Vdon pur 

sued In 1 udii under 1 he teaching of 1 lie disl ingui hed 
Dr. G. W, Stewart, of Vlidway, Mi 1 ippi. In I ;.. 

I ntered Itittenhou e V.cademj in Kingston, wheri 

In made progi 1 in hi Kngli h Latin and Crei I 

-1 u'lir- lii 1838 1 hen bul eighl ar of agi he 

was appointed principal of Union Academy, al Clinton 

a high compliment 1 1 oung There he taughl 

two years. In 1840, he was made principal of Franklin 
\' I'l'iny. ;it Jacksborough \ 1 1 < t • teaching then a 
.ii he ■■■ a induced i" ret urn to I 'iiion Vcadi m 
h here he taughl in 1841 and in ' he eai lier half "i I - 12. 
I n 1 he autumn of 1 hi rear he entered 1 he 1 
of Tenm ' ■ al K no nlle (I hen Bast Tennessi e Uni 
versity), where he took a regular clas ical and cii ntific 
."in e graduating in August, 1845. \11n.n? his fellow 
1 ml' hi - u ere Hon •! II. * !ool e now one of 1 he iud 
of the Supreme eourl of Tennessee; Hon W, C. Whil 

1 hi e 1 member of ( longri Hon. J. D. C. \ 1 1 in 

I nil. 'I State ■ "'nun r of I ndian iff'airs . 1 he late 

Prof. I'. L. Kirkpatrick, of the [Jnivei il o) Tei 
ec and the late J. C. Ramsey, United States di 
attorney. * > r • the daj following In graduation Mi 
Vic \.l."i wa • ■ lected to I he Legit lal urc to repri enl 
the counties of Campbell and Anderson. He was a 
member of the old Whig party a party then ha\ ing a 
decided Democratic majority : 1 1/ ; t i 1 j - 1 ii in the Legi la 
inn . In this period, he was one of a committei 
in Memphis ;it the time "I the meeting of the greal in- 
ternal improvemenl convention of 1845, over which 
linn. John C. Calhoun pre ided, and where he uttered 
his famous doctrine in relation to the dutj and the 
power of 1 he general goi ei nnienl to mal 1 intei rial im 
provements, wherein he ipoke of the Vli 1 ippi river 
1 ,i grea! 1 nland 1 a 

On the opening of the Mexican war, in the prin ol 
1846 Mi- McAdoo hastened home from an ab enci 

I .1 com pan j of \ olunteers as a pi i\ ati and ought 

the Rio Grande. Before man hing into the interior, he 

elected to the first lieutenancy ol the compan 
His friend, John L, Kirkpatricl wa captain. A long 
march of the regiment the econd regiment of Ten 
...luiii. . 1 1 1 he brave and 1 loq 1 William T, 



1 1., l.ll being 1 he colonel la, through I hi 
vallej at tin eastei 11 base of 1 he Sierra Vladre 11 

1 limn "b Victoria, the capital of 'I am 
il..' in ' I inipico, .1 1I1 live hundred miles, 

Thence the regimenl embarked lor V. ra Cru«, and took 
part in tin in 1 he en pi urc of 1 hal 

Mm Ii, I - IT. After a long illm John U. Kirk 

pal rii Vu\ ' ■ ifter h hieli M r Vie Vdoo 

d tin ' "-ii I'" and led ii in 1 he chai 
1 be bal 1 Ic of ' ''-it.! Gordo in \ pril I ■- 17 Tin . 
became 1 he ubjeel . oon afti rw ard, "I aci iinonioii 
controver j Let wi en IJri/ r] Gen G -I Pillow and 

• '"I W T, I l.i I'll The war a umii 1 catoi pro 

portion tl a anticipated 1 ufhcienl i|uota of vol 

unteei for thr led to I he field, and the 

twelvi rnontl fen il charged : n 

rat ion of service, and were -< ml hi n 

H "In rward Mr. Vic Vdoo entei 1 .1 I In 

of Judge Edmund Dillahunty, of Columbia, and in 
I in received license to practice law. Early in 1850, 
he opened a law office in Knoxville; was elected by the 
Li gi lature attoi rn 1 m ral for 1 hi second jud 

circuil "I Tei u was afterward re-elected by the 

p oph iin.l held the office until the spring of I860. In 
n Mm . he won a distinction for vigor and impai 

1 ii lil in 1 he .Ii eh 11 f his dutii fell 1 m 

ted nth tin admini tl ation of justice 

al 1 hal pi riod In thi Stal convent ion to iioniinati a 

candidate of the Whig pari foi rovei m I •■ IT. he 

.'. .1 offered 1 he 1 tidid b I he commit tee on nomi na 
linn, bul being 1 ei 1 to polil ical -1 rugglcs declined 
1 he honor. 

The war between the State found Mr. VIcA. 
heall Ii bal tered b dangerous disea 1 'II" bettei to 
protect .1I1. property, he removed to Georgia, 
he ei id 1 he oul hi e in 1 %'3, and continued 

I In rein unt il 1 he v at clo ed lie participated in 1 he 
struggles "i Kennesaw mountiau, about Vtlanta, :ii 
Macon, and throughout the rest of of the war in ' ■ 
gia. On its close, he opened a law office in Milli 

Villi'. 

* > 1 1 it., i ' "i 11 i.'.ii ion of the State ■"'■ eminent, he 

1 . .-. ived 1 be ap] il mi m of disti icl attorney, and af 

terward was made judge of the Twentieth judicial dis- 

I I i.'i , 1 1.- 1 1-. "'ii' "I 1 hese i" accepl I he presidency of 
the Si M.ii, and Western railroad company In 1877 
Im was offered ;i position in the corp< of instructoi 

bi- old ahnu maU r, 1 he I in .1 it; "I Ti nni ee, al 
Knoxville, which he et hoi us returning to the 

worl which most delighted hi early life teaching. 
Judge Vie Vdoo is the author of an EU /». ntury (leoloyy 

of Tl mi. ' . mini' 1 "" 'I Um ' I'"' 

in. inn .1 poem etc etc. He has h ritten much 

for the press, contributing to the journals of tin 
editorials, criticisms and news letters. lie has unpub 
lished manuscripts intended for publication, sufficient 
in make a large volumi 






FR0M1NF.NT ITwr-M W- 



■ 

Mr I! 

v x ; Miss 1 1, si 

\ Miss \ 

- \ 

i 

M< l> S N 

MeO 

x rrli Hampton county, 

- it the 

South Cai 

i'ii in 
father of Mrs 

M o A d oo !!.■ ' ' - • I \ OSS 

S 

M \ 

s ••.ih iiun. - \\ ii mi 

\ \ 

San Francisco. California. 
M • v \ Mr John 

:' llornoeh. Soot land, ami in 
Mis> Isabella K nth. .lama 

MoAdoo has in h. r orosoout 

ap l>y In raudtather, Charles 



v Hi lona liuards. ami hoar 
' I 1 1 »-i- grand 

i Floyd. was commander in .hi. I 

- called ill lit break 

II, lod In- troops into tho 
id fought tho Indians iii the li 

nd Autossoo . was afterward in 
tho American foroos in Savannah uniil 
tli< Ho was a momhor I 

lantor: and his hospitable 
mansion, on tho border of tho sea, was tho resort 

1 1> died .In Mi- son, 

Charles It Floyd, while .i youth of sixteen years, took 
i in the li In with the Indians in the Crook 

For his jRilla I to a oadol 

West V where I .1 a military edu 

In 1>_1. In' traveled in F.nropo and \ i>i t o.l 
\\ ml other 1.10:11 hattlo fields. He w is 

\\ I v ;i to the ehief oomniand 

of the Coorgia 1 in the removal of the 

koo Indians in IS'v<. and performed tho duty with 
i oloritj an 

mi eommeiidation of Con. Seott. 
painter, and noted 
tor his ohivalry, whioh never know a stain llo died at 
mo in Camden oounty. in Maroh. lS4o 
.In.!.. \\ li N i \. * his sooond niarriagv, is the 
father of tl John Floyd. William Cibbs, ami 

in Ross; and of four daughters: Caroline Black- 
shear. Kosalio Floyd. Nona Howard ami I. aura Storrotl. 
\- adjunct |i of Knglish ami modern la n - 

Mo Woo has under his instruction tho 
i Knglish grammar, rhotorie, ami Kng 
lish literature ami history, in our State 1'nivorsity; and 
lie still retains tin- full measure ol his vigor am) promp- 
titude in tho discharge of duty. 



HON. SOLON E. ROSE. 






Till! lineal am Solon K, Hose, 

- authentically, back 
IT HI Frior to that, how 
. that tin !ose.< 

thirty miles from ln\, v >tland. and that 

tln-y were a little in heir intermarriages with 

the Campbells and Crahams. The mother ol \\ 

ited in the history of tho 
family .oat. of arm • 
bar, having three 
it. tf ig tho 

\ rtue kindles the 



Tin Ivos ituily, reaching back 

throe hundred - lestroyed during the late civil 

war. It was transmitted to the youngest son x<{' the 
oldest sen. in continued succession, and in its absence 
the data I irded is given from family tradi- 

tion. Rev, IV Robert Rose, the executor of tl 
e-tate of Cov. Spottswood. id' Virginia, a man of emi- 
nent ability and social worth, came over to Vuicrica 
with tl S tswood, who died about 1 T I < * He had 
four sons, Henry. Hugh, William and Charles, one of 
whom, probably Henry Ritse, was tho direct unci 
of the subject of this sketch, lie was related to many 
prominent families of Virginia, 



PROMINENT TENNEHHEANS. 



" 



II. in Row grandson, John R< the father 

of William Rose, the father of Solon K Rose John 
R married Elisabeth 1 1 ttled on 

crecli •'■ Virginia 

old, and there died when near the 1 1 

I ii Robei 'II I: 
.I.iiii. Madison, 

Col. William \\<>-<-, father of Solon R. llo 
born 01 R Virginia, December 19, 177!t. and 

i » i - . •. ed to ' I I II" mar 

in Virginia Mi Klizabeth Winficld Meredith, 
mol bi i ■ a a VVinfield, and an ' Jen, 

Winfield Seott. Col. William Ro 
elected colonel of il I <■ ■ 

a Mel hodi I from earl outh ; a man who ne\ ei di 
drop of liquor in lii- lifi II rounded 

character. distinguished for hi to lii- church, 

for In- numcrou charitii 

able, social manm ill of the first alder 

men of the town of Pula ki and iated with 

\:ii.,ii V. Brown and others, who afterwards b< 
prominent ' me of lii- : I 

itchman who - intleman 

him; he'll do to trust." He died May 25 1851 at the 
1 1 i- wife, a mo l\ minded 

and I nan, I'.n^ preceded him to the 

ing in Giles county, Tennessee, December 81, 1820, at 

al t the age thirt] Ii e. Hhc was born in Brunswick 

\ irginia daughter of David Meredith, 

r from Wall I >1. William 

I: mi children, all sons, to-wit: Mi. Edward 

Winfield llosc, who was chairman and county judge of 
i .il. - coun) I wenty thrt ■ mem- 

ber of th< I. lature, and nex( to Thomas Martin, 
filled i In' in the co 

(2J William Meredith I: living in Nashville, 

wan long ii merchant and farmer in Gili One 

of his daughters, Henrietta is the wife of Col. Hume 
Field, of Confederate army fame. (3), Alfred Hicks 
Re . now :i fanner in Hardeman county, Tenn 
;■ n<l '.'.:i- for -..in.' ...ii- judge of tli" probate court 
il,. ,, ' 1 1 Robi i Hem Rosi now a lawyer of fine 
m .i I. .v. renceburg, Tenne chancellor 

foreight - ii and circuit judge two Lawrence 

burg, before the war. He h married 

Fieldin R I i ■ ■ hant. 

|. I i.i id Brwin Elosi is a physic i fine 

/,.//. /.//,. cholar; died at the age of thirl 
'7. Solon Eldridge Rose, subject of this sketch. 

Co). Solon Eldridg Rosi ■■■•• born in Giles county, 
Tennessee August 18 1818. Hi va educated in the 
Pulaski Wurtemburg Academy, having previously 
studied under Jam< McCallum, one of the sterling 
eh iractei of Ti nni ei When eight* i Id, he 

went to the Florida war and was in the battles of the 
Will,. Panasoph the Wahoo swamp. 

\t the two battles of the Wahoo he attracted the at 



I I Bradford, b ; . iri 

leading the charge. Aftei II '-ailed 

• hi liiiu and said, " Von i the goldi 

an 
thai 

)i<- commenced 
R 

.• at I'nl rd lo- 

I he 

the \x 

ition if he wanted 
the office again FIi 

He rg f..r 

the ten 
From 1-1- 

burg bank dollar of its 

■ he war. During that time h 
• .1 in manufacturing business, and in connec- 
tion ' • ■ A lien and others, built tli<- I 

mill- in I. riditure of 

I Ifi mi" Hi ■! from I. "• 'iila.-ki 

■ and formed a partnership with - 
John A. Tiniioii. which continued till Tim 
tion to the bench, June, 1888. He has, himself 
■ •.II . commissioned special judge of the chi 
and circuit courts. He has, for man 
director .in the Nashvilli U eatur railroad, and in 

I Mr. 'lb I 

ident of the (liles N Rank, of Pulaski. In his 

professional career. Jud iced at the 

courts with Pi 'oik, (J hn C. 

Hon. A. O. P. Nicholson Judges Archibald 
Wright and Milton fiideon J. Pillow, and 

others who became distinguished in political life and 
in their profession. 

Judge Rose h I f. >r his legal 

learning and facilit) of speech, than for his liter. 
nuirements. I le has long be< of the 

most eloquent i : while he ha 

n himself exceedingly felicitous with the pen, 

1 - 1 1 15, he edited foi itli-. the 

Academisl, a Hi L eburg, 

lemonstrated h 
-ii--, and home among the standard Kl- 

erali. He has been al ipporter of 

id other public enterprises. He i- a member 
of tli" American Legion of Honor, and in religion, his 
procli Methodistic, though li" is not a "..m- 

municant ; and while t J • - - rubric of his faith is not so 
diversified as that of some, yet he is orthodox. 

.Jink"- Rose '■ by a Democratic father, but 

up to the war I, was a W big i \ ■ r; drop ..I 

i in him. In 1848, he canvassed h -sional 



\ \ \ [T.NN — w- 

lity material wealth, ami 
with \ a ithstanding 

: \ - II I,,.,.,, ( « u.,- 

\ S \ • ; senator 

there 

- u l>ut 
opinion.-; 
i. maulj 
- - m of pluek and generous 

lliug. altornatii 
i the disti 
ian. ami the line save 

- 

V 

men.' 
lie 

r\ was m\ defeat. Then van- 

the earnest wish of my 

of my declining years. Hut 

,j his with ill.- i! '.. 1 ean well afford 

I lie down to 

Wh\ regri I I'aine is hut the 

- nd like the eloud pavilion in 

-.mi winds. 

md their zeal in my x eksoii, with my hand 

•:. 1 thank him for his - induct 

.; during the tleuien of the 

ird to party 1 hope your lives 
,. ;m . ... |\,1 ;,nd happy. May the 

- leviousjour- 

.,., 1 ;,,„ may "all j ways of pleasantness and 

j-;, r thi • N L was ill your p - May your roof-trees distil 

i, u liff 01 - - ilu sky «■!' Ilermon. and around your 

endearinents. 
t the S' a memoral - . in the life of 

held political office, 
„tvy. I should havt he was unanimously elected hy the 

my snppoi ■ that were nai t State P I as a dele- 

in -au- for the State at large to the national Democratic 
Not that I would forget my own > ' rhieh nominated Cleveland and 

Thou land of my nai llendrii 

,,..., imtation as an orator, which has caused 

the day on numerous notable 
.... i i - us. was enhanced l» the eloiiuent and lirilliaut 

"' '*' , , 1 I. M 1- 

... i'ii l speeeli ho delivered on titles county I lay, Maj 1.. 

has kept id with the graced ' ... .,..-.. . 

, , e Nashville I entennial hx| sition the oc 

rvthm ot huiuai stinyatid her . . 

■ . ..., easion hems the dedication ot lilies county 8 tribute, 

i with tli. ntry. I he election , . , , . . . .. „ , 

, .. ... the liunhen ot the speech being the history ot the 

n will add luster to the name ol I en- , .,,.,. . 

. , i i ii luntv. and especially ot the three governors that 

the man! tion 1 hope will re- ■ , . , , , „>, ,, . , . . . 

, , , ,, ,. • armshed the Male. I lie / 'iltiski Citizen, 

, , 1 that speeeli : 

< the spring • ' 

, , ,. , i ■ ,i i lilies eountv has reason t.> be p 

heard m the land. . 

, , ,t ' !• in whieh t ol. >o on I-. hose represented her people at 

\ ; to the hi" 1 1 ramie, troin I 

sound from lake to gulf, and from sea Roderick Random Butler (RcpubH- 

- that defeated Jndg« K 



" tides eountv has reason t.> he proud ol the manner 



I'KO ' 






th< ' I on 

finished • 
' refined • and 

triotic p 
turn U) ;■ 
either written 01 

■ ii birth i". I'm- di 
evatiou of thought, brilli 
vor, r 

production ■ of the da !■ on 

of a scholar, a poet and i patriot the 

time, and one that 'ii 
pride in j 

< lol. Bow iii- i rii d in L 
November I I. 1843 .Mi-- M IJ 

born in that eoun Mil. 

Buchanan I. heriffof ' I 

bolder. II 
William Buchanan ■;■■■<■ from South Carolina, and 

ii Buchau med for ! 

county, about 1 -!0. Hi- n of 

miliau II- thi South Carolii 

an historical character. 

B Miwi El ba i da Bi m 

daughter of Dr. James Bun 
Gabriel Bumpas* -the! markablel ric 

physician, who afti I 

where he died, nit 

■ r, Franklin Buchanan, was speaker of 'h> 
in-- ee House of B 

brother, I'j Bobert M. Buchanan, i- now a proraim 

■ inn at Oka]. inn. Mississippi, and I ■ 
bricl J. Buchanan, i- a brilliant 

in the same State. Her nephew, Col. John M. Siin 
ton (son of her oldest -I th Simonto 

was a colonel in the Con fedi nt 

of the Mississi] 

Mrs. Rosi a-ki. and has 

all her life borne the reputation of being ar- 

ndsome and wally lovi 

i-l..ii.i'-i' r, from v. hat i- the brigl 
life hi i devotion to duty. Through all Iii- trials in 
life, Col B mfesses to have found in her an admit 

ble aid Though a comfortable and hospitable I 
per, -Ii' i- noted tor her 

The children 
born of this union are four in number: (1). Solonia 
Marcell B nber 16, 1844 I tdii d I 

ii ndei Vli it Di Prettyman'fi Female 

Collej I. the Columbia Athe- 

naeum; married Capt. John D. I hier of the 

Giles National Bank has four children, Marcella Rose, 
Solon J., Mary Lizzie, and John II 2). William 

II I: born April 23, 1847 educ-at Pulaski: 

now a farmer in Giles • nt; married M 

I. bter of Major J B. - i k and 



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! 

I). 

Mrs. O. M. fc 
M. M 

Atchison, of • . ' 

Idren 

time I 
dueed 

minished. 
On tli 

him- 

self in Iii- prof impt in ii.- obli- 

■i faithful in tin In 

rjuired a reputation, and when 

li<; lia<l -nrjiln- moi it in bank :-tO';k or 

mauu I I! • ailed to be 

banking office on time in I 

1 1- ehi< ' busi- 

!nan and a lawyer, are hid riding 

to but . all t)i<;ir 

detail, and put in with indomitable |<er- 

anee. II" now own fine 

f the 
H in lif'<; to his father's 

ii a drink in a 
n in his lit- 

men, and duty with 

nd determinat 
W'li '■ 'rd what counsel, drawn from 

of Iii- own h 
wished to I -aid . ' i 

some definite aim in lit and fol- 

labor 
assiduously few tl equired without 

labor. Labor is our 

Accumulate, but .-■ ' 

scieni and polii 

Always In- prompt in the discharge of dutj I' 

bigh virtue. 'Punctuality i- the politene* 
i 

- of life, but not to the i terner vir- 

the bright in the 

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I'ROMIXF.N I ITWI-i \\>. 



! 

I'll! 

N nilciiian ' 

N lesirain your temper, Iml 

the head ami i! f the 

'.'• i ill I hi' e\ 



hut mot misfortune willi fortitude; for hu 
i sliould be >'.|ii;il to liuinati calamil \ Vvoid 

lie temperate Vid religious pi 
tnplary life, rather than by doetrinal theo 
I lily, In the spread of t It < 

roud all other ereeds, is alone sufficient 
to ins|)ire faith in its truth, and command our zealous 



COL. JOS1-MMI 1 



THK A - ll-ll i| igin 'flic 

lineal an I ' oh Rhea \nderson. 

i of this sketch, were rebels in Scotland, settled 
in the nortl md, and subsequently emigrated to 

Augusta county Vir iuia The grandfather, John 
son, in 177.1. moved to what i- known as the 
"Block House,"' an old fort, at the head of Carter's 
valley H when the country was a 

: sed a family of lour sons William, 

■ I. dm. Vmllcy and [saae.and four daughters, Mar, 

1 ibeth who married Wil- 
Hani Christ - ih who married Kin. Andre' 

braitli '. and Jaue (who married Rev. John lleniger). 
was twice run out from their dwelling there 
by tin n fort ( ' !:« |>!>. near 

\ \ iu in John Anderson died October 13, 

181 'i His « i Rebecca Max « el « ■ 

ant of the Campbell family, of whom Vlexander Camp- 
bell was the m< - ebruary 21. IS2-I 
'fhe you n \ ' Vnder- 
son, lather of the subject of this sketch, who I lised u 
family of twelve children on the old homestead lie 
never accumulated much pro| »t in land- His 
character was that of a careful, Hod fearing man lie 
was a !« I teacher, - lay e\ cning 
he asked and rehearsed the nuestions in the catechism 

- family, and it was the regular Sunday work 
children to get those lessons. He was known 

county, Virginia. ha\ ing 

itrol of the militia of hi- day lie tilled 

unty over twenty ti\ e 

II trait of character was unswerving 

I I man tell 

I d ipt to tell him of it if he did Hi- death 

occurred February 7. 1872, 

was Miss M Khca, 

« ho B ii k 

creek, Sullivan county, Tenm -- \ ust 7. I7!>1. She 
was the d i I .loseph 111 id <cendant of Ro\ , 

Ii Rhea, win. lived at Pontotoc, Pennsylvan 
of Re> .loseph Rhi ofthi Presbyterian church. Her 
moth : : freland to this 



;U1V ANDERSC/N 

intry, a widow with live daughters, and settled at 
what i- now known as 1 1 1 . Byai - farm Washington 
\ Mrs. A nderson was well educated in 

the common Knglish branches. Her characteristics 
wei n, indusl ry and persi In 

tin- rearing of her children she made persistent effort 
in teaching them to he self-sustaining and -elf reliant, 
and always to keep out of debt, She was exceedingly 

iiiouiical and taught her children economy and -r. 
habit.-. She died April 24, 1S73, having been the mother 

twelve children I 1 I. Rebecca, who married .loseph 
New la ud , _ ' Joseph Rhea, subject of this sketch 
John, died March 12, LS4H i I Vudley, married Miss 
Cornelia \le\ander. - married Miss 

M IS ti) Frances, married -I -I II u lies 1 7 

married If -I Can S) Sarah Ann. married H 
S. Kam < iroline. died unmarried, June 27, 1830 

Mary, married J II Karnest. t 1 1 i. [saai V 
married Nannie Stuart. (12). Jane, married William 
Stuart The most of those -urvi\ ing are now li\ ing in 
Sullivan and Washington counties, Tennessee. 

Joseph Rhea Anderson was horn October 25, 1819. 
His first fourteen and a half year- were spent on the 

in with his i 1 1 in - Hi- principal hook tah-ut was in 
mathematics, and he studied the rudimentary branches 
by himself, a- also grammar, dictionary, geography and 
astronomy later on. when he went to live with his uncle. 
The first money he ever made was fifty cents, reci 
lor a bushel of Irish potato,-, which he raised on his 
own patch on the farm, lie kept that half-dollar two 
or three years, thu- laying the foundation of hi- future 
banking house. In March 1834 being not yel fifteen 
Id. he began as n clerk in the store of his uncle, 
Samuel Rhea at Ulouiitville. Tennessee, on a salaryof 
J , ud. and remained there until 
October, 1842 eight years in which he acted as sales 
man and deputy postmaster, During this time he saved 
seven hundred and fifty dollars, hi- -alary having been 
gradually increased. When twenty one year- of age he 
borrowed five bundled dollar- from his father and five 
hundred dollars from an uncle, and went into bus 
for himself on one thousand, seven hundred and lift) 



PROMINEN'J I BNNESSEAN'S. 






dollars capital, al Eden I: l II 

mained there till March, 1844, paid back the five hun 
dred dollars borrowed from his uncle, bul his father 
would ii' ■ the money borrowed from him, as 

hi- intended, an he said, to give ii to his son, bul tl 
redeemed the note, '.'.iili interest, in February, 1872 
after hi- father - death, and the monej wenl to the heirs 
of thi 

In March, 1844, he wenl into partnership al Blount- 
ville, with hi- uncle, Samuel Rhea, and remained 
partner, taking charge and conducting the bu 
until September, 1853, when they di partnership, 

he having previously purchased of his father-in law, 
Rev, Jann I one hundn f laud at « 

now known as the town of Bristol. Col. Andei 
the founder of the town of Bristol. He laid out the 
lot* and made a plat of the town in I 352, and i- now the 
only man living there that was there al the time, This 
one hundred a< i partly in Virginia and partlj 

ee, he named Bristol, after the great manu- 
facturing eit; of Bristol, England, in the hope ihat it 
might someday become a great iron manufacturing 

In Septembei 1853, he moved his family to Bristol, 
when it was a large meadow, and commenced business 
as a merchant, in the house now standing at the corner 
of fourth :in<l Main 

Hi conducted that business in his own name until 
I860, when he took two of his cl lungmen John 

P. Wood and J. M. Hicks, into partnership, the firm 
nann being changed to Anderson Wood & II i ' 
Anderson went into the banking ; leaving hi- 

partners in charge of the mercantile house. Both busi- 
nesses were abandoned in 1862, in consequence of the 
war. and he kept out of t li<- strife as hint- as he i 
but finally acted as assi *sor and collector "(' war I 
collecting only Confedi rate money, from 1862 to i 

He resumed business as a merchant in the sprit 

inued alone until L870, when he formed 
a par nership with his brother, Audley Anderson, and 
n'j h .. . John C. Anderson and A. Ii. Can-, under the 
firm title of J, Ii. Anderso ■ I He left control of 
this house in charge of the other members of the firm, 
and in 1870 n engaged in banking. The firm continued 
until March, 1882, when Mr. Anderson sold out to J. 
C. Anderson and A. 15. Carr, who are still in the trade 
,-ii Bristol. 

In 1876 hi established the First .National Bank of 

I on a paid up capital of fifty thousand dollar-. 

After running thai hank awhile he took up the- - 
charter bank, October, 1879, until (J .hen 

iin-d the National Bank of Bristol, of which he 
i- now j.i. gident. The capital has not been changed, 

h it ha- been increased, wh i matter private. 

The hank i- reported on a good footing, and do 
general banking business, [n 1842, Col. Anderson was 
worth seven hundred and fifty dollars ; in 1852, seven 
thousand dollars ; in l v <i:J. twenty thousand dollai 
2 



1872 and in 1882 1 

chiefly 

per annum. 
Col. Anderson, from hi and throughot 

lit, tr.eh-r and I - d hi- 

and truth- 
fulness. These principle- he inculcate); in his family. 
and also impresses the great principle that man makes 
nothing unless he - d nothing 

in;; self-denial through life. Young men 
rid fail, then strike out at -one 
I 
thai is leaky. II- ha had bi in life, 

merchandising and banking, both in the same lim 
his ad\ ice to bi 

He has cull i\ iug powei . and 

worked on ai 

Col. Anderson married at ^applii 
role June .">. I-!,", Miss Melinda W. King, bom June 
27, 1821, daughter of I!' ' -lane- King, a I' 
minister, of a Virginia family. II Miss 

Mourning Micajah Watkins, was horn in .North 
lina. daugl I I Watkins, a planter, near Halifax. 

Mrs Anderson on her mother's side, is related I 
Williams family, of Tenm ssei Mr-. Anderson gradu- 
ated at the Young L miliary. Knoxvilh.-. under 
J » j Esterbrook. She is noted for 1 of kindness 
and her work with the infant i 

and h tied the Presbyterian church in 183C, has 

been a faithful and constant Christian worker from thai 
tning. 

I: this man r en horn : 1 1 j. 

hi April +. 1846: -till living with hi.s father. 
an afflicted child. 2 Ann, born August 1-17 

died : ,.; .'; John Campbell, born March 27, 

1850: graduated at Princeton, Ni 372 

a merchant al Bristol; married his cousin, Sarah Ann 
Anderson, daughter of Smile.'. Anderson. She died in 
Sept- aving five children, Audley King, 

■ I !il: V] Melinda, Alice Floreuci 

an infant, who died the week after the moth, i 
I Samuel, born December '■>. 1854; attended Kin". 

Collegi Bristol, and graduated al Hani] Sidney 
College, Virginia; unmarried: i- now a Presbyterian 
minister, and has been an evangelist -i . years in Lei 
and Scot! •-•-untie-, \ irginia ; presi 
ville, Virginia. (5). Margarel Micajah, born November 
I. I 357 gi aduated at Rogers 1 

afterwards at Oxford, Ohio; married John H.Caldwell, 

son of Rev, George A. Caldwell; now book-keeper in 

the l-'ir-t .National Bank. Bristol : has three 'children, 

ret Melinda, John Hardin, and Joseph Rhea. 

6 Joseph King. 1 tsl 10,1861; died January 

3, 1863 

Col. And- -.hood was exemplary, so much -•• 



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thiil ho thought himst II' sis good as members of tho 
I ho .li.l not soo tho ii 

i\ lion eighti o, ho attended ;i 

revival in I S3S, at the Presbyterian ohuvoli in Mount - 
Hi \ Daniel BoglUl Hi' kept up 
miootion wiih tho Blountvillo church from 

ihon ho removed to Bristol, am) joined tho 
church there II ii .in older for tho past 

t\vent\ ivl a Sabbath sohool teaehor fort) 

I'illtOlldollI of tho Sohool :ll B 

StiO He regularly attends tin Sabbath 
I to this da.v ; however, proton leli. loving 

--.'lis ami to investigate the B 
Vnderson does not know the taste of brand) >>i 
whiskey; never drank a drop of intoxicating liquor in 
his life, and has . wine, only in the saora 

mow of tho I. .nil - Supper II. lias never ehewed to 

1 1. smoked isionally, after hi- : ; 

ity. 1'iu sinoe hi- marriage lias not used tobaeeo in any 
I'.. nn \\ lu'ii a ho\ lii' never dissipated his nights, but 
in ai iln' store, st ml) ing, 1 1.' 
has never been sick in bed a day in hi- lite, all attribu- 
table in lii- regular habits of eating and drinking whole 
some diet. In personal appoaranee, ho looks glad and 
grateful . stands ti\ e foot ten inohes high, and w eighs one 
hundred ami sixty eight pounds 

lu polities. In- began as a Denioerat, Inn a- is nat 
ural to suppose, he believes in paying every dollar of 
tin' Siair debt, and opposed the 50 ■'! settlement. The 
only office of a politieal nature he has ever held was 
from 1858 to IsTii. when In- was either tho nuw 



a member of the hoard .>l aldermen .-! Bristol. In 
ISt!2 lu- beeamo a Mason, ami has taken twelve do 
greos, including Knight Templar, ami i- now Kmincnt 
Commander of Johnson Commander) at Bristol, ami 
has served as Worshipful Master ami Captain of the 

Host Sinee 1842 he has been a S f Temperance, 

ami has occasional!) lectured mi temperance lie is 
llrand Worth) Patriarch of iln- State ol Tonnes 
I in i >i toboi I88.'l ami again in IS8-I t hit 
side of tho church, lii- principal work lias boon that of 
advocating temperance, ami ion 

ducting " Hands "t Hope taking little boys into the 
-.nnr of whom aia- now grown men, and fre- 
i|uentl) write him letters of thanks for lii- care in sot 
tiuu [limit. in in life on a temperance basis. Xiiiot) per 
cent, of the members of his "Hands of Hope ' have 
i faithful to tin- pledge. 

Col. Vnderson was a railroad director from I8l>3 Ui 

having at that time charge of the funds ol tin- 

Ka-t Tennessee and Virginia road. In ISliS he became 

a direct or again and continued such until 1883. under 

tlie auspices of the Kast Tennessee and (ieorgia rail 

II - life is one of great simplicity ami directness of 
manner ami unimpeachable integrity, lus object ami 
aim being to elevate tin- moral- of the people ami bring 
them up to i higher standard As a rule he ha- few 
intimate, personal friends outside of lii- family, ami 
von few persons know much about lii- business, Hut 
hi- philanthropic life lias won for him iln- reputation of 
being " a good man, ami what title i- higher or more 
honorable than that '.' 



VUOV. A. T. BARRETT. LL.D. 






\ II' Vl'll V. K whoso pupil- in their junior year can 
. V calculate eclipses, ami develop all the formulas of 
plain- and spherical trigonometry, i- entitled to tin- 
notiee'of a biographer, and iln- attention of those who 
would assist in moulding the institutions of the eountn 
ami leave their impress on iln- times 

Prof. A. T. Barrett i- such a man. Ho wa- born at 
a sville. Ohio, April 12, 1S|7. ami there -pout hi- 
boyhood. working on a (arm in iln- summer ami 

n tho winter till 1858, when lu- went to Ho 
troit. Michigan, ami -pout one year with hi- oldest 
brother, Myron K Barrett, then president of the Bryant 
tton [Mercantile College, that eit) He then re 
turned to^Kingsvillo. entered tin- aeadeui) there, under 
tho'tuition of Prols. C. AY Hoywood and \ ' Barrett, 
1.1. D.. r _the'latter being hi- brother, a graduate of tho 
I'nivorsity ai Bochoster. Xcw York, ami now pastor of 
iln Baptist church in that eit) Cnder their tuitiou he 



-tiiiliod fou.r years, but for lack ol' means did not go to 
Instead, ho went t.. Sites, Michigan, in 1863, 
ami entered tin- sen ice of •' . S Tuttle, where he -pout 
two years, when in- again returned to Kingsville, where 
his parents lived, ami studied in the aeadeni) another 
1 -' 15, In- entered iln- I r ni\ or-ity of Boehest-er, 
remained there four years, ami graduated in 1SC0, lia\ 

night school, at odd times, to get means to pay his 
wa\ On graduating he look tin- highest prize given in 
tho university iln 1 Davis gold medal a prime giveu 
for excellence in scholarship ami oratory, \\i~ thou 
wont to Loweville, Now York, and became eonneoted 
with tin- howoville Academy, occupying the chair of 
licllcs-httira, tlfeneo to Brio, Pennsylvania, where he 
became associated with lii- brother in law. M, I! War 
nn- 1 who hail married his sister, Kmily Barrett), as gen 
nal insurance agent, his Held being western Pennsylva 
nia ami eastern t Hi Mter remaining in this positiou 



PHOMTXKXT THXXKSSKAXS. 



!I1 



nearl 

of Mai - h trp College, Winchi 
Tenne sec professor of mathematic arid ha* filled that 
chair ever since, with honor to himself, to the insti- 
tution and the Soul li 

In politic* Prof Barn ■ I >■ inoerat . in reli 

ii Baptist II' ■ member of the Knigl 

Honor and of the Knights and Ladies of Honor, fie 
joined the church at the age '.)' fifteen, and h 
lived t he life of a consi stent and devoted mem 
'lli ii he I id induction and a good "send off, 

wll quipped for the contest with a rough roll 
and t limbic world. 

Prof Barrett married at Kingsville, Ohio \ 
22, 1871, Yliss KateC. Stanton, born Pebruar; _'.; 1-1- 
daughter of Warren Stanton, a merchant of that place, 
who was arrested by the Federal authorities during the 

For hurrahing for Jeff Davis and was confim 
the Columbus military prison, where he eontrai 
cold, which resulted in hit deal h II i fal hei 
..I 'I resident and one of the earl; settlers of Kingsville, 
Ohio. Iii. -I there from Xew Sfork in 1817. 

Mr Barretl t mother, net Vli Vlai Wellman, of a 
New York hum living with Prof Barrett at 

Winchester. Her other children, Jimmj and 
died in early life Mrs. Bai i at King* 

ville, is a lady of rare culture, and i- noted for her 
i eepl ial good judgment and administrative ability. 
Befoi ' in. ii i in "■ hi li id i ucccssful i 

i ui'l i- now :i member of I hi faculi 
Shai i> College. 

To lii- union with .Mi-- Stanton, three children 
been bornto Prof Barrett, all born at Winchester: (1). 
D L, born September 18 1872. (2). Maud S., born 
September 6, 1-71. (3j Ro W.,born August 7, 1-77. 

The Barretl . Knglish people. One of Prof. Bar 
retl ii' i Sred the first gun in the A mi 

in. hi There were two division* of the family; 
one came south; one remained in Xew England, and 
from this latter branch Prof Barrett is descended. His 
father, Amos Barrett, was a native of Oneida county 
New York, moved to Ohio, a single man, and en 
in farming He has held iffices in the town of 
Kingsville, is a man of fine brain scholarly I of un- 
doubted integrity, lli- life has been consistent, and he 
has been a leader in the Baptist church at Kingsville 
lor a •." i" rati in and i one of I he standard men of I hat 
He married (1827) M Maria Brown, of a Xew 
family, by whom hi had ten children, eight of 
whom are living M ron Perry, Judson, Stephen, 
Clinton. Kmily (will- of M. I!. Warner b 
tioned), Susan Adelaide and Albert I abject 

of thi- sketch. The two children that died were Cla- 
iii, -li and Adelaide the latter Prof, Barrett's twin 
istei 

Prof. Barrett - mother died in August L881 at the 
i lad; i "in ii kable for devotion to her 



children, makiti 

life being one of toil for tl.i- purpose till her <■! < -;« 1 1> 
A II the qualities which adorn 
in her. Shi 
■ 

hich 
were present her children ;i 1 1 ■ 1 nin lehildren 

B inning lil'- without Prof Barrett ha* 

• ■'I financial sin n hi.-! 

profession. Strict economy and a 

in the |" 
of lli 

moderate income, and with an eye - i r > •_' 1 < - to the accom- 
plishment of one thing; turning a deaf ear to I 1 

itieaty from other directions, and with a deter- 
mination to maki cr in hi* chosen pi 
mathematics, he ha* won a most enviable fame 
teacher of rare culture and excellence, and possi 

ibility, which opens the future in most prom 
ising aspect. 

of hi- methods are somewhat n 
and peculiar. The fundamental principles to which he 
- in all lii- instructions are: I. To generate in 
the student a love for the nuhjerj under considera 
and not to in heel until that. '1 

ident ii di 
tion. a rather than as a means rsing 

the thi mg held by educators of the past '■'■ To 

upon the principle that education is the gri 
of the individual mind, and not mere mental accretion. 
I. That instruction, unless assimulated, i- food undi- 
gested. ."), That ed from 
within outward, and an essential element of thi- growth 
i- the consent of tin- pupil's will. He holds that you can 
no more educate a child than you can grow an oak. The 
child is the germ of the man, a* the acorn i- the germ 
of the oak : as we m and light 
to the one, to induce growth furnish in- 
struction to the other, by means of which the mind is 
Instruction is food; but it must betaken, 
gjjmilated as material food is. 
6 In thi government of his school he throw- the 
responsibility upon the honor of the pupil, while 
i/.inL' the wisdom of Solomon liild left to 
herself will bring her parents to shame. 

It was through the personal persuasion of Dr. /. I 
that Prof. Barrett accepted the chair of mathe- 
. M Sharp Collegi II" reci ived the di 
\ B in 1869, that of A.M. from the university at Roch- 
ester, Xew York, in 1871, and that of I.L.I), from the 
Southwestern Ba I Jacl son, Tenm 

Two of hi- brothers, •! udson and Stephen, graduated 
at the same universit; Rochester), the former in 1854: 
the latter in 1859 Stephen Barrett is now principal of 
ili. high school it Lincoln, Xebraska. Perr; B 

i- ii physician of considerable emine in Oregon. 

Clinton Barretl is a prominent and efficient railroad 



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;viu>mixkxt tkxxessk \\s 



ed at Chattau Myron est rank as a musician, both as a pianist and vocalist. 

- a |>cuman and Even member "I tbe family are Christians in tact as 

- ' • is a lad\ of high lit- well as in name, and adorn society wherever they jro. 

ulture. and his sister. Susan, stands in the high- h is a talented and hrainv familv. 



« APT. \V. D. HAYXES 






Till'. Haynes family is of German origin, as the 
family features so plainly indicate. Tli 
German name was // The celebrated Robert V 

Hayn. - I lina. was of the same family 

though the nam.' is spelled somewhat differently. 

\\ \i Haynes grandfather. (Iconic Haynes. 
was a native of east Virginia, Westmoreland county: 
fanner: a soldier in the Bevolutionan war. and a 
ngton's body guard. His son. 
John Haynes. father I Haynes, »;i- horn in Car 

tor count} . and was a millwright by occupa 

tion. He married Miss Elizabeth Hyder and moved to 
Mi-Minn county, where he died in 1 >.">."». at the age of 
thirty-tive. leaving four children 1 James. IV 
Haynes. who married Miss Margaret Elliott, and now 
live- at Dayton, V ■_' ■ Martha .1. Haynes, now 

if John \V. Hyder. Carter county. [3) William 
l> Haynes, subject of this sketch i John T. Haynes. 
who died in 1SG5, unmarried. 

('apt. Haynes' mother, >m Klizabeth Hyder, was born 
in Carter county, Tennessee, daughter of Michael Hy 
der. a farmer, who lived to his ninety-ninth year on the 
where he was born, liis father. John Hyder, 
came from Germany : was a Revolutionary soldier, and 
i iniy. near < ion f i.\ lor's, among the 

first settlei ininty. ('apt. Haynes' mother (who 

afterwards married John Hill) is now living at th 
of seventy-eight, in McMinn county, and is as stout and 
active as most women are at fifty. She is a Southern 
Methodist, and is a lady of straightforward, unpretend 
ina manners, of simple piety, and strong i ommon sense 
She had three brothers; Ben. Hampton and John Hyder. 
The latter was trustee of Carter county, and also repre 
sented his county in the Tennessi I islature, and 
won for himself the name of " Honest Jtdin Hyder.' 
Her sister. Eleanor Hyder. married James P. Haynes, 
(.'apt. Haynes' paternal uncle. Her half-brothers, by her 
father's second marriage (with Sarah \i i), were 

Samuel Hyder. Joseph Hyder, and her half-sister was 
Catharine Hyder. The hitter married Hampton Edcns, 
of Carter county. 

William l>. Haynes. subject of this sketch, was born 
in Mi Minn mnt\ Tennessee November 15, 1833. Ili- 
father dying when he was two year- old, his mother re- 
turned with her tour children to Carter county, aud 



there he lived with his grandfather, Michael Hyder, 
till 1844. going to school i mill, tending stock, 

making sugar, grinding apples to make apple brand) 
in short, a farmer's boj of all work. In the meantime. 
In- mother having married John II ill in Carter county. 
and moved hack to the homestead in McMinn county, 

ten miles west of Vthens. on li rs .-reek, in 1844, 

William went to McMinn count) and worked on his 
mother's farm the following five years. The best part 
of his early life was -pent in this way. His step father, 
John Hill, was an industrious, thrifty man. without 
education, who kept him at hard work, and frequently 
against his inclination. Voung Haynes had an ambi 
.ate himself. 1 1 i- step lather tried t 

hue to remain on the farm, but William ran 
awa\ to Georgia and worked with the Irisli laborers 
near Tunnel Hill, in getting out string timber for the 
Western and Atlantic railroad, then in course of con 
struction. At this employment he received eight dol- 
lars a month for four months, but he had resolved to 
accumulate money with which to educate himself, and 
ahead) determined to become a lawyer He then came 
to Bradley county. Tennessee, and worked several 
months as a common laborer at ten dollars per month, 
in helping to grade the East Tennessee and Ge 
railroad. In [850 he entered Hiawassee College in 
Monroe county, Tennessee, and remained there till 
June. 1853. when he began teaching his first school, ten 
month- term, being on Chatata creek, five miles from 
Charleston, in Bradley county. In [854 he taught ou 
Chickamauga creek, iu Hamilto unity, at forty dol- 
lars a month. In 1855 he joined the "copper craze" at 

i.wn. Tennessee, but after operating there sis 
months was unsuccessful in his speculations, the com- 
pany spending fifteen thousand dollars, "all for noth- 
I'ndaunted, however, he still persisted in his 
determination to be< ome a lawyer. So, after selling his 
interest in the farm iu McMinn county for the purpose 
of educating himself, and being still three hundred dol- 
lars in debt for his college expenses, he eonimi 
reading law in March, IS56, with his cousin, Hon. Lan- 
ilonC. Haynes. at " the old Tipton plac hi miles 

f Jonesborough, and alter reading with him two 
year-, and iu the meantime acting a- private family 

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topractici in 1 358 from ( lhanci lloi 3i th I . W. 
Lackey and Judge D. T. Patterson. When he al last 
obtained possession of his much coveted law licen 
srrote on it " Nil Desperandum, a fitting motto, and 
one i"". h bich l.i- guided him in his manly struggles all 
through life. He at once located al Blountville, Ma; 
1859, and has successful!} practiced there ever since, 

cepl during the war. 

