GEORGE EDWARD WAITE
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]
Warren Waite, a prominent farmer of District No. 2, was born June 9, 1827, in Bedford County, near Wartrace. His father, George Waite, was a native of Person County, N. C., born November 18, 1790, and was of English lineage. Our subject's paternal grandfather, Robert Waite, emigrated from England to North Carolina during colonial times, and was a surveyor of lands. George Waite, when a boy, moved with his parents to Tennessee, first to Williamson County, and subsequently to Bedford County, where his parents died. He married Miss Nancy B. Warren, a native of North Carolina, born November 30, 1796, and of English-Irish lineage. To this union six children were born. The mother died December 5, 1838, and the father December 21, 1857. The father was a natural mechanic in wood and iron work, and was also a farmer. Our subject received a practical education in the country schools, and remained with his parents until he reached his majority, when he began merchandising, which he continued about twenty years; also carried on farming at the same time. In 1853 he married Miss Rutha S. Yell, a native of Coffee County, Tenn., and to this union were born the following children: George E., Nancy A., Warren S. and James W., all living. Mr. Waite owns a farm of 600 acres, all under a good state of cultivation. He was formerly a Whig, but is now a Democrat in politics, and he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. [The Goodspeed History of Bedford County TN 1886]
JOSEF CLAY WALKER
Born Wartrace, Tenn., (Bedford Co) May, 1880; Scotch-Irish-Spanish-German descent; son of William B. and Pattie (Lane) Walker; educated Cumberland University and Heidleberg, Germany; graduated from Cumberland University June, 1904, with degrees A.B., A.M., and LL.B., 1907; in early life engaged in farming near Wartrace, Tenn.; married Annie Lou Wakefield Dec. 22, 1910; member S.A.E. fraternity; member Baptist Church. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
SIMEON V. WALL
Prof. Simeon V. Wall was born in Williamson County, Tenn., August 22, 1844, son of John B. and Martha E. (Wilson) Wall, and of Scotch-Irish descent. The parents were born in North Carolina and Tennessee in 1799 and 1808 and died December 31, 1870, and April 15, 1859, respectively. They were married in 1819 and were the parents of thirteen children. The father was a soldier in the Confederate Army notwithstanding the fact that he was over age. He was an old-time Whig, although an intimate friend of James K. Polk. He was a soldier in the Indian War of 1836. His father, Clement Wall, came to Williamson County, Tenn., in 1804. Our immediate subject, Simeon Wall, was a student in Harpeth Academy before the war. He enlisted in the Twentieth Tennessee Regiment and participated in the battles of Shiloh, Chickamauga and Franklin and was in many of the battles of the Georgia campaign. Of his war record the Review and Journal of Franklin, Tenn., said: "It is well known that when a mere boy he left this county to serve in the Southern Army and he was recognized all over the army as a brave and gallant soldier." After the war, owing to the financial embarrassment of his father, he completed his education through his own exertions. He has been professor in academies and colleges for nearly twenty years and is one of the successful educators of Tennessee. He is proprietor of the Bedford Academy at Bell Buckle, Tenn., but is soon to sever his connection with this school and take charge of the Culleoka Academy as co-principal. July 28, 1868, our subject married Miss Nannie J. Comer, daughter of Rev. J. J. Comer of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. and Mrs. Wall are the parents of nine children - seven sons and two daughters. Prof. Wall is a Democrat and a member of the Masonic fraternity and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. [Goodspeed History of Tennessee]
JAMES A. WARDER
Capt. James A. Warder, a leading member of the Bedford County bar, was born September 24, 1843, at May's Lick, Ky. His father, Walter Warder, was a native of Kentucky, and was an eminent physician of that State. He died when James A. was but about thirteen years of age. The mother now lives in her native State, Kentucky. Capt. Warder was reared near Maysville, Ky., and received his education at Maysville and at Centre College, Kentucky. When eighteen years of age, in 1861, he enlisted in Company L, Second Kentucky Cavalry, as a Private. He was subsequently made First Lieutenant of the company and afterward was made Captain of Company C, of the same regiment. He held that commission till the close of the war, actively serving in most all the important battles throughout the southwest. Returning from the war he read law, and in October, 1866, was licensed to practice, since which time he has been successfully engaged in that profession, ranking among the ablest lawyers of the State. In 1867 he was commissioned Attorney-General of a judicial district, but declined the nomination. He was on the Hayes electoral ticket in 1876, and under the administration of Hayes held the office of United States District Attorney. He was nominated by his party for the congressional race in 1884, but the Democratic party being largely in the majority he was not elected, he being a Republican and one of the leading men in his party in this part of the State. He was married, January 2, 1865, to Laura D. Gosling, a daughter of William Gosling, a manufacturer in Shelbyville. Two children have been born to this union, one of whom, Inda Artus, is now living. Mrs. Warder is a member of the Episcopal Church. Capt. Warder's name has frequently been connected with all the important offices of the State. A wide-spread desire existed to nominate him for the Republican candidate for governor, but owing to the time necessarily required from his profession to make the race against so great a Democratic majority, he discouraged the movement. Just now he is being instructed for, by a number of counties, for one of the supreme judges of the State. [The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
THOMAS W. WARNER
