JAMES ALEXANDER TATE
A man of great energy, intensity of purpose, and of strong convictions, Mr. James Alexander Tate, head of the Tate School, in. Shelbyville, is not only distinguished as an educator, but is widely and favorably known as an enthusiastic advocate of temperance in every form. Taking an active interest in temperance while a lad in his teens, Mr. Tate's first effective work in that cause was in Carter county, Tennessee, in 1887. During the campaign of that year he organized the temperance people of that county, doing such efficient work that Carter proved to be the Banner Prohibition county of Tennessee in the amendment campaign.
Mr. Tate was soon recognized as an orator of unusual ability and force, and ever since that time he has been prominently identified with the temperance cause, not only of this state, but of the nation. Active in public matters, he was a delegate at large to the National Convention held in Indianapolis in 1888; to the Cincinnati Convention of 1892, and served as one of the six National Executive Committeemen of the Prohibition party. Mr. Tate founded the Pilot, a prohibition paper published in Nashville, and later established the Citizen, which was merged with the National Prohibitionist, and is now published in Franklin, Pennsylvania, as the Vindicator.
In 1884 Mr. Tate cast his first presidential vote, giving it to John P. St. John, the candidate on the Prohibition ticket, and during the campaign immediately following stumped the country from one end to the other. He has always been at the forefront in every prohibition campaign in the state, and under the auspices of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union canvassed the whole of Tennessee in the interests of Mr. Jarmack and a temperance legislature in 1906. When Honorable Robert L. Taylor was a candidate for senator, and the opposition was endeavoring to lead the people to believe that he was a whiskey candidate, Mr. Tate introduced him to the audience in Nashville, thus giving the lie to the would-be traducers of Mr. Taylor.
James A. Tate was born February 26, 1860, in Maness, Scott county, Virginia, a son of John M. Tate. His paternal grandfather, William Tate, was born in Virginia, of English and Irish ancestry. Removing with his family from Virginia to Tennessee, he bought land in Hancock county, and was there engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death, when well advanced in years. He married Phoeba Fugate, also a Virginian by birth, and they reared three sons and one daughter, Elijah, John M., Robert, and Martha.
John M. Tate was born in Wise county, Virginia, in 1839, and was there brought up and educated. Coming to Tennessee a few years after his marriage, he settled with his family in Sneedville, where he conducted a general store for a time. Returning then to Virginia, he established a store at Fairview, and in addition to his mercantile business was also engaged in farming, and dealt extensively in horses, buying them in Virginia and selling them in the Southern markets at a good price. He spent his last years in Lee county, Virginia, his death occurring in 1899. He married Martha Rose Maness, who was born in Scott county, Virginia, and died May 21, 1908. Two children blessed their union, namely: James Alexander, the special subject of this brief biographical record; and Laura, who married L. C. Garber.
Coming with his parents to Hancock county, Tennessee, in 1866, James Alexander Tate acquired his early knowledge of books in the public schools of Sneedville, and in 1874 entered his father's store as a clerk, and remained thus employed for three years. Ambitious then to further advance his education, he entered Milligan College, in Milligan, Tennessee, and was there graduated in 1882, with the degree of Master of Arts. The ensuing eight years Mr. Tate was one of the corps of instructors in his alma mater. Locating then in Fayetteville, he established a private school, which he conducted successfully for five years, after which he was similarly employed in Dyer for three years. In 1908 he established the Tate School in Shelbyville, and in its management has met with characteristic success, it being now one of the best known and most popular educational institutions of the kind in this section of the state. Mr. Tate married May 17, 1887, Laetitia La Rue Comforth a native of KY and they are the parents of two children - Rose Eleanor and James A. Tate Jr. He and his family are valued members of the Christian church. [Source: Tennessee and Tennesseans written by Will Hale - 1913]
JAMES ALEXANDER TATE
James Alexander Tate, teacher and speaker; born Maness, Scott County, Va., February 26, 1860; English and Irish descent; son of John and Martha Maness Tate; father was a merchant and farmer; paternal grandparents William and Phoebe (Fugate) Tate; maternal grandparents Loftus and Lucinda Maness; educated Milligan and Sneedville College; graduated B.A. Milligan College May 20, 1882; received A.M. degree 1885; began career as teacher and lawyer; married Letitia LaRue Cornforth May 17, 1887; professor in Milligan College from 1882 to 1890; Principal Fayetteville Collegiate Institute from 1890 to 1897; was lawyer and editor in Nashville for two years; President of West Tennessee College, Dyer, Tenn. from 1897 to 1900; National Prohibition Organizer from 1900 to 1902; President American University, Harriman, Tenn. from 1902 to 1907; Principal Dixon Academy 1907 to present time; Chairman Prohibition State Committee from 1894 to 1904; Secretary National Prohibition Committee from 1894 to 1904; member of the Christian Church. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
