BIOGRAPHIES


CATES, Daniel E.
a prominent merchant of Webster County, Mo., was born in Bedford County, Tenn., October 2, 1835, and is a son of John S. and Elizabeth (Hime) Cates. The father was a son of Thomas Cates, and was born in Tennessee, on the way from North Carolina to Tennessee, his birth occurring on the 12th of January, 1808, and his death June 1, 1880. His wife was born in Bedford County, Va., December 25, 1809. She is yet hale and hearty, and is living in Bedford County, Tenn. Both parents were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for many years, and the father was a Mason (joined 1847) and a member of the I.O.O.F. (1846). He was a stone mason and a farmer by occupation, and was very skillful at both callings. The Cates family are of English descent, and the grandfather, Thomas, was born in North Carolina, and died in Bedford County, Tenn., when the subject of this sketch was a young boy. There were eleven children born to the marriage of John S. Cates and Elizabeth Hime, the following of whom are living: Mary E., widow of Pascal Brown; John R.; Martha J., widow of J.M. Rives; Daniel E., Joseph H.; Finetti F., wife of J.M. Thomas; Locadia R., wife of J.B. Dwyer; Justinna E., wife of D.H. Dwyer, and Caldonia C., wife of John F. Dwyer. Those deceased are James P. and Giles P. Daniel E. Cates was in his twenty-fourth year when he married Miss Sarah L. Evans, a daughter of A.H. and Ellen C. (Holt) Evans, who were born in Tennessee April 6, 1818, and August 27, 1814, and died in their native State July 1, 1880, and June 26, 1868, respectively. Mrs. Cates was born in Bedford County, Tenn., November 3, 1840, and is the mother of three children: Zarilda F., born January 23, 1860, the wife of J.H. Whitehurst, a merchant of Republic, Mo.; J.H., who was born March 9, 1868, and is engaged in the mercantile business with his father, and Giles G., who was born January 12, 1876, and resides at home. After his marriage Mr. Cates first turned his attention to farming, which he continued to follow until coming to Misouri, in the fall of 1883, since which time he has been engaged in the mercantile business in Niangua, where he has acquired a large and lucrative trade. He was engaged in merchandising during the war, and although he had his goods taken from him twice, he has accumulated considerable of this world’s property. He is a Republican in politics, and he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Source: "History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps and Dent Counties, Missouri", Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1889; Transcribed by K. Mohler] 

CLARK, Gordentia Waite
Educator; co-principal of Massey & Clark School; born Wartrace, (Bedford Co) Tenn., April 9, 1886; son of G.W. and Lydia (Little) Clark; his father was a farmer; paternal grandparents R.S. and Sarah Patton (Waite) Clark; maternal grandparents William and Lucy Caroline (Clary) Little; educated Wartrace Training School and Vanderbilt University; graduated Vanderbilt B.A. June, 1908; in 1908 began teaching with F.M. Massey in the Massey School, and at the beginning of the third term became co-principal, and the school is now the Massey & Clark School, Pulaski, Tenn.; member Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity, and is Deacon in the Presbyterian Church.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler
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CLARK, Gordentia Waite
Farmer; born Wartrace, Tenn., Jan. 1, 1855; Irish-Scotch descent; son of Robert Swansey and Sarah Patton (Waite) Clark; father farmer; paternal grandparents Anthony and Sarah (Dunlap) Clark; maternal grandparents Robert and Madeline (Patton) Waite; educated at Wartrace, Winchester and Clarksville, Tenn.; married Lydie Little May 25, 1881; ruling elder Bethsalem Presbyterian church, Wartrace, Tenn.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

COBLE, John D.
Farmer and stock raiser; born near Wartrace, Tenn., June 25, 1828; son of Neely and Martha (Robertson) Coble; Dutch and Irish descent; father’s occupation farmer; educated common schools of country; married Mary R. Miller February, 1868; early business occupation farming and carpentry; served during the Civil War as private in Forty-fourth Tennessee, C.S.A.; worked at bridge building on N.C. & St. L. R.R. for several years.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