Thomas W. Warner, dealer in a general line of groceries and provisions, was born October 26, 1838, in Shelbyville, being a son of William D. and Mary (Swift) Warner, both natives of Bedford County. The father was killed when our subject was but one year old, and the mother is still living, having been married three times. Thomas W. was raised by his grandmother, Swift, on a farm, and secured but a common school education. At the age of fifteen he began his own support. He has been engaged as a clerk and merchant for about twenty-five years. He also owns 143 acres of fine land and carries on farming, his residence being one and three-quarter miles west of Shelbyville, on the Fishing Ford Pike, in an excellent location. He was married May 20, 1866, to Emma R. Trail, a native of Franklin, Ky. Six children have been born to them, viz.: Hugh, Frazer. William F., Thomas W., Henry W. and one who died. Mr. Warner and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. He is a member of the Democratic party. He has in his possession a $1 United States coin, bearing the date of 1798, which his father and grandfather each carried. Mr. Warner is a member of the I. O. O. F. and K. of H. [The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
Charles A. Warren (deceased) was born May 21, 1820, in Blount County, Tenn. His father, Thomas S. Warren, was born and partly raised in Virginia. He immigrated with his parents to East Tennessee when young. He was married in 1809. The mother, Susan Sevier Snyder, was born in Nashville. When she was quite young she was taken to Clarksville, where her parents were murdered by the Indians and she was the only one of the family who escaped. She was then reared by her grandfather, Valentine Sevier, and also lived a great part of her time with Gov. Sevier. The parents of our subject moved to Bedford County in about 1828. The father died in 1856, having been born in 1782. The mother was born in 1791, and died in 1863. There is now but one of the family of ten children raised by them living: Mrs. Jennie Ivie, the widow of C. D, Ivie, of Rutherford County. She was born December 27, 1821. Charles A. Warren was reared on a farm. He served as deputy sheriff of Bedford County for many years in his younger days. He carried on farming all his life and was one of the most extensive business men of the county. He was engaged in stock dealing, merchandising, etc. He was noted for his public spirit and public enterprise and charity to the poor. He was a Democrat in politics. He was married May 2, 1865, to Miss Amy Thompson, daughter of G. W. Thompson. Mrs. Warren died October 29, 1883, leaving a family of three children: George, Josephine and Stanley S. Five children have been born to the union but two, Mattie Lee and William S. have died. [The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
HARVEY MAGEE WATTERSON
Harvey Magee Watterson (father of Henry Watterson), a Representative from Tennessee; born at "Beechgrove," the family homestead, in Bedford County, Tenn., November 23, 1811; pursued classical studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tenn.; established and edited a paper in Shelbyville, Tenn., in 1831; member of the State House of Representatives in 1835; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-Seventh Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1843); declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1842 to the Twenty-Eighth Congress; sent by President Tyler on a diplomatic mission to Buenos Aires, where he remained for a year; member of the State senate 1845-1847, and served as Speaker; Editor and proprietor of the Nashville Union 1847-1851 and Editor of the Washington Union in 1851; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Baltimore in 1860, and was a presidential elector on the Douglas ticket the same year; appointed by President Johnson as one of a commission to investigate conditions in the States "lately in rebellion;" practiced law in Washington, D.C., for fourteen years; moved to Louisville, Ky.; member of the editorial staff of the Louisville Courier-Journal; died in Louisville, Ky., October 1, 1891; interment in Cave Hill Cemetery. [The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
JOHN MAURICE WEBB
Educator; born Alamance Co., N.C., Nov. 27, 1847; son of Alexander Smith and Cornelia Adeline (Stanford) Webb; father's occupation merchant; educated University of North Carolina, and by courtesy graduated from same in 1869; in 1897 University of Nashville conferred upon him degree of LL.D.; began teaching early in life and all of his career has been devoted to that profession; married Harriet Elizabeth Shipp Dec. 7, 1876; Democrat; member of M. E. church, South. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
MADISON H. WEBB
Madison H. Webb, farmer, was born in Bedford County, Tenn., February 5, 1836, and is the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth W. (Reeves) Webb. The father was born in Sevier County, Tenn., June 16, 1792, and died in Bedford County, June 18, 1884. The mother was born July 18, 1796, in Orange County, N. C., and was married to Benjamin Webb September 16, 1821. To this union were born six sons, of whom our subject is the youngest. He was reared on the farm, educated in the common schools, and assisted his parents on the farm until twenty-one years of age. He was a Lieutenant in the Confederate Army, enlisting in the Eighteenth Tennessee Infantry, but was afterward transferred to the Fourth Tennessee Cavalry, under Col. Starnes. He participated in the battles of Fort Donelson, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, and some actions in the Georgia campaign. He was captured at Fort Donelson and held a prisoner at Lincoln Barracks, Springfield, Ill., for the space of one month, when he escaped. December 11, 1867, he wedded Miss Elnora Elam, daughter of James A. Elam. The fruits of this union were five children - three sons and two daughters. Our subject has a fine farm of 600 acres. He is a Democrat; a Mason (Knight Templar), and he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.[The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886 ]
WILLIAM ROBERT WEBB, SR.
