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BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY
TENNESSEE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
1796 - 1967 Preliminary, No. 4
DICKSON COUNTY TN

Transcribed by Judy Cotter

Batson, Richard ( – )

HOUSE, 16th General Assembly, 1825 - 27; representing Dickson County; HOUSE, 17th General Assembly, 1827 - 29; representing Dickson and Hickman Counties. Date and place of birth, names of parents, and extent of schooling not determined. Nothing has been found to indicate whether or not he was married or had children. Was Sheriff of Dickson County, 1819 - 25. He enlisted in the war of 1812 as a private in cavalry under Captain Joseph Williams.Date of enlistment December 8, 1813; date of discharge not indicated. Date of death and burial not determined.

Sources: Corlew, History of Dickson County, 36, 228; Goodspeed, History of Dickson County, 933, 934; file of Tennesseans in War of 1812 in State Archives.

Bell, Walter Abriam [Abiram] ( 1856 - 1911 )

SENATE, 53rd and 54th General Assemblies, 1903 - 07; representing Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart Counties; Democrat. Born at Cloverdale, Dickson County, November 3, 1856; son of William Blackburn and Emma ( Caldwell ) [Coldwell] Bell. Attended Cloverdale Academy of which his father was founder. Married December 29, 1880, to Amanda Caldwell of Wilson County; [ to his first cousin Amanda Coldwell (daughter of John Campbell Coldwell) of Bedford County; children -- Emma Annie, William Blackburn, Walter Abiram, and Caroline Anderson. ] children -- Emma Anie, William B., Walter A., and Caroline A.. Teacher; headmaster of Cloverdale Acadmey 1876 - 1799; farmed; one of founders and first president of Peoples Bank, Vanleer, Dickson County; one of three who subdivided land and founded Vanleer; chairman finance committee of Dickson County Court ten years. Member Cumberland Presbyterial Church; Free and Accepted Masons; Knights fo Pythias; Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Died November 17, 1911, at Cloverdale; buried in family graveyard near home.

Sources: Information supplied by grandson, Dr. W. A. Bell, Dickson ; Goodspeed, History of Dickson County, 940; Dickson County Herald, November 24, 1911; January 19, 1950; Corlew, History of Dickson County, 155 - 56, 160.
* Information in [brackets] supplied by Linda Caldwell

Brewer, Sterling (c.1766 - 1852)

HOUSE, 9th General Assembly, and SENATE, 12th General Assembly; 1811 - 13, 1817 - 19; representing counties of Dickson, Hickman, and Robertson; SENATE, 13th General Assembly, 2nd Session, June 26, 1820 - September 16, 1821; representing Dickson, Hickman, Robertson, and Wayne counties; SENATE ( speaker ), 14th General Assembly; 1821 - 23; representing counties of Dickson, Davidson, and Williamson. Born c.1766 in North Carolina; son of Benjamin and Sallie Stewart ( Carter ) Brewer. Extent of schooling not determined. Came to Tennessee c. 1800; settled in Montgomery County on land which in 1803 was included in Dickson County. Date of marriage and name of wife not determined; one son, Sterling, Jr., was born in 1811 in Dickson County. Brewer had landholdings and many slaves but lost most of property in search for salt which he believed to be under his ground. Removed to Nashvile where he died a comparatively poor man. One of first justices of the peace in Dickson County; one of commissioners to establish town of Charlotte. Member Methodist Episcopal Church. Died at Nashville , Davidson County, in July, 1852; one source places date of death in 1830's; place of burial not determined.

Sources: Robert E. Corlew, "Sterling Brewer Prominent in the Early Days," in Dickson County Herald, April 5, 1956; same author, History of Dickson County, 20, 37, 58 - 60; Ray, Tennessee Cousins, 697; Bond, Family Chronicle Book, 545; Goodspeed, History of Dickson County, 927; 1010

Brown, Earl Arington ( 1888 - )

HOUSE, 71st General Assembly, 1939 - 41; representing Dickson county; Democrat. Born at Winston - Salem, Forsyth County, N.C., December 6, 1888; son of Richard A. and Mary M. ( Glasscock ) Brown. Attended public schools in North Carolina to 1904; After four years in high school, had several correspondence courses; attended Cumberland University Law School, Lebanon, Wilson County, receiving LL.B. degree in 1927. Married at Charlotte, Dickson County, in 1934 to Mary Bryan, daughter of S.H. and Genel Bryan of Hickman County; wife died March 17, 1960; no children. Practiced law at Dickson, Dickson County, to 1942; after military service, employed as authorization officer for Veterans Administration, 1945 - 56; made home at Kingston Springs, R. 1, until 1950; made home in Nashville, Davidson County, 1951 - 61, apparently in retirement latter four years of period. In World War 1, but details of service not available; in World War 11; entered service at Dickson November 4, 1942; assigned to U.S. Coast Guard; held rating of chief machinist mate; honorable discharged at St. Louis, Missouri, July 6, 1945. Member Post 115, American Legion; sometime post commander; service officer. No information on subject since 1961.

Sources: Information supplied by self, August 21, 1957, and by Tennessee. War Records Bureau; Dickson County Herald, September 14, 1945; March 24, 1960; Tennessee. Public Acts, 1939; Nashville City Directory, 1950 - 1961.

Cagle, Mathew J.J. ( - )

HOUSE, 35th General Assembly, 1867 - 69; representing Dickson County; Unionst. Nothing has been found to indicate date or place of birth, names of parents, extent of schooling or occupation.He was married in Dickson County January 7, 1847, to Rebecca Bone; number of children, if any, is not known. Appointed member of a state committee to encourage immigrants to settle in state after Civil War. Date of death and place of burial not determined.

Sources: Robert E. Corlew, History of Dickson County, 113; Dickson County Marriage Book, 101

Caldwell, Abram ( - 1855 )

HOUSE, 14th General Assembly, 1821 - 23; representing Dickson County. Nothing has been found to indicate date or place of birth, names of parents, or extent of schooling. Came from Ireland. 1790; settled on Barton's creek in what became Dickson County; said to have owned and operated a still. His wife was named Nancy; children -- Polly, Emaline, Delphia Jane, Elizabeth, Thomas Montgomery, Orville Bradley, Abram Ballard, and John Campbell. Exact date of death and place of burial not determined; last will and testament probated March, 1855.

Sources: Goodspeed, History of Dickson County, 923 - 25; Corlew, History of Dickson County, 17; Dickson County Will Book A, 1804 - 1856, pp. 281 - 82.

*Corrected Biography provided by his great granddaughter, Linda Caldwell.
Coldwell, Abiram Ballard (1781 - 1855 )

HOUSE, 14th General Assembly, 1821 - 23; representing Dickson County. Born in Northeast Tennessee in an area north of the Holston River believed to be in Washington County VA, but actually in a section of the western extension of North Carolina that would become Tennessee. Parents were Thomas and Delphia Ballard Coldwell, one time residents of Prince Edward County, VA, who removed to Washington County, VA around 1777 where Thomas served as a Commissioner of the Peace and Captain of the Militia. Married Nancy Montgomery of Abingdon, VA in 1806 and soon settled on Barton's Creek in what became Dickson County; said to have owned and operated a still. Children Eliza, Thomas Montgomery, Alfred Lyon, Mary Polly, Orville Bradley, Nancy, Abiram Ballard II, John Campbell, Delphia Jane, Emeline, and Henry Manderville. Grandfather of Senator Walter Abiram Bell (1856 1911), also of Dickson County. Died 19 February 1855 and buried on his farm on Barton Creek. Last will and testament probated March, 1855.

Sources: Godspeed, History of Dickson County, 923 - 25; Corlew, History of Dickson County, 17; Dickson County Will Book A, 1804 - 1856, pp. 281 82; Prince Edward County Virginia Deed Records; Lewis Preston Summers' Annals of Southwestern Virginia, Volume II, pages 961, 977, 992; Washington County, Virginia Marriage Records; Abiram Ballard Coldwell Family Bible Record.

Clement, James A. ( 1853 - 1933 )

SENATE, 50th General Assembly, 1897 - 99; representing Decatur, Hardin, and Humphreys Counties; SENATE, 58th and 59th General Assemblies, 1913 - 17; representing Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart Counties; Democrat. Born in Henry County August 1, 1853; son of Aaron and Christian ( Buchanan ) Clements. Schooling limited to fourteen days in one - room school near Big Sandy. Married first October 30, 1877, to Sallie Stockdale of Benton County; children -- Luetta, Martha Caroline, Chloe Dell, Donna Belle, William A., James N., Sherman, and John Weaver; after death of first wife, married December 24, 1899, to Agnes ( Work ) Shipp, native of Dickson County and widow of J.A. Shipp of Hickman County; she died in 1913; children -- Robert S., Jesse A., James Malcolm, and Ida Agness; following death of second wife, married to Florence Kellam of Pegram Station, Cheatham County, daughter of William W. and Georgia ( Hamilton ) Kellam. No children. In his earlier years, Senator Clement worked on farm and in tanyard; operated blacksmithing and wagon - making business at age of twenty - two; return to farm. Began study of law at age of thirty - eight; read law in office of former Governor Tom C. Rye at Camden, Denton County; practiced law at Camden to 1903; removed to Dickson, Dickson County, and continued practice of profession; president, 1911, Citizens Telephone Co.; attorney for Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway in Dickson County. Member Methodist Episcopal Church, South; superintendent of Sunday school more than forth years; member Free and Accepted Masons; Knights of Pythias. Died at Dickson, May 28, 1933; buried in Union Cemetery, Dickson. Grandfather of Governor Frank Goad Clement; cousin of T.N. Clement, sometime member Tennessee General Assembly.

