BARNES, William Carroll
Physician; born Warren Co., Tenn., March 16, 1831; Irish and English descent; son of Charles and Susanna (Smith) Barnes; his father was a farmer; paternal grandfather Philip Barnes, paternal grandmother Charity (Phillips) Barnes, maternal grandfather Isaac Smith, maternal grandmother Brittania (Savage) Smith; educated Irving College and Burritt College, Spencer, Tenn.; graduated Southern University of Nashville with degree of M.D. in 1856; began the practice of medicine in 1857; married Bertha Hill Feb., 1857; second, Hallie Cagle, Nov., 1894; was assistant surgeon Fifth Confederate regiment under Col. B.J. Hill; now engaged in the practice of medicine Beersheba Springs; has been practicing medicine in a portion of four counties for over fifty years; member of the Christian church. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
BELL, Allen Tribble
It is a well authenticated fact that success comes not as a caprice of chance, but as the legitimate result of well applied energy, unflagging determination and perseverance in a course of action once decided upon by the individual. Only those who diligently seek the goddess Fortuna, find her - she never was known to smile upon the idler or dreamer. This fact was clearly understood by Allen Tribble Bell, of Tracy City, one of the best known and successful lawyers of Grundy county, Tennessee, consequently he did not seek any royal road to success, but sought, early in life, to direct his feet along the well- beaten paths of those who had won in the battle of life along legitimate lines. His ideals were high and his purposes honorable when he began casting about for the right road, and in tracing his life history it is plainly seen that the satisfactory position which he has attained in the world’s affairs has been won by commendable qualities, and it is also his personal worth which has gained for him the good standing among his fellow citizens in Grundy county where he has spent his life and throughout which he has long been well and favorably known.
Mr. Bell was born near Pelham, Grundy county, on July 14, 1865. He is a son of Harris and Rachael (Laxson) Bell, both natives of this county also, the father’s birth having occurred here in 1820, and the mother was born in 1822. Here they grew to maturity, received such educational advantages as the early schools afforded and here they were married and continued to reside on a farm until their deaths, the father passing away in 1893, having been preceded to the grave by his wife in 1880. Nine children were born to them, seven of whom are still living, Allen T., of this sketch, being the youngest.
Harris Bell took a great deal of interest in public life, and he was a loyal Democrat on which ticket he was twice elected sheriff of Grundy county soon after the county was organized, serving the two terms in a very acceptable and commendable manner. During the Civil war he was in the quartermaster’s department of the Confederate army, under General Claiborne. His son, William, also in the service, was killed in the battle of Franklin.
James Bell, the paternal grandfather, came to Tennessee from North Carolina at an early date, locating in that part of the state that comprises Grundy county, and here he followed farming on the mountains. Allen T. Bell grew to manhood on the home farm in his native county, where he did his share of the general work when a boy, and during the winter months he attended the district- schools, later the Winchester Normal, at Winchester, Tennessee, after which he taught school for awhile, but having decided upon a legal career he entered the law department of Columbia University at Lebanon, this state, where he made an excellent record and from which institution he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws with the class of 1890, and was admitted to the bar the same year. He at once began practicing in Grundy county and has since maintained an office at Tracy City, having taken a place in the front rank of the local bar.
As an attorney Mr. Bell is a careful, painstaking and persevering advocate, making all other interests subservient to those of his client. It is his aim always to go into court thoroughly prepared, leaving no gaps down whereby an adversary might get the advantage, and his courtesy and fairness inspire respect from other members of the bar and the court. He has great weight with juries, being a logical, earnest and not infrequently eloquent pleader. He has kept fully abreast of the times in all that pertains to his profession and his rapidly growing clientele .and the large degree of success which he can now claim have been honestly won and well merited.
Politically he is a Democrat but has never been very active in public affairs, preferring to give his attention exclusively to his practice, however he has served as a member of the county executive committee. Religiously he and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal church South.
Mr. Bell was married in 1887 to Mary Cronch a representative of a fine old family and a daughter of Moses Cronch and wife, of Grundy county.
Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Bell, namely: Jesse Allen, who is engaged in the real estate business in Ensley, Tennessee; William Gilbert is in the railroad service in Chattanooga; John Laxton is an employee of the steel plant at Ensley, and Robert is attending the Central high school at Chattanooga. [A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and ... Volume 6
BELL, John C.
Ex-congressman; born Grundy Co., Tenn., Dec. 11, 1851; son of Harrison and Rachel (Laxson) Bell; educated in private schools; entered practice of law in early life, county attorney Saguache Co., Colo. 1874-76, Lake City, Colo. 1876-85, Montrose, Colo. since 1885; Judge of 7th Judicial District 1888-1892; member 53rd to 57th Congresses; married Susie Abernathy of Alto, Tenn. August, 1881; Democrat; member of U.S. Industrial Commission. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
BRYAN, David Hampton
Physician; born Morrison, Tenn., Dec. 20, 1858; Irish-Danish and French descent; son of John Alexander and Charlotte Elizabeth (Hampton) Bryan; father’s occupation farmer; educated at Winchester (Tenn.) Normal; graduated at Nashville, Tenn. degree of M.D. Feb. 25, 1890; in early life was a public school teacher; married Fannie L. Brixey Nov. 1, 1883; member Masons, Odd Fellows and Woodmen of the World; former Co. Health Officer, 1899-1905; member of M.E. Church, South, and Superintendent of Morton Memorial Sunday school, Monteagle, Tenn.; engaged in the practice of medicine at Monteagle, Tenn. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
CLARK, Rufus Anthony
The distinction of the city of Winchester as an educational center has largely rested upon the presence here of the Winchester Normal. In later years this became a school with a large influence, with an enrollment of several hundred pupils preparing for the profession of teaching and other pursuits, and the center of learning and general culture for this part of Tennessee.
Some years after the war Professor R. A. Clark entered that institution as one of its faculty and subsequently became its president and continued at the head of the institution until it had taken the rank which has been indicated as one of the leading educational institutions of the state. A few years ago he retired after his long and successful career and an educator, and won a place of almost equal prominence as a business man and a modern practical farmer.
