J. F. ELLIOTT
J. F. Elliott, a native of Rutherford County, Tenn., was born April 24, 1824, son of B. and R. (Freeman) Elliott. The father was born about 1784, in Virginia, and immigrated to Tennessee in about 1804. His death occurred in 1869. The mother was also a native of Virginia, and lived to be very old. Our subject worked for his father on the farm till he was twenty years of age. He soon went to West Tennessee and engaged to agricultural pursuits. He remained there about ten years, after which he returned to Middle Tennessee and engaged in the same business. In 1961 he entered the Confederate Army, Forty-fifth Tennessee Infantry, under Capt. Lythle, and was discharged at Shiloh on account of bad health. After returning home he engaged in agricultural pursuits again. In 1867 or 1868 he moved to Kentucky and remained there but one year, after which he moved back to Tennessee and has lived there ever since. In 1846 he wedded Harriet C. Daniel, of Rutherford County. This union resulted in the birth of seven children: Tennessee, Rebecca C., James M., Sarah K., Josie, Albery J., and Harriet L. Our subject is a good, substantial citizen and is so considered by his neighbors. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. Elliott is a Democrat in politics. [Goodspeed Biographies]
MAZE ALEXANDER LAFAYETTE ENOCHS
Physician and surgeon; born in Moore Co., Tenn., Dec. 19, 1843; Scotch-Irish descent; entered Confederate army when seventeen years of age in 1st Tenn. Regiment (Peter Turney's), wounded at Gaines Mill, wounded again in Pickett's charge, Gettysburg, captured and carried to David's Island, paroled, sent home on furlough, joined Forrest's Cavalry and surrendered with him at Gainesville, Ala., 1865; graduated in medicine 1872 and has practiced his profession at Flat Creek since 1873; married Elizabeth Ann Lucas Sept. 9, 1869; Democrat; member Masons and Odd Fellows; member Methodist church, South. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
JOSEPH BOYD ERWIN
Minister; born Williamson County, Tenn., January 23, 1846; son of Alexander Rogers and Louise Eleanor (Boyd) Erwin; his father was a Methodist minister; Scotch-Irish descent; educated Florence University of Florence, Ala.; honorary degree D.D. June, 1886, by Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn.; married Fannie C. Smith August 23, 1868; Blue Lodge Mason, Royal Arch Mason, Knights Templar, Grand Chaplain Gana Lodge Masons, Grand Prelate of K.T.; Chaplain on Governor R.L. Taylor's staff with rank of Captain 1887-1889; member M.E. Church, South. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
WILLIAM M. ERWIN
Educator; born September 8, 1881; son of Martin P. and Emma (Young) Erwin; Scotch-Irish descent; educated Vanderbilt University, Nashville; married Erline Matthews June 2, 1909; member K. of P., M.W. of A., and also member Lutheran Church; entered Morgan Preparatory School 1908; entered Vanderbilt 1906; taught at Lynchburg 1904; County Superintendent of Public Instruction of Bedford County 1907-1909; now engaged in business, also farming and stock-raising. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
Martin Eules, a worthy citizen of Bedford County, Tenn., is a son of Adam and Dorothea (Shofner) Eules, who were born in North Carolina in 1775 and 1778, respectively. They were married about 1803 and immigrated to Tennessee in 1810. To them were born eleven children, four of whom are living. The father died in 1843, and the mother in 1872. On the 8th of November, 1848, our subject was united in marriage to Miss Casander Bobo, who was born December 10, 1825, and a daughter of Elisha and Lucy (Dean) Bobo, natives of South Carolina, and who died in 1860 and 1830, respectively. To Mr. and Mrs. Eules were born eleven children: Eli S., born in 1845 (deceased); Mary E., born in 1846 (deceased); Elisha A. born in 1848, Allen F., born in 1850; John M. born in 1852 (Deceased); Harriet E., born in 1855, Ella J., born in 1857 (deceased); Minnie A., born in 1860; Lula B., born in 1862; Della C., born in 1865, and Lucy T. born in 1867. Martin Eules stated in life for himself almost penniless, but by energy and perseverance has accumulated considerable property. His farm, consisting of 500 is about eight miles from Shelbyville, besides this he owns seventy acres in Coffee county and forty acres in this county. He and wife are members of the Lutheran Church and their children belong to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In politics, Mr. Eules is neutral.[Goodspeed History of Tennessee]
ROBERT F. EVANS
Dr. Robert F. Evans, a prominent and leading physician of Shelbyville, was born August 24, 1821, in Caroline County, Va., being the only son of a family of eight children born to the marriage of David S. Evans and Judith Bowlware, both natives of Virginia, of Welsh and English descent, respectively. The father came with his family to Bedford County in 1832; and followed farming until 1840, when he bought the Evans House and began the hotel business, which he continued till the war. He died in 1869, the mother surviving him one year. Dr. Evans was eleven years old when coming to this county, and was reared on a farm.. He assisted his father in the hotel business a short time and then studied medicine for several years. He graduated in the University of Pennsylvania in 1847, and then returned to Shelbyville, where he has been successfully engaged in the practice of his profession ever since, except in 1850-51, when he was on a western tour. He was married, December 24, 1867, to Mrs. Mary C. Fite, who was the mother of two children by her former marriage, viz.: Dr. C. C. Fite, assistant physician at the East Tennessee Insane Asylum, Knoxville, Tenn.; and Jennie M. Fite, now the wife of Surg. A. M. Moore, of the United States Naval Service, Washington, D. C. The marriage of Dr. Evans has been blessed in birth of two children, Stella and Mary F. He, his wife and youngest daughter are members of the Episcopal Church, and his eldest daughter of the Presbyterian Church. He has been senior warden of the church ever since its organization. He is a Knight Templar Mason. He is a member of the Tennessee Medical Society, and was elected president of that body in 1878. Politically he was reared a Whig, but is now a conservative democrat. [Goodspeed's History of Tennessee]
WINSTON GILL EVANS
Vice President People's National Bank, Shelbyville, Tenn.; born Shelbyville, Tenn., 1867; English descent; son of Nathan Peyton and Mary (Gill) Evans; paternal grandparents Nathan and Elizabeth (White) Evans; maternal grandparents Winston W. and _____ (Whittaker) Gill; educated University of South, Sewanee, Tenn.; married Carrie F. Frierson 1894; entered employ of People's National Bank in 1890 at Bookkeeper, then Teller, then Assistant Cashier, and in 1908 was elected Vice President; also interested in farming and hardware business; member of Presbyterian Church. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
JOSEPH LEIGHTON EWELL
The bar of every state, county or small community, has its acknowledged and accepted leaders, the men whose ability is respected and admired, and feared among their associates, and whose presence on one side of the case gives the litigants particular confidence in the outcome of the trial. In the Coffee county bar, such a leader at the present time is Joseph Leighton Ewell, who has been in the practice of his profession for the past twenty-four years, during which time he has enjoyed a distinctive place among the lawyers of Coffee and adjoining counties.