Sources: Information supplied by son, Judge Robert S. Clement, father of Governor Clement, Dickson, September 11, 1961; Tennessee Vital Statistics, 1933, Death Certificate 9464; Dickson County Herald, March 11,1910; January 20, 1911; April 21, 1911; December 27,1929; June 2, 1933; Blake, Lawmakers and Public Men of Tennessee, 44; Hamer, Tennessee a History, I V, 594 - 95; Nashville Banner, January 17, 1963.

Cook, William Loch ( 1869 - 1942 )

HOUSE, 50th General Assembly, 1897 - 99; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born at Bon Aqua, Hickman County, December 6, 1869; son of William and Elizabeth Taylor ( Weems ) Cook. Attended " Common Schools "; Vanderbilt University, 1889 - 90; studied law; admitted to bar 1892 and began practice at Charlotte, Dickson County. Married December 16, 1897, to Nannie Clements Collier of Charlotte, daughter of William Clements and Louisa Brewer ( Woodward ) Collier; children -- William Collier, an unnamed child who died in infancy, Eleanor Louise, and Mary Baxter. Engaged in law practice at Charlotte 1892 - 99; moved to Nashville, Davidson County, to practice in association with W.R. Chambers and James B. Newman 1899 - 1903; returned to Charlotte and continued practice. Elected judge of 9th Judicial Circuit 1908, serving until appointed to State Supreme Court 1923; continued on Supreme Court until death. Trustee of Charlotte Methodist Episcopal Church; member Charlotte Lodge No. 97, Free and Accepted Masons. Died at Nashville March 5, 1942; buried in Collier family graveyard, Charlotte.

Sources: Information supplied by daughter, Dr. Mary Baxter Cook, Charlotte, January 20, 1959; Dickson Herald, March 13, 1942; Nashville Banner and Nashville Tennessean, March 6, 1942;" In Memoriam," Tennessee Reports, Vol.179, pp. 707 - 717; Green, Lives of Judges of Supreme Court of Tennessee, 302; Corlew, History of Dickson County,12, 117, 135.

Crosby, Joseph Franklin ( 1895 - 1952 )

HOUSE, 66th General Assembly, 1929 - 31; representing Dickson County;Democrat.Born May 5, 1895, at Linden, Perry County; son of William Crosby; name of mother not determined. Attended Hickman County elementary schools; Fairview High School, Centerville, Hickman County; Bowling Green Business University, Bowling Green, Ky. Married first at Dickson, Dickson County, March, 1920, to Mable Self of Dicksno, daughter of Will Self; children -- William Andrew and Mrs. Murray Fussell: first wife died 1931; married again to Anne Doughterty; no children indicated. Worked with First National Bank, Dickson, for thirty - five years, first as assistant cashier and then cashier; president Dickson County Chamber of Commerce; president Dickson County Fair Association; member Tennessee Bankers Association. Member Dickson City Council; Dickson County Court. In U.S. Navy, 1914 - 18, as yeoman first class; three times commander Lucian Berry Post No. 115, American Legion. Methodist; 32nd Degree Mason. Died at Dickson June 7, 1952; buried in Union Cemetery, Dickson.

Sources: Information supplied by son, W.A. Crosby, M.D., 222 Chruch Street, Dickson, January 9, 1959; Tennessee Vital Statistics, Death Certificate 52 - 12308; Dickson County Herald, December 19, 1924; May 21, 1926; April 8, 1927; June 12, 1952; Tennessee Public Acts, 1929.

Crotzer, William Thomas ( - )

HOUSE, 54th General Assembly, 1905 - 07; representing Dickson County, classified politically as an Independent. Date and place of birth and death, names of parents, of wife, and children, if any, and extent of schooling not determined. All that is known is that in 1890 he, with Graham Edgerton, revieved the Dickson Democrat, changing name to Dickson Advance; the paper was merged with the Home Enterprise after one year.

Sources: Corlew, History of Dickson County, 121.

Crow, Hale B. ( 1911 - )

HOUSE, 70th General Assembly, 1937 - 39; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born at Charlotte, Dickson County, August 11, 1911; son of Thomas W. and Eudora E. ( Story ) Crow. Attended Oakmont elementary school and Dickson Central High School, both at Dickson, Dickson County; Cumberland University, Lebanon, Wilson County, 1933 - 34, obtaining LL.B. degree. Married at Charlotte June 7, 1947, to Marie Horton, daughter of John E. and Ora ( Goodrum ) Horton of Dickson County; children -- John W., Frances E., Thomas B., and Murray S.. Engaged in farming and timber business. Justice of the peace, 1945 - 48; postmaster at Charlotte, 1948 - 55. Entered U.S. Navy Reserve ( C.B. ) at apprentice seaman June 10, 1942; discharged as S.F.2/c, November 9, 1945; member Disabled American Veterans; American Legion. Member Methodist Episcopal Church; Charlotte Lodge No. 97, Free and Accepted Masons. Address ( 1966 ), Charlotte Highway, Dickson.

Sources: Information supplied by self; Tennessee Public Acts, 1937; Dickson Telephone Directory, 1966

Dickson, Molton ( c. 1775 - 1835 )

HOUSE, 15th General Assembly, 1823 - 25; representing Dickson County. Born c. 1775 or a few years thereafter; son of Joseph and Jane ( Moulton ) Dickson. Extent of schooling not determined. Came from North Carolina and settled on Jones Creek, Dickson County , by 1803. Married to Martha Strong, daughter of Christopher Strong of Dickson County; one son -- Joseph Alexander. By 1805 had established what was probably the first general store in Charlotte, Dickson County; had many other interests besides mercantile business. County register, 1816 - 23; county surveyor, 1829 - 33. Commissioned captain of light infantry, 25th Regiment, June 13, 1807; served in War of 1812, enlisting September 28, 1814, in Volunteer Mounted Gunmen under Captain Beverly Williams and Col. Robert H. Dryer. Died near Charlotte November 4, 1835; place of burial not determined. Cousin of William Dickson, sometime member Tennessee General Assembly.

Sources: Information supplied by Mrs. Louise Dickson Townley, 103 Union Street, Clarksville; Goodspeed, History of Dickson County, 933; Corlew, History of Dickson County, 17, 35; Ray, Tennessee Cousins, 700; Moore, Record of Commissions of Officers in Tennessee Militia, 1796 - 1811, p. 40; file of Tennesseans in War of 1812, Tennessee Archives; Dickson County Will Book " A ", pp. 1 - 3; National Banner and Nashville Whig., November 9, 1835.

Donegan, Roy D. ( 1894 - )

HOUSE, 74th General Assembly, 1945 - 47; represention Dickson County; Democrat. Born in Bear Creek Community, Dickson County, June 30, 1894; son of Jethro and Ider ( Holland ) Donegan. After Elementary and secondary schools, attended Dickson Normal College, 1912; Lincolin Memorial University, Harrogate, Claiborne County, 1916 - 17; Bowling Green Business University, Bowling Green Ky., 1913 - 14; recieved Bachelor of Commercial Science degree. Married at Dickson, Dickson County, December 25, 1918, to Anna Clifton, daughter of Josiah Alexander and Mary Elizabeth ( Chadwick ) Clifton; children -- Doris Mildred and Cornelia Faye. Taught school at Mt. Zion, Dickson County, 1912; Orange High School, Orange, Texas, 1914 - 16; Woodward High School, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1919 - 22; engaged in farming. Magistrate, 2nd District, Dickson County, 1930 - 48. Inducted into military service at Dickson October 3, 1917; sent to Camp Gordon, Atlanta, Ga., and to Camp Jackson, Columbia, S.C.; battery clerk, B battery, 318th F.A.; transferred January 13, 1918, to division headquarters, 81st Division; chief clerk over division signal office and inspectors office in Signal Corps; entered 4th Officers Training Camp, Greenville, S.C., and Camp Gordon, May 20,1819; commissioned 2nd Lt. of Infantry August 26, 1918, assigned to Co. " K ," 4th Infantry Replacement Regiment; made assistant gas officer of that regiment; honorably discharged December 2, 1918. Member Baptist Church; American Legion. Address ( 1957 ), Dickson, R.F.D. 2.

Sources: Information supplied by self, October 28, 1957, and by Tennessee Office of War Rocords, February 1, 1963; Tennessee Public Acts, 1945; Dickson County Herald, January 6, 1939.

