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Bedford County TN Biographies

WAITE, George Edward
Farmer; born Hillsboro, Tenn., March 29, 1855; German descent; son of Warren and Ruth (Yell) Waite; paternal grandparents George and Nancy (Warren) Waite; maternal grandparents James and Jurutia (Barton) Yell; educated at Normandy, Tenn.; married Mackie Phillips Aug. 18, 1887; member Knights Templar and 32nd degree Mason; Democrat; member of Christian church; has always been interested in the grain and live stock business.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

WHITSON, William Vance
Born Bedford Co., Tenn., Aug. 5, 1846; son of George Newton and Caroline I. (Smartt) Whitson; father’s occupation farmer; paternal grandparents George and Priscilla (Vance) Whitson; maternal grandparents Francis and Margaret (Davidson) Smartt; educated at Yorkville Academy, Gibson Co., Tenn.; in early life worked on a farm; enlisted in the Confederate army at Newbern, Tenn. Dec., 1862; served as private throughout the war; was captured in May, 1863, and remained in prison at Camp Douglass, Chicago, Ill. until the close of the war; Democrat; married three times, first Jennie Chadwick Nov. 8, 1871, second Rebecca Morford Oct. 15, 1875, third Carrie Hancock Aug. 22, 1893; elected attorney-general Aug. 5, 1886; served eight years in Sixth Judicial Circuit of Tennessee; elected to State Senate Nov., 1898; member of Presbyterian church, U.S.A.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

WILLIS, A.L.
farmer and stockman; born Marshall Co., Tenn., Feb. 16, 1861; son of Thomas H. and Sallie (Hayslip) Willis; father farmer; married Cynthia Glenn Oct. 28, 1883; Democrat; member of Christian church.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

WILMOT, Dan Hinton
Merchant; born Cairo, Ga., November 3, 1876; son of Dan Hicks and Carrie V. (Everett) Wilmot; Scotch-Irish descent; father’s occupation physician; educated Columbus and Lumpkin, Ga.; married Grace Deering October 8, 1905; member of Masonic Lodge No. 122, Shelbyville, Tenn., Tannehill Chapter No. 40; at present engaged in furniture and stove business; formerly in automobile business with R.S. Deering, 455 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago; early business occupation traveling salesman; member of Methodist Episcopal Church.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

WOOD, Samuel Davidson
Farmer; born Sinking Creek, Nov. 27, 1873; Irish descent; son of Samuel Davidson and Martha D. (Cortner) Wood; father’s occupation farming; paternal grandparents Wm. and Eleanora (Meris) Wood; maternal grandparents John and Mary D. (Ray) Cortner; received common school education; entered farming in early life, and most of his time has been devoted to that vocation, also buying and selling stock, and buying and improving land, etc.; married Martha Susan Thompson Dec. 25, 1895; Democrat; member of Methodist church.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

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