Educator; born Person Co., N. C., Nov. 11, 1842; son of Alexander Smith and Cornelia Adeline (Stanford) Webb; his father was a farmer and merchant; paternal grandfather James Webb, paternal grandmother Mary (Smith) Webb, maternal grandfather Hon. Richard Stanford, maternal grandmother Mary (Moore) Stanford; educated Bingham school, Oaks, N.C.; graduated University of North Carolina, A.B. and A.M. June, 1869; began life as a teacher; married Emma Clare April 23, 1873; member of Diatetic Society, University of North Carolina, member of D. K. E. Fraternity, Whig Society, Princeton, honorary member Tennessee Historical Society; was Captain of the Second North Carolina Cavalry, C. S. A., during Civil War; was for a time a private in the Fifteen North Carolina Infantry; severely wounded battle Malvern Hill; founded Webb School, Culleoka, Tenn., in 1870; moved with school to Bellbuckle, Tenn., in 1886; member of Methodist Episcopal church, South. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
WILLIAM ROBERT WEBB, JR.
Teacher; born Culleoka, Tenn., April 4, 1874; Welsh and French descent; son of William R. and Emma (Clary) Webb; father's occupation teacher; paternal grandparents Alexander Smith and Cornelia Adeline (Stanford) Webb; maternal grandparents Benjamin and Alla Delphia (Barnard) Clary; educated Webb School, Phillip's Academy, University of N. C., and the summer school of the University of Chicago, also Harvard summer school; graduated with degree of B.A., from University of N. C., 1896; married Louise Hall Manning Oct. 19, 1898; member Sigma Nu fraternity Phi Beta Kappa Society; Independent Democrat; Instructor in English, University of N.C., 1896-1897; teacher in Webb School 1897-1898; became Associate Principal Webb's School 1908 where he is now engaged. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
JOHN W. WELLS
John W. Wells was born May 15, 1843, in Rutherford County, Tenn. His father, Thomas P. Wells was a native of Virginia, born in September, 1811. When a young man he moved to Williamson County, where he married Miss Susan Smith, a native of this State. To this union six children were born, of whom our subject is the fourth. The mother of these children died when our subject was about nine years old, and the father afterward married Miss Frances Tune, and by her he became the father of two children - a son and daughter. Thomas P. Wells moved to Illinois in 1866, where he now resides; he is a minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and is also a farmer. Mrs. Frances (Tune) Wells is now dead. Our subject came to this county with his parents when but eight years of age, and here he was educated at the Flat Creek Academy. In October,1861, he enlisted in the Forty-First Tennessee Confederate Infantry and served in that command about two years. He was then left at Jackson, La., on account of illness, and was there captured and paroled by the Federal Army. He had been captured with his regiment at Fort Donelson and held as a prisoner of war until September, 1862, when he was exchanged. In September, 1866, he married Miss Sarah E. Shoffner, a native of this county and a daughter of Col. L. Shoffner. To this union were born two sons, Othniel D. and Willie S., both living. The mother of these children died September 4, 1873, and in 1874 their father married Miss Margaret C. Jenkins, a native of this county and a daughter of Rev. William Jenkins. To this union the following children were born: Susan M., Thomas E., Edgar J., Ethel and Herbert, all living. Our subject owns a farm of 235 acres on Duck River, all rich bottom land. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and belongs to Shelbyville Benevolent Lodge, No. 122, and he takes an active interest in educational matters. He and wife are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. [Source: The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall Counties of Tennessee. Reprint from The Goodspeeds History of Tennessee, 1886.]