Eubank, John ( 1804 _ 1891 )

HOUSE, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 34th General Assemblies, 1839 - 49, 1861 - 63; representing Dickson County; Democrat through first five terms, classed as a Confederate 1861 - 63. Born in Mecklenburg County, Va., October 10, 1804; names of parents and extent of schooling not determined. Came to Tennessee, 1816, and began at once his apprenticeship to a tailor at Clarksville, Montgomery County. Married first January 13, 1825, to Belvedera Young; place of marriage and names of her parents not found; she died June 6, 1830; four children -- William J., John H., Thomas H., and Josiah D.; second marriage in 1838 to Eliza Crumpler of Halifax County, Va.; their eight children were -- Richard Daily, Radford C., Robert J., Andrew Jackson, Mary Ann, Elizabeth Catherine, Daniel Franklin, and Rosanna. Established tailor shop at Charlotte Dickson County; acquired land and small number of slaves; combined tailoring with farming; named one of commissioners to sell stock in Charlotte, Waverly and Reynoldsburg Turnpike Co. Presiding officer of Dickson County Court a number of years, submitting resignation October 3, 1861. Member Presbyterian Church; Free and Accepted Masons. Died in Dickson County February 7, 1891; buried in Eubank - Corlew family graveyard about three miles from Charlotte, east of Highway 49. Grandfather of Norman H. Eubank, sometime member Tennessee General Assembly

Sources: Information supplied by Miss Leota Eubank, Governor's Office, State Capitol, Nashville; Corlew, History of Dickson County, 64, 83, 89, 95, 107; Goodspeed, History of Dickson County, 1336; Tennessee Public Acts, 1837 - 38, Ch. CCXC, 423 - 24.

Eubank, Norman H. ( 1883 - 1951)

HOUSE, 64th , 65th, 67th, and 68th General Assemblies, 1925 - 29, 1931 - 35; representing Dickson County; SENATE, 70th General Assembly, 1937 - 39; represention counties of Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart; Democrat. Born near Charlotte, Dickson County, December 21, 1883; son of Daniel Franklin and Alice ( Heard ) Eubank. Attended public schools of Dickson County, Draughon's Business College, Nashville, Davidson County. Married January 20, 1909, to Mary Leech of Dickson County; children -- Mary Alice, Oscar Leech, and Norman H., Jr. cashier, two years with First National Bank, Nashville; cashier Peoples Bank, Vanleer, Dickson County, after 1907. Chairman Dickson County Highway Commission. Member Presbyterian Church; Free and Accepted Masons; Junior Order United American Mechanics; Modern Woodmen of America; Dickson County Chamber of Commerce. Died at home in Vanleer May 17, 1951; Buried in Roberts graveyard, Charlotte. Grandson of John Eubank; father -in- law of Wayne Sensing, sometime members Tennessee General Assembly.

Sources: Hamer, Tennessee, a History, IV, 682; Dickson County Herald , May 24, 1951.

Hake, Wallace Otto ( 1891 - 1964 )

SENATE, 63rd General Assembly, 1923 - 25; representing Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart Counties; Democrat. Born in Minneapolis, Ottawa County, Kansas, October 30, 1891; son of William Carl and Anna Louise ( Walschlaeger ) Hake. Attended public schools, Ottawa County 1899 - 1912; University of Kansas, Lawrence, 1913 - 15, where he was a member of Sachem ( Senior Honorary Society ) and A.H.O.K.U. ( University Honorary Society ); University Law School, Lawrence, 1915 - 18, receiving LL.B. degree. Married June 3, 1917, to Laura Berdena Gilmour, daughter of Herndon Walker and Emma Myra ( Root ) Gilmour of Minneapolis, Kansas; children -- Hamilton Herndon and Martha Louise. Engaged in farming and general law practice, Dickson, Dickson County, 1923 - 39. Member and Chairman Dickson County Board of Education, 1922 -45; county superintendent of schools, 1928; administrator Tennessee Department of Employment Security, 1939 - 49 with exception of 1944 when he served as state property administrator; tax consultant, Nashville, Davidson County, 1950 - 64. Enlisted in aviation January, 1918, to November, 1918. Member of Congregational Chruch earlier; ruling elder in Harpeth Presbyterian Church at time of death; 32nd degree Mason, Shrine; Acacia ( Social ), Delta Sigma Rho ( Forensic ), and Phi Delta Phi ( Legal ) fraternities; two terms president Dickson County Chamber of Commerce; two terms commander Lucien Berry Post No. 115 American Legion, Dickson; district commander American Legion; president Dickson Lions Club; manager Dickson County fair eighteen years; president Interstate Conference of Employment Security Agencies 1941 - 42. Died at Nashville May 26, 1964; buried in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Sources: Information supplied by self; Tennessee Public Acts , 1923; Nashville City Directory, 1950 - 62; Nashville Banner , May 27, 1964.

Hall, Frank Sampson (1890 - 1958 )

HOUSE, 61st, 63rd ( speaker ), 72nd and 73rd General Assemblies, 1919 - 21, 1923 - 25, 1941 - 45; representing Dickson County; SENATE, 66th General Assembly, 1929 - 31; representing counties of Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart; Democrat. Born September 26, 1890, at Dyersburg, Dyer County; son of Robert Meredith and Kate ( Sampson ) Hall. Attended Mooney school, Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Dyersburg High School; Cumberland University, Lebanon, Wilson County, receiving LL.B. degree. Was married at Centerville, Hickman County, December 17, 1913, to Pauline Clarke. daughter of W.P. Clarke of Centerville; one daughter -- Rebecca. Began practice of law and practiced continuously at Dickson, Dickson County. State commissioner of finance and taxation, October 8, 1925 - November 1, 1927; member Reelfoot Lake Commission 1925 - 31; member state constitutional convention 1953. Unsuccessful candidate for Democratic nomination for Congress, Seventh District, 1924; Democratic presidential elector, 1952, supporting Adlai E. Stephenson and John J. Sparkman. Served in World War 1. Member Presbyterian Church through 1953; member of Methodist Episcopal Chruch at time of death according to one source; member Free and Accepted Masons; Tennessee and Dickson County bar associations; American Legion. Died at Dickson February 21, 1958; buried in Few's Chapel churchyard, Dickson County.

Sources: Tennessee Public Acts , 1919, 1923, 1929, 1941, 1943; Journal and Proceedings , Constitutional Convention , 1953; Hamer, Tennessee , a History , IV, 475; Nashville Banner , February 21, 1958; Governor's Commission Books, 1925 - 27, Tennessee Archives; Moore and Foster, Tennessee , Volunteer State, II, 857 - 58; Tennessee Vital Statistics, Death Certificate 1958 - 03514.

Hardwicke, Jonathan P. ( - )

SENATE, 22nd and 23rd General Assemblies, 1837 - 41; representing Dickson, Humphreys, and Stewart Counties; SENATE , 24th General Assembly, 1841 - 43; representing Dickson, Benton, Humphreys, and Stewart Counties; Democrat. Nothing found to indicate date and place of birth, names of parents, extent of schooling, name of wife and date of marriage, and names of children, if any. Kept a tavern in Charlotte, Dickson County; went to Hickman County, 1835, and erected an inn near Bon Aqua Springs; was back in Dickson County before 1837; member of a commission named by legislature January 20, 1838, to sell stock in Charlotte, Waverly, and Reynoldsburg Turnpike Company. Date of death and place of burial not determined.

Sources: Corlew, History of Dickson County , 64; Goodspeed, History of Dickson County ; 933; Spence, History of Hickman County , 172; Tennessee Public Acts , 1837 - 38 ch. CCXC, 423 - 24.

Henslee, Pitt ( 1871 - 1923 )

HOUSE, 51st General Assembly, 1899 - 1901; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born at Rock Hollow, Carroll County, August 18, 1871; son of Dr. J.T. and Mary F. ( Lipe ) Henslee. Attended " common school "; Bethel College, McKenzie, Carroll County; Tennessee school for the Blind one year because of and eye infection. Was married in 1899 to Susie J. Spencer, daughter of Samuel and Orlona ( Hutchison ) Spencer of Dickson County; one son -- Lipe. Engaged in merchandising under name of Henslee Dry Goods Company; associated with S.G. Holland Stove Company of Nashville, Davidson County; organized, August 18, 1903, First National Bank of Dickson, Dickson County; continuing as its president until death; a director of Cumberland Valley National Bank, Nashville; publisher Dickson County Herald . Mayor of Dickson a number of years from 1913; member city school board twelve years; member county board of education. Elected, 1922, to Democratic State Executive Committee from seventh congressional district. Co-chairman State Council of Defense in World War 1; chairman war bond drive in Dickson County, 1917; county food administrator, 1918. Member and trustee Baptist Church; member Dickson Lodge No. 468, Free and Accepted Masons; Harmony Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Modern Woodmen of America; Junior Order of United Mechanics. Died at Dickson May 28, 1923; buried in Union Cemetery.