Rufus Anthony Clark represented one of the families which have contributed industrious workers and honorable members of society to Tennessee since its pioneer period. The founder of the family name and fortunes in this state was Anthony Clark, great-grandfather of the Winchester educator who was a native of Ulster province, Ireland, and immigrated to America and settled in Rutherford county, Tennessee, with his family before the Revolutionary war. He had come to the United States with his older brothers, and was still young during the progress of the war which freed the American colonies from the domain of Great Britain. This pioneer Tennesseean was twice married, and Professor Clark was a descendant of the first union. Anthony Clark, II, the grandfather, grew to manhood in Rutherford county, where he was born, became a prosperous farmer and married Sally Dunlap, by whom he was the father of five sons and three daughters, the father of Professor Clark being the fifth in order of birth. Anthony Clark subsequently moved into Grundy county thence to Coffee county, finally becoming a pioneer settler of Texas, where both he and his wife died a little after the Civil war.
The parents of Professor Clark were James A. and Amelia Jane (Wilkinson) Clark. The father was born in Rutherford county, August 22, 1882, and died April, 1908. The mother was born in Coffee county November 28, 1824, and died September 15, 1871. They were married in Coffee county January 14, 1845, and became the parents of nine children, Rufus A. being the second, the first having died in infancy and all the others reaching maturity, four still living. James A. Clark, the father, was educated in the country school, and made farming his life work. He was a man of frail health and was incapable of service during the Civil war. As a farmer he was successful, had a large number of slaves and a large estate prior to the war. He held some of the county offices, and in politics was first a Whig and then a Democrat. He and his wife were both members of the Christian church.
Rufus Anthony Clark was born in District Twelve of Coffee county, on the farm of his father, November 20, 1846. While growing up, he attended different schools, the most notable of them being the Beech Grove school under Dr. Scomp. Most of his education, however, was attained by hard application when not regularly in school. In the fall of 1860 he began his career as teacher at Wartrace, this state, where he taught for five months, then was a teacher for two years at Alto, and on January 1, 1872, opened as a school the Carrick Academy at Winchester. With this institution his name and activities were associated for a period of thirty-seven and a half years, and the Winchester Normal, which succeeded it, is really the monument of his life work. The Carrick Academy was originally founded in 1889, and was one of the state academies founded under a law passed about 1896 appropriating 100,000 acres for an academy in each county of the state. A short time prior to the Civil war the state funds were exhausted and the school then fell into private hands and was conducted intermittently during the war period. After Professor Clark took charge the curriculum was expanded and in 1878 the name changed to the Winchester Normal. Among the educators, who were associated with him at different times in the conduct of the school were J. M. Bledsoe, Professor Terrill, who was president of the Normal for some time and Professor Dix. In 1889, on the resignation of Professor Terrill, Professor Clark succeeded him as president, a new faculty was gathered, and Professor Clark continued the active head of the school until 1909, at which time he sold out to the present Professor Ensley. When Professor Clark took charge of this school it had eight students, and he conducted it until its enrollment reached four hundred and fifty seven.
On June 26, 1879, Professor Clark married Miss Ellen Henderson, of Winchester, daughter of M. M. Henderson, a merchant of that city. The three children born of their marriage are as follows: Harry Henderson Clark, who is professor of Secondary Education in the University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Alice, wife of Z. P. Beachboard, of San Francisco; and Anna Louise, who is a teacher in the English department of the Winchester High School. Mrs. Clark, who was an active member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, was killed in a railroad accident in Arkansas on May 20, 1892. In politics, Professor Clark was an Independent Democrat, and was a deacon of the Missionary Baptist church.
As previously mentioned, Professor Clark’s energies in later years were directed to farming and large business affairs. He was a farmer on modem principles, having made agriculture a serious study, and at the time of his death was one of the most extensive cultivators of land in this section of the state having four farms, one in Coffee county, one in Bedford county and two in Franklin county. At the organization of the Home Bank of Winchester in 1889, he was elected president., serving as such
for one year, then held the office of vice president until 1910, since which time he had been president of the institution. It is noteworthy, in considering the successful career of Professor Clark that he had all his life made his own way, and in the earlier part of his career was greatly handicapped in his progress. When he began as a teacher, he frequently studied through the night hours the lessons which he would teach the following day; and when he subsequently turned his attention to farming, he followed
the same careful studious methods, becoming a co-worker with a German farmer until he had mastered all the details and by more extensive study became a scientific farmer. The death of this well known educator and business man occurred May 22, 1913, at his home at Winchester. [A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and ... Volume 6 ]
DAVIS, Ewin L.
The subject of this sketch is judge of the seventh judicial circuit, composed of the counties of Lincoln, Moore, Coffee, Warren, Dekalb, Grundy, Van Buren, Bledsoe, and Rhea. Before entering upon his duties on the bench, he practiced law at Tullahoma. He has shown large ability both in law and in public affairs. Judge Davis’ various ancestors were early pioneers, migrating from Bedford county, Tennessee, on February 5, 1876. He has resided in Coffee county since 1882, and in Tullahoma since 1885.
Judge Davis’ various ancestors were early pioneers, migrating from England, Wales and Germany in about the middle of the eighteenth century and settling in the colonies of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. He had at least four ancestors in the Revolutionary war, towit, Nicholas Davis, of North Carolina, whose heroism is related in Ridpath’s History; Hezekiah Ray, of Cross Keys, S. C., who fought during the entire war under General Francis Marion; Martin Shoffner, a cavalryman and noted athlete, and Michael Shoffner, an infantryman, both of Orange county, North Carolina, and who fought under General Greene, and a part of the time with Steuben and Dekalb. These men or their sons settled in Bedford county, Tennessee, in the early years of the nineteenth century. John Shoffner, son of said Martin Shoffner, and a maternal grandfather of Judge Davis, came to Bedford county in 1806 in company with Newton Cannon, who afterwards became governor of the state, his ancestors were prominent citizens and their descendants are numerous and well-to-do. The Shoffner family is especially numerous, family reunions being sometimes held in which hundreds attend. A history and genealogy of the said family has been written and published.