In May, 1862, he was commissioned a captain in the 
quartermaster's department of the Confederate army, 
iimI assigned to post duty at Knoxville, Morristown, 

• I jborough, and other places; in 1863 was assigned 

in duly as brigade quartermaster on the staff of Gen. 
William E. Jones, and served in East Tennessee and 
southwestern Virginia from the summer of 1863 to the 
spring of L864, when he was transferred to the army of 
northern Virginia ; assigned to dutj as quartermaster oi 
the Sixteenth Virginia cavalry, Col. Ferguson, and part 
of the time, in 1864, as brigade quartermaster with Gen. 
McCausland's cavalrj brigade, and as such was in the 
last raid made into Pennsylvanin in 1864, when Me 
C'ausland was ordered to burn the town of Chambers- 
burg. In December, L864, he came home on furlough. 

and was captured bj Gen Stoni m: n his Sail Works 

raid near Bristol, December II. 1864. He was then 
sent as a prisoner, via Nashville, Cleveland, Ohio, Buf 
f'alo, N'-\\ Vijik. and Philadelphia, to Fort Delaware, 
where he was kept in confinement till June 17. 1865 

[n July, 1865, he resumed his law practice at Blount- 
ville, and has continued there, practicing in that and the 
adjoining counties, and in the Supreme court. In 1870 
he was nominated on the Democratic judicial ticket for 
attorney-general, with Hon Robert McFarland (after- 
wards Supreme judge) for chancellor, and Hon. Felix 
\. Reeve for circuit judge, l>ni was defeated by Hon. 
Ni'wiiiii Hack'er, who obtained two hundred and fifty- 
six majority, the usual Republican majority being a!. run 
two thousand. 

Capt. Haynes was chairman of the Democratic execu- 
tive committee of the First congressional district from 
l876tol882; has attended about all the State conven- 
tions of his part}', and generally taken an active and 
more or less conspicuous part in the proceedings. He 
was originally a Whig, voted for Bell and Everett in L860. 
He became a Mason in 1868, in Whiteside Lodge, No. 
13, Blountville; lias taken the Chapter degree and 
served as Master of his lodge sixteen years, from 1869 
to 1884, inclusive. He is a Southern Methodist, and 
has been for ten years a Sunday-school superinten- 
dent. 

Capt. Haynes married 1i r>t in Carter county, Tennes- 
see, his firsl cousin, Miss Margaret Haynes, youi 
sister of Hon. Landon C. Haynes, daughter of David 
Haynes, a plain, unlettered farmer, trader and iron 

master, who was at one time a man of isiderable 

wealth. Her grandfather, G ge Haynes (also the 

grandfather of Capt, W. I>. Haynes), lefl nine sons and 



three (laughters The ns were David. James, John, 
- Joseph, Jonathan, William. Christopher and 
Of these Da' id II a, lies married Rhoda Taylor. 
a first cousin of N'at. M. Taylor's father. Andrew Tay- 
lor, who was a brother of I lor. For a history 
of the Taylor family, see sketch of X. M. Taylor 

in thi- volume i. I >a\ id Haynes had - 
and five daughters The sons were Landon C G 
Matthew I Da id James, N'apoleon and N'al T., and 
the daughters were Lavinia, wife of George F. G 
moii Mar; T wife of Lawson Gifford ; Edna, wife of 
Alexander Harris; Emma, wife of Nat. G. Taylor, and 
Margaret, wife of Capl W. I >. Haynes. 

( )f the sons, Hon Landon C. II 
noted ofthe family. He ran two unsuccessful races for 
Congress against Am hew .John, -on and one against Hon. 
T. A, I!. Xelson. He was a member of the Tenni 
Legislature at one time, and speaker of the Senate: 
member oi the Jonesborough bar, and prominent 

a g such disl i lawyers as Judge Deaderick, 

Gen. Thomas D. Arnold. Hon. T. A. R. Xelson, Judge 
Milligan, lion. John Netherland, and Hon. Joseph l>. 
Heiskell. He was an elector for the State at large in 
1860, on the Breckinridge ticket. Heservedwith Hon. 
Gustavus A. Henr} as a Confederate senator from Ten- 

n during the war. and left a reputation as one of 

the finest orators of Tennessee, ranking in eloquence 
ami ability with Bailie Peyton, Meredith I' Gi 
William II. Polk, tin-. A Heurj do. ('. Guild, -I 
('.Jones and Andrew Johnson, with all of whom he- 
made canvasses. His son, Hon. Robert W. Haynes, now 
living at Jackson, Tennessee, has twice represi 
Madison countj in the Legislature. 

Of David Haynes daughters, Emma is the wile of 
Rev. N. '•. Taylor, ami mother of Hon. Robert I.. 
Taylor, both ex-members of Congress. Her son, Hon. 
A. A. Taylor, made a brilliant canvass as elector for the 
State al large for Garfield in 1880 ; has once repres 
Carter and Johnson counties in the Legislature, and i> 
now engaged in the practice of law and in f'armii; 
Nolachucky river. 

Mrs Hayne? sister, Edna, is the wife of Rev. Dr. 
A. X. Harris, a prominent Southern Methodist minis- 
ter, ami her son. Xat. E. Harris, is now a leading lawyer 
at Mai '.'i I leorgia 

By hi.- firsl marriage Capt. Haynes has three child 
(1). Rhoda E.. born June 1\. 1860; graduated from 
Sullen - College, Bristol, 1882. (2) Mary T., born De 
cember 25, 1861. (3). William Lee, born March 2. 
1865. 

Capl Haynes next married al Blountville, Tennes- 
- ptember 30, 1869 ond cousin, Miss M 

Haynes daughter of .Matt. T. Haynes, a lawyer, and 
brother of Landon C. Haynes. Her mother, ne> Miss 
Margaret Dulaney, was the daughter of Dr. William E. 
Dulaney, of Blouutville. Her grandfather, Dr. Elkana 
Dulaney, of " Medical Grove," his home near Blount- 






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through one of tli<: toughest campi 

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woundi ill 

20 1 -'»! : on 'n' 

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bled him and put liii/i on crul 
the war. After the Jon 
A berdeen - [>pi, and 1 1n 

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During the latter part of the war Ca] '■ en or- 
/ 'I a bodj of men and ] in a 

ion of th< 

before tfie ai 
trooj pec-ting to find it would 

laid waste the country if di 

H ..t tin; pi 

would be held accountable for all oi i that 

ought to be in that n ' '■ 

whom he i md him, protected it. until tl 

rival of the Federals and thus saved manj plant 
from pillage and destruction. At the close of tl 
nl to Meridian, Mississippi, to get Li- parol 

vice by tli e Federal commander to 
and made them out for i 
five thousand Confederate soldiers. Bis twin brother, 
Edwin li. Beardcn, who was a lieutenant in l>i- com 
pany, and had commanded it at Chickam iere he 

rely wounded, was with him on thi 
and was also pressed into tli< roling 

Conf< 

ii returned to ' irg, Tenm 

nf'ti.-r thi ■' nd being in very poor health 

took to doing all sorts of hard work, such an cutting 
and hauling wood, in hope of restoring iii- health. In 
tip cr part of 1866, h< moved to Shelbyvilli 

i Maj. Randolph in Dixon Acadci 
months, teaching ;> part of each day and spending the 
of his time reading law in the office of Samuel 
Whitthon ; Early in WJ7 he was admitted to 

■ I idgi Henry < !ooper and Chancellor Si 
and ;>t once bi etiee in partnership with Mr. 

SVhitthorne, continuing with him a little more than a 

ince which time I 
doing a large business and leading ive lili-. 

Pri ous to the war all of C ]io]iti<-.-,] 

predilections were in favor of the W" li i u- party; in later 
he has been a Democrat, but never an " offi 
hi II' ii chairman of the Bedford 

county Democi committee, has pn 

hi numerous political meetings and attended various 
iking :i li i in poli- 

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and Globe, the 

Phila- 
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done a larj • for them in h 

He h shville, <'• 

and St I. railroad for I 

the promoters of the Sylvan mills, near Shelbyville 

- anza- 
tion ; rof the Charter mU}< at Wart 

B Dr. li. F. Bearden, a i. 

of South Caroli I ||, 

!i of mind, a leader in his pro- 
i'l a man ithal 

'. II.- died in lf?70. All ol 
in tin 

scended from the early French settlers of South Caro- 

"ii remarkable for 
their sound, practical, common sensi I B 

M. B of Lincoln county, a 

-•li blood f Pm Dr. T. C B 

Of Nn-lr. i]l(;. 

Capt. Bearden married in February, WJ. Miss 
1 Whitesidi r of Thomas C. Wl 

well-known if Shelbyville. Her mothei 

M I: : I To this 

union have been born tv 

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what they are worth, hut lev the 

- and no more. 

11. i to he a eaudidate i'or the rhancollor- 

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HEX. -HMIN FAIN. 



r I MIE I in whom : - - -retell 

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ham at D and afterward- at Rlouutville. 

aving 
- -, Thomas, 1 : i:' 1 1 1 and J 

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Of tl the father's death. 

Nancy married II. \ rs th married 

\V R \ unmarried. The father. 

Thomas 1' ~ 

luerehant ami farmer all time. 

justice of the pea< e 11. has a reputation uubleuiished, 
his charity and unostentatious benevo- 
\ - . eholder. he was I uion man 

during the civil war an In polities 

is Republican. Ho is a man of great firmness 

ami has loug been -lied as an earnest advo- 

niperanee. He was the principal foun 

(.'reek Academy, ami is f edu- 

The mother, formerly Rachel A uderson. was 

born in Sullivan count}". February 14, 1814, and died 

Her life was devoted to her domestic 

duties S member of the Fresbyte 

rian church, and i> remembered by her family ami 

:■ her firmness of principle and pi 
and her uniform and unfailing kindnt — She was the 
ten ehildi .lohn. th, f this 

Ellen R 



W ill. 11.. who i- a uiei'ehant. lawyer ami 

clerk and master at Rlouutville. He married Alice 

on ami has tour children. Rachel. Maggie, Sam- 

and Carrie ."• Hugh, who is unmarried 

ii his lather. .t ; > Hannah \ .who is 

unmarrii 7 Samuel \ who married •lennie K. 

ami has five children. Thomas II. , KUen. Hugh 

Mary and Mattie Bell iSl Relic H., who is the 

wife of -lohn l\ Hardner. and ha- six children, l!a 

ehella, x l .. Mattie. Thorn - \ ami William. 

\melia. who died in infan. e Thomas, 

also died in infancy. 

•lohn Fain was horn in Sullivan county, I 
see, December 20, IS35. and grew up there till - - 
when he went to Collin county, Texas, and there en- 
in farming and teaching -oh. ml. He remained 
there until the breaking out of the war. when he en- 
tile Confederate service (.though against his will' 
rivate in Man s K - ill'} I He 

in the Indian Territory, in Arkansas and in 
southern Texas. He was in a number of battles am! 
skirmishes, among them the tights at Elk creek ami 
Saline river, Arkans - 

'fhe war over, he returned to Collin county, T 
and r, . in tanning and teaching. lu October, 

- - lie moved back to Sullivan county, Tennessee. In 
lie resumed the study ot' law. which he had par- 
tially read in early boyhood. In 18(59. he was li. 
hy Judge Cillonwaters ami Chancellor Smith to prac- 
tice law. was admitted to the bar and immediately 
commenced the praei Blountville, whore he lias 

resided up to the present time It should have been 
stated that he received his early education at Washing- 
ton College and Rotherwood. 

In politios (Jen. Fain was originally a Whig, a- were 

her and grandfather. Since the reconstruction o\' 

the southern States, however, the old Whig 

party having disappeared, he ha- been a pronounced 

lu August LS7S, he was elected attorney- 



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! for i he I' ii i judicial circuit of Tciiih 
term i ■ 1 1 

tin- ci, 1 1 n til -• of Johnson, Carter, Sullivan, VVa 
Unicoi, Greene, Hawkins and Hancock. In rcli 
Gen, Pain i- a member of the Pn b terian church. 

Pain married tieai ' 
In r 17. I 357 I Carrie V. Bii 

7 1842, the daughter of William Bi irmer 

and owner of mill Virginia. Ifcr 

mnt lii r was Jane I i Virginia family . Mr* 

W. I. Bick b if brilliant 

attainment - and a |>leatsi n mous 

.,- the founder of the order of the Knight* of the Gol- 
den ' lirele, that bad for it - object I h 

1 ! ancle, Hiram K ilgore, frequent ly i 
ii ii t< 'I Scott count in the Virginia I. A u- 

other uncle Dr. William Kilgo 

promii ician at Pranklin, I. II- died 

in Milam count I Her father died whil 

oung. I fer mot hi r died in 1 -7.Y bein 

e, and b i ehildn n, viz. : 

John Joseph I' Kli/.abeth (wife of Judge II C. 
Bruce. Wise county, Virginia - rried John 

M Ballow) Malinda (now wife of Peter Day), Hiram 
\ and ' 'ii i i'- V. Mr-. Fain at hlstell 

ville, Virginia, and Reedy ( I 

She i- a member of the Methodist ehurch, i 
culture and Ii'- and is noted for her splendid 

domestic qualities. 

'■ i Fain and wife have had born to them I 
children: (1). William Thomas, died in infancy (2 



May K. J Bloui W. K. 

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three children, John W., Claud* Henry, and ' 

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e d, \pril 22, 1--I Walter II Wiley, a farn 

P 
nab A Ii lillen Malin ■ old. 

7 'I II 

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ummeneins 

i- diligent, but bumatie. While 

■. •! the crimina 

of multiplied 
Pain was trained to habits of industr; II 
being a man of fair fortun 
in comparath •• idleness, but he wisi 

irk. He put him 
rking in I and occasionally to 

work on the farm. 

I been all bi- life, keep- 

ing himself posted in general I i r < . 
bi- profession. He began life with but a small outfit 
and now he i- comf -II off. the result of dili- 

imy in bi- good man 

1 his wife, who brought to hit dowry 

a ban m of mom ' ■ n his 

liritnc. and there i- but little danger that he will 
retrograde, either professionally or financially. 



C. B. McGUIRE M.D. 

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TIIK McGuin famil an of Irish extraction. John 
McGuire, the grandfather of Dr. Calvin I! 
McGuin et of this sketch, was born in Ireland, 

mill came, when a child, with his father to Charleston, 
South Carolina. He was one of three brothers, one ol 
whom went to Kentucky, one to Virginia, while he, 
John McGuire, cami G ount Tenn where 

be located at an early day in the settlement of that 
county. 

Cornelius Wesley McGuire, father of Dr. McGuire, 
was bom in Lincoln January ] 1801. He was 

i-tratc in Lincoln county for nearly tv 
Ii hi- edm ts limited to what he acquired 

to school. He ■ oted Mi thodisl 

and < moral and strictly upright man. If 
man of fine common sense and much native tali m 
was much sought aft< r as the business man of his neigh 

borh l i uch m m .-, riting 

di eds and bills of ■•'■< II- dii d 3i pti mber 18, 



Dr. McGuire's mother was Miss Sallii Mi 
Scotch descent. Her father, John Melon 
manufact urer of cedar ware in Linn Ala- 

bama, where hi died Dr McGuire's mother died in 
April, !>?;;. ;ii the aj nine, having borne thir- 

nd six d (1). 

Elizabeth .1. McGuire, unmarried. (2). " William II. 
Mi Guire, died in 1 375 ■:. Sarah L. Mc'.i 
the wife of .(. c. Butler. (4). N'ancj II McGuin 
the wife of .lame. X. George. (5). I B 

McGuire, subject of this sketch. (C). John P.*McGuire, 
now a wholesale grocer and corun terchant in 

. ill'-. He was colonel of the '' I Ten- 

Confederate infant • ime of the 

surrender, and i llant mil ■ 

full account of which maj be found in Dr. J. B. Linds- 

Militan II if T 

McGuire died a farmer in North Alabama. - I' 
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II i Poster, 'Hi in 

busetts in 1764. Mig. 1 Mi 

Allin. daughter of I ' \ llin, who also belon 
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his father to Monl ml Mai land 

miles from Washington City. Here bis latbei 

afterward died, leaving him :i 'phan 

nine years \ ir or two later be rel uriied to 

M educated 

thanipton radii- 

it the lal I le 

obtained a position undci i n ( 'bible, chief 

' i ibile and ( >hio raili 

md laj ing "in thai 

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and Alabama (now the Nash\ ille and Decatur) railroad, 
he was, from that time till the b 

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I ' itur, the Edgefield and Kcntuck 
the Hcndi ids, and had i ' 

durin ustructinn of the bridge 

S liville, the firsl 

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March following Capt. I'i \ returned to lii- limne in 

Law rence count) . w licre lie lit 

and w.i- i li : tin of ii eomp i Iry, « hieli 

he reported to Lieut Col < 'oopei id Hiftlc 

with » I ■ • • i a ■ he served, with lii- for Home 

time on i ■ en iee In M iddle Tcnm 

n hieli he repoi i. .1 to ( 'nl. • ■ II \ md In- be- 

c urn 

.ili ■. , I 'onfederati - I 1 ed in that « - > » 1 1 1 

maud iiniil it- surrender, under (Sen. I in the 

3tio \ considerable pi 
Capl P nior offieer, »m- in command of the 

ni . Col Nixon being on del r\ ice or in 

command of the brigade, and the lieutenant i 

and major being pris >rs of win lie was in 

• ■ \\ iili this ' imand durin uiaindcr of 

pari in man) of the brilliaul 
rations of Gen. Forrest in Tennessee, Alabama. M 
issipi 

r, instead 
Ian . h ■ ailed upon b) the trust ckson 

\ Law rencebui ouie princip il o) that 

institution, and held thai position until ted to 

the Legislature in November, 1870 [mmediatel 
the adjournment of thai I was 

■ sidcnl of Savannah t '• innah, 

which position ho filled until .1 une I -7 1 
when he resigned, and k ifter nomi 

b) the Dei iratic convention m- :> candidate for the 

mil senatorial disti 
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V GEORGE GIBBS DIBIiELL. 

Till- iiml civilian, Charles IHbrell I'ostnn. who n I- 

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lien llibrell's lather, Vuthoii) IMhrell, i 
Made In f tin' n|i| " \ uluiiti ~ W l\. nl nek; Hid 

richh iontii time ol lii- I to Whiti county, 

Tennessee, in IK11 ; was a|i|Hiiiited receiver of the land 
and thrilli ' Icrk of tin 

hihrellV l'i' Christopher ! « a member of tlic I 

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! tied mi i lie .lames ri> cr li I - ted bj 

to Am ' ■'. urc \ fter tin- late war I linted 

I ii lii ill ■• lei k of the circuit i n. He di 

m style of ortboprapli; - 1 i : S7n in 1 H 

i warm, devoted friend; a moral, Christian man, an 

I' II family in tli from liberal to the | r and ■! II 

that ;i man \\;i- not ;i fi iij one whom he would 

i |)ibrell, was a not help when in need II' II I * 

iiii- in tin II Methodist, a lunik director and successful farnn 

n 1 1 to lii- death at I ni ler. 

,l,.i, \\ (tilths who had married lii- The motl M S\ 

I I >i l't< 11 - lirsl daughter nl \\ 

Ml- Lee fan I i blacksmith and 

Id man ed her in 1! soldier in 

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m lie had foui children : 1 lohn Carter, matei u;il uncle, 

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Ic. She died in 1883, in In 
She w • her »f ten children I M 

|)ibrcll, dci Elizabeth Dibrell, now widow u II 

i Sullivan i."!. Crockett Dibrcll, now in 1 1 » . - mie ll \ hiindn 

stoek biisiin t Austin, 1 |). .1 li B I'ili 

rell, il • Dibrell Mr. (I 

sketch ■■ I. in -ind. i Dibrell, widow ; II ' ' 

itli her -nil. Jti h I! Herd, ill I Hid five hundred ihi 

I I 7 - li li Dibrell. widow id tin I 

• l lm U Whitfield . now living in I 
I - William (' Dibrell, now in the eattlc busi II- 

:n Coleman county, I I John Vntlimi) called in I 

Dibrell, deceased 1(1 Martha V Dibrell, widow of hnvii led down, never met Dibrel 

.1 \ Kill, i now li ing near Sparta, T the m 

1 1 ' ribhs, li. ■ r of Texas, if promi> I hal if tin 

nd cousin officii. Dibrell, bciu.t <on of he would |>rovc bin 'I 

Gibbs, who married Gen. Dibrells aunt, Lee Vim elected to the L 
Dibrell Col Charles X. Gibbs, now of Chnttaii ipposition. bill 

son of li, : Stati of 'I', -i n itli In- i 

ire, is a cousin to (ten Dibrell. Charles Vn broken out 

tl y Sullivan, who was chancellor a l Starksville, ' Dibrell entered tl I 

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lii- -: i ibeth I- me Sullivan, another of hei 

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poi I bj i. .li -I I' i' \tkin- rcll's elected lii '■ ■* II 

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Tennc before the war. and clerk of the circuit and afterwards al tl 

his death. N l < 18G2 V In 

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int i > schools in winter and whereuiHin he went honn 
worked during the sumun r. In tl '. 1838, hi 

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studied under president Esterbrook The fall bi inent. but 

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PROMINENT TENNESSE \NS 



quite a number of men distinguished among the In 
dians, notably Hon. Israel Folsom, who, for main years, 
was agent of the Choctaw tribe ai Washington, ami also 
acted as government agent in its dealings with the 
trili,'. 

Enough has been said, probably, to carry a pretty 
clear idea of Maj. Folsom's character as a man ami 
lawyer [f anything be lacking in this regard, how e\ er, 
the opinion of one of the judges of our Supreme court, 
before whom Maj. Poison) has practiced for manyyears, 
maj well round up this sketch. The distinguished jurist 
says: " .Maj. Folsom is a man of more than ordinary 
modesty, but calm and self-possessed in debate, always 
having perfect command of his faculties. Within the 
range of his investigation, he is one of the most accu- 
rate and thorough lawyers in our State."] [His prepara- 
tion of his cases is thorough — his master} both of 
details and the principles governing them, always full. 
His briefs are among the best in form, neatness of ar- 
rangement and precision of statement, that come before 

our court. He is always clear and underst 1 at once, 

and at times rises to the height of a chaste ami well- 
tempered eloquence. If he had a larger field, with his 
habits of thorough mastery of all he undertakes, he 



would rise to the front rank of useful men in the State. 
His eminent fairness and truthfulness of statement, as 
well as argument, always give him command of the 
earnest attention of the court. He is incapable of any 
trickery or cunning. Ml he does is the work of a man 
who seeks to win his cause by manly grapple. What 
cannot be done by fair argument and the force of truth, 
would not be sought bj him, for either himself or cli- 
ents. Take him altogether, he is an ornament to the 
bar ol his section, and he would grace any court in our 
State, as a judge, by his fine judicial qualities, both of 
head and heart, especially the latter. His nice sense of 
right is the equivalent of a large share of simple intel- 
lect. Hi' is emphatically a specimen of God's noblest 
workmanship — an honest man." 

'I'lir ordinary language of panegyric could add noth- 
ing to such a testimonial as that. That it is deserved 
is abundantly proven by the success that has attended 
Maj. Folsom s professional labors, Ami he is yet, in 
reality, a comparatively young man. Though fifty-four 
years of age, there is not a silvered hair on his head, 
ami he seems to be yet in his physical prime. He may 
well still look ahead and aloft, for there are no doubt 
greater triumphs yet awaiting bint. 



HON. GEORGE K. FOOTE. 

JACKSON- 

THE Footes came originally from England before Rev. William Foote, father of the subject of this 

the revolt of the colonies, and settled first in Con- sketch, ami a prominent minister ol' the Methodist 

tieut. Thence most of them moved south, some Episcopal church, was born at Guilford Court-house, 

taking up their abode in Virginia, and others settling North Carolina. lie was a farmer as well as preacher. 

in North Carolina. From the Virginia branch of the He was married in Indiana, where the greater portion 

family was descended the late lion. I lenry S Foote, for of bis life was spent, and where he died in 1846, in the 



many years a conspicuous figure in polities. From the 
North Carolina branch, the subject of this sketch is" 
descended, [lis grandfather, (leorge Foote, was born 

in North Carolina and became a firmer in thai State. 
Hi' was a soldier of the Revolution and fought with 
distinction in the battle of Guilford Court-house. He 
removed at an early day to Kentucky, being one of the 
first settlers in that State About the year 1818, he 
pushed still further west, locating in Indiana, not far 
from the residence of Gen. William Henry Harrison. 
Here he spent the remainder id' bis life, dying at the 
advanced age of eighty-seven years. He was a man of 
solid character— a true type of the old-school gentle- 
man. His wife was Lucretia Nance, daughter of 
Thomas Nance, of South Carolina, a relative of the 
Ruffin family id' North Carolina. She was a worthy 
helpmeet to her husband, whom she outlived, having 
died at the extreme age of ninety years. She left four 
children surviving her: William. Kinehloe, George ami 
John Foote 



t'ortj sixth year of his age. In politics he was an ardent 

Whig His wife, the tlier of our subject, was Naomi 

Bell, daughter of Samuel Bell, of Kentucky. She was 
horn near Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Her mother was a 

Ross 1 became noted as one of fourteen women who 

volunteered to venture out ol' the fort near Harrodsburg, 
to get water for the famishing garrison when it was sur- 
rounded by Indians, knowing it would lie certain death 
for the men to expose themselves within range of the 
savages' rifles. She lived amid the tragic events that 
gave to the soil of Kentucky the name of " the dark 
and bloody ground.' Her father was Judge ltoss, one 
ol the most noted of the blue-grass pioneers 

Judge Foote s mother lived but about a year after 
the death of her husband. She was a woman of much 
fortitude ami energy, a devoted wife and mother, ami 
exceedingly careful in the training of her children. She 
died at Corydon, Indiana, November, 1 ^ fT, :it the age 
of forty-six. leaving three children: (1). George K.. 
subject of this sketch. (2). Robert, now in Memphis. 



PROMINENT TENNESSEANS. 



237 



(3). Jabez, who lost his life by the explosion of the 
steamer "Andrew Jackson," on the Ohio river, near 
Shawneetown, Illinois. 

Judge Foote grew to manhood in Harrison enmity, 
Indiana. He was a farmer boy, and learned to lay brick 
and plaster when a youth, and was especially fond of 
field sports, hunting, fishing and fox-chasing, though 
he was free from the too common vicious habits of 
youth. He was educated in the old Uorydon University. 
When twenty-one years of age. he married, settled in 
Corydon and engaged in general speculation. In 1847 
he removed to Leavenworth, Indiana, where he began 
the practice of law. He remained there but two years. 
however, when he removed to Cannelton, Indiana. 
Here he practiced his profession about eighteen months, 
when he moved to Golconda, Illinois, where, in addi- 
tion to the practice of law, he engaged in the real estate 
business and lead-mining for ten years, doing a very 
prosperous business. In 1866 he removed to Decatur- 
ville, Tennessee, where he remained about eighteen 
months. Next he moved to Lexington, Tennessee, and 
thence, in 1S7M. to Jackson, where he has resided ever 
since, engaged chiefly in the practice of law. 

Tn politics, Judge Foote was a Whig until the disin- 
tegration of that party. In 1860 he voted for Abraham 
Lincoln, and has been a Republican ever since. The 
first office he ever held was that of constable, in Can- 
nelton, Indiana. In 1870 he was appointed special com- 
missioner of the Southern Claims Commission, and dis- 
charged the duties of that position some four years. In 
.June, 1881, he was appointed by President Garfield 
postmaster at Jackson, and on the 14th of October fol- 
lowing, was reappointed by President Arthur to the 
same position, which, at the time this sketch is pre- 
pared, he still holds. 

In June, 18G3. Judge Foote was mustered into the 
United States volunteer service, as a member of the 
One Hundred and Thirty-sixth Illinois infantry, but 
on account of his business qualities he was assigned to 
permanent duty in the commissary department and was 
not engaged in battle afterward. He remained with 
the army in Kentucky and .Missouri until 1864. 

Judge Foote was an alternate district delegate to the 



national Republican convention at Chicago, in 1884 ] 
and favored the nomination of President Arthur by that 
body, lie became a Mason in Cannelton. Indiana, in 
1851. He i- also an Odd Fellow. 

In 1846, October 16, Judge Foote was married, in 
Harrison county. Indiana, to Miss Mary Falkenburgh, 
who was born and reared at Cape May. New Jersey. 
She is a member of the Christian church, ami is a holy 
noted for her piety and charity to the ] r and dis- 
tressed. Mrs. Foote's father was a captain in the war 
of 1812. Her mother was Elizabeth Sullivan, also a na- 
tive id' New Jersey. 

There were limn to Judge Foote and wife the follow- 
ing children, none of whom arc now living: (1). 
Samuel, who was in the gunboat service during the war. 
He married a Miss Clore and died in 1868, aged twenty- 
four. (2). William, died February, 1874. (3). Mozella, 
died the wife of William Wilson, a merchant, of Lex- 
ington. Tennessee, leaving one child. George. (4). 

George, died March. 1884, at the age of twenty-three. 
(5). Ada, died in 1884. This daughter contributed to 
various periodicals and was remarkably gifted. Three 
children died in infancy. 

Judge Foote began life with no resources but his own 
talents, lie had plenty of pluck, however, and struck 
boldly out into the world with the determination to 
succeed. The first money he ever earned was as a hired 
plow-hoy. at eight dollars a month. Being paid off at 
the end of three months, lie went proudly home and 
laid his twenty-four silver dollars in his mother's lap. 
He was never after that cither ashamed or afraid of 
work. Whenever the practice of the law became a 
dragging business ( as it will periodically in nearly all 
communities), lie did not sit down, fold his arms and 
wait fin- business to come to him. lie turned his hand 
at once to whatever honorable enterprise promised rea- 
sonable profits. His first substantial profits were real- 
ized as contractor in brick-laying and plastering in the 
town of Cannelton, Indiana. Industry and economy 
have ever been bis leading characteristics, and these 
constitute the secret of his success. He is now in quite 
independent and comfortable circumstances, and is 
reek d one of the solid men of his county. 



CAPT. WILLIAM STOCK ELL. 



NASHVILLE. 



CAPT. WILLIAM ST( ICK L'LL. the veteran "fire 
chief," the successful merchant and bushier man, 
and one of the most popular citizens of Nashville, whose 
face and form have long been familiar to almost every 
man. woman and child in that city, well deserves a place 
n these pages. He was bom in Malton, Yorkshire, 



England, October 17. 1815. His grandfather, William 
Stockell, born at Malton. sprang from an old English 
family that lived for many years in that vicinity. He 
raised a large family of sons ami daughters, the sons 
being chiefly distinguished as successful merchants. 
One of his daughters, Margaret Stockell. married a Mr. 



PROMINENT TENNESSK VNS 



Jo-wot l, ami I i veil lo the a I old age of oiirhtj four 

1 * iiiimeil William Stockell, 

" Mai li 11- urand- 

l)orn in the same town. 

farina man. came to 

Am, : uilv w itli hi in, in 1824. an 

i led in l>altii -.- I n 1X20 he mo\ ed to i 

rs, then pnrchasd a farm 

in Brown ml lived there until 1 >." I: ». In 

lie removed to Nash lessee, and 

; ion of the buildinj • 
I Xasln i!le, then under the 

Rev. l>r. 1 In 1845. while 

walkil 
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lived in it. II 

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divn i s. 

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horn in Pickering. Yorkshire. 1 

She was n tin 
of tin ' nd re- 

am! domestic nian- 
nt. She '■ ai the home ol her 

daughter. Mrs. Carrie Might, wife of Capt. O. II. [light, 
diville .Merchants' Exchange. 
She was the ill William 

J Eliza) 
ell. died the v ' I Mary 

Ann Stockell. who /■ ne the wife 

I ith, married Howell II uddles- 
ton A I). Jane • low of 
David l ' . I . cuit eourl rink at 
Xashville. 5). Caroline S II now wife of Oliver 

II I i 

I in his hnyh 1 had l»ut limited ed 

bricklayer's 
and [ n ( 'ineinnati, and carried it on 

there until l v !' - and during I 

d himself closely to such 1 ks as would 

qualify him in making calcu r a husin 

|ition. 1 1 sly and diligently ap- 

plied himself in learning drawing, designing and mod- 
eling ornali every conceivable pattern tor the 
interior di if churehi - ml line 
private buildings. In the latter particular he was 

ng numberless exquisitely 
beautiful lerful botl 

I workmanship. The fili- 
ation of the State 
N lie Masonic Hall, the Maxwell House, the 

I I isane. and numerous other 

- in Tennessee are specimens 
oi' hi- i time when he 



was the only decorator of the interior of buildings in 
stucco work at Xashville, aud all of the parties now 

I in that business in the city learned their n 
with him. and arc recognized as master workmen in 
tin ir In n house in which he now lives, N*i 63 

South Cherry street, was one among the first modern 
houses in the cin of Xashville, the interior finish of 
which would do credit lo any city in America, and is 
recognized b\ architects who conic to see ii as of supe- 

ir finish and original i : apt. Stockell's 

entire business lit'.- in Nashville, hi- relation- with all 
he ever worked for or with, have been ol' the most 
plea-ant character. To a mail do ivy a busil 

for so many period of time, it must 

l>e a nio-t happy reflection that he has never had t>- 
for his , not 

marred or embittered by unpleasant memories. Every- 

d\ know- : H I; even the children cannot 

meet or pass him on the street, without giving him that 
hearty salute that only kindly natures and long estab- 
lished characters can command: an incident recalling 
I [tuner's lines : 

I late in li! 

Hut it is perhaps chiefly from his honorable record as 
a fireman, and as chief of tin- tire department of the 
city of Xashville tin' many year-, ('apt. Stockell is best 
known by the general public. His gallant r\ and bravery 
on tryill i wisdom and , \ 

ecutive ability in hour- of p ( ril: his main sacrifices of 
d comfort to save the lives and property id' 
others: his promptne; the first tap of 

the alarm lull in rain or >hine. night or day. winter or 
summer praise tor two gen- 

eratio md must bring to the fearless "old chief" 

many pleasant recollection- of well aud 

faithfully done. In i v !" i president of the 

Independent Western Fire Company of Cincinnati, and 
filled th hi until November 12. IS46, when he 

left ('ineinnati to make hi- houn al Nashvilh -hist 
before his departure, the- u his eh! company 

li took from their pockets a silver dollar and had 
i In m melted into a beautiful ami heavy silver speaking 
trumpet, which they pre-. him "in remem- 

brauee of his s - It is a souvenir which the 

tain shows with much pride, and regards as an heir- 
m money could not buy. 

lie connected himself with the volunteer fire de- 
partment of Nashville in IS47. soon after his arrival in 
S ivjlle. joining " Broad-street Fire Company, N 2, 
and a few mouths thereafter was elected it- president 
and remained as such until 1850, when the paid Steam 
tire department was organized Being in a lucrative 
business which he could not sacrifice, he retired at that 
time from the department, having been requested, how- 
ever, at all times to attend tires and give his counsel. 
which he did. always having the confidence aud good 



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239 



will of the chief in charge and "I the firemen. He was 
appointed by the city council December 28, 1866, to go 
East and purchase steam fire apparatus for the city, a 
lciicr of credit being given him by the city authorities 
for the purpose to the amount of twenty thousand dol- 
lars, lie made the purchase, which resulted in a large 
saving to the city, the apparatus then bought beingstill 
in use and in a I condit ion. 

In July, L869, Hon. John M. Bass having been ap- 
pointed by the chancery court receiver of the city of 
Nashville, called to his aid and counsel the wisest men 
of undoubted character and standing highest in public 
esteem, among thcro Anson Nelson, whom heappointed 
treasurer, and Oapi William Stockell, whom he placed 
in charge of the fire department, Capt. Si nek el I accept- 
ing the position at tin urgent request of leading citi- 
zens, ami especially of the insurance companies. His 
appointment by Mr. Bass, dated July 28, 1869, empow- 
ered him " to organize the fire department as his agent 
and conduct the same on the most economical plan, 
having a due regard to efficiency.' From that date 
until his final retirement in L883, he was elected by the 
city council from time to time, and served altogether in 
thai capacity fourteen consecutive years. During this 
time he was also secretary of the board of building 
commissioners, making annual reports of the lumber 
business, buildings erected and progress of the city in 
general, many id' his reports having been commended 
very highly by the press. 

He wa- one of tl rganizers of the national conven- 
tion of chief tire engineers of the United States at 
Baltimore; has been president of that body, and is now 
chairman of its finance committee. At the meeting of 

the association at Chici September 9, 1884, ('apt. 

Stockell read two remarkable papers, one "an essay on 
the best methods of supplying cities with water tor fire 
purposes." and one ''on the importance id' introducing 
tire drills into all the schools. 

In L884, by request of the Tennessee Historical Si. 
ciety, of which he is a member, ho prepared and sul>- 
mitted an elaborate " history of the fire department of 
Tennessee," which was replete with many pleasant 
reminiscences and practical suggestions, and was re- 
ceived with great la\ or. 

Hi' is a member of the A. 0. M. C, now styled the 
Robertson Association, and in L884, in connection with 
Anson Nelson, Esq., and Dr. John Berrien Lindsley, 
revised its constitution. 

Capi. Stockell was made a Mason in Claiborne Lodge 
in Nashville; is now a member of Cumberland Lodge, 

No. 8, and is president of the h a] of trustees, having 

charge of the property of that lodge. On October 24, 
1882, In was made a 32 Mason by-Gen. Albert Pike. 
He i- also a Knight of Pythias of the endowment 
rank: was one of the organizers of Myrtle Lodge, and 
is a member of the Grand Lodge of that order. He is 
a membei ol the Cumberland Presbyterian church. In 



politics he was a Whig till the Know-nothing issue 
came up, when he voted for Andrew Johnson for go\ 

ernor, and has been n Dei iral ever since. In 1850 

he was elected from a Democratic ward— the Sixth a 
member of the city council, and re-elected in 1852-3. 
He was a member of the citj hoard of education with 
such men as Francis II. Fogg, Return J. Meigs, Col. 
M. II. Howard and W. F. Ban;;, in the carl j organiza 
tiou ol the public schools of Nashville. He was for a 
Ion;;: time a director in the State Bank of Tennessee, 
appointed by Gov .Johnson and afterwards by Gov. 

Harris, lie was also a director and one of the organ 

izers of the Mechanics National Bank of Nashville; 
also a member of the State Agricultural Bureau, ap 
pointed by Gov. Johnson and also by Gov. Harris, lie 
was one of the organizers of the first mechanics' fairs 
ever held in the city of Nashville. The first fair was 
held in a si ore on the Public Sip ta re. He has also been 
connected with all the industrial expositions that have 
been held in the eit.\ oi Nashville, being president of 
the exposition in 1873, aud chairman of the Nashville 
Centennial Exposition in 1880. In L 885 he was assist- 
ant commissioner for Tennessee at the Cotton Centen 
nial Exposition and Worlds Fair held at New Orleans. 
Capt. Stockell married first in Brown county, Ohio, 
in 1838, Miss Gelina Records, daughter of Josiah 
Records. She died June 11. 1839. lie next married 
in Cincinnati, Ohio, May 3, 1840, Miss Rachel Wright, 
daughter of Joseph Wright, formerly from New Jersey. 
Her mother, Sarah Bowers, was also a native oi New 

Jersey. Mrs. Stockell was horn, raised and educated 

in Philadelphia, and moved to Cincinnati, in 1839. Her 
father was a farmer, who lived to be eight) three years 

old. active to the very la.-t. She is a devoted and active 

member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church at 
Nashville. 

By his marriage with Miss Wright, ('apt. Stockell 

had nine children, four of wl died in childhood. 

Those who reached maturity were. (1). Charles Henry 
Stockell, horn iii Cincinnati, April 8, 1841 ; was a mem- 
ber of the Rock City Guards, and afterward an officer 
in the Tenth Tennessee, and served in tin/ Confederate 
army four years; married December 19, 1ST."). Miss 
Winnie 1 1 oil is. id' Louisville. Kentucky, and has one 
child, Hake; now residing in Atlanta. Georgia, and 

ci cted with an extensive commercial firm. (2). 

Louisa J. Stockell, born in Cincinnati, June II. IMC 
graduated at Loretta and at Nashville: married W. R. 
Rankin, an attorney at law. J uK 18 1865 : has live chil- 
dren, David, Charles, Mary. Albert and Turley. (3). 
William Franklin Stockell, born in Cincinnati. March 
7. 1846; enlisted in the Confederate army and was 
drowned while crossing a river, December 25, 1863. i I) 
Albert W. Stockell. born in Nashville. August 8, 1848; 
graduated from the literary and law departments of 
Cumberland University; practiced law successfully at 
Columbia, Tennessee; married. January I. 1876, Miss 



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Kloi I lit or ill' Matthew l» Cooler, and 

sister of Judge William V and Kx I nited States Sen 
ator I l.iii \ Cooper; has tour ehildren, Marian. Patty, 
Allien and Henry, (5). 1 5 eor.se \V. Stoekell, born 
;ii Nashville, April 2, 1S52; now liead of the firm ot 
(ieor.se M Stoekell & Co in the w liolesale a,srieultural 
iui|ilemenl business al Nashville. ((>) Orville Kwing 
Stoekell, born September I I. IS55: now a partner in the 
bouse with bis brother, (ieor.se W . married Novein 
bcrS, 1S77. Miss Ida I' (lower has one child, Kachel. 

Capt. Stoekell began married life with ninet\ six 
dollars. :m<l by hard work and honest} ol purpose has 
made a fortune and a name among the most honored 
citizens of Nashville. Still happier, no man ean saj 
Capl Stoekell ever wronged bini out ol a cent, or thai 
he eaniu to his office Saturday nights and wenl awa.\ 
without the mono} due tor bis week's work Happiest 
ill, he and his conipanionable wife have lived to raise 

their in a cit\ and see them every <>n.' doing well 

and standing high in good society This result is largely 
due i" the mother, who, nat u rally of a sunny and benig 
mint temper. ver.\ earl} adopted the policy of making 
her home happ\ and attractive to her children. For 
this purpose she herself, when thirt.\ years old, took 
music lessons with her daughter, that she might amuse 
and entertain her sons and theii visiting friends. She 
encouraged her sons to have a chili room at homo, and 
their principal evening amusements there, she making 
liersell one of the company, and by hot' presence both 
enlivening and adding dignity and graee to their enter 
taimnciits. The results justify one in commending her 
example to young mothers desirous of seeing their boys 
cssfu) and honored. In declining years ii is a 
gratifying reflection that no one can call up wrong 
nit him . more pleasant still, to have, as Capt. 
Stoi kell has, a scrap book full of the most friendly and 
flattering notices the result of a hus.\ life conducted 
on manly, benevolent and Christian principles. 

Hi- old friend, Anson Nelson, Ksq.. who has known 
him intimately for main years, gives this estimate of 
("apt. Stockell's character: "dipt. William Stoekell 
.am.' to Nashville in IS-lli. and soon showed himself a 
good. stead} mechanic. His industry and faithfulness 
were developed to such an extent that he soon obtnim d 
as much work as he could do, even with the -killed 
workmen lie employed Ho acquired, as a natural result, 
a fine propertj of his own, and a competency to live on. 
He was happily married, and reared a family of ehil- 
dren. of which any man might be proud. His children 
are all married and well settled in life. 

i Stoekell was a natural fireman, and his services 



as i uptain of the old volunteer eompauy, Broad street, 
No 2. wore relied upon in all . uses of fire, in anj part 
of the i it\ After the organization of the paid -team 
fire department, he was not . tin' several years, actively 

engaged in this arm of public service. I pon tli a 

out of the notorious Mden administration, in 18(50, the 
Hon John \| lla-- was appointed receiver for the city, 
and be at once selected Capl Stoekell to take charge of 
the tire department of Nashville. Ho was elected chief 
b\ the incoming Morris administration, and re-elected 
year after year, during different administration- of the 
city government, for fourteen consecutive years. This 
was a wonderful compliment, considering tin' fact that 
there ni re always so man} applicants for ever} office in 
the gift of the municipal government, lie was selected 
solel.\ on account of his superior qualifications for the 
position for ii was well known that, a- a matter of pe 
eunian consideration, ho did not need the office. While 
fire chief, he made man.\ advantageous improvements, 
among the most notable being the introduction of the 
fife alarm telegraph, w Inch has worked successfully since 
its introduction. The management ^\' the department, 
under his wise and careful supervision, was n source 
of gratification to bis fellow-citizens, He retired from 
this service in the autumn of ISS3 \- a member of 
the Association of Fire Chiefs of the United State-, ('apt. 
Stoekell has boon for several year- one of the most 
prominent and useful. His paper-, read before ih.it 
body, have attracted more than ordinary attention. 

