W. L. FARIS
W. L. Faris, a native of Franklin County, Tenn., was born June 17, 1864, son of G. W. and Eliza (Tucker) Faris. The father was also a native of Franklin County, and died June 5, 1882. The mother was born about 1838 in Bedford County. Our subject assisted his parents on the farm until he was about twenty-two years of age, after which he worked for himself at farming. At the end of three years he began the mechanics trade in connection with farming and still follows that business up to the present date. December 21, 1875, he wedded Amanda R. Kirk, of this county, who was born August 3, 1856. She was the daughter of Edwin Kirk, who was born in 1809, and died November 22, 1883. To our subject and wife were born five children: E. E., Julian L., Lee G., S. I., and Cassie B. Mr. Fairs is a self-made man, having made his property by his own unaided efforts, and is consequently a good substantial citizen. He and wife are worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He is a Democrat in politics. [The Goodspeed History of Bedford County TN, 1886]
Educator and farmer; born Bedford County, Tenn., May 9, 1838; Scotch-Irish descent; educated in common schools of Bedford and Lincoln counties; his early occupation was teaching school; married Tennie V. Davidson November, 1866; served four years as non-commissioned officer in army of C.S.A.; dangerously wounded and left for dead on the battlefield of Murfreesboro; was twice a prisoner of war, once at Camp Butler in Illinois and at Camp Chase in Ohio; took the oath in 1865 and returned to his home penniless; has since accumulated a comfortable competency; member of Church of Christ. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
ROBERT LEE FARRAR
Miller and farmer; born Flat Creek, (Bedford ) Tenn., Jan. 22, 1867; Irish descent; son of James F. and Sarah Jane (Parker) Farrar; father a farmer and trader; paternal grandfather Jim Farrar; maternal grandfather Joseph Parker; educated at Winchester (Tenn.) Normal; early business occupation farming; married Cora Shoffner May 8, 1888; member Masons; Democrat; member of Missionary Baptist church. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
JOHN HENRY FERRELL
James P. Ferrell a farmer and stock raiser, of Elizabethtown, Ill., (Hardin Co) was born in that County, Dec. 30, 1847. His father, John H. Ferrell, was born near Chapel Hill, Tenn., (Bedford County TN) April 15, 1823, and lived there until he was about sixteen years of age. About the year 1839 his father, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, died. Soon after his death the widow, with her two sons, John H. and Charles M., came with one wagon containing all of their earthly possessions to Illinois and located near Furnace, in Hardin County. The two boys worked on the farm in the summer time, at the iron works in the winter, cut cordwood, and did various other things to assist their widowed mother.
In 1843 John H. Ferrell was united in marriage to Nancy Pillow, a niece of Gideon Pillow, who won distinction as a Confederate general during the Civil war. To this marriage there were born the following children: James P., the subject of this sketch; Martha, who died at the age of two years; John C., now living in Los Angeles, Cal.; Ann, who died in childhood; Josie, now living at Elizabethtown, and Nellie, who died as the wife of James B. McFarland. About 1851, John H. Ferrell went to California and remained there for about two years, prospecting and mining, but at the end of that time returned to Hardin County, making the trip by water both ways. From that time until the war he was engaged in steamboat navigation on the Mississippi, the Ohio and Cumberland rivers. He was the owner of the steams Winneford, Kate French and Governor's Island, and was doing a good business when the war broke out. In 1861, he enlisted as wagon master in the Twenty-ninth Illinois infantry, but was transferred to the navy by General Grant and made a master pilot, serving in that capacity during the entire conflict. He was the volunteer pilot on the board the monitor Neosho and in one of the engagements her colors were shot down. Assisted by a German soldier he raised the flag while the fight was still going on and received a medal from Congress for his bravery. December 6, 1864 while convoying several transports from Nashville to Clarksville, Neosho and Carondelet discovered that the Confederate batteries at Bells Mills had been re-occupied. Neosho attacked the emplacement from a distance of 20 to 30 yards but her fire could not reach the Confederate guns on the high banks. After several hours Neosho retired but soon returned to attack from a point below the batteries while Carondelet enfiladed the position from above. By nightfall, the southern batteries were only partially silenced. Carondelet and Neosho who had taken over 100 hits without serious damage, returned to Nashville along with the other gunboats and transports. December 15, 1864 Commander Fitch, with Carondelet and Neosho, returned to Bells Mills and held the Confederate gunners' attention while a Union cavalry unit surprised and captured the southern batteries with very little resistance. The following day Hood's army was defeated and began to retreat southward.
