Bedford County TN Biographies

DAVIS, Edwin L.
Judge of 7th Judicial Circuit; born Bedford Co., Tenn., Feb. 5, 1876; son of M.H. and Christina (Shoffner) Davis; paternal grandfather McLin Davis, paternal grandmother Martha (Ray) Davis; maternal grandfather Michael Shoffner, maternal grandmother Sophronia (Morton) Shoffner; Welsh, English and German descent; father’s occupation manufacturer, etc.; educated Webbs School, Vanderbilt University, Columbian University; graduated LL.B. Columbian University May, 1899; married Carolyn Windsor Dec. 28, 1898; member Masonic order, K. of P., M.W. of A., A.T.O. and Phi Delta Phi Frat.; Democratic nominee for Attorney-General in 1902; Democratic Elector in 1904; elected Circuit Judge in 1910; Trustee Missionary Baptist church.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

DEERY, James E.
Born Shelbyville, Tenn., Sept. 22, 1852; Irish descent; son of Ross and Lou (Evans) Deery; father’s occupation druggist; paternal grandparents James and Betsy (Ross) Deery; maternal grandparents Nathan and Betsy (White) Evans; educated in Tennessee; began career as a druggist; married Betsy Ross; Democrat; member of Methodist church.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

DICKERSON, Mary Jane (Stone)
Born Shelbyville, (Bedford Co ) Tenn., Jan. 23, 1826; daughter of Capt. William and Nancy Allen (Daniel) Stone; father was a stockman, farmer, capitalist and soldier in War of 1812; direct descendant of old Va. families; paternal grandparents William Richard and Sallie (Winnegam) Stone; maternal grandparents John and Susie (Bowrum) Daniel; her maternal grandfather was a Revolutionary war soldier; educated in Lewisburg, Tenn.; married Washington Riborn Dickerson Aug. 18, 1843; member U.D.C. of Pulaski, D.A.R. Cumberland Chapter, Nashville, Tennessee, Counsellor in Chapter of 1812, Nashville, Tenn.; housed, fed and nursed Confederate soldiers during Civil war; once interposed herself between her husband and a Federal soldier, who was endeavoring to kill him; member of Old Presbyterian church.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

DOSS, William Hughes
Minister of the gospel; born Bedford county, Tenn., Nov. 25, 1854; Welsh descent; son of William and Mariah Ann (Hughes) Doss; father’s occupation minister of the gospel; graduated from Webb’s School June, 1875; in early life he was a farmer; married Belle Porter May 8, 1877; member Masonic Lodge, K.P. and I.O.O.F.; Democrat; joined the Tenn. Conference, M.E. Church, South; served six years as pastor Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., two years at McMinnville, four at Lebanon, Tenn., also had pastorates in Bedford, Cheatham, Williamson, Rutherford, Davidson, Montgomery and Robinson counties, Tenn., and Cisco, Tex.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

DRYDEN, Henderson Nathaniel
Martha Jane Kincade, daughter of Theron Eusebius and Alpha [Boyd] Balch, was born Aug. 7, 1822, in Lawrence county, Ala., and died in June, 1881, at Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and was buried at Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. She was married in August, 1842, to Henderson Nathaniel, son of William and Abbie Dryden, who was born February 20, 1820, in Bedford county, Tennessee. They had seven children, the first born in Coles county, Illinois, and the others at Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. William Theron, b. March 29, 1844 ; John Alexander, b. Oct. 26, 1848 ; Jonathan Albert, b. March 22, 1850 ; Alpha Elizabeth, b. Jan. 16, 1855; Martha Abigail, b. ; Nathaniel Hezekiah, b. Jan., 1859.

DRYDEN, James
A native of Tennessee, was born January 6, 1835, son of David and Malinda (Guest) Dryden, natives, respectively, of Tennessee and Georgia. The father was born in 1800 and was by occupation a farmer. The mother was born August 27, 1806, and is still living with our subject at the extreme old age of eighty. Our subject like the average country boy, assisted his father on the farm and attended the district school. At the age of twenty-one he began farming for himself on the farm where hs is now living. September 27, 1855, he married Nancy C. Stephenson, of this county, and this union resulted in the birth of four children. William J., Martha M. B., Lucinda E. M. and David O. Mr. Dryden is a very influential man in this section of the country. He is also a man of strong religious sentiments although he is not a member of any church. Mrs. Dryden is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics, Mr. Dryden is a Republican.
The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886

DRYDEN, Nathaniel L.
Born January 22, 1839, and is one of three children born to the union of Thomas and Mary H. (Dickson) Dryden. The father was born in Virginia in 1796, and when a youth he, with his father, immigrated to Tennessee and settled in Bedford County. He was married in 1824 and became the father of eleven children. The father and mother of out subject were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The former died in 1863 and the latter in 1876. Our subject was born in Bedford County, Tenn., and was given an education in the country schools of the day. In 1867 he wedded Miss Sarah J. Llewellyn, a native of Indiana. To this union were born eight children: Hubert E., John W., Mary L., Annie, Maggie H., David D., Thomas F. and Nathaniel L., Jr. Daniel D. died March 31, 1884. Mr. Dryden owns 373 acres of land in the Twentieth District, and deals in cattle, sheep, etc. He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and a leading man in the county. The family is of Scotch-Irish descent.
The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886

DWIGGINS, James Polk
Stock farmer; born Shelbyville, Tenn., Nov. 22, 1855; Scotch-Irish descent; son of Robert Scales and Louisa (Reager) Dwiggins; father was slave trader, stock farmer and owned first three steam mills in Tenn.; educated at Shelbyville, Tenn.; began his career as a carpenter and contractor; married Elizabeth Edmiston Sept. 9, 1891; Democrat; member of Christian church.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

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