WILLIAM DANIEL WHEELER
William D. Wheeler is a son of W. W. Wheeler, who was born in Tennessee in 1809, and died in April, 1855. His mother was a Mrs. White; she was born in 1811 and died November 7,1857. William D. was the eldest of their seven children. He was born in Rutherford County March 12, 1836, and assisted his father on his farm until twenty-one years of age. He followed farming up to the date of the late war. He enlisted in Company G, Forty Fourth Tennessee Infantry in 1861, but owing to ill health only remained in the service three months. After his return home he engaged in farming, and has been a fairly prosperous "tiller of the soil." Martha L. Maxwell became his wife January 22, 1861. She was born August 21, 1840, and is the mother of the following family: Mary Ann, Etta Valonie, Malissa Alice and John Watson. Our subject received a common school education and is a supporter of Democratic principles. [Source: The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall Counties of Tennessee. Reprint from The Goodspeeds History of Tennessee, 1886.]
Thomas White, farmer, was born May 15, 1819, and is one of seven children born to the union of Thomas and Margaret (McGarrah) White. The father was born in Jefferson County, Va., in 1780, immigrated to Tennessee and settled in Maury County. He remained there until 1825 when he moved to Shelbyville and followed the hatter trade. He also kept hotel in Shelbyville several years. In 1801 he was married and became the father of these children: James R., Joseph, Elizabeth, Nancy, John, Susan and Thomas A. Thomas White, Sr., and wife were worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The former died in 1846 and the latter in 1850. The subject of this sketch was born in Columbia, Tenn., and is of Scotch-Irish descent. He received a limited education in the Bedford County Schools, and in 1841 was married to Miss Ary A. Williams, a native of this county. Five children blessed this union: Mary, Robert, Isaac H., Margaret and Julia. Three of these have died: Robert, Margaret and Julia. Mrs. White died in 1853, and in the same year Mr. White married Margaret Dryden, of Bedford County and to this union were born nine children: Ary (deceased), Julia, Lula, Thomas C., William D., James L., Anna, Walter C. and Susan. Mr. White was a tailor for twenty years of his life but in 1853 turned his attention exclusively to farming. He owns 200 acres of land, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. [Goodspeeds History of Tennessee]
JAMES W. WHITMAN
James W. Whitman, farmer, is a son of Rev. R. M. Whitman, a native of Boston, Mass., born in 1804. When a mere boy R. M. Whitman went with his parents to Virginia, where he lived quite a number of years. They then immigrated to Bedford County, and here he married. Almedia Sanders (the subject's mother), and a native of Bedford County, born in 1815. To them were born nine children. After her death the father was married twice; first to Mrs. Jane Reed, who died in 1857, and then to Mrs. Ann Edwards, who still lives. The father died in Texas in 1873. He was an extensive farmer and stock trader, and in early life practiced medicine. He was also a preacher of the gospel. Our subject was born November 28, 1838, in the Moore fraction of Lincoln County. He was reared on the farm and received a poor education, owing to the demand for his labor at home. In 1861 he volunteered in Company K, Eighth Tennessee Infantry, Confederate Army, and went through four years of service without being wounded, and was only captured once, when be succeeded in making his escape in a few days. He served twelve months as captain of Company A, Twenty-Eighth Tennessee Cavalry. After the war he went to Texas to engage in the mercantile business, where he remained ten years. In 1874 he returned to Tennessee and engaged in farming. In 1877 he married Ann E. Hutton, a native of Rutherford County, born August 14, 1841.In 1882 she died, and the following year he married Jennie P. Grigsby, of Giles County. This union resulted in the birth of one child, Robert G. Mr. Whitman is a stanch Democrat and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. His present wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He has a good farm of 497 acres, and as a farmer and stock raiser has been quite successful. [The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
WILLIAM VANCE WHITSON
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]
BROMFIELD RIDLEY WHITTHORNE
Public-spirited and progressive, Bromfield Ridley Whitthorne occupies a noteworthy position among the foremost citizens of Shelbyville, which is the place of his nativity, his birth having occurred in this city December 17, 1852. His father, Major William J. Whitthorne was born February 22, 1797 in Ireland. His grandfather was born in the north of Ireland, of Scotch ancestry and spent his entire life in the Emerald Isle. Major Whitthorne was an infant when his father died, and four years later he was made an orphan by the death of his mother, who died on board the vessel in which she had taken passage for America. He was subsequently taken in charge by his mother's brother, who settled near Raleigh N. C. When he was 16 years his uncle sent him back to Ireland to continue his studies at the University of Dublin. After his graduation from that institution, he returned to N. C. and a little later came to the eastern part of TN. from there coming to Bedford County, and locating as a merchant in Farmington, for a number of years conducting a general store. He carried on business under what today would be considered almost insurmountable difficulties, all of his goods, which he bought in Philadelphia, coming via the Ohio and Cumberland rivers to Nashville, and then being hauled by teams to Farmington. In 1842 he was appointed United States deputy marshal formidable Tennessee, and while serving in that capacity was appointed by Judge B. L. Ridley Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court of Shelbyville, a position that he filled for 27 years, when he resigned, and thereafter lived retired until his death, Feb. 19, 1872 and was buried on the 75th anniversary of his birth. Soon after coming to Tennessee he was admitted to the bar, and later was commissioned by Gov. Sam Houston major of the 22nd Reg. TN Militia.