C. N. TAYLOR
C. N. Taylor, a native of Bedford County, was born December 1, 1850, and is the son of James P. and Margaret A. (Ransom) Taylor. The father was born about October, 1820, and died January 9, 1880. The mother was born in 1826. Our subject's educational advantages were comparatively good, and at the age of twenty-seven he engaged in farming on his own responsibility. December 19, 1877 he wedded Mary O. Wood, of this county. She was born April 18, 1860, and was the daughter of Johnson W. and Louisa F. (Jordon) Wood; the former born in 1886 and the latter in 1829, and died in 1884. To our subject and wife were born two children; their names are, respectively, Annie R., born December 18, 1879, and John W., born October 8, 1882. Mr. Taylor is a man of good standing in his community, always willing to aid in any enterprise pertaining to the advancement of the educational or moral interests. He is a Democrat in politics. [The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
JAMES PATTON TAYLOR
Physician; born Laurel, Md., Aug. 8, 1868; English and German descent; son of James Patton and Mary (George) Taylor; father's occupation writer and farmer; paternal grandparents Nat G. and Emma (Haynes) Taylor; maternal grandparents James and Mary (Worley) George; educated Milligan (Tenn.) College, graduated from Vanderbilt University with degree M. D. in 1896; practiced medicine one year Limestone, Tenn., 1896; was appointed prison physician at Inman (Tenn.) branch prison 1897, from which place he removed to Haley, Tenn., 1899, where he has since practiced medicine; married Edith E. Smith Dec. 30, 1891; member I. O. O. F., Wartrace, Tenn., Bedford Co. Medical Society; Middle Tenn. Med. Assn. and American Medical Assn; Democrat (Regular); member of Presbyterian Church. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
GEORGE W. THOMPSON
George W. Thompson, one of the old and highly respected citizens of Bedford County, was the oldest son and second child of Newcom and Amy (Fisher) Thompson. He was born February 1, 1823, near Shelbyville, and was reared on a farm, his father being a wealthy farmer and manufacturer. At the age of eighteen he engaged in the tanner's trade, and continued till he was married, when he moved to Shelbyville and served as constable, then a lucrative office, for two years. He then ran a saw-mill for four years and also bought a large tract of timber land. He then returned to Shelbyville and served as constable or collecting officer again for four years. He then engaged in the family grocery business till 1861. During the war he was a Union man and was not engaged in any special avenue of business. In 1866 he was elected to the Legislature and attended the regular and call sessions of 1866 and of 1868. During this time, and ever since, he has been a farmer. He was married, May 18, 1843, to Martha M. Cannon, who bore him five children, three of whom are now living, viz.: Amy F., the widow of C. A. Warren, Sr.; Letitia, the wife of C. A. Warren, Jr.; and Mollie G. Mrs. Thompson departed this life July 14, 1874. Mr. Thompson is a member of the Masonic fraternity and I. O. O. F. Politically he is a firm Republican, and he is and always has been an enterprising and energetic citizen of Bedford County. [Goodspeeds History of TN]
REV. JOHN RANSOM THOMPSON
Reverend John Ransom Thompson, a highly esteemed and venerable citizen of Rutherford county, Reverend John Ransom Thompson, now living retired from active pursuits on his farm, near Murfreesboro, was for many years actively engaged in the Christian ministry, being associated with the Methodist Episcopal denomination, and was well known throughout various Tennessee counties as an earnest worker in all religious and charitable undertakings. A native of Rutherford county, he was born on a farm situated sis miles from the court house, May 21, 1832, being a son of Lawrence Carr Thompson He comes from Virginia stock, his great-grandfather, Thomas Thompson, Jr., having been born in Virginia, while his great-great-grandfather, Thomas Thompson, Sr., was a life-long resident of that state.
About 1790 Thomas Thompson, Jr., who had previously migrated from Virginia to Orange county, North Carolina, came with his family to Tennessee, locating near Nashville, where he spent his remaining days. All of the territory now included within the boundaries of Tennessee was in its pristine wildness, the deep forests being habited by the wily redskins, and wild beasts of all kinds. The Indians made frequent war upon the white settlers, and during one of their raids a son of this newcomer was killed.