The father of Judge Davis was McLin H. Davis, who was born in Bedford county in 1852 and who died in 1808. He grew to manhood on the farm of his birth and was engaged in business until the time of his death; he was a Mason and a Knight of Honor, and a prominent citizen. His father was McLin Davis, who was born in 1826, was in the Confederacy, was a prominent Bedford county farmer until his declining years, when he retired and moved to Tullahoma, where he died in 1910; he was a grandson
Nicholas Davis, and married Martha Ray, a granddaughter of said Hezekiah Ray.
The mother of Judge Davis was Christina Shoffner, who was born in Bedford county in 1854 and who still resides at Tullahoma. She was the daughter of Michael Shoffner, a prominent citizen of Bedford county, and a granddaughter of the aforesaid John Shoffner.
Judge Davis has five brothers, to wit: Norman H. Davis, who located in Havana, Cuba, in 1902, and who is president of The Trust Co. of Cuba, and otherwise largely interested in different enterprises in that island; Paul M. Davis, of Nashville, Tennessee; Thurman J. Davis and Lamont Davis, of Tullahoma; and he also has one sister, Mrs. Henry M. Jones, of Columbia, Tennessee.
Ewin L. Davis acquired a liberal and adequate education in the noted Webb School of Bell Buckle, continued in the Woolwine School at Tullahoma, then took the literary course in Vanderbilt University at Nashville, and then received the degree of LL. B. in 1899 from the Columbian University at Washington, D. C. On being admitted to the bar he began his practice in Chattanooga, but shortly afterwards moved to Tullahoma, where he established his office and was engaged in a general practice up to the time of his election to the bench. His election as Judge of the Seventh Circuit occurred in August, 1910. His election followed the convictions of a majority of the people of this district that Mr. Davis possessed the qualities which eminently fitted him for the high position of judge. He possesses the judicial temperament, has an abundance of good common sense, and knows the law and its application thoroughly. As judge, several important cases have come before him, and among them may be mentioned the case of the State vs. Lem. Motlow involving the constitutionality of the whiskey manufacturing law (Cates 17); also the State vs. Brinkley, in which a number of questions were determined in reference to the holding of malt licenses (Cates 17); an interesting civil case was that of the Power Company vs. Webb (Reporter 15 Cates). This case involved the right of the Electric Power Company with regard to the condemnation of land and the general privileges of eminent domain.
Judge Davis has been a prominent factor in political life for a number of years. He was Democratic nominee for attorney general of his district in 1902, but was defeated. He served as Democratic elector in 1904, and for several years was chairman of the Democratic county executive committee.
On December 28, 1898, he married Miss Carolyn Windsor, daughter of John Windsor, of Americus, Georgia. Their five children are: Windsor Davis, a student at Fitzgerald-Clark School in Tullahoma, in which school are also the two following children: Margaret Davis and Ewin Davis. His two other children are: Latham and Carolyn. Judge Davis is a member of the State Bar Association, and he and his wife are members of the Baptist church, in which he is a trustee. He is a member of Tullahoma Lodge of
Masons and the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America. He is also affiliated with the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. Judge Davis among his other important relations with his home city of Tullahoma is a director in the Traders’ National Bank of that city. [A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and ... Volume 6]
FULTS, Jefferson D.
Lawyer; German and English descent; son of Smith and Timie Ellen (Sanders) Fults; father farmer; paternal grandparents Daniel and Philadelphia (Thompson) Fults; maternal grandparents Thomas and Polly Mary (Cox) Sanders; educated common schools, Shook College, Tracy City, Tenn., University of Tenn. at Knoxville and Cumberland University Law School, Lebanon, Tenn., graduated from latter LL.B. degree January, 1904; reared on farm and began his career as a teacher, later was superintendent of public instruction for Grundy Co., Tenn. 1900-1908 inclusive; since 1904 he has been engaged in the practice of law and was editor of county paper, "Mrs. Grundy," Tracy City, Tenn. for several years prior to 1911; married Annie M. Williams July 18, 1909; member Knights of Pythias, Past Chancellor of home lodge, but holds no office at present; member of Baptist church. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
FULTS, Jefferson D.
A young man who has stamped the impress of his strong personality upon the minds of the people of Grundy county, Tennessee, in a manner as to render him one of the conspicuous characters of the locality of which this volume deals is Jefferson Davis Fults, for a number of years one of our most worthy and progressive educators and now a leader at the local bar. Faithfulness to duty and a strict adherence to a fixed purpose, which always do more to advance a man 8 interests than wealth or advantageous circumstances, have been dominating factors in his life, which has been replete with honor and success worthily attained, and he has long since become an important factor in the affairs of his county. Few citizens of Tracy City are better known, none occupy a more conspicuous place in the confidence of the public, and it is a compliment worthily bestowed to class him with the representative men of his day and generation in the locality of his residence whose interests he has ever had at heart and sought in every legitimate way to promote.
Mr. Fults was born near Grentli, Grundy county, on June 22, 1874. He is a son of Smith and Timie Ellen (Sanders) Fultz, both natives of Grundy county also, the father’s birth occurred on August 28, 1822, and the mother was born on June 1, 1837. They are both deceased, the father having passed away on September 26, 1908, the mother surviving until October 6, 1912.
As the name would indicate the Fults family is of German origin, the paternal great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch emigrated from Germany to the United States in the old Colonial days and settled in Virginia, whither he brought his young wife whom he had married in the Fatherland and all their children were born in America. Their son, Daniel Fults, grandfather of our subject, came to Tennessee as a young man about the first decade of the nineteenth century and located in Warren county in the part which is now embraced by Grundy county. After locating here he married Delphia Thompson, and to them three children were born, of whom Smith Fults, father of our subject, was the second. Daniel Fults was among the first settlers on the mountains in this locality. In those days wild game of all kinds common to this latitude was to be found here in abundance and he devoted his life to hunting and farming in Grundy county. His death occurred in 1858 at the age of sixty-five years. Politically he was a Democrat, and in religious matters a member of the Christian church. Smith Fults, mentioned in preceding paragraphs, grew to manhood in Grundy county, received a meager education in the early schools and here he devoted his life to general farming, residing on the same place from 1847 until his death. Until the commencement of the war of the states he carried produce to Nashville, bringing back various articles and household necessities which he sold to the settlers, he thus combined farming and trading for many years. These regular trips to the capital city were made by wagon and ox team. Physically he was a very robust man, tall and of great strength, and was the finest marksman in the county, his record in the use of firearms being known over a large portion of the state. In 1847 he married Susan Winton to which union three children were born, namely: John, deceased; James and Sallie; the latter married G. S. Winton.