Sources: Information supplied by R.A. Freeman, 203 Murrell Street, Dickson, January 16, 1959; Tennessee Vital Statistics, 1923, Death Certificate 14 - 329; Dickson County Herald , June 1, 1923; Paul and Douglas, Who's Who in Tennessee , 114; Hale and Merritt, Tennessee and Tennesseans , 1240; Corlew, History of Dickson County,194; Goodspeed, History of Dickson County , 1339.

Hudson, John T. ( 1853 - 1920 )

HOUSE, 55th and 57th General Assemblies, 1907 - 09, 1911 - 13; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born in Dickson County July 19, 1853; son of J.W. and Mary ( Tilley ) Hudson. Attended " common schools "; studied law. Married first January 8, 1873, to Lucinda W. Bowen; eight children whose names have not been found; second marriage January 21, 1917, to Mrs. Susie ( Walker ) Easley. Practiced law at Dickson, Dickson County; engaged in farming and merchandising. Member Methodist Episcopal Church; Royal Arch Mason. Died at Dickson May 11, 1920; buried in City Cemetery.

Sources: Tennessee Vital Statistics, 1920, Death Certificate 14 - 421; Dickson County Herald , May 21, 1920; Dickson County Will Book "B", 288; Paul and Douglas, Who's Who in Tennessee , 114.

Hunt, Solomon Emmett ( 1867 - 1948 )

HOUSE, 52nd and 53rd General Assemblies, 1901 - 05; represention Dickson County; SENATE, 74th General Assembly, 1945 - 47; representing counties of Dickson , Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart; Democrat. Born at Edgewood, Sullivan County, February 5, 1867; son of James C. and Serenia P. ( Slayden ) Hunt. Attended Edgewood public schools; Edgewood Norman College, 1898 - 99; Cumberland University, Lebanon, Wilson County. Married at Cumberland Furnace, Dickson County, August 10, 1893, to Ida Stone, daughter of Robert B. and Sarah ( Jackson ) Stone; son -- Neil. Taught school; practiced law; engaged in banking and farming, Dickson, Dickson County. Supt. of public schools 1897 - 1901; member county board of education; chief clerk in office of State Comptroller, 1915 - 19; commissioner of finance and taxation, 1923 - 27; state purchasing agent, 1933 - 37; unsuccessful candidate for Congress, sixth district, in special election, 1932. Member Christian Church; Free and Accepted Masons, receiving certificate of merit from lodge in 1942; Shriner; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Modern Woodmen of World. Died at Dickson July 25, 1948; buried in Union Cemetery.

Sources: Information supplied by son, Neil Hunt, 1710 Graybar Lane, Nashville, August 18, 1958; Dickson County Herald , July 30, 1948; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 155; Goodspeed, History of Dickson County , 1340.

Larkins, James Alexander ( 1859 - 1940 )

HOUSE, 62nd General Assembly, 1921 - 23; represinting Dickson County; Democrat. Born at ancestral home on Jones Creek Road, Dickson County, November 4, 1859; son of James Calvin and Susan ( Gatewood ) Larkins. Attended " common schools ", Charlotte, Dickson County. Married February 10, 1886, to Mary Tennessee Larkins, daughter of Samuel Putnam and Louisa Palestine Larkins; children -- Alice, Clara, Leslie Dodson, Mary Nicks, Eddie Lee, Lucille, Alline, Susan, and Samuel Calvin. Spent life farming land granted ancestor by North Carolina. Justice of the peace; chairman county school board, chairman Dickson County draft board, World War 1. Member Christain Church; Royal Arch Mason. Died at home on Jones Creek Road April 12, 1940; buried in family graveyard nearby.

Sources: Legislative autobiographical memoranda, Tennessee Archives; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 198; information supplied by family to Sam T. Whited, White Bluff.

Leech, Jacob W. ( 1831 - 1897 )

HOUSE, 37th and 38th General Assemblies, 1871 - 75; reresenting Dickson County; HOUSE, 40th General Assembly, 1877 - 79; representing Dickson, Cheatham, and Houston counties; SENATE, 45th General Assembly, 1887 - 89; representing counties of Dickson, Hickman, Houston, and Humphreys; Democrat. Born at Charlotte, Dickson County, September 25, 1831; son of Daniel and Martha Norwood ( Rook ) Leech. Attended " common schools "; studied for ministry at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Wilson County, before Civil War; returned to same university after war to graduate from law school. Married first to Sarah Louise Lane of Arkadelpha, Arkansas; children -- Edward, Leonard, Daniel, Susan Virginia, Lenora Alice, Ransom Lane, Maggie May, Lizzie Blanch, Thomas Mulligan, and one child whose name has not been determined; following death of first wife. November 3, 1892, married a Mrs. Hall of White Bluff, Dickson County; no childern. Practiced law at Charlotte and was known as " a most spectacular and colorful criminal lawyer", Elected mayor of Charlotte, 1886; delegate to state Democratic convention, 1880. Enlisted as private in Co. B. , 49th Tennessee Infantry, November 29, 1861, at Dickson; captured at Fort Donelson February 16, 1862; sent as prisoner of war to Camp Douglas, Ill.; exchanged; elected 1st. Lt. , September 17, 1862; in letter from camp near Enterprise, Miss. , dated August 22, 1863, submitted " immediate and unconditional resignation " as 1st Lt. , Co. B. , 49th Tennessee Infantry and reguested a transfer as private to Captain Minor's company, Cox's Regiment, Forrest's Brigade; reasons given for request; " the misfortunes of war have reduced our Regt. to a mereskeleton and the company to which I belong has 4 commissioned officers and only 25 privated. I prefer being a private in the company above named where I have relatives and acquaintances than an officer without a command ... "; request approved by superior officers; further service records missing from file. Member Presbyterian Church. Died at White Bluff December 23, 1897; buried in family plot in Charlotte Cemetery. Father of Ransom L. Leech; grandfather of Jay Hardin Leech and Wilson Blake Leech, sometime members Tennessee General Assembly.

Sources: Information supplies by Mrs. Florence Leech Simmons, 119 Crestview Circle, Chattanooga: Dickson County Herald , April 18, 1919; February 23 and December 21, 1923; January 31, 1936; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 127 - 29: Goodspeed, History of Dickson County , 923, 932, 942; Foster and Moore, Tenessee , the Voluteer State , II , 895 ; microcopy Tennessee Confederate Service Records, Roll 318.

Leech, Jay Hardin ( 1859 - 1900 )

HOUSE, 45th and 46th Gereral Assemblies, 1887 - 1891; representing Dickson County; SENATE, 48th General Assembly, 1893 - 95; representing counties of Dickson, Cheatham, Houston, and Stewart; Democrat. Born at Charlotte, Dickson County, June 15, 1859; son of Leonard Lane and Sarah Ann ( Hardin ) Leech. Extent of schooling not determined; studied law. Married October 31, 1881, to Louisa Leech, daughter of Daniel R. and Mary ( Mathis ) Leech; children -- Enolia May, William Jacob, John Hillman, Daniel Baxter, Mary Cornelia, Margaret, and Jay Hardin, Jr. Practiced law in Charlotte; removed to Nashville, Davidson County, c. 1895 to practice law until death. Justice of peace in Dickson County. Member Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Died in Davidson County March 22, 1900; buried in family plot, Charlotte Cemetery. Grandson of Jacob Leech; nephew of Ransom L. Leech; brother of WIlson Blake Leech, sometime members Tennesssee General Assembly.

Sources: Information supplied by Mrs. Florence Leech Simmons, 118 Crestview Circle, Chattanooga; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 131; Goodspeed, History of Dickson County , 942; Nashville Banner , March 22, 1900.

Leech, Ransom Lane ( 1869 - 1923 )

SENATE, 52nd General Assembly, 1901 - 03; representing Dickson, Cheatham, Houston, and Stewart counties. Democrat. Born at Charlotte, Dickson County, July 31, 1869; son of Jacob W. and Sarah ( Lane ) Leech. Attended " common schools " and Tracy Academy, Charlotte; studied law and licensed to practice 1891. Married first to Alice Taylor, daughter of J.R. Taylor; children -- Robert Taylor, Sarah, Dudley, and Murray; second marriage, August 13, 1921, to Elizabeth May Wyatt, daughter of K.A. Wyatt; no children indicated. Began practice of law in Charlotte, moved to Dickson, Dickson County, 1899 and continued practice of criminal and corporation law; publisher Dickson County Press. Postmaster at Charlotte, 1893; circuit court clerk for term and half ending 1902; presidential elector, 1904 on Democratic ticket of Alton B. Parker and Henry G. Davis. Member Cumberland Presbyterian Church; Free and Accepted Masons; Knight of Pythias; Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Died at Dickson February 20, 1923; buried in Leech family graveyard, Charlotte. Son of Jacob W. Leech; uncle of Jay Hardin Leech and Wilson Blake Leech, sometime members Tennessee General Assembly.