John Thompson, grandfather of Reverend John R. Thompson, was born, in 1777, in Orange county, North Carolina, and as a boy of thirteen years came with his parents to Tennessee. He acquired a very good education for those days, becoming a surveyor, and while thus employed obtained an excellent knowledge of the country roundabout. He subsequently settled in Bedford county, buying a tract of land lying nine miles north of Shelbyville, and was there engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death, at the age of eighty-one years. He married Mary Snell, who was born in Virginia, a daughter of Roger Snell, who settled in Tennessee in pioneer times. She passed to the higher life when about seventy years old. Seven children were born of their union, namely: Lawrence Carr. Pinckney, Joseph, Ann, Matilda, Minos and William.
Lawrence Carr Thompson was born, August 15, 1807, on a farm situated on Duck river, eight miles northwest of Shelbyville, and was there reared to manhood. Buying land in Rutherford county at the time of his marriage, he resided there about ten years, when he sold out, and returned to Bedford county. He then purchased land not far from his birthplace, and engaged in farming. Although he carried on farming with slave labor, he was himself a hard worker, and reared all of his children to habits of industry and thrift. While he and his sons labored in the fields, his wife and daughters were equally busy not only with the general duties of the household, but at the wheel and loom, spinning, weaving and fashioning the homespun in which the family was clothed. The father of this family died at the early age of forty years, while in manhood's prime.
The maiden name of the wife of Lawrence Carr Thompson was Elizabeth Ransom. She was born in Rutherford county, Tennessee, a daughter of Benjamin Ransom, and granddaughter of Capt. Richard Ransom, a Revolutionary soldier, of whom a further account may be found elsewhere in this volume, in connection with the sketch of George W. Ransom. Benjamin Ransom was born, in 1787, in Mecklenburg county, North Carolina, and at the age of nineteen years, in 1806, became a pioneer settler of Rutherford county, Tennessee. He bought land five miles southwest of Murfreesboro, and on the farm which he improved spent the remainder of his life. He married Sarah Jarratt, who was born in Virginia, and came from there to Rutherford county, Tennessee, with her parents, Thomas and Susan Jarratt, who located about seven miles southwest of Murfreesboro. Left a widow while yet a young woman, Mrs. Lawrence Carr Thompson continued the management of the home farm, and reared and educated her children, which were seven in number, as follows: Sarah Jane, John Ransom, Benjamin, William, Mary, Judith, and Lavenia. She was a woman of strong personality, and lived a long and useful life of eighty-four years.
John Ransom Thompson received his early education in the rural schools, and while yet in his teens began teaching. He afterwards entered Union University, at Murfreesboro, and was there graduated with the class of 1855; at the time of his graduation being two hundred dollars in debt. Going immediately to Mississippi, he there earned enough in two and one-half years, as a teacher, to pay off his indebtedness. Returning then to Tennessee, Mr. Thompson entered Cumberland University, and in 1859 was graduated from its Law Department. Settling in Shelbyville, he practiced his profession in that place for a few months. In the days of his youth, Mr. Thompson had united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in October, 1859, he joined the Tennessee Conference, and being licensed to preach was assigned to the Rock Creek Circuit, in which there were twenty-five churches, located in Bedford, Lincoln, Giles, Marshall and Maury counties. He made his rounds on horseback, doing effective service for a year in that circuit. Mr. Thompson was subsequently connected with different circuits, being with the White Creek Circuit two years; with that of Lewisburg a similar length of time; and with the Duck River, Nashville, New Providence, and South Clarksville circuits, each one year. Mr. Thompson was then made elder of Fountain Head District, and at the end of a year was transferred to Winchester, where he remained two years. The following four years he was pastor of the McMinnville station; the last three years of that time serving as pastor of the churches in that vicinity. Coming from there to Murfreesboro, Mr. Thompson taught one year in Union University, and was afterwards for thirteen years in Soule College, being president of the institution for eleven years. In 1889 he assumed possession of his farm, which is pleasantly located one mile east of the court house, and has since lived here practically retired from his professional duties. During four years of this time, however, he served four pastoral charges.