Smith Fults's first wife died in 1854 and in 1856 he married Timie Ellen Sanders, and to this union eight children were born, of whom Jefferson D., of this sketch, was the seventh in order of birth. Five of them are still living as follows: Smith Jackson; Tennessee, wife of W. R. Johnson; Christina; Jefferson D., and Florence who married E. F. Overturf.
Politically Smith Fults was a strong Democrat, however, he was never an office holder, but was a very prominent man in his locality and influential in public affairs. He was well read for the early period in which he lived and was considered well educated by his neighbors and acquaintances, many of whom frequently sought his counsel in various matters.
Jefferson D. Fults grew to manhood on the homestead in Grundy county on which he worked when a boy and he received his elementary education in the common schools, later attending Shook College at Tracy City, then entered the University of Tennessee, at Knoxville. Early in life he determined upon the law as a profession and in order to equip himself he began studying the basic principles of Blackstone and Kent, finally entering the law department of Cumberland University at Lebanon, where he made a splendid record and was there graduated with the class of 1904, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. In that year he was admitted to the bar, since which time he has been actively engaged in the practice at Tracy City. He has figured conspicuously in the local courts for a number of years and has met with pronounced success, deserving to rank among the leaders of the Grundy county bar. He has ever remained a close student of not only the underlying principles of jurisprudence but is familiar with the statutes of the state of Tennessee and the latest decisions and rulings of the bench in important cases. He is an indefatigable worker, conscientious in advising his clients, also both as a civil and criminal lawyer, but makes a specialty of chancery practice, and he has built up a large and lucrative practice. He is a forceful and entertaining speaker and in the trial of eases meets with gratifying success.
But not alone as an able attorney is Mr. Fults known to the people of Grundy county, for prior to entering the legal profession he was a teacher in the public schools and in Shook College, giving eminent satisfaction to both pupils and patrons, having been both an instructor and an entertainer in the school room and always advocating modern methods in educational work, and he accomplished much in advancing the standard of education here and in encouraging pupils to put forth their best efforts,
also in improving the course of study and in securing the most competent teachers possible. It was while he filled the office of county superintendent of schools from 1900 to 1908 that these needed reforms were inculcated. He was regarded by many as the best superintendent the county has ever had. and his record reflects much credit upon himself and was highly commended by all concerned.
Mr. Fults was married on July 18, 1909, to Annie M. Williams, daughter of D. W. Williams and wife, a highly respected family of Tracy City. This union has been graced by the birth of one child, a daughter, Anna Carol.
Politically Mr. Fults is a Democrat and has been unswerving in his allegiance to the party’s principles. He has been more or less active in public affairs and is influential in local politics. For a number of years he has been a delegate to gubernatorial conventions. Fraternally he belongs to the Knights of Pythias. Bryce Thompson Lodge, No. 29, of Tracy City. Mrs. Fults is a member of the Baptist church. [A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and ... Volume 6]
GARNER, Clair Herbert
Attorney at law; born Eagle Lake, Texas; English descent; son of Tom and Sarah (Herbert) Garner; father’s occupation physician; graduated Winchester (Tenn.) Normal 1883; Democrat; member of Methodist church. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
GERREN, John M.
Teacher, editor; born Jasper, Tenn., June 6, 1880; son of W.L. and Mollie Elizabeth (DeFriece) Gerren; father farmer; educated at Normal University, Chattanooga, and Athens School of University of Chattanooga, and left school one year before graduating; early business occupation farmer, telegraph operator, clerk in Chattanooga (Tenn.) postoffice, teacher in Whitwell, Tenn. six years, assistant principal Shook School, Tracy City, 1908-1909-1910-1911, editor "Mrs. Grundy" 1909; has been owner and editor of "The Mountain Herald," Tracy City, Tenn. since March, 1910; member Knights of Pythias and M.E. church. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
Postmaster; born Bremgarten, near Berne, Switzerland, Oct. 31, 1847; Swiss descent; son of Albert Graenicher; father’s occupation gardener; educated in Grandson, Switzerland; in early life engaged in the mercantile business, and building and contracting; married Jennie Greland July 6, 1898; member Summitt Lodge, F. & A.M., Sewanee, Tenn.; Justice of the Peace and Notary Public for about 20 years; Postmaster for 11 years; landed in New York in Aug., 1864; lived in Milwaukee, Wis. six years; moved to Tenn. in 1870, to the Swiss colony in Grueth, Grundy Co., Tenn., and thence to Monteagle, Tenn., where he has lived for the past 40 years; member of Cumberland Presbyterian church. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
The gentleman whose name heads this paragraph is widely known as one of the enterprising merchants of Grundy county, Tennessee, and is a public spirited citizen in all that the term implies. His well directed efforts in the practical affairs of life, his capable management of his business interests and his sound judgment have brought large rewards for the labor he has expended, and his life demonstrates what may In accomplished in this free land of ours by the gentleman who possesses energy, foresight and honorable impulses even in the face of obstacles. Mr. Henley has long been a potent factor in the public affairs of his city and county and has filled worthily a number of positions of trust and responsibility in the gift of the people. He is the scion of a sterling old family of this state, whose good name he has ever sought to keep unsullied.
J. C. Henley, merchant of Tracy City and trustee of Grundy county, was born in Franklin county, Tennessee, March 5, 1873. He is a son of John J. and Martha (Gibson) Henley, both natives of Franklin county, this state, the father having been born in 1854 and the mother in 1856. There they grew to maturity, received their educational training in the common schools and there they were married in 1872. To this union a large family was born, twelve children, all of whom are still living, J. C. Henley, of this review, being the oldest.
