Benton County


John H. Farmer, magistrate of the Fifth District of Benton and a resident of Camden, was born June 22, 1822, on Sulphur Creek, Benton Co., Tenn. He is the son of George W. and Catherine (Harmon) Farmer. The father was born in Orange County, N. C., in 1798. In 1798 he, in company with his father and sister Catherine, left his native State and immigrated to Robertson County, Tenn. They remained there till 1809 or 1810, when they moved to Humphreys County, and from there to Benton County in 1819. They located on Sulphur Creek, where they lived quite a number of years, and afterward moved to Harmon Creek. The father was a soldier in the war of 1812, and assisted in fighting the Creek Indians. He drew a pension for quite a number of years for services rendered in the war. He died in 1876. His wife, Catherine Harmon, was a native of Middle Tennessee, and died in 1843. Her father, Adam Harmon, was one of the pioneer settlers of Benton County, Harmon Creek being named in his honor. Our subject was reared at home, receiving his education in the country school Camden.

At the age of twenty he left home, and in 1851 became a resident of Camden. The following year he was elected constable. He also flatboated on the Mississippi River, making forty-three trips in all, and for twelve years was engaged in merchandising in Camden, at the same time looking after the interests of his farm. In 1859 he was elected sheriff of Benton County, and served the people in that capacity for four years. During the late war he was in the service for about seven months under Gen. Chalmers. In 1865 Mr. Farmer was elected justice of the peace of the Fifth District, and at the same time was elected as chairman of the county court. From 1865 to the present, with the exception of one term, Mr. Farmer has been magistrate, and for many years was chairman of the county court, thus forcibly illustrating his popularity among the people. For over twenty years he has adjusted his neighbors' difficulties with judicial fairness. November 27, 1854, he married Martha Jane Atchison, a native of Henry County, Tenn., born November 11, 1830. She died April 14, 1863. Mr. Farmer is the owner of 900 acres of land, and is one of the substantial citizens of the county. He is a Republican in politics, casting his first vote for Lewis Cass in 1848.

Senate, 44th General Assembly, 1885-87; representing Benton, Carroll, and Decatur Counties; Republican. Born 22 June 1822 in Humphreys County (now Benton County) on Sulphur Creek the son of George W. and Catherine (Harmon) Farmer. George W. Farmer was born in Orange County, N.C. and later moved to Humphreys County along Sulphur Creek. Subject married Mary Jane Atchison on 27 November 1854, a native of Henry County, TN. No children. John became a resident of Camden in 1851; engaged in merchandising and managing his farm of nine hundred acres, president in 1891 of Camden Bank and Trust Company; Postmaster at Camden, 1855-56; sheriff of Benton County, 1860-64; justice of the peace for several years from 1865; named chairman of county court, 1865. John H. Farmer volunteered into the State Service on 20 May 1861. His company. was mustered into Confederate Provisional Army on 9 August 1861 and assigned to Company E, 5th Tennessee Infantry Regiment on 9 August 1861. Last on record in 1862.

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