Mr. Thompson has been twice married. He married first Martha Lou Goodrich, who was born in Rutherford county, Tennessee, a daughter of B. Washington and Mary (James) Goodrich. She died in 1867. In 1873 Mr. Thompson married for his second wife Mrs. Addie (Hill) Swann, a native of Paris, Tennessee. Her father, John C. Hill, was born in Virginia, and came to this state with his father, William Hill, in pioneer days, settling at Hill's Ford, on the Cumberland river, near Nashville. In early manhood, John C. Hill removed to Paris, Tennessee, and was there a resident until his death. He married Eliza Baker, who was born in North Carolina, a daughter of William Baker. After Mr. Hill's death she lived for a few years in Russellville, Kentucky, and then came to Murfreesboro to spend her last days with her daughter, Mrs. Thompson. She reared four children, namely: Addie, now Mrs. Thompson; Albert Hill; John Hill; and Oscar Hill. The parents of both Mr. and Mrs. Thompson were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and reared their children in the same faith. Neither Mr. Thompson, his parents or grandparents ever held office in church or state, but they were ever ready and willing to work in the ranks, and to do all they could for the uplift of their fellowmen.[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 W. THOMPSON
John W. Thompson, Chairman of the County Court of Bedford County, is a son of Newcom and Amy (Fisher) Thompson, natives of North Carolina. The parents moved to this county in about 1809. The father was a carpenter and he built the first houses of Shelbyville. He afterward engaged in fanning two and one-half miles west of Shelbyville and there raised his family and became wealthy, but the war involved him. He died in 1879 at the age of seventy-five. The mother died at eighty-one, in 1886. Our subject was born January 8, 1831, and was reared on a farm. He remained with his parents till April, 1846, when he engaged at clerking in a store. After several years he opened a family grocery trade which he continued until the war. During the war he was engaged in the Adams Express office at Nashville. In 1857 he was elected Recorder of Shelbyville and held the office till 1866. In that year he was elected Register of Bedford County. In 1868 he was appointed Deputy Circuit Court Clerk, which office he held till 1882. He was elected Magistrate in 1870, and in 1882 was elected Chairman of the Court. He was Mayor of Shelbyville from 1872 to 1877, having been an Alderman for five years previous. He was elected Recorder of Shelbyville, in 1885, without his knowledge or consent, and now holds that office. He was united in marriage, in December, 1849, to Miss M. J. Pannell; a native of this county. Five children have been born to this union, four of whom are now living. For thirty years Mr. Thompson was a member of the I. O. O. F. He is now a member of the K. of H. and A. O. U. W. fraternities.[The Goodspeed History of Bedford County TN 1886]
JOSEPH PERCIVAL THOMPSON
Joseph Percival Thompson is a son of John and Mary (Snell) Thompson, who were born in North Carolina. The father came to Tennessee with his parents when Nashville was a mere village. He spent the greater share of his life in Bedford County, where he farmed and practiced medicine. He served as surveyor and magistrate and represented his county one term in die State Legislature. He was a Democrat up to 1835 and then became a Whig. He died in 1857 and the mother in 1861. Joseph P. was born in Bedford County January 16, 1812. At the age of sixteen he began working as salesman, and in 1833 wedded Prudence Allison, by whom he had five children. Site died in 1844 and the following year he married Myra Wallis. To them were born four children, two of whom lived to be grown. In 1850 his second wife died and two years later Margaret E. Fowler became his third wife. Since his first marriage Mr. Thompson has farmed. He is conservative in politics. Robert C. Thompson, his son, was born to his first marriage. He was born June 30, 1836, in Bedford County, and there lived until sixteen years of age and then came to Marshall County. He taught school for some time, although farming has been his chief calling through life. In 1858 he wedded Frances S. Wilson, by whom he had three children: Flora A., Thomas L. (who graduated with the class of 1886 from Vanderbilt University), and Minnie B. In 1861 Robert C. volunteered in Company H, Forty-first Tennessee Infantry. He was captured at Fort Donelson and imprisoned at Camp Morton, but re-entered service after being exchanged, but was so severely wounded at Atlanta that he was disabled from further service. He attained the rank of Second Lieutenant. Since the war he has farmed. He is a Democrat in politics, and is a man who takes deep interest in enterprises for the public weal--.[The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
THOMAS C. THOMPSON
Thomas C. Thompson was born February 8, 1848, in Bedford County, Tenn., son of W. F. and Harriet P. (Hall) Thompson. The father was a native of North Carolina, born September 9, 1816, and of English descent. The mother was of Irish descent, and by her union with W. F. Thompson she became the mother of four children. She died in 1850, and in 1857 the father married Mrs. Mary Muse, a native of this county. To this union were born four children. The father was a tiller of the soil. He died in 1865 and his widow is still living. Our subject was educated in the country schools, and assisted his father on his farm until December, 1861, when he enlisted in the Twenty-Third Regiment, Tennessee Confederate Infantry, and served with that command nineteen months. The principal battles in which he was engaged were Shiloh, Perryville and Murfreesboro. In 1866 he married Miss Achsah King, a native of this county, and a daughter of C. B. and Mary C. King. To our subject and wife were born the following children: Mary B., Hattie V., Charles F., James B., Sarah E., Robert E., Thomas E. and George E., all now living with the exception of Sarah E. The mother of these children died May 9, 1882, and in 1885 Mr. Thompson married Miss Maggie A. Rankin, a native of Ohio, and a daughter of Rev. Alexander F. and Mary Rankin. Our subject is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and at present is a magistrate of his civil district. He owns a farm of over 200 acres, all under a good state of cultivation. Himself, wife and four eldest children are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and he is a Democrat in politics. [Goodspeeds History of TN]
