Bedford County TN Biographies

HENRY CLAY DYER

Henry C. Dyer was born October 25, 1844, and is the son of William H. and Harriet (Brown) Dyer. The father was born in Bedford County in 1817. He was a farmer and stock raiser and a successful man in business. He was the father of seven children, four of which are living: James H., Mary J., Henry C. and Emily. Mrs. Harriet Dyer died in 1856, and in 1874 Mr. Dyer was married the second time Mr. Dyer was a member of the Missionary Baptist church, and died October 1, 1880. Our subject was born in Bedford County, and education in the common schools. His first employment was farming, and this, in connection with stock raising, he has always followed. In 1871 he was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Evans, daughter of Nathan Evans of this county and one child as blessed their union, Mary B. Mr. Dyer owns 705 acres of good land, and is a leading farmer of the county. He and wife are worthy members of the Missionary Baptist Church.

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Henry Clay Dyer -- A Shelbyville banker and owner of large landed and other property interests in Bedford county, the late Mr. Dyer was a life-long resident of this county and with his family did much to continue the honorable history and accomplishments of the Dyer family in this section of Tennessee since pioneer days.

Henry Clay Dyer was born on a farm eight miles southwest of Shelbyville in Bedford county, October 25, 1845, and died at Shelbyville, March 20, 1913. His father was William Harvey Dyer, born on the same farm in 1818 and grandfather was William Dyer, who was born in North Carolina and came over the mountains to Tennessee, first locating in White county and in 1817 coming to Bedford county. He l>ought land near what is now the Richmond & Petersburg Pike, and his first home was a log cabin built in the midst of the woods. With his household he had started the clearing of his farm and in the midst of this pioneer labor his life came to an end, only a few months after his settlement there. His widow was left with eight children to care for and she with remarkable thrift and energy kept the family together until they were grown and she continued to occupy the old home until her death at the age of eighty-four years. Her children were Joseph, Gibson, Elizabeth, Samuel, Esther, James, John and William H.

William Harvey Dyer, the father, was reared in the pioneer scenes which prevailed in Bedford county during the decades of the twenties and thirties, and as soon as old enough began assisting his older brothers on the farm. When he was grown to manhood he formed a partnership with his brother, Samuel, and bought the interests of the other heirs in the home farm. This partnership between the brothers was exceptional, both in its duration and in the strength of mutual attachment. They engaged in farming together for forty years, at the end of which time they divided their possessions. The father remained on the farm and was a very successful man, having added to his original estate at different times, until finally he was the owner of twelve hundred acres of land. His death occurred in 1880 and his brother, Samuel, had passed away the previous year when aged about seventy. Samuel had never married and at his death he willed his estate to his brother, William H., and children. William H. Dyer married Harriet Brown, who was born in Bedford county, a daughter of James and Sarah (Crump) Brown, both pioneer settlers of Bedford county. Mrs. Dyer died in 1855 and left six children, namely: Harrison, Josephine, Henry Clay, Eugenia, Daniel and Emily. One daughter named Rowena died at the age of two years.
A history of Tennessee and Tennesseans : the leaders and representative men in commerce, industry and modern activities. By Will Thomas Hale & Dixon L. Merritt Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1913

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