In all the public offices of the city, in every impor 
taut movement for tin' public good, Capt Stoekell lias 
always been a prominent factor, lie never failed to do 
his whole duty, and never shirked any labor or pecu- 
niar} demand to aid his people. Ili- services as a di- 
: in many mechanical and other associations, were 
invaluable, lie was one of the working directors of the 
Centennial Exposition of Nashville, in ISSO, and no one 
did mote to insure the successful accomplishment of 
that -rand enterprise V- an active member of the 
Tennessee Historical Society, and in the Robertson As- 
sociation, his services are well known and duly ap- 
iled. 
"('apt. Stoekell- reputation a- a man of progressive 

idea.-, as a stirring, active member '<t' society, as a good 
citizen, read} always to discharge -his whole duty, is 
universall} acknowledged Numerous testimonials of 
respect, h} different organized bodies, and by individu- 
als, have been presented to him; all testifying to bis 
labors and to bis worth as a man. His services 
will probabl} be more appreciated after his death, than 
tin \ w ill be while he is alive." 



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G. B. THORN 

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R. (i. B. THORNTOIS of Memphis, • of the 

nblesl and mosl widely known physicians and m 
geons in Tennessee, is a Virginian by birth, though his 
whole life, since Isl7, has been identified with the city 
of Memphis, his longest periods of absence therefrom 
being during his academic and collegiate years, and the 
four years of military ^service he gave to the cause of 
the ( Confederacy. 

Mi' received a liberal literary education, and medicine 

being chosen as a life profession, bo comnien I its 

studj in the office of Dr. II. II. Roberts, professor of 

surgery in the .M phis Medical College, from which 

institution Dr. Thornton graduated in March, L858. lie 
1 1 < ■ x i graduated from the medical department of the 
University of New York, in March, 1860, and commenced 
the practice of medicine in Memphis in i he spring of 
the same year. 

On the breaking oul of the war in 1861, be identified 
himself with the Confederate cause, and in July or Au 
gust of thai year passed a satisfactory examination be 
fore the state board of medical examiners al Nash 
ville, and was commissioned assistant surgeon for the 
Tennessee State troops, by Gov. [sham G. Harris, and 
;i signed to duty with the arl illery arm of the service, 
stationed above Memphis, on the Mississippi river, in 
November, lsiil.be was present al the battle of Bel 

nt, Missouri. In March, L862, he was with his com 

mand al tl ngagements at [sland No. L0, and New 

Madrid, Missouri. In May, 1862, he was commissioned 

surgi by the war department at Richm I, I was 

made surge f divisioi the staff of Major Gen. J. 

I' McCown, who commanded :i divisi f Gen. Karl 

VanDorn's corps, then al Corinth, Mississippi. This 
was rapid promotion for so young a man, but subsequent 
events proved thai Surgeon Thornton well merited such 
distinguished recognition. He was on Gen, McCown 
i. ill al the battles of Perryville, October 8, 1862, and 
Murfreesborough, December 31, L862, and January 1. 
L863. 

In the summer of 1863, he was assigned to duty as 
chief surgeon of division on the staff of Major-I ren. A . 

P. Stewart, al Chattai a; was with ibis divisional 

the battle of Chickam: a, September L9 and 20, L863, 

and al I koul Mountaii <l Missionary Ridge in No 

vember 1863; was with this division at Dalton, Georgia, 
in the winter of 1863 I and in all the engagements of 

the \ niiy ofTenne ee throughout the bloodj uei 

of 1864. 

He was mi the staff of Major Gen II D, Clayton, "I 

Alabama, as chiel surge f division, al the battle oi 

Franklin, and in front of Nashville, in the fall of L864. 
At the re-organization oi the armj in North Carolina, 
in tin -|n f L865, be was assigned to dutj on the 



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staff of Major (Jen. Iv C. Walthall, oi Mississippi, with 
whom his military career terminated, lie was with the 
Army of Tennessee from its organization in Tennessee, 
in 1861, to its capitulation in North Carolina, in 1865; 

with I lie except i if Shiloli ; was present it I ovcrj great 

battle ii fought; was with bis command on all its 
marches and campaigns ; wa pn ent al it organization 
and afr its dissolution- in other words, saw its Alpha 
and i t . < > ] i it 

It is bul jus! in note thai Dr. Thornton was the 

youngest division surf n in the Confederate army. 

Being fond of operative surgery, and having acquired a 
i' i ii M I theoretical knowledge of its principles prior to the 
war, his position afforded him the amplest opportunity 
for practicing thcarl in bis field hospitals. This large 
and valuable experience rendered him tin fail subse 
quently, when in charge of the City Hospital al Mem 
phis, or as occasion offered, in private practice The 
knowledge gathered and the experience acquired in 
these four years of active military life were likewise 

beneficia I to I the ad i i rat ion ol t he civil of 

liees he held. 

lie returned to Memphis in August, 1st;."), ami n 
siimeil practice. In September, 1866, he was elected 
assistant physician for the City Hospital of Memphis, 

then under the chat of l>r .1 . M. Keller, now of Hoi 

Spring Vrkansas, tl ffice of assistant resident phy- 
sician being made necessary to moot the demands ci d 

by an epidemic of cholera which occurred in Memphis 
thai year. He resigned this position in 1867, and was 

elected physician in charge, October, 1868, l>.\ tl iiy 

c cil, which position he held until February, 1879, 

when he resigned, This was i ncral hospital for the 

i real nieiii of all kind of n dical and in gical cases. 

The official reports show an average of al I two thou 

sand patients treated annually. During Dr. Thornton's 
administration, Memphis was visited by four epidemics 
nt infect imis diseases: One of smallpox, iii the winter 
of 1872 .'!; a limited epidemic of cholera in the spring 
of IsT.'I. an epidemic of yellow fever in the latter pari 

of t be si i miner ami early fall of 1873, ami I lie great epi- 
demic of yellow fever in 1878, i unencing in Vn-u i 

and ending in No\ enibi r, in h hich Memphis losl uol 
less ill. iii three thousand of its population by death 
I h: Thornton profe ional ex periencc during the 

years of his official connection with this institut was 

ccrtainlj varied I extensive, and bis abilities as a 

profe ional man and administrative officer are fullj al 

ii ted bj bi- being retained for nearly elc\ en cot 

i i\ e \ ear- i hrough all t he i hange incident to munici 

pal government, and that, too, when its local political 

iii. were very unstable. In February, 1879, he re 

igned In offii i i [)h ician to tin Citj Hospital hi 



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lu'ahli 1 ■ . ■ 1 1 1 l: hi lull impaired b) his duties during the 
last luiiued epidemic, witli the determination to ■ 
himself oxelush el) to private practice 

I uler the uewl) organized cit) iroveriinient lie was 

ottered and accepted the positi if president of the 

Pit) Board of II ealth. The sanil i adit ion "I' the 

it this tiniewas dreadful The following extract 
from the first annual report of the Board of Health, 
published in 1880. for the year LS79. but partial I) ex 
presses its i audition "( In the subsidence of tin 
demic of ls7s.<he city seenmd literally paralyzed, be 
being in n worse sanitar) condition in ever) re 
sped than ever before ; and the winter passed wi 
an effort being made worthy of mention toward general 
sanitary work Consequently, on the organization of this 
Hoard of 1 [ealth, in February, 1870, the task of perfect- 
in . system of sanitation to an extent at all commensn 
h uli tin' necessities of the occasion, with the facili 
ties at it > command, was more than could lie reasonabl) 
expected of the new board eti hi .1 til) of 1 v 7'.'. \ el 
lew fever again appeared and la-ted until frost lite in 
* >etober. This office Mr. Thornton has held to the pn - 
cut time. The same earnestness ol purpose and fidelity 
to dut) has characterized him in this, as in the preeed- 
iii office \\ ithin the period of live years, from being 
one of the most uiisanitan places in the country, Mem 
phi- i- now one ol the most cleanly, and is full) abreast 
with the most advanced in all thin-- pertaining to 
lie hygiene. As president ol' the Board of Health, he 
hi- enjoyed the full support of the city government and 
the confidence ol' the people, 

\-nle from hi- official life. Dr. Thornton ha- devoted 
his time to private practice, and taken active part in the 
medical organizations of the daw lie was a member of 
tin' Memphis Medical Society during its existence before 
and after the war . i- a member of the Shelb) Count) 
Medical Socict) from it- organization: one year was it- 
re-iilent : i- a member of the Medical Society of 
tin- Siate of Tennessee, since May. IS7S, and was made 
vice president from West Tennessee in April, lS7!),and 
was its president in 1SS1 S2: is a member of the \nieri 
can Medical Association since l>77: a member of the 
American Public Health Association since 187!): was a 
member of the advisory council of this association in 
1883 v l of its executive committee for 1SS1 5, and one 
of its vice presidents for 1885 SG. In the fall of LS70 he 
was appointed a member of the Ten - i: 



of Health, b) Gov. \ S Marks, to lill a vacancy occa- 
sioned b\ the resignation of l>r. It. B. Maury, and on 
the expiration "l' hi- term, was re-commissioned by 

I \u\ \\ B Kale. April I. 1883 

[)r. Thornton i- the author ol several essays which 
have attracted fa\ orable comment from the medical and 
sanitary journals, ami were received with great favor by 
those interested in these subjects oue on yellow fever, 
its patholog) and treatment, with clinical note- on one 
hundred and forty eases treated in City Hospital in 1878, 
which he read before the Stato» Medical Societ) at its 
annual meeting in Nashville, April. 187!', and which 
wa- published in the transactions of that year . oue on 

"open treatment for amputation-, py.emia ami septi- 
cemia, with noie- on a number of cases illustrating 
this method, trealed in the same hospital; read before 
the socict) at Knoxville. and published in it- transac- 
tions i. i 1880; an address a- president o\' the society, 

r 

delivered at the annual meeting in Memphis. May. 18S2, 
ami published in transactions of that year: an 
on the yellow fever epidemic of 1-7'.', a- it occurred 
in Memphis that year, and read before the Public 1 1 ealth 
Vssociation at ii- seventh annual meeting in Nashville, 
November, 1870, ami published in vol. 5 of '"Reports 
ami Paper- of that societ) . one on '"Memphis sani- 
tation and iiurantine. 1870 and 1880." read before the 
same body at it- meeting in New Orleans, December, 
1880, and published in vol. ti ; one on "negro inor 
tality of Memphis," read before the same society at In- 
diana poli-. October, 1882, and published in vol. 8 ; also 
five annual reports to the Legislative Couucil of the cit) 
of Memphis, as president of the Board of Health; a 
report to the State Board of Health on the epidemics 
in Tennessee in 1881 and 1882. 1 le has also contributed 
se\ era] other paper- to medical journals on professional 
subjects. 

Dr. Thornton married Miss Louisa Hullum, of Mem- 
phis, in December, lSo'9, a lady of culture and refiue 
ment : a true type ni' a Southern gentlewoman, ami a 
member of the Protestaut K pi -en pal church. She died 
in .1 um. 1 -7o. Iea\ ing him two young children— a daugh- 
\ una May Thornton, and a son,GustavusB. Thoru- 
. both at present at school in \ irginia. 

In polities Dr Thornton has been a Democrat all his 
life, a- were his ancestors before him. since the organi- 
zation of the party. He was never a member of any 

church: ha- been a Master Mason about (went) years. 



JUDGE SAMUEL A. RODGERS. 

THIS prominent jurist, whose time off the bench is present- a fine type of a judge who ha- attained a coin- 

"l'ied in farming on scale pctenc) by method- of strict integrity, know- the value 

orn and cattle, and in rearing his family of success and how to enjoy it 

in tb I eouutr) style He was born in K 1 in ssec. Ma 



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L830. tie was brought uj a farm ul Liurtl labor lii 

father being a solid, well to do farmer ; :i man of unu 
sual energy and firmness of character, who taughl bis 
children to work and to avoid idleness as one of the 
direst evils. In this way young Itodgers' earliest strug 
gles began in driving wagons and following the plow, in 

hauling I and assi ting al i bis father's mills I > > 

these means he built up a g I constitution, grew to 

manhood a strong, hearty, robust specimen of the young 

i intaineer. He was fond of the chase and rifle, but 

his early prevailing tastes were for literary pursuits 
and the practice of law. His early school opportuni 

lies were limited until lie was sixteen years old, when 

he was sent to the private county schools of the neigh- 
borhood some three or [bur years, Afterward becoming 
tired of school, in the winter of 1851 2, he went to t'al 
Hernia, where he stayed until 1853, spending a year in 
the gold mines. In the fall of l s ">'! he returned, and 
remained through the year 1854 on Ins father's farm as 
genera] manager, 
[n September, 1855, he entered the literary depart 

incut of Cumberland University, Lei n, remained 

there three years, graduated in 1858, completing a course 
of Latin, Greek, French and Spanish, besides the regu 
1 ; 1 1 curriculum. While al college he was president of 
his society The Amasaga ian and passed through the 
course with honor. He returned to Knox county, studied 

law al I a year under linn. John Baxter, present 

United Slates circuit judge; in the fall of 1859, ob 
lainod license to practice from Chancellor T. Nixon Van 
Dyke, and .Indue George Brown, and entered into pari 
nership with Hon. 0, P. Temple (whose sketch see 

elsewhere), and with hira practiced until the c 'ts were 

closed, in L862, by the presence of the armies and the 
disturbing influences of the war. During the war he 
remained in East Tennessee, taking no pari in the con 
test, believing that course his duty as a private citizen. 
His attachment to the governmenl of the United States 
was firm and unwavering during the entire struggle; he 
not believing in the doctrine of secession, either upon 
legal principles or principles of sound policy. Upon the 
return ul' order and the re-opening oi the courts, he 
again went into the practice of his profession in pari 
nership with Judge Temple. After a few months' prac 
tice, the firm found it necessary to take in another part 
ner, which they did in the person of Judge Andrews, 

since oi f the supreme judges of the State. After a 

still further continuance of the business until the be 
ginning of the winter of 1867 s he withdrew from the 
firm, sold nut his interest in the partnership in his pan 
ners. ami took hi.- wife and lur grandmother to Califor 

nia, via New York and Panama for the wife's health. 

Alter spending something over a year in Santa Cruz 
county, California, his wife's health being restored, he 
returned to Tennessee and opened a law office al Leu 
don, where he remained till 1878, when he was elected 
to the office of judge ol the Third judicial circuit, em 



bracing t he count n - i>j K nox Blount . Loudon, Monroe 

and I Inane, ter xpiriug September 1 . 1880. 

Before the war Judge Rodgei> voted the Whig ticket, 

1 :e i he war lie has been a Republican ' 1 1 eh 

never actively engaged in politics, lie is a .Master Ma 
son, a Cumberland Presbyterini£"and an elder in his 

church, I le slates with emu me in la hie pride thai lie has 

been for sumo fifteen years a Sundaj school superin- 
tendent. 

A distinctive characteristic of Judge Rodgors in the 

ethics of a praei it i ii' of law is to compromise nil 

and thus remov ' sul'ion the asperities oi life between 

fellow citizens. This he has often dune from a senseof 
loyalty to duly, and oftentimes, too, at his own pecuni 
ary sacrifii c 

It is said he has kept hundreds of peopl it of law 

suits by advice of this kind. He himself refers to liis 
course in this pari of his historj as the most pleasant of 

his life, The Masterof us all. in his wonderful scr 

on the mount, said: "Blessed are the peace makers.' 

Judge Rodgers father, William Rodgors, was born 
and raised, lived and died in Knox county, Tennessee 
He accumulated considerable property as a farmer and 

mill owner. 1 1 1- i rity was beyond question, and he 

» a a leading 1 1 ong minded man. n ho forced his way 

and left his impressii n the world. He was a soldier 

in the war oi 1812; for twenty five years was a justice 

of the peace, I was an elder in the Concord church, 

the first Cumberland Presbyterian church planted east 

of Cumberland intaiiis. Judge Rodgers' grandfather, 

Joseph Rodgers, was an Irishman, who early immi 
grated to this country, and lived and died a farmer in 
Knox county, His wife was formerly Miss Elizabeth 

D 1-' hi. an immediate relative of the well known 

family nl that name living in Jefferson county, Tei ssee. 

Judge RodgerN mother, ue< Miss Mahala Lowe, was 
born iu Knox county, daughter of \lu,nn and Elizabeth 
Lowe, and lived from an early day at what is now known 
as Lowe's Ferry, on the Tennessee river in a block 

I se built al thai plaee, ami which »a a general ren 

dezvous for the while settlers, who had often to defend 
themselves from the incursions of the Choctaw Indians, 
A brain Lowe came over to I his e. i ii n I ry from Germanj 
His wife was the di liter of an Englishman named 

Martin. 

Gen.S. D.W. Lowe, of Knox county, is Judge Rodgers' 
maternal uncle, He is a large farmer and stock raiser. 

and new owns ami occupies 1 1 hi homestead describi d 

above. He is distinguished for his elevated bearing a 

a milil ia man and for his splendid ehara. ti r 

Judge Rodgers' only sister, Ann Amanda Rodgers, 
is now the wife of S. L. Russell, i rchant and far- 
mer at (' oiil, Knox county, Judge Rodgers had 

five brothers, viz.: .lane M., Joseph \. \l.ram W.. 
George l» and William l>. Rodgers, all of whom ex 
cept -In i i .Ii Y Rodgers, wenl to California to reside at 
various dates since the war \hram W. Rodgei dud 



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n \| i iiIjiii Mexico Si i ISSIl ol' yellow seven children (1 ' ' born in 

Tli,' otln r lluve hrotluM-s J mm lionrijo and Santa I I'Vhi " ' M 11 

William ivot i iek raisers in N l horn in l.omlou. July . '-'7, IS7I (-\) Smnuel 

,lose|ih N liodjjors still lives a farmer in lihea, lioni October S. .|S7:i (11 Mary Uoll, horn Oeto 
I , < i . i; . \ imie I! Inn n .1 nne '''' IS1 

\ i , i I mni M William Arthur, horn Nm 



lilts i linel i. hi us n lsi\v,\ er ill S in l''r in 

Mini i-. one .'I' ill.- i'.' soul 'i the I ii\ orsit.i "I' ( 'alifor 

II,' s)ienl some i" 
nroiin Id 1 1 , i line speaker unil u 

;| in |i m ,■ ( In,' II IllltlvjOI'S, .III. 'ill, 

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i minute ol' Hello no Medii ill Col 
Now York 
.1 mini K i ) i ilien 

eo. May 10, ISti.'!, Mi S 
Illicit, who witsborn in ih.it county, Mi i i ISI.">, 

,1 mi "hi, •!■,. I' .lolin \Y Kli.' i. i ii ilive <T Snlli vim county, 
Tennessee II- 

K I l'i 
Mrs. Ilml . le, I Ion. John Ii In 

,i'i I', nne ■,' iw,i or three term mil 
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! ' I ilieil there l'i 

,', ent\ ministers in the h lies ol' I ll 

ilj . iinioni! them Ke\ .1 nlm llaohtnan 

■I this v ultimo I, Ko Nntliii I : 

mil Ilo Lynn H:n limnn. 
Chan . Ii .1 \\ l.n, k< .i M iss lihoa, . 

mil cousin ol' M i s Hod tors, l'i f llhoii wit 

nainoil for the lilu n l'i 

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hi I, ol' his lite in a 
isle ami lius l,,ii" sinee won :i I "I hesiilos 

n,l ivonl 

,,| em ul a smile to men in i roulil 

hi, n ;i |ni-li i,i help them 
up \\ lion he I he was one ( hnusand do 

in ilolit lie was nol horn ■ rent Inn Ii 
'. h;ii, I toil ami stru 

,iiinl him 1 1, 
in the honors ol' hi-- prole linanoialh is in 

, I ' I', ,, I'oi mny ' ' II 

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Iiis ehai 
I! ' ■ • :i elear, lev el, \\ ell i >■" iil.it, ,1 

II,' i - 1 1 1 1 1 ro ii lil; ■ 

1 illianl ii,'i 

omiiii i ' ilniosl in- 

liiin In a|i|ily the pi in 
■ 1 1 >1, o him. Ilo has 

, hero ean In- in 
I mii lev n so near nni\ ersally 

|io|uil ililo, 1 1 i~ impossible 

i how 
l i —. i I lie ileeisioi : I inakiii" eiiomios, Ii 



ln—( families in i he Slate l'i, many .Indue 



IVoslons, of Vii iia M rs. li usin, hi 

ol' Hi,' linn ol' rowan, M, Vim X i l\ ■. \ ill,-, mar 
Miss Hi t-r of the late -lam 



on the hem h ol'tlie 11 loll he 

is in i hi ami ii, -n lie, no or noisy, a Inn pi or seolilin 



(lint oit\ M I - Ii"! ioi - un Miss 

Vilaliuo Ihiilsoi , i ami mill - miler 

rariner ami stm ; I 



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a Tin moral 

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llohoi 

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I'ls, was a |irominonl Methodist minister in North 

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development ami nolivity. To ,1" riyhl seems to lie his 
lir-i ami hiuhest aim ilarity, hut 

li, on prinoiple ami liir the love of rishl His oonsoion 

lllliosl in: \ i lied le llii--. na 

lure hlessoil him with a kiml heart, a sorono leniper. 



now ol fchtiai mi Texas i Cannot' ami stock happx sympatliotio lioart, 

v ■ r 1 1 : ,, M ,iinn . i ivanl ill W ithal he is 

! : .lohn. linn, sincere ami truthful Ilo does not wear all those 

Nellie, Louise li".i ■•■■■ in iiialitios as a cloak to win popularity, hut they are the 

\| ' i; ,,: . ■ , \ i hens I'Yiu th I ions of his nai hi II . . i . : 

:- a moiuhor el' (ho I'liniborhind l'i of the success of.lud • li ■■ 1 era a- a public man. I 

church; is a lad\ of hri>;hl, sunnj disp ml is shouli truthfulness, justice, 

einineiiil.i iitilitnriau ill I ami tiilolitj to duty ami friends, combined with i 
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, eleven , vein oi igi II' I 1 1 1 ■ i - 1 - 1 1 1 < - /oil to again piii'duiscd i Ici'i-mI. in llio I noil i I 

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Imi roeoh ''I In odiioal ion in privnti chool 1 1 1 In i 
tonchor \i ii W illiitm II Mai t|ue foi moi Ij ol IiihIi 

villi' Voting Coodbui rutin n 1 1 liaiil in i lie 

tow ii of iSpurtii mid I" in" ili'iui i lie ton fi oin lii enrlj 

youl Ii. lie, i"". rial urall iici|i I i turtle foi i linn 

in. I in. mined to make i lint hi culling I n 

1857 lie went to Niwhvillo and began lii n n 

eli 1 1 foi I'.i .in fin i| VlcWbirti i' . v . ' '" h bob all di 

■ id Iianl Im "ii • ivitli i ilury of loin I 

Ji i d dollar n . ear With tlii lii in lie 1 1 maim 'I i ill 

I ,.'i rt In n ii ii. inn' v, i ' limigi 'I i i \ .1 McWb 

1 ■ and h ii It i lie new linn be ined till I (50 lii 

(ilnrj ba ving heen in th ■ I in 

1 1 d five biindred dollal I eui In I III) be vvelil 

in Vli mphi •. ii li Tli. .in i I I ;, mi i.. i d lio li.nl been 

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lii ,,i, '! . i .1 ..i.i. Uran Cord ii" . "i In li villc Ten 
Tin tin ".i" 1 'I in tin v. bole id i 1 i mid 

hoi bu 'i" Mi'. 1 1 Ibur had been in bit ini long 

h"!i I. tlii ' mi i" li • In up i li "I "I I 

in 'I i lr .m"Ii hi had but littli capital In . i taken 

ii ,i pari in ill, M r, Hi an foi 'I on account of hi bu i 

in i Hi in of lii hi Ini 'I < '• Ibar \ 

Co, h ii I'm mi 'l 'li ' i in , , cry Houi 

l, n in, ['oi u littli rnoi - i bun one year, and i ben do i 'I 

up tin ii In H account of i be vvai 

Marly in I H(>2 Mr i loodb ir i he Confederal 

iTvii" .i ' licutci In conij i (' pi ' • 

of i be I'l.nii li T ' n "ii' ni "I ■ ' -ili 

( 'n| John I' Mm; :r. commanding lie hi I in Ken 

tucl I n ■ ■ ' i .'"'I i idered 

i .. , ; ... ; . unmand al Wnnhiiigtoii Oeoi [ia in 

II, tool pari in the battle ol Mui I 
borough Pen ilb md ill 'I" othci fighl ol Krn 

Kent ud gn, in 1862 [n I he latti r pari ol thai 

year I" ■ li ■: i i mi I' hi " menl with 

the rank of cuj ' ■ ci mtil 

i hi i cginn ill ■ rg mizi d during ' In iiniun I 

I i,.; when he i led to d the i rn 

■ i In cd till the cl f I he war, 

\ In i 1 1 'render of t he < !onfl d In 

turned to Mcrophi and I I b«. •■•■ lioh nh ' 

:,ii,| doe 1. ■ ■ J. 11 Oillil md in 

the fi if d lliiirA Oillihind M'i'i a few montlm 

I, i wit li them in the (ii rn Vli Con 

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firm name till 1876 Mpmth. I Cillil 



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Haul ie ii 

Mr ' Ilmi Ini ilwn been > Dei al I 

li'i'i in" In i , ii . I "i. upon hi bu 'in lin 

ii ii. ill i 1 1 ' n littli purl in polil ii II ' livi 

pari i" il" i i i to - 1" 'I i h tin old 

I I of \ I ' 1 1 1 | 1 1 1 I . I 1 1 ' I 1 1 1 1 I 1 1 1 1 1 ' ' I'.I II ill. i 1 1 

trie! I' "I ifovi ' inn I b hi i H'oi i coul ribuli d 

III) 1 ill If) to till | J i mi in ■ ,i '.'ill i i i ■ ',1 I li i 

ini ni i". 1 1 mi i" Mi inpbi W lieu ' I" eiti 

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of i heii cil u ni In Id .i pu '-li- li o di 

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w hi el i id ■ I ' I •' i !• mid I in bei 

ii in. lii.' miinieipiilil Wtor tin in 

mlopl id Mr < ■ Il.ii - i . I ■ i ■ 'i i ni' mi I' i he 

board if publii u'l mil thu had tin np| I ol 

In 1 1 .i i. ■ i i i he plan whii h In hud a iwti 'I in 

foi in 

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PROMINENT th\\i:-i: \.\- 



ilia. Slu' is now the' widow of Dr. I'\ 
(' . I ' nul by him lias two 

i ■ 1 1 i 1 1 1 1 ■ < 1 1 . I 1 ' rank 1'. and Annie Bell. (21 Mar,\ C 
-I ; 1 1 1 1 1 ; i ) > 15, 1858: educated al Rogersville Female Col 
Ma\ 2(1. 1881. to John K Shields, a 
lawyer, and son of' lion, dames T. Shields, of H 
Stati< r 1. 1SS1 ' lion. 

James T Shii where in this volun 

i ii -I une 21, 18(10 ed uea 
in whieh 
draw : ~ lueated in these arts 

in ili at Bosl hi, Mass I 

N*i ill. horn April IT. I8(i3; • 

: ' pal inusie 

Female Coll Kate P., 

i in . 1 SliC, and edueai i I al Lloj: - ille Female 
Colli I i i e S Iiui H \1 n I. ISo'3 

m was next married al R igersi ille No 
r IS, 1ST I. : i Miss Penelope Elizabeth N'eill, 
• s\ ille. 

and ui ! Neill, hanker at same place. She 

ier 21, 1 v 12. an tnd-daughter of 

Samuel Neill. - 1 chant of 11 

herine I ' Hal. 
Her only full sister. - n ife of James 

• I. Mitchell, secretary and treasun Easl Ten 

\ irgin ia mid Georgia ra iiy, at 

i\ >i ille. Her t\\ re Eva, wife of C. \. 

Dossi - tli. wife of 

John Grisham. Her tun full brothers are George II. 
Xeill. of Columbus, Geoi William II. Neill, of 

I Kentucky. Her her, Alfred T.. 

u. M rs. Fulkerson i- a graduate 
lb i - le Female College, and is a zealous meuil 
the Presbyterian church i lady of pronounced 

character, energetic in whatever sin- undertakes, and is 

sts. Two chil- 
dren have been the result of the second mar 
Elizabeth S rn August 24.1875. i2>. Frank 

Xeil ; IT. l^TT 

W . return now to the principal subject of i 

ut ten years old. Francis M. Fulkerson came 
witli his lather's family t ; Te m 

where he grew to the age of twenty, working on the farm 
and atl hool. lie then ent 

ersville as clerk, on the not ver\ princely salan of one 
hundl iard. At the end of the 

year he found himself with hut little money, though 
with wledge of business. Tin M, -. can war 

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died throu i .1. in IS47, 

I 1 1 'apt James II. 

: I Col Richard W, ; 

If' sen war in the capacity 

ofordi ion he was appointed 

: lit. 'file 

men! uz. Jalapa, Puebla. and the r 



Mexie stationed at the last named place at the 

time the treaty of peaee was COllclll 

Returnin 11 184S, ( 'el. Fulkerson read 

V land for about two 

- licensed t" practice by 

Chancellor Thomas L William- and'Judge Seth J. \V. 

if I he eil'el \ JCaVS p: 

removed t" Tazewell, r J 

about eight \ ears. In ing live 
of I he i inie clerk and master by appointmi 

: I n I 35!) In' nt nrned te Rogers\ ille. 

where In- has ever since residi 

i ix years he practiced in pan in 

with lion. John Nethcrland and .lame- T. Shields, and 
ai different I inies sinci ha- had S. 1 

mitt. I. C. Walker ami A. D. lluffniaster. th 
nami I him. 

In 18(33 Mr Fulkerson was elected to tin nate, 

luit owing ie the disturbed state of the country, by 
reason of the war. the General Assembly failed to 

ii' Mr, Fulkerson was a 1 temocrat, dur- 
he war he « ,- a pronounci hern man.' and 

Democrat. In 18(11 he was 
i' for the Tenth district, on the Davis am 
phens ticket, but made no canvass, there being no o 
ing ticket. In 1883 I he represented Hawkins county 
in tie I are. ha\ tug been elected by si 

ity. notwithstanding tie steady 

or the opposite party in the county. One 
term seemed te have satisfied him with legislative ser 
vice and honors, since no amount of persuasion could 
induce him te stand foi ion, which he could 

certainly have secured. 

In IS5:i Col. Fulkerson became a member of the 
Order of Odd Fellows, and in 1883 of the Knigli 

II iv. lie i- now president of the board of trusi 

the I! Female I ollege. lie i- an ael h e niem- 

of the Pre church. Inn i the 

church at Tazewell, in IS52 lie was for live years a 

1 'Well, and ha- been 
such fur tour years at 1!" 

Cnl. Fulkerson may justl.i he called a successful man. 
lie ha- always -teed deservedly high in his profession. 
His devotion to his clients interests is proverbial, and 
yet he would scorn te advance his client's cause by 
any nt the "sharp practice-" characteristic of the 
pettifogger. While conscientiously attending to his 
-ional engagements, hi- busiuess education has 
I him a good purpose him to carry 

profitable interests in several enterprises. He is a suc- 
cessful fanner, a- well a- lawyer, and takes real pride 
in his herd of Jersey cattle, lie ha- also been engaged 

in the tanning business, and ha- an interest in a 1 t 

and shoe factory in Rogersville. Besides, he is a mem- 
ber of the firni of Fulkerson Chesnutl a Ci 
in ijuarrying the beautiful Hawkins county marble. 



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Col. Fulkerson is a man of pleasing manners and 
honest methods. There is probably nol a man in the 
whole State who enjoys to a higher degree than he the 
esteem and confidence of the community in which he 
lives. Asa citizen and neighbor, he is prompt to 'I" 
whatever a sense of duty suggests to I"' right. As a 
lawyer, while he is zealous, he is also conscientious, 
neither grinding the unfortunate with exorbitant fees, 
nor leading the litigiously-inclined ini<> lawsuits which 



his own judgment condemus. When called by the 
people of his county to represent them in the Leg 
islature, he showed that he could lay aside the mere 

partisan anil vote and act according to the dictates of 

his judgment ami conscience. Mis personal iufiuence 
is ever on tin' side of virtue ami in the interest of lau 
ami order. The Christian church has no better friend 
than t'nl. V. M. Fulkerson, nor the Stair a more purr 
ami upright citizen. 



COL. WILLIAM F. TAYLOR. 



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THE gentleman whose name heads this biographi- 
cal sketch presents a splendid type of a gallant 
soldier, an excellent civilian, a successful merchant of 
high-toned integrity, and a modest, sincere Christian, 
whose good fortune has been carved out mainly through 
his own indomitable energy ami business probity. 

William P. Taylor was born in Madison county, Ala- 
bama, -Inly 11. 1835, ami remained there until Feb- 
ruary, 1848, when he moved with his grandfather, 
Charles Taylor, to Shelby county, Tennessee, ami with 
the exception of four years spent in the war, has lived 
in that county ever since, residing in Memphis since 
January, 1853, 

The Taylor family is distinctly connected with the 
family of which President Zachary Taylor was a mem- 
ber — a fact, however, which Col. Taylor's grandfather, 
Charles Taylor, refused in his modesty to admit, ami 
used tn say. with pride, that he " was not a member of 
a branch of the Taylor family; was never indicted or 
sued in his life, and never ran for office," traits which 
have been transmitted and are characteristic of the 
family, who are rather retiring in their disposition, 
avoiding all publicity nut necessarily incident to the 
post of duty. Charles Taylor was born in Granville 
county. North Carolina: w'as a farmer, and. indeed, 
almost the entire family were agriculturists, lie mar- 
ried .Miss Mary Turner, and died near Hernando, Miss- 
issippi, in his seventy-sixth year. lie was the father of 

six children, three of wl preceded hint ill death. 

Of hi> children who survived him: (1). Lucy Ann 

Taylor, died the widow of Stephen W. Rutland, DeSoto 
county, Mississippi. (2). Edmund .1. Taylor, is now 
living, a farmer, at Elgin, Arkansas; was a soldier in 

tin' .Mexican war from Alabama, and merchandised in 
Memphis a number of years. (•'!). Martha J.Taylor, 
died the widow- ol George Douglass, a farmer, Erst in 
Alabama and then in Mississippi. ( H t he children who 

died before their father: (I). Charles Taylor, died in 

DeSoto county, Mississippi. (-). John T. Taylor, father 

of the subject of this sketch, died in Alabama when 

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the sou was only five years old. (•'!). lioberl H.Taylor, 
died in DeSoto county. Mississippi, 

John 'I'. Taylor, the father of ( 'of Taylor, was born 
in Granville county, North Carolina; moved to Alabama 
when quite young; there married, lived a planter and 
school teacher, ami died at the age of thirty-three, 
leaving four children: (1). John II. Taylor, now in 

Memphis in mercantile life. (2). Charles X. Taylor, 

died forty five years of age, a successful planter in 
Shelby county. Tennessee. (3). William I''. Taylor, 
subject of this sketch. (4). .Mary T. Taylor, died in 
childhood. 

Col. Taylor's mother, net Miss Martha A, Ford, was 
bom in Cumberland county, \ irginia; was a Methodist; 
a lady of quiet, unpretending nature ; a noble character, 

endowed will] goodness of heart, and was noted for 
allaying of strife in her circle, and blessed by all who 
knew her as a Christian peace-maker. She managed 
the small estate left her by her husband s, , as to give 

her children a liberal education. She was herself a 
good biblical scholar, fond of reading, and set her chil- 
dren the example of self-denial and almost of self-ab- 
negation, and was one of those intelligent, practical 
women, all devotion, who lill the world with sunshine 
ami with happiness. She died at her home in .Mem 
phis, in March, L872. at tin age of sixty-three. She 
was a paternal niece of Dr. Hezekiah Ford, a celebrated 
physician of Virginia. She bad no sister, and but one 

brother, Newton Ford, a mercl t at Memphis, and a 

member of several firms in that city : in L847-8 of the 

firm of Ford, Taylor & Robins drj goods); from 

L849 to L859, a planter in Shelby county, Tennessee: 
from 1859 to 1862, of the firm of F. Lane & Co., grocers 
and cotton factors; after the war. L865 to 1870, of the 

linn of Newton Ford & Co., in the grocery and com 

mission business; from L870 to L873, of the firm of 

Ford, Porter & Co. He died in 1st:;, at t he a f 

sixty two. He w i at one time vice president of the 

first National Hank of Memphis. 

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Memphis, anil ai Soulo Female College, Murfreesbo- oluiion to live within his income ami keep out of debt. 

n mi which latter institution she graduated in As a man ol" business he is correct, careful ami atten 

Ib'bisoii died liih ilaj of M u , ,1] !,i, ,r \ soldier, he was the 

,vs: ' Thus idol of his comrades, ami never ordered his men into 

Christian woman, a true and faith sit ion of danger he was not willing to lead them. 

1,1,1 !l '>e\ They had lle| esses that calm, quiet, cool ami collected bravery 

hildren. ,!,.„ distinguishes the hero, challenges the admira- 

P»'' l; " ! i member of the Methodist tion of the historian, and enkindles anew in the 1 

Mr. Bohinson was a Presbyterian uriot the tires tism Beloved by all 

Col. Rohb i with nothing, and has made v. i man of strong friendships, and with a 

mself a competeuey, and is now in comfortable host of strong friends such a man cannot fail to be a 

circumstances If rs adhered strictly to a res a I eiti 



COL. R. IH'Ol.l'Y FRAYSER, 






TIM' sub eel "I this sketch belongs to that 
lion nithlul hopes and plans were rudely 

smitten by the 1 Ic was born in the 

riiy of Memphis. .1 une I, I s 10, I l»r .lohn 

It Frayser, an eminent physician of thai city. ili> 

itiou w as 
Memphis, though he w 1 teacher, 

I ii the fall 

of 1858 he entered the Kentucky Military Institute. 

and graduated ii - lietorian in 

wo, nearly all ot' whom lost their 

i war, holding some rank, some on the 

ino on the Federal side. Voting Pray 

set' had determined, at an early day. to be a lawyer, and 

during dn- summer vacations, had been reading law at 

the school of the celebrated Thomas P. Monroe, Tinted 

- district judge lor the Louisville district, lie 

of Bachelor of Laws at ibis school, and 

the degree of Rachel Vrts at the Institute lie 

returned to Memphis, where he had hoped to embark 

at once in the practice of his ■ rind 

that the dread i of impending war had 

ma) business in his chosen depart- 
ment, as well as in most others, and that the only 
of a young man was in ' [| 

ingly company P. .'iTtli iment 

of infantry, first commanded by Polonel, afterwards 
ral, William 11. Carroll, of Memphis- 
he was m .nt of the 

meut, and - such until the reorganization of the 

army ai Corinth, in the summer of ISlC when he was 
made lieutenant colonel. After the battle t>\' Mu 
' ' inber ol , ISlfcJ, to January ' ; 
dated w ith the Fifteenth I 
and li inued as lieutenant colonel till tin 

of the war. lie surrendered at Cli North Caro- 

lina, being at the time, a- fieer, in command \'\' 

T 1> Smith's, formerly Tyler's, brigade. R 



inn 'fhe firs! battle in which he « - I was that 

at Pishing Creek. Kentucky, in which lien. Zollieoffer 
lied. January, 1802, at Murfreesborough, he was 
lined in tlie neck, ! i| from his horse 

as he went into the fight on the first day of the battle. 
After this, on account of his wound, he «:i- 
L-ominandant a: Ringgold, Catoosa Springs 
and Paltoi i, until just before the battl 

Chickatuaiiga, when he became engaged in active ser- 
i rain, took part in the battle "f Chiekaiuauga and 
all til. of the Oalton and Atlanta campaign. 

\ 'lie batth \ nta, he was taken severely ill 

which kept him from the field until ju-t after the bat- 
tle of Beiltonville, North Carolina, when he rejoined 
mmand. Re< i iving his parole at Charlotte. North 
Carolina, he. with several other officers, rode across the 
country to Columbus, Mississippi, where they sold their 
mules and wagons, and took the cars for Memphis. 
where he lauded in Ma) : v '>"> Shortly afterward he 
resumed the study of law with -Indue 1!. J. Morgan, 
■ ■iiiently became chancellor, was admitted to 
the bar in the tall id formed a partnership 

with I tor in the linn of Morgan A Frayser, 

which firm continued until 1S70. when they took into 
partnership Mr. Milton P. Jarnagin. and formed the 
firm ol M Jarnagin A Frayser. The firm always 

and lucrative practice. \fter -Indue Mor- 
gan went upon the bench, the firm of Javuagiu & Fray- 
ser was formed, and continued until the fall of l 1 -'-."- 
when Mr Jarnagin gave up law. moved to Fast Ton- 
:n farming and stock raising Col 
Frayser then took into partnership his younger brother, 
David, a recent graduate of the Harvard law school. 
and Mr. Thomas M. Scruggs, a graduate of the Pniver- 
sity of Virginia, 'fhe linn of Frayser ,\ ; - was 

formed and has continued to tin- present time, one of 
the leading firms of the Memphis bar. 

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ion, and while at college 
would often tell lii- associates wha the results 

' ich a ■ rid oft reli rred to the proclam 
of Andrew Jackson during the nullification struggle, 
lint when he returned to Tennessee he went with his 
people, and fought through the war, to find at it- close 
that his j i classmates, four years bi 

een fulfilli d. He ha ■ m v< r held office, and has 
been a candh : except 

1872 when his name tin conven ion for 

<•' i ation for the Li isla ire. 1 1 ha fi i f|uent ly 

it ion ■. but has 
lolitician. < In the i 
h to avoid complicat ii If with tin 

of politii that whatever attention he 

e in that direct ion would be bestowed at I he 
f lii- professional and --. While 

i hi- i- so, he has never been indiffi ilitical 

condition of the country, nor has he been 
positi political opinion. II" i- a man ol 

view-, and during the agitation <>i' the 
debt question in T i operated with 

what whs known as the wing of the Demo 

eratic part] II 1 n a -:■ rnly opposed to an; 
adjustment " th tided the i reditors ol the State 

from an) participation in He 

renni i mrse in rej ard to her debt, but is willing 

now to let by-g - I"- ( and join I 

i he majority. 

Col. Frayser became a Mason in 1863 a a lodge 
in DeSoto ci inty, Mis issippi, where he was raised to 
the degri e of Master Mason. He is now a meml 
! nphis. I le joined I hi 

Order of Odd Fellows, at Memphis, in 1873, filled all 
the subordinate offices of the order, and became 
Grand Master of the Stan- in October, 1880. During 
the summer of 1881, he visited the different d 
of tli ■ cturing upon the principles and ceremo- 

nies of the order, to which he i- much He 

is now on< of the trustees in the Odd Hull 

and Li Liu r \ nation of Mem phi.-, and a member of 

Chickasaw Lodge, I. 0. 0. F. He is ilso .< member of 
the Knights of Honor. II" is large!; interested in rail- 
prises. 1 1" was, for -'■■'. eral . i 
in the Memphis and Charleston railroad company. II" 
valuable in id Tennessei 

railroad, and is ot f the chief owners of the Vlen 

city railwaj it controlli 

ity of its stock, ■ ind has sin >nl of 

the company, which position he now holds. II" i 
a stockholder in several banks, being a director and at- 
torney for the Union and Planters' Bank of Memphis, 
one of the largest and most reliable, monied corpora- 
tions in the southwest. II" i- a director in the Van- 
derbilt Insurance Company, the Pioneer Cotton Mill, 
and has filled tl sition in several other com par 

If i- also a director of the Memphis Law Librarj Asso 



on, and president of the Odd Fellows' Reliei 
ciation, and Memphis Abstract Com pat mere 

that i ''.I no common m 

was man u :. I8t>7 '■■ Miss 

daughter ol Fletcher Lane, of Memphis, 

who of tin- Ii an d ,.,„„. 

mission im of the ei connected with 

many of the most important I. auk- and iusuranci 

man in all 

MIM L tive of (ii ni man in 

that State 
Col. Frayser has three children : (1). Paul 

I I!. Dudli .-. jr. 