Sources: Information supplied by Mrs. Florence Leech Simmons, 118 Crestview Circle, Chattanooga: Dickson County Herald , August 8, 1919; February 23, 1923; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 122, 230; Moore and Foster, Tennessee, the Volunteer State , II, 895

Leech, Wilson Blake ( 1868 - 1944 )

HOUSE, 48th General Assembly, 1893 - 95; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born at Charlotte, Dickson County, April 12, 1868; son of Leonard Lane and Sarah Ann ( Hardin ) Leech. Attended " common schools "; graduated, 1890, from Cumberland University Law School, Lebanon, Wilson County; after graduation made extended tour of Europe to study criminal procedure. Married December 5, 1900, to Beulah McLean, daughter of I. F. McLean; children -- Beulah McLean and Lorena Hardin. Practiced law at Dickson, Dickson County; professor of law in Dickson Normal College, president Dickson Bank and Trust Co., 1907; removed to Nashville, Davidson County, c. 1928; continued practice of law; engaged in extensive lumber business with father - law; director in Commerce Union Bank, Nashville, and First National Bank, McMinnville, Warren County. Attorney General 19th judicial circuit, 1894 until that judicial circuit was abolished by the legislature, 1899. Member Cumberland Presbyterian Church; Scottish Rite Mason, Knight Templar; Member Knights of Pythias, improved Order of Red Men; Alpha Tau Omege fraternity. Died at Nashville February 29, 1944; buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Grandson of Jacob W. Leech, brother of Jay Hardin Leech, nephew of Ransom Lane Leech, sometime members Tennessee General Assembly.

Sources: Information supplied by Mrs. Florence Leech Simmons, 119 Crestview Circle, Chattanooga; Tennessee Vital Statistics, 1944, Death Certificate 2666; Dickson County Herald , September 10, 1915; August 8, 1920; March 3, 1944; Nashville Banner , February 29, 1944; Nashville Tennessean , March 1, 1944; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 131, 180; Paul and Douglas, Who's Who in Tennessee , 114; Goodspeed, History of Dickson County , 941; Patterson, "Joseph Hardin; a Biographical and Genealogical Study," 25 - 26; Tennessee Public Acts , 1899, Ch. 154, pp. 284 - 85; Nashville City Directory, 1928 - 29.

Littleton, Robert Lee ( 1923 - )

HOUSE, 77th, 78th, and 79th General Assemblies, 1951 - 57; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born at Waverly, Humphreys County, June 2, 1923; son of Elvie Edward and Alma ( Martain ) Littleton. Attended elementary and high schools at Dickson, Dickson County; Presbyterian College, Clinton, S.C.; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, 1946 - 51, receiving LL.B. degree 1951. Married at New York City, N.Y., May 12, 1954, to Dorothy Estes, daughter of William J. and Hallie Estes of Dickson; son -- Robert Lee, Jr. Practiced law at Dickson since 1951. Service in World War II; inducted into U.S. Army at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, February 18, 1943; corp. anti - aircraft artillery March, 1943 - September, 1944, serving as aviation cadet September 19, 1943 - September, 1944; corp. infantry September 20, 1944 - December 9, 1945; honorable discharged upon demobilization at Fort McPherson, Georgia, December 9, 1945; foreigh service eight months and twenty - four days; awarded American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and European - Africian - Middle Eastern Service Medal with three bronze stars. Member Methodist Episcopal Church; Delta Theta Phi and Delta Theta fraternities. Address ( 1966 ), 203 Church Street; Dykeman Road, Dickson.

Sources: Information supplied by self, August 14, 1957, and by Tennessee Office of War Records, February 11, 1963; Tennessee Public Acts , 1951, 1953, 1955; Dickson Telephone Directory, 1966.

McNeilly, Robert ( 1807 - 1885 )

HOUSE, 22nd General Assembly, 1837 - 39; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born in Davidson County March 12, 1807; son of Hugh and Margaret ( Martin ) McNeilly. When quite young moved with parents to farm on Jones Creek, Dickson County. Attended " common schools "; studied law; admitted to bar. Married August 17, 1837, to Margaret Larkins, daughter of James and Mary ( McAdoo ) Larkins of Dickson County; children -- James Hugh, John Ebenezer, Thomas Lucien, Felix Cincinnatus, Samuel Frederick, Robert Andrew, William Eugene, and daughter who died at birth. Farmed; operated grist and saw mills; practiced law until very old. Moved to Charlotte, Dickson County, 1842; removed after retirement from practice, 1882, to White Bluff, Dickson County. Circuit court clerk, 1842 - 62. As provided by will of Christopher Strong, Dickson County, accompained Strong's emancipated slaves, 1851 or 1852, to Liberia where they were settled. Imprisoned for short time in Nashville during Civil War for sending supplied to three sons in Confederate army; released by Military Governor Andrew Johnson after taking " a modified oath of allegiance." Ruling elder in Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church for many years, eventually changing to Presbyterian Church, Old School; superintendent of Union Sunday School, Charlotte, for some years. Died at White Bluff January 11, 1885; place of burial not determined. Brother of Thomas McNeilly, sometime member Tennessee General Assembly.

Sources: "Reminiscence of Rev. J.H. McNeilly, D.D.," typed copy in Tennessee state Library, pp, 1 - 26; James H. McNeilly, Religion and Slavery , 19; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 79, 97, 230.

McNeilly, Thomas ( 1809 - 1887 )

SENATE, 33rd and 34th ( Confederate ) General Assemblies, 1859 - 63; representing counties of Dickson, Hickman, Lewis, and Maury; listed as Democrat in 33rd, as Confederate in 34th. Born in Davidson County in 1809, exact date not determined; son of Hugh and Margaret ( Martin ) McNeilly. When young moved with parents to farm on Jones Creek, Dickson County. Extent of schooling not determined; studied law and engaged in practice at Charlotte, Dickson County. Married, date and place not found, to Sallie James, daughter of R.A. W. and lorena ( Wilson ) James; children -- William R., Mary, and Julia. Besides law practice, was at one time proprietor of tavern at Charlotte. Clerk of county court, Dickson County, 1843 - 59. Ruling elder in Cumberland Presbyterial Church. Died in 1887; buried in family plot, Charlotte Cemetery; grave unmarked. Brother of Robert McNeilly, sometime member Tennessee General Assembly.

Sources: Tommie C. Patterson, " Col. Joseph Hardin," 26; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 83, 95, 97, 227; Dickson County Herald , March 17, 1939; March 27, 1939; Rev. J.H. McNeilly, " Reminiscences," 6, 39; Goodspeed, History of Dickson County , 930 - 32; 942; Prepared Roster 33rd General Assembly; Dickson County Will Book, 1856 - 1908, pp. 226 - 29.

Mallory, William Jr. (c. 1828 - c. 1889 )

HOUSE, 43rd General Assembly, 1883 - 85; represention Dickson County; Democrat. Born c. 1828; place of birth, names of parents and extent of schooling not determined. Operated a general store, Mallory and Leech, at Charlotte, Dickson County,1888. No wife or direct descendants indicated in last will and testament. Corlew states he " had fought in Mexican War.'" No person of exactly his name included in file of Tessesseans in Mexican War, State Archives. Two appear, both spelled Mallory and Mallery, on different muster rolls; one is Thomas, the other appears as William P. on one roll and James W. on three others. In each case the person appears at same place on roll, each age nineteen, enlisted at Nashville September 24, 1847, in Co. H., 3rd Tennessee Regt.. Birth date corresponds to that of Capt. William J. Mallery of Charlotte, Dickson County, who was Capt. of Co. E., 11th Tennessee Infantry, C.S.A., ; entered service at Nashville May 18, 1861, age thirty three; enlisted for one year; resigned at Cumberland Gap May 1, 1862. Last will and testament, dated November 27, 1889, and probated at January term of court, 1890; death occurred between those dates; place of burial not determined.

Sources: Corlew, History of Dickson County , 102; Goodspeed, History of Dickson County , 934; Dickson County Will Book " B ', 1856 - 1908, pp. 256 - 58; muster rolls Co. H., 3rd Tennessee Regt., Mexican War,. Tennessee Archives; microcopy Tennessee Confederate Service Records, roll 161.

Mathis, James E. ( 1866 - ? )

HOUSE, 59th General Assembly, 1915 - 17; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born at Charlotte, Dickson County, May 9,1866; son of Wilson J. and Sara Elizabeth ( Roberts ) Mathis. Extent of schooling not determined; read medicine; licensed to practice 1889. Married to Hattie Tidwell, daughter of Franklin Fulton and Magdaline ( Petty ) Tidwell; date and place of marriage not determined; children -- W.J., Ross, Sue, Paul, Glenn, Lynn, Duncan, Mrs. Lucian Johnson, Mrs. Roy Hogan, Mrs. A.C. Luther, Mrs. Slayden Pancher, Mrs. Charles Farley, Mrs. J.O. Conwell, and Mrs. Joe Calarnia. First practiced medicine at Burns, Dickson County; county health officer twelve years; removed to Knoxville, Knox County, to become associated with Eastern State Hospital; returned to Dickson County, 1933; employed, 1938, at Brushy Mountain penitentiary, Petros, Morgan County. No later information had on this legislator, son of Wilson J. Mathis; uncle of Lee Mathis, Jr., sometime members Tennessee General Assembly.