After the war he returned to his old occupation and continued in the river traffic until 1878. He was a charter member of the Grand Army post at Elizabethtown. His death occurred on April 17, 1900. His widow is still living, being now about eighty years of age. James P. Ferrell began working with his father on the river just at the commencement of the war and remained associated with him until 1878, both giving up the river at the same time. After that he lived in Metropolis until 1882, when he located on the farm where he now lives. [Memoirs of the Lower Ohio Valley. Madison, Wis.: Federal Publishing Company. 1905, Hardin County entries in Vol II]
JOHN H. FERRELL
Rank and Organization: Pilot, U.S. Navy.
Entered Service At: Illinois.
Born: 15 April 1823, Tennessee. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
Citation: Served on board the U.S. Monitor Neosho during the engagement with enemy batteries at Bells Mills, Cumberland River, near Nashville, Tenn., 6 December 1864. Carrying out his duties courageously during the engagement, Ferrell gallantly left the pilothouse after the flag and signal staffs of that vessel had been shot away and, taking the flag which was drooping over the wheelhouse, make it fast to the stump of the highest mast remaining although the ship was still under a heavy fire from the enemy. [From Home of Heroes]
OLIVER FLOYD FINNEY
Public official, merchant; born Scottsboro, Ala., Feb. 19, 1872; son of Jas. M. and Annettie (Bearden) Finney; Scotch-Irish descent; father's occupation farmer; educated Flat Creek Academy; graduated Flat Creek Academy in English only in 1890; married Zella Mai Jones Dec. 5, 1895; member I.O.O.F., No. 117, Wartrace, Tenn.; early business career teaching school; Alderman of Wartrace for 4 years and Mayor for 3 years; also member City School Board; Mayor at present time; engaged in wholesale produce and retail millinery business; director and stockholder in Bedford Co. Bank; formerly engaged in general merchandise; member Church of Christ for 20 years; Elder. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
J. C. FISHER
J. C. Fisher's ancestors were from North Carolina. His father, George W. Fisher, wan born in August, 1812, and was brought to Tennessee by his parents when only four years old. George W. Fisher married Elizabeth Helm who was born in North Carolina, in 1814, and died in Tennessee in 1846. Our subject was born in Marshall County, Tenn., January 16, 1838, and is the third of seven children and of Irish descent. At the age of twenty years he began clerking for W. S. Hurst, at Hurst's Cross Roads, Murray County, continuing two years. When the war broke out he joined the Confederate Army, Company D, Fourth Tennessee Calvary, but after serving faithfully for some time was compelled to abandon the service to some extent. For about two years after the war he farmed and stock traded and then engaged in the merchandise business in Verona and followed that business four years with good results, the style of the firm being Fisher & Robinson. In 1871 he sold his interest and moved to Fayetteville where he was a partner of W. S. Hurst in the merchandise business two years. The firm then divided their stock, and for three years longer Mr. Fisher followed that occupation in that place and in 1877 moved to Shelbyville. Since 185 he has been exclusively engaged in farming. May 1, 1873, he wedded Mattie Bell (Daughter of G. W. and E. Bell), who has borne him six children: Oscar B., Stella (deceased), Elbert H., James D., Hugh C. and George B. Mr. Fisher has accumulated his property by his own exertions and is perhaps the most thoroughly self-made man in this section of the county. The greater part of his education has been acquired through self exertion. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church Sough, and his wife of the Christian Church. Politically his is a Democrat. [Goodspeed History of Tennessee]
JOHN D. FLOYD
Minister; born Flat Creek, Tenn., September 1, 1839; Welsh and Scotch descent; son of Elijah and Sarah (Watson) Floyd; his father was a farmer; paternal grandparents David and Elizabeth (Norman) Floyd; maternal grandparents John and Jane (Whitemore) Watson; received a common school education and was a farmer boy in early youth; married Susan B. Matlow December 28, 1865; was a private in Company A, 17th Tenn. Regt., C.S.A.; captured in front of Petersburg, Va. April 2, 1865, and carried to Johnson's Island as a prisoner of war; released June 18, 1865; prior to capture was promoted to rank of First Lieutenant; he united with the Church of Christ in 1866 and has since been engaged in preaching the gospel and farming. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST
1821 - 1877.