Mrs Fi nd of her 

home, I" r hush hildren. She i- remark- 

able for attrac of manners and amiability of 

disposition, and is a ,-orite in the social circle, 

an earnest and consistent member of tli" Metho- 
dist church, which she joined in her girlhood, and 
while always taking a great interest in church m 
and always willing to assist and do her utmost in her 
church, al the same time she docs not forget homi 

hold duties. ('..I Frayser is strictly orthodox in 
and. while not a member of any religious 
organization, believes in encouraging all d de- 

nomina He is charitable n hen a proper 

present); itself; and has an abhorrence for displ 
any kind in I ters. 

When Co er returned to Memphis after the 

war, h i from the "ground floor," having noth 

h ch In- feels 
sufficient start for any young man, and a 
for obtaining a compcti 

II" has mad" an independent fortune by his 

Kcrtions, owning, in addition to his railroad and 

banking interests, a large plantation in -■ 'Unty, 

and another in connection with Col. John Overton, jr., 

in Tipton county; also a large interest in the Bon 

Aqua Sprii iciation, in Hickmau county, Ten 

- nl u hiil I try and tri He is 

i li"li"\ er in life insurance, and ea I ies to 

the amount of over $30,000. 

: n er to buy any I - he 

needi d it I hen ui he had the money to pay 

for it. He has always had an abhorrence of indebted 
nd of promises to pay without paying. 
Col iund. 

nil business. He i- a m 
•in-- and posii of character, guided 

rather by convictions of right than i erations of 

policy. II position on questions that concern 

equivocal or doubtful. He is a man of 
small stature, weighing now only about one hundred 
and nine pounds, and never having exceeded 
hundred and twenty pounds in v 
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attont ss, his de\ 

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ih] power with which In 
undertakes. II. mark- 

lity in hanilliii '. matters. 1 lo 

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rear l~!>0. - jnal virion acliieved by the 

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I I Judge Turley's 

under peculiar circuiiistanees. 

d, ho left Virginia at the age of eigh- 

When In lied the Ti n •, or, at the 

moutl it what is now I irainger county, 

1 « ith Mich merchandise as 

I to 1 ndian traffic, which, w iili the 

., ho li\ i'd in the neighborhood. It 

N k cave, and was put in charge 

nl' throe men, with instructions to float down to the 

i-t one hundred miles west of any of the 

i ' x . citing Turley 

they pushed oft", and asked permis- 

11 is 
ind in due time the 
voyagers readied tli led their 

hoy securely iastenod, intendii I with such 

barter as thet uiigli 

their trinkets, ami carry bark to tin- owner. Although 

a time of ~ he Indians were 

\ he cat e the first day. but 

tin:; rocks 
in almost all din mil a very noticeable ta, 

scalping knives in their belts. The first 
night one of the tod without notice to his 

companions. The n< he Indian- seemed still 

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uiained became \> ry uneasy and made some rocounoi 
ance md found i hat the < 'hei okee h In i w ere sitting 
around at so manj points not onlj bad their scalping 
knives, but all seemed engaged in whetting them and 
Peeling the sharp edges. The men told whal the.') bad 
seen, bul never disclosed to Turley their intentions. 
The nexl morning both of Turley s companions were 

.- '' and be was left alone to barter with i In sa\ i 

and perha p to bi come i be victim of their i i - eachcr\ 
Bul be boldly faced the responsibility and remained ai 
In- post. Three weeks afterward other men were sen! 

down who reloaded the g Is and returned with i lu-m 

Turley, although very young, bad had some experience 

in [ndian life, and said he w a - I be least afraid of 

them. He took care of the goods, and not an article 
was stolen or otherwise lost. He trafficked with the In 
dians a lit tie and rel urned with I he boal . h hen he re 
ceived the warm thanks of Col. Ore, He died thirty 
three years afterward within half a mile of the bank 
where he boarded the keelboal for the Nickajack cxpe 
dition. 

Judge Turlej - mother was a splendid speei u of 

the pioneer women who acted such conspicuous and 
heroic parts in the settlement of the western country. 
She was born in V irginia, bul was brought by her fal her 
also a Revolutionary soldier, to the banks of the Hoi 
stun, in Ivist Tennessee, while the territorial govern 
in. 'Mi of Tennessee was in force, and upon, or near the 
1 milks of thai rivet he lived for more than eighty years, 
dying in 1879, in the ninetieth year of her age. For 

robusl health and the ai mt of household labor she 

could and did perform, she had no superior in her day. 
For a period of fifty eighl consecutive years, she never 
used ;i particle of medicine, such as doctors prescribe, 
In 1876, a family reuniou was held a( her house. She 
had raised nine children, all al thai time living. It had 
bi in thirty eighl ■ ears since thej were all « it h her al 
the same time. She and her descendants on thai daj 
numbered precisely one hundred, quite a remarkable 
coincidence, il being the centennial year of American 
I ndependence 

The literary and legal attainments of Judge Thomas 
\V. Turlej were acquired by solitary study. It maybe 
t rut Ii I'nlK said he was a scholar without a teacher, 
and a lawyer without a preceptor. Fifteen dollars 
would cover nil tuition fees paid his school masters, 
lie was, from a child, remarkably fond of reading, 
Mini eagerly devoured every book he could find or 

borrow. In East Tennessee, fifty or sixty 

pineknots, usually called "lightwood," were the princi- 
pal illuminator in t he absence of t he sun, Vlosl fami 
lies made il a poini to keep pint on hand as regularlj i 

they did meal or meal. Ii was well iindersl I in the 

family thai Tom's seat was in the chimney corner on 

the pine. Seldom of winter nights IV the ii he 

was a small boy to eighteen years old, was he absent 
from bis si il in thi corner, on or near the pine, keeping 



up his o\\ n lighl . and reading - I k a i \ 1 , mi at 

tent ion to the eon versa! ions ;in<l pastimes euj aged in l>.\ 
t be rest of I he family. I n this way a habit of absl rai 

i while feuding, from whal might be passing in his 

presence, was formed, which was utili/.ed to much ad 
i'antagi in after life when his business bad to be trans- 
acted in the bustle and confusion of a eourt-h He 

thinks In' has nut met any one who could more <-ll ■ i I u 
:ill.\ confine his mind to reading or writ in : without di 
turl ■ I'', things in sighl or hearing arou nd him. 

Although In- had almost no advantages of scl I- 

public scl Is were not in I'oguo in that daj and had 

lived ,i very laborious life, working on the farm, and in 
saw and grist mills reading only at night, on Sundays 
and during such rest hours as could be snatched up; 
yet al the age of twenty he was a pretty accurate English 
scholar, and had few superiors in English grammar, 

geography, history I arithmetic. After leaving his 

mother, the first business he was engaged in was teaching 
scl I. w Inch was s whal in the line of his taste. 

( hi the 20th of June, 1840, he heard the first politi 
cal speech he ever listened to from any speaker of note. 
It was delivered bj Hon Kphraim II. Foster, .-it that 
time :i senator in congress from Tennessee, made in ad 
vocacj of (Jen Harrison, the Whig candidate for pn 

dent, He has heard iddress since that intere ted 

or impressed him so much. He asked a bystander w hat 
thai man followed as a business, and was answered thai 
he wa ;i lawyer, instan tly he determined to devote his 
life to thai profession, and from pursuit of that put 
he never afterward faltered for a moment. Up to that 
i i mi' he had formed no phi n of Ii Ii , and n a only drift 
ing along, simplj gratifying a taste for reading and a de- 
sire for all such information as was to be found in I ks. 

I een cident, and in an instant , a plan of life 

wa fixed, and the destiny of the man wa shaped, So 
soon as the crowd dispersed he went straight to a law 
yer office and asked to borrow the book first to be read 
by one intending to become a lawyer. He was handed 
Blackstone's Commentaries, which he read thai night 
after ret urning home a 'Ii- tancc of fifteen miles, till a 

late hour, I has been reading, with more or less a id 

nit\ 1 1 mi and other law I ks from thai daj to this. \- 

a means of support while reading law, he taught 
era! little schools of the "old field' char 1 was 

admitted to the bar in his native county, January 1, 
18 13. 1 1 is receipts for the first I from his | 

tice did not amount to fifty dollars a year. The follow 
in" amu in " ii" ident rei entlj published in the Nash- 
ville Banner, illustrates some of the trials and tribula- 
tions t hrough which -I udge Turley passed n hen a young 
barrister: " Judge T. W. Turley, an eminent barrister 

of Franklin, w ho began t be pracl ice of law so forty 

ye if ago, in an Ka si Ti nne see town, has now in his 

possession t he fi ved He had just I 

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Miss I : V\ illiam 

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dways cheerful and full of business Moreover, 
inpaiiioiiable gentleman: affable without 
and p.. lit - suavity is inherent with 

lie is in comfortable. independent circumstances, 
.1 valuable buildings in Nashville. By 
- twenty t hous Id liars, yet Bradstreet 
thousand dollars, with 
redit. A determination to excel, and the 
titration of his powers upon the work of his pro- 
ds success 1 i - universally 
tst man. In the commu- 
nity where lie i- best known ai • I, hi- integ- 
rum \- a dentist he has never 
in a simple business card. The 
eharai - - rn W elsh - ince. not easily 

-'illy illustrated in li • 

litics I' M _ I line Whig, and in 

though of 

d mainly with the Democrats. He 

has n an ortho >erat : has 

for principles and not for party: I - ires in 

to men. It was. therefore, a matter oi - 

I •euioc- 
when tin- ou Not ember 11. 

land had appointed Dr. Mor- 
dian commissioners, 
M signed The appoint- 

by Dr M iraaii. aud was 
ivas to the spoilsmen 
irial from the 
Naslr. \ 14. 1S83. will show, how- 

ever, the wis - " The appointment 

\V II Morgan, bj - lent of the United 

'.as a member of the I Indian comuiis- 

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i ned The office is one 
I wl 
s limited to a \ and very 

simple duties, the ; :i being ineor- 

- retion. Where the 

Dr M rgan nobody 

but if he was simply 1. for a 

man whose character was a guarantee that there would 

. where li - s. then 

the pr - • the right man in taking Dr 

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REV. A.CHILLES D. SEA.RS, D. D. 



TIIK venerable and devoted man of God, who is 
the subject of this sketch, now in charge of a 
pastorate in Clarksville, is of English descent, both his 
grandparents having immigrated from England andset 
tied in Virginia. His paternal grandfather, William I!. 
Sears, who was a cousin of Gen. Charles Lee, of Lev 
olutionary lame, was al one time, sheriff of Fairfax 
county, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Whaley, and 
their oldest son, Charles Lee Sears, who died in \ ir- 
ginia during the late civil war, married Elizabeth 
Worster, daughter of John Worster, an English gentle 
man who had settled in Virginia. From this marriage 
was born the subject of this sketch. The Whaley and 
Worster families are -till numerously represented in 
Fairfax county, while the Searses are plentifully scat- 
tered throughout the thwestern States. The ances 

tors of William I!. Scats li\ ed in Normandy, before the 
Norman invasion. One of the mum' came to England 
with William the Conqueror. The name, under va- 
rious moil ill cat inns, is found numerously spread through- 
out England. Two of them are known to have come to 

America. One, Richard Scars, landed at Plymouth, 
Massachusetts, in 1640 The other. William B. Sears. 
came to Fairfax county, Virginia, in IT.")."), 

Dr. Scars was horn in Fairfax county. Virginia, Jan- 
uary 1. 1804. He was brought up to work on a farm, 
and derived his early education from the common 

English schools of the neighborh 1. his principal 

teachers being Profs. Klepstein and Richardson, two 

well known instructors in their lime. The only one of 

his early school matesnoit known tobeliviug, is Henry 
Millan. of Lucas county, Iowa. 

In 1823, being then but nineteen years of age, Dr. 
Sears removed to Kentucky, and settled in Bourbon 
county, where he engaged in teaching school for about 
five years, in the meantime studying lavi with Lucien 
J. Feemster. In 1828, he married and removed to Faj 
ette county, near Lexington, and engaged in farming for 
several years. In 1838 he became a member of the 
Baptist church, was ordained for the ministry al Davis 
Fork church, by Revs. Darnaby Leake ami Dr. Dillard, 

in L839, and began his labors as a home missionary in 

northern Kentucky, with headquarters at Flemings- 
burg. 
In L842, he was called to take charge of the First 

Baptist church of Louisville, where he remained for 
seven years. He then beca general agent ol the 

Baptists for Kentucky, in which capacity he served for 

two years, after which he took charge of the chinch al 

Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in L851, where he remained 
till the beginning of the war of secession. Being an 
ardent supporter of thi South, he was forced to leave 



Kentuckj when the Federals, occupied the State, and. 
retiring to Mississippi, spent the nexl four years in the 
South, most ol' the time supplying the Baptist church 
at Columbus, Mississippi. Tin remainder of the time, 
under the auspices of the Southern Baptist Board of 
Missions, he was a missionary to the Confederate sol- 
diers, to many of whom he administered baptism. 

While endeavoring to reach his family in Kentucky, 
he gol as far as Clarksville, Tennessee, but was nol al 

lowed to enter Kentucky until martial law was abolished 

by President Johnson, lie was ealled to the Baptist 
church in Clarksville, ami ha- continued in chargi ol 
it up io the present time a period of twenty years. 
The church during that lime has increased from twenty 
five to two hundred and twentj five members, while a 
lew house of worship ha- lately keen erected at a cost 
of twenty live thousand dollars. During the forty -i\ 
years ol' his ministry, he has baptized between two and 
three thousand persons, ami. though now upwards of 
eighty years of age, he is in good health ami performs 

the regular duties of his church with as much ease to 

himself as he did twenty years ago. lie has been a 
delegate to the following general conventions of the 
southern Baptists: At Richmond, Virginia, in 1846; 
at Nashville. Tonncsssee, in 1851; at Baltimore, Mary- 
land, in 1853; al Montgomery, Alabama, in 1855, where 
he preached the conventional sermon; at Louisville, 
Kentucky, in 1857; at Russellville, Kentucky, in L866; 

at Memphis, Tennessee, in 1867. 

He has frequeuth, keen ealled to deliver commence 
ment sermons to various female colleges, including 
those at Lebanon, Bowling Green, Ban 1st own. Hopkins- 
ville and others. He was for four year- moderator of 

the Cumberland Baptist Association, after which he 

declined a re-election. Prior to the war. he was. for 
se\ eral years, associate editor of t he II . sit m /.'. cordt /■, 

published at Louisville. 

Politically, though never conspicuous as an " offensive 
partisan," Dr. Sears has ever had verj decided convic- 
tions. He was reared a Calhoun Democrat, ami was, 
ami still is, a thorough believer in the doctrine of 

Slate's rights. As a matter of course, he was a warm 

sympathizer with the South in the late civil struggle 

'flic warm interest Dr. Scars ha- taken in .Masonry. 
and the number of high positions he has held in the 
onlcr.rcnilcrlh.il portion of his history specially im- 
portant. He became a Master Mason, a Royal Arch 
Ma-on anil Knight Templar, at Hopkinsville, Ken 
tucky, in L850, ami affiliated with Clarksville Coin- 
mandery, No. 8, in 1867. He was Commander of a Com- 

mamlery in Kentucky for twelve year-, ami tin' a like 

number of years in Teunessee. He ha- been Worship 






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lion by tami' - 

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infantry. He participated with gallantrj in the battles 
of Winchester, Port Republic, Larue and Cedar Moun 

tain, Virginia, In the latter e igemenl he was 

slightly wounded in the head and was captured, while 
leading a reconnoissanee, at ten o'clock ;ii night. 1 1 « ■ 
was then taken to Libby prison, kepi five months, pa- 
roled, and exchanged January In. 1863, after which he 
rejoined liis command, resigned his captain's commis- 
sion 1 wiiii into the medical department. Ann; of 

I he Cumberland. He was assigned in duty as assistant- 
surgeon, and joined the Tenth Ohio infantrj regiment 

at Tullahoma, Tennessee, May 5, 1863. He re incd 

with that regiment i year, when, on May 5, 1864, he 

was promoted in be chief surgeon andmedical purveyor 
nl' the United States military railroad department, ili 

vision nl' the Mississippi, and remained al Chattai ga 

in thai capacity until October, L865. In December, 

1865, he took charge al Chattai ga as surgeon of the 

nil: ■ Mini freedmen's department nl' the United 

Shiics government, of which he had charge until the 
following July, when that division of the department 
was abolished. A short time after this he was made 
post surgeon nl' the regular United States army, sta- 
tioned hi Chattai a, and acted us such most of the 

time until L879, when the post was discontinued and 
i In- t roops moved in the Wesl . 

During his residence in Chattanooga, Dr. Vim Deman 
has passed through three epidemics of small i>"\, two 

of cholera, I one of yellow fever, remaining nl. his 

post during the existence nl' each. 

Dr. Vnn Deman was president of the Tennessee State 
Medical Society in IsT.'!. ami presided over that body 

two years, time bj rilling the vacancy caused by the 

absence nl' Dr. •). 15. Murfree, nl' Murfreesborough, 
president of the society at thai time, and who was de 
tained al home on account of sickness in hi- family. 
Dr. Van Deman is also a member nl' the American 
Medical Association, and was I'm- three years, 1876 in 
1879, a member nl' its judicial council. He has bei n a 
member of the American Public Health Association 
since L874; is an honorary member of the Delaware 
(< Hi in) ( 'mi niy Medical Society ; has served as examin- 
ing sin n I'm- the United States pension bureau nl 

Chatti iga for eleven years, being surgeon now; I 

has also been surgeon of the marine ho pital service 

since April, 1879, appointed by Hon. John Sheri i, 

secretary of the treasury. Meanwhile, he has frequently 

contributed in medical literature notablj tw 'tides, 

mi cholera in 1873 and one on the yellow fever ep 

idemic of 1*7* published in tin- reports ami papers 
nl' the American Public Health Association. Here- 
tired from active practice in L883, except a to urgei 
which he still continues. 

Dr. \ .in Deman joined tin' Masonic order in 1867; 
has ink rn the Chapter and Council degrees, and is now 
serving his seventh i. -, ui as W-ershipful Master of I !hal 
tat ga Lodge, No. L99, He has also served as High 



Priest of Hamilton Chapter, No, 19, two ycari and a 
Thrice Illustrious Master of Mount VIoriah Council, 
No. 50, four years, and is thought to have conferred 
more degree than any other Masonic officer in the city 

of < 'haiiai ga. I te is also a Knighl of I '■, i Inn wai 

the first presiding officer of the lodge al Chattani a 

ami has served four terms in that capacity . also is a 
member of the endowment rank and has been it 

president five years, or ever since i^s oi nidation. He 

is also a member of the Grand Armj of the Republic 
ami was tin- first Post Commander ol Lookout Post, 
No. 2 ; indeed, of whatever local body of similar char 
acter of which he is a member, he has been its presid- 
ing officer inn' or more terms. 

The first political vote Dr. Van Deman ever cast was 
for the Whig ticket in 1852. Bui when the Whig party 
of the North was merged into the Republican party he 
wcni wit h I he Democracy, and, singular to say, his emu 
|ian\ was the only one in the many that gave a majority 
for Hon. Clement L. Vallandigham, for governor of 
Ohio, in 1863. 

Dr. Van Deman was a member of the Chatl a 

city council in 1871. With the exceptions named in 

the for in- record, he has been engaged in nothing 

Imi his profession, to v\ hieh he has devoted his life with 
zenl I fidelity, his medical library being hi only com- 
pany in a literary point of view, and his ehiei forte 
operative surgery. One nl' his grand passions is to have 
the finest library and the finest set of surgical instru- 
ments of any doctor in the town, and he has them, and 

their use is free In any physician who ma\ ask them. 

Dr, Van Deman married in hi.^ native town, Maj 27, 
1854, Miss Rebecca VI, Norris, daughter oi Hon. Wil 
liani G. Norris, of New England descent, a leading 
judge a prominent citizen and a large farmer, of Dela 
ware county, Ohio. Mrs. Van Deman's mother was 
Miss Phoebe Main, formerly of Connecticut. She died 
of cholera in 1869 lea; ing e; en children < Inc of VI i 
Van Deman's brothers, Dr. James I!. Norris, was for 
six years, from 1872 to 1878, Dr. Van Deman's partner 

in the practice of medicine at Chattai ga, from which 

place he wenl in L878, with a corps of sixteen nurses, to 
Vicksburg, during the yd lew fever epidemic, and there 
■the brave and noble fellow died. By special order of 
President I! I!. Hayes and the secretary of war, hi 

mains were removed IV Vicksburg and buried in the 

national cemetery al Chatti a in 1879, in compli- 
ance with a wish Dr. Norris, expressed prior to his de- 
parture for Vicksburg. The record of his noble life 
closed with his martyrdom to his profession, in the cause 
of humanity, and his is an honesl fame that should long 
outlive the boasted deeds of reckless valor 

Mrs. Van Deman wa educated at Granville female 
College, Ohio. She in an ardent membei of the Pro 
te fcanl Episcopal church, lakes active interesl in chari 
table enterprises, and is a leader in social circles, Dr. 
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adopted Alice Elrod, an orphan girl, born in Hamilton 

county, Tennessee, August 23, IS6S, and now being 

ted in Notre Dame Academy, conducted by the 

of the Roman Catholic church, at Chattai g;i 

Dr. Van Denian's father, [\c\ II Van Deman, a 
lyterian minister, preached thirty-nine years to 
one eo iu in ] Delaware, < Hiio. He n as born in 

Holland, but was raised in Ohio, and lived and died, 
at the age of seventy eight years, in Delaware, Ohio. In 
life, li<' served as private in the war of 1S12 Dr. 
Van Denian's paternal grandfather, John Van Deman, 
a native "I' Holland, died a wealthy farmer, near Chil- 
licothe. Ohio, eightx years old. Hi- wife, who died in 
the same year, immigrated from Holland to America 
with him. 

Dr. Van Denian's mother, net Miss Sarah Darlin 
i- now li\ i 1 1 ui . eighty- three years old, at Delaware, Ohio, 
where she has lived since 1S24. She was born in Vir- 
ginia, daughter of Joseph Darlington, who was for 
tiftv five years, count) clerk oi Adams county, Ohio, 
and was also a member ol the convention that framed 
(lir first constitution of the State of Ohio. His wife, 
Miss Sarah Wilson, was also a Virginian. Dr. \ an 
Denian's mother is a Presbytcriau, and noted as a pious, 
consistent ( 'hristian woman. 

Our peculiarity of the entire Van Dcmau family is. 
thai neither within the memory of man, or in written 
record or tradition, has there ever been known a single 
member who drank intoxicating liquors. They have all 



been temperate men Dr. Van Deman has never yet, 

in all hi- life, drank a glass "!' liquor; ami being now 
a man of considerable property, in everj lease he makes 
he inserts a clause that no liquors shall he sold mi the 
premises, yel lie belongs to no temperance organization. 
Perhaps, also, hi- temperate habits great!) account for 
his robust and vigorous health for he stands ^ix feel 
high, weighs one hundred ami ninety nine pounds, ami 
w .i- ne\ 01' sick a week at nne time. 

I n business, Dr. \ an Deman attends to hi- own affairs, 
lives up to the Golden Rule, pays what he owes, ami 
demands what i- due He attended, while in practice, 
to calls when the) came; if he got his money, well and 
good : if not. he forgave those who were unable to pay. 
lie has never had a note go to protest, and as a physician 
lives strictly up to the code of ethics of the American 
Medical Association never having a secret renied) he is 
not willing to impart to an) medical man for the benefit 
of the sick 1 1 i^ chief ambition has been to make prop- 
erty enough to support his wife should he die first, and 
his greatest desire is to stand well through lite, in the 
community where he has east his fortunes. Comforta- 
ble in hi- circumstances, he now ha- a rent roll income 
of o\ or live thousand dollars a year, independent of his 
professional fee-, owe- no man anything, and enjoys the 
i and i onfideni c "1' his fellow-citizens. Would 
that our State had many more such native horn or 

adopted sous, quite a- worth) to lie enrolled among 
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Tl 1 1 ^ gentleman, who ranks among the foremost 
lawyers of Tennessee, and whose reputation as 
an advocate of popular rights is eo extensive with the 
borders of his adopted State, first saw the light in Mor 
gan county, Alabama, April 1 I. L837. There he 
I,, manhood, doing all manner of work on his father's 
farm lie received a fair English and classical educa- 
tion in the aeadeui) at Somerville, Alabama, and his 
tastes being in the direction of the law, from a boy of 
fifteen he stood on tiptoe, looking eagerly forward to the 
lime when, a- a man. he should take his place among 
men. In order to accomplish this cherished desire, he 
taught school several sessions, studying law in leisure 
hour-, [n April, 1850, he began practice in his native 
county, having been admitted to the bar b) ■' 
John F. Moore. Although quite young when In 
nieiiced practice, he soon had a good clientage, but the 
war comin 1 5 fort unes w ith those 

of the Confederacy. 

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in Clanton's celebrated First Alabama cavalry regiment. 
participated in the battle of Shiloh, and was there pro- 
moted to captain of company D. Clanton's regiment. 

After the evacuation of Corinth he was detached from 

the regimeut, and. in connection with Capts. Roddy 
ami Newsome, ordered to operate on treu. Buells con- 
nections through North Alabama, over the Memphis 
ami Charleston railroad. During the summer of 1862, 

and up to ill,' time of the evacuation of North Ala 
bama. these three companies liarrassed the Federals at 

every point, captured two trains, over live hundred 
prisoners, over three hundred horse- ami mule-, over 
two hundred wagons, and three hundred thousand 
rounds of fixed animation, camp equipage, baggage, etc.. 
effectually destroying the connection- of the Federal 
army between Decatur and Corinth, for which the) 
were complimented iu a general order issued to the 

army. Next he participated in the battles of [uka and 
Corinth, and iu December, 1862-, f.lthough only twenty- 
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and placed in command of the Filth Alabama cavalry 
regiment. 

In 1863, Col. Patterson operated in Middle Tennessee 
until the army fell back from Tullahoma, when he re 
tired into North Alabama with his regiment, [n the 
fall of 1863, just after the battle of Chickamauga, Col. 
Patterson crossed the Tennessee river, al what is known 
as the "Tow-head," uear Larkinsville, above Gunters- 
ville, Alabama, and made a daylight attack on a force 
of between four hundred and live hundred Federal 
troops, stationed at Hunt's Mill, engaged in gathering 
in all the grain in that section and grinding it up for 
Rosecrans' army, which was then penned in at Chatta- 

ga. Col. Patterson succeeded in surprising the 

enemy, completely routing them, capturing one hundred 
and fifty prisoners, all their horses, arms and munitions 
of war. and burnt the mill, making a clean sweep, and 
gaining a most brilliant little victory. 

Reporting his achievements to Gen. Bragg, he was 
then ordered to take a force, composed of picked men 
of his own regiment, ami these of the Fourth Alabama 
cavalry regiment, commanded by Col. W. A. Johnson; 

to recross the Tennessee river; make a forced march to 

the tunnel running through the Cumberland mountains, 

at Cowan, on the Nashville and Chattai ga railroad; 

drive away the force guarding the tunnel, and SO oh 

struct it as to prevent trains passing through to supply 

the federals cooped up at Chattai ga. The tunnel 

was guarded by a regiment of Federal infantry, so dis- 
tributed as (o protect the three shafts which had heel] 
sunk down from the top of the mountain to the track 
below. Col. Patterson disposed his troops so as to attack 
the three garrisons simultaneously, which was done with 
great gallantry by the men under his command, a large 
number of prisoners being captured and the mountain 

cleared of federal soldiers. The load was then ob- 
structed by rolling huge stones, which hail been exca- 
vated out of the mountain, down the shafts to the track 
below. 

Returning into North Alabama, after a hot pursuit 
on tin' pari of a large body of Federal cavalry. Col. 
Patterson next participated in repelling Sherman's at- 
tempt to reinforce Grant, by passing through North 
Alabama, over the Memphis and Charleston railroad. 
'I' he entire force of the Confederate cavalry operating in 
that section was commanded by Gen. Stephen D.Lee, 
and the resistance was so effective, and the railroad so 
completely destroyed, that Sherman abandoned the at- 
tempt, crossed the Tennessee river, and made his way 
by forced marches, overland to Chattanooga. 

In 1864, Col. Patterson was in command of the di- 

trict ofNorth Alabama, when Gens. Forrestand Roddy 
were engaged in the .Mississippi campaign, in which 
Gen. Sturgis and ton. Smith, commanding the Federal 
forces, were so signallj defeated. While in command 

id' this district he was very active in his operations. 

Crossing the Tennessee river at Gillsport, with less than 



three hundred and fifty men, at nine 'o'clock in the 
morning he attacked the Thirteenth Illinois infantry 
regiment, numbering over five hundred men. at Madi- 
son Station. Alabama. So sudden was the attack, that 
the enemy, although they were entrenched in a stockade, 
threw down their arms and fled. He captured two hun- 
dred and fifteen prisoners, a number of wagons and 
ambulances, a large amount of army supplies, and such 
as In- could not take with him he burned. That t < n 
ing, while recrossing the river, he was attacked bj a 

large force of Federal cavalry, hut SUCC led in repell- 
ing them and gaining the south hank with all his pris- 
oners and booty, with the loss of only one man killed 

and one man wounded. 

lie commanded the post at Corinth, in December, 
186 1, when < i-en. I [ood made his campaign in Tennessee, 
rejoining the defeated army at Bainbridge, on the Ten- 
nessee river. After the retreat of the < Confederate army 
from Tennessee, in view of the general demoralization 

that took place. Col. Patterson was directed by lien. 
Hood to go on a mission through the counties of North 

Alabama, addressing the people at various points, and 
persuading the discouraged soldiers to return to the 

service. The s] ches made by Col. Patterson in this 

crisis were thought to betheablest of his life, his whole 

soul being thrown into this effort, and resulting in 
thousands of men rejoining the army. Returning to 
his regiment at Moulton, Alabama, about the latter 
part of March, L865, he operated in front ol' Gen. Wil- 
son's celebrated cavalry raid from the Tennessee river 
to S.lma. burning bridges, felling tree-, and resisting 
Wilson's progress al every step, He was captured at 

lie battle "f Seltna, Owing to a se\'ere wound in the left 

knee, which he had received by a fall from his horse, 
during a night attack at Salem chui eh. the night before, 
while on I he retreat, and which incapacitated him from 

making his escape otherwise than on horseback, lie 
made his escape, however, the first night the enemj 
marched with him. and returned, as best he could, into 
North Alabama, to find the country overwhelmed with 
the news of I on Robert F. Fee's surrender. 

The most of his regiment having escaped capl 

Selma, he rapidly reorganized them, and learning that 
President Mavis was attempting to make his escape 

through the mountains of North Alabama, he held his 
troops iii hand, refusing to surrender until May L9, 1865, 
hoping that lie would he aide to assist in the flight of 

the president. 

After the war. Col. Patterson practiced law with 
marked success in hi- native county one year , next for 
live years at Florence. Alabama, and iii March, 1872, 
located at Memphis, lie has been remarkably success 

ful in his profession in his new homo, being now the 

junior member of the well known firm of Gantt & 
Patterson. 

Col. Patterson has always been a Democraton princi- 
ple, believing, a- he does, in the absolute right of the 



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Miss Mai 
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mty. Tennessee, and emigrated with her 
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directoi in the Tennessee Pacific railroad company, 
and a director in the Second National Bank, at Lob 

anon. Prom the early pari of 1852, to J 'y, 1878, 

he was in partnership with Hon. Ed. [.Golladay. This 
partnership was dissolved l>y his going on the bench as 
chancellor of the Sixth division, under appointment 
from Gov. James D. Porter, ;i position which he held 
nine months, and for which lie was an unsuccessful 
candidate before i he people in 1878. 

Judge Tarver's practice'has been confined mostly in 

civil cases in 1 1 hancery, referee an 1 Supreme cm iris. 

Inn In' has occasionally appeared in important criminal 
i ;i es. His professional and financial success is due, nol 
to outside influences or family connections, bul to the 
facl thai he has never dissipated any; was never in 
politics; has made il a poinl to be always at his office 

or a! the oourl house in business hours, instead of h: 

in" aboul the streets and loafing, A similar history 
will be found in the biography of Gov, John [reland, 
nl Texas. Judge Tarverhas made ii a rule to be frank 
with courts and never to mislead; consequently hi 
practice before courts has invariably won their confi 
dence, and his success before jurors is largely attribut- 
able to the same fact, He never submits propositions 
ol law or facl unless he believes them himself to be 
true. Ii is lawyers of this class who give high moral 
tone and credit ton bar and add dignity to a profession 
the mosl important known to society or the history of 
nations. As a speaker, Judge Tarver is neither noisy 
or florid, bul aims lo convince the judgment and to 
awaken and strengthen the conscience of the courl or 
jnrv lo decide on the conviction his logic has carried to 
their minds. 

Before the war, •IikIl'o Tarver was a Whig of the 
Henry Clay and J ohn Bell school, and made speeches 
in opposition to secession. Bul when the war had ac- 
tually begun al Fori Sumter, he soon after joined the 
i Confederate army, enlisting as a private in Col. Roberl 
Hatton's Seventh Tennessee regiment, and staying in 
thai regiment until the spring of 1862. He was made 
;i lieutenant ol lii.se pany while in the camp of in- 
struction at Camp Trousdale, Sumner county, He 
served in Virginia and Tennessee, and look pari in the 
battle of Murfreesborough, four days, and numerous 
other engagements, In the summer of 1863, his health 
failed and he lefl the sen ice. 

In 1866, he was a delegate from his congressional 
district, with Gov. William It. Campbell, to the Phila- 
delphia convention, called to organize a national politi 
c:il partj with which the South could affiliate. Since 
then, Judge Tarver has voted the Democratic ticket. 

.1 udge Tarver is a Methodist, as were his parents. He 
joined i he church when i welve j ears oil ami has sen <■< I 
as trustee, steward and delegate to the annual confer 

enee ; has lieen a Sunday school leaeher twenty five 

years, mid is now president ol the Wilson countj Aux- 
iliary American Bible Society. In L865, he became a 



Mi tor .Mason, ami is also an Odd Fellow. Occasion 
ill, he contributes to the agricultural, political ami 

rel literal ure ol' t he I imc and ha now and i hen 

taken the place ol' an absent or sick editor ol' his town 

papers, editing I hein I'm ,i ii Ii il n lime, lie ha 

frequently delivered agricull ural ami literary addn ■ 

mostly the former, as he u.i n I a farmer and always 

delighted in agricull mal pursuit 

Judge Tarver married in Wilson county, July 28, 
1875, Mis,- Sue While, daughter of Dr. James B White, 
a prominent physician and agricultui i of thai county, 

originally f \ irginia Her mother was a Miss 

Shelton daughter of .lame Shelton, of a Virginia 
family. Mrs. Tarver is a niece ill' Rev. Dr, William 
Shelton, of Nashville, and of Daniel Shelton, a promi- 
nent lawyer al Jackson, Mississippi. Her aunt, Martha, 
is the widow of Hon. II. V. Riddle, formerly member 
of Congress from the Lebanon district. VIrs. Tarver's 

paternal I age i traced hack to the Marshall, Jeffer 

son ami (' lodore Baron families ol' Virginia. Mi 

Tarver graduated in Rev. Dr. ('. I). Elliott's Academy 
ai Vi In ille ami is a lady of high culture and in all 
I lie rekil nni ok life i .ill ii<t ive ami amiable, w il h an 

e tcepl ionallj lai amount of practical common en e 

in I he management of her affairs. 

Judge Tarver ci s direct from old American l!< \ 

olutionary stock, His grandfather, Benjamin Tarver, 

had live brothers in the patriot army in the war for in- 
dependence, and he himself, when only sixteen years 
old, was al the battle of Guilford Courl house. Benja 
min Tarver settled on Hickory Ridge, Wilson county, 
Tc issce, in 1808, and died there, II is son. Silas Tar- 
ver. wa .1 udge Tarver's I'al her, 

Silas Tarver went in North Carolina on I or- inc.- when 
a young man, met there Miss Nancy Hani.-, whom he 
married, ami there the subject of this sketch, named for 
hoi 1 1 grandfal hers, was born, before the family moved to 
Tei s.-ee. Silas Tarver was a plain farmer and justice 

of the peace, ami a .soldier when a hoy in the Indian 

wars under Jackson, lie had two brothers, Den and 

kill on ii el who both lived in Wilson euiinly several years. 

moved to Texa and there died, leaving families. One 
ok Edmond's children, Benjamin E. Tarver, became a 
prominent lawyer and politician in Texa One ok 
Den s sun.-, < 'harles Tarver. became an editor in Texas. 
Both these cousins of Judge Tarver died in Texas In 

en k like. 

A branch of the Tarver family settled al Macon, 
Georgia, and another in Selma, Alabama, where they 
became prominent as large propertj holders Micajah 
Tarver, of Tuseumbia, Alabama went to St. Loui 
a proniiin ni lawyer there, ami for several year,- edited 
a monthly, devoted to the improvement of the valley 

ok I he Mis-issippi ; he died I here in 1861. 

fine of the Misses Tarver of the Mil. ami branch 

nk i ke laniik became the wife of Gen. Ike ok Texas. 

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circumstances. The natural impulses of his nature are 

liis friends, and the result 
ad very many security debts to pay. By 
don he has made over one hundred thousand 
dollars, but being ;t poor collector, never asking any 
man for money, even when ■luc and having a bound- 
less charitj and overwhelming hospitality aiul 
iiy. he has imulated a large property. IL is 



said to be w holly unfitted for any business in the world 
except medicine He is actively absorbed in hi^ pro- 
: charitable to the limit : entirely forgetful of 
self where others are concerned; a firm, true friend ; a 
ins hater of \n< enemies ; warm-hearted and im 
to prodigality. 
\- a physician and surgeon, he stands in the front 
rank of the medical nun of the South. 



DR. .1. II. HOWELL, M. D. 



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DR. J. II. HOWELL was born in (Ireensborough, 
Mai' .mi, ( Ictober 11, 1824. V I it five 

years of age, his fath H iod county. Ten- 

nessee, and there h I up on a farm and 

taught to do all manner of farm work, lie went to 
school in the "1.1 field schools: and his teachers wen 
Maj Thomas Owen and Dr. Elijah Slack. His 

physician, and through his example and infill 
the sou was led to choose medicine as his own life-work 
and profession. In 1841, he entered thi Medical Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania, and graduated in 1844. lie 
then located at Brow n-\ ille, met w ith fine success, built 
up a large practice, and remained there until the war 
came on. In lMl.'i. he went to Memphis and m 
in merchai ith Nixon, Wood \ ('o. I [en hi n ■ 

1 for six years, and not having been prosperous in 
his mercantile life, returned to his profession, going back 
to Brownsville in IS(>9 Fi i m that time on he has been 
von successful in his calling, and has built up and 
and lucrative practice. When 
Brownsville was desolated by an epidemic of yellow 
fever in 1878, he was one of the few physicians wl 
mained there and bravely fought it. and was himself 
taken down with the fever, though he had previously 
suffered from an attack of that dreadful disease while 
li\ ing in Memphis, in 1873. 

Dr. Howell has been a faithful, conscientious worker, 
and a clove student in the field oi medicine, since he 
first adopted it a- a profession. He has passionately 
I it. not only for the sake of science, but on account 
of thi d he was thus enabled to do for his suf- 

fering fellow mortals. He began life with nothiu 
his education, yet, by his own individual efforts, had 
property when the late ei\ il war 
Much of his means was invested in slave prop- 
erty, I, - -wept away by the results of that war. 



and when he resumed practice in IS69, he did so with 
an unconquerable determination to build himself up. 
and has been steadily succeeding. 

Dr. Howell was raised an old line Whig. When the 
war came on he was a Union man, and since then has 
with the Republican parry. He has, however, 
taken i part iii politics, and though often solic- 

ited, has always refused to become a candidate for any 
political office. 

He was made a M son at Brownsville, in IS46; has 
taken all the degrees of the order up to and including 
Royal Arch Masonry, and has held most of the off 
the subordinate lodge, He i- a charter member of Ivan- 
hoe I. Igi x 14, Knights of Pythias, and is now 
tig the otfue of Chancellor Commander. 

Dr. Howell's father, Dr. William Howell, who was 
born in 1801, ami died in 1S44. was a native of Kasl 
Tennessee, lie practiced medicine very successfully 
at Ureeusborough, Alabama, for several years, and then 
1 to Brownsville and engaged in farming, contin- 
uing also the practice of lii~ profession, in which he 
achieved considerable prominence. The Howell family 
i- of Kuglish desceut. 

Dr. Howells mother was Miss Sarah Jane Bell, 
daughter of John Hell, a prominent citizen of North 
Carolina in Revolutionary times. She is a sisfc 
Commodore Henry Bell and of Iren. William Bell. 
I lei mo! her was Mis^ Haywood, daughter of Judge John 
Haywood, one o\' the Supreme judges of Tennessi i 

Dr. Howell was married, in December. 1845, to Mi" 

Virginia L Scott, daughter of Robert Scott, a native of 
Virginia, who moved to Haywood county. Tennessee, in 
IS33, ami became a large and successful farmer. 

Dr. and Mrs. Howell are both members of the Bap- 
tist church. Their only child, a daughter, died of yel- 
low fever in l v 7^ 



PROMINENT TENNESSE \.\s, 






JAMES D. RICHARDSON. 

MURFREESBOROUGH, 



ON V, of the al'lcsi. as well as one of the most 
promising, men of his age in Tennessee, either as 
lawyer, politician, pai'liamentarian and statesman, is the 
brilliant ami distinguished gentleman whose nam.' heads 
this sketch— Mr. .lames I). Richardson, of Murfrees- 
borough. He was born in Rutherford county, Tennes- 
see, March 10,1843. After attending Central Academy 
from the age <>t' six to seventeen, he entered Franklin 
College, near Nashville, under President Tolbert Fan- 
ning, ami studied there one year. 

The civil war broke out and young Richardson, at the 
age "I' eighteen, at once volunteered as a private in the 
Confederate service, joining Mitchell's (afterwards Sear- 
cy's) company, Forty-fifth Tennessee regiment of in- 
fantry. In this regiment lie served as a private nil 
the battle of Shiloh, when he was made adjutant-major 
of the regiment, ami tilled that position till the surren- 
der at Bentonville, North Carolina, lie served in the 
campaigns in Tennessee. Kentucky, Mississippi, Ala- 
bama. ( reorgia and Louisiana, taking part in the battles 
of Shiloh, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Murfreesborough 
Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, and the battles of the 
Johnson and Sherman campaign, "in which he was 
wounded at Resaca, by a minnie ball, through the left 
arm. which, for some time, disabled him for service, 
lie wore his arm in a sling n|i to the surrender. Two 
lit' the tinkers el' his left hand appear noticeably drawn 
and cannot he straightened, as the result of this wound, 
but making only a slight disfigurement. 

In 1865, he married, before the surrender, ami in the 
same year just after the surrender, read law with .1 udge 
Thomas Frazier, was admitted to the bar by judges 
Frazier and Henry Cooper, in 1866, and commenced 
practice at Murfreesborough, fin- twelve years as a 
partner with Gen. Joseph I!. Palmer, and since that 
time as a partner with his younger brother, John E. 
Richardson, the firm style being dames D. & John E. 
Richardson. 

In politics, Mr. Richardson is a reformed Whig, 
being a descendant of an old line Whig who never went 
into any nf the " isms. " Nut being old enough to vote 
in the days of the Whig party, he has never east any 
but a Democratic vote. 

In 1870, he was elected to the Legislature from Tint h- 
erford enmity, ami on the assembling of that body, was 
elected speaker of the House, being then about twenty- 
eight years old, probably the youngest speaker in the 
history of the State. In 1873, he was elected State 
senator from the enmities of Rutherford and Bed 
find, and in the senate was a member of the judiciary 
committee. Like Henry Clay, of Kentucky, he was 
eleeted by his people before constitutionally of age. In 



1876, he was a delegate to the national Democratic 
convention at St. Louis, which nominated Samuel -I 
Tilden for president. As a political speaker, he has 
eamassed almost every portion of the State, electrifying 
the Democracy with his superb oratory, his brilliant 
eloquence, bis graceful mastery of forensic arts, while 
at every State convention of the party held within the 
pa>t fifteen years, the towering figure of the " tall cedar 

of Rutherford" has risen above the storms of party 
and commanded attention as few other men in the State 

are able to do 

In 1884, in the nominating convention held at Tulla- 
homa to select a Democratic candidate for Congress 
from the Fifth congressional district of Tennessee, after 
a stormy session of several days, the convention enthu- 
siastically united on Maj. Richardson as their standard- 
bearer, and at the ensuing election he defeated his op 

I mt by a handsome majority, and at the writing of 

this volume is serving his admiring constituency at 
Washington. 