Major Whitthorne married Eliza J. Wisener, a native of Bedford county, where her parents, Martin and Margaret Wisener, settled on coming from N. C. to TN., becoming a prosperous farmer in his adopted home. She survived him five years, passing away Oct. 16, 1877. She reared a family of 11 children, as follows: Washington C., George M., Samuel H., DeWitt C., James K. P., Martha J. , Felicia J., Andrew J., William J., Jr., Frank C. and Bromfield Ridley. Of these children, George M., Samuel H., DeWitt C. and James K.P. served in the Mexican War, while Washington C., George M., Samuel H., Andrew j., William J. and Frank C. were soldiers in the Confederate Army, and William J. Whitthorne Jr., took part in the Spanish American War, serving as Major of the First TN. Vol. Infantry. There were also four grandsons in the Spanish-American War. Washington C. Whitthorne, the eldest son of the family, was an attorney by profession, and in addition to serving for 18 years as a Representative in congress was for 2 years U. S. Senator. William J. Whitthorne, Jr., the 9th child, was a prominent attorney of Columbia, and served in both branches of the state legislature.
Acquiring his preliminary education in the Shelbyville schools, Bromfield R. completed the course of study at Franklin College, and began his active career in Shelbyville, being first bookkeeper in a mercantile house, and later cashier in the National Bank. Reading law during his leisure minutes, he was admitted to the bar in 1899 and in addition to successfully practicing his profession has since filled various offices of trust and responsibility. For nine years Mr. Whitthorne filled the Mayor's chair most acceptably to all concerned and when Shelbyville was under a commission form of government he was one of three commissioners who administered the affairs of the city. He was rendered excellent service as president and city judge, and in 1911 was elected Justice of the Peace for the 7th Civil District.
Mr. Whitthorne married July 19, 1877, Juliet Shelby Ryall, a daughter of Colonel Thomas and Elizabeth (Seudder) Ryall. Into the pleasant household thus established four children have made their advent, namely; Elizabeth McClelland, Juliet, Bromfield R. Jr., and Rebecca Ryall. Elizabeth M. wife of Searcy W. Judd, has one child, Elizabeth Whitthorne Judd; Juliet married David A. Grayson.
Religiously Mr. Whitthorne belongs to the Christian Church, while his wife and children are members of the Episcopal Church. Fraternally Mr. Whitthorne is a Thirty-Second Degree Mason. He is a member of Shelbyville Lodge # 122, Ancient Free and Accepted Order of Masons; of Tannehill Chapter, No. 40, Royal Arch Masons; of Murfreesboro Commandery, No. 10 Knights Templar; and of Alhambra Temple, Ancient Arabie Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. [A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans by Will Thomas Hale and Dixon L. Merritt 1913]
WILLIAM H. WHITTEMORE
William H. Whittemore, of Haley, was born October 6, 1853, in Davidson County, Tenn. His father, William B. Whittemore, was a native of the same county and is of Scotch-Irish descent. He is a prominent farmer of that county, and married Nancy E. Hays, a native of Davidson County and daughter of John Hays. To this union were born ten children, our subject being the eldest. The father and mother are both living. The Doctor was educated at Franklin College, near Nashville, where he graduated in 1869. He received his medical education in the medical department of the University of Tennessee, from which institution he graduated in 1878, and then commenced the practice of his profession at Antioch, Davidson Co., Tenn. Here he remained two years and then moved to Nashville, and was elected as county health officer, and held this position three years. He then moved to Haley, Bedford Co., Tenn., where he continues the practice of medicine and has already established an extensive practice. November 8, 1882, he married Miss Georgia M. Tolmie, a native of the city of Nashville and daughter of Alexander McD. Tolmie, a prominent citizen and machinist of that city, who ran the first engine that was run on the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, and was for a long time master mechanic of that road. To Dr. W. H. Whittemore and wife was born one child, Maggie T. The Doctor is a member of the K. of H. and the Iron Hall. He is a Democrat and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Whittemore is a member of the Presbyterian Church.
