"Tennessee Trails" through Bedford County

Bedford County TN Biographies

TILLMAN, George N.
Attorney-at-law; born Shelbyville, Tenn., January 23, 1851; son Lewis and Mary C. (Davidson) Tillman; English-Scotch-Irish descent; educated and graduated Bethany, W. Va. A.B. 1870; B.L. 1872 Washington, D.C.; member of Legislature 1873; Assistant United States Attorney 1877; United States Marshal 1883; Republican nominee for Governor 1908; attorney for N. & D. Railroad for ten years; Vice-President Merchants’ Bank, 1907, Nashville, Tenn. (sold to First National Bank in 1907); member Christian Church; married, first, Nannie Catherine Miller; second, Martha Washington, 1882; at present engaged in general practice of law in partnership with his son, Lewis Tillman, and is interested in real estate investments and various banking and corporate institutions; he is also a Trustee of University of Nashville and Trustee of Fanning Orphan school.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

TODD, William E.
Traveling salesman; born Lafayette, Ind., June, 1859; Scotch descent; son of Archibald S. and Ruth (Jones) Todd; his father was an architect; paternal grandparents Dr. James Crowell and Nancy (Johns) Todd; maternal grandparents William A. and Mary (Ketring) Jones; educated Lafayette High School and graduated Cincinnati, Ohio; began business career as a traveling salesman; married Bessie Stewart September 1, 1883; affiliated with Knights of Pythias and M.W. of A.; is member of M.E. Church; sales manager in Tennessee for United States Oil & Paint Works, which position he has held for many years.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

A member of the well-known firm of Turman, Helton& Co., of Waynesboro, Tenn., was born in Bedford County, October 18, 1848, son of John C. and Mary A. (Parker) Turman. [See sketch of William Turman] His early life was spent on a farm and in acquiring a common school education. In 1869 he began merchandising at Martin's Mills, and remained there a year and a half. He then came to Waynesboro and engaged in a similar business here, carrying on the same up to the present time. He has been more than ordinarily successful, financially, and is one of the reliable business men of the county. He is a Republican and has taken quite an active part in the political affairs of the county. December 12, 1877, he married Dorothy A. Sims, of Wayne County. They have four children: John, Lizzie, James and Benjamin.
Goodspeeds History of TN - Wayne Co 1887

TURMAN, William
Was born in Bedford County, tenn., November 16, 1839, son of John C. and Mary A. (Parker) Turman, natives, respectively, of Georgia and Tennessee. John C. Turman came with his father to Tennessee in 1807, when he was but five years old. They located in Bedford County, and here he was reared, married and raised his family. He came to Wayne County in the fall of 1855, locating on a farm, but later came to Waynesboro, where he died May 4, 1881. He was a Democrat before, and a Republican after the war, being elected to the office of county trustee, but would not serve. He was a consistent member of the Baptist Church, as was his wife, who died June 11, 1857. William was reared a farmer's boy and was educated in the common schools. In 1863 he enlisted in the Federal Army as a private, in the Second Tennessee Mounted Infantry, but was never mustered in account of physical disability, but served with the regiment one year. In the fall of 1867 he came to Waynesboro and engaged in the mercantile and liquor business, in which he has remained continuously to the present time. He has given farming considerable attention and owns 600 acres of good farming land. He is connected with the saw-milling interests of the county and has added largely to the wealth and prosperity of the county. His residence in Waynesboro is the finest in the county. In 1872, he married Ione Cypert, and four children have blessed their union: Camilla, William B., Sarah and Benjamin D. Mr. Turman is a Republican in politics and a prominent business man of the county.
Goodspeeds History of TN - Wayne Co 1887

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