Mr Richardson became a Mason in October, 1867, in 
Mount Moriah Lodge, No. 18, at Murfreesborough, and 
has been in one or another Masonic office ever since. 
He has taken all the degrees of ancient craft .Masonry. 
Knight Templar, and Scottish Rite, to the thirty-third 
inclusive, is now the active member for this Kite in Ten 
nessee, ami has boon .Master. High Priest. Illustrious 
Master and Eminent Commander of the Commander}', 
ami for ten years filled the latter station In 1873, 
he jvas Grand Master of Masons of the State, ami in 
1883, Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of the 
State, and has delivered various Masonic addresses over 
the State invitation. He delivered the address be- 
fore the Grand Lodge in 1872. His most fami.u- Ma- 
sonic speech was his eulogy on the life and character of 
Hon. Robert L. Caruthers, delivered before the Grand 
Lodge in 1883. He has been, for many years, chairman 
of the Masonic committee on jurisprudence. He is the 
author of a handsome volume, entitled "Tennessee 
Templars," two hundred and fifty pages, illustrated with 
steel engravings of some nineteen of the most eminent 
Masons in the State. 

Mr. Richardson married in (Irene county, Alabama, 
January 18, 1865, Miss Alabama Pippen, a native of 
that county, bom the daughter of Eldred Pippen. a large 
cotton planter, originally from North Carolina. He 
died when the daughter was twelve years old. Her 
people are mostly planters. Her brother. Eldred If 
Pippen. was a member of bowler's battery from Tusca 
loosa, and fell in the battle of Chickamauga. Her 
brother. Samuel C. Pippen, is a planter and Stock 

dealer in Phillips county, Arkansas. Mrs, Richardson 



PROMINENT TKXXFSSF VXS 

the Howard Institute, at Tuscaloosa. in his wisdom and integrity. He had the reputation of 

and Judson Institute. Marion. Alabama. By his mar- Whig ranks in the State. 

M i has five chil- I led many pamphlets on political, medical and 

v ">l>.") graduated i His last production was an essay on 

female Institute. (2). Ida, born puerperal convulsions, r< 3 ite Medical 

the same college. ■ .". - I' which he had been president two or more 

Allie, I John W., born times lie was a very modesi 111:111; was several times 

April :J7. 1872. died N\v 1S73 J r when his party was in the minority 

D. jr.. born Januar.v 1.1875. in tl * not elected. Hewasa 

ined the Christian church while 1' tioal man. quiet in his manner, firm in 

at Franklin in that church. his pri liaracter, not given to saying things 

Hi- wife is a member of the - hard of any one. temperate and methodical in his 

v i •• \ N ' II habits, and had s personal friends who visited 

man in all l him, such men a- John Bell, Meredith I'. Gentry, 

favor a re statement of tl James I John Marshall. 1-'. K. Zollicoffer, Tol- 

Mr Kichardso bert Fannina my others of the most eminent 

and acquii which men of the State in - lb- was kind 

bo has a. 1.1. been hearted, affectionate, and his children regarded him 

11 led a busy life, ami 

hard left s .mo forty 

sand dollars t" hi- children. Ho was an ardent 

yond tl With the very I'nion man ami ne\ • nted to t 1 lerate 

1..11- ho has had in the tiro. In form 1 when ho told his friends, 

'We must He was a man of clear- 

ot'tim. email ness, dignity and simplieil N'o man was 

ami 11 '■ 111 making ■ . There was no affectation 

vide his about him. 

commanded much of his time. Uohas': Mr. Richardson's mother, Augusta Miry Stames, a 
director ami treasurer *•( the lair on of hi- sister of Hon. i - the Supreme court 
couuty; was dii Stones River N ■ n-gia. and a cousin of the late Gi : •' W.Starnest 
Bank, ami Safe 1 frusl if Williamson count; C cavalry tamo, is 
anil Bank Nashville. the daughter of Daniel Starues, of Georgia, who died 
Mr. Richardson i- ■ Hi- in 1^17. when she was only two years old. Her pater- 
grandfather. Jan ' 1 niaii. - ry was ol Scotch-Irish descent. Mr. Rich- 
who moved, in 1815, to Ruthe cttled ardsons mother i> now liviug with her sou at Mur- 
lived and died there a farmer, li m W freesborough. Mr. Richardsou's only brother, John E. 
Richardson, father of th nrn January. IS.*>7. i- his law partner, 
born in ('■ \ Hi- oldest sister. Susan W., i- the widow of Col. John 
ated in medicine al Transylvania University, L .1 J oil.' colonel ol the Forty third Alabama regiment, 
Kentucky, in livUV He man ml lived at who died in 1S82 His sisi r Mary, married John B. 
11 Rutherl - Batey, a farmer in Rutherford couuty. His oldest 
settled where In m eight miles from brother. William T, Richardson, was a physiciau of 
-li. lie |i inc from the time much prominence, who entered the Confederate army 
of his graduation till his death. N 1. 1872. In ami died in 1 St>2. He was a graduate of Franklin Col- 
in, ho was a member of the Chi liurch ' d* the medical department of the University 
from 335. and his whole 1 S'ashville. 

by 1 ion. He was a trustee of Franklin During Mr. Richar - - ngressional candidacy, in 
-tain the al ami be 1884, the Shelbyvilh ed the following 
nomination. In politics. well merited estimate of hi- character: " Mr. Rich- 
old line Whi ardson is r to the people of this congressional 
1 'ature in 1843. district, nor, iu fact to the people - State, as he 
- . I8.il and 1 S57 . and of the 8 has been prominently connected with the politics of 
m 185 ■ •, He was a political speaker of great Tennessee from hi- early manhood, and has already won 

Hi- for hiin-o 3 reputation. When quite a young 

manner was im ] and convincing, and man. he was triumphantly elected a member of the 

he v life, the leader of his lion- resentatives of our Legislature, by the 

party in hi- county, so great was the public confi >le of hi- native couuty, and although it was his 



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first experience in public life, he was honored with the 
position of speaker, being elected over the Hon. An 
drew I!. Martin, of Wilson, after n spirited contesl 
which position he filled with signal ability, presiding 
witli such grace, dignitj and impartialitj as to secure to 
him high rank among the best parliamentarians of the 
land. His constituents, being so well satisfied with his 
course during Ins firs! term, promoted him in a seat in 
the senate of the next General Assembly, electing him 
by a handsome majority over two of the most popular 
citizens of his county, During iliis session, by his 
close application in business, untiring energj ami rum 
manding influence, he soon became one of the leaders 
of the senate, ami iliil much towards shaping the legis 
Ian, .n nl' that General Assembly, The brief political 
career of this distinguished gentleman has clearly illus- 

trated two things: That he has natural gifts, as a pre- 



siding officer, possessed by bul row men, ami thai a 
legi lator, he is faithful, honest ami capable. So that 
if the people nl' this district should confide their inter 
ests to his hands in the next Congress of the I nitcd 

Stairs, they can draw assur :es from hi^ past faithful 

services as a public servant, thai he will be eminently 
conscientious in the discharge of his trust. 
Judge E. II. East, of Nashville, in speaking of Mr, 

Richardson, saiil : "He is a reliable, safe, eons 

tious lawyer; stands high in his profession; is endowed 
with unusually attractive powers of personal address 

ami polish of style; is gentle ami undei istrative in 

his manners, ami entirely sincere his forte before a 
jury is his sincerity, He is of a kindly, generous na 
ture, dignified and elegant, without the least trace "I' 
arrogance or affectation, and without haughtiness of 
chat acter or manner. 



WILLIAM L. NICHOL, M. D. 



COMPARATIVELY few men rise to eminence mi 
their native heath. The transplanting process is 
mil less successful with the human species tluvn in tin' 
lower natural kingdoms, ami the young man ul' I , . I 't \ 
ambition, upon attaining his majority, usually concludes 
that it is better to escape the besetting conditions ami 
occurrences of his youthful inu-inil ami take his chances 
in a new field of enterprise. The old saying that "a 
prophet is tmt without honor save in his own country " 
applies wiih peculiar force to the young man w li> > un- 
dertakes in rise tn professional distinction in the com- 
munity where the days of his boyh ! have 1 n spent. 

In such case success can spring only from genuine 
merit. No false veneering, however plausible, can avail 

tn win it. 

The subject til' this sketch, Dr. William I,. Nichol, 
has achieved his success in the town of his nativity, 
literally growing up with the city ami holding his place 

iu I he I'n. nt rank nl' ils citizens ami in the highest grade 

of his profession. If, like most others, he had com- 
mitted his share of youthful I'nllies, he boldly I'aeed 

them ami lived them down. 

The oldest inhabitant of Nashville at this time, can 
scarcely remember when the name id' Nichol \\ I 

closely associated with the success ami material pros 

perity of the city. The grandfal her of Dr. Nichol came 
from Ireland, lie settled at King's Salt Works (now 
Saltville), insouthern Virginia, where he married. Sub- 
sequently, he became a wholesale merchant in Knox- 
ville, where, for several years, he carried on a successful 
business. Thence he removed in Nashville, where he 
soon became a leading commercial man. Mis business 
qualifications were nl' a very high order. They soon 
attracted the attention of President Andrew Jackson — 



than whom there was no heller judge id' men -who ap- 
pointed him to the presidency of a branch of the Lnited 
States Dank at Nashville, lie continued successful 
in business until his retirement, ami died, leaving a 
handsome patrimony tn his children. 

William Nichol, the lather nl' \h\ Nichol, was born 
at King's Salt Works, Virginia, in the war 1800. lie 
removed, when quite young, with his parents tn Knox- 
ville. and thence to Nashville, where he grew in man- 
hood under the excellent business training nl' his 
father, lie married, in Rutherford county, Miss Julia 
Lytle (now living in Nashville at the age of seven tj 
four), daughter <>i' William Lytic, a farmer, originally 
from North Carolina, where he served in the Revolu- 
t inn a it war as captain, lie amassed a large fortune bj 
land speculations in Rutherford and adjoining counties. 

William Nichol, a i the time of his father's death, was 

already a well equipped business man, the peer nl' any 

in Nashville. Among (he incidents of his training, 

illustrating the strict methods of his kit her, it is related 

thai, i in occa ion, according to the modes of travel 

in those days, he made a sixteen days' horseback imir 

ney in Baltimore to make purchases for the house; hut. 

ii was discovered, on his return, that he had neglected 

tn purchase a certain article that had been set down in 

his list. His father started him Lack in Baltimore the 

* 
next morning tn gel ii. which he did. thereby acquiring 

a lesson which made a life-impression, lie was long a 

must successful merchant, ami was for a time a partner 

nk 1 larry Hill, the famous New Orleans merchant, with 

whom it is said he never had any written articles ^i' 

partnership. He was atone time mayor of Nashville. 
lie served for many years with conspicuous ability as 
president of the State Bank of Tennessee, and wound 



278 PROMIXKXT TEXXESSK VXS 

,,,, 1,^ ■ i> dson I Sirs DeBow. widow of the late -I I"). I! Dc 

' |„ ,., i n Arkansas |: ' wished editor of the once well-known 

II. Sashvillc. in 1878 "'"' i* the daughter of 

Dr William I. Xichol was horn in Xashville, Ten- the late John Johns ssful farmer of Davidson 

8, 1828. He was educated in the county. She is a lady of presence and man - 

1'iiiv. ■ i, and re llers representinir the classic style le beauty in 

President ' ' 'ess conspicuous in so- 

Philip I. in. 1-1.;. Vfter a three years' i study cietx for the uniform display of those refined virtues 

i in medicine in 1840. from the I'niver- which are. the guarantees and the ornament of 

then under cli k ,|1 " 1 ' •■ sl "' '•* ""' only the light of the 

son. Horner. Wood. Hods : dc. but home is always the brighter for Iter 

private pupil of Dr. W. W. Gerhard. After sradua- ! '• ,l " 1 '- » member of the Missionary 

is. in 1S40, elected f the Baptist church. The result of the third marriage is 

Phil nl Almshouse, win son. William I,., born at Xashville, July 5. 1S72 

mained about ei i then entered the lh ' Nicliol's devotion to fession has been al- 

['nited States Xavy : rders :i ' ; ' , ■■ He chose to liimself to its 

from the navy department, he labors and its duties at a time when it was fashionable 

plorins i Riuggohl and &»' ,; ,f l 'ieh men,' as he then was. to pass 

I' ... Atlantic and through the forms of a ci i a, to gain a 

Indian China. Japan. Capetown and smattering ol the classics, and cram their heads with as 

Australia. In 1850 ml of ill health, he re- many excerpts from the ] lieir memories would 

, returned to N'asln lie and '" jr perhaps obtain a professional degree by way of 

practice, which he personal ornament, and rely upon the father's ex- 

continuod till tl ;inj; out of the war. when he chequer for support. Dr. Xichol might have made 

,| himself that style of man and been an elegant gentle- 
mental surs in his day. u for a' that." But there is an activity 
„ J,, e ],arge at nature, that, from boy- 
hood, has iv 

The win private practice. In sibility in his life. At quite an early day the desire to 

II the chair of «1 physician became the ruling ambition of his 

N'ash- He began his professional studies at the age of 

ville. In 1870. he chair of " " '"' I,:m1 S radu ' 

mater and therapeutics, and, a s74,to :lt, '' 1 ;1 "' 1 entered upon bis lit'.' duties and business. To 

retries. I ofthe the pi ' medicine he dedicated his life, and, if 

Iron, he wa 1 t1 " 1 expression be allowable, he has been true to bis 

to fill I e, which he now holds. From 18(59 to 1 " "'' i,:|v always been fully alive to 

1874 he was in partn the du , and taken a lively interest in 

Dr. W. T. Brigs sketch appeal n whatever concerned the welfare of the community He 

this volume) For several years, between ISGO and 1S73. has ever been a man of posit i\ il convict 

he was editor ii the N shville .)/., , "•'■■<< a Whig, then and now a Den but he has 

\ never allowed himself to be tempted from the true 

ti U u with n ion of course of his professional career. Few men have been 

the profession He is a member ol - more successful than he in the practice of medicine— 

medi none more prompt and accurate as a diagnostician. In 

\. •.•■-,. . ... ;,.,! [ife. Dr. Xichol hash, mar- ''"' lecture room he is perfect 1) at home His method in 

ied. He first married in Xashville, 185S, Henrietta, the treatment of his subjects is thoroughly and severely 

daughi ? R. Cockrill. a planter, now at Pine analytical, and bis own enthusiasm inspires zeal on the 

Bluff, Arkansas. Her m Ann II. McDonald, P al 't of his classes in their investigations. He is schol- 

daughter of Col M D if the Foil - irmy, arly in his profession, yet he scorns all pedantic show in 

,,- Uj this marriage* Dr. the lecture-room. He is fluent without verbosity, and 

Xichol has one child, Henry, born April 26, W''. 1 Mrs. copious without redundancy. He is apt in illustration, 

\ i in lSoil, at tl [n 1804 and fre<iuently indulges in appropriate anecdote ; yet all 

Dr. Xicl : rried Klla, if John Faeklcr. of '"ere superfluity is rigidly disi I mpress his 

Uuntsville. Alabama, ami by ibis marriage has a own idea upon his students seems to be his chief ambi- 

n in Cuthbert, Georgia. 1805, who tion. and this he usually succeeds in accomplishing Dr 

gradu . Ward's Seminary in 1882 I d Xichol is yet comparatively young, and ii i- safe to say 

Mrs Xicln - - His third marriase was with ' that further professional honors await him. 



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HON. ANDREW B. MARTIN, LL.D. 

LEBANON. 



THE life history of this eminent and verj excellent 
gentleman presents one of the most interesting 
sketches in this volume, and should be an incentive to 
the perseverance and ambition of young Tennesseans 
who may encounter obstacles in the pathway of their 
fortunes 

Andrew B. Martin was born at Trousdale's 'Ferry, 
Smith county. Tennessee, the son of Dr. Matthew Mar- 
tin, a native of Barren county, Kentucky, who was the 
sun of Edward Martin J of Virginia, of English parent- 
age. Dr. Martin difed at the age of forty-nine, leaving 
threesons, Robert 1'.. Andn \\ B. ami Monroe; am! five 
daughters. Fannie, Susan. Margaret, Lavinia ami lie 
beeca, Andrew B. being the sixth child. 

Andrew I>. Martin's mother, nee Miss Matilda Crow 
who died in L876, was hern in 1804, in Ireland, daugh- 
ter of Jane Crow, net Porter. She was a lady of culture 
for her times, and was noted tin' her vigorous mind, 
practical turn ami energy. Her first husband was Wil- 
liam Walton, of Smith county, Tennessee, by whom she 
had four daughters, Sarah, Penelope, Matilda and 
.Mary. 

His education was obtained under very embarrassing 
circumstances. I le attended common schools until the 
death of his father, which occurred in 1849, hut shortly 
after that event, it became necessary for him to take care 
of himself, ami. acting upon this necessity, he left home 
with thirteen dollars in money, which he had earned 
h> working in a brickyard. Having never been from 
home before, circumstances directed him to Lebanon 
Tennessee, where he was wholly unknown, hut where, 
although (inly fifteen years of age, his manly manners 
and his straightforward way of acting, soon secured for 
him a clerkship in a drug store. This business was 
distasteful to him, hut it was the only thing that was 
open. He took hold of it, however, with the well de- 
fined purpose in his mind to some day become a lawyer. 
Perhaps the legal atmosphere that surrounds the place 
stimulated his ambition; perhaps it was destiny that 

directed him thither. However that may he. it was 
up-hill work with him for a while, but still the ambi- 
tious hoy persevered, ami he held his position for five 
years, pursuing at odd intervals a course of Study, ami 

thus completing a fair academic education -his stud- 
ies being directed by the curriculum of Cumberland 
University, with the students of which institution he 
was thrown in daily contact [n 1856, without having 
added anything to his finances, but largely to his expe- 
rience and knowledge of the ways "I' the world, he 
entered the law school of Cumberland University, 
paying his wa> as host he could by labor performed at 
night and on Saturdays as book-keeper for two or more 



business houses in Leba i. \i length, after studying 

in the university two years, be graduated in June, 1858, 
receiving his diploma from those eminent jurists and 
legal educators, Judges Abram Caruthers and Nathan 
Green, sr. and jr. When he had completed his course 
in the law he had neither money nor hooks, hut had 
made many friends, and had met with nothing to seri- 
ously discourage a brave young fellow in hi- purpose to 
conquer success. Shortly alter graduation, he became 
a candidate for attorney general of the Seventh judicial 
circuit, hut was defeated, being second, however, in the 
race against sonic twelve or more candidates. The I ime 
taken up by his canvass and the excitement at that 
period, just preceding the war, prevented him from 
meeting with a in marked success in the practice of the 

law. 

On May 20, 1861, he enlisted in ('apt, John K. Mow 
ard's company (II), which afterwards became a pari ol 
Col. Robert Hatton's Seventh Tennessee Confederate 
infantry regiment, lie was elected lieutenant in the 
company. He remained in the regiment until Col. Hat- 
ton became brigadier-general, when he was made ad- 
jutant general on (leu. Hattou'.s staff— a position very 
pleasing to both gentlemen, as they had been intimate 
personal friends for many years. Mi'. Martin being a 
special favorite of Gen. Uatton's from boyhood. Mr. 
Martin served in Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, North 
Carolina and South Carolina ; participated in the hat- 
ties ol' t'heai Mountain and the Romnej expeditions in 
the early pari of the war; afterwards at Seven Pines, 
Murfreesborough, Tullahoma, Chickamauga, Resaca, 
Dalton and Kennesaw Mountain. When the lines of 
battle were drawn around Atlanta, Mr. Martin was sent 
on detached service with Wheeler's cavalry, which made 
a raid in rear of the enemy, passing through the Stale 
of Tennessee, Mr. Marl in serving on this raid as adju- 
tant-general on the stall of Cen George C Dibrell. 
After this he was I ran:- 1 'erred to the Staff of Gen. Joseph 
Wheeler, and continued with that commander until 
the close of the war. participating in the last battle at 
Bentonville, North ( Jarolina, and surrendering at Char- 
lotte, North Carolina, in April, 1865. 

After the surrender Mr. Martin returned to his home 

ai Lei n, and resumed the practice of law, hut he 

was still without funds and had to borrow money to 
buy clothing to lake the place of his Confederate jeans. 
His determination to succeed as a lawyer was still un- 
shaken. The condition id' the country was favorable to 
litigation, and his gallant record during the warrecom- 

in en i led him to the favorable considerati if the people 

of his county, and a- uiscquence, practice begau to 

set in in his direction. He formed a partnership with 



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M William II. Williamson, which con- 

tinued sin lliaurson was elected 

I 

I Murfri 

Hi ad\ . il 
Charles Beady, an eminei and lor many years 

a mon in thai district. I lor mother, 

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Mattie Heady, first married Cen. John II Morgan, the 

William 11. Williamson, oi 
whoso sketeli a 
Marti * brothel Col Hoi e Bi ady. w ho eomui 

iimy regi- 
ment, is now a lumber merchant in 

Mrs Martin i from Patapseo Institute, 

Maryl 

n iment upon all sul is in- 

•- 
lady of in eulture. [ndeed, lew 

ir road more profitably than 
i ler fai In nlth and high 

I 

not alone by her pro- 
uouue it by all the graces that make a 

beautiful woman atti and better than 

in all the walks of life. 
ami her husband credits her with havi iiini a 

better man ami helped him i: She lias the 

She is a 
William 'I'. Haskell, his mother 
her father - llasl I' the most 

By 1 tvith Miss Heady. M 

\ i Ella 

' died in The surviving children are 

Mary. Man ha, \ 



In politics Mr. Martin was originally a Whig, but 
since the war has been in full accord with the Demo- 
cratic pan> In 1871, he was elected to the Legislature 
ounty. ai: li airman of the 

ommittee of the House, in which capacity he 
, reputation over the State, lie was a del 
to the national Democratic convention at Baltimore, in 
ind at Si. Louis, in 1876, casting his vote in the 
former for Horace Creeley (under instructions), ami in 
the latter for (ion. Hancock. In ISSO, he was Demo- 
tor for iho State ai large on the Hancock 
ticket, and canvassed the State, adding greatly to his 
reputation as an effective speaker. 

In duly. 1878, he was elected professor of law in 
Cumberland I niversity, a position ho has filled ever 
since. In ISSo, In- was elected by the literary societies 
o\' Lincoln 1 niversity, Illinois, to deliver the com- 
tn.iit address, li was on this occasion that the 
trusteos and faculty of that university conferred upon 
him the degree •>( LL.D. 

Mr. Martin became a Master Mason in 1S61, has 
taken all the Chapter. Council and Commando: 

as Master, King, High Priest, Eminent 
Commander. Ceneralissimo and Prelate, and in 
delivered the address at the meeting of the l! 
N 'ille. 
Mr. Martin and hi- wife are members of the Cum- 
berland Presbyterian church, of which he is a ruling 
In 1SS3. 1 li sate to the general as- 

he church at Xashv 
Thus honors have clustered thick about the brow of 
thi- man. who started out in life a poor ami friendless 
lint his ri -hows that determination and 

purpose, backed by a w<h\ character and standing in 
.. and the use of honorable means, are almost sure 
try. lie has never drifted nor lived 
aimlessly, hut has had a purpose which he has sedu- 
ously followed, ami after all. ii is strong will power. 
guided b\ ice, that works out an honorable 

destiny. 



BENJAMIN W. USSERY, MP. 



TH IS ounty. 

duly 21. IS'Jll 11 
up ii. - literary 

John T I! 

South- 
- 
the stud\ cine in ill 

\ I ' i cm to 

Phil:. ffice of tie 

1' 



rsity of Pennsylvania. After spending two years 

at that institution, he graduated in April, 1S53, receiv- 
ing hi- diploma and the '.' M.D. from i' 
William D. Horner. William Gibsi I ''•'■ 

Hugh 1.. Hodge, Bobert E. Bogers aud 

Samui The intervals betwee were 

it the Pennsylvania and Wills Hospitals. He 

return- I to M mtgouiery county July, 1S53, and tor the 

"'.owing years practiced medicine with pronounced 

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I ii 1859-60 he spent the greater part of his ti in tra\ 

eling over the countrj from < 'anads to Mexico, includ- 
ing twenty-six States and Territories of tlie Union, his 
object being to gratify his love of observation. 

In October, L861, he went into the Confederate army 

as surg< I' ilir Forty-second Te isscc regiment, 

under Col. William A. Quarles, and in iliis regi nl 

served lill ii was captured at Fort Donelson, in Feb- 
ruary, 1862. When the troops were nboui in be sur- 
rendered Col. Quarles informed him that the officers 
would not be allowed to go with the men. Dr. Ussery 
instantly replied : "With your permission, then, I will 
mil go in prison." Makiug liis escape, lie proceeded t'> 
Murfreesborough, joined the army under Gen. Albert 
Sidnej Johnston, and was l>\ liim assigned in dutj as 
surgeon of Col. Stanton's Fourteenth Mississippi regi 
iiicni ul Zollicoffer's brigade, and was, by seniority "I' 
his commission, brigade surgeon until after the battle 
ofShiloh, when, at his own request, he was detached in 
rejoin the Fortj second Tennessee, which had just been 
exchanged and was then at Jackson, Mississippi \r 
riving there, he was ordered to report to en Bragg ii 
Chattanooga, where he was appointed by Gen, Polk as 
assistant medical inspecter of his corps. He served in 
this capacity seven months, after which, his.health being 
broken down by dysentery, he was transferred in hos 
pi tal service at Lagri Georgia byorder of Adjutant- 
Gen, Cooper, Confederate States Army, and remained 
there eleven months as a member ot the reserve sur- 
gical corps and in charge of a hospital of three bundred 
I H 'ils. lie was then ordered in Atlanta ami participated 
in the surgical duties nl' the battles nl' -I uly -'■'< ami lis, 
1864. Returning in his post at Lagrange, lie remained 
three months in charge nl' the sick ami wounded who 
could nni In' moved after the battle nl' Atlanta. \i the 
end "!' this time he was ordered in West Point, .Miss 
issippi, with his hospital, ami there remained three 
months in comparative idleness, After Gen. Hood 
retreated from Tennessee, he removed his hospital in 
Enterprise, Mississippi, where 1* remained in charge 
till the surrender, having done service at the battles of 

Knri Donels Shiloh, Corinth, Stones River, Chicka 

i iga, Missionary Ridge, and Atlanta. At Fort Don 

rlsiiii hi' was sin ii through the clothing and also stunned 
by the bursting of a shell in such rinse proximity in 
him that ii produced severe bleeding at the nose. 

The war over, Dr. Ussery returned in IMonl erj 

(■mi niy. completely broken down in fortune, but resumed 

practice and has been practicing lill this time, a g I 

deal of the time, however, trading successfully in in 
bacco ami land. Mr is now in partnership with -I 
Edwards, dealing in leaf tobacco, al Clarksville, 

Dr. Ussery speul four years of the besl part of his 
life preparing for his profession, studying nothing rise. 

lie next wi in in whal he considered tin 1 best scl I as 

a private student under one of the oldest ami most 
widely known professors in the United States, his ambi 

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1 I "' 111 " m give him elf b) this means, a professional 

standing, subscribing wholly, cordially and practically 
to the code of ethics of the American Medical Associa- 
tion, « hirh has been his uniform guide in his relal ions 
with the profession Vdding to this lirst class training 
his methodical habits of study, and by means of his 

honesty ami fair dealing, he has made a name i ng 

the standard physicians ol hisc try Ho is a member 

of the Mont crj County Medical Society, and m 

formerly a member of the Tennessee Medical Associa- 
tion 

Politically, Dr. [Issery was an old line Whig until 

the revoluti ind breaking up of parties by the war. 

which threw him i ho Democratic party, with which 

he has acted and voted since thai time, While tali ing 
no active pari in politics, he has fell a sufficiently warm 
interest to vote intelligently. 

He is a director in the Orange Warel se Vssocia 

ii at Clarksville, a position he has held since 1877, 

when the association was organized, and when he was 
the purchaser of the building which the; now oceupj 
This association ha been eminently successful, and its 

sales of tobacco, which were eleven limn- I hog head 

in 1878, now average s e seven il sand hogsheads 

per annum, 

Hi' was mail.' a Masnn iii Clarksville Lodge, No. 89, 
in 1854, and has taken all of the Chapter degrees. He 
has been a member of the Methodist church since his 
sixteenth year; was at one time class-leader, is now 
stew ard, and has been i \\ ice elected a laj delegate to 
annual conferences of his church, sen ing once in 1873 
His parents were zealous Methodists, and all ol their 
children and grandchildren, who have lived to adult 
years, have joined that church. No member of the 
family has r\i'i- been known to be drunk or to have 
sworn an oath Familj pride, based on such a record 
as this, is ai once pleasing and honorable 

Dr, Ussery's father, John W. Ussery, a native ol 
Lunenburg county. Virginia, born in 17!is. immigrated 
to Tennessee in 1816, purchased a farm in Montgomery 
ci unity, where he lived until his death, in April, 1879 
at the age ol eighty-one. He married, in 1822, a ladj 

who had I n rai ed in \ irgiuia with him, boy and girl 

together, and who had e i to Tennessee in the same 

wi am He was a verj successful trader in land, 

ami was punctiliously honest in all his dealings. His 
characteristics were promptness and decision. His 
father, William Ussery, of English blood, died in Lu- 
nenburg county, Virginia, in middle age 

Dr. Ussery's mother, net Miss Rebecca Neblett, was 
a daughter of William Neblett, who died in Franklin 
county, Virginia. He was a soldier in the war >>\' 1812, 
as was also his son, John L. Neblett, Her mother was 

a Miss Love, of Irish stock The Neblett familj i- 

ol i he most nun i in Moi j count; and were 

among ii< earlj settlers. Thej are still numerous in 
Virginia, and ire largely and creditably represented in 



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I i Dr. Ussery's mother, ciglity-two Alexander Lyle), Sterling, Wilmur, Lewis, Katharine 

years of age, is now li\ ing with her son. A Methodist. ^ Marj . Benjamin and William, 
the sti the strict, tolerating nothing mean, dis John I! I sserj married Miss America Smith, of 

honorahle or prevaricating in her children, she is still Montgomery eouuty, also has ten children, [da (now 

Ions a- ever for her church and all its institu- wife of John R. Steele, Esq.), George, William, Eliza- 
tions, giving freely to all its charitable enterprises. | beth. Maud, Robert, Edwin, Eloise, Frank and Xorman. 
Dr. I sscry was tin- fourth of seven children, and is Dr. Ussery's sister, Sarah Ussery, married Rev. James 

now the youngest living. His brothers, William ami M. Smith, a Methodist minister ami a magistrate of 

John R. Ussery. are successful farmers in Montgomery Monti unity. Thej have eight children, Euge- 

couuty. nia. Johu. William. Dean, Benjamin, Faunie, Rebecca, 

William Ussery married his cousin. .Mi— Ann El .lam- ami Mary, ^nothei sister, Main Ussery, died the 

beth Neblett, daughter of Dr Josiah Xeblett. a promi wife of 1'. II. Kcesee, leaving three children, two of 

iniit physician of Montgomery county, ami has tin whom survive. Charles C. and Virginia Lee 
children, Josiah Xeblett. Ethclbert. lain (now wife of Dr, Ussery himself has never married. 



JABEZ P. DAKE, A.M., AI. D. 

V [SHV1LLE. 

DR. DAKE was born at Johnstown, Xew York. Pennsylvania, near which city he now resides in retire- 
April 22. 1827. His father, Dr. Jabez Dake, was ment, with an accumulated competency. Uhauncy M. 
born al Saratoga, New Vork, and his paternal grand- Dake, M.D.. was one of the earliest practitioners of 
father at Bcnningl m Vermont, where he took part in homoeopathy iu this country, having settled at Geneseo, 
the famous battle with .the British. His mother was New Vork, when there were hardly a dozen physicians 
fern al Smithficld. Rhode Islaml. as also were her an- of thai faith west of New Vork city, lie died at Roch- 
eestry tin- several generations. i s New Vork. a tew years 

The paternal stock was English, first located at Hop Beside these brothers Dr. Hake had one other. A brain 

kinton, Rhode Island, about 16S0; ami die maternal B., who died at Xnnda, while yet a young man. He had 

was Welsh, first entering Rhode Tslaml with the colony three sisters, the eldest married to James McClellan, 

of Roger Williams. Hi- father emigrated to what was the second to Lyman Hoppins, both having several 

called " the West,'' locating in the fertile valley of the children, mostly residing in Michigan. The parents 

Genesee, about the year 1830. have passedaway, Mrs. Hoppins leaving a son. Chauncy 

Of relatives there was quite a large settlement in the I. Hop]. in-. M.D., at present a successful physician at 

town of Portage, ami village of Xunda, Livingston Geneseo, Illinois. 

county, a- there had been for tv bi fore at Dr, Dake - youngest sister was married to .lame,- D. 

field. Saratoga eouuty. His mother's maideu Crank, a prominent merchant for many years, at Gene- 

name was Sophia Bowen : and the Bowens, like the seo, New York. She died several years ago, at Cinein- 

Dakes. were numerous ami will known in Saratoga nati. Ohio, leaving six children. Mr. Crank is now 

county. The hake- ami Bowens of Chicago, Pittsburg residing al Pasadena, California, where he is interested 

ami Michigan sprang from tin S ick. in orange groves ami vineyards. His eldest son, Hon. 

The subject of this sketch inherited from his father .). F. Crank, member of the California Legislature, is 
the sturdy enterprise of the English, and from his one of the leading capitalists of the Los Lngeles region, 
mother the untiring industry and perseverance of the Hi- second son. Charles D. Crank, 31. D., is practicing 
Welsh. I le al-o. if such a thin- he possible, inherited medicine at Cincinnati, and holds a professorship in the 
the gift of healing from his father, who \\a- regarded a- Pulte Medical t ollej of that city. I lis youngest son 
almost a natural healer, so great wa- hi- success, with is. also, a physician, located at Los Angeles, California. 
limited educational advantages. Hi- eldest brother, It maj be mentioned that Dr. D. M. Dake- only son 
David M., and the next, Chaune\ M .. v is an eminent physician at Belleville, Illinois, and his 
the firmer graduating al Castleton, Vermont, and the son-in-law, F. W. Skiles, M.D.. till the time of his re- 
latter at Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. Hi- fourth cent retirement, was iu a large ami lucrative practice 
brother. William II. wa- al-o a graduate in medicine. in the city of Brooklyn, Xew Vork. The only son and 
hut followed dentistry, when that art wa- new, a- a child of Dr. ('. M. Dake. is at present a well-known 
specialty. David M. Dake. M D., was well known as a practitioner of the healing art in New Vork city, 
most <ucccs.slul physician it Pittsbui It i- a noteworthy fact that every member of this 




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numerous family of medical men has adopted the views 
of Hahnemann, including the father of the subject of 
this sketch, as well .- 1 -~ 1 1 i s sons, hereinafter to be men- 
tioned. And ii tnusl be said thai Dr. Dake's mother 
was one of the earliest and most active advocates of 
temperance, urging its claims persistently when social 
custom and fashion were all in favor of the free use of 
intoxicants. She favored moral reforms and denounced 
shams, and urged independence and vigor of action in 
all good measures, evincing the spirit of her Roger 
Williams, Quaker-Baptist ancestry. While her hus 
band was a mild mannered and good man, distinguished 
among his friends as a great peace-maker and benefnc 
tor, she was independent of thought, resolute of purpose 
and uncompromising in her efforts for what she deemed 
best, [f her sons and her grandsons have shown little 
regard for the orthodox and the authoritative, the germ 
of it all must be traced to her as the parent and ex- 
emplar. 

As a boy, Dr. Dake applied himself diligently to study 
for several years in the Nunda Academy, and then at 
Madison University, Hamilton, New 5Tork,spendinghis 
last, or senior, year of literary study at Union College, 
Schenectady, then under the presidency of the great 
Dr. Kliphalcl Nott. From this college he graduated as 
a Bachelor of Arts, in July, 1849. Up to the time of 
his graduation, at the age of twenty two, he had been 
constantly in school, except for one year, 1845 6, which 
he spent in Tennessee, as principal at the Bethanj In 
stitute, about twenty miles east ol Memphis While in 
Tennessee his father died, occasioning his speedy return 
for the settlement of the estate and care of his mother. 

Finding his patri ly only sufficient to start him in 

somei lest business, or to put him through the bal- 
ance of his college course, he determined to use it for 
the latter, much against the urgings of his family, lie- 
inn the youngest I only child left unmarried, his 

mother would have kept him with her at home, but 
yielded to his earnest purpose to finish his education. 

On his way to Hamilton, having allowed the tage 
coach to go mi while he stopped to call on an old friend 
five miles short of that place, he was walking the dis 
tance alone, when, on gaining an eminence, he caught a 
lirst view of the old university buildings, three miles 
away, across the valley, and halted suddenly to take in 
the scene. After an earnest survey and the recollection 

of the doubts expressed at ho as to his physical 

ability to continue so long at study, he said aloud, 
"There I will go through or lose my life in the attempt." 

With that resolution he went down the road and across 

the beautiful valley to the battle ground of college 
hopes and I ears. One year his mother took a house and 
remained wit h him at I [amilton, 

Though obedient to college rules, a time came when 
he refused to yield to a requirement of the faculty which 

he and nine tenths of the Students considered all ini|io 

sition. See i in' a determination to enforce the obnoxious 



measure, and not desiring to put himself in open rebel 
lion, he asked "for and received an honorable dismission 
to Union College When the storm broke, I a hun- 
dred and fifty young men were suspended for insubor 
dination, he was peacefully pursuing his studies at 
Schenectady. The independent way of thinking and 
high resolves, gained bj inheritance, were greatly fos 
tered bj the teaching and example of Dr. Nott. At 
that time no American college was turning out larger 
classes ol better and more couraf us thinkers, desti 1 

to make an impress] i the world, than was old 

Union. Dr. Dake stoutly maintains that no c 

president I no college system, in America or else 

where, have been, or ever will he. superior to th 

Union in her halcyon days, from 1820 to 1800. The list 
of her graduates during that period has names that 
adorn almost every useful walk in American life 

In regard to occupation, the subject of our sketch 
had not fully determined. At the age of sixteen his 
mind led toward the law, and he began to read Black 
stem- iii the office ol an eminent lawyer; but, coming 
often upon length) Latin quotations, that he could 
not readily read, he concluded, after a few months, 
to return to school. Before he had reached the end 
of his college course, his mind had received strong 

religions bias, and he felt that h '.dii to preach 

Bui dyspepsia and throat affection, and a tendency, not 

unnatural, to the profcssii I his father and elder 

brothers, finally decided him to study medicine ; and, 
after leaving Schenectady, he went to Pittsburg and 
entered the office ol' Dr. Gustavus Reichhelm, an edu 

eated Prussian, the lirst to bear hom pathywesl of the 

Alleghanies (1837). He took a course at Geneva and 
another at Philadelphia, graduating from the Homo 
opathic .Medical College of Pennsylvania, in the spring 
of 1851. His thesis, or graduating essay, on " Medicinal 
Forces," was afterwards published in the American 
Journal of Homoeopathy, ami also in some foreign 
journals. , 

Returning to Pittsburg, he succeeded his brother in 
practice, and the following year became associated with 
his medical preceptor, Dr. Reichhelm. The latter re 
moved to Philadelphia in 1853, leaving him a large 
clientele. 

The ungenerous attacks u] the new school of med- 
ical practice in the city papers, found in the succsssor 
ok |)r. Reichhelm a ready disputant. files ol' the 
leading daily papers of Pittsburg, from 1849, show con- 
troversial articles from his pen that led his opponents 
to recognize in him a literary as well as medical scholar 

of no ordinary rank. He was solicited to become all 

associate editor of the Philadelphia Journal of 1 1 mm 
opathy, and. afteward of the North American Quar 
terly Journal, of New Stork Both of these have 
art hies showing his ability as tt « riter. 

I ii 1855, lie was called t :cupy the chair of materia 

inediea and therapeutics in his alma mater, the first 



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fully 01 hoimvopal 1 in the world. I'm- many other pamphlets on medical and sanitary topics, 
nlevs he left his practice with his junior associate, besides numerous papers for the national society and 
Dr..) C. Burgher, and delivered .1 course of lectures for niedii il journals \- chairman of the bureau of 
in Hi i his health impaired by the materia medica in thai society, be conducted import- 
double work mi 1857 In J the chair and iis unl investigations for several years, ti uching drug at 
ible duties at the college, and devoted himself en tenuation and materia medica improvement. On the 
t i rely to the work at Pittsbu latter subject he submitted an important paper at the 
At the meeting of the Americau Institute of llouue World's Convention, in Philadelphia, in 187f>, and mi 
opathy, the national soeiet\ of 1 lie new school, in Chi the latter, one al the World's Convention, in London, in 
cago, in K">7. he was elected to the presidency of that 1881. I!.\ bis efforts in this country, and those of Dr. 
body. The following year he delivered the annual ad Richard Hughes, in England, a large Cyclopaedia of 
dress before the same, in the city of Brooklyn. In the Drug Pathogenesy U being published, of which Dr, 
year 1855, while general secretary of the institute, by an Hughes is editor for (ireat Britain, and Dr. Dake for 
earnest appeal, he succeeded in rail} ing the profession America, each being designated for that position by his 
so .is 1,1 increase the attendance largeh at the following respective national society 

meetings in \\ ashington. Chicago and ether cities | n |; m ,,,,, .,] one ;,, medicine has the Doctor been inter 

that same year be was one of the orators in Philadel ested and at work. At an annual meeting of the man- 

phia. at the great celebration of the centennial birthda.N agers and friends of the Nashville Woman's Mission 

"I' Hahnemann Rut, notwithstanding all these public Heme, the lute Rev. Dr. Raird moved the appointment 

duties, he was constantly build business of Dr Dake as chairman of the advisory board, in order, 

al Innne In 1850. he wrote a small work on Acute as 1,,. s : ,i,l. (l , secure the building of a hospital, an 

- for domestic use chiefly, which Inn i addition greatly needed by that institution. Very soon 

in several en la rued editions since, thereafter the new chairman had each manager supplied 

Much work tin. illy took effect upon his health, ami in \ V i t li a small subscription hook, bearing his own name 

lSo"5 he was forced to retire 1,. hi- farm, at Salem. I >hio. and that of his n if e for a liberal sum each, and bj the 

Leaving the choicest medical clientele, up to that time. time the architect had his plans and specifications 

thered ,n Pittsburg, he turned his mind ami made, money ei di was subscribed on the little books 

worn down physical cner lie cultivation -(tine to warrant the giving out of the contracts for the build- 
fruits, especialh the grape. Succeeding in that, as in i,,n : and in less than a year the hospital addition was 
medicine, he was soon at the bead of the Crape Crow readv for use. 

ei- Association in (Hue. During bis administration Vnd, in 1S83, the Doctor, always fond of paintings and 

Mr. Charles Downing, Mr. Barry ami other distin other products of the fine arts, believing that the time 

sruished potnologisls, were brought to the south shores had come in Nashville for fostering the interests of art, 

of Lake Krie to see tin 1! display of grapes, called a meeting of all the artists in the vicinity, and of 

But the declining health of his wife and the need of a the friends of art, tin- the organization of a .society. The 

milder climate, led him to think again of Tennessee. I n result « as the Nashville Ait Association, an institution 

the spring of ISGO, he removed to Nashville ami opened made up of the Lest people in the community, already 

a medical office ai ig strangers. Tt was not long, how- grown beyond the question of success, with him at its 

till the reputation made at Pittsburg followed hi 111 head as president. 

here. One of his earliest clients s. :) i,l 10 him one da Dr. Dake has for years contended agaiust legislative 

" Doctor, you haven't sent me any hill tin- your services enactments for the regulation of the practice of nicdi- 

don't you need some money ? — to which he replied, cine b\ boards of censors, ami has written much on the 

\ -il-. 1 brought some money along.'' He came to subject. He objects to the drawing of a line, or basing 

Nashville, ma ;e a mendicant 11 what a license to practice, en the possession of a diploma. 

be proposed to do l!u-iiess came mere rapidly than since, as he contends, the most dangerous medical ini- 

he expected, not through any tricks or adroit advertis- irs and quacks have diplomas. He advocates a law 

m because he bad earned it by study and close requiring each practitioner to write his personal history 

attention to business for many years, D \y i(s soon dis en a register, kept for the purpose and open to public 

covered that 1, a horse-trader nor a saloon inspection, in the office of the couuty clerk, under oath, 

r. ami that he was ,, physician. telling what In' has done 10 qualify himself for practice 

\ ■ - !: 1 n idle, lie soon issued a revised ami and to merit the confidence of the sick, His mo 

enlarged editi if his work on "Acute Disi ises." a " Light for the people and freedom for the physician.'' 

pamphlet on the " Remedies \\ e I se. a larger one en 'fine; ssed of as many and as good diplomas: as 

" Therapeutics in < hitlinc.' this latter being a display any medical man in the State, he saj s " let every man 
of the leading principles and methods of tin -. stand en his pi nerits, not on the small gather- 

icially showing the true position and relationships ings of his school-boy days." 
of the lav He has written In tie - 1875, I'r Dake broke down, from 



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over-work, and went to Europe, traveling through the 
British islands, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzer- 
land, [taly and Prance. His active brain found work 
of a most agreeable and refreshing character in those 
(i lil countries, with cathedrals, palaces and collections of 
art. He returned, fully restored, late in the following 
autumn, and resumed his accustomed work. The fol 
lowing winter he was called to the chair of principles 
and practice in the old college at Philadelphia, and went 
there, lecturing through the winter to a large class. At 
the close of* the course, he resigned the chair, being 
convinced that his wife s liealth would not allow her to 
reside so far north in winter, and he not willing to go 
there alone. 