J. GREER WIGGINS
J. Greer Wiggins, a farmer of Bedford County, was born December 29, 1842. He is the son of Benjamin F. and Jane H. (Greer) Wiggins. The father was born in North Carolina, and in the early part of his life immigrated to Tennessee and settled in Bedford County. He left and went to Mississippi, but in a short time returned to Bedford County. He was a farmer, and reared a family of eight children: J. Greer, John S., Sarah E., Mary .T., William J., Benjamin F., Thomas H. and Fannie E. Sarah E. and Mary J. are both dead. Benjamin F. died in 1883. Mrs. Wiggins died about 1880. Our subject was a country boy, and received a good practical education in the common schools. In 1871 he was united in marriage to Miss Emily V. Evans, daughter of Hampton Evans. To this union were born four children: Bessie F., A. F., Edward H. and Hampton Evans. Mr. Wiggins has always been a farmer, and is also a carpenter by trade. He owns 149 acres of land, and is one of the leading farmers of the Twenty-second District. He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. [The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
JOHN W. WIGGINS
John W. Wiggins, a successful farmer and stock raiser, was born December 26, 1812, in North Carolina. He is the son of Harrel and Sallie (Royster) Wiggins. The father was born in North Carolina in 1788, and when quite young immigrated to Indiana, where he remained but a few months. He then went to Kentucky, and from there to Coffee County, Tenn., where he remained until 1830, when he immigrated to Bedford County, and settled in the Twentieth District. He reared a family of seven children, three of whom are living at the present time: John W., David and Harbert. Harrel Wiggins was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and died in 1851. Mrs. Wiggins died in 1873. Our subject was given a fair education in the common schools. In 1835 he was married to Miss Mary Greer, a native of North Carolina. To this union seven children were born, only two of whom are living: Mary A. and Hundley. Mrs. Wiggins was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and died September 15, 1885. Mr. Wiggins has always been a tiller of the soil, has been rather successful and owns 450 acres of good land. [The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
JOHN B. WILHOITE
John B. Wilhoite, farmer and stock dealer, is a son of William and Anna A. (Warner) Wilhoite, natives of North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. The father was a miller, running successfully an old-style mill during his life. He was a Democrat, an attendant and his wife a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. He died at the age of thirty. In 1835 the mother came to this county, and soon afterward married James Robinson, father of Capt. Robinson. Her second husband died three years later. She died in 1876. Our subject was born December 23, 1830, in Bedford County, and did not have the best advantages for an education, but made the most of what he did have. After leaving the common schools he completed his education in Chapel Hill Academy. At the age of fifteen he took charge of the home farm, and a year later planned and superintended the construction of the grist and saw-mill at Fishing Ford, which he has run ever since. He is also the constructor of the dam furnishing water to the mills. In 1862 he volunteered in the Confederate Army in Capt. Miller's company of Eleventh Tennessee Cavalry, and after three years of faithful service returned home. In 1869 he wedded Lizzie T. Bullock, of Williamson County, born in 1846; the fruits of this union were three children, all living - Jacob, Mary and Addie. Mr. Wilhoite is a Democrat, a Royal Arch Mason and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Wilhoite is a member of the Methodist Church. Our subject has considerable of this world's goods, and has lived in Marshall County for forty-six years. [The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
David Williams is a native of Bedford County, Tenn., born in May, 1815. His father, Joseph Williams, was born in North Carolina, in 1777, and came to Tennessee at a very early period. He was a farmer, and a soldier in the War of 1812, participating in the Battle of New Orleans. In 1813 he wedded our subject's mother, Charity Turrentine, who was born in North Carolina in 1791. The father died in 1876, and the mother two years later. David Williams and Sarah T. Harris were united in marriage in 1836. Mrs. Williams was born in 1816, and her parents, James Harris and Nancy (Thompson) Harris, were born in Pennsylvania and South Carolina, respectively. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Williams are Almeda, born in 1837; Lou, in 1839; Elvira, in 1841; James H., in 1845: Lafayette, in 1854; Mollie J., in 1859, and Samuel K., in 1861. Our subject was reared on a farm and has followed farming from early boyhood. He was postmaster of Hickory Hill for several years, before and after the war, and in 1869 located on his present farm of 230 acres. He has a neat frame residence, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. In politics he is a Democrat. [History Of Bedford County Goodspeed]
A. L. WILLIS
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]
DAN HINTON WILMOT
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]
SAMUEL DAVIDSON WOOD
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]
THOMAS WALTER WOOD