John J. Henley, the father, began farming when a young man, and this has continued his vocation to the present time, and he has met with encouraging success all along the line until today he is very comfortably situated on a good farm in Coffee county, Tennessee, where he removed not long after his marriage. Politically he is a Republican, but being a quiet home man, has never taken an active part in public affairs. Death invaded his home in 1903 and removed the wife and mother.
John Henley, the paternal grandfather, was a very early settler in the state of Tennessee, having come here with two brothers, Campbell and William Henley, as pioneers, and here he established the future home of the family. He married Susan Sutton, and to them nine children were born, John J., father of the subject of this sketch, being: the eighth in order of birth. John Henley, the grandfather, devoted his life to general farming. He served his country faithfully as a soldier in the Mexican war.
J. C. Henley, the immediate subject of this review, was a small child when his parents took him to Coffee county and there he grew to manhood and received a common school education, in the meantime assisting his father with the usual work about the home farm. When twenty- two years of age he left his parental roof-tree and came to Tracy City, where he began working in the mines, continuing to work in and around the mines until 1900, when, having saved his earnings, he had a start sufficient to launch into the mercantile business which he has since continued in Tracy City with ever increasing success until he now enjoys a large and rapidly growing trade with the town and surrounding country. He carries a large and carefully selected stock of goods at all seasons, and in his well kept and systematically managed store his hundreds of customers always received courteous and honest treatment. Mr. Henley is also interested in farming, owning a well improved and valuable farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Coffee county. An ardent Republican in politics Mr. Henley has taken more than a passing interest in public matters, especially as affecting his town and county, and in 1898 he was elected constable of the thirteenth district of Grundy county, in which position he served two years. From 1905 until 1911 he was deputy sheriff of this county, during which period he performed his duties so satisfactorily that in 1912 he was remembered by his friends and elected trustee of Grundy county, which office he now holds and to which he was elected on the independent ticket. Religiously he and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal church South.
Fraternally Mr. Henley is active and influential in a number of lodges, including the Masonic order, Sewanee Lodge, No. 405, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Knights of Pythias, Brice Thompson Lodge, No. 29, of Tracy City; Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge No. 183, of Tracy City; the Improved Order of Red Men, Wampunola Tribe No. 90; Woodmen of the World, No. 154, of Tracy City, and the Junior Order United American Mechanics, Tracy City Council, No. 277. He has passed all the chairs in the Odd Fellows and is a past grand. Mr. Henley has been twice married, first in July, 1894, when he was united with Nannie Moran, of Coffee county, and she was called to her eternal rest in 1896, having borne her husband one child, deceased. In March, 1897, Mr. Henley married Sally London, of Tracy City, and to this union nine children have been born, namely: Marvin, Hugh, Mabel, Ernest, Jessie, Ethel, Estelle, Hester and Joseph Wilson. [A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and ... Volume 6]
HINES, Lewis Moore
Druggist; born Franklin Co., Tenn., Nov. 1, 1859; Scotch-Irish descent; son of Robert and Sarah (Moore) Hines; father’s occupation farmer; paternal grandparents Isaac P. and Elizabeth (Darnell) Hines; maternal grandparents William Dyer and Mary Elizabeth (Moore) Moore; educated at Winchester (Tenn.) Normal College; began career as a farmer; member of firm of City Drug Store 25 years, director of First National Bank, Tracy City, Tenn., charter member State Druggist Assn.; married Nannie Hawkins May 16, 1891; member Masons and K. of P. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
HOLCOMBE, Egbert W.
Merchant; born Bainbridge, N.Y., April 6, 1847; English descent; son of Edwin and Priscilla (Lyon) Holcombe; father’s occupation carpenter; educated at Oswego, N.Y.; boyhood days spent in Michigan during pioneer days; at North Platte, Neb., when that town was a frontier post and William F. Cody was U.S. scout; in early life he taught school; married Mary J. Cahill March 29, 1877; member I.O.O.F.; Republican; former postmaster under U.S. Grant and Benjamin Harrison; member of Episcopal church; engaged in the general merchandise business at Monteagle, Tenn. since 1882; also owns real estate and is Vice Pres. of the First National Bank, Tracy City, Tenn. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
KING, Thomas Jefferson
A young lawyer who has practiced with success and with an ability which marks him out for leadership in the bar of the state, Thomas Jefferson King is a resident of Tracy City in Grundy county, and through his own career continues the worthy activities and influences of a family which has been identified with this state since the pioneer times.
Thomas Jefferson King was born in Warren county, Tennessee, near McMinnville, June 3, 1878, a son of Hiram Jefferson and Ruth Jane (Cope) King. The founder of the family in this state was Phillip King, great-grandfather of the Grundy county lawyer, a Virginian by birth, who came into Tennessee at the beginning of the nineteenth century, locating near Knoxville. He brought with him his sons Wilson, C. N. Jefferson, and William Walter. Arriving in the state at Rogersville, he established ah iron works, and remained a resident of that section until his death. His son Wilson King, grandfather of Thomas J. spent all his life as a farmer. He married Elizabeth Sellers, and their children were: Hiram, John, Phillip Drew, William, Elizabeth, Nancy. Elizabeth Sellers, the mother of this family was a daughter of Flynn Sellers, who lived near Shellford, Tennessee. Elizabeth King died in 1868 at the age of fifty-six years, and Wilson King passed away in 1876 when seventy-six years of age. Wilson King, after the death of his first wife, married Mrs. Betty (Tipton) Reynolds, a daughter of John Reynolds.