Confederate general, was born July 13, 1821 to William and Mariam (Beck) Forrest. At the time of his birth he was in Bedford County, Tennessee, but later new lines were drawn, placing his birthplace in Marshall County. His father worked as a blacksmith in Tennessee until 1834, when he moved the family to Mississippi. He died in 1837, leaving the responsibility of the family up to sixteen-year-old Forrest. He work as a farm hand, and a horse and cattle dealer, then moved up to dealing in slave trade and real estate. He grew wealthy from cotton plantations he owned in Mississippi and Arkansas, and in 1845 married Mary Ann Montgomery. In 1849 he moved to Memphis, and was an alderman for a short time. Even though he was not well educated Forrest was considered an extremely intelligent man. Yet this was not evident in his writings because he never learned to spell well, and he wrote with a dialect, using words like mout for might, and fit for fought. It was also thought that he had a talent for math, but never had the opportunity to develop it.
In 1861 Forrest enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army, but after he raised a mounted service battalion and equipped it at his own expense he was named lieutenant-colonel. At Fort Donelson in northwest Tennessee he and his troops fought bravely, and when their leadership proposed surrender he presented another plan. Forrest led 1,500 men through a gap in the line of Union troops, and saved the fort. Afterward he was promoted to colonel. Later Forrest was wounded at the retreat from Shiloh, and in 1862 he was promoted to brigadier-general.
At that point Forrest began the series of calvary raids that made him famous. He consistently led successful raids against Union communications or posts in Tennessee and Kentucky. He even broke up a Union raid against a Confederate post, in which he pursued the Union troops for five days and captured an entire calvary brigade near Rome, Georgia. In 1863 a junior officer, upset about an assignment, shot Forrest and he was assumed to be dead. Then he rose up again and killed the young officer, and recovered in time to play a prominent role in the Chickamauga campaign.
After that battle Forrest got in a serious argument with General Bragg, and Jefferson Davis transferred him to Mississippi, appointing him major-general. Forrest continued his raids, traveling as far north as Paducah, Kentucky. In 1864 he recaptured Fort Pillow on the Mississippi River in Tennessee, and his men proceeded to massacre the black troops stationed there. It is still unclear if the men were acting on their own or if Forrest had ordered the killings. One of Forrest's greatest victories was defeating forces under General Sturgis at Brice's Cross Roads in Mississippi, which were considered to be superior to his. Another battle with General A.J. Smith in Tupelo, Mississippi, was considered by some to be a Union victory, while others call it a draw. Forrest was wounded again in that battle, but he continued to lead, riding in a buggy until he was able to ride a horse. Back in Nashville he was placed in chief command of the Confederate cavalry, and in February of 1865 he was made lieutenant-general. He fought his final battle in Selma, where he was defeated in April of 1865. He surrendered in May, and returned to his cotton plantations. Even though he had a short temper, Forrest was considered to be one of the clearest thinking and strategically brilliant generals of his time. It is said that during his years in the military 29 horses were shot underneath him. After his return Forrest was thought to be involved in the early activities of the Ku Klux Klan, but his association with them apparently did not last long. He served as president of the Selma, Marion and Memphis Railroad for many years, a project which ended in bankruptcy. He died October 29, 1877 in Memphis, Tennessee. [Tennessee Biographical Dictionary By Jan Onofrio]
GEORGE AUGUSTINE FRAZER
One of the active members of the Nashville bar, Mr. Frazer is of one of the oldest Tennessee families, his wife is likewise a descendant of some of the notable characters in the political, professional, and business history of this state. George Augustine Frazer was born at "Wessyngton, Tennessee, April 21,1879. The founder of the family in the United States was Hugh Frazer, of Scotch birth and adversity. He came to America in 1746, after the battle of Cullodenmoor, settling near Cape Fear, North Carolina. He belonged to the clan Fraser, whose habitation was on the Moray Firth, and he was one of the supporters of Prince Charles, the Young Pretender, and it was after the disastrous defeat of the Pretender that Hugh Fraser, together with large numbers of Highlanders, left Scotland for America, the battle of Cullodenmoor marking the final extinction of the Stuart cause in Scotland. Hugh Frazer was both a soldier and a farmer.
