"Tennessee Trails" through Bedford County

Bedford County TN Biographies

McGILL, William J.
Manufacturer; born in Bedford County, Tenn., February 20, 1873; Scotch-Irish descent; son of R.P. and Sallie (Hix) McGill; paternal grandparents William and Mary (Gardener) McGill; maternal grandparents Joshua and Caroline (Reagor) Hix; educated Winchester Normal, Winchester, Tenn.; began business career as clerk and bookkeeper with Sylvan Cotton Mills, 1890; promoted to Secretary-Treasurer and General Manager in 1900; elected Secretary, Treasurer and General Manager of Robinson-McGill Manufacturing Company January, 1906; Vice President Robinson-McGill Carriage Company of Nashville October, 1909; married Mary Ingle June 8, 1898; is Director Sylvan Cotton Mills, Robinson-McGill Manufac-ware Company and the Shelbyville Harness Company, all of Shelbyville; also Robinson-McGill Carriage Company and Bearden Carriage Company of Nashville, and Fayetteville Milling Company of Fayetteville; is also Director in Shelbyville Commercial Club; elder Christian Church, Shelbyville, Tenn.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

MEADOWS, J.M.
General merchant of Dresden, was born in Bedford County, Tenn., in 1834 and is a son of E. G. and Jane (Thompson) Meadows. The former was born in North Carolina, in 1813, and came to Tennessee in his youth, locating in Bedford County, where he followed farming for some time. After marrying in Rutherford and residing in Dickson County, he finally located in Weakley County, where he now resides. He became the father of eight children, all of whom are living: Caroline (wife of W. C. Hicks, who resides in Obion County); J. M., our subject; Sabrina (Mrs. Bryant James), James P., Ann (Mrs. Thomas Hatcher), Nancy (Mrs. Benjamin Bowers), William (who resides in Fulton, Ky.) and Thomas. Their mother was born in Virginia, in 1816, and died in 1881. J. M. Meadows was educated in Dickson County, Tenn., and after attaining his twenty-first birthday, hired out as clerk in a dry goods store in Dresden, and worked for J. W. Hays & Bro. for about six years. During the late war he bought a stock of goods and began business for himself at Locust Grove (now Greenfield) Tenn., but soon came to Dresden, where he has since resided. He has followed merchandising the greater part of the time since the war, and since 1881 has been located at his present place of business. In November, 1861, he married Miss A. A. Thompson, a native of Weakley County, They have three children: Emma (Mrs. T. A, McElwrath), Charles P. and Nettle. Mr. Meadows is an energetic and honest business man of Dresden and has been a life-long Democrat in politics. His wife and children are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.
Goodspeeds History of TN 1887 Weakley Co