WILLIAM THOMAS THOMPSON
W. Thompson, one of the numerous members of the Thompson family of Bedford County, is a farmer living about four miles west of Shelbyville. He was born August 20, 1842, in Bedford County. His father, John F. Thompson, was born in Bedford County, being a son of one of those Thompsons who came to Bedford County from North Carolina in the very early settlement of this part of the State. He was a farmer all his life, his death occurring August 23, 1883. The mother is now living five miles northwest of Shelbyville. The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm. At the age of twenty-two he married and continued farming, which he has successfully followed ever since, now owning 300 acres of good land well improved. He was one of the boys in gray, serving from July, 1861, till June, 1862, in Blanton's company of the Twenty-third Tennessee. At the battle of Shiloh he lost a leg and in June, 1862, returned home. He was married in 1864, to Hulda B. Wilhoite, the results of this union being ten children, seven of whom are now living, viz.: Eunice, Richard, Lydia, Warner, Charles, Purdey and an infant. Mr. Thompson is a Democrat in politics. He, his wife and eldest daughter are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. [Goodspeeds History of TN]
WILLIAM THOMAS THOMPSON
Educator; born near Unionville, Bedford County, Tenn., November 28, 1848; English descent; son of Minos and Ellen C. (Williams) Thompson; father was a farmer; paternal grandparents John and Polly (Snell) Thompson; maternal grandparents Joseph and Charity (Turrentine) Williams; educated at Unionville, Chapel Hill, and Knoxville, Tenn.; graduated University of Tennessee, Knoxville, A.B. 1874; married Nancy I. Floyd December 26, 1876; is now Superintendent Public Instruction Bedford County, Tenn.; member of the Methodist Protestant Church. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
WILLIAM ELGIN AVIS THOMPSON
W. E. A. Thompson, A. B., a native of Bedford County, Tenn., was born Nov. 28, 1848. His father was a licensed preacher in the Methodist Church, but having an affection of the throat was obliged to give up his ministerial duties and engage in farming. His mother was Ellen C. (Williams) Thompson. Our subject remained with his parents on the farm until he was twenty-one years of age, attending school when he could be conveniently spared from the farm. In the fall of 1869 he taught school at Mount Zion, Bedford County, and in 1870 clerked in a dry goods house at Unionville. The spring of 1871 he spent in school at Chapel Hill and spent the fall at Unionville in the same manner. Early in 1872 he entered the Tennessee University, where he graduated in 1874 with the degree of A. B. He chose teaching as his profession and began work at Unionville, his native village. In the summer of 1875 he left Unionville and taught five months at Middleton, Rutherford County. In the spring of 1876 he accepted the principalship of the Center Grove High School, where he is engaged at the present writing. December 26, 1876, he wedded Nannie Floyd, of this county, and by her became the father of four children: Benjamin H., Mary G., Annie E. and Ellen F. Our subject is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and is a man of good social standing and influence in this section. [Goodspeeds History of TN]
Zachariah Thompson was born July 7, 1844, at Lebanon, Wilson Co., Tenn. His father, Col. Robert E. Thompson, is a native of Bedford County, Tenn., born in 1822 and of Irish descent. He moved to Williamson County with his parents when a small boy and subsequently was educated at Lebanon, Wilson County, and began the practice of law at that place. He has been a member of the Legislature several times and is a prominent lawyer of Lebanon. He married Miss Mary Tolliver, a native of Lebanon, and to this union nine children were born, of whom the subject is the eldest. Zach Thompson was educated at Cumberland University, Lebanon, and upon passing sixteen years of age he enlisted in the Seventh Tennessee Confederate Infantry. He served in that regiment about eighteen months and was then transferred to the Fourth Tennessee Cavalry and with that command served until the close of the war. He then returned home and read law and practiced at Lebanon until 1873. November 21, 1872, Miss Lettie Cannon, a native of Bedford County, became his wife. To this Union were born two children: Robert E., and Mary L., both living. In 1873 they moved upon the place where they now reside, which is about six miles northeast of Shelbyville. The farm consists of 820 acres, all under a good state of cultivation. In connection with farming Mr. Thompson has run a distillery for the last three years. In politics he is a stanch Democrat. [Goodspeeds History of TN]
ABRAM MARTIN TILLMAN
The present United States District Attorney for the Middle Tennessee District is one of the ablest Representatives of the bar of the state and has been a member of the Federal and State bars for the last 25 years. Mr. Tillman is a native of Bedford county, this state, where he was born on September 8, 1863, a son of Lewis and Mary Catherine (Davidson) Tillman. The family is of English and Scotch-Irish descent.