[n the summer of 1881, he again went abroad, more 
for medical purposes, to attend the World's Convention 
in London, and to visit the hospitals of the old world. 
He traveled much in England, visiting the great seats 
of learning and the best hospitals there and in Holland, 
North Germany, Denmark and Sweden He traveled, 
also, in Norway, Finland and Russia, as far as St. 
Petersburg. He was especially inquiring into the 
" Swedish movement cure." ami the "massage" treat 
meiit. Iii London he visited Dr. Roth, the great trans 
lator and writer on those subjects, and Dr. Metzger 
in Amsterdam, who was treating more patients by those 
methods than any other physician in Europe. 

Dr. I>ake has no military record nor political history, 
having devoted his whole mind and energies to 
the healing of the sick. He has never sought office 
and is thoroughly independent in the use of his rote. 

I le has been a Royal Arch Mason for twenty livcyears. 

though now for several years not an active or affiliated 
one. On arrival in Nashville he refrained from visit- 
ing the order, determined thai no one should license 
him of making use of such introductions to gain Imsi 

ness. 

Going hack, we find he was married, April .'I, L851, 
to Miss Elizabeth Church, daughter of Dr. Wil 
liam Church, a prominent physician at Pittsburg, who 
died in the year 1829. Her paternal grandfather was 
also a physician. Her father's brother, Samuel Church, 
was a leading iron manufacturer and merchant at'Pitts- 
burg, a bosom friend of Alexander Campbell, and a 
great promoter of his Baptist reform. \l<v brother, 
William Irwin Church, was also a physician, having 
studied, and afterwards become a partner, with her 
husband, Dr. Hake. He died at Pittsburg, in 1862. 
Though early left an orphan, and inheriting a delicate 
constitution, .Mrs. Hake received a good education in 
her girlhood. Possessed of a natural fondness for lit 

erary work, she has written many lines of great merit, 

chiefly known, however, to friends in afflict ton, words of 
comfort and consolation. With a strong religious bias 
and inspiration, she has always been devoted to her 
church, and the interests id' t he poor and the distressed. 
Since her children have grown up, so as to engross less 



01 her at tent ion, she has been a manager in the board 
of the Woman's Mission Home and of the Prntotant 

Orphan Asylum at Nashville. A more devoted wife 1 

mot lur and faithful dispenser of charity, all without os 
tentation. cannot be found. 

By his marriage with Miss Church, Dr. Hake has live 
children, all sons, born at Pittsburg, except the youngest: 

( I ). William ( Ihurcll, the eldest, was horn at Pittsburg, 

January 28, 1852. His literarj education was received 

at YpMlanli. Michigan, and at Nashville, where he 

•j rad i la led 1 1 Mm the high school. He studied medicine 
in his father's office, and graduated from the medical 
department of the University of Nashville. He also 
attended lectures at the New- York Homoeopathic Med 
ical College and the clinics at Bellevue Hospital. Since 
L872, he has been associated with his father in practice. 
Besides an excellent reputation as a successful practi 
tinner, he has won some fame as it medical writer. 1 1 is 
work on diphtheria, founded on a large experience in 
treating that disease, stands high as an authority in 
Eurpoe as well as in this country. In IsT.'i he married 
Miss Myra Wiggin, daughter of Richard Wiggin, a well 
known railroad superintendent at Pittsburg. She lived 

only three n ths after her marriage. Me married a 

sister of his first wife, Miss Addie Wiggin, in 1878, and 
by lur has had two children, Richard W. and BessieC. 
('!). Walter M. was born January III. 1855, and received 

his literary education at Nash vi lie; studied medicine ill 

his father's office; attended lectures at the University of 
Tennessee, at the I'nlte Medical College, Cincinnati, and 
at the I lahneniann Medical College, Philadelphia, taking 
the dip] a of the last named in the spring of L877. Hav- 
ing a strong love for literary pursuits, he hesitated some 
time before falling into line with his ancestry in the pro- 
fession of medicine. A fter graduation, he located for a 
short while at Jackson, Tennessee, where he was doing 

Well when called to Nasln ille to aid his father and elder 

brother, with whom he has since been associated. He 
married Miss Fanny G. Ward, eldest daughter of S. M. 
Ward.a planter, h Jefferson, Texas. In regard to these 
brothers, it may he remarked, that it seldom happens 

that such harmony and success are seen to attend two 

brothers associated iii professional life. Each has a 

Strong and enthusiastic following, and i^ widely known 

in Tennessee. (3). Jabez P. .jr.. was born September 
I."), L857, and educated chieflj at Nashville, graduating 
from the Fogg high school, attending lectures at the 

i I ical department of the University of Tennessee and 

the University of Michigan, and taking his medical 

degree from the latter, in 1879. lie located at New 

Albany, Indiana, hut was prevented remaining there 

long by failure of his health. Giving lip practice, he 
visited the Hot Springs, Arkansas, and other health re 
soils. So far a^ able, he now assists his father and 

brothers in their practice at Nashville. (4). Charles, 
was horn July 13, I860, and received In- literary edu- 
cation at Nashville, and in the Southwestern Baptist 



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spring of 1864. Il<' then went to Hickman, Kentucky, 
and engaged in commercial enterprises until the close 
cil' the war. Alter the war lie went to Memphis and 
again resumed the practice of In* profession, since 
which time he hasremained there, enjoying a very large 
and lucrative practice. During all his changes of resi 
deiiee and business he has been uniformly successful 
and prosperous. 

In 1867, he was called to Cincinnati to (ill a chair in 
the Cincinnati College of Dental Surgery, hut remained 
there only during one course, when hi' resigned. 

In 1869, together with Dr. William II. Morgan, of 
Nashville, and other prominent dentists, he organized 
the Southern Dental Association, and was elected its 
first president, at Atlanta, in August of thai year. In 
connection with Dr. Morgan, he was also one of th e 
organizers of the Tennessee Dental Association, in 
L867, and was it- firsl secretary and afterwards its pres- 
ident, lie is also a member ol the .National Dental As- 
sociation. 

In recent years. Dr. Arrington has become largely 
connected with mining interests, and is secretary and 
treasurer of the Indus Mining company, of New Mexico, 
ami also secretary and treasurer ol' several large enter 
prises in old and New Mexico. 

Dr. Arrington was raised an old line Whig, but, like 
most men at the South, abided the wishes of his State 
and went with her when she lefl the Union. Since the 
War he has heeii a Democrat. Hi' has, however, always 
avoided politics, shrinking from public life and refusing 
to hold any political office, preferring to devote himself 
to his profession. He became an odd Fellow in 1879 : 
and is also a member of the Royal Arcanum, the Itoyal 
Asylum, and the Knights of Honor, lie passed through 
all the chairs of three of these in the year in which he 
was initiated. lie and his wife are both members of 
the Protestant Episcopal church 

In 1S76, he was elected a member of the public school 
hoard of Memphis, and. being re elected from time to 
time, served until January, 1882, when he resigned, lie 
was an earnest advocate ol equal rights and equal com- 
pensation for male and female teachers 

Dr. Arrington 's father was James II. Arlington, a 
gentleman of Scotch-English descent, horn in .North 
Carolina. January 4, 1801. lie was a planter, and in 
1S2(>, moved to Tennessee, settled at Paris, and engaged 
largely in that occupation, lie died in L862, leaving 
one daughter and five sons, three of whom are now 
living: (1). Dr. B. F. Arrington, a dentist, and now 
resident of Goldsborough, North Carolina. (2). Dr. 

.John Arrington, also a dentist, at Jackson. Tennessee. 
(3). Dr. William T. Arrington. subject ol' this sketch. 

Another son. J. J. Arlington, went Co California dur- 
ing the "gold fever,' and subsequently took an active 
part in politics, serving in the State senate of California 
for several terms. lie was the first brigadier general 
commissioned in California, and at the beginning of the 



war .-tailed south to join Breckinridge's army, was de- 
tained in St. Louis by the Federal authorities, ami 
while there met with an accident which resulted in his 
deal h 

Dr. Arlington's mother's maiden name was Mary 
Sproiiillc. She was tin' daughter ol' Dr. Sprouille, of 
Dublin, Ireland, who was educated in that city, came to 
America, settled in North Carolina, on Albemarle 

Sound, and there achieved success and distinction as a 

medical practitioner. .Mrs. Arrington was the sister of 
I ! en. Samuel S i iron i lie and Col. Ben, Sproui lie. of North 
Carolina. Her mother was .Miss Mary W. Blount, a 
member of - the Blount family, of North Carolina, from 
which Gov, Blount, of Tennessee, was descended. 

On January 18, 1859, Dr. Arlington was married to 
Miss Emilia ('. Levy, daughter of Archibald Levy, then 
a merchant at Trenton, Tennessee, formerly of Georgia. 
Mrs. Arlington s mother was M iss Overall, a member 
of the well known Rutherford county family of that 
name. Her grandfather was Louis Levy, a merchant at 
St. Mary's, Georgia; and her grandmother was .Miss 
Ann Patterson, daughter of Col. John Patterson, of 
Philadelphia, one of the old Revolutionary patriots. 
Mrs. Arlington's grandmother was remarkable For her 
Christian and womanly virtues. She died in Philadel- 
phia at a verj advanced age. At the time of her death 
there were living of her descendants thirteen children, 
fifty-three grandchildren, and thirty-six great-grand- 
children- -in all one hundred and two direct descendants. 

By his marriage with Mis- Lew. Dr. Arrington has 
two children : (1). William T. Arrington, born in 1868. 
(2). Guy Arlington, horn in 1874. 

Dr. Arrington has always loved his profession and 
faithfully de\ oted the best J ear- of bis life to it. strictly 
adhi ring to the policy of having no partner, and saying 
hut little of his successes or failures. While socially 
inclined, he has never formed manj confidential friend 
ships, hut ha- confided in his wife for counsel and 
assistance. Delias always conducted his business oil 
the principle of never. putting off till to-morrow what 
can he done to-day ; has si udiously a\ oided all lawsuits 
or controversies of any sort, believing in tin' settlement 
of disagreements bj milder means. He ha- alw •-• 
temperate in his habits, and has hut few troubles, study- 
ing always to avoid them, lie is fond of scientific in 
ve.-tigatioii. which he follows as a labor of love. Cour- 
teous to all men. respecting rich ami poor alike, he 
never makes discriminations under any circumstances, 
A member of the medical profession in Memphis says 
of him: "lie stands at the head of his profession, and 
is a gentleman of the highest ton,' — of veracity, integ 
rity and morality. 

He has a line store of general information, ami i- 
perfectly at home upon a great variety of subjects. In 

disposition genial, and inclined toward social conver- 
sation, he is also scrupulously particular about treating 
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\ sh\ ille. Hi re Jed in obtaining 

mtion in the office of the pub- 

I I>\ Knives, Marks \ Co., where In- remained long 
J.i to acquire a pretty fair knowledge of the print - 
tsiness. Ho then became publisher of the old 
Rutherford Telegraph. for Xorthcott ,V Ott. proprie- 
Ih 1859, he wont to l'ino Blutt", Arkansas, and 
became publisher of the • ■■'. a Dem 

oeratic org-an. For some years his heart had been set 
on the profession of law, and at odd times he had been 
availing himself of the opportunities afford* 
such elementary works as he could uet hold of. In the 
fall oi - iving made sufficient accumulation to 

justify him in the enterprise, he entered the law depart 
mem of Cumberland Cnivershy as a student. Ho had 
made sufficient advancement in his private study t.> 
render his collegiate course a brief one, so thai, on the 
L'Tth of June, 18l>0. ho was graduated from the in 
shy with the degree of Bachelor of Law s. ' >n the 7th 
of Septein he began the practice of law 

at Xashville. 

The civil war between the States - i afterward ho 

gan. and anion- the earliest volunteers. Ferriss enlisted 
as a private ill compam i 8 I Tennessee infantryi 

William IV Bate, colonel. Ferriss was promoted to 
a captaincy for gallant conduct on the battlefield of 
Murfr sborough, or Stone* River, as it is called by the 
I'uion army. For his gallantry on this - on. his 

name was placed on the " Roll o\' 11. .nor" by tin 

ite war department. After the war. peunil - 
resumed the practice oi' his profession, and with 
zoal and industry followed it a period of six years, when 
ho was olootod the first public administrator of David- 
son county. This office he filled for half the term, to 
the satisfaction of the public, when in a hotly contested 



with highly popular and worthy competitors, 
ho was elected to the office of county judge, in 1872. 

Is the office 
until September, IS86 

By a life of rectitude and strict morality, Judge For 

actor for integrity and as 
and righteous judge. In the discharge of the du- 

tates of duty and of 
a benevolent heart, he has it into the city and 

the country, aud gathered in the neglected orphans, and 
provided for thorn homos, and in instances numberless, 
had them adopted into reputable families. In this, he 
-hod for himself a monument more enduring 
than uiarbh Had he dis no other of the va- 

rious functions ot his office (all of which ho has dis- 
- ■! with efficiency, ability ami great fidelity), this 
one duty, performed so well, would crown him with 
laurels. 8 .rod through Teunessee, here and there, 
are bright eyed orphan girls and youths, whoowe to this 

hearted man the first ray of sunshine that 
brightened the threshold oi' their existence. 

Judge Ferriss is a - - it member ot the Meth- 
odist Kpiscopal church, South. In politics, ho is con- 
servative and liberal, a true Democrat. 

Ho married, while a soldier in the Confederate army. 
M ss M. I.. Nolon. ot' Triune, an excellent lady, ot' re- 
markable eulture ami intelligence. By this marriage 
they have nine children, all of them liberally endowed 
with pluck, energy andgood promise. 

If it bo true that those are great whose lives benefit 
their fellow men ami who shall gainsay it?), then is 
John C. Ferriss' title to greatness already well estab- 
Better than warriors wreath or monarch's 
crown will be such a title, when the grand final adjust- 
ment oi' human accounts shall come to be made. 



HON. WILLIAM R. MOORE. 






/ ~r" , HK subject of this sketch was born in Huntsville. 
1 Alabama. March 28. 1830. the son of Robert ('. 
. who died the same year, at the age of twenty- 
leaving two children. William R. Moore and 
Martha -L Moore, the latter of whom married Alney 
11 McLean, ot' Middletou, Rutherford county 

aud died there in ls<;; Her husband >till re- 
..n a farm which has been in his 
family t'..r more than a hundred years. 

Mr Mi on s grandfather was Charles M v. a i 

of Virginia, born near Charlottesville. Mr. Moore is 
a man of pure southern blood, never bavin- had a rel- 
ative born north of the Ohio river. His family on both 

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ville, Petersburg, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, and the 
country arouud them. Very few surviving relath - 
his family name are now living. The family has been 
made up chiefly of fanners for the last one hundred 
and fifty years, who have never had much to do with 
public lite, being content to live as quiet, unostenta- 
tious agricultural people; well to do. but not wealthy; 
land and slave-owner-, belonging to the self-sustain- 
ing class: never pretentious, but modest and retiring 
men of' busiuess, who [.aid their debts, kept their 
; -. and retained plenty of this world - - iboul 
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Mr. Moore's mother, yet liviug, was Miss Mary !•'. 
Lingow, daughter of Archibald Lingow, descendant of 
another old Virginia family. Her mother was Miss 
Martha Cleveland, daughter of Jeremiah Cleveland, de- 
scendant of Col. Ben Cleveland, a Revolutionary soldier, 
who bore a conspicuous part in the battle of King's 
Mountain. The characteristics of Mr. Moore's family on 
his mother - side, have been much the same as those of 

his paternal ancestry. They have always 1 n n peace 

ful, strifeless people, never mixing with troubles, per 
sonal or political, and peculiarly free from military or 
official ambition. The family on both sides leu e been re- 
ligionists -members of the Presbyterian and other Pro- 
testant churches, and always consistent in their faith. 

After the death of his father, which occurred when 
William was six months old, Mr. Moore's mother me veil 
to Tennessee and settled at Beech Grove, then in Bed- 
ford (now Coffee) county, and lived there, a widow, 

seven years, at the expiration of which time she mar- 
ried John M. Watkins, near Fosterville, Tei -see. 

where she has -inee lived in the • f house for the past 

fifty years. 

Mr. Moore was brought up on a farm, receiving only 
partially the advantages of the common schools, and in 

the log school 1 ses of his day laid the foundation 

upon which he built his self taught education. 1 a early 

boyhood he had a strong desire to a it in the world 

and make his own way. and at fifteen his mother finally 
consented for him to go. Fortunately, he found employ- 
ment in the store of Mr. William K, McFadden mer 
chant and postmaster at Beech Grove, Coffee county ; 
fortunately, because Mr. McFadden was one of the 
kindest and most fatherly of men. id' fine business ca- 
pacity and integrity, whose persona] character was a 
tine model for the ambitious young business man. 1 1 i- 
salary, for the first year was only twentj five dollar-. 
hut lieina quick, active and willing to work, he soon 
learned to ma mine the store and to keep the post-office. 
When he had hecii there about a year, he was sent by 
.Mr. McFadden with a four-horse team to haul goods 
from Nashville to Beech ( Jrove, and for the first time in 
his life saw a city. After this he was dissatisfied with 
his life in a country store, and desired to go to Nashv ill,. 

for business. His employer consented to his leaving, 
proffering him letters of introduction to merchants in 
Nashville, which he declined, holding that a hoy who 
could not set a situation himself, did not deserve one. 
and never once doubting his ability to succeed, a feel- 
ing which he has carried through life. Having saved 
enough money to pay his way, in 1847, he traveled by 
Stage to Nashville, and arrived there knowing no one, 
and with no clearly defined purpose bgyond seeking em- 
ployment and connecting himself with some liiu house. 
With this view he visited the principal business firms. 
The first maii who noticed him was Maj. I!. ('. McNairy, 

then a leading retail drj e I< merchant . who con-en lei I 

to employ him if he would bring a letter of recommen- 



dation from hi- last employer, lie wrote for the letter 

and -ecu red the position at a salary id' one hundred and 
fifty dollars for the first year. His strong point was 
his willingness to work, which -non gained lor him the 
favor of his employer, lie would rise before the other 

clerks were up. sweep the store, and go out ai ig the 

marketers drumming for custom. At the end of the 
year. Maj. McNairy. unsolicited raised his salary to 
three hundred dollar-, which stimulated him to greater 
exertion, and the next year he received live hundred 
dollars. lie remained with this linn three year-. lie 
was find of reading, and invested his spare money in 
books, and in this profitable manner, -pent most .if his 
evenings leisure time. Having no one to direct him, 
he read promiscuously, thereby acquiring a fund of 
miscellaneous information, which proved of steal ben- 
efit to him in later years. 

Tn the meantime, gaining experience in business, 
he became reflective, and began to cast about for a 
permanent pursuit for himself Noting that many of 

the rich men of Nashville were wholesale dry goods 

merchants, he resolved on that branch, and accord- 
ingly applied to Ivikiu & Co., then the largest house 
of the kind in Nashville, for a situation, which he ob 
tained, as a salesman, and remained with them six 
years, with a salar.v beginning with six hundred dol- 
lars per year, which was gradually increased to two 
thousand dollars. It was here that his views of bus- 
iness began to widen. Twice a year,. during this pe 
riod, he was sent out by his employers as a drummer 

through Middle Te ssee. Often regretting his own 

meager opportunity for an education, when only twenty- 
one years of age he save to Rev. W. I>. Chadick, of 
the Cumberland University, at Lebanon, Tennessee, 
five hundred dollars from his earnings, to aid in the 
endowment of a professorship in that school, hoping 
that thereby some young man like himself might be 
benefitted. 
t 'miceiv ing a desire to go into business fin- himself, in 

yet a wider field, he made up his mind in a single night 

to go to New York. Having learned the value of lei 
ters of introduction, he procured these from (he Nash- 
ville merchants to several New York firms, ami on pre- 
senting them wa- offered a situation bj each house. 
Informing himself of their respective characteristics, 
he found one firm, S. I!. Chittenden & Co., a reputed 
anti-slavery house, which had no southern trade To 
this house he offered his services, hoping to build up 
a custom from the South which would show lor itself, 
the firm agreeing to give him live thousand dollars for 

the first two years, and a partnership thereafter, on 
Condition (hat he realized his expectations. He re- 
mained ill New York hut one day. when he returned 

to canvass the southern States in the interest of this 
house. Succeeding beyond hi- expectations, at the end 

of two years he received his live thousand dollars and 

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had 1 •. .mi ilui.' about two, wars ho mot Mr ilosepli II. ' The lollov rom n letter written h> Mr. 

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\ sit ion ai thai time B\ I miry. 1 do not 

ville. who iohl hitn he hail sold ont at Charleston and mean an attaehment to some particular spot, because 

in to Memphis, and named him to go with him, we max happen to have lived upon it, :i* for instance, 

which, after much persuasion, Mr Moore reluctantb v; pi, hut an abiding love of the 

Mr. Cliittcmh > his w ith ouutry." 
drawal iVom the firm. paying him sixteen thousand dol- In May. 18(ir>. he introduced, in a mass meeting iu 
i hiv interest, Meni| of resolutions, accepting the results ol 
The firm of Shepherd ,V Moore was estal the war. During the war. he was made military alder- 
Memphis, in December, ISo!>, and had a is man in Memphis. 

year in IStiO, hut the war coming on unox- In 18(58, ho was a I slature on 

him, tli. the platform of " reduced taxes. Sen tor and suffrage." 

among count r> merchants, The partners i and was the fourth man on the list, hut as there were 

in their political views Mr. Shepherd was aim three to he elected, and the third man had not taken the 

in, while Mr \l who "iron-clad oath. Mr. Moore was, by law. entitled to 
natural horn I nion ma sly in the seat, but desiring to take no advantage of an infbr- 
elined the other wa> Vfter : was mality. he wem to Xashville. was sworn in and then 
passed b\ the Southern t'oufederaey, Mr Shepherd impelled (iov, Urownlow to order an- 
te the (' <l M - other election, which, contrary to his wishes, be did. 
protest, an ii he linn's northern In 1880. he was nominated for the Fort\ seventh Con- 
hut after the I'ederal occupation of Memphis, dune -- In ; the nomination till it was 
( \ Vorl; publisl .d in the new ted with relue- 
uucing his in- dollar toi tauce. and » i over lion. C - Vonng, the 
io him additional lime. His prop- most popular lVmoerat in Wesi Tennessee. He was 
epted. all the debts a Item uimued in 1882, hut declined to run. While in 
one hundred cents to the dollar, and his credit in New ( lie was prominently mentioned in connection 
York established on a firm basis, and has so continued with a place in President Vrthur's cabinet, and a letter 
v .liter this Mr. She). herd died, and the linn ot signed by a large number of the business men of Mem- 
William U. M \ ' dished, and has phis and elsewhere, irrespective of party, was sent to the 
tinned ill to this date, paying its liabilities president, requesting his appointment, lie took part in 
dollar tor dollar, with interest, through all tl - mil made speeches on all 
tudes panics and epidemics, during the last the gt -.ions and issues which were before that 

Hiss - dally upon " Chinese Immig- 

Mi Moore v Henry v\ dan ration, "" Civil Service Reform," "Contested Electiou 

American to the .i ich s Chah "American Shipping." 

Calhoun, always strongh the Poim - He S "Improvement of Hie Mississippi 

helie\ " inties II , i by that broad and forceful 

have right.- \ d that eh is the chief characteristic of his nature. 

the I Mr. M !i toad ot' tli. ot' ladies 

and must I first in am ime little inclination to marry, hut 

taking in the whole - 1. 1878, Miss Lottie Hay- 

b\ tin 1' 18 n in Hamilton. Canada, daugh- 

for president, headed by " Hell and Kv« • M ssaehusetts. late 

in: "The Inion. the Constitution, and t' n the manufacture of cotton-seed oil at Mem- 

ller mother was Miss Ma jaret Thompson, form- 

liuhurgh. Scotland. Mrs, Moore was educsited 

; In, He \\ sing 1 lie S at Memphis, and after 

did n the arm\ I under private tutors. She is distinguished for 

military. He h - her personal beauty, her wit and grace, and art in 

,ud during her husband's stay at the national capital. 
rank in Washington society as ne of its fairest 
f. in a measure, the pristine 

the have no childrt 

that line I! Mr. J erian faith, hut 

tse he tiud.- none broad enough. 
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ns you would have others do to you." His creed is personal control, o he tin kepi oul of public corpora 

besl expressed in th nplet: t ions and com panics lie was al one timo a member of 

" For modes of faith, let graoolost onlol llnht, the Chamber of Comincrcu, and took u proininenl pari 

1,1 <"W)'t bo wrong, whosi lifo i in tho right." in ,.v.i n i,- i ,,■■ and currying ii lb gh, during its days 

Believing thai ever) man should worship according to jusl uller the n n lie i .1 quiet, earne 1 . ca|)ablo bus 

the dictates of his conscience, he entertains no preju ss man, of unimpeachable integrity, of great force of 

dioi aooount of religion, for Protestant, Jew or character and itrikiug individuality lie has, under 

Catholic, and desires, after his death, no bettor epitaph all circumstances, intained lii liuaucial and com 

than the six i syllables, " He did the best he could.'' morcial standing lie is also ami I decided opin 

He belongs to no society or secret organization hold and of outspoken convictions, frequently arraj 

in" the same views in regard to them as ho does toward ing himself in opposition to current public sentiment, 



churches not through prejudice, bul beoause he does 
not desire to bind himself by am oath or obligation 



bul never flinching from what he believes to be right. 
Mis patriotism take in hi whole country, and his ro 



His preference has always been for .1 business uuder hi^ ligion all mankind 



COL. EDWARD \Y. MUNFORD. 

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THE Munford family sprang from Knglish 
Welsh blood. Thomas Bowling Munford grand 
father of Col. Kdward VV, Munford, was a member of 
the Virginia House ol Burgesses from Amelia count) 
He left four sons, William. Richard, Thomas and James, 
who settled in Hart and Green counties, Kentucky. 
Richard Munford built the town of Munfordville; was 
a farmer, a merchant, and several times a member of 
the Kentuckj Legislature. James Munford settled in 
( j-reen county. Kent uckj 

William Munford, father of Col. lildward W, Mun 
ford, was born in Amelia county, Virginia, went to Ken- 
tuckj when a young man, was one of the early settlers, 
and died :it Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1844, at the age of 

sixtj six. lie was a very successful farmer; 1 in 

who lived in his affections, greatly beloved by his 
family and friends, and was the peace maker of his 
neighborhood. Col. Munford says of his father, thai 
he, Albert Sidnej Johnston, and William B Munford, 

of Clarksville, Tennessee, were 'ally the three purest 

men he ever met, combining all the terner virtues with 
amiability and sweetness of character; true manhood, 
without double dealing or chicanery, and without n 
particle of deceit in their natures or transactions, 

Willhim Munford, a 1 sin ol Col. Munford's father, 

was a finished scholar, author of a very celebrated lite 
ral translation of Homer' » Iliad, which gave him a 
I'n rope: 1 n re put at ion ; author of other able lit erary pro 
ductions, and was as ociated with Henning as reportei 

of the decisions of the Supreme 1 rl of Virginia I see 

Munford's Reports, and Munford & Henuing's Reports), 

a library of themselves. Geoi Wythe Munford, son 

of William Munford, just 1 ti d, was, for many 

years, librarian and secretary of the State of Virginia, 
and was distinguished as a polished scholar and fine 



orator; a man of intellect and culture, universally re- 
spected as one of tho firsl gentle n ol' Virginia, pure 

in principle and refined in manners and tastes. 

Col. Munford's mother, una .Miss Lcttice Hall, was 
horn in Lincoln 1 ty, Kentucky, daughter of Thomas 

Ball, originally IV Virginia, bul who earl) started 

oul for himself, wenl to Kentucky, look up the carpen 
ter's trade, ai which he worked al Lexington, became a 
proininenl farmer and owner of a large tanner) Ho 
married 11 Miss Reid, of a family distinguished in the 
legal profe ion in the early history of Kentuck) and 
through his maternal grandmother, Col. Munford is 

c icctcd with the Marshal Is. Roids and Greens of that 

State Col. Munford's maternal grandfather Thomas 
Ball, wis a man of decided force and integrity of char 
acter \ cry cccenl ric n great humoi isl . uni\ cr wll) re 

peeled, and possessed of a con tern pi for worldl) honors. 

Col. Munford's mother died at her hoi 11 the farm in 

Lincoln county, Kentucky, when he was only five ycai 
old. She was a most loveable woman, very devout and 
her daily ha hi I was to lake her children with her into a 

111 and pra) for them. When on her death bed, she 

pointed to heaven, and said to her husband, "meet me 
with the children there." She left cighl children, one 
having died previously: 1 I ). Matilda Munford, who 
die. I the widow ol' Maj. Mooney, a Uni ted States officer 
in the Mexican war. Her first husband was Joseph \ 
Hudson. She was phenomenall) gifted, brilliant with 

pen and tongue, of resplendent hi a uty, I had n 111 ig 

netisni that drew people ar I her and made her the 

center of attraction. Her son. Samuel, was a soldier in 
the Me ioan war, was prostrated with sickness in tho 
oit) of Mexico and the mother made her way to that 

city, 'sed him to health and b rough I him home, 

w [iich for 1 1 1 1 - was 1 he acl of a heroine, < l'i 



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Mary Jane Munford, married Albert G. Ward, in Da I lerked in his store some three months, but 

inty. Tei eo, near the Hermits hi- inclination ' iward the law, he read under 

i - .1. Munford. married three times. Though Judge Robet I Caruthcrs one year, made a journey 

isr l>ut one hundred and forty-five pounds, he was to Kentucky to visit the : his mother and see 

a remarkably athletic man. of almost superhuman aetiv- the old home, when he next joined his brother, Wil- 

n.sth. lie was a fine elas> i liam I!. Muuford. at Clarksville, where he studied law 

member of the Tenu ite From Wilsoi <• C. Boyd, at the same time that James 

I master of the chancery K. Bailey was a law student under Boyd. Heobtained 
at Clarksville, Tennessee, and died on his planta- in 1840 (before his majority), from 

ti.in in Kentuck : William 1! Muuford. reprc Judge Mortimer A. Martin, ami in 1841, from Judge 

county in the Tennessee L William I'.. Turley. He practiced at Clarksville till 

llr was a \ ery conscientious m d man through 1850. " reeei\ ing employment," ho says, " far beyond bis 

ami through, like a pur.' diamond, without fleck or Haw. merits, ' he and James E. Bailey being on one sii 

Hi was an elder in tl ' tcrian church, a praying, the other of t 1 1 < > — t ol the important eases in the courts 

devout member without affectation, with a fine, manly, there ipposite sides 

< >] K-ii tare, with implicit faith in the Bible and tranquil In 1S4G. he unwisely endorsed notes and bills to the 

confidence in the Christian religion. He literally amount of some sixty thousand dollars. Out of this 

walked with his God. and when he died those who knew impulsive venture he came out with the clothes on bis 

him said. W. man so pure, so back, bis law library, and a large amount of very valua- 

grand. s so symmetrical. (5), Sarah Wat- hie experience. While thus involved, he told his bride 

kin- Muuford. rennessee's fa- elect that it money was essential to her happiness she 

in. hi- Whig oral I nited States senator, must discard him. She nobly replied, she would marry 

This lady was (anion r fine :v mini and not his estate. In IS49 they married. She 

humor, her fund of - her charming manner was Miss Vnielia A., daughter of Paul -I. Watkins, of 

of relating family histories, ami her i i nter- Alabama, 

tainiii" company by her brilliant conversational powers, In December, 1850. Co] Munford moved to Memphis 

and yet was withal a superb - woman, (li). and practiced law there till 1858. with the exception of 

Munford. died early in life. (7 . Kitty Ann 1858 54. which he spent on his plantation in Lawrence 

Munford. '•• Mil.- McCorkle. who formerly county, Alabama, for the sake ol his health. In 1855, 

represented Wilson the Legislature, a very liis wife died, leaving him two children, oue having died 

prominent physician, distinguished in his profession. i the mother's death. Thesole 

(8) Bichard Munford, died early in Edward surviving child, Paul Edward Muuford, lived to be 

W Munford, subject of tliis sketch. nearly twenty-one years old, and died in 1S73, having 

Edward W Munford was born in Lincoln (now Boyle) made a most enviable business reputation. In 1858, 

county, Kentucky, near Danville, October l'i. 1820. ('..1. Munford closed business in Memphis, having made 

Edward was placed in the primary department of ('en- , sal sfai l rj fortune, with the intention of taking his 

ter College. Danville, at eight years old, and among bis son, Paul Edward, to Europe t>. he educated orally, 

were John C. Breckinridge and Beriah particularly in the French ami German, but tin war 

M igoffin. the latter, afterward governor of Kentucky. coming on soon after, he gave up the ti 

Edward soon became irregular, got ahead of hi Very soon after the br< of the war. be was 

in some studies, was advau iher classes, believed offered the command of a t, but declined it, say- 

everything he heard or read with blind eredulity.be- insj ;■< the men : " I do not feel competent to lead you — 

tiered eren <>\hl- stories, made himself a master of 1 might gel you killed, ami will not accept the trust." 

tin- Latin, ami I. without graduating, but with Afterward he accepted the position of major on the staff 

in hi- pr - o his father very 1 Uberl Sidney Johnston, joined that commaud 

creditable to the young student. With all liis college in Oc 3t»l, at Bowling Green, and served with 

learni lit the multiplication him till he was killed at Shiloh, April 6, 1862. "The 

English grammar i greatest man the South had fell that .lay. -a 

: .lay being exceedingly del'. - to Mi nfi fd, "and Shiloh was the only battle 1 waseverin 

the r ut 1835. hi- father came on a visit where true military genius was displayed by thi 

to 1 hi- children. Mrs. -lam.'- s, mander He served in tin- campaigns in Tennessee, 

-.1 Munford and Mrs Kitty Mel ! Ed- Mississippi. Alabama and Georgia, and with the Army 

ward accompanied him. ami the latter was entered at of Tennessee generally : was in the haul.- of July 22 

Cam pi under Be\ Thomas \ ami 28, IS64. at Atlanta, ami in many minor engage- 

terward pr Cumberland Cniver-ity. to per- ments, not nei mention in this sketch. In 

feet hi- E [dies, Euclid ami the natura l-ol. he was by President Davis 

euces. Oi m of his brother, William l> Mun- the military court of the department of which Gen 



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Dick Taylorwas chief, aud in thai capacity served till 
the close of the war. 

After the war, he became a director in the Carolina 
Life Insurance company . al Memphis, of which Jeffer 
sonDaviswas president. His physical health being too 
feehle to justify regular practice of the law, be moved 
in McMinnville, in 1^72. as president of the Tennessee 
Company. In 1877, he moved back to Memphis, and 
in 1880, back again to McMinnville, on account ol litil- 
ing health, and i here set i led for life, and is »w so stput 
and robust as to not appear a day o\ er fifty years old. 

In L867, Col. Munford married at Memphis, Mrs. 
Man E.Gardner, widow ol' William Ross Gardner, a 
liuetenant in the United States Navy, a meritorious 
officer, who had served through the war with Mexico 
with considerable distinction. Mrs. Munford is the 
daughter of John Kerr, an old merchant of Augusta, 
Georgia, wli" removed to Memphis aud died there. 
Her mother was Miss Catharine Burke, of Augusta. 
Mrs. Munford is descended Pr Gov. Elbert, of Geor- 
gia, an old Revolutionary soldier. Mrs. Munford was 
educated at Augusta; is a member of the Cumberland 
Presbyterian church, and is beloved for her unswerving 
loyalty to truth. She is a woman of much intellectual 
culture and fine social character, with a face fascinating 



by its sweetness and innocence of expression. Hei 
losl a sweetheart in the wife, nor she a lover in the hus- 
band, and their lives are beautifully domestic and happj 
Col, Munford was a Whig up to Know Nothing times, 
when lie began voting " striped tickets." Since the war 
he has been a Democrat, there being no other alti rna 
tivc for a true southerner, lie has been occasionally 
appointed special judge to hold court when the presid- 
ing judge was sick, but with these exceptions and his 
military commissions, he has never held office. Re is 
a Master Mason, In religion, he believes in God as a 
Heavenly Father, but is 11011 sectarian. Nature gave 
him energy; a fine constitution; a cheerful, social dis- 
position ; a manly, generous, keen ambition to attain 
excellence, in hannonj with an unsullied honor, which 
he would inn exchange for profit, position or power, 
lie would never besmirch a spotless citizenship by 
demagogism. He wen his success by honest, hard 
work, and by a life of trnili and candor, and a scorn of 
hypocrisy and pretense, fie is a man elastic in his or 
•janizaiiiin, a brilliant conversationalist, an eloquent 
orator, with a boundless command of language, which, 
together with his sympathetic, friendh manners, make 
him a I. nun companion and a man much sought aftei as 
a friend. 



HON. AUGUSTUS H. PETTIBONE. 

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T1IK ancestry of Augustus II. Pettibone is English 
Puritan. Scotch i elan ( iraut ). and French Hugue- 
not, lie is the sixth in descent from John Pettibone, 
a Huguenot Frenchman, who was admitted a freemau 

in the colony of C cticut, in 1658, and from whom 

all the American family of the name have signing, 

< )n his mother's side, he is the seventh in descenl 
from John Adden, the clerk, of the Mayflower, immortal- 
ized in Longfellow's "Courtship of Miles Standish." 
He is also a descendant of Capt. Matthew I Irani, who was 
the first American ancestor of Gen. U. S. I Irani, through 
his (('apt. Matthew Grant's) daughter, Priscilla Grant 

Augustus II. Pettibone's grandfather, Elijah Petti- 
bone, a native ol" Norfolk, Connecticut, horn iii 1748, 
was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. from Bunker 
1 1 ill to i he surrender ol' Burgoyne, ami drew a pension 
till he died, in 1818. His thirteenth child and youngest 
son was Augustus N. Pettibone, father of the subject 
of this sketch; horn .January 29, 1802, at Norfolk, Con- 
necticut; was a clothier ami cloth dresser: moved in 
1822, to Ohio; built the first cloth dressing and carding 
mill in northern Ohio, at Newburg, now a part of Cleve- 
land; was sheriff of Cuyahoga county Ohio, and held 
several other eounl ■ offii bough 1 



manufacturer of cloth. He died in 1849, in Greene 
county, Wisconsin, where he had removed in 1840'. He 
was an old line Whig, ami was noted a- a elf-taught 
elocut ionist ami a line reader 

Maj. Pettibone's mother, »"< Nancy L Hathov 
was horn near Burlington, Vermont, in 1803, daughter 
of Zephaniah Hathoway, a native of Taunton, Massa 
chusetts, who afterwards became a pioneer in the woods 

of Ohio, and died i xtensive farmer in that State. 

He married Mi-- Silence Alden, descendant of John 
Alden before mentioned, Mai. Pettibone's mother 
wa- a woman of decided force of character, as were ill 
lea- sisters Sally, wife of George Comstock ; Demari.s, 
wife 'if Samuel Barney, ami Hartie, wife of William 
Barney — two sisters who married two brothers. Mrs 
Pettibone was a member of the Christian Baptist 
church, and die. I in I - 12 leaving three children i 1 
Julia, now wile of Reuben Parkinson, Bedford, Ohio. 
(2) Augustus Herman, subject of this sketch 
Lorette II., now wife of William Green Waukesha. 
\ \ • -in. 

Maj. Augustus II Pettibone, was horn at Bedford 
Cuyahoga couuty, Ohio January 21, 1835 He attended 
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HE Buist family uaine-is French, and was origi- 
nally I >e Buest . but the ancestors of the subjei > 



of this biographical sketch moved to Scotland, in the 
time of Man. Queen of Scots, where the " De was 
dropped and the name became Buist. 

Dr. John It. Buist was born in Charleston, South 
Carolina, February 13, 1834, and graduated in literature 
from the South Carolina College, at Columbia, in the 
year 1854. \ltor studying medicine two wars at the 
Charleston Medical College, under Profs. Geddings, 
Dickson, Frost and Moultrie, he entered the medical 
department of the University of New i r ork, whence he 
graduated M.D., in March, 1857, under Profs. Paine, 
Metcalf, Draper and Mutt. He served as interne fifteen 
months, 1857-8, in Bellevue Hospital, Nevi York, He 
next attended medical lectures in the University of 
Bdinburg, Scotland, during the winter of 1858-9. In 
the latter year he went to Paris, France, and was a stu- 
dent under the celebrated Trousseau, Nelaton, and 
ether distinguished professor's. In January, lstiii, lie 
settled at Nashville, Tennessee, and began practice In 
May, 1861, the war having broken out, he was appointed 
assistant surgeon of the First Tennessee regiment, Con- 
federate States army, but was promoted surgeon, May, 
ls(i2. and assigned to the Fourteenth Tennessee regi 
ment, Col. Forbes, of Clarksville, commanding, and in 
a few months was again promoted, this time to brigade 
-in -eon. and transferred to Gen. George Maney's Ten- 
nessee brigade, under Gen. Bragg, with which he con 
tinned until tile close el' the war. 

During the time of his connection with Maney's 
brigade. Dr. Buist was chief surgical operator in Gen. 
Frank Cheatham's division. lie was present at the 
battles el' Shiloh, the seven days' battles around Rich- 
mond, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Perryville, 
Johnson's retreat from Dalton, and at the battle of 

Franklin, in all of which he had the very arduous 
duties of a surgeon to perform. Several of Dr. Buist's 
more difficult surgical operations in the army, together 
with his views as to the proper treatment of wounded 
soldiers, both in transitu and in hospitals, are iv 
corded in the "Surgical II i story of the War.'' bySurgeon- 
Gen. Woodward, of the United States army. 

Dr.' Buist was left in charge of the Confederate 
wounded at Perryville, Kentucky, alter Gen. Bragg's 

fel leal . in October. 1862, and remained with them until 
February. 1863. After the battle of Nashville, in De- 
cember, 1864, he was taken prisoner at Franklin, while 
in charge of the wounded of lien. Hoods army, and 

was detained a prisoner at Nashville, Louisville and 

Fort Delaware, in all three months, lie rejoined the 

army in North Carolina, and surrendered at Greensbor 
ough, under Gen. Joseph Iv Johnston. 

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After the .surrender he went to Richmond, in June 
L865, and iii the senate chamber took the oath of alle 
•jiaiice to the United States. Returning to Nashville, he 

formed a partnership and practiced medicine one year 
with Dr. R. C. Foster, son of Hon. Ephraini H.Foster 
formerly United States senator from Tennessee. I'r 
Foster retiring, he next formed a partnership with Dr. 
John H. Callender, which continued until Dr. Callen 
der was elected superintendent of tic Tennesssee 

Hospital for the Insane, in 1869. Since that date. Dr. 

l!ui-t has practiced alone, giving his undivided atten 
tion to private practice, except when engaged in the 
sanitary affairs of the city of Nashville, he being a 
member of the city hoard of health from its foundation 
in 1ST I. to . I nee L880. He was at times both secretary 
and president of the board. lie was active in the dis 
charge of his duties through the cholera epidemics of 

IStili and 1873, and a member of the board of health 
during the exciting times of the threatened yellow fe\ or 
epidemics of ]s7s -79. 

He was also professor of oral surgery for three sue 
cessive sessions, from 1879 to 1883, in the dental depari 
ment of Vanderbilt University, but retired in thespring 
of 1883, on account of the arduous duties of his increas 
itig private practice. 

Dr. Buist is a member of the Edinborough, Scotland. 

Medical College Society ; the State Medical Society of 

Tennessee, and the City Medical Society of Nashville. 
In personal appearance Dr. Buist is of medium height 
and weight, is compactly built, has light gray eyes, and 
the in i Id. benevolent line of the typical physician, lie 
is modest and quiet in demeanor, but a gentleman of 
culture, rare social attainments and of great popularity. 
Dr. Buist married in Nashville. .Inly .'!, 1876, Mi" 
Laura Woodfolk, a great beauty and a rei'jiiine belle. 
She is the daughter of Gen. W. W. Woodfolk, ol'a lead 

ing North Carolina family. Her grandfather, Maj 
William Woodfolk, of Jackson county, Tennessee, was. 

a pioneer of that section. I a large planter and influ- 
ential man. ( ien. \\ oodfolk, her lather, was a member 
of the Legislature from Jackson count): served on 
< lo\ . Carroll - stafl ; was a man of tine ability and large 

fort line, being one of the richest men in Tennessee 
when the war broke out. Mrs. Buist's mother, 1in 
Ellen Ilorton. was a daughter of .Joseph W. Morton, a 

sheriff, count) court clerk and otherwise prominent in 
the early history of Davidson county. Mrs Buist was 
educated at the famous old Nashville Female Academy, 
under Rev. Dr. C. D. Elliott. By this marriage Dr. Buist 

has one child, a son. William Edward Buist, born De- 
cember 27, 1871. Dr. Buist and uifearelioth members 
of the Presbj teriau church 

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tion of all causes except Felonies and ejectments. ll< 
was then elected clerk of that court, and ti 1 Km I thai 
office until the abolishment of the court, under il 
eration of the constitution of 1834. 