Sources: Dickson County Herald , February 24, 1911; December 5, 1924; August 15, 1930; November 9, 1933; July 8, 1938; January 24, 1947; Blake, Lawmakers and Public Men of Tennessee , 127.

Mathis, Lee Porter ( 1905 - 1965 )

HOUSE, 80th and 81st General Assemblies, 1961 - 63; representing Dickson County; SENATE, 82nd, 83rd, and 84th General Assemblies, 1961 to June 24, 1965; representing counties of Dickson, Houston, and Humphreys in 82nd; Dickson, Cheatham, Humphreys, and Williamson in 84th; Democrat. Born at Charlotte, Dickson County, July 18, 1905; son of Lee Porter and Augusta ( Carr ) Mathis. Attended public schools; graduated from Gallatin Private Institute, Summer County. Married at Charlotte, December 22, 1926, to Mary Gertrude Raymond, daughter of W .V. and Mary ( Nesbett ) Raymond; one son -- Donald Lee. Engaged in farming; automobile dealer, wholesale gasoline and oil business in Dickson, Dickson County, 1939 to death. Clerk of county court, 1903 - 38; member county Democratic Exacutive several years. Steward in Methodist Episcopal Church; member Free and Accepted Masons, 32dn Degree, past Master of home Lodge; member Order of the Mystic Shrine; Kiwanis Club; Dickson County Chamber of Commerce; chairman, 1946, Dickson County Air Power Club. Died at Dickson June 24, 1965; buried in Dickson County Memorial Gardens. Grandson of Wilson J. Mathis; nephew of James E. Mathis, sometime member Tennessee General Assembly.

Sources: Information supplied by self; Legislative Council Information Card, 1963, 1965; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 227; Dickson County Herald , February 25, 1960; July 1, 1965; Nashville Banner , June 25, 1965.

Mathis, William J. ( 1808 - ? )

HOUSE, 30th and 31st General Assemblies, 1853 - 57; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born in Montgomery County, 1808; exact date of birth, names of parents, and extent of schooling not determined. Married to Sara Elizabeth Roberts of Dickson, Dickson County; children -- Wilson J., Jr., Lee, James E., and two whose names are not found. Cabinetmaker and farmer, Charlotte, Dickson County. Sheriff, 1846 - 52. Date of death and place of burial not determined. Father of James E. Mathis; grandfather of Lee Porter Mathis, sometime members Tennessee General Assembly.

Sources: Information supplied by Lee Porter Mathis, Jr., Dickson; Dickson County Herald , May 10, 1888; March 6, 1925; Corlew. History of Dickson County , 83, 228; Goodspeed, History of Dickson County , 933, 1341.

Miller, Henry Trube Vearley ( 1874 - 1939 )

HOUSE, 60th General Assembly, 1917 - 19; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born in Bartons Creek, Dickson County, January 30, 1874; son of Augusta Ernest Charles and Elizabeth Jane ( Goan ) Miller. Attended Dickson County public schools; Dickson Normal College at Dickson, Dickson County; law school at Valparaiso, Indiana. Married first July 5, 1896, to Sallie Elder, daughter of Campbell and Dillie Ann ( Hunter ) Elder of Vanleer, Dickson County; daughter Vera Lucille; first wife died May 20, 1901; second marriage March 2, 1904, to Nettie Walker, daughter of Sam T. and Eudora ( Patey ) Walker, Vanleer; children -- Alton B. and Mable; second wife died April 29, 1928; third marriage at Nashville, Davidson County, February 12, 1931, to Myra Nicks, daughter of William Lee and Alpha ( Adcock ) Nicks; son -- Henry Trube Vearly, Jr. .Engaged in various business enterprises at Vanleer and Dickson, including farming, lumber and livestock dealer, farm machinery salesman, superintendent bridge construction company, foreman at Montgomery Bell State Park, Dickson County. Mayor of Dickson, 1922 - 30. Member board of stewards Dickson Methodist Episcopal Church; Junior Order United American Mechanics; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Modern Woodman of America; Dickson County Chamber of Commerce. Died at Burns, Dickson County, August 1, 1929; buried in Union Cemetery, Dickson.

Sources: Information supplied by daughter, Miss Mable Miller, 206 Church Street, Dickson, June 2, 1959; Tennessee Vital Statistics, Death Certificate 1939 - 21314; Hamer, Tennessee , a History , IV, 475; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 133, 197, 98.

Moody, William A. ( 1818 - 1885 )

HOUSE, 28th and 29th General Assemblies, 1845 - 53; representing Dickson County; SENATE, 38th General Assembly, 1873 - 75; representing Dickson, Cheatham, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, and Perry counties; Democrat. Born in Cheatham County February 14, 1818; names of parents not determined. Attended Philadelphia Medical College, Philadelphis, Pa. Married July 4, 1844, to Charity Gardner, native of Sumner County and daughter of Martin and Olivia Gardner; children -- James Martin, Oscar Noel, Robert H., Geneiva, and Bancroft W. . Practiced medicine and operated general store at Gilliam, later Tennessee City, Dickson County. Died September 12, 1885; place of burial not determined.

Sources: Tennessee Gazateer , 1876 - 77; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 83, 96; Goodspeed, History of Dickson County , 1345; Dickson County Herald , February 2, 1923; Dickson County Will Book B, 325; Clarksville Jeffersonian , July 20, 1844.

Nicks, Absalom Doak, ( 1826 - 1904 )

HOUSE, 34th ( Reconstruction ) General Assembly, 1865 to February 23, 1866; representing Dickson County; placed on " Loyal Union State Ticket " by Union Convention of 1865, along with William G. Brownlow for Governor. Objecting to certain radical measures sponsored by Brownlow and followers, Nicks and nine other " Conservatives " absented themselves from House to break quorum; on February 21, 1866, these ten were cited as absent without leave and order to be brought before house; Nicks and several others resigned February 23, In special election called by Brownlow to fill vacancies, Nicks and most other Conservatives were re - elected by large majorities; House refused to seat them. Under more stringent franchise laws, R.S.V. Schmittou was elected to serve remainder of term in 2nd Adjourned Session, November 5, 1866 - March 11, 1867. Nicks was elected as Conservative to House, 36th General Assembly, 1869 - 71; representing Dickson County. Born on Mill Creek, Hickman County, July 19, 1826; son of Absalom Doak and Hester ( Perry ) Nicks. Limited schooling, but " close student of Bible." Married June 15, 1845, to Margaret Sophia Blocker, native of Williamsport, Maury County, daughter of Elijah and Priscella ( Winn ) Blocker; children -- Susan Laura, Slina Eudorah, Emma Agnes, Martha Ada, Margaret Ella, and three sons who died in infancy. Followed trade of blacksmith; at same time a preacher in Christain Church. Moved from Hickman to Dickson County at unknown date; returned to Hickman County sometime after serving in legisiature from Dickson County. Was a Democrat before Civil War, but opposed secession. Died in Cheatham County January 24, 1904; buried in Scott's Graveyard, Cheatham County.

Sources: Information supplied by John B. Shacklett, 2904 Franklin Road, Nashville; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 96, 109; Spence, History of Hickman County , 139, 140; White, Messages of the Governors of Tennessee , V, 389 ff., 486; Alexander, Political Reconstruction in Tennessee , 107, 259 n.5, 263 n. 40; House Journal , 34th ( Reconstruction ) General Assembly, Adj. Sess., 393; House Journal , 2nd Adj. Sess., November 5, 1866.

Read, John ( - )

SENATE, 10th General Assembly, 1813 - 15; representing Dickson, Hickman, and Robertson counties. Nothing has been found concerning life of this legislator beyond legislative records except following facts; was among first citizens in Dickson; practiced law at Charlotte; resigned as clerk of circuit court at March term, 1813; sat as judge of circuit court, probably special judge, 1839.

Sources: Goodspeed, History of Dickson County , 932, 941; Dickson County Minute Book, 1810 - 15, Vol. 2. p. 122; Minutes Circuit Court, Dickson County, 1839 - 45, pp. 51, 52.