Near Shelbyville, Tennessee, where he spent most of his childhood, Mr. Tillman attended the private and public schools and was later graduated from the Winchester Normal, Winchester, Tennessee. He attended the law department of the Columbian, now the George Washington University, at Washington, D. C., from which he graduated in 1886, taking both graduate and post graduate courses, and was admitted to the Tennessee bar at Shelbyville the same year. He soon acquired a reputation for careful and successful handling of cases, and has always enjoyed a high place in his profession. In 1887 he formed a partnership with his brother George N. Tillman, at Nashville, and such partnership continued until in 1898 when President McKinley appointed him for his first term as United States district attorney. He was reappointed by President Roosevelt in 1902 and 1906 and in 1910 by President Taft. His record has been an able one, and he has successfully managed many very important cases during his incumbency of said office.
Mr. Tillman is a member of the Hermitage Club, and of the Golf and County Club. He has been secretary and a member of the board of trustees for the Columbia Military Academy since its establishment. Mr. Tillman was married on November 28, 1894, to Miss Sarah Clayton Ford, of Nashville, a daughter of Ben C. and Stella (Pope) Ford. Mr. and Mrs. Tillman have two daughters, viz: Miss Louise C. and Kathleen. In politics, Mr. Tillman has always been a Republican. He is at the head of the law firm of Tillman & McCall of Nashville, Tennessee. [Unknown Source pg 1072-73]
ABRAM MARTIN TILLMAN
Lawyer, U.S. District Attorney for Middle Tennessee; born Bedford County, Tenn., September 8, 1863; son of Lewis and Mary Catherine (Davidson) Tillman; educated in public and private schools of Shelbyville, and graduated Winchester Normal, Winchester, Tenn., graduated in law from Columbian University (now George Washington University), Washington, D.C. in 1886; married Sarah Clayton Ford November 28, 1894; admitted to bar 1886, Shelbyville; was partner of G.N. Tillman, Nashville, Tenn. in 1887 to 1898, when he was appointed U.S. Attorney by McKinley; served four years and was re-appointed in 1902 by Roosevelt; re-appointed in 1906 under Roosevelt's administration and again in 1910 by President Taft; is at present head of firm of Tillman & McCall; member Watauga Club and Golf and Country Club, Nashville; Secretary and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Columbia Military Academy since its organization. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
GEORGE N. TILLMAN
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]
JAMES D. TILLMAN
Lawyer, farmer; born in Bedford Co., Tenn., Nov. 25, 1841; son of Lewis and Mary C. (Davidson) Tillman; educated University of Nashville 1860; attended law school at the Cumberland University before the war; entered C. S. A. as a Lieutenant in a company from Shelbyville, Tenn.; elected Lieut.-Col. of 41st Tenn. Regiment Sept. 1862, Colonel, 1863; commanded a regiment at Chickamauga, where he was severely wounded at Snodgrass Hill; upon recovery resumed command; later was made Col. of 3rd Consolidated Tenn. Regiment; was taken prisoner at Fort Donelson, and was at Johnson's Island until exchanged Sept. 1862; surrendered with Joe Johnston's Army in N.C.; removed to Fayetteville and entered the practice of law, 1865-1896; married Mary Frances Bonner in 1865; Democrat; member Tenn. House of Representatives, 1870; Senate, 1873, 1893, 1901; U.S. Minister to Ecuador, 1895-1898.[Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
JOHN A. TILLMAN
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives serving in the 13th General Assembly and representing Bedford County. John was the son of George and Frances Tillman. He married Rachel Povall Martin on January 17, 1810 in Bedford County, and they had several children; Sarah C., Mary Huff, Rachel M., Lewis, John, Martha E., Barclay Martin, Mary Ann, Abram Martin, and Lucy R. M. Tillman. John Tillman was an early settler Bedford County and was a farmer and operated a cotton gin. He was a member of the Baptist Church.
