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Fayette County was founded in 1824. It was named in honor of Marquis de Layette. He was a French nobleman, patriot, and distinguished soldier who during the Revolutionary War rendered invaluable service to the American Colonies.

The soil is generally a dark loam in the southern part, resting on a red clay subsoil, but in the western portion of the county the subsoil is of a lighter color. The northern half of the county is level, but the southern half is rolling. Somerville, the county town, has a population of 834. Besides Somerville, there are six other towns in the county, to-wit: LaGrange, Moscow, Rossville, Macon, Oakland aud Hickory Wythe.

The county is watered, by the Loosa Hatchie and the north fork of Wolf River, which are both good mill streams. Timber is abundant, and of good quality, consisting of oak, poplar, hickory, ash, cypress, gum, etc. The principal agricultural products are corn, wheat, oats, hay, cotton, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes and rye. Its educational institutions are the Somerville Female Institute and the Willisten Academy. The rate of tax for county purposes is 30 cents per 8100; road tax, 15 cents; school tax, 10 cents. The religious denominations are Baptist, Methodist, Cumberland Presbyterian, Presbyterian, Episcopalian and Christian. The Memphis and Charleston Railroad passes through the southern portion of the county, and a branch road runs to Somerville, and the Memphis branch of the L. &. N Railroad passes through the northwestern corner.
(Hand-book of Tennessee By A. W. Hawkins, Henry E. Colton 1882)




ONLINE DATA

Bible Records

Biographies

Birth

Cemeteries

Census

Churches

Death Records
1908-1912

Gallery of Memories
History of
Fayette Co
Marriage

Military Records

Obituaries




Surrounding Counties
Hardeman
Haywood
Shelby
Tipton



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