A son of Hugh and bearing the same name, emigrated to what is now Tennessee, and was a pioneer in the neighborhood of the present Bedford county. His occupation was farming. He had three sons, James, Preston, and Granville. One of the brothers of Hugh Frazer, the pioneer Tennessean, emigrated to Alabama, and another, named Sterling Frazer, emigrated to Illinois. Of the sons Dr. Preston Frazer died unmarried in Bedford county, Tennessee. Another, Granville Frazer, died in Texas unmarried.
Dr. James Frazer, the direct ancestor of the Nashville lawyer, was educated for his profession in Philadelphia, practiced medicine and lived at Lebanon in Wilson county, Tennessee, and during the war with Great Britain was surgeon-general in the command of Andrew Jackson, taking part in the battle of New Orleans and seeing considerable service throughout the war of 1812. He died in 1835, in Lebanon, Tennessee. His church affiliation was with the Methodist. Dr. James Frazer married Mrs. Hannah Brown Shelby, widow of Dr. Henry Shelby; her mother was Martha Brown, a daughter of General Green Hill, of South Carolina, a general in the Revolutionary army, and bishop of the Methodist church. Dr. James Frazer and wife had two children: Henry Shelby Frazer and Martha Jane Frazer. Martha Jane married Jordan Stokes of Wilson county, Tennessee, and they became the founders of a large and prominent family in this state.
Henry Shelby Frazer, who died in 1875, although residing in Tennessee, was owner and operator of an immense plantation in Mississippi. He married Elizabeth Murfree, daughter of William H. Murfree of Hertford, of Hertford county, North Carolina, a son of Colonel Hardy Murfree, one of the heroes of King's Mountain, and a participant throughout the Revolutionary war. Colonel Murfree received immense land grants in Tennessee, and the town of Murfreesboro is named for them. Elizabeth Murfree s mother was Elizabeth Maney. Henry Shelby Frazer and wife, Elizabeth, had two children, Sarah Murfree and James Stokes Frazer. Sarah Murfree Frazer married J. Hart Hillman, originally of Tennessee, and later of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where he was one of the prominent iron and coal men. James Stokes Frazer was born in Lebanon, Tennessee, graduated A. B. from the University of Nashville, and LL. B. from the Lebanon Law School. He was for many years a prominent member of the Nashville bar, served as attorney for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, and at one time was elected to the Tennessee legislature. He died in 1892. In May, 1878, James Stokes Frazer married Mary "Washington, daughter of Colonel George Augustine Washington of Wessyngton, Tennessee, one of the most prominent tobacco planters of the south before and after the war, a man prominent in all affairs. Colonel Washington was a son of Joseph and Mary (Cheatham) Washington, and was a direct descendant of John Washington, a great uncle of the first president. Colonel George A. Washington's wife was James Smith of Alabama, the daughter of Joseph Laurence Dawson Smith, one of the early settlers in the wilderness of North Alabama The children of James Stokes Frazer and Mary Washington are: George Augustine Frazer, Henry Shelby Frazer, James Stokes Frazer, Laurence Smith Frazer, Mary Washington, now Mrs. Hickman Price of New York; Elizabeth Murfree, deceased, and Joseph Washington.