MOORE, J.L.
Senior member of the mercantile firm of Moore & Waggoner, is a prominent citizen of the city of Lynchburg who has held one of its highest offices and has enjoyed a life’s career which illustrates a high order of intelligence, dignity of bearing, nobleness of purpose and a steady aim; for as a business man he has been successful, and as a public officer he has been thorough and faithful, giving satisfaction to all parties in the execution of the arduous duties of his position. Mr. Moore is a native son of Tennessee, and was born at Flat Creek, Bedford county, January 26, 1861, a son of Milton N. and Elizabeth (Shaw) Moore. The family was founded in Tennessee by the grandparents of Mr. Moore, who came from North Carolina and settled in Shelbyville, where the grandfather died shortly thereafter. Milton N. Moore was born in Bedford county, March 10, 1829, and there received his education, was reared to manhood and learned the trade of tailor, which he followed until about the time of his marriage. He enlisted from Bedford county in the Confederate army at the outbreak of hostilities between the North and South, and throughout that struggle was connected with the commissary department. In 1866, Mr. Moore came to Lynchburg, where he engaged in farming and also followed mercantile pursuits, but about 1885 moved to Tullahoma, where he entered the mercantile business and also became president of the Traders National Bank. About the year 1895 he retired from active business pursuits, and subsequently lived a quiet life until his death in 1906. He was a Democrat in his political affiliation, and his religious faith was that of the Christian church, of which his wife was also a member, and in which he acted as elder for many years. Mrs. Moore was born in that part of Lincoln county which is now included in Moore county, and was married to Mr. Moore in 1852, ten children being born to this union, of whom J. L. was the fifth in order of birth, and six of whom are now living.
J. L. Moore received his education in the public schools of Lynchburg and Burritt College, Spencer, Tennessee. After graduating from the latter institution, he returned to Lynchburg, where he embarked in business as the proprietor of a large livery stable. lie continued to be engaged in this line for the following twelve years, and then disposed of his interests to enter the mercantile trade- This he continued alone until 1907, at which time he turned his attention to farming, but again in 1912 resumed general merchandising, as a partner of Guy Waggoner. In addition to this business, which has assumed large proportions, he is the owner of a modem undertaking establishment, which is equipped with the latest conveniences known to the calling. Politically a Democrat, in August, 1910, Mr. Moore was elected mayor of Lynchburg, an office which he has continued to fill with signal ability to the present time. As the incumbent of this office he has been the means of bringing about much substantial municipal improvement, always taking an active interest in the welfare of the community and its people. Among the numerous innovations that have marked his administration was the installing of the concrete walks about the public square, and the electric lights, and in many other ways lie has given his fellow-citizens a clean, progressive and business-like term of service. As a business man he has the entire confidence of his associates, and in social circles he is a general favorite with all who have come into contact with him. Mr. and Mrs. Moore are consistent members of the Christian church, and have been liberal in their support of its movements. In 1887 Mr. Moore was united in marriage with Miss Mamie Harrington, daughter of “Doc” Harrington, of Lebanon, Tennessee. They have had no children.
A history of Tennessee and Tennesseans: the leaders and representative men in commerce, industry and modern activities. By Will Thomas Hale & Dixon L. Merritt Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1913

MORGAN, George Allen
Minister; born Bedford Co., Tenn., July 29, 1866; son of German B. and Isadora Alice (Holt) Morgan; father carpenter and farmer; paternal grandparents Moses and Elizabeth (Johnson) Morgan; maternal grandparents Jordan C. and Margaret (Wilhoit) Holt; educated Webb school, Bellbuckle, Tenn. and Vanderbilt Univ., graduating from latter June, 1896, with A.B. degree; a member of A.K.E. Frat.; spent his early life on a farm; married Effie Vernor Kennedy June 12, 1901; joined the Tennessee conference (M.E. church, South) at Shelbyville, Tenn. Oct., 1897; first stationed at Lewisburg and Petersburg, serving this charge for three years; later stationed at Fayetteville for four years, then Murfreesboro for four years; now in third year of pastorate at Pulaski, Tenn.; member of Knights of Pythias; Democrat.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

MORTON, Samuel Thomas
Editor and publisher; born Shelbyville, Tenn., Feb. 4, 1855; son of Samuel S. and Pauline C. (Royster) Morton; father tailor; educated Shelbyville, Tenn.; in early life was a printer and merchant; married Mollie E. Birdwell Feb., 1892; Democrat; served as election commissioner under Gov. McMillan; member M.E. Church, South.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

MOSS, Henry G.
Supervisor of Fenton Township (1885), was born-Jan. 14, 1826 Bedford Co., Term., near the city of Nashville. His father, William Moss, was a native of Tennessee, and married Rachel Bratton, who was born in Virginia. His parents came in the first year of his life to Illinois, moving according to the primitive fashion of those times with horses and a pioneer wagon. They settled seven miles northwest of Jacksonville, in Morgan Co., Ill., where they were among the first permanent settlers. The father bought a tract of wild land from the Government, built a log-house, and settled to add his iota to the development of the common wealth of Illinois. The senior Moss died there May 8, 1876, aged 82 years. His wife's death preceded his nearly 30 years, as she died in 1848. Their family record is one of the most remarkable, their children numbering 17, and all were living at the time of the birth of the youngest.
Mr. Moss is the eighth in order of birth, and he passed his youth in the midst of pioneer conditions, which allowed little latitude save for labor and privation. The first important event in his life was his leap into matrimony. His marriage to Elizabeth Eads took place Nov. 19, 1851. She was born in Madison, Ind. They settled in Union Grove Township in 1853, taking possession of a portion of un-improved land, on which they began to make the usual efforts to reclaim a farm. They sold the property in 1855, and bought a farm on which some improvements had been made. It was located on section 8, and the family were its occupants until 1867. In that year they again sold, and bought 400 acres of land on sections 9 and 4 in the township of Fenton. Since his removal to the farm on which he now resides he has been chiefly interested in stock fanning. In 1881 he was elected Supervisor, and has been successively re-elected since. Following is the record of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Moss: Emily C. is the wife of Sidney C. Covert, of Sterling; Alice E. married Millard F. Austin, of Cloud Co., Kan.; Lydia M. is Mrs. M. D. Allen, of Fenton Township; Eliza B. is the wife of A. F. Pinkley, and they reside in Nebraska; Charles N. is the next in order; George. H. is a farmer in Cloud Co., Kan.; Carrie E., who married E. A. Sikes, and Nellie J. are the youngest. Mr. Moss is one of the substantial citizens of Fenton Township, and he enjoys the confidence and esteem of his fellow townsmen.
Whiteside Co History, Biographical and Portrait 1885