Thomas Walter Wood, M. D., of Shelbyville, Tenn., is a son of James and Eliza (Oberall) Wood, natives, respectively, of North Carolina and Virginia. The father was born February 10, 1798, and the mother May 13, 1806. They were married September 17, 1829. Ten children blessed their union: John A., William J., Melissa J., Thomas W., Sarah A., Horace O., Nancy P., Martha H., Eliza T. and James G. Mr. Wood came to Tennessee about 1810, and located in what is now Cannon County, where he remained about two years, and then moved to near Woodbury, where he died November 16, 1865. He had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South for nearly forty years. The mother died September 11, 1874. Thomas W. Wood was born in Cannon County, where he received a good common school education, and attended the Lawrence Academy at Woodbury Station. At the breaking out of the war he joined the Eighteenth Tennessee Infantry, and participated in the battle of Shiloh and numerous skirmishes, and was selected as the one to receive the banner for his company, presented by the young ladies of Woodbury. Owing to ill health he was soon compelled to abandon active service, but was given a position in the commissary department and served as Commissary Sergeant until the close of the war. He was paroled at Macon, Ga., and after his return home engaged in farming and school teaching. He began his medical studies in 1867, and attended his first course of lectures in the medical department of the University of Nashville in 1868, 1869 and 1870, graduating the latter year. He has since practiced in Bedford County, and has built up an extensive practice. Dr. Wood was appointed by the county commissioner as physician for the poor asylum, and has held that position ten years. He was twice appointed deputy county clerk of Cannon County, and at one time lacked only a few votes of being the nominee of the Democratic party for representative of Bedford County. He was at one time salesman in a wholesale hat house in Philadelphia. [Goodspeed History ]
William Wood was born in North Carolina in 1802, and was married to Elena Meris, also of that State, and our subject was born to them September 20, 1838, in Orange County, N. C. He has always followed the life of a farmer, and at the breaking out of the late war he entered the Confederate Army, in the fall of 1862, enlisting in Company G, Thirty-Second Tennessee Infantry. At the battle of Chickamauga he was wounded in the left thigh and was compelled to abandon service. August 15, 1861, he led to Hymen's altar Miss Martha C. Woodward, who bore him nine children, only five now living: Mary L., Nora W., William W., Joseph O., Winnie L. Mr. Wood is a self-made man, and has been fairly successful in his business undertakings. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and his wife of the Christian Church. Mr. Wood is a Democrat [The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886]
Zadock Wood applied for Revolutionary pension while living in Bedford County, Tennessee in May 1832. He was born in Frederick County Virginia March 7, 1766. he resided in Ninety-six district South Carolina in 1722 and 1783 when he was drafted into Captain James Tinsley's company, Colonel James Hayes regiment. He was in engagements at Hammond's Old Store and Ninety-Six district under General Pickens. He served against the Cherokee Indians. He was called out again against the Tories serving under Major Gordon. After the War he moved to Laurens County South Carolina, where he resided until 1813. He then moved to Wilson County Tennessee where he resided six or seven years. He then moved to Bedford County where he died. [Some Tennessee Heros of the Revolution Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1975]
Moses Woodfin, farmer, was born in Bedford County, Tenn., March 7, 1829, and of English-Irish lineage. His father, Samuel Woodfin, was born in Buncomb County, North Carolina, in 1791, and about 1815 married Maria Barnhill, a native of South Carolina, born December 9, 1798, and to them were born fifteen children. The father died April 29, 1863, and the mother in the same county March 8, 1863. Our subject received a good practical education and has followed farming as his chief occupation. He learned the trade of wheelwright which he followed in a regular way for over fifteen years. At the breaking out of the war he enlisted in the Confederate Army, Forty-Fifth Tennessee Infantry, and participated in the battles of Murfreesboro, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge. At Chickamauga he was wounded and at Missionary Ridge he was wounded again, captured, and taken to Rock Island, Ill., where he remained a prisoner until the end of the war. September 11, 1856, he was married to Miss Rachel A. Clark, daughter of William Clark, and the fruits of this union were eight children - three sons and five daughters; the sons are William J., Samuel N. and James M. P.; the daughters: Mollie E., Emma L., Alice, Ida and Maggie L. Mr. Woodfin is a Democrat, a Mason, and be and wife and five children are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Woodfin, our subject's wife, was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., August 9, 1835. Her father was born in North Carolina, in 1807, and her mother in 1817. Her father died October 20, 1881, and was of Irish lineage. Our subject's grandfather, Nicholas Woodfin, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and was distinguished for his gallantry and bravery on many occasions. Our subject's father was a soldier in the War of 1812, and participated in the battle of New Orleans. [Goodspeed's History of Tennessee]
JOEL WALDEN WOOSLEY
One of the most popular public officials of Union City is Joel Walden Woosley, who is active in the office of Mayor. He is a native of this state, his birth having occurred in Bedford county on the 15th of March, 1861, a son of Joseph Bryant and Flavella Jane (Shoffner) Woosley, both of whom are deceased. They were natives of this state and prominent and highly respected citizens. The father was a successful farmer and blacksmith and likewise conducted a prosperous sawmill business. His demise occurred on the 14th of March, 1901, at the age of seventy-two years. Mrs. Woosley died on the 12th of August, 1912. Mr. Woosley served in the Confederate army throughout the Civil war, under General Albert Sidney Johnston. He participated in most of the important engagements of the war, among them the battle of Shiloh, and was not once wounded nor captured.