Col. Lewis Tillman (deceased) was born in Bedford County, August 18, 1816, being a son of John and Rachel P. (Martin) Tillman, natives of South Carolina. Both parents immigrated to this county when young. The father was born February 5, 1786, and came to Bedford County about 1810. He was a farmer, and was one of the prominent early citizens of Bedford County. He was a member of the State Legislature of Tennessee in 1820, but would never accept further political honor. His death occurred October 3, 1854. The mother was born May 16, 1789, and attained the age of ninety-two, dying in 1881. Both the grandsires of our subject were soldiers of the Revolutionary war. Col. Lewis Tillman was reared on a farm, and secured but a limited early education because of the rude accommodations of the schools in his boyhood. At the age of twenty-five he married, and settled where he pursued farming till his death. In 1836 he served in the Florida war in the campaign against the Creek and Seminole Indians. He has held the commission of major, lieutenant-colonel and colonel in the Sixty-first regiment of State Militia of Tennessee.
From 1852 to 1860 he was clerk of the Circuit Court of Bedford County, and for a few years immediately following the war he was Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court of Bedford County. Throughout the war he was a firm Union man. In 1868 he was elected to represent the Fifth Congressional District of Tennessee in the Forty-first Congress of the United States of America, without any solicitation on his part. Since then he never would accept any public office. He was married, in 1840, to Mary Catharine Davidson, daughter of James Davidson, one of the early citizens of the county. Mrs. Tillman's mother is still living, aged eighty-two years. Mrs. Tillman was born March 1, 1823. Col. Tillman's married life was blessed in the birth of eleven children, seven of whom are now living, viz.: James D., a prominent attorney at Fayetteville; Lewis, a prominent attorney of Knoxville; Samuel E., professor of chemistry, mineralogy and geology in the West Point Academy, of New York; George N., United States marshal of the Middle District of Tennessee; Hattie A., residing with her mother; Edwin H., in the United States Naval service on the coast of Japan, and Abram M., a law student and clerk in the Internal Revenue Department at Washington, D. C. Col. Lewis Tillman's private and public career was one of unimpeached integrity, undismayed energy and unsurpassed hospitality. The poor, especially, received bountifully from his hand, and no charitable institution went unaided by him. [Goodspeeds History of TN]
Attorney at law; born Bedford Co., Tenn., Nov. 20, 1845; son of Lewis and Catherine (Davidson) Tillman; father's occupation farmer, circuit and chancery court clerk; educated at Fairfield Academy, Bedford Co., Tenn.; worked on farm during the civil war, 1860-1865; married Emma Rogers Feb. 24, 1874; Deputy Clerk and Master Shelbyville, Tenn. 1865-1869, Clerk and Master at same place 1869-1870; Deputy Clerk and Master, Knoxville, Tenn. 1870-1871, 1899-1904; attorney at law since 1871; devotes himself to chancery practice; member of Christian church since 1865. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
WILLIAM E. TODD
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]
JOHN C. TROXLER
John C. Troxler was born January 5, 1840, in Tennessee. His parents, Anthony and Sarah (Cortner) Troxler, were born in North Carolina in 1802 and 1810, respectively. The father came to Tennessee about 1817, and died in 1843. The mother's death occurred in 1886. Our subject has followed farming from early boyhood. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate service and remained until 1863, when he was captured while making a visit home, was paroled, and never returned to the service. He was constable of his district two years, and served as deputy sheriff one year. In 1866 Mr. Troxler was married to Mrs. Margaret A., widow of Gilbreth Chambers. She was born in Tennessee in 1848. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Troxler, named George R., born in 1867; William T., born in 1870; Nancy D., born in 1872; Sarah, born in 1874; John A., born in 1876; Daniel M., born in 1878; Edward, born in 1880; Polly, born in 1882, and Ambrose, born in 1884. In March, 1876, Mr. Troxler was elected Justice of the Peace in his district and has held the office up to the present time. He owns 126 acres of land, and is a member of the K. of H. He and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and he is a Democrat politically. [The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
Micager Troxler is a native Tennessean, born January 25, 1839, and is residing in the home of his birth, where he owns 110 acres of good land. In 1862 he enlisted in the Confederate Army under Bushrod Johnson and served until December, 1863, when he was taken sick and captured. He was paroled and sent home but never returned to service. November 20, 1860, he married Mary A. Shofner, who was born December 3, 1842. She was a daughter of Frederick and Mary (McKaig) Shofner, and died April 11, 1864. Mr. Troxler then wedded, in 1865, his second wife, Mary A. Dean, a daughter of John and Sarah (Shofner) Troxler, who were born in 1791 and 1796 and died in 1871 and 1869, respectively. Mrs. Troxler was born October 20, 1838. Our subject is a member of the K. of H., and is also a member of Freemason lodge No. 308. He and Mrs. Troxler are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and he is a stanch supporter of Democratic principles. His parents, Isaac and Elizabeth (Payne) Troxler, were born in North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively, in 1803. The father was brought to Tennessee by his parents in 1810, and November 2, 1825, he wedded our subject's mother and became the father of ten children. His death occurred March 15, 1866, and the mother's June 20, 1848. [Goodspeed History of Tennessee]
