Adolphus Gayleon Andrews was born in Henderson County, Tenn., in 1833, and is the son of Gray B. and Sallie (Harmon) Andrews. The father was born in North Carolina in 1797, and came to Tennessee with his parents when eight years old. He was a carpenter in his early life, his latter days being spent on the farm; he died in Henderson County in 1879. The mother of our subject was born in Montgomery County, Tenn., in 1810, and was the mother of thirteen children -two daughters and eleven sons. She died in 1865. The grandfather of our subject, Athelston Andrews, was born in North Carolina in 1761, and came to Tennessee in 1805; he was reared on the sea by a sea captain; at the age of fourteen he volunteered in the Revolutionary war; his wife was Polly (Jones) Hill, of North Carolina, and became the mother of eight children. Her first husband, Mr. Hill, was killed by a runaway negro. The grandparents died in 1839 and 1842, respectively. The maternal grandfather, John Harmon, was a native of North Carolina, born in 1770 and died in 1851. His wife was Elizabeth Baker, of South Carolina.

Our subject was reared on a farm, remaining until 1861, when he enlisted in Company H, Twenty-seventh Tennessee Regiment (Confederate), and remained until the close of the war. He was wounded and was rendered unfit for duty for nine months. He joined N. B. Forrest's cavalry in 1862, and was with him at the close of the war. He read medicine before the war, and two years after the war was spent in reading medicine and farming. He attended the University of Louisville in 1868-69 and 1869-70 graduating in the latter year. He then located in Decatur County and practiced three years, then went to Henderson County and practiced until 1880, when he moved to Madison County, and in 1881 located at Spring Creek, and has done a large practice up to the present time. In 1865 he married Miss Mary E. Williams, daughter of Dr. D. H. and Susan Williams. She was born in Henderson County July 9, 1840, and is the mother of nine children - three daughters and six sons - two sons are dead. He and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church; he has been a member of the Masonic Order for twenty-nine years, and is strictly Democratic in politics.
Source: Goodspeeds

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