Hiram J. King, the father, grew to manhood in Warren county, took up fanning as his vocation, and all his life was spent in the quiet pursuits of agriculture with its accompanying civic duties and responsibilities, all of which he performed with credit. He and all his brothers served as soldiers in the Confederate army, and he was a member of the Sixteenth Tennessee Regiment. In the battle of Murfreesborough he was slightly wounded, and his brother William lost his life during the service. Hiram J. King lived on his old farm in Warren county, in which county he was born October 14, 1832. He is a Democrat in politics and he and his wife are members of the Methodist church, South. His wife was born in Warren county in May, 1834. The twelve children born to their union are mentioned as follows: Polk, deceased; Carrye D., deceased; John, deceased; Sally, widow of Jack Willis; Mollie, widow of M. B. Locke; Walter; Lucy, wife of J. A. Meyers; Emma, wife of W. D. Boyd; Josie, wife of P. Markham ; Cheatham; Thomas J.; Daisy, wife of George Thompson. Thomas Jefferson King received his early education in the high school at Viola, Tennessee, and began the study of law at home and in the law office of one of the leading members of the bar of McMinnville. On being admitted to the bar in 1901 at McMinnville, he came to Grundy county and opened his office in Tracy City, where he has since grown into favor as a lawyer of substantial ability and skillful practice in both criminal and civil cases. Mr. King’s politics are Democratic. He was married June 14, 1903, to Jessie Woodley, daughter of L. P. and Elizabeth Woodley of Warren county. Two children have been born to their union; Hurbert, deceased, and Elizabeth. Mr. King is a member of the Methodist church, South, and his wife of the Cumberland Presbyterian. [A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and ... Volume 6]
County Court Clerk of Grundy County; born October 27, 1897; Scotch-Irish descent; Father, William Harrison Lusk was a Confederate Soldier during the Civil War, continuing for the full duration of the conflict; served as a member of the Grundy County Quarterly Court after the war. Mother before her marriage was Bettie Elizabeth Rogers; paternal grandparents William and Sallie (Geust) Lusk; maternal grandparents Elishia and Mary (Fults) Rogers. Attended the public schools of Grundy County. Member of the Methodist Church; Democrat. Elected to the office of County Court Clerk of Grundy County in October 1935, by the County Court. In August, 1936, elected by the people. Prior to his election, he was a teacher in the public schools of Grundy County for twelve years. In early life was engaged in farming and live stock raising, in which pursuit he is now engaged in the First Civil Dist. of Grundy County. Married December 16, 1917, Hazel Lockhart; to this union were born three children: Jean Edwin, Janie Muriel, and Mary Elizabeth, deceased. His hobby is livestock. [Source: Prominent Tennesseans, 1796 - 1938; transcribed by Amanda Jowers ]
Merchant; born Klosters, Switzerland, April 14, 1861; came to the U.S. and settled in Grueh, Tenn., Swiss Colony, Feb., 1873; son of Christian and Anna (Brosi) Marugg; father merchant; educated Klosters and in common school of Grundy Co., Tenn.; graduated Eastman’s Business College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. with degree of Master of Accounts Dec., 1879; early occupation telegraph operator, railroad agent and bookkeeper for T.C.I. R.R. Co. 1881-1883, Chattanooga Evening Democrat 1884-1885, part owner "Anzeiger der Suedens," Nashville 1885-1886; entered mercantile business at Tracy City, Tenn. 1891 and continuing in same to date; organized Dixie Telephone Co., Tracy City, Tenn. 1895, Grundy Publishing Co. 1898, reorganized latter in 1910; Silicia Roofing & Construction Co. 1905; married Elizabeth Schild Dec. 20, 1888; member Knights of Pythias, Royal Arcanum and F. & A.M.; County Auditor ten years; member German Protestant church. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
Teacher; born Northcutt, Tenn., June 15, 1875; Scotch-Irish descent; son of Lawson H. and Mary E. (Myers) Northcut; father farmer; educated at Terrill College, Decherd, Tenn. and Nashville (Tenn.) Bible School; entered educational work in early life and is principal of James K. Shook School, Tracy City, Tenn.; married Minnie Nye Simpson Dec. 23, 1899; member of Church of Christ. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
NORTHCUTT, James Hughes
Merchant; born Altamont, Tenn., Dec. 30, 1868; English and Scotch descent; son of Harris B. and Fannie (McCraw) Northcutt; father’s occupation merchant; paternal grandparents Gen. Adrian and Sarah (Cope) Northcutt; maternal grandparents William and Martha (Armstrong) McCraw; educated common schools of Winchester, Tenn.; began merchandising in early life; member of the firm H.B. Northcutt & Sons, merchants, Altamont, Tenn.; vice-president Sewanee Fuel & Iron Co.; president Dixie Telephone Co.; is also engaged in lumber and real estate dealing; Democrat. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
NORVELL, Ernest Campbell
Born Bedford Co., Tenn., Dec. 16, 1870; son of Elijah and Elizabeth (Campbell) Norvell; father’s occupation farming; received public school education; was a farmer in early life; married Eda Von Bergen Nov. 3, 1897; member I.O.O.F. and Council Commander of W.O.W.; member of Episcopal church; president of Tenn. Funeral Directors’ and Embalmers’ Assn. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
PAYNE, Robert Marion
Farmer, teacher, merchant and hotel proprietor; born near Jasper, (Marian Co) Tenn., April 3, 1848; Irish-English and Dutch descent; son of Lewis and Mary (Bean) Payne; father’s occupation farmer; paternal grandparents Robert and Sarah (McMahan) Payne; maternal grandparents Obediah and Barbara (Heifner) Bean; educated in the country schools, Lookout Mt. Educational Institute, Burritt College, and University of the South, graduated from the latter in 1873; while a boy at home in 1862-64 he frequently acted as spy and informer for Confederate Scouts, and at one time was arrested and put in guard house by Federals at Bridgeport, Ala.; in 1873 he was elected President of People’s College, Pikeville, Tenn., taught until March, 1879, when he entered the mercantile business at South Pittsburg, Tenn., at which place he operated the Battle Creek coal mines and was for several years owner and manager of South Pittsburg (Tenn.) Brick and Terra Cotta Co.; former member of the City Council of South Pittsburg, Tenn., and President of City School Board, Superintendent of Public Instruction for Marion Co., Tenn.; moved to Monteagle in 1895, and has since that time been engaged in the hotel business; for ten years past a large part of his time has been given to the improvement and development of Wonder Cave, of which he is owner and manager; married Emma E. Orme Dec. 23, 1875; member Masonic Lodge; M.E. Church, South. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