Reed, Buford Leslie ( 1911 - )

HOUSE, 82nd and 83rd, 84th, and 85th General Assemblies, 1961 - 69; representing Dickson County in 82nd, Dickson and Humphreys in 83rd and 84th, Dickson, Hickman, and Lewis in 85th; Democrat. Born at Dickson, Dickson County, February 5, 1911; son of Masha Loyd and Martha E. ( Stevens ) Reed. Graduated from Dickson High School. Married at Dickson June 10, 1944, to Ollie Gertrude May, native of Humphreys County and daughter of William Robert and Lucille ( Waggoner ) May; children -- Buford Leslie, Jr., Matilda Sue, and James Stevens. Occupation, contractor at Dickson. Member Dickson City Council 1954, 1955, 1957, 1959; vice - Mayor 1961; general manager Dickson County Fair Ass'n; director Chamber of Commerce. In World War II; 2nd Lt., April 16, 1940; 1st Lt., February 5, 1941; capt. of Inf., December 5, 1942; served at Fort Jackson, S.C., Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Devens, Mass., and Iceland Base Command; awarded American Defence Medal, E.T.O. Medal, and other citations. Member board of stewards Medthodist Episcopal Church; Free and Accepted Masons, Scottish Rite and York Rite, having held at times Master, High Priest, and thrice Illustrious Master; Order of the Mystic Shrine . American Legion, Legislative representatives. Residence ( 1966 ), 106 Lone Oak Drive, Dickson.

Sources: Information supplied by self, June 18, 1963; Information Card, Tennessee Legislative Council, 1961, 1963, 1965; Dickson Telephone Directory, 1966.

Richardson, Henry Clay ( 1867 - 1923 )

HOUSE, 49th General Assembly, 1895 - 97; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born at Burns, Dickson County, March 21, 1867; son of W. Turner and Emily Katherine ( Alsbaugh ) Richardson. Attended " common schools "; Edgewood Normal College, Dickson, Dickson County; studied law; licensed to practice, 1892. Never married. Taught school in early life; conductor on railroad before 1892. Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dickson County 1893 - 95. Member Free and Accepted Masons, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Improved Order of Red Men. Died at Nashville, Davidson County, September 13, 1923; buried in family graveyard, Burns.

Sources: Tennessee Vital Statistics, Death Certificate, 1923, 10 - 479; Hale and Merritt, Tennessee and Tennesseans , V, 1237; Nashville American , January 2, 1895; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 228; Nashville Banner , November 17, 1923

Schmittou, Francis Frederick Von ( 1822 - 1863 )

HOUSE, 32nd General Assembly, 1857 - 59; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born in Dickson County March 9, 1822; son of Francois Frank and Ally ( Reynolds ) Schmittou. Extent of schooling not determined. Married first February 29, 1844, in Dickson County to Lavinia C. Crews; children, if any, not indicated; second marriage to Nancy Jack Turner; children -- Thomas Reynolds Von, Martha Newton, and William Q. Von. Engaged in farming at Charlotte, Dickson County. Died, 1863, exact date not determined; buried in family graveyard, Dickson County. Father of Thomas Reynolds Von Schmittou, sometime member Tennessee General Assembly.

Sources: Dickson County Herald, January 20, 1939; December 31, 1948; Acklen, Tennessee Record , II, 192; Dickson County Marriage Book, 69; Dickson County Will Book B, 60; Prepared Roster 32nd General Assembly.

Schmittou, R. S. V. ( - )

HOUSE, 34th ( Reconstruction ) General Assembly, 2nd Adjourned Session, November 5, 1866 - October 6, 1867; representing Dickson County. Elected in special election to fill vacancy caused by resignation and later refusal of House to seat Absalom Doak Nicks, Jr. Save for information in legislative journal, nothing has been found to throw light on this representative.

Schmittou, Thomas Reynolds Von ( 1857 -1922 )

HOUSE, 58th General Assembly, 1913 - 15; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born in Dickson County February 26, 1857; son of Francis Frederick Von and Nancy Jack ( Turner ) Schmittou. Extent of schooling not determined . Wife's name was Luella, last name not found; children -- H.T.V., W.T.V., and S.F.V.. Engaged in farming. Slayden, Dickson County. Member county court many years. Member Baptist Church; Camp Lodge No. 443, Free and Accepted Masons. Died near Slayden December 22, 1922; buried in family graveyard, Dickson County. Son of Francis Frederick Von Schmittou, sometime member Tennessee General Assemly.

Sources: Tennessee Vital Statistics, Death Certificate, 1922, 14 - 414; Dickson County Herald , April 12, 1912; January 12, 1923; May 31, 1935.

Sensing, Wayne H. ( 1907 - )

SENATE, 78th General Assembly, 1953 - 55; representing counties of Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart; Democrat. Born at Charlotte, Dickson County, September 24, 1907; son of William Andrew and Mary ( Harris ) Sensing. Attended Dickson County public schools; became certified public accountant, 1937. Married at Charlotte, November 4, 1930, to Mary Alice Eubank, daughter of N. H. and Mary ( Leech ) Eubank of Vanleer, Dickson County; no children. Accountant Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago, 1929 - 31; certified public accountant since 1937; chief auditor State of Tennessee, 1931 - 47; rural mail carrier, 1947 - 49; banker since 1949; chairman of board of Bank of Dickson, Dickson County; president Dickson County Banking Co., Charlotte; Peoples Bank, Vanleer, Mayor of Charlotte 1955 to present ( 1968 ). Secretary Dickson County Democratic Executive Committee. Entered U.S. Army as private May 19, 1925; honorable discharge May 18, 1926, on expiration of term of service; became volunteer officer candidate November 28, 1942; honorable discharge April 5, 1943. Member Methodist Episcopal Church; Free and Accepted Masons; 32nd Degree Scottish Rite; Order of Eastern Star. Residence, ( 1966 ), Vanleer Hwy., Charlotte. Grandson of John D. Sensing; son - in - law of Norman H. Eubank, sometime members Tennessee General Assembly.

Sources: Information supplied by self, September 7, 1957, and by Tennessee War Records Bureau; Tennessee Public Acts , 1953; Tennessee Blue Book, 1956, p. 282; 1967 - 68, p. 257; Charlotte Telephone Directory, 1966.

Smith, George ( 1779 - )

HOUSE, 21st General Assembly, 1835 - 37; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born in Georgia in 1779; names of parents and extent of schooling not determined. Family came to Davidson County, 1797, and moved to Dickson County later. George married near McConnico's Church on South Harpeth River to Nellie Baker, native of Virginia, daughter of Absalom Baker, at some date before 1811; children, order of birth unknown -- Rebecca, Daniel, James, Benjamin, George, Lindsey, Collins, Catherine, Mary, and Emeline. Engaged in Merchandising. Sheriff of Dickson County, 1828 - 35; named by General Assembly, 1833, one of committee of six to sell stock in Planters Bank of Tennessee to people of Dickson County. Moved to place near Gordon's Ferry, Hickman County, sometime after legislative term. Date of death not determined; buried near Gordon's Ferry.

Sources: Spence, History of Hickman County , 133 - 35; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 64, 228; Goodspeed, History of Dickson County , 933.

Stuart, D. Ray ( 1900 - )

HOUSE, 69th General Assembly, 1935 - 37; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born at Burns, Dickson County, in 1900; son of Milton Oliver and Linda ( Tidwell ) Stuart. Attended Dickson County elementary schools; Dickson High School; Middle Tennessee State College, Murfreesboro, Rutherford County; extension courses with University of Tennessee; awarded LL.B. degree by LaSalle University, Chicago, Ill., 1930. Has practiced law at Charlotte and Dickson since 1930. Married at Charlotte July 27, 1929, to Mary Leech Loggins, daughter of James T. and Daisy ( Leech ) Loggins of Charlotte; children -- Mary Linda and Susan Ray. Circuit court clerk Dickson County 1926 - 34; country attorney 1934 to present ( 1968 ). President Dickson County Bar Association 1948; revised and rewrote Roger's Magistrate's Manual and Legal Adviser in 1942. Member Free and Accepted Masons. Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Jr. Order of United American Mechanices. Address ( 1966 ), Henslee Bldg., Dickson. Brother of John Minor Stuart, sometime member Tennessee General Assembly.

Sources: Information supplied by self, February 28, 1963; Dickson County Herald , November 5, 1937; September 13, 1935; January 9, 1948; Tennessee Blue Book, 1967 - 68. p. 272; Dickson Telephone Directory, 1966.

Stuart, John Minor ( 1901 - )

HOUSE, 76th General Assembly, 1949 - 51; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born near Burns, Dickson County, November 20, 1901; son of Milton Oliver and Linda ( Tidwell ) Stuart. Attended elementary and high schools Dickson , Dickson County; B.S. degree 1930, from Middle Tessessee State College, Murfreesboro, Rutherford County; did graduate study at George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Davidson County. Married first November 6, 1926, to Edna V. Schmittou, daughter of Scott V. and Abie ( Shelton ) Schmittou; she died November 24, 1943; no children; second marriage at Dickson June 8, 1946, to Mary Alyce Roberts, daughter of Lester and Lena ( Hicks ) Roberts; son -- John Minor Stuart, IV. Teacher and principal in Dickson County schools, 1925 - 36; county superintendent of schools, 1936 - 46; sales representative J.B. Lippincott Co., publishers, since 1946. Member Methodist Episcopal Church; Free and Accepted Masons; Shriner. Residence ( 1966 ), Charlotte Hwy., Dickson. Brother of D. Ray Stuart, sometime member Tennessee General Assembly.