George Augustine Frazer, who during his comparatively brief career as a lawyer has well upheld the family traditions and abilities, was educated along exceedingly liberal lines. Prom the public schools of Nashville, he was a student in the Kenyon Military Academy, in the University of Virginia, took his law degree from Vanderbilt University and a post-graduate course in Columbia University at New York City. Mr. Frazer was at one time an instructor in the law school of the University of the South at Sewanee. Since October, 1907, he has been attorney for the Nashville Railway and Light Company, and has a large general practice as a lawyer in Nashville. Mr. Frazer is a member of the college society of the Sigma Chi and the Theta Nu Epsilon. His church is the Episcopal, and in politics he is a Democrat. Mr. Frazer was married November 8,1905, to Sadie Lindsley Warner, daughter of Percy and Margaret (Lindsley) Warner. Her grandparents were James C. and Mary Thomas (Williams) Warner, James C. Warner, having been a pioneer iron manufacturer of Tennessee, and mayor of the city of Chattanooga during the Civil war. On her mother's side Mrs. Frazer is a granddaughter of J. Berrien Lindsley and Sallie McGavoek, the former having been at one time president of the University of Nashville. She is also a great granddaughter of Felix Grundy, who early in the history of the United States was attorney general in the cabinet of President Van Buren. J. Berrien Lindsley was the son of Philip Lindsley of New Jersey, at one time president of Princeton University. Percy Warner, father of Mrs. Frazer, is president of the street railway of Nashville, and of the Nashville Railway and Light Company. Mr. and Mrs. Frazer have three children: Percy Warner Frazer, Shelby William Frazer, and Margaret Lindsley Frazer. [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]
JOHN BURTON FRIERSON
Lumber merchant and manufacturer; born Shelbyville, Tenn.; son of Robert P. and Mollie (Little) Frierson; Scotch-Irish descent; educated Shelbyville and Clarksville, Tenn.; early business occupation banking; married Lizzie Mai Ransom April 22, 1896; member Royal Arcanum, 32nd degree Mason, A.T.O. Fraternity; Captain National Guard of Tennessee; Assistant Cashier of the Farmer's Bank of Shelbyville for sixteen years; since wholesale and retail lumber manufacturing merchant, firm Ransom & Frierson; member and Deacon of Presbyterian Church. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
WILLIAM LITTLE FRIERSON
Three generations of the Frierson family in succession have contributed a member to the legal profession, and each has distinguished himself in that field of endeavor. Ervin J. Frierson, the grandfather of the subject, was at one time attorney general for the Shelbyville district, and otherwise gained prominence in the law, while his son, Robert P., and the father of William Little Frierson, practiced law in Shelbyville and vicinity until his death in 1893, while the latter has been engaged in that profession in Chattanooga since 1890.
Born in Shelbyville, Tennessee, on September 3, 1868, William Little Frierson is the representative of an old family of Scotch-Irish origin that settled in South Carolina at an early date, and in 1805 identified itself with the fortunes of the state of Tennessee, settling in Maury county. Later Ervin J. Frierson removed to Shelbyville and took up the practice of law, and he lived and died an honored and esteemed resident of that section of the state. As has been mentioned in a previous paragraph, he served the Shelbyville district as attorney-general, and his activities in that office were of a high order, in every way worthy of him, and entirely consistent with the character of the man. His son, Robert F. Frierson, was born in Shelbyville, educated in his native state and at Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, and prepared for the legal profession, in which he gained honor and distinction in his native community. He was a soldier in the Confederate army, and twice served in the state legislature of Tennessee. He married Molly Little, the daughter of William Little, of Shelbyville, and she still survives her husband, and makes her home in the place of her birth and her lifelong residence.
William Little Frierson was educated in the private schools of Shelbyville and in the Southwestern Presbyterian University at Clarksville, Tennessee, from the latter of which he was graduated in June, 1887, with the degree of A. B. Thereafter he read law in the offices of his father, and was admitted to practice on September 3, 1889. In September of the following year he removed to Chattanooga, and here he has since been actively engaged in the practice of his profession. From January 1, 1891, to January, 1894, he was associated in practice with D. S. Anderson, and the termination of that partnership in 1894 was followed soon after by a professional union with Lewis Shepherd, which endured until September, 1907. Since that time he has been with L. M. Coleman, under the firm name of Coleman & Frierson. The firm carries on a general practice, and is recognized as one of the strong combinations of legal talent in the city today. Mr. Frierson is a member of the State and American Bar Associations. Since his residence in this city he has given valuable public service, serving between October, 1906, and October, 1908, as mayor of Chattanooga, and he is now the incumbent of the office of city attorney.