The public career of George \V. Jones may be said 
to have commenced wit h the adoption of the constitu- 
tion of 1834, in the State of Tenm ratification 
by the people taking place in March, 1835, and hi- elec- 
tion to the house of representatives of the General 
Assembly in Atigustof that year. The cardinal features 
of that instrument, as contrasted with that of IT'.'ii. were 
distinctively democratic, in that it framed a govern- 
ment more immediately responsible to Hi.' 
through popular elections. This was in entire accord 
wttli the ruling principle "t Mr. Jones' political faith, 
viz.. that the people are fully capable of self-govern- 
ment, ami are the rightful source of all political power, 
ami that the honest mistakes of which they may 
sionally he guilty are more tolerable and of less harm 
t.> the cause of good government than the view which 
assumes the people to In- ignorant, ami would permit 
them hut a remote and indirect control over their laws 
ami the functionaries appointed to administer them. 
lie wa> a firm believer in the doctrine thai everybody 

ser than anybody. The chief duty of the I.. - 
tare of is.",,") was to organize the State government under 
the new constitution, and harmonize its law- with the 
principles therein set forth. Mr. Jones participated 
actively in that work. 

His service was acceptable to his constituency, and 
in 1>.'!7. he was returned to the popular brunch ol the 
General Assembly. One of the important measures of 
that year was the project tor the establishment of the 
Bank ol Tennessee, and ii was zealously opposed by Mr. 
Jones, though ineffectually. He had been an opponent 
of the Bank of the United Stale-, and was antagonistic 
ernmental banking institutions ou principle, and as 
promotive of favoritism and corruption, and 
the fiscal advantages claimed for them, prone to become 
political agencies and of dcirim.au to the public 

In Au-ust. 1839, Mr. Jones was -cm to the State 
senate from the district of Lincoln and Giles. In the 
meantime, the Hank of Tennessee had beeu organized, 
it- .apital being the State school fund, the Federal 
surplus revenue deposited under the act of Congress ol 

l-::ii with the State, ami the proceed- of two and a half 
million of Siate bonds issued tin- the purpose. The re- 
port of ii- president to the Legislature showed that one 

million of these bonds were -lill held by tile hank 

Mr, Jones promptly introduced a hill directing their 
return to the secretary of State, and that they should 

hi' cancelled by the governor of (he State. At thi- -e- 

siou, he opposed a recommendation of the messaj 
Gov. Polk, that bonds of the State should he payable 

in Sterling mouey, and in the citj of London and coll 

tributed to the defeat of the proposition in the General 

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Among the most signal .- while scrvn 

the 8 slature. was his earnest support id' a lull 

abolishing imprisonment for debt, and there i- none 
ll he recalled with a louder satisfaction than the 
pan he bore in obliterating from the statute hook that 
odious heritage from the days when the personal liberty 
ol tree citizen- wa- sordidly set in ihe-.alc- of dollars 
and cent-, and mi-lake ami misfortune Were made as 
infamous a- crime. 

In 1840. while a candidate for presidential elector on 
the Democratic ticket, a vacancy occurred in the office 
of county court clerk of Lincoln county, and the count) 
court, in August of that year, elected Mr. -lone- to till 
the unexpired term, to March. IS42. when he was elected 
l'\ the people for a lull term of four years. This office 
he resigned, however, at the J nly term of the court, in 
1843, and a; the State election in the month following' 
was elected the representative ■>( hi- Congressional dis 
triet in the house :'\' representatives of the I'nited 
Stales, and look hi- seat ill the December follow 

a member of the Twenty eighth Congress. 

This ( 'ongress « itnessed the advent on the theater of 
national affairs of quite a number of men who were 
destined to attain distinction and exert a wide influence 
in subsequent years— among them Andrew Johnson, 
Stephen A. Douglas, Robert Toombs and Alexander 11. 
Stephen-. Of the subject of thi- .-ketch it may h, 
that while not rivaling these and other- of hi- Con 
sional contemporaries in brilliancy of attainments 
and oratorical uifts, no man preceding him in the popu 
lar branch of Congress, or then or since entering it, 
surpas-ed him in efficient usefulness as a legislator, and 
none of those named, and but one or two in the history 
of the government, ever, for so long a term of service 
in that body, and -o implicitly, held the confidence of an 
iin mediate constituency and that of the country at large. 
I le wa- continued in membership by sueces 
tions tor sixteen years, or until 1859, in the most of 
the elections tli ti "ii being nominal ami hi- ma- 

jorities always overwhelming. It i- doubtful it there 
is another instance in the history of Congress unless 
it he thai of John Quinc} Adams ami his constituency 

in which the relation-hip between the representative 
and the represented was more thorough and cordial. 
The most important national question, during the first 
ress of his service, was the annexation of Texas, of 
which he was a staunch advocate, and gave -upport. both 
to the resolution of the house of representatives on the 
subject, and the alternative hill from the senate, lor a 
commission to negotiate the matter, when the two prop 
ositions were conjoined. I u the Twenty ninth Congress 
— the first of the Polk administration— he advocated, 
by speech and vote, the act declaring a state of war with 
M.M.o. and in that ami the succeeding Congress, ar- 
dently supported all measures for its vigorous pro-ecu 
tion. lie voted for the act organizing the territory of 
Ori on, in which tin Missouri compromise line was 



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way. An vIiil: .in opinion, of sterling good sense, of compre 

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. knowledge of men, "(' unbending integrity, ami 
rated devotion i" the cause "I' popular govern- 
ment, die useful ami blameless records "I' both of tlieui 
l\ illustrate the truth, that the best type of public 
officials is no! always found in association with brilliant 
intellectual sifts ami acquirement*. Inn rather in lurid 
judgment, honest coin iction ami unostentatious courage. 



.TAMES RODGEKS, M.I\ 






DK Hi HXJKR^ scended from Scotch Irish 

\vl\ an ian. 1 lames -a 11a- 

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life, ami I: \ now ille. when 

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and rrni"\ farmer, and 

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Clay he remained a W hig all his 

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acting S Presbyteri 111 chin 

Knox He was man. 

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l*r. Ii idgei - mo \ nie Patton - m in 

leaving tl 

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.".> Elizabeth, married James Randies, from >■ 
county, moved to Texas and died, leaving several chil- 
dren. 

Ih\ .lames Rodgers was .born in Knoxville, Jul) 2, 
- s ' and lia> lived in that town ever since. He was 
to work until he entered Knoxville College, in 
which he studied some three or four years under Pres- 
ident Joseph Kstabrook. Leaving college, he clerked 
in a drug store six years, during which time he studied 
iue under Dr. James Morrow. He took lectures 
in Lexington. Kentucky, in 184:2 13. under Dr. Ben 
Dudley, and has been practicing medicine ever since. 
In 1870. the faculty of the University of Nashville 
conferred the degree of M. 1). upon him. on account of 
- ire and experience. The names attached to his 
diploma are a sufficient guarantee of the merit of its 
recipient, to wit : Professors \\ . T. Briggs, T. L. 
Madden. Paul F. Kve, W. L. Xichol. Van S. Lindsley, 
Johu II. Calleuder. W K Bowling. C K. Winston and 
I !i rrien Lindsley. 

Both professionally and financially. Dr. Rodgers has 
been a success, lie began life 011 mulling, and after 
[laying fifteen thousand dollars security money, is now 
in independent circumstances. He is a member of the 
County and State Medical Societies, of the American 
Medical Association, and of the National Board of 
Health, and has been president of the Hast Tennessee 

Medical Society, and of the KlIOX county Medical So- 
il is nobler mention to say that he st 1 by his 

people through every epidemic that lias visited the 

town: of cholera in 1854, and of small-pox during the 
war. 

In politics. Dr. Rodgers was first a Whig, but has 

Republican ever since the disintegration of the 

W big party. He was postmaster at Knoxville four 

- under appointment from President Grant, in 1S69. 

He was appointed by Go\ Brownlow State director of 

\ loxville and Kentucky railroad, and served three 

He was examining surgeon of the United States 

- 11 department from 1S70 to 1S83. He is a Royal 

Arch Mason, and lias held all the offices in the Inde- 



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pendent Order of Odd Fellows, including thai of Grand 
Master of the State. In religion, he is a Preshyterian, 
was ordained elder June L6, L872, is clerk of the ses 
aion; has frequently been delegate to the synods, and 
was delegate to the General Assembly al its session in 
Madison, Wisconsin, in 1880. Dr, Rodgers married ;ii 
Knoxville, in November, L843, Miss Rosanna McMul- 
lin. who was born in that town, July 20, 1820, daughter 
of Daniel McMullin, a native [rishuian. Her mother 
was a McCaughan, also a native of Ireland, where she 
married her husband. She died young, leaving three 
children: (I). Rosanna, wife of Dr. Rodgers. (2). 
Thomas, a merchant at Waco, Texas. (.">). Isabella, 
who died al Knoxville, wife of David Solomon, leaving 

three children, William, a printer ; .lames, new ill Kan 

sas City, .Missouri, and Fannie, unmarried. 

Mrs. Rodgers was educated at Knoxville, is a Pres- 
byterian, and is notably domestic in her ways and habits. 
By his marriage with Miss McMullin, Dr. Rodgers has 
ten children : (1). Isabella, wife of M. C. Wilcox, who 
came to Knoxville from Ohio in the Federal army. 
They are now living at Mt. Airy, Georgia. (2). Thomas, 
a druggist at Knoxville: married Miss Lucie White 

and has six children, .lames. Margaret, Charles. Cowan. 



Flora and Don, (3) -lame- in mercantile life in St. 
Louis: married Miss Lillian Branner, in Knoxville, and 

has two children, (iuoi and Ruth. (I). Samuel, 

graduated in medicine in Vanderbilt University, Nash- 
\ tile now prael icing at Ml \ irj . t leorgia. (5) 
Charles, in the drug business, al Knoxville, (13). Wal- 
lace, fanning in Knox county; married Miss Jewie 
Jackson, lias three children, Lizzie. Rose and Jewie. 
(7). Anna, wife of Iv <!. ( )ats I i) Hugh, died in 

infancy. (9). Hugh (second), in i 'candle business 

at Knoxville. (10), Lillie, a young lad; now at h •. 

Since 1832, Dr, Rodgers has lived a Christian life, 
with Presbyterian strictness, trained his children in the 
ways of godliness, and has live, I to see them all, from 
the oldest to the youngest, baptized into the Presbyte- 
rian church, thus achieving the greatest success a father 
can accomplish, lie never took a chew ol tobacco, was 
never intoxicated, does not know one playing card from 
another, never had a I i • I > i and having the universal 
esteem ami confidence of his city, where he has lived 
sixtj six years, and of which I iresentative phy- 

sician, he is presented to the distinguished companj 
whose biographies fill this volume as a standard Ten 
nessce man. 



J. .). HARRISON, M.D. 






THE Harrison family is of Scotch-Irish stock, the 
ancestors ol this branch coming to America from 
"Anld Seotia's flinty glebe." Dr. Harrison's grand- 
father, John Harrison, moved from Virginia to Easl 
Tennessee, at an early day in the settlement of that 
section. He married Miss Susan Jackson, in Roane 

County, and by her had onl\ one child, .lames F. I larri 
son (father of the subject of this sketch ). who was horn 

near London, in 1809; raised on a farm . read medicine 
under Dr. Tom Anderson ; attended one course of lee 
tures in Washington City; graduated at Lexington, 

Kentucky, and located at Loudon, where he had an 
extensive practice until his death, in 1861. lie was a 

very positive, determined man, and upright in all his 

dealings and transactions in life; was an elder in the 

Presbyterian church; horn and raised a Whig; sympa- 
thized with the southern cause, and was a member ol 
the Masonic fraternity. 

Dr. Harrisons mother, net Miss Sarah l>. Merrick, 
was horn in New Orleans: was educated in Roane 
county; was a member of tin Presbyterian church, and 
noted for her overflowing hospitality, ami a charity 
limited only by her means ami opportunities for doing 

a 1. She died from the effect of injuries received in 

being thrown from a buggy at Red Clay, Georgia in 



1859, at the age of forty six. and left three sons and 
two daughters: (1). John tlenrj Harrison, who be- 
came a captain in the Confederal arm), and was killed 

at the battle of Piedi t (2). Josiah -I. Harrison. 

subject of this sketch. (I!). .lames M Harrison, died 
at Huntsville, Alabama, ol heart disease. (4). Rachel 
Susannah Harrison, widow successively of Dr. I!. \\ . 
^.dams and George W. Mayo. 5) Sarah Adaline Har- 
rison, now wife of John II VI cGhee, of Monroe county 
Tennessee nephew of C, M. McGhee, of Knoxville. 

I>r Harrison was horn in Roane (now Loud 

county, Tennessee, February 13, 1834, and there grew 
up, working on his fathers farm, and going to school in 

the winter i ths. He c menced the study of medi 

cine when eighteen years of age under his fathei al 
Loudon ; attended the medical department of the Uni- 
versity of Nashville two sessions, and graduated in the 
winter of 1853 I under Profs W. K. Bowling, A. II 
Buchanan. I'aul F. Eve, C. K. Winston. .1. Berrien 
Lindsley, John M Watson, and Robert M. Porter. In 

ls.il he located at London, associated in practice with 

his father, and in 1858 returned and took auothet 
course in the University of Nashville. He has had a 

successful practice ever since, including a ctensive 

surgical practice. He was a i tract surgeon in the 



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PROMINENT TKNNESSK W» 



i "liilo during the war. hut be- 

that time, was exempted from 

l'r me .1 Mason 1. >ud n 

.hteen 
ship . 
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I'hureh. 

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v. 

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ate army, and afterwards 

ral. Her mother. Miss 

Galbreth. was a daughter of Rev. Johu T. 

I ialbreth. a Methodist preacher. Mrs. Harrison is the 

elder H sisl ■:•. Alice MeCray. is 

1 le, a tanner in Monroe county, 

Mrs Harrison was educated in Bishop 

- - hool in (Jeorgia.and is a Presbyterian. Her 

crowning charm • - to make home home-like and 

< table, am! to raise her children correctly. She 

he reputation - i kind and di 

ility as between her step- 
daughter and her own children. She has bori 

children, all horn in London : Frank 
Rhea. Henr> M . Fai \ Joe •'.. Thomas 11.. Km 

inett M.. and John McUhee. 

IV. Harrison has made a success in life by self-reli- 
His father had accumulated 
■ • inds and uegroes, r 

whieh was swept away by the war. or went i 
rit> debts. This left his childrei life where 

he hi _ •. about nothing. Dr. Harrison, there- 

has made what he now ss ssi - by faithful and 
nt attention to his - n. to whieh he has 

exelus - nine, his talents and his in- 

fluence. 



ANSON NELSON. 






Til IS _ - s voltil 

without a title, but as he has 
my man in 
the author is half-ten in, Ans 

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than honest i 

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him the unlimite 

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Auson Nelson, the 

He Sas 

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or checks more than two hundred thousand times, and 

- -nature has 
ever been protested or thrown out vf bank or unpaid 
on demand. In all this immense business 
with officials and private iudividu; - s said no corn- 
has been heard, either on accouut 

ttlement. - - at— iudeed. 

ity. he had bond in the sum 

in fifty th - nty-five thousand dollars. 

while - m one thousand five 

-.nd dollars per annum. 
j Mr. Nels - - ntial, 

t diffidence: but when duty or honor 
demai - - - -- ind unflinchingly faithful 

to him. The net re- 
sults - - - not honest from 

- to do right for right s 

- long a time in the - the public, iu 

\ - I termined I 
he ha :. and in the f 

Nashville." returned to them, with 
clean bands and unsullied name, the trust they had 



PROMINENT TENNESSEANS, 



imposed upon him: "It has become generally known 
that I am not a candidate for re election to the office of 
<it\ treasurer, or an applicant for any official position. 
The new reform movement, just starting, gives me an 
excellent opportunity to step aside and pursue another 
calling, after two or three months of necessary rest. This 
fact was known to the present members of the city 
council several days ago, and is not a new or sudden de 
oision. More than a year ago I made up my mind to 
retire from ..Hire, am! two or three times I was on the 

point of resigning, but was prevailed uj to post] e 

the matter, when, finally. 1 concluded to fill out inj 
term. My decision uot again to run for the office was 
known to a few friends many months ago, and has noth 
'"■- whatever to do with the recent elect! r its 

results. 

" An.! uow it is proper for me to say to the good peo- 
ple of this city that I feel, as I have felt for years past, 
the profoundest gratitude to them for long continued 
favors, and for their unwavering and unabated friend 
shi P- '''"'• fourteen years past I have held the office of 
City treasurer, without a break or interruption Before 
the war I was tax collector for over eight years, which 
makes more than twenty two years of municipal service. 
'I his is mmsual. almost without precedent, and I am 
doubly thankful for these home honors, and for such 
continued manifestations of public confidence. I was 
voted l',,r by members of the city council, year after 
year, with a unanimity that was aim,, st surprising 
Democrats and Whigs, Republicans and anti-Republi- 
cans, temperance men ami anti temperance men. white 

meD aml colored, and men of all shades of opini „ 

Politics and religion, have cheerfully and uniformly sup 

ported me, believing it to be their duty to their, - 

stituents. ! never had an opponent for either office, 
except upon a single occasion, and then the opposition 
was very slight. 

"Mj accounts have been examined annually by com 
petent committees, and passed upon as correct. For 
the last year this has m,t been done, but soon will be. 
No blunder or mistake has ever been made, so far as f 

knew or believe, save two or three clerical errors, of 

minor importance, which were easily corrected. Mj 
bookshave been accurately kept, and they are simple 
ami easily understood. The business of the citj treas- 
urer is to receive money and paj out the same according 

to law. ami until about twoyearsago, to report monthly 

'" thecit 3 council, in detail, all receipts and expendi- 
tures. Tins was done every month until the office of 
city an, liter was create,!, when it was made his duty to 
so report. He has done so ever since. Numbers of 
men, as part of the finance committee, have gone over 
my books, and, I am proud to say. have always found 
t,u '" 1 "' be correct. The city, however, had a regular 
book-keeper in its employ until the creation of the office 
of city auditor, who now performs the dutj 
" [have handled, on an average, about half a million 



305 



"'' dollars at ally. I have I i der bond for about 

fifty thousand dollars all the time, and was fortunate 

enough always to obtain g 1 names, without applying 

t0 l! '" e that I thought would ask in return pecuniary 

i;u f me or the city. The labors of my office, as 

ever} one knows, arc responsible and arduous, and I 

trust my success,,,- will be hetter re Derated for his 

u '"' k than ' h avel n. M\ salary has been compara- 
tively small. 

. " '' is unnecessary for me to say that I wish the new 

''"''" °f government iplete uccess. The system I 

believe to be a good one, and it ought to succeed. I 

greatly desire the prosperity of all the | pic of this 

" ' and growing city, and with grateful thank, to all I 

am, respectfully, ,\nson Nelson 

Tllis determinatioi Mr. Nelson's pari met with 

universal regret- the | pie fell they ha, I sustained an 

almost irreparable loss, while the press, of all shades of 

political complexion, bore willing testimony to his un 

blemished record. The American, in it editorial ,-,,1 

umns, said: " There are few, jf any, who will read the 

card of \ Nelson, Ksq., published in to-day's Amer 

ican, without regretting his am, ounce! intention to 
" Mlv from the management of the city's financial 
; ' l,a "' v tf there is one man in Nashville, who, above 
all others, is respected by every class of the community 
for his sterling honesty, faithful service in the public 
interest, and high Christian character, that man is Mr. 
Nelson. As stated in his card, his intention has not 
been hastily formed. It was certainly not based upon 
lllr i,|,:l that he would not be retained by the m„ 
''"■* council. On the contrary, there is ample authority 

[or stating that, had he 1 u disposed to hold the office 

■onger, he would have been unanimously re elected. 

1 apable, 1 est and experienced public servants like 

him are but too rarely found in these days, and it is a 
matter of regret that the reform government is not to 
have the benefit of his skill and sagacity as a financial 
officer." 

The Nashville morning World, of the same date con 
l:ill,ri1 the following;: " Mr. Anson Nelson, after serv 
ln " : the city in the capacity of treasurer for fout 

years, makes the announcement that lie will no longer 

be a candidate for any office, lie says it is no sudden 
notion, but that he intended, and would have retired 
long ago, had not his friends urged him to continue. 
Six months ago he again fully concluded to retire, the 
ll,l,il ' s of ll "' office confining him so closely, and had 
gone -, far as to draw up his resignation, but again his 
friends urged him to continue, on the ground that it 
would be very difficult t„ get a man who would be will 
'"'-' '" give a fiftj thousand dollar bond for that length 

ol time, lie says he has n,,w fully determined t 

longer seek official position, for fourteen years he has 

1 " fc he choice of the i pie, through the board oi 

aldermen, and is the only citj official, with the , 
'i"" of Capt Stockell, who has been honored sue, 



10i 



■RO.MINKNT Ti:\\l>Si: \\- 



ively lor so long a period, now in office. Before the 
war, Mr, Nelson served as revenue collector over eight 
never had any opposition for either treasurer 
or collector, except on one o< easion A- treasurer, Mr. 
S hi lias liandled over half a million dollars a year, 
making about fifteen millions during the fourteen 
in office. Hi- bond has been variously fixed at from 
thirty thousand dollars to seventy-five thousand dollars, 
which he has never had any trouble in making. The 
bond at the present time is fifty thousand dollars. His 
tnts have been passed on annually by an auditing 
committee, with tin exception of the past year, which 
"ill be done in a few days. In retiring from the office 
In 1 desires to tender hi- profound gratitude to all the 
members of all councils during the time he has served, 
and to the citizens of S'ashville, lor the continued con 
lice anil honor shown him." 
The cvenii i-said: '" The announcement that 

Mr. Anson Nelson ha- determined to retire from the 
service -I' the city is received with regret a- deep as it 
is universal. For fourteen years ho ha- faithfully dis- 
charged the duties ni treasurer, receiving and dishurs 
ing millions of dollars, and during that long period not 
"iic word of criticism of In- official anion has 
uttered. His close attention to business and his affa- 
bility toward all with whom he ha- come in contact, 
won I'm- him tin- hearty commendation and the uo.nl will 
of his fellow officials, the conductors of the government 
and the general public. Wearied with years of con- 
stant toil. Mr. Ncl-on will short]; 

n.l lake a rest, to which he is ju-tly entitled, ami 

which hi- friends hope will be full of enjoyment, li 
i- his intention to resume work in another spher 
eral months hence, and we cordially join the citizens of 
this city in wishing him the greatest success 

The Artisan contained the following tribute, which 
but reflects the love and sentiments of thousand- of his 
t' How citizens " As a rule the resignation of a public 
occurrence) is no loss to the public 
service, but ally there is a very marked i 

tion. One of these is the resignation of An-. \ 
a- city treasurer. His experience and knowledge of 
that office would have been of very great value to the 
new government, and hi- example as an honest ami 
upright financier, of inestimable worth, for twenty 
two consecutive years he has served this city, eight as 
collector, and fourteen as treasurer, and hut for his 
refusal, would have continued to do so a- long as his 
life was spared to us. Except once, his election from 
time to time has been unanimous, and that time the 
opposition was but trifling; his unblemished integrity. 
ah and uprightness, ami eminent titne-s. were 
such that no one ever ventured to suggest a change, and 
after all these years of service ami handling of public 
funds, he retires from office without the slightest taint 
on his character, or a breath of suspicion attached to 
him. an 1 m that the strictest or most sus- 



picious could intimate was not justly or righteously his 
own, Of what immense value in these times of - 
lation ami shortage i- such a record . such a finaucial 
career and such a record is worth a- an example, and a 
il to tin young business men. more than a thousand 
as or essays'on honesty and integrity. We trust 
we max long continue to met him and his good wife - 
one of the very few mated, and not merely matched, 
couple- in tin- world in our daily walk, and that for 
many, very many years, they may together reap the hap- 
piness of a w.jl spent life, and w.jl earned comforts, 
and that fir distant may he the time when cither will 
lie called to mourn for the other, or to vainly long for 

' Til.' touch >>:' ;t vanished h 
And tii<- s.'iimi of a voice that i- still.* " 

Mr Nelson was horn in Washing-ton county, Tennes 
see N 10, 1821, and spent the first seven years 

of hi- life in the " lliawas.-ee Purchase," now .Mc.Minn 
county, and at Maryville, and his next twelve years at 
Knoxville. When only ten year- old he entered the 
office of Mai. I-'. S llei.-kcir.- Knoxville Regit 
learn the printer's business. Vmong the boys employed 
at that time in the same establishment were others who 
cards became prominent men Hen. V. K. ZoUi- 
eofter, Midshipman Harrell, William fields (editor of 
F s .') and William Clayton, of Alabama. 

Having completed his apprenticeship and become a 
full-fledged journeyman printer at Knoxville. Mr. Nel- 
son went to Nashville, in 1840, and soon aftqj took 
charge <<( the Nashville Whig as foreman. In 1849, 
he bought the Daily Gazetti and established a job office 
in connection with it. publishing by contract the Pres- 
byterian Record and the IJosftrw Boatman. He pur- 
chased the Organ and edited that paper in the 
interest '•i' tern] as ad\ ocate I by tin 5 
Temperance, of which order he was elected Grand 
Treasurer, and subsequently tilled all the higher offices 
of that organization. But the general public had need 
of his energetic ami reliable services, and, as before 
stated, from 1853 to 18o'2, he was, by successive elec- 
tions, revenue collector of the city of Nashville. From 
1864 to 18b'9. he engaged in the real estate business. 
lion John M. Bass became receiver of the cor- 
poration of Nashville, which had ? u rescued 
from a plundering hand of irresponsibles who drifted 
\ i-hville during the war. Mr. Nelson was appointed 

to take charge of the city tax 1 ks. In ( Ictober 

lie wa- elected treasurer of the city by the new council, 
and held the office continuously until November L6, 
188 

In 1853. he was elected recording secretary of the 
-- i Historical Society, and has held that office 
e\ er since. In 1880, the society had hi- portrait painted 
and hung in the library room of the State capitol, 
in appreciation of hi- services a- their secretary for 
twenty-five years. 

At the organization of tin Mt < »' I -cry com- 



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pauy, in ls,V)— tlic principal burying ground of the city 
— he was elected a director of the company and is still a 
director. He was instrumental in building the South 
Nashville street railroad, in 1865 the firsl street rail- 
way in Nashville — and was president oi the company the 
first year of its existence. He was a director in the 
Nashville and Chattanooga railroad company for three 
years, under the administration of Hon. M. Burns, its 

president, and was one oi the executive c mittee for 

the term of his directorship. He was a director of the 
Second National Bank oi Nashville, in ls(i."> 6, He 
was one of the board of managers of the city's Centen- 
nial Exposition, in L880, and prepared and bad read by 
W . K. McAllister, jr., esq., a sketch of the history of 
Nashville for its first one hundred years. That sketch, 
with the author's addenda, was deposited in the corner- 
stone of Wesley Hall, at Vanderbilt University, in 1881. 
A Statistical View of Nashville, a magazine article by 
Mr. Nelson, was deposited in the corner-stone of the 
State Capitol, in 1845. He is vice-president of Good- 
man's business college, Nashville, and for thirty years, 
has been one of the business advisers of Mrs, ex-Presi- 
dent James K Polk, 

For forty two years Mr. Nelson lias been a member 
of the Baptist church, for twenty-seven years one of 

its deacons, and was for four years its Sunday-school su- 
perintendent—during the war. 

In 1847, be became a .Master Mason, and has taken 
all the degrees up to and including Knighthood. For 
many years he has been treasurer of Phoenix Lodge, 
No. 131, Nashville, and has served as Warden in the 
lodge, and as King in the chapter, lie is also a mem 
her of the Royal Arcanum. 

He was an old line Whig until that party ceased to 
exist, but since the war, has eo operated with the 
Democrats. He was a delegate, in ls,">7. from Davidson 
county, to the State convention that nominated Gen. 
Robert Hatton for governor. 

Mr. Nelson first married, in Knoxville; February is, 
1840, Miss Eliza Ann Grady, a native of Hawkins 
county, Tennessee, daughter of John Grady, a farmer, 
of a Virginia family. She was a handsome woman, of 
intelligence and strong convictions, and a member of 
tin' Baptist church. She died at Nashville. February 
1. 1866, leaving one son, Henry, horn in Nashville. No 
\ ember I'o. 1844; educated at the Nashville high school ; 
was at onetime auditor of the Nashville and Chatta- 
nooga railroad, and previously a clerk fin- the Adams 
Express company; married Miss Henrietta Cheney, 

daughter of II. .1 . Cheney, and maternal granddaughter 
of Col. Samuel D.Morgan, the noted wholesale mer- 
chant of Nashville. He died December 12, 1879. 
Mr. Nelson's next marriage, which oceurred August 

li. 1868, was with the lovely Miss I'aiinie Dickinson 
Howell, eldest daughter of liov. Robert Uoylo C. 

Howell, D. D., the famous pastor of the first Baptist 
church, id' Nashville. She was born December 29, 



1838 educated at Nashville and Richmond, Virginia 

ami is a spirited lad} graceful in person and inn r 

and noted for being a fluent and elegant writer, having 
contributed articles, occasionally, both prose and poetry, 
to the newspapers and magazines. She reads French 
and German, understands music thoroughly, and is a 
very devoted member ol the Baptist church. In the 

ladies' weekly devotional meetings of that church, she 

is a leader, and has 1 n for several years past In the 

Sunday-school she is also a teacher, having a class of 
some fifteen youiiji men clerks and students in the 
normal and dental and other schools of the city, the} 
attending that class on account of her intellectual vigor 
and high culture. Withal, she is a thoroughly domes 
tie woman. 

Dr. Howell, her father, was born in Way sounty, 

North Carolina, March 10, 1801; died at Nashville, 
April 5, 1867, and was followed to the grave le. an 

immense concourse of his fellow -citizens, who respected, 
loved and venerated him, He was one of the most re- 
markable ministers of his times. In his pulpit, whether 
praying or preaching, he was a magnificent man. of 
varied and profound learning, and of deep and un- 
doubted piety. In his style 1 of oratory, hi' was a man 
to whom one had to listen with his eyes. No man of 

his day in Tennessee did so much to increase the num- 
bers of the Baptist denomination, to make it respec- 
table, or to elevate the standard of ministerial educa- 
tion. An evidence of Dr. Howell's personal popularity 
is found in the fact that he performed the marriage 
ceremony fir five hundred and forty-six couples. lie 
was, for forty years, a distinguished divine in Virginia 
and Tennessee, and was the most celebrated Baptist 
preacher in the South. lie was also the author of a 
number of valuable works. One of his published vol- 
umes, "Terms of Communion," went through several 
editions in the United States ami four in Great Britain. 
Besides a number of pamphlet addresses on various oc 
casions, he was the author of " The Deaconship," "The 
Cross," "The Covenants," "The Way of Salvation." 
" Evils of Infant Baptism," and "The Marly Baptists 

of Virginia," standard dei inational works. One of 

his unpublished works, "The Christolog} of the Pen- 
tateuch," may yet be given to the public 

Mr* Nelson's oldest brothel'. Alfred T. Howell, is 
now" a lawyer near (Iranlierry. Hood count), Texas, 
Her brother, lion. Morton I!. Howell, a lawyer at 
Nashville, was formerly clerk and master in chancery, 
and mayor of Nashville in [874, and is a gentleman of 
much culture ami line literary attainments. Her 
brother, Robert II. Howell, for a long time a leading 
publisher, is now secretat'} of the ((man A Stewart 
Sinn,' company. Her brother, Joseph T. Howell, is 

cashier of the Fourth National Bank. Nashville. Her 
sister. Jennie Howell, is now wife of Rev. Dr. I>. W. 

Gwin, pastor of the first Baptist church. Atlanta. 
Georgia. Her sister. Anna Howell, is now wife id' Dr. 






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Mrs Nol 
Mi Nel m's paternal aneestt\\ is of Kuglish exi 
II H ti'.v man Nelson, was, how 

l>oni in \ ■ a laniirr and a patriot sold 

ili,' IJe\ oln Mr Nelson s till Iter I ' 

Nelson, ».b 11 uativ e ol' Vii N 

1 1 ■. i : 

an, I lliere followed his oeeu|>!itioi> as a millwright an, I 

titty tiv e 1 1, 

was a Iviptist ami a W l\i II. Ii id an extreme fond 

in 1 " lor 1I 1 and went one nip 

w iili the celebrated Hr. C 

on bis v through Kast Tennessee, m order 

1 that direction, an mneli 

1 mm ol' his knowled 

its minerals, lie left l>nt little prop 

• n has humorously remarked, " lie bad 

ill,' lienor of h ami has kepi his inher 

n Miss I loward I 

, N 
■aili m Kilts, 1 imih 

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owes his first love of learning to Iter, though she lonnd 



n him an lor know lodge and for 

I'roni earliest chihlli 
Ke\ W illiatn \ Nelson, IV I) North 

ina, is a hrother n \li \i Xel His 

hrotlier, W, \ Haniel I! Nelson, is a retired minister 
in Henderson county, North Carolina His brother, 
lohn 1 1.'" \ m, is a I'armer .11 I'arinon illo, 
I hi Vnother l>rother, II. II. 

Ni U: liland, Iowa, is one of the three super 

\ iknk comity, Iowa, ami still another 
hrother, Samuel K. Nelson, is a farmer ai IVIta, K 
kuk county, Iowa. Ol his stsua-s | Nelson died 

the wife of Mr. Stone, at Rlooinington, Illinois, lea\ ing 
two children; ami Mary Nelson died in Iowa, wile of 
Mr. v hildren 

In personal ap \\ N m may he described 

medium hi in pact 1\ built, and 

, ; ' ml en,' ! po m.'is \ 

study et his portrait shows a projecting brow, keenness 
of p id corrugated with tho 

of earnest thought. II m is that et' in 

tentuess, as it' following Solomon's advice, " Let thine 
eyes look right en, ami thine eyelids straight b 

• ' iitlil at once proclaim him a man of fixed 

et' charat incially, he has 

been a fail • man who seems never to have 

" made haste to be rich, or even ti suite. 

When be first entered public office he adopted for his 

\ rather to he chosen than great 

• and this his greatly intlueneed his lite, ami, in 

nun, the influence of such a man must and will sun ive 

li i 111 tor genera! 



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sted by the Confeder- 
ate authorities and made the grand southern tour, as a 

six months. Returning 
heme and remainiii ce months, lie 

\ md remained there until quiet was pai- 

rs! occupation, 
\ alien of the State government in 

s ■ S senate from the eoun- 

\ I nion, Claiborne and 

I from the same 
counties, and when thai 

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, ted to the Cnited v 
v . S filled out his uu < uhernato- 

•• of 'I'enn, --. 
In ';• nor by the people by the 

thousand 
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him i notahh in fchi i of 'I'' mi' 

The differ* ecu (h id hi enmi 

Dll tllC fl'llIM 

for tile repeal of tin law upon ' In ground i hai 

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hi hi nli .' hold 
p| i tel 

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mill hi from the hai if men •■■■ h hei to 

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and Corinth. In Novembor, 1863, he was captured in 
Wilson oountj and sen) to Gen Lovell II. Rousseau, 
commanding at Nashville; gave his parole, and a bond 
not to engage further in hostilities; was released and 
remained within the federal lines, Ho resumed his 
law practice, both at Lebanon and Nashville. 

In 1S70, he became a Democratic candidate For Con 
gress Prom the Hermitage district, embracing Davidson, 
Wilsou, Williamson, Robertson, Cheatham and Troiis 
dale counties . cam assed the district against Hon, \\ il 
liam O'Neill Perkins, Gen. Tom Benton Smith. Col. 
James -I Turner, Col. Joseph Mottloy and the Hon 
Bailie Boyton. He received the nomination in the 
convention al Nashville, and was opposed in the election 
before the people by the Hon Bailie Peyton, an emi- 
nent politician, and the Hon. William !■' Prosser 
(Republican), then sitting member for the district. He 
was elected, beating Prossei by nearly six thousand, and 
Peyton by over three thousand votes, He took his seal 
as a member of the Forty second Congress, March 1. 
lsTl The right of the whole Tennessee delegation to 
be seated was disputed, and an especial contest of < ; nl 
laday's seat was made by Prosser. Col Golladay deli\ 
ered an effective written argument in behalf of the 
Tenuessee delegation before the committee on elections, 
which was ordered to be printed. The report of the 
i ommittee was unanimous in favor of seating the whole 
Tennessee delegation; Congress adopted it without a 
dissenting vote, and the contest by Prosser was dropped. 
He was a member of the committee on patents, and of 
the committee on mileage. He delivered speeches 
against the famous " kuklux " and "civil rights " bills, 
both of which measures have since been pronounced 
unconstitutional by the Supreme oourt of the United 
Stairs. In common with lion-. Daniel W Vorhees, 
.lames A. Garfield, S. S Cox, Samuel J. Randall, and 
the great majority of the eminent Republican and 
Democratic members of the forty second Congress, he 
voted forwbal was known as the ' salary grab bill," and 

lias always possessed the sturdy manb 1 to defend his 

action and maintain his integrity iu this matter He 
introduced and secured the passage of the loll for the 
purchase of the property for the construction of the 
custom-house at Nashville. He secured appropriation 

for the first time in ( gressional history for the im 

provement of Cumberland river, securing as much as 
two hundred and forty-five thousand dollars in his one 
term, making the river a familiar in the river and har- 
bor bills since passed, for further appropriations, lie 
also introduced a bill tin- the dedication of all the pub- 
lic lands belonging to the United States for educational 
purposes, and for an equal distribution of the lands or 
their proceeds for this use among the respective States. 
according to population, and asking for an account from 
all the States that had received such grants from 
Congress 

In is?:' a year made famous by what is known as the 



Johnson Cheatham canvass, ho was the nominee of the 
Democratic party in the \ ishville district lot Con n 
but was defeated b,\ Horace II, Harrison (Republican) ; 

a defeat brought ill i h mis produced iii t he 

Demoeratii rank-, by i,. I' Mr Johnson's candi 

daey 

lie was, in 1874. a candidate for nominal ion before 
the Democratic convention, which met al llartsvillc, 

and came within n few votes ol being ninated The 

convention could nol agree on anj of the aspii ml 
before it, and took up lion. S \|. l-'n,., ,,f t', n - 
tbage, who had nol been a candidate, and who, having 
been elected, died before taking his seal Strangely 
enough, Col John W Mead, of Gallatin, who was 
eleeted to till the vacancy also died before takini I 

seal, when Hon II ^ Kiddle, of Lebanon, was eleeted. 

took In- seat, and sometime after committed suicide, 

during tl temporary mental aberration. 

In 1878, at the instance of many friends, Col Golla 
day made an independent canvass for Congress, in the 
fourth district, againsl Hon Benton McMillin, who 

had been nominated, without having been a candidate, 
,oer the heads of all aspirants, including Col. James 

• I. Tinner. Col. John P. Murray and R (', Sanders. 

Col. Golladay refused to go into convention, claiming 
that the Democratic majority was so largo thai no cam 

volition was leaded In this raee he was defeated, re 

ceiving, however a very handsome vote, and carrying 
Wilson county triumphant ly 

Col. Golladay was. for many years, a trustee of Cum 
berland I tin ersity . his old alma mater, which position 
he resigned in 1881, on removing to Nashville. Since 
LS78, he has not been an aspirant for any public honors. 

\\ hatever success Col. Golladay has attained, is due 
to hi- education and the practice of integrity and in 
dustry in his profession, coupled with his powers of 
public speaking, at the bar and on the hustings. There 
are few better debaters in Tennessee, and still fewer 
who can win the hearts of an audience and carry 
them along en r^jijhi,/ with his fervid, burning, Bery 
eloquence. 

He was brought up in the Cumberland Presbyterian 
church, of which his parents wore members, but is 
strongly attached to the doctrines and ritual of the 
Episcopal church, lie is a Mason of the Royal Arch 
degree has passed all the chairs in ( Mil Fellowship is 
a member of the Improved Order of Red Men, having 
attained the degree of Chief; also of the Knights of 

Pythias ; but is not a frequent attendant at the meetings 

of any of the societies mentioned, his occupation in life 
being such that he has but little time to keep up his 
associations with these excellent orders 
Col. Golladay's father was born near Staunton, Vir 

gillia, and, when about foul years of age, was bound 

out, being an orphan, to a kinsman, a fanner. At the 
age of seventeen he ran away and went to Maryland, 
aud became clerk in a dry goods store in Hagcrstown 






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Martini Moon whu died the wife of John M N l 
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I iias K Mooi was raised at II untsvilli 

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he )»■■_•: 1 1 1 the stud) of medicine uiili his hrotli 
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i Ii him iv ivcnt to tl i Ivaniii 

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in the spring of 1842, under I'rols, Dudley, liush, 
Mitchell, X. It. Smith, Cross and I'eter Itctun 
hi. in .1 inn'. 1 fi 12 I fterw urd renn 

l!uli\ I mil permanently located, w In 

has practiced ■ now fort} four years. Ili- 

the war he invested his surplus income in laud 
and in finan- 
cial success, and tlii. i twithstandi I that 

tin' Ii fraternitj is not protected in 

I udinc in so-called physi 

tall) i miietcnt, hut patron 

tin- comity of the neighborhoods where they live. 
Whether the Legislature or tin- uiedi 

ision i- 
I. or rather so badly misi ■ 
no i. yet i' I'll Mini life 

in. in w ith- 

n h stly earned diploma should be allowed to 

■i. I that ilir standard of i|iialifii 
fur :i diploma should be measured by the ra - 

I'll.- -kill. . and learn 

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ininill 

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I'll nt' I uiti * liir :i|.|.li i .1 -1 ~ -I --.V 

I liir .lohii \V. Heron, M.I' ' n Knglish- 
iii. in li_\ liirtli. ami in M r. followin ,i|i him t'.ir 

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lie .-Ii :ii ili. -I ■ \-lmi ille. 

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hi i. Iismii married, lirst. in A >lina. 1'lie < I iLs <tock. Tl. 

jll 'NIi — Harriet I i, daughter of Wil- son. the graudl I'r. dibsoi nui Dublin, 

ilth) nierehnnl ttled in \\ 

ill" 1 relaud. I ler mother I 

I .1 in.- iln.l_.i-. a teaching lie died He married a Miss 

II ' North ( 'aroliun I) i n, a |iromincnl 

and n tin I. ■ Mr.- citizen of his time, and the owner of a mill and other 

I in |S.")2 property, including tin H three 

Dr. liibson iii I eliildi ■ niiiili < libson, fatlu f Dr. (i 

i nty. a 
Alkin .Inlin Kellj , a II ' who died 

Ii impson. 

.Judge Salmon I I ' ' in at 

Mr. Lincoln. Mrs. I tin --lul farui 

. pr incut phy the war of 1K12, ami dii I 

llatn|>shire, now ■ shed for those sterlin 

11 i.l.i 1 1 . ni . \ |\ ind truthfulness, ami t..i 

■ tin- | r I ■ turned 

M M \ikin want awaj from In- lily by 

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thai he 1 1 . \ ii disol \ II honor 

an. I bli the promise to sons » ho thus Ii 

father anil mot In - lied ill tli 

the mother of bul hild, the subject "I ilii- -I. 

