Benton County


William Caraway was born in Smith County, Tenn., May 14, 1836; was reared on a farm; removed to West Tennessee at the age of six years. In 1858 he engaged in the mercantile business in Benton County, one-half a mile from the present town of Big Sandy, where he continued successfully till the Louisville & Nashville Railroad was built, when he moved to a point 400 yards below the station. He assisted largely in building up the town, and has conducted a large mercantile business here ever since. He has been engaged in the saw-mill business for the last five years; also owns and runs a cotton-gin in town. He is a Republican in politics, a Mason, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church