KESTER L. TUNE
Kester L. Tune, farmer, of Bedford County, Tenn., was born in this State December 6, 1829. His parents, John and Mary (Cooper) Tune, were born in Virginia and Tennessee in 1791 and 1797, respectively. They were married September 12, 1816, and fifteen children were born to their union. The mother died in August, 1853, and the father in 1881. After attaining his majority our subject began the battle of life on his own responsibility, and by industry and economy became the possessor of 465 acres of well cultivated and fertile land. He gives considerable attention to stock trading also. September 1, 1858, he was united in marriage to M. C. Wells, born May 8, 1838, and died January 13, 1862, having borne two children: Joseph E., born April 27, 1860, and died November 1, 1861, and Susan E., born October 13, 1861. For his second wife Mr. Tune married Eliza J. Landers, born October 19, 1835. They have three children: Thomas O., born December 29, 1865; John C., born November 14, 1868; and William S., born March 28, 1872. Mrs. Tune's parents were Thomas and Elizabeth (Thomas) Landers, who were born in North Carolina and Tennessee in 1812 and 1814, respectively. They were married December 20, 1834, and became the parents of twelve children - eight daughters and four sons. The father died May 5, 1879. Mr. Tune's first wife was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. His present wife is a member of the Methodist Protestant Church. Mr. Tune was a Whig until the death of that party; and since that time has been identified with the Republican party. [The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
WILLIAM T. TUNE
William T. Tune (deceased) was a son of John Tune, one of the first settlers of Bedford County, Tenn. He was born in 1818, in Smith County, and was reared on a farm. He was married, in 1844, to Miss C. E. Morton, and thirteen children were born to them: Mary A., James C., Mattie J., Eliza F., Sallie, Charles W., Emma S., John M., Will R., Thomas C., Louis T., Horace G., and Bettie E. Mr. Tune was a farmer of Bedford County for many years. He died March 5, 1871. Mrs. Tune is still living at her residence, "Cottage Home," and is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. William R. Tune, fourth son of William T. Tune, was born October 12, 1860, and spent his boyhood days on a farm. He finished his education in the schools of Shelbyville, and then took a traveling tour over the greater part of the United States. At present he is living with his mother and he is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.[The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
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]
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]
JAMES L. TURNER
James L. Turner was born July 8, 1823, in Sussex County, Va., son of Littlebury and Mary (Winn) Turner. The father was born April 28, 1788, and died June 18, 1869. The mother was born September 28, 1787, and died February 25, 1879. Our subject's educational advantages were not of the best, but, notwithstanding, he is considered a fine mathematician, and has acquired the major part of his education without a teacher. At the age of twenty-one he engaged in the farming interest with his father, and so continued until about 1851. Previous to this, in 1848, he was elected to the office of constable, which position he held for about eleven years. In 1850 he wedded Margaret N. Murphy, who was born August 12, 1830, and to them were born nine children: Sarah J., James W., William F., Margaret F., Elizabeth A., Nancy F., Tennessee M. (deceased), Joseph H. and Lavinia. Mr. Turner was elected to the office of deputy sheriff in 1858, and held that office one term, and again in 1868 he was deputized to fill the same office. In 1876 he was elected Magistrate of the Eleventh District, and has held that office up to the present time. He has also carried on his farming interest, and has been quite successful in that occupation. He is a Republican in politics. [The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
Felix Turrentine is a Tennessean, born May 12, 1811, son of James Turrentine, who was born In Virginia in 1773. The father came to Tennessee in 1807. His wife, Eleanor Neily, was born in North Carolina. Our subject has always been a farmer. May 12, 1842 he married Martha Ann Orr, who was born January 26, 1822. To them were born seven children, all of whom are dead except David A. and Eleanor F. Mrs. Turrentine died February 1, 1882. Mr. Turrentine was an old-line Whig, but since the war has been a Democrat. His son, David A. Turrentine, was born February 14, 1847. Up to June, 1880, he was a farmer. Since that time he has been engaged in the merchandise business at Hall's Mills. February 24, 1875, he married Mollie F. Shearin, who was born October 21, 1851. To them were born four children: Alice R:, Sallie A., Lucy J. and Felix. Mr. Turrentine has been prosperous in his business enterprises. He is a Democrat, and was elected to the office of constable in 1878, and served about ten months. He has also been a delegate to the Democratic Convention from his State several times. [Goodspeed's History of Tennessee]
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