Insurance agent; born Jackson Co., Ala., May 26, 1873; Scotch-Irish descent; son of T.L. and Maria (Morrison) Quarles; father’s occupation minister of the gospel and chaplain of penitentiary; educated in the common schools of North, Ga.; began his career as clerk in store and check clerk in rolling mill, Harriman and Chattanooga, Tenn.; studied music, composer, organist and director of music eight years; graduated from Niles Bryant School, piano tuning, Battle Creek, Mich.; connected with mining industry twenty years, having taken technical course; he was also correspondent for press several years; lessee Grundy Publishing Co. and associate editor Tracy City "Mrs. Grundy" 1909-1910; member I.O.O.F.; manager "Free Judiciary" campaign in Grundy Co., Tenn. 1910; member Baptist church. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
Coal operator; born Grundy Co., Tenn., May 1, 1861; Irish descent; son of Philip H. and Arseieth (Pearson) Roberts; father’s occupation court official; educated in the public schools; in early life was a farmer; vice-president and superintendent Tenn. Con. Coal Co., Tracy City, and Nunley Ridge Coal Co., president First National Bank, Tracy City, Tenn.; president Watts Creek Jellico Coal Co., Wofford, Ky.; married Jennie McGovern June, 1884; member I.O.O.F. and Royal Arcanum; member of Methodist church. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
Clerk and Master of Chancery court of Grundy Co.; born Marion Co., Tenn., Feb. 19, 1844; Irish, Scotch and German descent; son of Carter and Lucinda (Killgore) Scruggs; his father was a farmer and general mechanic; paternal grandfather John Scruggs, paternal grandmother Millie (Manifee) Scruggs, maternal grandfather Charles Killgore, maternal grandmother Nancy (Layne) Killgore; educated at Altamont Academy, Grundy Co., Tenn.; in early life clerked in a store, later taught school; married twice, first to Winnie Jane Walker Jan. 24, 1867, second Mrs. Bertha A. O’Leary, nee Frendenberg, Nov. 8, 1893; member Masons and Odd Fellows; is W.M.M. Masonic lodge; Democrat; Clerk of County Court of Grundy Co. twenty-four years; appointed Clerk and Master Chancery Court of Grundy Co. 1903; joined Confederate States Army before he had attained the age of 17 years, in Sept. 1861, participated in all the important battles of the Army of Tenn. under Gens. Albert S. Johnston, Braxton Bragg, John B. Hood, G.T. Beauregard and others until he surrendered under Gen. Joseph E. Johnson, April 26, 1865; was Lieutenant, First Sergeant, and held other minor military offices during the war; participated in battles of Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and others; twice wounded, but not seriously, once captured by the enemy but escaped; is largely interested in farming enterprises; member M.E. church. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
SMITH, Charles Wilder
German-English descent; son of William Francis and Elizabeth (Stitch) Smith; paternal grandparents William and Millie (Sapp) Smith; maternal grandparents, Joseph and Mary (___) Stitch. Educated in the Grundy County Public Schools. Member of the Baptist Faith; Republican; Mason; Redmen. Elected County Judge of Grundy County in August 1936 to fill the unexpired term of E. C. Shelton, which period is for six years; was elected over a field of two opponents, one democrat and one independent. Before his election to this office he was County Court Clerk of Grundy County, in which office he served for fourteen years, being four times elected by the people. During his many years in public life he has given efficient satisfactory service to the people of his county. Married October 4, 1917, Minnie Fults; to this union were born seven children: - Vernon, Flora, Mai, Calvin Veston, Warren Eston, Charles Jr., Clyde, and Tommie. His father and maternal grandfather were both soldiers in the Union Army during the Civil War. His hobby is hunting and fishing. [Source: Prominent Tennesseans, 1796 - 1938; transcribed by Amanda Jowers]
STEPP, Francis Marion
Proprietor Tidman House and merchant; born near Irving College, Tenn., Nov. 19, 1867; son of William Carrol and Nancy (McGee) Stepp; educated at Beech Grove and Viola, Tenn.; in early life was a farmer; married Emma Gibbs March 17, 1889; member Royal Arcanum and Christian church. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
THOROGOOD, George M.
Secretary and treasurer Tennessee Consolidated Coal Co. and Nunley Ridge Coal Co.; born Cowan, Tenn., July 2, 1879; son of William and Bettie (Hawkins) Thorogood; father’s occupation bridge and stone contractor; paternal grandfather Moses Thorogood; maternal grandparents John and Mariah (Buckner) Hawkins; graduated from A. & M. College, Starksville, Miss. 1900; began career as a farmer at Eldridge, Ala.; married Ethel Finney Jan. 14, 1904; member Masons, I.O.O.F., K. of P. and Improved Order of Red Men; served four years under military service in A. & M. College; in addition to his present business named above he is director of First National Bank, Tracy City, Tenn.; member Hunt Produce Co., Nashville and Dixie Tel. Co., and manager Jellico Coal & Coke Co., Wofford, Ky.; member of Presbyterian church. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
TIDMAN, George W.
Merchant; born Bedworth, Warwickshire, England, March 3, 1870; son of John and Susan (Hunt) Tidman; father’s occupation merchant and hotel proprietor; educated at Tracy City and Winchester, Tenn.; in early life was clerk, bookkeeper and storekeeper; married Gertrude Kellems June 15, 1892; Worshipful Master and chairman of trustees Sewanee Lodge No. 405, F. & A.M., D.G.C. and trustee Bryce Thompson Lodge No. 29, K. of P., secretary Mountain Council Royal Arcanum No. 377 for last eighteen years; member I.O.O.F. and National Union; Democrat; member of Episcopal church. [Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
TUCKER, David Thomas
Contractor; born Marion Co., Tenn., July 7, 1851; Irish descent; son of Archibald and Elizabeth (Thomas) Tucker; father’s occupation farmer; educated in Tenn.; was a farmer in early life; married Bell Ragsdale March 15, 1875; member of M.E. Church, South; engaged in farming, lumber business, merchandise, telephone business, contracting and building. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
WHITE, John T.