Mr. Frierson is a member of the First Presbyterian church, and is an elder in that body, while he is active and prominent in Sunday school work as the superintendent of that part of the activities of the church.
On April 20, 1892, Mr. Frierson was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Daniel, the daughter of Hon. W. M. Daniel, of Clarksville, where the ceremony was celebrated. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Frierson: Margaret, Robert and Susie Belle. The family home is maintained at No. 210 High street. [A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans By Will Thomas Hale, Dixon Lanier Merritt]
WILLIAM L. FRIERSON
William Little Frierson, lawyer; born Shelbyville, Tenn., Sept. 3, 1868; son Robert P. and Mary (Little) Frierson; Scotch-Irish descent; educated and graduated 1887 Southwestern Presbyterian University; member K. of P., Keystone Lodge of Chattanooga; mayor of Chattanooga 1905-07; admitted to bar Sept. 3, 1889; moved to Chattanooga in 1890 and in 1891 formed partnership with D.S. Anderson, 1894 with Judge Lewis Shepherd, under firm name of Shepherd & Frierson; 1906 formed partnership with Lewis M. Coleman.[Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
JOHN G. FROST
John G. Frost is a son of John E. Frost, a minister of the Primitive Baptist Church, who was born April 7, 1835, in Alabama. His mother was Alsie D. Hicks, daughter of D. D. and Malinda Hicks. John G. Frost was born in Bedford County, October 13, 1859, and was the eighth of nine children. He assisted his father on the farm until twenty-one years of age, and then began tilling the soil on his own responsibility. In 1882 he went to Missouri, where he farmed one year, but the same year traveled over the State of Kansas and the Indian Territory. Since that time he has been engaged in the farming interests in Tennessee. November 30, 1882, he was married to Mattie J. Coleman, daughter of N. A. Coleman. She was born January 12, 1861. They became the parents of three children, two of home died in infancy. Joshua Wright is the child living. Mr. Frost has been a church member since the fall of 1878. He belongs to the Democratic party, and is worth $2,500. [The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
JOSHUA WRIGHT FROST
Joshua Wright Frost was the 2nd son and the 4th child of John Ebenezer Frost and Alcey Dews Hix Frost. He 1st married Mary Ellen Reagor Frost, daughter of George Allen Reagor and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Parker Reagor, on Aug 20, 1874. The groom's father performed the ceremony in the home of the bride's mother. They had 4 sons and 5 daughters. Mary Ellen Reagor Frost died on Jul 2, 1911 after a fall on ice that broke her hip. Joshua then married Mary Elizabeth Martin Frost on Feb 4, 1913 in Bedford Co. TN. To the children and grandchildren Mary was known as "Miss Betty." There was one stillborn child born to this union.
Joshua Wright Frost was unmistakably a family man. He was devoted to each of his two wives and was quite fond of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Seven of his nine children lived to old age. At the time of his death, he had twenty grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. [Source: Excerpt from "Frosts and Related Families by Wright W. Frost published in 1962]
WILLIAM A. FROST
William A. Frost, editor and proprietor of the Shelbyville Gazette, was born September 30, 1855, in Troy, Obion Co., Tenn., being the eldest of five children of William D. and Martha L. (Brown) Frost. The father is a physician and resides at Flat Creek in this county. The mother died September 24, 1874. The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm in Moore county, Tenn., and in Mississippi. He remained with his parents to the age of nineteen, when he entered Mulberry Institute, Lincoln County, Tenn., in which he took a two years' course. He then was appointed deputy clerk of the Circuit Court of Moore County. After one year as deputy he was appointed clerk of the same court and held the office three years. In December, 1878, he bought the Lynchburg Sentinel, and published that paper till December 4, 1884, at which time he was burned out. In 1880, June 30, he was appointed clerk and master of the Chancery Court of Moore County, and served four years. January 1, 1884, he took charge of his present enterprise. He has refitted the office with an entirely new outfit and make his the leading paper of the country, and he is regarded as the most successful county newspaper man in the State. He was elected alderman of the Second Ward of Shelbyville in October, 1885, and is chairman of the finance committee. He is justly regarded as a prominent and enterprising citizen. He was married, May 4, 1880, to Miss Katie Whitaker, of Lincoln County. This unions has been blessed in the birth of one son, William W. Politically Mr. Frost is a firm Democrat. [The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