In acquiring his early education Joel Walden Woosley walked a distance of four or five miles through the woods to a little log cabin schoolhouse. He attended school in his spare time, when he was not working on the farm or in the small store, having accepted a position as clerk in the latter place at the age of twelve years. Mr. Woosley early learned the value of close application to the thing at hand and during the twenty years he was identified with the store, he became thoroughly familiar with every phase of the business. At the termination of twenty years he, together with a partner, bought out the business and they conducted it for some twenty years. Mr. Woosley achieved substantial success in that connection but subsequently disposed of his interest and entered the insurance and real estate business. He is still active along those lines, although the greater part of his time and attention is devoted to his duties as mayor of Union City, to which office he was elected and sworn in last January. He has always been active in the public life of the community and prior to his election to this office he served as city clerk and tax collector for some eighteen years and was secretary and treasurer of the public school board for four years. He is one of the most popular public officials in the county and the success he has achieved in official capacities may be laid to his firm belief that every office is a public trust, the duties of that office being performed accordingly.
As Mayor he is giving to this community a most businesslike administration and he well merits the confidence and esteem in which he is held by his fellowmen. On the 9th of February, 1911, at Union City, occurred the marriage of Mr. Woosley to Mrs. Annie Shumake Kistner, a daughter of James and Amanda (Carter) Shumake, both deceased. They were natives of Tennessee and her father served in the Confederate army throughout the Civil War. He was in General Forrest's command and was active in all important engagements, but received no wounds. Mrs. Woosley is a woman of culture and refinement and is prominent socially. The political allegiance of Mr. Woosley is given to the democratic party and the principles for which it stands. Fraternally he is identified with the Masons, holding membership in the Knights Templars, and he is likewise affiliated with the Knights of Pythias. His religious faith is that of the Methodist Church, of which organization he is now treasurer. Mr. Woosley is in every sense of the word a self-made man and he is well deserving of the success he has achieved in life. His advance has been due to his laudable ambition, stanch determination and intelligently directed efforts and he has won out where many a man of less strength of character would have failed. [Transcribed and contributed by Christine Walters July 13, 2006; Source: "Tennessee and Tennesseans" by Will Hale - 1913 ]
CAPT. CUTBERT BURNEY WORD
09 July 1824 - 06 December 1866
Captain Cuthbert Burney Word, an honored veteran of both the Mexican and Civil wars, devoted his life to military service and in his demise, which occurred on the 8th of December, 1866, when he had reached the age of forty-two years and five months, Tennessee lost one of its best known and most highly respected citizens a man who possessed a high sense of duty and honor and never faltered in the choice between right and wrong, always endeavoring to follow the course sanctioned by conscience and good judgment. His birth occurred in Bedford county, Tennessee, on the 9th of July, 1824, and in 1847, when a young man of twenty-three years, he was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Ann Phillips. They became the parents of five children, three sons and two daughters, and the surviving members of the family are: Richard Emmet Word, a resident of Shelbyville, Tennessee; Mary Alma, who married Abb Landis, a prominent attorney of Nashville, represented elsewhere in this work; and Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Chafin of Huntsville, Alabama. Captain Word's military record was a notable one.
On June 1, 1846, he enlisted for service in the Mexican war, becoming a private of Company K, First Tennessee Infantry, which was commanded by Captain Frierson and formed a part of Colonel Campbell's Regiment of Tennessee Volunteers. He participated in a number of hotly contested engagements, including the battles of Monterey and Cerro Gordo, decisive conflicts of historic renown, in both of which the Americans were victorious, and with his company was mustered out on the 23d of May, 1847, after honorable and severe service in Mexico. Following the outbreak of the Civil War he formed Company T, of the Tenth Tennessee Infantry, of which he was made Captain, and led his command in many heavy engagements with the Confederates, the most notable being the battles of Nashville, Stony River (Murfreesboro) and Missionary Ridge (Chattanooga). His company remained in service until Lee surrendered to Grant, when the Tenth Tennessee was mustered out. He was greatly loved by his men and respected by his superior officers and was noted for his deeds of bravery in both the Mexican and Civil Wars. Returning to Shelbyville, Captain Word was elected trustee of Bedford county, but soon his love of military life induced him to apply for service in the regular army and just before his death his commission as Captain in the regular service was received, but too late for him to be advised of his appointment. [Source: Tennessee the Volunteer State Vol. 4 ]
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