Sources: Information supplied by self August 26, 1957; Tennessee Public Acts , 1949; Dickson Telephone Directory. 1966.

Sugg, Nathan Rufus ( 1845 - 1919 )

HOUSE, 44th General Assemly, 1885 - 87; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born at Flatcreek, Bedford County, February 26, 1845; son of John and Mary ( Boaz ) Sugg. Moved to Dickson County in early childhood; attended elementary schools; seems to have lived in or near Hickman County for some years prior to and following Civil War. Married first in March, 1871, to Milbury Petty, native of Hickman County; children -- W.J., John A., Maggie, Walter A., Thomas D., and Milbury; second marriage, date not known, to Mary Buford, native of Mobile Ala.; children -- Emma and Mary B., third marriage to Mrs. Jennie ( Cash ) Shouse, native of Hickman County; no children. Farmer. Clerk circuit court, Dickson County, beginning 1886 to undetermined date. One source " served in Confederate Army under General N.B. Forrest " only person with similar name found in microcopy of index to Tennesseans in Confederate Army was Nathaniel Sugg, also appearing as Nat Sugg, who enlisted as private in Co. H, 11th Tennessee Infantry at Nashville May 14, 1861; continued with unit through April 25, 1863; name appears on Federal roll of prisoners of war released at Nashville, Tennessee, January 15, 1864; took Oath of Allegiance same day; residence Hickman County; enlisted in 9th Battalion ( Gantt's ) Tennessee Cavalry, C.S.A., September 15, 1864; made sergeant November 1, 1864; Federal record shows he came into their hands March 9, 1865; subscribed to Oath of Allegiance April 17, 1865; residence Hickman County. Member Methodist Episcopal Church; joined Masonic Order, Pinewood Lodge, Hickman County, 1872; High Priest of Charter; said never to have missed session of Grand Lodge for over forth years. Died at Dickson, Dickson County, January 23, 1919; buried at Dickson.

Sources: Information supplied by grandson, Edward Sugg, Burns, December 29, 1958; Dickson County Herald, January 31, 1919; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 131; Spence, History fo Hickman County , 56; microcopy Tennessee Confederate Service Records, rolls 43; 162.

Tidwell, Franklin Fulton ( 1840 - 1911 )

HOUSE, 56th General Assembly, 1909 - 11; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born in Dickson County July 26, 1840; son of Moses and Nancy ( McCaslin ) Tidwell. Attended public schools; Limited College education. Married in Hickman County March 1, 1866, to Magdaline K. Petty, native of that county; in pension application stated there were eleven children, four males and seven females; they were -- Mary Magdaline, Nancy Hattie, Hickman Benton, Susan Razelia, Albert Sidney, Oscar Cromwell, Robert Josephine, Vina Kansas, Anna Elizabeth, Frankie Pellham, and Landon Clark. Taught school near Dickson; engaged in merchandising in Dickson; farmed at Burns, Dickson County; owned and operated hotel at Burns. Enlisted as 1st Lt. Col. K. 11th Tennessee Inf., C.S.A. at Nashville May 25, 1861; made captain Co. K, May 1, 1862; slight wounds at battles of Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, and on August 19, 1864, during North Georgia campaign; name included on " Roll of prisoners of war of Johnston's Army paroled at Greensboro, N.C., May 30, 1865 "; records of Provost Marshall General at Washington, D.C., show he was recieved there on July 13, 1865, and that transportation to Nashville, Tennessee was furnished; in pension request. Tidwell stated he was in actual service until a few weeks before surrender when he was taken ill with typhoid fever at Greensboro, N.C.; thought he was delirious at time he was paroled with army; doesn't remember it, but supposes he was surrendered with army; it appears that because of his sickness he was sent to Washington by Federals and to Nashville from there. Member Free and Accepted Masons; Royar Arch Masons; Knights of Pythias. Died at home in Burns February 20, 1911; buried in Union Cemetery, Dickson.

Sources: Dickson County Herald , February 24, 1911; Confederate Veteran , XIX, 238: Goodspeed, History of Dickson County , 946, 1357; Microcopy Tennessee Confederate Service Records, roll 163; application for pension, No. 12, 310, and application for widow's pension No.5055, both in Tennessee Archives.

Voorhies, Jacob ( c. 1795 - ? )

SENATE, 25th and 26th General Assemblies, 1843 - 47; representing counties of Dickson, Benton, Humphreys, and Stewart; Democrat. Born c. 1795 in Hanover, Morris County, N.J.; names of parents and extent of schooling not determined; described as well educated. Came to Dickson County c. 1820 as teacher; instrumental in establishing classical school at Charlotte, Dickson County; taught Latin, Greek, and French; by 1830's had became successful merchant, farmer, and property owner. Nothing found to indicate whether or not he was married or left children. Date of death and place of burial not determined.

Sources: Prepared roster 26th General Assembly; Goodspeed, History of Dickson county , 942; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 95, 154.

White, William L. ( c, 1821 - 1862 )

HOUSE, 33rd General Assembly, 1859 - 61; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born in Lawrence County c. 1821; nothing found to indicate name of parents or extent of schooling. Engaged in farming. Married, but date and name of wife not determined; survived by two minor chidren -- La Docia and Alfred Lunds. Sheriff of Dickson County 1852 - 53. Exact date of death not found; last will and testment signed July 1, 1862, and probated August 20, 1862; place of burial not determined.

Sources: Prepared Roster 33rd General Assembly; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 222; Dickson County Will Book B, 56 - 57.

Williams, Henry Newton ( 1917 - )

HOUSE, 75th General Assembly, 1947 - 49; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born at Dickson, Dickson County, May 14, 1917; son of Henry Newton and Cora E. ( Waynne ) Williams. Attended Oakmont School, 1923 - 30; Dickson High School, 1930 - 34; B.S. degree Middle Tennessee State College, Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, 1937; M. A. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knox County, 1938; Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, Macon, Ga.; Ph. D. University of Chicago, 1951; LL.B. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, 1952; LL.M. Columbia University, New York City, 1954. Married at Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas, July 12, 1944, to LaVerna P. Wharton, daughter of J. R. Wharton of Fredonia; children -- John W. and George W. Instructor political science Vanderbilt University, 1941 - 47; asst. prof. 1947 - 53; associate professor of law, Walter F. George School of Law, 1954; senior attorney U.S. Department of Justice, Court of Appeals, Anti - Trust Division, since 1956. Author numerous articies on political science, public and constitutional law. World War II, major in Judge Advocate Generals Corps, U.S.A.R.; historian, chief of staff, civil affairs division, U.S. Department of War, 1948 - 49. Member Protestant Episcopal Church. Residence ( 1957 ), 11811 Judson Road, Silver Springs, Md.

Sources: Information supplied by self and by Alumni Association, Vanderbilt University; Directory of American Scholars , 3rd ( 1957 ) Edition, 808; Tennessee Public Acts , 1947; Dickson County Herald , March 28, 1941.

Work, Robert John ( 1841 - 1920 )

HOUSE, 47th General Assembly, 1891 - 93; representing Dickson County; Democrat. Born in Davidson County August 8, 1841; son of John and Ellen ( Jones ) Work. Extent of schooling not determined. Married in Hickman County December 29, 1864, to Melissa Tennessee Bigham, native of Maury County; children -- Mrs. Melvin Holland, Mrs. Bettie Garton, Mrs. Sallie Brooks, Mrs. Carrie Cox, Mrs. Bevie Ebaugh, Mrs Eva Holland, Sam, and three children whose names are not determined. Engaged in farming, living first near Piney and later in Dickson, both in Dickson County. Member of county court. Enlisted as private in Co. H, 11th Tennessee infantry, C.S.A. May 14, 1861; promoted to Corp., to sgt., and to 2nd Lt. by July, 1863; was in battles of Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Resaca; wounded at Battle of New Hope Church, Ga., May 27, 1864; letter dated at Atlanta, August 27, 1864, reads; " I hereby tender my resignation as 2nd Lieut. Co. H, 11th Tennessee Infantry for the purpose of connecting myself with a cavalry command, in which branch of the service I yet hope to be useful to the country. At the Battle of New Hope Church ... I recieved a wound in the fleshy portion of my right leg which has permanently disabled me for infantry service, " was examined by surgeon and request approved by superior officers; records show resignation dated September 26, 1864; available records do not show what cavalry unit he joined; application for pension stated he was discharged at Tuscumbia, Ala., December, 1864; Federal records show Oath of Allegiance dated December 2, 1864. Died at Dickson August 9, 1920; buried in Union Cemetery, Dickson.

Sources: Tennessee Vital Statistics, 1920, Death Certificate 14 - 461; Dickson County Herald , August 13, 1920; January 8, 1926; Corlew, History of Dickson County , 130; Dickson County Will Book A, 204; microcopy Tennessee Confederate Service Records, roll 163; application for soldier's pension No. 7999; application for widow's pension No.7456, both in Tennessee Archives.

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