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x nl Ma-tor of tho (Irand Council 

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tirand Commander of Knights Templar of Tonm - 

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i ith tho rank ^i' Inspector 

licncral. uu) is tieneral (irand Principal Sojourner of 

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tho I'nitod S - epresonts tho (irand Commandery 
tho jurisdiction id' Tennessee, and also 
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MissClemmie Fisher. daught< x i '■ ^ Fisher. 

i Shelby and Fayette counties in tho 
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children, Ida. Carrie. Kdwin. Lily, Anna. Wil- 
liam and I - lister loft a reputation, almost 
national, for her liberality to the poor, and for being an 
effective worker in benevolent enterprises. She was 
lent of the Woman's National Christiat \- 
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in i 57; Mary Hallei died in 1850 it Tazewell, C 'I disLi-ir-i n i,ln Virginia Legislature a number of terms. 

hou i \ ii "iin. i u ife of Dr. J. li. Doak, lea to tin Edmund on of lialifa i 

children, Nannie, William, llecsc and Rachel Pour to tin if Danville and the M man of I'ill 

of the brothe 1 in the Confederate arm two I till of English iIchcco I md among the i 

with Stonewall Jack on Richard -I and Jame !■' ettlei of tin Old Dominion Ol < '.. ( .i Hallei 

I l.i II' i tin i i' i i inajoi teriial 1 1 r i < • I . h ' 

C'apt. Mailer' mother, wk Mi \nn Kullerton H'ehh The character of (,'apl llaller nni I" 

Johnson was the daughtci of Richard Jo i il from the fad that In Iin in ei el lasted one d 

Liberty, Virginia, and grand-daughter of Maj. Jame*, beer or ardenl pirii 

i,l' the Revolutionai inn vho died in Kebru cptcd a* a factor in 1 li i 

1827, and maternal grand-daughtei of Maj White, the pi |diei to msi 

also of the Revolut : I Her the editor feel itfi in i in . cnl 

brothci Jame P. Johnson ra i p linenl la ei through foui eai ci ice in the army wi thou i 

and politicii t Liberty, Virginia, and rci id his ■■ bi iduccd to bci tin item 



REV. JOHN BUNYAN SHEARER, M. A.. I). I). 






THIS i nun' mi i heologian edu bol 

professor of biblical instruction in the Soutl 

ern Pre byti rian I I at Clarl ■. ille, Tenin 

a mi bor of " Bible Com i fyllabu a Pi dated C 

of Stud in i he English Bible, etc properl taki 

rank ;i m< >n " the I no I Chri iin. educal f i he 

South. 

John Bun; an Shearei « a born in A ppom 
countj V n "iin. i -I ill;, 19 I 332, and ri ci i cd his pri 
i ation in I inion \ cadem; in tl II' 

mill b Henry V. Bocock (brother of Hon 

Tli'ini;.- V BoCOck . I In- distingui 111 tl CO II ) "li 

the principle of learning one thing al a time. I 
ample hi i lit Latin, excln -i\ ely, fi 

thirteen, until p ige of Latin cl ■ i id wit b 

of English : then Greek, direct, from 
thirteen to fifteen; then mathematics from fifteen to 
seventeen, when he entered the junior class of [lamp 
den Sidney College -I unc, 

I Bol under I hi pri idi nc of ' he distingui bed lie 
Lewis W.Green, D.D., and I' • Venablc 

and < li 'i li Martin. 

Hi tie i entered the L'niversitj of \ 

- i he aeadi mrse and taking I he ma ti i 

in 1 354, under Prol IcC Gn IJarri 

-nn. < ' iin.i and "t her distingui hed edm 

h them. A f'ter thin h ~>l 5 

a- principal of Kemper's boarding school I'm- In. 

msville, Virginia, which positioii he lefl i" stud; 
theology ai Union Theological Seminar; Virginia He 
remained i In re threi fi om I 355 i ;radu 

atiiiL' the latter year, and was ordained to the 
ministry in December, '< to 1802, In- 

was pastor of the Presbyterian church al Chapel Hill. 
North Carolina. While a student at the Theolo 



Seminary, he preached I Betlih hem and 

ti Prince I 

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pring Hill church lialifa outit; Vii 
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at (,'lai 1 ille ;i [in ident ol Collegi ■■ Inch 

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L'li-b literature in thai institution, but has taught 
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chair of biblical instruction. 

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of the Abrahaniic covenant, through the Mosaic econ 
oiny. and through the later superadded synagogue sys 
tem, into Christianity, this last being a continuation of 
the organic life of the church, set up in the family of 
Abraham, and now become universal. 

Teaching seems to have been a sorl of second nature 
with l>r. Shearer from very early life He was eiu- 
ployed, when sixteen years old, as assistant in the acad- 
emy where he was educated ; and at the University of 
Virginia he was employed two years of his course b} 
the professors to teach their sons and daughters, besides 
having private classes among his fellow students during 
the whole of the three years he remained there. This 
work was whollj unsolicited on his part, but most wel- 
come, on account of the necessity of relieving hi- father 
from the burden of a protracted attendance al school. 
This private teaching was kept up to the end of his 
theological course so successfully that b} this means, 

and by preaching and colporteur work, he earned 1 

spoiu two thousand five hundred dollars on his educa- 
tion, losiug only one year from actual attendance at 
school. 

In boyhood he had no bad habits— never using pro- 
fane language nor contracting any of the usual youthful 
vices. He was consecrated from birth to the gospel 
ministry by a devotedly pious mother, but never made 
up his mind to preach until his twentieth year, lie 
joined the church at the age of ten. From fifteen to 
nineteen he had a varied religious experience, in which 
he encountered all the difficulties, doubts 1 battles of 

Ids life. 

Since coming to Tennessee, Dr. Shearer has uol had 
a regular pastorate, though, in 187] 72, he had charge 
of the Presbyterian chvirch at Clarksville. While he 
never misses an opportunity to preach a sermou, and in 

fact preaches nearly every Sunday, most ot bis work is 

missionary work. 

Dr. Shearer is descended from Whig ancestry, bul 
since the disastrous results of secession, has advocated 
Democratic doctrines and politics. He, however, draws 
his views of republican government largely from the 

model divinely given in the Hebrew c mon wealth, 

and iii w hieh. he holds, is to be found all ihe safe guards 
of civil and social liberty, in perfect adjustment; that 
apart from the theocratic features of the Hebrew com- 
monwealth, there is found the earliest and highest form 
of a confederated republic of sovereign State- (the 
twelve tribes), with perfected constitution; and, that 
the exacl adjustments of their executive, judicial and 
legislative bodies have been unequalled by any republic 
of mere human origin. \ proper understanding of 
these things, he insist.-, furnishes a safe guard against 

the Jacobite on the one hand and a licentious de i 

mo on the other; and, besides, in that commonwealth 
wa> found the only perfect adjustment of civil and ec- 
clesiastical law, which secured liberty of worship on the 

one hand and freedom from priestcraft on the other. 



I>r, Shearer married, in Prince Edward county, Vir 
ginia, September 5, KM Miss Lizzie Gessner, who 
was horn at Minister. Westphalia, Germany, Novem- 
ber 10, 1832, the daughter of Johan Gessner, who , no 
igrated to Texas, where he died in IS39. Her mother 
was Katrina Bluinenthal, with no blood-kindred li\ 
iii— The same is true of Mrs. Shearer. A lady of 
indomitable energj and perseverance, her husband as 
cribes to Mrs Shearer no small part of his success 
in life, and he is frequently guided by her judicious 
counsel, and aided by her strong womanly help. She 
shares absolutely in every project he undertakes, and 
cutes it as her own. They have do children, 

but their house has 1 n Idled with the childrei of 

others during almost the entire period of their married 
life. The siek, the suffering and the poor bless her in 
ever} community in which she has ever livi d 

The family name. Slu arer. is Irish, but it came through 
William the ( 'on. pier to England, and the Irish ances 
tors of the family In America are descended from mem- 
bers of Cromwell's famous [ronsides, whom he settled 
in Inland. Wherever those descendants are found, 
either in this country "i abroad, are found man} of the 
host characteristics of thai devoted hand. No one who 
bears the name has ever been known to disgrace it by 
drunkenness or any other form of vicious indulgence, 

The L;ra ml fa i her of Dr. Shearer, James Shearer, a sol- 
dier of the war of LS12, died in Appomattox county, 
Virginia, in ls7'J. aged ninety six years, lie was born 
in Pennsylvania, and married Miss Elizabeth Akers, 
daughter of Peter Akers. whose grandson, Rev. Dr. 
Peter Akers, now ninety-four years old. hut with eye 
uudimiued and force unabated, is the great apostle of 
Methodism and president of a college in the northwest. 

Bol h of Dr. Shearer's grandmothers were sisters of the 
same family, and out of a family of eleven, who all 
lived to be o\ er eightj years old. 

Dr. Shearer's father, now living in Appomattox county, 
Virginia, at the age of seventy seven, and in full vigor- 
ous health, is one among few men who has devoted his 

life wholl} to the raising of his family aud the service 
of his church and community, without ever seeking or 
accepting civil office, or ever engagiug in any enter- 
prise for the increase of his fortune, lie has always 
been considered free foi an} ervice thai was needed 

by his fellow men. 

Dr. Shearer- mother, net Miss Ruth \ker- Webber, 

w ho died in Appomattox couuty, Virginia, at the age of 
thirty seven, was the daughter of John Webber, She 
was the mother of seven children, six of whom, John 
B. (subjeel of this sketch), Elizabeth M., Richard I!.. 
• lames W., Mary I!, and Henry I'., survived her. Of 

these, Elizabeth M. Shearer died the wife of V\ \ 
LeGrand, leaving three children, John A., Richard 

15. and Lillie 1! . who married Eldridge P. Carson, and 

has one child, Lizzie Gessner. Richard B. Shearer was 
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1843 Willi ;i few dollars which he had scraped to 
gether, and a few more which had beeu gonerousl} sent 
him by an older brother, 1!<\ William II Brockwa} 
then chaplain in the United States army, and stationed 
hi Fort Brady, at the outlet of Lake Superior, ho 
started for that place, more than n thousand miles dis 
taut, near]} all b} water, except seven tj miles, from 
Malone to ( (gdensburg. This distauce he made, mostly 
mi foot, in the space of two days, his little blue 7x9 
trunk having preceded him by stage, at a cost of fifty 
cents, Toward the close of this trip, a pleasant incident 
occurred, When about eight ov ten miles from » tgdens 
burg, he was overtaken b} the mail stage, a lour horse 

r rd coach, the grandest and most rapid style of 

inland travel in all that region in those days. The 
driver, who knew him well, halted the stage and invited 
him to mount the box with him. and he so rode into 
town, much refreshed b} the ride and thankful for the 
kindness Fi r this act of kindness to him, tired, loot 
and almost discouraged, as he was, the name of 
Irwin Heath, the stage driver, has ever been held in 
grateful remembrance, hut from the time that he 
boarded the "1,1 steamer Ontario, the same night, and 
took an affectionate farewell of his friend, the} have 
never met. 

He took a deck passage lor Detroit. The voyage, 
which lasted a week, was attended with hard fare sea 
sickness, and almost starvation toward the latter part. 
There were then onl} a few old-fashioued steamers on 
the lake and the"deck passengers'' had to sleep on 
deck and take their meals at the second table* for 
twent} five cents each. When he reached Detroit he 
was out of money and had beeu without food for thirty - 
sis hours \ rascall} restaurant beeper had passed a 
counterfeit dollar upon him, which left him without 
means to procure anything to eat duriug the latter part 
of tin' trip. Though he had n draft for twent} dollars, 
which his brother had sent him, on a house in Detroit, 
yet, with the timidit} of a countr} boy, he was afraid 
i" show ii i" the captain, thinking he would be put 
down as a humbug. In Detroit he put up at the old 
City Hotel, on Woodbridge street, and went to bed sup- 
perless. Rising early next morning, he found the firm 
on which he had the draft John Owen .V Co., drug- 
gists—on Jefferson avenue, had his draft cashed, and 
felt that he »;i- in possession of untold wealth. He 
remained in the city a few days, and was very kindly 
treated by his brother's friends, Mr. Owen, his partner, 
Mr. Henchman, and the Re\ Mr. Fitch He then em- 
barked on a sailing vessel I'm' .Mackinaw, ami arriving 
there safe, coasted with French Canadian voyagers to 
Fort Brad} . being several days on the way, camping out 
at night, and coining near being wreckea"iii a storm. 

\i Fort Brady he remained for two or three years, 
doing all sorts of work, not hesitating to seize anj op 
portunity that presented itself. He was employed in 
clerking at the military post exploring and working in 



the popper mines, and gonerall} roughing it Ml of 
that countr} was then strictl} Indian lauds, but the 
year after he went there the Indian title was extin 
guished, and then people bo unto Hock thither, from 
ever} nation and every climo, to the copper mines, which 
had just been discovered, and have since proven by far 
tin- richest in the world Mr Brockwa} was in the 
midst of all tlii^ movement from its ver\ inception, and 
experienced all the incidents of eamp life "all of 
which he saw and a part of which he was. He was n 

friend of Dr, Houghton, Stal ologisi of Michigan, 

by whom the copper mines were brought into notice, 
and was one ol the first to go into the enterprise, lie 
attended to transportation, exploration, keeping the 
accounts of the company, and a great variety of other 
work connected with the business in in ever} depart 
ment. While there he fell in with John Hays, of Pitts- 
burg who was representing the Pittsburg and Boston 
Mining compan} Mr. Hays took a great fancy to him 
and one day made the, to him, verj startling proposition 
thai he should come to Pittsburg the next year to be 
bis partner in the drug business This offer, which was 

made on an nl of his known honesty and integrity, 

was accepted. 

He went down to Detroit and went into the bouse of 
John Owen & Co (who had cashed his drafl when lie 

firsl came to Detroit), as a clerk, and remained IV 

fall till spring. Willi onl} such experience as be had 
gained here, he went to Pittsburg and became the^mrt- 
M,i of Mr. Hays, in the firm of Hays A Brockwa} His 
capital was only two hundred dollars and his experience 
Mr Hays' capital was five thousand dollars, but the} 

were equal partners. This was the vc which first 

brought liim out of the position of a working man and 
introduced him to mercantile life. \i Pittsburg he 
remained for several years in a flourishing business 

\lier awhile, at the request of Mr. Hays. Dr. C. J. 
Hussey, and other wealth} gentlemen, who controlled 
the Pittsburg and Boston Mining company, Mr Brock- 
wa} was sent hack to the Lake Superior copper regions 
to attend to the transportation of a mass of copper 
which had just been taken out of the compau} s mine. 
This piece of copper, weighing nboul four tons, was the 
largest mass , it native copper that had \<rrw mined in 
the world up to thai time. In the la,,- of many obsta- 
cles he got it shipped to Fort Brad} and thence to De 
troit, and finally gol itsafel} to New i'ork. Here his 
partner, Mr. Hays, look charge of it, shipped it on the 
old steamer Sarah Sands, one of the first stem-wheelers 

which crossed the ocean, carried n to London, w here it 

was put in the British museum, and there remains to 
the present day. An article written by Mr. Brockway 

on this mass o! copper, and giving some outlines <d' the 
mines, was published in the London Times, and this, 
with the arrival of the copper, produced mo 

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jewelrj store, but when he was aboul to resign ou ac- 
count of ill health, brought on by hard work in such 
quarters the stockholders and directors buill the pre 
mi handsome bank building, al acostofabout twenty 
thousand dollars, it tn-in u one among the finest in the 
State, and was designed bj Mr. Brockway and erected 
under his personal direction. Mr. Brockway is now the 
owner of a controlling interest in this bank, besides 
having other property, altogether making up si comfort 
able estate. 

\ natural born Union man, Mr. Brockway lias usually 
voted the Republican ticket, but has taken no active 
pun in politics. 1 1 1 ■ was a delegate from Michigan to 
the great conservative Republican convention which 
met at Philadelphia, in 1866, with a view to organizing 
a new party out of the better elements of the two old 

s. and healing the breach between North and South. 

Mi' was one of a committee sent by iliis convention to 
Washington to wait upon President Andrew Johnson, 
who tendered them a reception at the White House. 

Mr Brockway was first married al Malone New 
York, in December, 1851, to Miss Juliet Meigs, daughter 
of Guy Meigs, of the firm of Meigs iV Wead, old and 
prominent lumber ami dry-goods merchants. The only 
child living, by this marriage, William Guy Brockway, 
is new a banker in Gadsden, Alabama; was born al 
Cleveland, in 1858. 

.Mr. Brockway was married a second time, al Detroit, 
in October, 1868, to .Miss Nellie Scott, daughter of 

('apt. .lames I'. ScOtt, of I lie United Stales arm \ . who 

died in the service, after the war. To this union have 
been born three children : (1). Frank Thatcher Brock 
way. born in 1873; died in infancy. (2). AJon/.o W. 
Brockway, jr., born in 1875. (.'!). Violette Mary Brock- 
way, born in ls77. Both Mr. and Mrs. Brockway 
are members of the Methodist church, and lie has been 

an official member for many years. 

[n his business principles, the views of Mr. Brock 
way have corresponded with his actions. Beginning 
lil'e with noney, and without the advantages of a 



liberal education, his success has 1 n the result of 1 

est, hard work. lie is a man for holiest labor, in any 

field in which i can be useful ; has a morbid horror 

of idleness; would lake in sawing wood to prevent 
being out of employment. Added to this, he has a 
firm self-reliance, lie has never waited for a posi 
(inn. in sal under a shade tree and enl off coupons 

whenever there was a canal of w 1 in he sawed, lie 

believes that life is tun short to be wasted in trifling, 
lie can find nn excuse for a lack of faithfulness to 
any trust reposed, and feels that integrity and a faith 
I'nl discharge of duty, are the greatest essentials el' 
success. 

During his forty years of an active business life, in 
which industry ami faithful devotion in his business 
have been Mr Brockway's chief characteristics, it is 
net saying tun much In add, that during all this time 

Only a small portion oi it has been spent elsewhere 

than iii the midsl of a loving family, surrounded by 
the comforts of a model home, with a well selected li 

hrary of Standard works, where the innsl of his leisure 

hours are spent in perusing their contents, and where 
his hand ami his purse are. ami ever have been, open in 
every legitimate business enterprise, t" every call "1' 
religion, or any benevolent object, local or otherwise. 
In connection with this last, ami showing the esti- 
mation in which he is held, we add. that Mr. Brock 

way was recently appointed and commissioned h,\ Go> 
ernor Bate, as one of the three commissioners for the 
building of the West Tennessee State Hospital for the 
tnsane, a positiou of much responsibility, I'm- which 
he is peculiarly fitted, by reason of considerable expe 
rieiicc iii the construction el' buildings, both public and 
private. Here, as in everj other trust, he will he found 
in the conscientious discharge of his duty to the pub 
lie. and in the satisfaction of having contributed his 
hot talents for the comfort and amelioration of that 
most iiiil'nrtniiaie class el' his fellow men I'm- whom tin' 
instil ni inn is designed, will consist his highest ami most 

satisfactory reward 



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^11 IS gentleman, whose history illustrates mi well 

1 the fact that well directed energj leads to success 
in life, appears in these panes as a representative Ten 
nessee merchant. 'I' he following sketch of Mr. Hill, as 
a business man. from a work entitled " Mi in phi- I ',i -i 
Present and Future," is strong testimony as to his worth 

and the regard the people of Memphis have for him 
" No pleasanlor task tails to the duty of the editor and 

statistician than that of presenting t" the world the 

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character and personnel of the leaders of thought ami 
action, and reviewing the results of their energj and 
enterprise in the busy drama of every day life. Men 

who give both impress ami impulse In commercial his 

im\ are mil only ' the abstract chroniclers of their day, 
but they are the guides of the people in mercantile edu- 
cation and heralds of the br I | ress which marks 

American trade and commerce, for broad ami compn 
hensive executive abilities for leadership, men moving 






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upon tl of business life, have proven their 

superiorin in the estimation >■!' the Vtneriean people, 
rdinarv pursuits of business, but to grap 
pie with and manage the most abstruse points and parts 
ial ami political eeonomy. The true Amerieaii 
statesmen .'f broad views ami successful action are the 
leading merchants the founders and heads of great 
commercia - - - rin firm of which Mr. 

Hill is a member has made a rare reeord of bus 

sitiou among commercial lead 
crs throughout the country. The history of the com- 
mercial advancement ami progress .'1' the city of Mem 
l>liis has produced ft « i xaui] - - ss so marked 
and substantial as that which lias attended the efforts' 
of Messrs. Hill. Fontaine <S Co Within the period of 
it> existence, this house has taken a position ami 
achieved a success which would be surprising but for 
the knew n ability of its man. 

Mr \ : ' the head of this firm, has resided 

in Memphis for twenty-five years. He is one of the 
\ known and highly esteemed citizens of the 
community in which he lives, ami closely identified 
with Memphis in the development ether various finan- 
cial, commercial ami productive enterprises, he exerts 
an active influence in the development of her resources 
and the fostering of Iter best interests 

As viewed by Col ■' M Keating, the brilliant editor 
of the Memphis .1 ... Mr. Hill appears- as 

M \ ipoleon Hill i- - one of the ver.v 

success shed by the South since 

the war. He is a type of the class that leads in all our 
industrial and commercial purs - Self-reliant, ener- 
prudent. pushing, thoughtful, conservative, full 
cpedient. always ready, broad and liberal, cheerful 
in disposition, thoroughly democratic in manner and 
habit, carrying the details and cares of his 
with a light heart, because he never steps beyond the 
limit- - ipital. and - fore him constantly a 

md ma nl\ sense of i gations that rest 

s the head uiniereial house, tl 

ond in point ol sales in the world. He learned 

ss ms in the mining camps of Califor- 
nia in the early days of that State. These were invalu 
in. the best o\' them being the - 

him break through. His event: -- 
temper and manner an - - 

to his relatives and 
- with h>>. ks - His s 

- "> that year - I o\ erwh, 

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S nth. is on< - I our time. 

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millionaire. This r« - 

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concentration of all I u one channel : the mas- 

ter) ■ •(" all technical difficulties, and a stern determina- 
tion always to be at the head of the cotton busi 
Placable, pleasant a iiatured. he is beloved in 

life. There his utter simplicity <>\' character 
and his ingenuousness are felt to be the products of a 
lean He i- the idol of Ids home circle, in which 
he finds - r all the cares of a life whose 

burdens have been in proportion to the rapid growth of 
his business. Xapoleon Hill is winning the title o\' 
merchant prince. Far seeing, he is far reaching : hence 
his name is listed among the railroad, bank and insur- 
ance officers and directors, and those who have invested 
in and control great mechanical enterprises in Tonnes- 
see ami Alabama. His life is a lesson for the genera- 
tions to come, as it is an example for that which is 
contemporary with him Honored by all men. he is 
I to by all classes of his fellow-eitizeus as one 
worthy the highest public tri - 

\ Icon Hill was bom in Maury county. Tenness 
near Columbia. October 25. ISoO. When he was about 
five yi - - his father moved to Marshall county, 

where he grew up. living on a plantation 
until his seventeenth year. He received his education 
in the old field schools of Mississippi, never attending 
any college When he was about fourteen years ol 
the death of his father put an end to his school da; - 
he was tli - son, and had to take charge of the 

plantation. Determining to adopt a mercantile life, he 
went, in 1-17 1 '■ ir. Tennessee, and began his 

business career a- a clerk in the store of his uncle. 
John 11. Kills, and there remained till April - 
'flic California fever having broken out. he left Ten- 
-- < and went across the plains to that State in search 
I For twi years he lived the life of a miner. 
working in the placer diggings Gettiug tired of this 

-- iu which he had met with partial - 
the end ■ rs he left it. After this he opened 

a trading post at the junction of the Trinity rivers. 
mining streams in the northern pan of California. There 
lilt boats and established ferries across the two 
streams, opened ami conducted a ranehe. Gold had 
. that stream, and miners were 
hither from every nation and every clime. 
esc he built up a flourishing trade, and re- 
mained there about tour ami a half yea) - IS57, he 
returned to Tennessee, having accumulated about ten 
-aid dollars during the California trip. He settled 
at Memphis at 'ton and eonin. -- 
busim - - I the firm of Hill \ Dorion, till 
the beginning of the war. At tin - lie war. he 
Mem| his. as a factor and 
r. in the firm of Williamson. Hill a 
which - spring of IStiS. when the partuer- 
- red by the death of Mr. Williamson. The 
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Mr. Hill has been identified with all the commercial 
and financial enterprises of Memphis for many years, 
and has been an officer in numerous banks, railroad and 
insurance companies. A few years subsequent to the 
war. he filled the position <>l president of the Memphis 
Chamber of Commerce for two terms, and was president 
of the Cotton Exchange for two terms, during the years 
1880 81 Hi' is now president of the Memphis City 
Fire and < leneral I usurance company, the largest in the 
State, and is also a director of the Memphis and Charles 
ton railmad. lie was one of the organizers of the 
Union and Planters Bank of Memphis, the largest hank 
in the State and has been one of its directors since its 
foundation, lie is largely interested in the Pratt Coal 
and 1 ri ii i company of North Alabama, he and his pact 
ner holding about one-fourth of the stock of the com- 
pany, which owns and operates the largest bituminous 
coal mines in the United States, produciug over two 
thousand five hundred tens of coal daily, besides oper- 
ating iron furnaces of which the daily product is from 
one hundred and fifty to two hundi'ed tons, in addition 
to which he is the owner of a large area of iron lands 
in Franklin county, Alabama, and coal lands iii the ad- 
joining counties. He is the bead of a house which does 
the third cotton business in the world, handling as 
much as one hundred thousand bales per annum. The 
firm has also a large branch establishment at St. Louis, 
and their trade in the departments of their business — 

groceries and cotton— is more than five and a half 

millions id" dollars per annum. 
Up to the war, Mr. Hill was a Whig, and since the 

war lias voted with the Democrats, but has never been 
a candidate for office, and seldom takes any part in 
politics, devoting his whole time to bis business. Me 
is essentially a business man. 

Mr. Hill was married, in Hardeman county, Tennes- 
see. July 8, 1858, to Miss Mary W. Wood, whose 
rather. William II. Wood, a gentleman of lame success 
as a banker and planter, now lives in Memphis, and is 
engaged in planting in Arkansas. lb' was born in 
Albemarle enmity, Virginia, in 1S1 I. anil earn,' to Ten 

nessee in 1833. The family is of Scotch descent. Mrs. 
Hills mother, im .Miss Benigna Polk, daughter of Col, 
Ezekiel Polk, one of the earliest settlers of Hardeman 
county, belongs to a family of Scotch Irish descent, 
which traces its ancestry through many generations back 
to [reland and Scotland. She was a half-sister of the 
father of James K. Polk. Mrs. Hill's sister, Miss Nina 

W I, is now the wife of James II. .Martin, of Memphis. 

By his marriage with Miss Wood, Mr. Hill has four 
children: (1). Olivia P. Hill, married Charles Gros 
venor, of the prominent real estate linn, Overton & 
Grosveuor, Memphis. (2). Napoleon Hill. jr. (.'it. 
Mary M. Mill. '4). Frank Fontaine Hill. 



Mrs. Hill has been a member of the Presbyterian 
church since her youth. She is a lady of genial, sunny 

disposition, fond of her household, and is a u I nci h 

bor, a e I w i fe and n I mot her. 

Mr. Hill's father, Dr. Duncan Hill, a gentlemi I' 

English descent, was born in North Carolina, and came 
to Tennessee in his youth, lie was a planter as well as 
a physician, and met with marked success in both lines. 
He died in 1844, at the age ol forty years. .Mr. Hill's 
mother was Miss Olivia L. Bills, daughter ol' Isaac 
Hills, and sister of the late Maj. John II. Pills, a prmni 
nent citizen of Bolivar, Tennessee. Her grand parents. 
Daniel ami Deborah Bills, were natives ol North Caro- 
lina, and were Quakers. She was born in Maury 
county. Tennessee, in .1 line. I SI IT, and dieil at St. Louis, 

Missouri, in September, iss:; Her mother, Miss Lilian 
1 1 on -ton. was a daughter of John Houston, a first cousin 
of Gen. Samuel Houston. Aftei the death of Dr. Hill, 
she married Col. Josiah DeLoach, of Si. Louis, Mi- 
souri. She was a member of the Christian church, ami 
an earnest, faithful Christiau, She was characterized 

by the sweetness, and, at the same lime. I lie Strength of 

her character, ami exercised a great influence upon her 
family. Her aneestrj on her father's side were Welsh, 

while the HouStOllS were of Scotch descent, and settled 
on the Susquehanna river, in Pennsylvania, about 1730. 
Mr. Hill's brother, Jerome Hill, is the head ol' the 
branch bouse of 1 1 ill, Fontaine A Co., in St. Louis, and 
another brother, Harry M. Hill, is a lawyer in Mem 
phis. Mr. Hill has also two sisters now living, Mrs. 
Joy, of St. Louis, and Miss Emily E. Hill, of St. Louis, 
Missouri. 

Winn Mr. Hill began life, be was ambitious to make 
money, and when the gold fever of California broke out , 

be thought there was the place to make it. lint after 
working in the mines for a while, be came to the con 
elusion that a man could succeed in anything if be 
would bring all his energies to ben- upon it and per- 
severe in il. He has kept ever before him a determina- 
tion lo suiieed. and feels that, without a motive in 
life and an object to work for. no man can be either 
happy or successful, but having these, ami backing 
them with perseverance and energy, he is certain to 
achieve bis object. He believes that for a man to be a 
financial success, he must be liberal: that a penurious 
man is seldom a success, ami that liberality is always 
well rewarded. He thinks that any business well con- 
ducted leads to fortune, while the best business poorly 
followed will eventually lead to ruin. The reports 

which have come to the winters ears, in Memphis, of 
the liberality of Mr. Hill, bear ample testimony to the 

truth of his theory, that liberality is an essential of 

success. Memphians say that he is as liberal as he is 
successful. 



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senator Prom Georgia, and of Gen. James l> Gordon, 
who I'cll in the Confederate service in Virginia. Prof 
Nicholson's mother was educated al the » > 1 « J Nashville 
Female Academy, is a Methodist, and though fond of 
society and ;i great reader, is thoroughly domestic in 
her tastes and habits She is the mother of seven 
children, namely: (I). Osburn P. Nicholson. (2). 
Hunter Nicholson. (3). A. 0. I'. Nicholson, jr. I h. 
Andrew J. Nicholson. (5). Charlie O'Reilly Nichol- 
son. (6). Mary Nicholson (now Mrs. A. B. Estes). 
(7), Anna Nicholson (now wife of Hugh Gordon). 

Prof. Nicholson graduated, first, al Franklin College, 
Tennessee, in 1852, under President Fanning, and next, 
in 1855, al ilif University of North Carolina. After 
graduation he became associate editor with his father 
of the Washington Union, and \\ 1 1 i 1 < ■ al the capital 
studied law with Hon. Caleb dishing, then attorney- 
general of the United States. From ls.">7 to 1861, he 
practiced law al Columbia as a member of the firm of 
Nicholson, Sykes & Nicholson, meantime editing the 
Columbia Herald, from 1858 to the breaking oul of the 

war. 

In ls,">7. when Hon. [sham G. Harris becami 

ernor of Tennessee, young Nicholson was appointed on 
his stall' as adjutant general of the Slate. From the 
battle ill' Fori I ttiiiclsiiii to the surrender of Forrest's 
command al Gainesville, Alabama, he was actively en- 
gaged as major and assistant ailjnlanl general, anil saw 

servico in Tennessee, Virginia, Alabamsi and Mississippi. 
(See History id Forrest's Campaigns by Jordan and 
Pryor). 

The war over, Prof, Nicholson returned to the editor- 
ship of the Columbia Herald. In 1868, he established 
and edited the Dirie Farmer al Columbia, but subse- 
quently moved the paper to Nashville, Paul & Tavel 
becoming the publishers. In 1869, he was called to the 
chair of agriculture in the East Tennessee University, 
ai Knoxville, and has been connected with the college 
ever since, at present being professor of natural history 
and geology. 

Iii 1871, he was actively instrumental in organizing 
the bureau of agriculture of Tennessee, and was ap- 
pointed by Gov. .luliii ( '. Brown one of its commission- 
ers, and continued as such during four years, i lie exis 
tenee of the bureau. (See Resources of Tennessee by 



.1 , I!, Killcbrew) lie has been continuously connected 

wit li i ho pre from In hoj h I to i he presenl , either 

us editor, conl ributor or am hor, 

lie married, first a I llarinnr, Ohio, in 1855, Miss L\ol 
lie Stone, a graduate of the lii'-di school al thai place 
and daughter of Col, \uiiiisiiis Stone Her mother, 
( 'harlot ie Put nam, wa n lim al tie i endanl of i he celc 

bratcd Israel Putnam, of llovolutionar} fi Her 

uncle, Col, A VV. Putnam, was for many years presi- 
dent of the Tennessee Historical Society, and is the 
author of a mosl excellent and valuable work, " The 
History of Middle Tennessee ' Mrs, Nicholson died, 
January 7, 1873, leaving five children (1) Caro Xich 
idsiiii, (2). Maur} Nicholson. (3), Augustus S'ichol 
son. (4). liorini; ( " I, ora i Nicholson. (5). Rebecca 
N icholson. 

Prof. Nicholson's nexl marriage which occurred Oc 
tober 1875, was with Miss Kate l>. Martin, daughtei 
..I' Hi-. Robert Martin, of Nashville. Her mother, Miss 
Eliza Dickinson, is the daughter of Dr. J. Dickinson, 
of Williamson county, Tennessee. Mrs Nicholson was 
educated al Dr. Elliott's female Academy, al Nash 

ville. is an Episcopalian and i bines, in a remark 

aide degree, domestic and literal - } taste.-. By this 
mania"!' I'i jiI' Nicholson has two children : (1). linn 
hi Nicholson, jr. (2). Bessie Nicholson. Prof. Nich 
nlsiiii is also an Episcopalian, and in polities a Dem 
ocrat. 

Prof. Nicholson has been governed in his whole life 
by a conscientious desire to occupy no position which 
li<' did mil feel himself competent to fill, seeking by 
preference those in which lie could do most good to 

ni hers, lie li iver u ed wine, brand} or tobacco 

and yet never belonged to a temperance society, lie 
has been an inveterate reader from nine years of age 
1 1 is omnivorous reading, his inordinate fondness for 
books, and his wide and intimate knowledge of them 
acquired for him the appointment of librarian of the 
university, in addil ion to his regular dul ics as professor, 
lie pays a severe penalty for Ins revels in the luxuries 
of so nian\ branches of learning, fur by reference to 
the catalogue of the university, it will be seen that he 

has at present assigned to hin less than twelve 

topics, an amount ofbraiuwork that would breakdown 

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PROF. ZUINGLIUS CALVIN GRAVES, A.M., LL. D. 

WINCHESTER. 

M\KY SHARP COLLEGE, fo led in 1849, which has given it success mainly to Prof. Z. C. Graves, 

which has brought one million dollars to Win who has been at its head for thirt} five years. His 

Chester, and now stands in the fronl rank of the female theor} of female education is thai culture gives both 

colleges of the Union, owes the system of discipline tone and direction to the charms oi womanhood; that 






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- thinking : thai lial - 

g. and 
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who had received such diplomas. 
Miss Nannie Meredith (mm Mrs- 
Miss ] \ Falun : 
that rim. ladies 
havi e Mary Sharp Colli a 

The 
- rhether women can be ediu-ated in the 
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all th a 1 spherical I - 

thusiasm is manifested in astron- 
omy, and even the little children exhibit it in the 
primary branches Ii depei - how a dish is 

it with relish. The thor- 
ough] - studies and methods of this 

h. and its 
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rieuluiu here is the saw colleges plus 

There - teach- 

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meut are features of the institution. It is not architect- 
ural piles only, but men. that make colleges. There are 
d with the universities of Oxford. F.din- 
lin. Berlin and Yale as lasting and as 
num nn - • tigs in which they are ; 

the name of the mas - t of M Sharp 
fame that will survive th 
tier ted five thousand girls. 

Pri t". Craves - her s pro- 

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pupils in directing tl 

them to make thinkers of them ; to inspire his stu- 
- with a love ol their work. As an instructor be- 
ibility to impart and impn -- 
in all this s success The in. n 

of tin while not imitators of him. are equally 

en thus - irtmeuts. The fact 

that their freshman .enty 

pupils, and tin • - run out with sixteen or 

twenty members, demonstrat - 'her fact, that 

their pupils are not advanced without being thorough 
and " s.ure enough scholars. In Latin ami Greek, the 
(amined in 18S3. was pronounced 
-- superior to any in any college, 
male, ill the I'nited States, known to the 
gentlemen win renderings and listen: 

the his <. In it has mg been a 

ut Winchester, that if Graves cannot get an 
Ise need to try it. for 
_ ' on top and stamp it in. 

s is a native of Chester. Vermont, horn 
April 15. 1S1C. and there grew up at his books, do 
uimon work of that country, as required 
on a farm, but his mind ever upon his studies. He 
graduated from the Black River Institute, of Vermont, 
in 1837. and at the age of twenty-one, left home for the 
( >hio. wh unded and be- 

came priueipal of Kingsville Academy. lie had taught 
eoinn: - Is. winter - - -. in Vermont. His 
■ - k was brilliant — his pupils coming 

from man; S - >me of them bi s listin- 

guisln - them Prof. Lucie ' '- 

horn, forty year- a -- in Madison I niversity; 

•1 YV Fowler, p resident of Michigan University; 
J. W. Knopp ai I E William Ward, mission- 
aries to Burma!. 1'. :V. Daniel Bliss, president of Bry- 
ant College, in Syria, and oth - 

Kings years, he was 

called to the founding of Mary Sharp College, where 
- - ut the remainder of his life, so that since he 
formally entered upon his jsiou. he has been in 

only two places \- previously stated. Mary Sharp 
College was in its inception a new departure, its purpose 
leuioustrate the problem whether the female 
mind is ipment in science equal to 

that of the male mind. It was once thought excep- 
tional that Caroline Herschel should he the equal of 
her brothers, as a mathematician, hut Prof Graves has 
demonstrated the fiet that the feminine mind generally 
.. - tible of the saun a f development as the 

- .line in the abstruse sciences — mathematics, meta- 
physii - - - That his - d this 

direction have met with si - I due recog 

nition by other eminent educators, the honors that 
have been i upon him bear testimony. The 

degree of \A1 was couferred upon him in 18i6, by 
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LL. D., bj tbe Union University of Murfreesborough, 
Tennessee 

Prof. Graves is one of three children, be being the 
eldest. Ili> sister, net Louisa M. Graves, is now the 
widow of Prof. W. P. Marks, late superintendent of the 
Edgefield schools in Nashville. His brother, Rev. J. 
R. Graves, is the celebrated Baptist preacher, editor, 
author and polemic, now of Memphis. The family is 
of Huguenol descent, and it was always a custom in 
each branch of the family to name its first born male 
Zuinglius Calvin, the name Prof Graves bears, though 
he himself has departed from that rule. The most re 
mote known ancestor of the family fled to America at 
the revocation of the Edict of Nantes and settled in 
New England. The grandfather, Graves, was a mer 
chant, a member of no church, and of no special note 
above that of an ordinary business man. 

The father of Prof Graves, also named Zuinglius 
Calvin, was also a merchant, and died at the age of 
thirty, leaving a widow and the children above nun 
tinned, tin- mother at that time being about twentj 
eight years old. ami, although remarkably beautiful, 
never married again, but devoted herself wholly to the 
education of her children, with results that must have 
been highly gratifying to her, as witnessed in their brill- 
iant careers. The mother, Lois M. Snell, was horn in 
Hopkinsville, Massachusetts, daughter of Samuel Snell, 
a Revolutionary soldier, a manufacturer, ami of New 
England Puritan stock. She was remarkable tin- her 
decision of character. When she bad once Conned a 
plan, she executed it. Her mind was given to all the 
theological questions that agitated her times, being a 
great reader of theological works. That her mind was 
of a metaphysical east, is evident from the tact that one 
of her favorite books was " Edwardson the Will. Her 
method of training her children was to cultivate their 
will power by seeing that they executed any plans they 

bail formed. She was a member of the Baptist church, 
and very zealous. She died at the age of seventy-eight 
years, and if it be true, that the good works of this life 
follow the saints departed, how true ill her case must 
be the poet's words : 

" Who to dumb forgetfalness :i prey, 
This pleasing:, anxious being e'er resigned ; 

Left the warm precincts of ethereal day. 
Nor cast a longing, lingering look behind '.' " 

Prof. Graves married, in Kingsville, Ohio, Julj •'!. 
1841, .Miss Adelia ('. Spencer, a native of that place, born 

in 1821, daughter of Dr. Daniel M. Spencer, and a 
niece ill Piatt It. Spencer, author of the Spencerian 
system of penmanship. Her mother, nee Miss Marian 
T. Cook, was the daughter of Erastus Cook, a graduate 
of Williamstown College, a very eccentric man. spend- 
ing most all his time in reading Latin, Greek and the 
old masters. Mrs. Graves education was completed in 
the Kingsville Academy, under Prof. Graves. She is 
familiar with French and Latin, excels as a writer, and 



is classed among southern poets. She is the author of 
" Jeptba's Daughter," and " Seclusaval, or the Arts , ,f 
Romanism,'' of which ten thousand copies have been 
printed and sold, For her literary labors she has re 

ceived more than three thousand dollars. She is the 

author of twelve volumes of Sabbath school literature, 
a ml is known as the editor of the " Child's Book," under 
the ihiiii ill jiliiini of "Aunt Alice. " She has. for more 

than thirty years, been matron of Mary Sharp College, 
and is professor of literature in that institution. She 
is one of the few women of high literary cult ure who is 
a good business manager, lays hold with her hand, and 
knows how to manipulate and materialize the ad- 
vantages and forces within her reach. She owes noth- 
ing, and will not permit her husband to owe a cent if 
she can help it ; he being so absorbed in his profession. 

it became a necessity that she should b me the linan 

cier of the firm. Mary Sharp College is as much in 
debted to her for its life as to Prof Graves'himself. 

By his marriage with Miss Spencer, Prof. Graves has 
four children: (1). -lames R. Graves, a freshman in 
Dartmouth College at the breaking out of the war. 
when 1 II tercel the Confederate army and lost his life 

at Ringgold, Georgia, in 1863, at the age of twenty-one 
years. ('_'). Florence M. Graves, a graduate of Mary 
Sharp College: married Henry Green, of Columbus, 
Georgia. (3). Zuinglius Dickinson Graves, an invalid- 
now thirty-six years old. (4). Hubert A. Graves, a grad- 
uate of Mary Sharp College, in 1877; now a farmer in 
Franklin county. He was, for two years, principal of 

the .Masonic Academy, at Wooley's Ford, Georgia. 
Prof. Graves, when a student, became an investigator 

and made up his mind that the presentation of science, 
i. i.. school culture, was on a wrong method, ami lie 
conceived a method by which the minds of studeuts 
might become interested in the sciences, if they were 
presented correctly— that is. if the then mental food 
was cooked rightly. Having formed his plan, with him 
original, he entered the profession, and in his own pe- 
culiar manner presented the sciences iii such a way 
that he litis in his whole professional life had till tbe 
patronage he desired or could possibly attend to. both 
in Ohio ami Tennessee. He introduced the first Mack 
board ever seen ill the Western Reserve. He iutro 
ililecil the object method system of teaching in licit 
section. His method ma\ he styled tact. He insists 
that teachers, like poets, are born, not made. Median 

ical teachers are not successes. 

(hi the death of Rev. Dr. Joseph Eaton, he was 
elected chancellor of the Union University at Mill 
freesborough, and has been called to at least fifteen 
other places, hut he kept his eye single to this one in- 
stitution, thus developing a staying power which is a 
principal factor ofhis success. He has given ten thou 
sand dollars of his earnings to the institution to pri 
serve it. He has given his life and his earnings to his 
college. 



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In religion he is a Baptist. At the age of niuel 
he was licensed to preach, hut having a talent to be a 
teacher, he fell more called to be a teacher than to be 
a preacher Consequently, he lias always refused to be 
ordained, as be fell he could do only one thing, thou h 
during bis licentiate be has delivered perhaps hundreds 
of sermons. In politics be is Democratic, but has 
held political office, bis <\\ e being kept single to his pro 
Cession. 

Prof. Graves is a man of medium height, weighs one 
hundred and fourteen pounds. Ikis a benevolent and au- 
thoritative expression, without the appearance of either 
lit \ or arrogance. 1 1 « - is a man of intensity of will, 



Has 

much work 

young prop' 

IliaV lie set I 



clearness of purpose, and a tireless worker The wonder 
has been expressed that a man of his age can do so 

ami enter with spiril into the studies of 
Perhaps his enthusiasm and longevity 

lown as cause and effect \-.i class, the 
greatest students. >. ,•/.. jurists, are the longest lived 
nun in the world. Is it not the mens nana that pre 
serves the carport stino / When the mind gives way to 

despair the body sinks. When business men retin 

their wealth they die of ennui. Mental activity in the 
direction of public benefaction lead.-- to lent: life— a 
deduction which this single instance, in the absence of 
facts to tin :outrary. clearly supports. 



CHARLES R. VANCE, ESQ. 






CHARLES K V \Ntlv the prominent and well- 
known attorney of Bristol. who i- descended from 
leading East Tennessee families on both sides, was bom 
at a place called Cherokee, in Washington county, Ten- 
nessee, August 'I'l. 1835. Prom infancy until fourteen 
years of age. be grew up in Jonesborough. and then 
bis father, a physician, moved to Kingsport. and there 
the son was reared, alternately working on the farm 
and going to school. In IS5U. lie entered upon the 
study oi law under Hon. Thomas A. 1!. Nelson, read 
under him until 1858. when be was licensed to pra 
by Judge D. T Patterson and Chaueellor Seth J. W. 
Luokoy. and began