MULLINS, Albert F.
Liveryman; born Shelbyville, Tenn., June 2, 1874; son of James M. and Lettie (Beavers) Mullins; father miller; educated at Shelbyville, Tenn.; reared on farm and entered grocery business in 1892, later engaged in the lumber business for some time and held position as fireman on N.C. & St. L. R.R. about three years, has been engaged in present business for two years; married Irene Shoffner Aug. 1, 1893; member M.W. of A., I.O.O.F. and Masons; Republican; member of Lutheran church.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

MYERS, Ira E.
Ira Myers of Nora Township, (JoDaviess Co Illinois) occupies a position among the best elements of his people, and lives upon the old homestead, his father's farm, where he was reared, and which, with the exception of two years, has been his lifelong abiding place. He was at an early age made familiar with agricultural pursuits, and chose this as his life occupation. Of late he has given considerable attention to stock-raising, breeding fine horses—Clydesdales and Hambletonians—and exhibiting some of the best specimens of the equine race to be found in this section.
Our subject, the fifth child of his parents, was born in Nora Township, June 5, 1861, and is the son of E. X. and Nancy (Garver) Myers, who were both natives of Huntingdon County, Pa. They were reared to years of maturity, and married in their native county, and upon removing thence settled, about 1855 in Nora Township, this county. The father constructed a valuable farm from a tract of uncultivated land, and occupied it until the spring of 1880. Then selling out he returned to the old homestead, in Huntingdon County. Pa., where he now lives.
The mother of our subject died at her home in Nora Township, Jan. 21, 1877. The elder Myers was subsequently married to her sister, Harriet, who is now with her husband in Pennsylvania. Of the first marriage there were born nine children, his sons and three daughters, Ira K. being the fifth child. Of the second marriage there were two children. About 1881 he left the farm, and going into Brown County, Kan., sojourned there two years, engaged in agricultural pursuits. Then returning to the old homestead, has since remained here.
This property fell to our subject by purchase, in the fall of 1884. and comprises 120 acres of carefully cultivated land, with modern farm buildings. Mr. Myers, on the 29th of November, 1881, was married, at Waddam's Grove, Stephenson County, to Miss Maggie K. Hunt. This lady was born in Bedford County, Tenn. March 28, 1865, and became the mother of four sons: Elmer X., Arthur K.. Willis K., and Charles H. She was the daughter of Andrew and Angeline (Kimsey) Hunt, natives of Tennessee. The father died June 5, 1867, in Tennessee, and the mother resides with her son-in-law, the subject of this sketch. The second child died when seven months old. Mr. Myers met with his first great affection in the loss of his estimable wife, whoso death occurred July 19, 1888. She was a lady greatly beloved, a devoted wife and mother, and her name is held in tender remembrance by her husband and a large circle of friends. Conscientious and faithful in the discharge of every duty she was uniformly charitable and kind, and an active member of the English Lutheran Church. Mr. Myers, in the spring of 1888, was elected Justice of the Peace for four years. Politically, he is an earnest supporter of Republican principles, and has been quite prominent in local affairs, serving as a member of the Republican Township Committee, and having considerable influence in the councils of his party la this section. Socially, he belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America, and in the fall of 1888 was chosen as their delegate to the Head Camp at Des Moines, Iowa. Although still under thirty years of age he has made his mark in his community, and it is predicted that in due time he will become one of its leading men.
Portrait and Biographicals JoDaviess Co IL

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