Joseph Leighton Ewell was born in Cannon county, Tennessee, on a farm, November 6, 1864. His grandfather, Dabney Ewell, came from Virginia to Tennessee, about 1820, locating near Beech Grove, in what was then Bedford, but now in Coffee county. He attained a large tract of land on what is known as the Garrison Fork of Duck river, and was a larger planter in his time. He owned a number of slaves, using them to operate his plantation. By profession he was a physician, having been educated in his native state of Virginia, and after coming to Tennessee was one of the early pioneer physicians of Bedford, Coffee and other contiguous counties. He was noted for his skill as a doctor and his kindly services as a professional friend, and had a host of admirers and patrons throughout his career in this locality. Dr. Dabney Ewell married Dovie Davidson, of Rutherford county, Tennessee, and they were the parents of five children.
Leighton Ewell, the father, and the oldest of the five children, was born in Coffee county, in 1826, and died in 1891. He grew up to man's estate in his own county, had a common school education, and was always a deep student and an eager reader. For many years he followed the vocation of school teacher in Coffee county, and also farmed on the lands which his father had settled. Financially he acquired a generous property and lived and died with the respect and esteem of his community. in pontics ne was conservative, ana was a member ot tne Christian church. He married in Cannon county, in 1862, Miss Millie Williams, who was born in Cannon county in 1834, and who died in 1864. Their one child was Joseph Leighton Ewell.
Mr. Ewell by reason of home association and a moderate liberality on the part of his father in directing his education, and also as a result of his individual effort and ambition for advancement in the world has never lacked for those advantages which schools and study imply. He was graduated from Bell Spring Academy, Beech Grove, Tennessee, and began the study of law in the offices of Jones & Houston, at Woodbury, Tennessee; he was admitted to the bar in 1888, and entered upon the practice of his profession at Woodbury.
In 1894, he located at Manchester, and has practiced law there since that date. Mr. Ewell has been the leading counsel in two of the most celebrated law cases of Coffee county — W. E. Hickerson vs. Mrs. Fannie D. Hickerson, a damage suit; and the will case of Mrs. J. F. Ashley, et al., vs. Mrs. Wattie Smartt, et al. He won both of these cases for his clients. He prosecuted in the case of State vs. George Duke, a noted murder case, and this was his first criminal case in Coffee county, and gave him his reputation as a trial lawyer and counsellor, since which time he rapidly acquired a large and lucrative practice. Mr. Ewell is prominent in politics and has always taken an active part in public affairs, being especially interested in the advancement of the cause of education. In 1896 he was elected to the lower house of the state legislature, and at the present time is a member of the Democratic executive committee of Coffee county. At one time he served as special judge in the seventh judicial circuit, and has also frequently acted as attorney general pro tem with marked ability.
In August, 1894, Judge Ewell married Miss Annie Hall Green, daughter of W. M. and Sarah E. Green, of Manchester. Their three children are Leighton, Pauline and Justin, all at home. Leighton and Pauline are graduates with the class of 1913, from the Coffee county high school. [A history of Tennessee and Tennesseans: the leaders and representative men in commerce, industry and modern activities. By Will T. Hale Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1913]
NEWTON B. EWING
Newton B. Ewing is a son of James Ewing, who was born in the "Keystone State " in 1782. After residing in Georgia for some time he came to Tennessee, and, soon after his marriage with Mary Neill, settled in Marshall County, where he reared a family of eight children. He was a Whig and acted as magistrate for many years. After the mother's death, in 1828, he wedded Mrs. Sarah How, and died in 1860. Our subject was born in Bedford County, Tenn., November 2, 1826, and inherits Scotch-Irish blood from his father. He received the education and rearing of the average farmer's boy, and at the age of nineteen began to battle his own way in the world by farming and trading. He owns 223 acres of land and is quite a successful farmer. In 1853 he married Florella J. Ewing, who was born May 2, 1835. They are members of the Presbyterian Church. During the war he served some time in Company H, Seventeenth Tennessee Infantry, although his health was very poor. Previous to the war he was a Whig, but is now a Democrat. He has lived within the limits of Marshall County all his life, and he and wife have passed thirty-three years of happy wedlock, and are surrounded by many warm friends and relatives. [The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
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