WILLIAM A. FROST
Editor; born Troy, Tenn., September 30, 1855; son of William D. and Martha L. (Brown) Frost; his father was a physician; Scotch-Irish descent; educated Mulberry Institute, Mulberry, Tenn.; published Lynchburg Sentinel in early life; married Kate Whitaker May 4, 1880; member Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree, and former Worshipful Master; formerly Clerk and Master of Chancery Court of Moore County for four years; was appointed Circuit Court Clerk in 1876; Postmaster at Shelbyville, Tenn. from 1894-1898; at present editor and publisher of Shelbyville Gazette. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
WILLIAM D. FROST
William D. Frost, M. D., was born in Madison County, Ala., August 12, 1830 and is one of six children born to Ebenezer and Nancy (Wright) Frost. The father was born in north Carolina, and in 1827 immigrated to Alabama where he remained until 1835, and then removed to Bedford County, Tenn. He was one of the successful farmers of the county. In 1837 he was employed by the Government to aid in removing the Indians in the territory to which they were assigned, and during one of these trips he died. He reared a family of which the county is proud. All of them are prominent citizens of the county. The subject of this sketch passed his boyhood on the farm, and received a fair education in the county schools. In 1850 he began the study of medicine, and in the same year entered the Ohio Medical School of Cincinnati, where he remained one term. He then went to Obion County, Tenn., and began the practice of his profession, remaining there eight years, after which he went to Mississippi, where he remained nine years. He then came back to Tennessee, and has since that time been a faithful practitioner of Bedford County. In 1854 he wedded Miss Martha L. Brown of Obion County, Tenn., a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, who died in 1874. Mr. Frost was a soldier in the late war; was in the Thirtieth Mississippi Regiment, and was severely wounded at the battle of Chickamauga, which rendered him unfit for general service. After this he acted as assistant surgeon of the regiment until the close of the war. Mr. Frost has a family of four children: William A., who is editor of the Shelbyville Gazette, Walter C. who is editing a paper at Murfreesboro, and Clarinda E. and John W. [The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
ALFRED D. FUGITT
Alfred D. Fugitt, farmer, was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., November 8, 1813, son of Townsend and Jane (Campbell) Fugitt, and of Irish-French descent. The father of our subject was born in North Carolina in 1780, and the mother was born about 1784. They were married in North Carolina about 1799, and to them were born eight children. The father emigrated from North Carolina to Kentucky in 1804, and owned the land where Danville, Ky., now stands, but concluding the land was too poor for successful farming, moved to Tennessee in 1806. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and died November, 1 878, at the advanced age of ninety-eight, the mother died in 1837. Our subject received a fair education and followed farming and merchandising ever since. He was married, January 10, 1837, to Miss Jane M. Norvell; of this alliance there were born ten children - three sons: Glodolphus C., John N. and Alfred T., and seven daughters: Sallie E., Mattie J., Maggie N., Cassie M., Mollie B., Ada J. and Annie N. Mr. Fugitt was formerly an old-line Whig, and while he entertains no particular love for the name of Democracy he votes that ticket. He has 600 acres of good land, which he devotes almost exclusively to stock raising. Mrs. Fugitt, wife of our subject, was born in Bedford County, Tenn., September 5, 1814. Her father John Norvell, emigrated from North Carolina about 1806, and was among the pioneers of the State. Our subject had two sons in the late war, Glodophus C., who was a captain in the Second Tennessee Regiment under Col. Bate, was killed at Shiloh. The second son was a member of the same regiment and was killed in Lincoln County, Tenn., in 1863. While our subject was too old to partake of active service in the army, he display his liberality and State pride in contributing the amount of $1,000 a month to Capt. Fugitt's company. The grandfather of our subject, Benjamin Fugitt, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war and served seven years. [Goodspeed's History of Tennessee]
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