COBLE, Thomas Jacob
Physician; born Shelbyville, Tenn., Jan. 7, 1871; Holland-Dutch and Scotch-Irish descent; son of Neely B. and Emma James (Gilliland) Coble; father physician; paternal grandparents Jacob and Mary (Kimbro) Coble; maternal grandparents Samuel and Violet B. (Logan) Gilliland; educated Dixon Academy and graduated from Vanderbilt University medical department with degree M.D. March, 1898; in early life was a farmer and druggist; member of Trinity Consistory, A.A.S.R., Nashville, Tenn., Shelbyville (Tenn.) Benevolent No. 122, Tannehill Chapter No. 40, R.A.M., K. of P., I.O.O.F. and M.W.A.; Democrat; County Health Officer Bedford Co., Tenn. 1900-1907; president Bedford Co. Medical Society 1907 and vice-president State Medical Society 1909; president Shelbyville (Tenn.) Auditorium, and director Farmers’ Bank, Shelbyville, Tenn.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

COOPER, John S.
Lawyer; born Bedford Co., Tenn.; son of John L. and Frances (Lindsey) Cooper; Scotch and English descent; father’s occupation farmer; paternal grandparents Robert and Rebecca (McInturf) Cooper; maternal grandparents Caleb and Temperance (House) Lindsey; educated in the country schools of Murfreesboro and Lebanon, Tenn.; worked on farm and taught school in early life; married twice; Democrat; in 1883 served one term in State Senate, and from Sept. 1, 1894 to Sept. 1, 1910 was Chancellor of what is now the 9th Chancery Division of Tennessee; engaged in the active practice of law at Trenton, Tenn.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

COWAN, George L.
Farmer and insurance agent; born Derry Co., Ireland, Oct. 15, 1842; son of Robert W. and Hannah (Limerick) Cowan; educated in the local schools of Shelbyville, Bedford Co., Tenn.; after leaving school enlisted in the Confederate army under Gen. N.B. Forrest, with rank of Lieut., commanding his escort last year of war; entered a wholesale house in Nashville, Tenn., as clerk, later proprietor until 1888; at present engaged in farming and insurance business at Franklin, Tenn.; married Hattie McGavok Jan. 3, 1884; member Masons, Royal Arch and Knights Templar, Knights of Pythias; Democrat; former chairman of Co. Executive Committee; member of Presbyterian church and Elder in same.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

COWAN, Henry Bryson
Fire underwriter; born Shelbyville, Tenn., July 4, 1870; Scotch-Irish descent; son of Oliver and Sallie (Bryson) Cowan; father’s occupation hardware merchant for number of years, and now in office with son; educated at Shelbyville, Tenn.; began career as a hardware merchant and has been in the fire insurance business sixteen years; married Mary Frierson Oct. 10, 1894; member Masons, Scottish Rite Mason; Democrat; member of Presbyterian church for 18 years.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

CRIGLER, W.L.
Farmer and surveyor; born Santa Fee, Mo., Dec. 3, 1856; German descent; son of John W. and Elizabeth (Morton) Crigler; father’s occupation farmer and merchant; paternal grandparents Lewis and Julia (Oots) Crigler; maternal grandfather Benjamin Morton; educated at University of Mo. and Winchester, Tenn.; began his career as a teacher, and after teaching school in Mo. a number of years moved to Winchester, Tenn., and attended school under J.W. Terrill; afterwards moved to Bedford Co., Tenn. and engaged in farming; married Elizabeth A. Dean June 8, 1884; member A.F. & A.M., Shelbyville, Tenn.; Democrat; former County Surveyor of Bedford Co., Tenn. two terms; was a candidate for seat in Legislature of Tennessee in 1907, but was defeated; member of Christian church.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler


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