Educator; born near Pelham, Grundy Co., Tenn., March 11, 1867; Scotch-Irish and Dutch descent; son of Robert G. and Nannie A. (Neville) White; his father was a farmer; educated Winchester Normal and Terrill College; began life as a teacher in country school; married Maggie Patton April 3, 1900; member of I.O.O.F. Pelham Lodge No. 228; elected superintendent of public instruction in 1909, which office he now holds; member of the M.E. church, South; Sunday school superintendent for four years. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
WHITE, John T.
As county superintendent of public instruction in Grundy county, Mr. White has performed a service which creates his administration a new epoch in the history of education in this county. He is an exponent of progressive and practical ideals in the educational field, and having been a teacher all his active life he has always been a student and by his experience has worked out plans and methods which during the past six years he has applied in making the schools of Grundy county vital institutions in the welfare of the coming generation.
John Thomas White represents the third generation of a family which has been in Tennessee for more than a century. He was born in Grundy county near Pelham, Tennessee, March 11, 1867, a son of Robert Gilbert and Nannie A. (Neville) White. The father was born at Big Springs in Rutherford county in 1837 and died in 1800, and the mother was born in Coffee county in 1842 and died in 1912. Grandfather Robert Gilbert White came to Tennessee from North Carolina about the beginning of the nineteenth century, locating in Rutherford county, near Murfreesboro. He had married a Miss Lowe and they were the parents of seven children. By occupation he was a trader, and carried on large business as a dealer in stock, turkeys, hogs and cured meats. He was politically a Whig, and for many years served in the office of justice of the peace. He and family worshipped in the Methodist church South, and he held the position of steward for many years.
Robert G. White, Jr., the father, grew to manhood in Rutherford county, and while still a young man moved to Grundy county, where he was married in I860. He soon left his bride in order to enlist in the Confederate army as a member of the Third Tennessee Regiment under captain Elijah I. Kard. During most of his service he was a teamster, he was also a litter bearer, and for a time did work as a recruiting officer, and was several times detailed to return deserters to the army. After three years he was relieved on furlough on account of ill health. After the war he located on a farm in Grundy county, and continued in the quiet pursuits of agriculture until his death. He owned a large farm near Pelham. He was a Whig in politics up to the dissolution of that party and a Democrat after the war. He like his father, served as a steward in the Methodist church South, and held that distinction during the earliest part of his life. His wife was also a devoted member of the church. There were eight children in their family, John Thomas being the second and six are still living.
Superintendent White received his education in the old Winchester Normal school, and at Terrill College at Decherd, and when eighteen years of age was granted his certificate and employed in his first term as teacher. Unlike many who take up educational work as a temporary vocation, Mr. White has devoted his best energies and his ambition has always been for a successful career in this field, and this no doubt is largely responsible for his prominence and successful work. He has taught in the public school of Sewauee, was principal of the Pelham Institute for six years, was principal of Lascassas Seminary in Rutherford county for one year, and has held positions at various other schools including the principalship of the Altamont Academy in Grundy county for two years. He was elected in 1908 county superintendent of Grundy county, and was re-elected in 1910 and 1912. He has done many things to improve the general standards and the morale of teaching methods in this county. Among other things he brought about the regular meeting of the monthly institute and under his administration school improvement associations have been established throughout the county. There are at the present writing several school libraries, although not one was in existence at the time of his election. Another feature which is certain to have its influence for good upon the next generation of Grundy county and Tennessee agriculture is the Boys’ Corn Clubs, which he has been instrumental in organizing.
Mr. White on November 17,1892, married Miss Ida Gunn, daughter of J. H. Gunn of Pelham. Her father has represented his district in both the lower house and senate of the Tennessee legislature. The one child of this marriage is Beauford Gaylor, now with the Southern Express Company at Chattanooga. Mrs. White died on July 21, 1894. She was a devoted member of the Methodist church South. On April 3, 1902. occurred the marriage of Mr. White with Maggie Patton, a daughter of J. H. Patton, a prominent farmer of Grundy county. The five children born of this second marriage are all now deceased. Mr. White is a supporter of the Democratic party, and has served as steward of the Methodist church South and also for a number of years was superintendent of the Sunday school. It is an interesting fact in the family records that he and his father and grandfather before him all had been stewards in the church. His fraternal affiliations are with the Pelham Lodge, No. 228, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and he has been through all the chairs of the lodge and is past grand. [A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and ... Volume 6]
WOODLEE, Augustus Henry
Real estate business; born Grundy Co., Tenn., March 1, 1855; English descent; son of Enoch and Mary (Reid) Woodlee; father's occupation farmer; educated common schools of Grundy Co., Tenn., and Burrett College; married twice, first to Emily Walker Jan. 1, 1879, second, Metta Burger, Jan. 18, 1888; member of Masonic Lodge (Junior Deacon); was appointed Circuit Court Clerk, Grundy Co., Tenn., May 1882-1890; member Tennessee Legislature 1891; County Court Clerk Grundy Co., 1903-4; was engaged in mercantile business 1892-3; moved to Tracy City (Tenn.) in 1893 and engaged in newspaper business; is at present engaged in real estate business Altamont (Tenn.); member of Christian church. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]
WOODLEE, Levi Vernon
Lawyer; born in Grundy Co., Tenn., Feb. 8, 1861; Irish descent; son of Enoch and Mary (Reed) Woodlee; educated in the local schools of Grundy Co., Tenn.; began life as a farmer; studied law, and was admitted to the bar; back tax attorney of Grundy Co., Tenn., from 1888 to 1896; County Attorney 1890-96; served as County Superintendent of Public Instruction for one year (1893); was a member of the Lower House Tenn. Legislature 1896-8; was State Senator 1905-7; director in the First National Bank of Tracy City, Tenn., having served since its organization in 1894; married Bettie Willis April 25, 1889; member of the Baptist church; F. and A.M., and chaplain of lodge; Democrat; member of the County Democratic Executive Committee of Grundy Co., Tenn., continuously from 1893 to the present time; now chairman of election commissioners of Grundy Co., Tenn., and has served in that capacity since 1897. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; tr. by KM]